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Hello everyone!
Spring has finally returned, and 8th Week is upon us; it’s hard to believe that the term is coming to an end already! We’re keeping up pace here, and have a busy week ahead…

We will finish the term in prayer together, with Stations of the Cross on Friday at 6pm. This beautiful Lenten devotion is part of a rich Church tradition in which we meditate on Christ’s journey to Calvary. You are all very welcome to come and share this time of reflection with us.

This weekend, the Catholic Student Network are hosting a conference at Birmingham University, in collaboration with Liverpool Hope and Cardiff Chaplaincies. The weekend is going to be packed with input from students and chaplains from across the country, focused on how to live faith at university and how to become missionaries on campus. The conference is run entirely by students, for students, AND costs just £10! Interested? Take a look at the Facebook for more info and sign-up details. I will be going for the day on Saturday, leaving the Chaplaincy at around 8am, so if you’d like to join just for a little while, please give me a shout!

As many of you will know, Pope Francis has called a Synod on Youth and Vocations which will take place this coming autumn. Birmingham Diocese are currently collating responses from young people to feed back to the Bishops’ Conferences ahead of the Synod and will be holding a ‘Thinktank’ evening here on 13th March from 7-9pm. If you’re still around in 9th Week, please come along and be a part of the conversation!

We will be sending a box of donations to the Community Food Bank on Tuesday of 9th Week. If you’re passing the Chaplaincy in the next week, please bring along some non-perishable items (with at least 3 months sell-by date), toiletries, or Easter treats to give to families in need in our community.

Since it’s the end of term, there will be no evening Masses next Sunday. For those heading off for the Vac, have safe travels and a restful break!
Here’s our full schedule for the week:

Daily – 7:30am Adoration, 12:15 Mass
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 8am Morning Prayer
Tuesday, Thursday – 8am Mass followed by FREE breakfast
Sunday – 9am, 11am

College Masses
Monday: Nuffield, 12:15pm; Thursday: Wadham, 12:15pm

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 -simone.delzin@sant.ox.ac.uk – 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? This week, Br Isaac Maria OP will present on Mary and the Saints. Simple lunch and snacks provided!

6pm – Scripture Series with Fr Nick, John – The Cross, Throne of Glory. 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
Journalist Francis Philips speaks to us about Being a Catholic Blogger. As always, the talk will be preceded by a delicious, homecooked meal at 7pm, and will be followed by Adoration and Benediction. All welcome, so please invite your friends!

7pm – Paris-Chartres Pilgrimage Information evening. Want to find out more about our trip to France (4-9th April)? Come along for dinner and a chance to meet other pilgrims!

4pm – Cake and Crafts in the Strange Room – open to all students!

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 – anna.branford@some.ox.ac.uk – or join the Facebook group for more information.

Upcoming Events

4th – 9th 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.
Please contact Louis Neviaski, lomanev@yahoo.fr 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.

With our prayers,
The Chaplains
Fr Matthew, Becky, Fr Nick, Fr Ian, Fr Keith.