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Hi everyone,
Welcome back! It was great to catch up with so many of you over lunch yesterday, and to hear your Vac stories. It was a busy one here too, with a very blessed Easter Triduum and pilgrimage to Paris and Chartres. So many adventures had, but we’re excited for life to get back to ‘normal’ again…

It’s another packed term ahead. If you haven’t yet picked up a term card, do pop round and get one. We’d love to hear your feedback (positive and constructive) on the new design!

As always, you’ll find details of all our upcoming events in the schedule below. I’d just like to draw your attention briefly to a few new ventures for this term. The first is a Lectio Divina group, beginning this Tuesday 1-2pm in the Old Palace dining room. Lectio is the beautiful, Benedictine tradition of reading and meditating with the Scriptures, allowing God’s word to speak to us in our daily lives. Each session will be guided by one of the Chaplains, so don’t worry if it would be your first time!

Fr Ian will also be giving a series of talks on the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola on Wednesdays at 6pm in the Blue Room. Pope Benedict XVI describes Ignatian spirituality as “a gift of the Spirit of the Lord to the entire Church.” Intrigued? Join us this Wednesday to discover more!

Fr Matthew would like to gauge interest for a ‘prayerful review of the week’. This would be the chance to get together and reflect upon those areas in our life in which God is speaking, with times of silence in order to better discern His call. If you’re interested in learning more, please email him at matthew.power@jesuits.net

Finally, we will be joined on Thursday morning by Mgr Mark Langham, Chaplain to the University of Cambridge who will concelebrate the 8am Mass and share breakfast with us. We’re looking forward to hearing all about Catholic life in the Other Place – hope you can join us!

Here are the rest of our events for the week:

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

College Masses
Monday: Hertford, 6pm; Tuesday: Brasenose, 6pm; Wednesday: New, 6pm; Thursday: Jesus, 12:15pm

6pm – Spirituality Series with Fr Ian, For the Greater Glory of God: an introduction to St Ignatius of Loyola. Talk in the Blue Room.

8pm – God in the Quad. Postgraduate discussion group exploring faith and scholarship with FREE pizza and cakes. All postgraduates are welcome!

Newman Catholic Society evening
CathSoc is back! Join us for food and fellowship starting at 7pm. For our talk this week, Fr James Hanvey SJ will explore the theme of Pope Francis: the Church and his Vision. As always, the event will close with prayer and social time at 9:30pm.

4pm – Cake and Crafts in the Strange Room.

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.

With our prayers for a blessed First Week,
The Chaplains
Fr Matthew, Becky, Fr Nick, Fr Ian.