I hope you enjoyed the sun this weekend! We were blessed with glorious weather for the Corpus Christi procession, which saw over 300 people walk with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Oxford, ending at the Chaplaincy for Benediction, followed by tea and cakes. A huge thank you must go to everyone who made this event such a success – marshals, banner bearers, and most especially the amazing team of volunteers here who coordinated such mammoth refreshment!
It’s hard to believe that term is going so quickly! All of our usual events continue this week, and we will look forward to a weekend of celebration! In addition to the Sacred Heart dinner (details below), we will be holding a Bring and Share Picnic after the 11am Mass on Sunday. Bring a dish to share, and a blanket if you have one, and we will head out to Christ Church Meadow at 12:15pm(ish) for food and games in the sun!
As the year draws to a close, please say a prayer for Fr Nick, as he is away for the month of June teaching in Jerusalem. He has been a great support for Chaplaincy life over the past year, and so will be greatly missed in these next few weeks! I know he will look forward to seeing returners after the Long Vac, and will be keeping all of you in his thoughts and prayers.
Our prayers continue to go out to finalists’ and to first years preparing for prelims. Keep going, and if you ever need a listening ear, just drop one of us a message.
Our schedule is, as always, below. Hope to see you soon!
Sunday – 9am, 11am followed by a bring and share picnic, 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 – 1:15pm Lectio Divina followed by a simple lunch in the Dining Room
Monday: Lincoln, 6pm; Regent’s, 6pm; Tuesday: Somerville, 5:30pm; Wednesday: Queen’s, 6pm.
6pm – Spirituality Series with Fr Ian, Finding God in All Things: the final talk in this series exploring the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. Open to all in the Blue Room.
8pm – God in the Quad – Postgrad discussion on Faith and Scholarship, with free pizza!
Newman Catholic Society evening
This week’s event is once again in collaboration with the Orthodox Society, and is the FINAL Newman CathSoc talk of the year! Dr Vigen Guroian will present on the vocation to Marriage and ‘Challenges for Christian Love in a Confused Age.’ As always, there will be a free meal at 7pm, followed by a talk at 8pm, and Benediction and Compline at 9:30pm.
4pm – Cake and Crafts in the Strange Room.
6pm – Sacred Heart Dinner and Cocktail Night. No Postgrad Social this week, instead join the Newman Cathsoc for an end-of-term celebration! We will have a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart at 6pm, to which all are welcome. The party is ticketed at just £15, which includes a prosecco reception, themed cocktails, and a three-course buffet. Tickets are going fast, so make sure to check the Facebook page now to sign up!
Other News and Events
Tuesday 5th June, 7:30pm – Urgent call to action from Oxford Students for Life. In a meeting on Wednesday, the SU will seek to renew their pro-choice policy which would support access to abortion under any circumstance. OSFL will be brainstorming ways to combat this motion this Tuesday from 7:30-8:30pm in Lecture Room 1 of Christ Church. Please come along to contribute your ideas, and support the group in this campaign!
Friday 8th June, 7:30pm – Join the Oratory Young Adults for an evening of music and wine! All musical contributions warmly welcomed, from the sublime to the ridiculous! More details on their Facebook event.
Sunday 10th June, 7:30pm – The OYA group will host a Summer BBQ, open to all young adults! Tickets just £5 – please see the event page for more details.
Very finally, I may be a little worse for wear on Sunday morning, as I will spend Saturday night cycling 50km around Central London! I will be fundraising to subsidise places at the Connect Conference, taking place from the 7th-8th July in Birmingham. It is a pro-life apologetics conference open to everyone aged between 18-25, whether pro-life, pro-choice or undecided. Every donation will go towards this project, and will bring us one step further to building a culture of life in the UK.
More details are on my Fundraising page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/becky-nightrider. If you are interested in the conference itself, drop me a message for more information.
Thank you, and hope you have a wonderful week!
Fr Matthew, Becky, Fr Nick, Fr Ian.