Happy 5th Week (already!). We had a very busy and blessed weekend at the Chaplaincy, with Nightfever, Finalists’ Brunch, a BBQ for residents current and new, and the great feast of Pentecost during which we had the joy of celebrating the Baptism and Confirmation of six of our students. Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make the Mass and reception a great success, especially the altar servers and sacristans who welcomed Bishop Kenney in such a warm, dignified way.
As we mark the halfway point of Trinity, we’ve a whole host of events to give you a well-earned break from work and revision.
This evening, the Newman CathSoc will hold the much-anticipated Thomas More Lecture in the Newman Room. Join us for Mass and Veneration of a 1st Class relic of this great Saint from 6pm, followed by a catered dinner, and a talk at 8pm from Stonyhurst curator Jan Graffius. See below for more details.
There is a distinct theme of Sainthood in the Chaplaincy this week…after all, we’re all called to be saints, each in our own, often unusual, ways. This Friday evening we invite you all to discover the unique paths to sanctity taken by British Saints across the ages. Holy Unexpected is a film and exhibition produced by local postgrads and artists in which GK Chesterton and Julian of Norwich become our unlikely guides in this story of the history of Christianity in the British Isles, told through the surprising lives of eight holy men and women. The exhibition and drinks reception will open at 7pm, with a screening of the 40-minute film at 7:40pm.
Finally, we will be heading out to Uni Parks this coming Saturday from 1-3pm for a picnic and sports! Hopefully the sun will be shining on us. Bring some food to share, and we’ll provide the frisbee, football, and ‘sports day’ games. Invite your friends!
All this and more in our schedule below… See you very soon!
Sunday – 9am, 11am, 5:45pm, 9pm Mass
Daily – 7:30am Adoration, 12:15 Mass
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 8am Morning Prayer
Tuesday, Thursday – 8am Mass followed by FREE breakfast.
Tuesday – 1pm Lectio Divina with simple lunch in the Dining Room
Monday: University, 6pm; Tuesday: Christ Church, 1:15m; Wednesday: LMH, 6pm; Thursday: Wadham, 12:15pm
6pm – Thomas More Mass and Lecture. Join the Newman CathSoc at 6pm for Mass with veneration of a relic of St Thomas More, followed by a meal and a lecture by Jan Graffius (Curator at Stonyhurst College) on Thomas More and Dame Alice: a new reflection on a relationship as defined by artefacts.
6pm – Spirituality Series with Fr Ian, Consolation and Desolation: an exploration of the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. Talk open to all in the Blue Room.
8pm – God in the Quad – postgrad reflection on faith and scholarship. FREE pizza and cakes provided. All postgraduates are welcome!
Newman Catholic Society evening
In this week’s talk, Nigel Parker and David O’Mahoney (Catholic Union) will present On Faith and Reason in Politics and the Public Square. All are welcome! As always, we will begin with a meal at 7pm, followed by talk at 8pm, and Adoration and Benediction at 9:30pm. Adoration will continue until midnight to pray for Ireland and the Save the 8th Campaign.
7pm – Holy Unexpected. GK Chesterton and Julian of Norwich are our unlikely guides in this story of the history of Christianity in these lands, told through the surprising lives of eight holy men and women. This exhibition was presented at the London Encounter 2017 and includes a 40 minute feature film as its centrepiece. Some of the creators will be present to answer your questions!
4:30pm – the second of our Volunteering Meetings. Do you volunteer in Oxford or elsewhere? Are you interested in volunteering? Meet other students involved in various projects and hear about opportunities available. Fr Matthew will lead the group in a guided reflection, to help us to see where God is at work in the various activities we do.
4pm – Cake and Crafts in the Strange Room.
1pm – Sports and Picnic in University Parks. Meet at the entrance at 1pm!
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.
As promised last week, here are some more Chaplains’ recommendations for summer retreats and activities. If you’ve any questions, please get in touch!
30th June – ‘Open. To life. To faith. To prayer.’ A day retreat at Douai Abbey with the English Benedictine Congregation exploring the depth of monastic tradition. Former Assistant Chaplain, Alex Harrod, now a postulant at Stanbrook Abbey, will be present!
2nd – 5th August – St John-Paul II Pilgrimage. Join the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph as they walk from Bury St Edmunds to Walsingham, praying for the New Evangelisation.
That’s all for now. We are praying for you, and hope to see you all very soon!
Fr Matthew, Becky, Fr Nick, Fr Ian.