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Click here for a message from the Chaplains - October 11
As Chaplains, we are always here for you. Sometimes, though, it may help to have a fellow student as a 'godparent' to help you settle in to university, and introduce you to the many sights of Catholic Oxford! Complete this brief form and we will try to give you godparents with at least one from the same college or course.
Current students, you can sign up to be a 'Godparent' here.
Michaelmas Term Masses at the Chaplaincy:
Sundays 11am (followed by refreshments), 5.45pm and 9pm (followed by hot chocolate)
Student Mass and (free!) breakfast on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 8am
1st-8th week: Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri-Sat 12.15pm (public Mass)
College Masses: see schedule
The Universal Synod begins in our families, parishes, schools, chaplaincies and communities. Pope Francis is providing a series of questions from which we may select any to which we may want to reply. Discernment is founded on prayer and is an offering of our thoughts as a contribution to a universal conversation. There is no question of winning an argument but of recognising God’s will.
We hope that what’s proposed will reassure those of you who are keen to minimise the risk of infection and encourage others that we hope to be as free of restrictions as we responsibly can be. We will review our protocols regularly in the light of Government and University guidelines. Don’t hesitate to pass on feedback!
While we hoped to be out of isolation on Saturday, the University has strongly advised us to continue isolating until Sunday night. We are sorry to postpone the farewell for Frs Ian and Nick again.
This message is particularly for those of you who have been to the Chaplaincy since last Friday morning and who use the NHS Track and Trace App when you visit.
[a] Chaplaincy resident had tested positive to COVID after taking a Lateral Flow Test. They had self-isolated immediately. We await the result of the PCR test, due sometime in the next 48 hours.
A time to unwind at the end of the year in a house by the sea with magnificent hills to east and the south.
Frs. Nick and Ian are being asked by the Jesuit Provincial to take up new missions from this September.
All this week I am trying to reduce to a minimum all forms of food packaging for all the food I eat. See how I get on!
Perhaps in this time of shared vulnerability, of reduced in-person contact, the spiritual bonds that unite us with our fellow Christians seem more precious. There is a sense too of how fundamental to our humanity is our openness to God: we are not masters of our destiny. We know ourselves in these times to be creatures. We are being invited to live more humbly.
Public worship is still permitted, as is one one-to-one walk a day. If you are in Oxford, we do hope to see you at one of our Masses (please see details below) and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like a walk and a chat.