ACN Portraits of Faith: Syria’s Christians search for peace. The weekend of 24-25 June, the Cathedral will be hosting an exhibition, organised by the Aid to the Church in Need. The exhibition will include art and needlework from Aleppo and provide the opportunity to find out what it is like for the Christian community in Syria today. Entrance is free, 9am-6pm.
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.
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.
If you would like to join us on a trip to Rome to visit the tombs of the apostles and see St Peter’s successor, Pope Francis, and discover the history and beauty of the Eternal City, please register your interest as soon as possible. The plan is to gather at the Chaplaincy Centre just before the beginning of term, drop off our bags, fly to Rome on Tuesday 26 September and return on Friday 29 September. Accommodation is a bargain £70 for three nights in a central hotel near the Vatican, and of course there is the additional cost of the flight on a budget airline (currently £50 return), whose details will be given to you once your place is confirmed, and food. Please sign up today if you would like to join us.
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!
Our Weekly Gathering for faith exploration and catechesis in the Catholic Flat on Wednesday at 7pm.
We spend some time together with refreshments and some food, and then there is a short presentation, followed by discussion. Everyone is welcome.
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.
CathSoc are organising a Board Game evening in the Catholic Flat on Saturday 6 May, 5-7pm, time for relaxation, some fun and some food. All welcome!
An introductory workshop on building up a culture of vocation within the chaplaincy and in the Church, run by Fr Darren and the Diocesan Vocations Team at the Pastoral Centre, Balmoral Rd, Lancaster, 10am-3pm on Saturday 3 June.
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.
We are very privileged to be welcoming Michael Dopp, from Canada, a world-renowned authority on evangelisation, engaging faith and culture. He will lead a session at Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre on Thursday 1 June, 7-8.30pm. All welcome
A CathSoc initiative to pray for peace in our world and in our hearts, especially in this exam season, on Wednesday 31 May. We will gather for some food in the Catholic Flat at 7pm, and then there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel from around 8.30pm till 10.30pm. 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.
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!
Come and join us for a film, a relaxing way to begin the Summer Term. Refreshments and pizza in the Catholic Flat at 6.30pm. Everyone welcome!
This group will explore different themes of Catholic life and faith. The group is being co-ordinated by Dr Felix Martin and will meet every other Thursday from 6-7pm in the Management School, Room Meeting Room 5.
the last session of term will be focussing upon Marriage and Family. There is a crisis in the understanding of marriage and the Christian family. Marriage appears to many as formulaic, or it is adopted only as an expression of commitment after a long time of living together. This raises questions as to the meaningfulness of sacramental symbols in a desacralized society, characterised by the power of technology and the transactional nature of human relations. Come and join the discussion in the Management School, Meeting Room 5, at 6pm. Reading material: Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, part 1 & John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, parts 1-3.
Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, a team will be accompanying students and staff who set aside time over a week to embark upon a journey into the depths of their hearts, to discover more clearly who they are, to ask for light in decisions and choices that need to be made, and to come to a more truthful understanding of who God is and who they are in his eyes. There will be time for personal spiritual direction and talks on prayer in the evenings each day.
The Retreat begins on Sunday 12 March with some food following Mass, and an introductory talk at 7pm. On the following days there are talks: On Monday from 5-6.30pm, a talk on prayer and ways of praying. On Tuesday a talk on Discernment. On Thursday a talk on Creating a Rule of Life, and on Friday, the Retreat will conclude with a closing talk and prayer in the Catholic Chapel at 3pm.
There is a group of students going to this national youth event at Wembley Arena. If you are interested in going and would like tickets, please speak to Fr Philip.
A trip to Keswick in the stunning setting of the Lake District. Possibilities to climb a mountain, go on a boat trip, and enjoy the market and coffee shops of this beautiful town. £8 for CathSoc members, £10 for others.
An opportunity to hear world-class speakers and experts on the challenges to life around the world, exploring issues of concern: genetic challenges and designer babies, abortion, euthanasia. The conference is organised by SPUC. There are some grants available if you would like to go.
Lent begins this Wednesday, opening up a period of 40 Days, remembering the time that Jesus spent in the Desert, and giving us the opportunity to prepare to celebrate His Passion and Resurrection fittingly. It is a time marked out by more intense prayer, fasting and works of charity (almsgiving). Ash Wednesday itself is a day of abstinence and fasting, where the Church invites us to deny ourselves in a spirit of sacrifice and penance. There is a soup lunch at 12.30pm in the Chaplaincy Cafe downstairs and an ecumenical service of Ashes at 1.10pm in the Anglican Chapel. There is also the opportunity for Mass with Ashes at 5.30pm in the Catholic Chapel.
On Tuesday we will make Pancakes in the Catholic Flat straight after lunchtime Mass. Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday - the day before Lent begins - was a time to clear the kitchen of fat, butter, eggs, etc, and so the tradition of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday began. If you miss pancakes at lunchtime, there is a further opportunity for pancakes in the Chaplaincy Café downstairs at 5pm, and you would be more than welcome to stay for the Chaplaincy Centre AGM at 6pm.
Is there an ethical approach to job seeking?
This is an introductory workshop which explains to students who are entering the workplace how any career can be good for society and the environment if they approach it in an ethical way. The workshop also shows how this ethical approach can lead to greater resilience and flourishing for students in their careers.
The workshop is being run by Nick Francini, a social entrepreneur based in London and Manchester. He is the co-founder of Good Works, an organisation which uses creative techniques to help people make their workplaces more ethical.
In this session, in order to develop some of these themes, Nick will be helping us to reflect on the current Refugee Crisis and show how our response to this reflects our own ethical priorities. Should be very interesting!
All are most welcome!
CathSoc are organising a trip to York, a fantastic Cathedral city in the North East of England. £10 for CathSoc members, £15 for anyone else. Places only confirmed with payment.
An invitation to spend the weekend living with a monastic community and their life of prayer and hospitality at Hyning Hall, the weekend of 27-29 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.
A men's weekend retreat run by Br Angelo CFR at Castlerigg Manor in the Lake District. The weekend will include time together, prayer and the celebration of Mass, hiking and abseiling, camp fires and star gazing.