This Wednesday, 22 November, Aid to the Church in Need are organising a national campaign to floodlight buildings red – including the Houses of Parliament and over thirty cathedrals – to remind people of the plight of persecuted Christians and minority groups in the Middle East. ACN are encouraging us all to wear something red on that day to show solidarity and to remind us to pray for the freedom to practise one’s faith, and for peace in the world. There will be a Piano Concert with Fr Manny Gribben & Cameron Dickerson at Lancaster University Catholic Chaplaincy at 7pm: music from Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin & Mussorgsky. Donations to ACN.
Stress less and begin the Day peacefully. Meeting every Thursday in the Catholic chapel, a group of students gather to pray the Divine Mercy chaplet at 8am and then enjoy breakfast together in the Catholic Flat. It's the perfect way to start the day, and a sure way to get to your lectures on time, with a spring in your step. Everyone welcome!
A week of events exploring the notion of Vocation, who we are, what we are called to. By hearing about other people's stories we can begin to understand that life-long commitment and sacrifice are still possible in our time, and reflect upon what vocation might mean in our life, and how our particular calling in life fits in with the universal call to holiness. Over the course of the week we will hear talks by the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, some married couples, monks and priests, and there will be a trip to Ampleforth Abbey. Watch this space...
For the first time ever, we are offering the opportunity to join the Benedictine Monastic Community at Ampleforth Abbey for a Retreat, a weekend away towards the end of term, giving you space to pray, to make friends, to enjoy each others company, and to discover something new about yourself, your life and the world around us. Ampleforth is situated in the beautiful and wild surroundings of Yorkshire.
Some students might be interested to hear that the monks have their own brewery and produce award-winning beers and liqueurs, ensuring that we have a truly spiritual time!
An invitation to spend the weekend living with a monastic community and their life of prayer and hospitality at Hyning Hall, the weekend of 26-29 January. Contact Sr Mary Bernard on email@example.com Whilst this would be an excellent opportunity for anyone discerning a vocation, the sisters are keen to emphasise that the opportunity is for anyone who would like to get an insight into monastic life.
Our Weekly Gathering for faith exploration and catechesis in the Catholic Flat on Wednesday at 7pm. This week we welcome Clare Plasom-Scott, a former student of Lancaster University, who now works with the Life Charity as their Education Officer. Clare will be speaking on the topic of Building up the Culture of Life.
We spend some time together with refreshments and some food, and then there is a presentation, followed by discussion. Everyone is welcome.
A CathSoc initiative to pray for peace in our world and in our hearts, on Wednesday 8 November. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel from around 9.15pm till 10.45pm. Silent prayer, lots of candles, people can come and go, stay for a few minutes or take the opportunity to enter into the great silence.
A one day conference for juniors and students of the healthcare professions (doctors, nurses, midwives, medical students, nursing students, etc) at St Aloysius' Catholic Church, Euston, London. A celebration of inspirational Catholics in healthcare, organised by Catholic Medical Association, email firstname.lastname@example.org
CathSoc are organising a trip to Liverpool in search of the Beatles. There will also be an opportunity to visit the historic docks, the beautiful cathedrals, and some free time to shop and to explore. £10 for CathSoc members, £12 for anyone else. Places only confirmed with payment.
The Catholic Chaplaincy will be welcoming Bishop Michael Campbell on Sunday 29 October to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the new Academic Year. Bishop Michael is an Augustinian Friar and Bishop of the Diocese of Lancaster. The Mass will be followed by refreshments and drinks. All staff, students and friends and family of the Chaplaincy are most welcome.
ACN are hosting with the Catholic Chaplaincy a number of speakers from Iraq who will be speaking about the return and rebuilding of the ancient Christian communities on the Ninevah plains around Mosul and Irbil in Iraq, post ISIS. We are delighted also to be welcoming the Bishop of Sokoto, a sub-Saharan diocese of northern Nigeria. All welcome, entry free.
Arriving at University can be a daunting time. But everyone is in the same boat, and there are many events through the first week, just to help you get settled and involved, and meeting all sorts of new people. It's quite a thought to think that some of the people that you will meet will become lifelong friends, and remain with you through thick and thin through your time at Lancaster and beyond.
We hope that you will meet many people and make good friendships through the Chaplaincy Centre. This is a place of encounter where people of all backgrounds and all religions and none are welcome. Fr Philip (the Catholic Chaplain) works with all the other chaplains at the University to help students and staff to get settled in and to get the most out of their time at the University, living life to the full.
Here are some of the events that we have organised for this first week:
- 12-2pm on Monday 2 October. Soup in the Chaplaincy Centre Cafe. Free lunch (soup and roll) served in Alexandra Square.
