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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.