We’re halfway through term already! Can you believe it? I hope the Fifth Week blues aren’t too heavy. If you are feeling under pressure don’t hesitate to get in touch! The Chaplains are always on hand for a cup of tea and a chat.
This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, and we will have Masses and distribution of ashes at 8am, 12:15pm, and 6pm in the Chapel – you are all very welcome. Throughout Lent, we seek to deepen our relationship with the Lord in various ways; one of these is the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If you haven’t been to Confession for a while, might you consider arranging to meet with one of the priest Chaplains? It would be a chance for you to bring all the ups and downs of life into an encounter with the Lords’ mercy in a sacramental context. Fr Nick, Fr Ian, and Fr Matthew (all cc’d into this email) will be happy to meet with you for 15-20 mins, or however long is helpful. Please just drop them an email to arrange an appointment. We hope the attached article by Cardinal Martini will help your reflection.
We have another busy week ahead, and you can find all the details in the schedule below. I’d like to draw attention especially to Friday evening’s film night in the Blue Room. Paul Shrimpton and Alex Lloyd will introduce the film Sophie Scholl, the Final Days, which documents the heroic work of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany. The evening will end with a chance for discussion and reflection on this thought-provoking work. All are welcome!
Next Friday sees the return of Nightfever! Blackfriars will be hosting the evening of Adoration, Confession, and evangelisation, where teams of volunteers invite passers-by into the church to simply light a candle. If you would like to be involved in any aspect of the evening, be it music, evangelisation, or set-up, please contact myself or Georgia Clarke (Georgia.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finally, please see attached notes from Fr Timothy Radcliffe’s homily, given this weekend at the 9am Mass. As we begin Lent, let’s think about ways we can turn outwards and offer Christ’s love to all we meet!
Have a blessed week, hope to see you at some of our events…
Daily – 7:30am Adoration, 12:15 Mass
Monday, Friday – 8am Morning Prayer
Ash Wednesday Mass – 8am (followed by Rosary), 12:15pm, 6pm
Tuesday, Thursday – 8am Mass followed by FREE breakfast
Monday: Worcester, 6pm; Tuesday; Trinity, 6pm; Wednesday, St Hugh’s, 6pm; Thursday: Trinity, 12:15pm; Friday: Nuffield, 6pm
7pm – What is marriage? What’s the reason behind the Church’s teaching on sexuality? Come along for guided discussion on ‘Life, Love and the Theology of the Body’ in the Strange Room. While discussion will be from a Catholic perspective, people of all faiths and none are welcome! Contact Simone Delzin – email@example.com – for more information.
1pm-2pm – Witnesses to Hope: a practical guide to Catholic Apologetics. Unsure about how to respond to the ‘tough questions’ about our faith? Join Becky for a short presentation and discussion on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching, this week we will be looking at beginning of life issues, including abortion and IVF. Simple lunch and snacks provided!
6pm – Scripture Series with Fr Nick, Luke – the Supreme Artist. Talk open to all in the Blue Room.
8pm – God in the Quad, discussion group for postgraduates with FREE pizza and cakes.
Newman Catholic Society evening
Join us for a delicious, homecooked meal from 7pm, followed by a talk on Benedictine Spirituality by Fr Luke Bell OSB. As always, this will be followed by a social time and prayer time in the Chapel. All welcome, so please invite your friends!
7:30pm – Newman Society Mardi Gras Ceilidh. Join us for pancakes and dancing to celebrate Shrove Tuesday!
4pm – Cake and Crafts in the Strange Room – open to all students!
8pm – Sophie Scholl: the final days (2005), with introduction from Paul Shrimpton (Grandpont House) and Alex Lloyd. This touching film documents the work of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany. It is one not to be missed.
9pm – PostGrad social in the Blue Room. Wine and nibbles provided, just ring the doorbell at ‘The Old Palace’ and we’ll let you in. Please contact Anna – firstname.lastname@example.org – or join the Facebook group for more information.
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February – Newman Room
The Oxford Troubadours present… GK Chesterton’s The Surprise! A performance of a little-known play by G. K. Chesterton. Written for production in 1932 and published posthumously in 1952, it has been performed rarely since then.
A master puppet-maker longs for his clockwork creations to be made free. When his wish is granted, he gets far more than he bargained for! Book your tickets here for only £5!
Friday 23rd February
Nightfever returns! Join us at Blackfriar’s for a time of adoration and evangelisation, inviting members of the public into church to light a candle. If you want to get involved, please contact
6th – 8th April
Oxford Chaplaincy will be taking a group to the Paris to Chartres Student Pilgrimage: Hosted by the Chaplaincy of the Sorbonne-Assas International Law School, we will spend a day or two in Paris before joining the walking pilgrimage to the beautiful Cathedral of Chartres, with hundreds of other students and young professionals.
More details to follow soon, including estimated costs, but please contact Louis Neviaski, email@example.com asap to register your interest!
23rd March to 1st April
Student Cross: Oxford to Walsingham Join students from across the country for a walking pilgrimage in Holy Week, carrying a cross, accompanied by Fr Simon Bishop SJ, former Oxford Chaplain. For more info, contact one of the Chaplains.
Hope you have a great week, we are praying for you.
Fr Matthew, Becky, Fr Nick, Fr Ian