- 6pm-7.30pm on Tuesday 3 October. Multi-Faith Meal (again Free) in the Chaplaincy Centre Cafe, with a time for welcome and prayer beforehand at 5.30pm for those who would like to join us.
- 3pm-4.30pm on Wednesday 4 October. Afternoon tea & scones, quintessentially English!
- 8pm Pub Quiz on Wednesday 4 October in the Chaplaincy Centre Concourse
- 11am-4pm on Thursday 5 October. The Chaplaincy Centre will be at the Freshers Fair. Look out also for CathSoc - our student Catholic Society for Catholic students (and anyone else who is interested).
- 8-10pm on Saturday 7 October. A Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee), Scottish Dancing, in the Chaplaincy Centre with live band. Don't worry if you don't know the moves, just shake a leg and arm around and you are half way there!
You are welcome to come to all or none of these events, or even to just part of them. You can be sure of good food, free food, and cheerful company. On top of that, you can come to the Catholic Flat at any time if you have any questions or just want to come and have a coffee.
Looking forward to our pilgrimage. Not long now.
Here is the schedule. Please note the change of our flight times and our hotel accommodation. It's a long story....
Tuesday 26 September
04.00 Taxi to Airport: Natalia, Danica, James, Agata, Ola, Andrew, Fr Philip – 7 in total.
07.15 Manchester Airport Terminal 3 Ryanair FR3204
11.00 Rome Ciampino
Minibus transfer to Hotel, Casa Bonus Pastor, Via Aurelia 208
15.00 Travel to St John Lateran Basilica, the Pope’s own cathedral, to meet with Sr Emanuela Edwards of the Missionaries of Divine Revelation. +39 366 801 5308, with possible visit to Sante Croce in Jerusalem, which houses many of the relics from Christ’s passion brought over by Saint Helena in the early fourth century and whose floor was made from soil from Jerusalem itself. email@example.com
Dinner at Casa Bon Pastor
Wednesday 27 September
7.30 Visit to St Peter’s Basilica, to pray at the tombs of St Peter and his successors, including that of St John Paul II, and to see incredible works of art such as Michelangelo’s Pieta.
Papal Audience with Pope Francis?
18.00 Mass at San Lorenzo (co-ordinator Morgane Brent)
Thursday 28 September
Morning: Walking tour to include Mass at 9am at the English College, Campo de Fiori, the Roman Ruins of the Forum and Colosseum, San Clemente and San Stephano Rotundo
Friday 29 September
Morning: Walking tour to include Mass at the tomb of St Philip Neri at the Chiesa Nuovo at 11am (contact Padre Rocco), Piazza Novona and Carravagio’s Call of Matthew at the French Church, and the Pantheon, followed by a trip to the Spanish Steps and Borghese Gardens and Piazza del Popolo.
22.10 Rome Fiumicino Blue Air 5516
23.55 Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Taxi from Airport: Natalia, Danica, James, Agata, Ola, Pilar, Andrew, Fr Philip – 8 in total.
On Sunday 27 August, you are invited to come to St Joseph’s for Mass at 10am and then we can have a Barbeque together and relax. St Joseph's is ten minutes walk from the bus station, just across the river, LA1 2HU. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to come, to help with catering. You can bring friends.
Why not join young adults from across the UK for this Youth 2000 Retreat at England's National Shrine to Our Lady? The retreat is a great way to meet new friends, open your hearts to the presence of Christ through 24-hour adoration, talks, workshops and social events. Over one thousand young adults go to this festival. Transport is arranged from across the country.
Each year, the Diocese of Lourdes organises a pilgrimage to Lourdes, the place where Our Lady appeared to St Bernadette in 1854 in the Pyrennes in the South of France. Young people accompanying the pilgrimage can help with the pushing of the wheelchairs and the care of the sick, a beautiful opportunity of service, as well as entering into the different events, liturgies and celebrations of the pilgrimage. If you would like to go, please contact Patricia at Castlerigg Manor.
The Commission is a project that comes from a group of people with a passion for university mission in the UK. Originally piloted in Richmond 2016 (then Student Leadership Training), The Commission was a huge success among the 70 attending students who went away after 3 days with a new found enthusiasm and skill set for modern day discipleship on campus!
This year we have taken it to the next level, not only have Focus offered some of their incredible speakers but we are going to St. Mary's University in Twickenham!
We are inviting all Catholic Students with a heart for Jesus and His Church to dive deeper into the great commission, discover new tools made for student mission and create relationships with other Catholic Students all around the UK.
Spaces are limited so we ask that you book now to avoid disappointment.
