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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...
Telling the story of the Christmas Goose
Farm Street Church this week witnessed a joyful start to the Advent season as it hosted the Jesuit Refugee Service's Advent service. The readings, which included both traditional scripture and poetry, read by JRS staff, volunteers and refugees, gave the packed church plenty to reflect upon.The service was led by Fr Damian Howard SJ, who asked in his welcome that we "think of those who are far from home, missing their loved ones, and make ourselves present to them as God makes himself present to...
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Fr Damian Howard SJ preached at the JRS UK Advent Service about refugee wisdom which knows the truth about human life.There was an Advent party recently in the East End of London. Four random locals found themselves in conversation about the dreadful fix the world was in. Prudently they avoided Brexit, but they didn’t hesitate to bemoan the natural catastrophes afflicting so many corners of the globe, the persecution of entire peoples for their religion or their ethnicity, and, of course,...
Saint Francis Xavier’s Church in Liverpool, along with the neighbouring parishes, is delighted to have links with the excellent secondary school in the area, Notre Dame Catholic College. SFX Church pastoral assistant, Debbie Reynolds has the joy of supporting the school chaplaincy team each Wednesday.On Red Wednesday, an initiative held on the 28th November promoted by ACN UK, a class from Year 9 celebrated Mass together remembering those who are being persecuted for their faith. The...
Bishop Paul McAleenan with JRS UK staff and volunteers
Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead Bishop for migration, joined the Detention Outreach team of the Jesuit Refugee Service for a visit to the Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres on the 22nd November. The Jesuit Refugee Service runs weekly pastoral support visits to the Heathrow detention centres, as part of its mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and those who have been forced to migrate.The Bishop was able to spend time on the wing of Harmondsworth, meeting detainees and...
The 30th October was an exciting day for the JRS UK team as a new multi-purpose space, The Elliot Garden Room, was officially opened at the JRS UK Offices in Wapping. This calm and beautiful space, named after Br Bernard Elliot SJ who first started JRS UK in the 1980s, will be used for one-on-one support and therapeutic work for refugees, as well as prayer and reflection groups and creative activities.The building was opened by Fr Damian Howard SJ, Father Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain,...
On Sunday 28th October, Sarah Teather, Director of JRS UK,  preached at Evensong at St. John’s College Cambridge, as part of ‘Thinking Allowed: Christian Engagement in Public Debates’, a series of sermons that takes a deeper look at the Christian contribution to current debates.She spoke on the Christian values of offering hospitality to refugees and how giving hospitality is itself a gift. Drawing on the story of Elijah and the widow (1 Kings 17:7-16), Sarah talked about the current...
Join JRS UK for an evening of Readings and Carols as we begin the Advent Season.On Monday 3rd December, JRS UK will be holding their annual Advent Service at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street. It is a chance for refugees, supporters, volunteers and staff of JRS to come together to celebrate the beginning of Advent.  All are welcome.The service of Readings and Carols will be led by Fr Provincial Damian Howard SJ and will include performances from some of our refugee...
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) is calling on the government to end the use of indefinite detention, in light of new research showing high levels of vulnerable individuals in detention.Case studies compiled by JRS UK through its outreach work into immigration detention published in a report last week show systematic disregard by the Home Office of its own rules around protection of victims of trafficking and other forms of modern slavery.The report published by JRS UK chimes with...
Nick Hanrahan reflects on his vocational journey with JRS and his hopes for the synod on young people. Hundreds of bishops from around the world will gather this month to participate in the 15th Ordinary Synod of Bishops. The Synod will examine ‘Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment’; a topic that, as a young Catholic, has prompted me to reflect on what faith and discernment means to me.My own faith came alive through an experience that made me realise for the first time that...

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