Making Christmas special in Manchester

The Catholic Chaplaincy to Manchester's Universities (MUSCC) will be providing a Christmas Dinner on Thursday 25 December for those international students who are staying in Manchester over the Christmas period. A donation of £10 will secure them a place, and in return the Jesuits and their co-workers are laying on a full turkey dinner with plenty of refreshments and festive spirit!

The Manchester Central Foodbank, the only student-run Foodbank in the country, is operating as usual this week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-12pm), but it will be running a reduced service as of next week. From Monday 22 December, the Foodbank will only be open once a week; this will be on Tuesday 23 and Tuesday 30 December. "We are seeking volunteers to help out during this busy time of year, especially since term has finished and most of our student-volunteers have returned home for Christmas," says Stephanie Meredith, the MUSCC Administrator. "For anyone who is interested in helping out over Christmas we are referring them to info@manchestercentral.foodbank.org.uk."

Masses at Holy Name Church in Manchester will also be reduced to one per day over the holiday period. Weekday Mass at the Chaplaincy Church is at 1.05pm and Sunday and Christmas Day Mass is at 12pm. On Christmas Eve, there will be carols in the church from 11pm, followed by the Opening of the Crib (11.50pm) and Midnight Mass. After the midday Mass on Christmas Day to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord, the church will remain open until 6pm.