Canon Luiz Ruscillo continues to share his deep understanding of the Scriptures with us in a series of talks on the Miracles in the Gospel. What do the miracles of Jesus teach us, and how best are we to understand them? These talks - always highly engaging and humourous - are open to all, and will enlighten your hearts and minds. Please bring your Bible if you have one with you. The dates of the talks are: 2, 9, 23, 30 May and 6 June, at the Education Centre on Balmoral Rd (just behind the Cathedral), LA1 3BT.A series of talks by the given at the Cathedral of St Peter (Day Chapel) on three consecutive Tuesdays to help us to enter into Lent: 7, 14 and 21 March. All are most welcome. This last talk will be on Almsgiving and works of mercy by Simon Stewart.
Youth 2000 Retreat at Craig Lodge House of Prayer, Dalmally, Scotland. A weekend youth Retreat with hundreds of other young people, with engaging talks, lively music, workshops, discussions, powerful prayer times, Reconciliation, Adoration and Healing, and evening entertainment. The event is donation only. Check out Youth 2000 website for details.
March for Life UK is a National yearly event that is now in its third year. The event is a pro-life rally that is a celebration of the pro-life message. The day begins with prayer, music, song and inspiring talks from a range of pro-life speakers. This is then followed by the March! It is an organised walk through the busy city centre of Birmingham, witnessing to shoppers and members of the general public. It culminates in Victoria Square, right in the heart of the city centre. Once gathered there we finish the day with some reflection and a final motivating speech from one of our guest speakers, encouraging others to get involved with the pro-life movement in their own areas.
There is transport available from Preston. Please phone Ruth for details on 01524 840497
Christopher Robson of the charity, Aid to the Church in Need, will be presenting a talk in the Catholic Flat onWednesday 17 May at 7pm on ‘Christianity in the Middle East’, exploring the history of the region which provides the context to so many of today’s problems. He will be looking at the situation of the Christian minorities in Iraq and Syria, the relationship of the Palestinian Christians with their Muslim compatriots and with Israel, and the different Christian groups in Lebanon where still 40% of the population is Christian. He would look at concepts of persecution, martyrdom and forgiveness. Please come along to what will be a fascinating subject.
Pope Francis is in Portugal at the shrine of Fatima next weekend, celebrating the centenary of the apparitions there when Our Lady appeared to three children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia with an urgent message for world peace, a call to prayer and repentance. At the time the miracle of the sun was seen by over 80,000 people. Our Lady’s message of conversion is as pressing as ever, and to enter into that spirit, there will be Adoration and Rosary at the Cathedral at 11.30am, celebration of Mass at 12.15pm, followed by a short procession and prayers of consecration on Saturday 13 May. All welcome.
An opportunity of encounter and dialogue in the Chaplaincy Centre Central Lounge in which students can share and discuss different issues facing them, drawing from their different religious backgrounds. This term's Faithshare will be exploring This week’s event looks at the question: ‘Whose voices are heard? Women’s & men’s roles in our faith traditions’.
Pancakes will be being served in the Chaplaincy Centre Cafe on Thursday 11 May, from 5-7pm for FREE! Come along, and bring a friend, and find some time to relax in the midst of all the revision and exams. You might also like to hang around for Faithshare which follows the Pancakes at 7.30pm.
On Wednesday 10 May at 6:30pm we will welcome Canon John Watson who will be celebrating Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass). He will begin with a brief introduction, and Mass will begin at 7pm in the Chapel. If you have never been to such a Mass, come along and absorb the experience. In many ways it is very different in shape from the Mass that most of us are used to, and yet until 1962 this was the way Mass was celebrated for over a millennium, in secula seculorum. Everyone is welcome, and afterwards we will retire to the Flat for refreshments and an informal time for questions and sharing.
Many students never leave campus, but just over the railway line there is a beautiful world to discover of moor and mountain, sea and coastline. Beginning on Sunday 7 May at 3pm, Bosco will be leading a walk, meeting at Chaplaincy Centre. Please speak to Fr Phil to book a place so that we can sort out transport and arrangements.
On the feast of the English Martyrs, we are going to remember our Martyrs, men and women who laid down their lives for their faith, and ask their help for us. Three hundred to four hundred years ago, there was a fierce persecution of Catholic priests and lay faithful; many were imprisoned in Lancaster castle, sentenced to death, paraded on a hurdle through the streets of Lancaster up to Martyrs Hill (near Williamson Park). There, they were hanged, drawn and quartered, and their heads were stuck on pikes at the city gates. We are going to re-trace their final steps, pray at their execution site, and then head back down the hill to visit the cathedral and have a coffee. Anyone who is interested should meet us at the Castle gate at 7.30pm on Thursday 4 May. We will then head to the White Cross for a pint. All welcome!
CathSoc are challenging the Philosophy Society to a debate on Wednesday 2 May, location and time to be confirmed. Keep an eye on the CathSoc Facebook page; we are awaiting PhilSoc to get back to us. But let's not let the team down; please come and support and cheer on our valiant team!