Manchester: Carols by Candlelight and Christmas Cards for Detainees

The Holy Name Church was full of students for the Manchester Chaplaincy’s end of term Carols by Candlelight, held this year in aid of Caritas Salford. Two student choirs led the singing while the three priest-chaplains – Peter Scally, Jim Crampsey and Brendan Callaghan – came together in a folk-arrangement by Kate Rusby of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. The Principal of the Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, Revd Dr Deirdre Brower Latz gave the sermon. Mince pies and mulled wine followed in the Chaplaincy next door.

The next day, students and friends gathered to reflect on the Christmas story through the lens of the experience of migrants and displaced people today. Some of the students presented a dramatization of the story of the Nativity after which everyone joined in writing Christmas cards which will be sent to asylum detainees through Jesuit Refugee Services.