Huge success at Blackfriars Advent Market – thank you!

Blackfriars Market – an astounding success!!

Celebrating our 200th year, Blackfriars Market has been an opportunity to make a solid effort to develop our ministry and outreach for the future. And we have all excelled ourselves! Working hard over the weekend, we have now raised a total of £12,399.22 from our efforts over the last number of weeks. We will also be able to claim significant gift aid on some of the donations.

The Market is your success, your future

Blackfriars Market does not happen by itself and so in advance we would like to thank all those who have made it happen. It really is a cast of thousands! From those who get things moving months before in the planning stages, to those who arrange the timelines of what needs to happen when, and those who co-ordinate the bringing of goods for the market and overseeing the various things that happen. We are grateful to every single person. Your contribution is vitally important to securing the future of Holy Cross and realising our ambition to make the place ready for the next 200 years of ministry. Many thanks!

The Market is making things happen

The many steps forward that we have been able to make in our buildings over the last number of years have been amazing. From relighting the church to upgrading the living and working facilities in the priory, to tackling the deficit, these things have only been possible because of your efforts and generosity. As we go forward, our dreams and ambitions are within reach because of our achievement as a community. We have managed to raise over £40.5K since we launched the appeal in June. Many thanks to everyone!

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Some more photos of the Blackfriars Advent Market:

 

Freshers Mass & Social (welcome to the student chaplaincy!)

We’ve got a Freshers Mass this Saturday (28th September) at 6.10pm – it’s the Vigil Mass for Sunday.

Then we hope you can stay for some free food and drink.

New students are particularly welcome!

It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other Catholic students from both DMU and UoL…

And to find out what’s on offer at the chaplaincy this term.

Just come along to Holy Cross church, between New Walk and Wellington Street (LE1 6HW) in the city centre.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Also, you can like our pages on Facebook to stay informed:

https://www.facebook.com/leicestercatholicstudents/

https://www.facebook.com/UoLCathSoc/

https://www.facebook.com/DeMontfortUniversityCatholicSociety/

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Frassati Group for Young Adults

This recently established group for young adults (aged 18-35) meets on a Monday and a Saturday every other week.

The next dates will be:

Saturday 12 October, 11am-2pm (then assisting with the Rossini Stabat Mater concert)

Monday 21 October, 7pm-9pm

Saturday 2 November, 11am-2pm

Monday 11 November, 7pm-9pm

 

Monday evening sessions include a talk (by a Dominican friar or by one of the group members).  We start with bring-and-share food at 7pm, followed by talk and discussion, finishing with prayers just before 9pm.

The Saturday meetings are child-friendly and have more of a social feel. We meet to watch a short video and discuss it, pray in church (12.30 Mass), and then share a simple lunch.

To find out more, please email Fr Matthew (matthew.jarvis@english.op.org) or Katherine (katherinevankroonenburg@gmail.com).

The Frassati Centre for Preaching and Evangelisation

Over the last few months, we have indicated the plans we are developing for a new pastoral centre here at Holy Cross – The Frassati Centre for Preaching and Evangelisation. This would seek to breathe new life into the original church buildings that we knew as the ‘Holy Cross Centre’. We’ve assembled £180k so far to develop these buildings, and we are seeking to embark on a major fundraising project as we look towards our bicentenary. There’ll be lots to talk about in the weeks ahead. Please come along to the events next weekend, 2nd March.

WHO IS BLESSED PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI? He’s the inspiration for our new initiative with developing our buildings and our apostolate, but who is he? He’s a lay Dominican, whose life was marked by living the Dominican Charism in his everyday life. He was deeply devoted to prayer and study, and he inspired great fellowship with his contemporaries, and devoted himself to the service of others, especially the most vulnerable members of the community. We look forward to getting to know him more closely as we develop our apostolate.

IMAGE OF BLESSED PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI We want to foster devotion to this Dominican Beatus. At 10:30am Mass next Sunday, 3rd March 2019, Fr Robert Gay, prior of our community in Oxford, will bless an image, as we prepare to enshrine Blessed Frassati in our church.  Please do come along.