Chaplaincy Summer Holiday and Pilgrimage: We are planning a group Chaplaincy holiday 24-27 September (just before the beginning of Freshers Week) to the beautiful area of Norfolk, famous for its stunning beaches, unique architecture and wide-open blue skies! There will be plenty of fun, trips to the sea, visits to country houses and local towns, as well as a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Let Fr Philip or Ruth know if you are interested - more info to follow.
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!
Prepare a way for the Lord! As we go deeper into Lent, we are asked to clear our hearts so that the Lord may be born anew within us. The Church encourages us to take up the opportunity for Confession during this season. Besides the usual times before weekday and Sunday Masses, there will be an opportunity immediately after Sunday Mass this week, with visiting priests available. Here is an examination of conscience to help you to prepare to make a good confession.
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.
Our Weekly Gathering for faith exploration and catechesis in the Catholic Flat on Wednesday at 7pm.
This week Sharon Weerasuriya will be sharing her experiences on CAFOD’s “Step into the Gap” programme. She’ll talk about the work that the charity does and the international travel she has recently undertaken in the Holy Land. “CAFOD” is the “Catholic Agency for Overseas Development”, and it does excellent work helping to support some of the poorest communities around the world in sustainable ways.
There will be food and refreshments available and everyone is welcome
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 celebration of Mass with Ashes at 6pm in the Catholic Chapel.
There is a group of students going to this national youth event at Wembley Arena. Departure by coach from Our Lady’s Catholic College on Morecambe Rd, Lancaster at 04.30am, and returning at 1am on Sunday 3 March. Please bring a packed lunch and some money for breakfast and dinner en route.
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 24 February with some food following Mass, and an introductory talk at 7pm. On the following days there are talks: On Monday from 6-6.45pm, a talk on prayer and ways of praying. On Tuesday a talk on Discernment. On Wednesday 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.
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 ‘Faith and Food. How my faith shapes traditions, ethics and attitudes to food’.
An invitation to spend the weekend living with a monastic community and their life of prayer and hospitality at Hyning Hall, the weekend of 15-17 February. Contact Sr Mary Bernard on firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Youth 2000 Retreat at Trinity Leeds University. A weekend youth Retreat with 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.
CathSoc are organising a trip to the shrine of Our Lady at Ladyewell, and to the ancient Roman city of Chester. £10 for CathSoc members, £12 for anyone else. Places only confirmed with payment. We will be departing from the Chaplaincy Centre at 8.30am and returning for 6pm.
Can't get to Panama for World Youth Day?! A short trip to Lancaster Cathedral will mean you can celebrate WYD from the comfort of your own city. Prayer, music, Adoration, Confession and more. A great opportunity for young people to come and celebrate their faith together.
In the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, St Joseph’s Church in Lancaster are hosting an evening of praise & worship music, bringing together musicians and fellow Christians from all the surrounding area together with Bishop Paul Swarbrick, on Friday 25 January at 7.30pm. Event free of charge with donations accepted for Mary’s Meals. Tickets available on eventbrite or on the door.
Come and join us for a film, a relaxing way to ease into the new term. Refreshments and pizza in the Catholic Flat from 7pm. Everyone welcome!
We will be watching Pope Francis, A Man of His Word. Wim Wender’s 2018 acclaimed documentary on Pope Francis embarks on a personal journey to present his work of reform and answer today's global questions -- from his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality to his involvement in environmental issues, social justice and calls for peace. Join us for snacks, good conversation and an excellent film.
Following last year’s very successful retreat, 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!
A CathSoc initiative to pray for peace in our world and in our hearts, on Wednesday 28 November. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel from around 8.00pm till 9.30pm. 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. Pizza served beforehand in the Catholic Flat from around 7pm. Everyone welcome.
This Wednesday, 28 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. Come and pray in our chapel from 8-9.30pm with a candlelit vigil for peace.
Catholic Student Network Conference, the Catholic student conference bringing students together from all over the UK at London University, weekend of the 18-20 November. See here for Registration and Details. It would be great if we could get some representatives from Lancaster. I have some bursaries available.
Wednesday 31st October is All Hallows Eve (the night before All Saints Day). Traditionally this was celebrated as one of the holiest nights of the year in the Church’s calendar but has recently been hijacked by secular ghosts and ghouls and darkness. So please join us firstly for the Rosary in the Chapel at 6.30pm, followed by a celebration of “Carvings of Light” upstairs in the Catholic flat at 7pm, where we will be making Saint-inspired Catholic lanterns. (Art degrees not necessary, everything provided, just come prepared to be creative!)
The Catholic Chaplaincy will be welcoming Bishop Paul Swarbrick on Sunday 28 October to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the new Academic Year. The Mass will be followed by refreshments and drinks. All staff, students and friends and family of the Chaplaincy are most welcome.