Manchester Chaplaincy's Christmas celebrations
Christmas celebrations came a bit early at the Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy, with the term ending on Friday 14th December.
The traditional Carols by Candlelight service took place on Wednesday 12th, with a full church, two separate choirs, and the participation of Revd Dr Adam Scott, the Lead Chaplain from St Peter’s House (the ecumenical non-Catholic Chaplaincy). Students read from the Gospel accounts of the Nativity, the classic choir both sang polyphonic settings of carols ancient and new and led the congregational singing, while the contemporary choir gave us new songs on old themes.
A large part of the congregation then moved to the Chaplaincy next door for mulled wine and mince pies, prepared and served by CathSoc members and others.
Celebrations continued on Thursday 13th. "There was a dramatization in the Chaplaincy Chapel of A Refugee Christmas, counterpointing the events of the Christmas story with excerpts from the testimonies of contemporary refugees," described Brendan Callaghan SJ, Superior of the Manchester Jesuit community. This was followed by signing Christmas cards to send to those being helped by JRS – an exercise fuelled by more mulled wine and mince pies.