End of term celebrations in Manchester
With the end of the academic year approaching, two celebrations were enjoyed by the chaplaincy community in Manchester, both of them making a happy and relaxed end to a good year in the life of the chaplaincy and the Universities' Church of the Holy Name.
On Friday 31st May the end-of-year barbecue saw 60+ students gathered in the garden for barbecued food, drinks, games, and singing into the small hours. The wide range of nationalities, languages and backgrounds of those who frequent the chaplaincy and take part in its activities and masses was evident, with students from North & South America, Africa, India and Pakistan, and the Far East as well as from the UK and other parts of Europe.
On Sunday 2nd June, Bishop John Arnold came to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation at the regular 12 noon mass. One student was baptised, two were received into the Catholic Church from other Christian churches, and three further students joined them to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from the Bishop.
Community Superior Fr Brendan Callaghan SJ commented “it was a wonderful to see the diversity of the chaplaincy reflected in these new members of the congregation, a truly international event, presided over with relaxed grace by Bishop John”.
The ceremony was followed by a reception for families and friends in the chaplaincy building.