Fr. Stan Gibzinski emailed me with exciting news from the Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of Reading. Please keep him and the new Assistant Chaplain, Sr. Margaret and the students in your prayers.
We have been grateful for you being our bishop for the last 10 years and we as the Catholic Chaplaincy prayed in thanksgiving for you at our opening Mass for students which took place last Wednesday (28th September) in the church of Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Dominic Barberi. It was a votive Mass to the Holy Spirit. The freshers’ week was indeed busy but fruitful. Amongst new Catholic students who joined our Catholic Chaplaincy is a person from Azerbaijan whose name is and others from near and far.
Our regular meetings are kept as last year. Mondays – Adoration and Novus Ordo Latin Mass at 6 pm, Tuesdays – Rosary and other prayers and lunch at the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at non, Wednesdays from 6 pm till 9 pm well organised formation and social meeting held this year in OLOP, Fridays – opportunity for Adoration and Confession and Mass in my parish, Saturdays – regular occasional trips (we join for instance to “Newman Night Walk” from Oxford to Littlemore on 8th October). Sundays Mass at 11 am in OLOP followed by lunch on Campus in the Ecumenical Chaplaincy.
With Rev Mark Laynesmith, the Anglican Chaplain and the Chaplaincy Coordinator, both of us have organised a retreat for students on 12th November.
Today on St Francis’ day is the first day with our new Assistant, Sr Margaret Ochigbo, HHCJ. Regarding CathSoc the following are the committee members who assist in organising and running events: President – Joseph Freeman, Vice President Grace Eakin (who was the secretary last year), Secretary – Peter Donleavy, Treasurer – Adelle Antony, Welfare Rep. – Dominik Eynaud (who was in the same post last year)