Christians in the Holy Land – 4 March, 7.15pm

Christians in the Holy Land are struggling and face many threats. Here’s an article that gives some background: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/07/christians-holy-land-jerusalem-settlers

We are delighted to welcome Professor Robin Graham-Brown to speak to us on this topic. As well as having a career in medicine, teaching, research and hospital management, Professor Graham-Brown is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Catholic order that strives to help Christians in the Holy Land. He will speak from that experience about the situation for Christians in the country where Jesus Christ lived, died and rose again. And what can we do to help them?

A light soup dinner will be served after the talk and there will be time for questions and discussion.

Wednesday 4 March
7.15pm
Frassati Centre at Holy Cross Priory, LE1 6HW

Free entry. All welcome.

Through Lent with Saint Paul

*** Update on 14 March 2020 ***

Following measures to limit the possible spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we regret that it will not be possible to meet for the remaining sessions of this Scripture Study series. We are considering ways of potentially running a session online, or the sessions may simply be resumed when the virus threat has decreased. Please watch this space, and our Facebook page, for updates, and keep praying for one another.

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Our Scripture Study continues in this Year of the Word of God, looking at that theological giant of the New Testament: St Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles.

Tuesdays in Lent
from 3rd March to 7th April
7pm–9pm
Frassati Centre, Wellington Street, LE1 6HW

You may wish to bring your own Bible, but texts will also be provided.

The evenings start at 7pm with food (bring and share!), followed at 7.30pm by the Scripture study and discussion, led by Fr Matthew, and we finish at 9pm.

Free entry. All welcome.

 

Icon of St. Dominic

UPDATE: Advent Carols Social cancelled tonight, but see you for the Advent Retreat

Unfortunately, the Advent Carols Social tonight has to be cancelled, because the event organiser and music leader is sick and we couldn’t get anyone to stand in at short notice. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Hopefully we’ll see you at our Advent Retreat events in addition to the regular Mass times:

Friday (tomorrow) 7pm Holy Hour

Saturday 8am Rorate Mass (candlelit Sung Mass of Our Lady in the Dominican Rite)

Saturday 12.30pm Advent Retreat Mass, followed by free lunch and Advent reflection

Saturday 2-3pm Advent Retreat Holy Hour

Sunday 4pm Carol Service


 

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 Young Adults – upcoming dates

The Frassati Young Adults group (for those aged 18-35) will meet on the following dates:

Saturday 25 January (Feast of the Conversion of St Paul)
10.30 Adoration
11.00 Refreshments then Video
12.15 Benediction, then Mass
13.00 Lunch – Italian theme

Shrove Tuesday (25 February), 7.15pm: Pancake Party!
Details to follow.

Wednesday 4 March, 7.15pm: Christians in the Holy Land (public talk)
With Professor Robin Graham-Brown KC*HS. Details to follow.

Another cinema outing is being planned to see A Hidden Life, about the Catholic martyr Franz Jägerstätter.

 

To find out more or to be added to our mailing list, 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.