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Panic & Stress Free Day in Cambridge

27 April 2004.  Forget about those ‘exam blues’, enjoy the sunshine and relax with your friends! Join our Char-à-banc to Cambridge on Saturday 15th May. For only £10 we travel to Cambridge, visit the sites and enjoy Punting on the Cam as guests of the Cambridge Cathsoc.

The coach leaves 8:45 in the morning and returns around 8:00pm. As with all our trips, this is open to your friends and flat-mates. Remember: Tickets go fast!   Fr Peter Geldard

African Mass

21 April 2004.  After the success of our International Masses last term, the African students on campus are arranging an African Mass for Sunday 9th May.

This student Sunday Mass will be at the usual time of 11:30am and all the texts, songs, readings (and the Pot-luck Lunch afterwards) will be of an African flavour! If you would like to help, please e-mail me.  Fr Peter Geldard

First Mass of Trinity Term

02 April 2004.  Our first student Mass of Trinity Term will be on Sunday 25th April at 11:30 at the Franciscan International Study Centre.

[This is the Sunday before term starts, i.e. one week earlier than it says on the last Sunday sheet.] Hope to see you all!  Fr Peter Geldard

Hispanic, Italian and French Mass

26 January 2004.  We have now confirmed the dates for all the International Masses this year:

•  Hispanic Mass: 8th February
•  Italian Mass: 15th February
•  [German Mass: 22nd February — see previous announcement]
•  French Mass: 7th March

If you would like to get involved with:

•  the readings
•  the choir (both in the respective language)
•  the cooking for the Pot-luck Lunch

please e-mail:

•  Rosario for the Hispanic Mass
•  Andrea for the Italian Mass
•  Stéphanie for the French Mass

Thanks to all helpers!  Mario Schweigler

German Mass

23 January 2004.  The German Mass this year will be on 22nd February. If you would like to get involved with

•  the readings (in German)
•  the choir (singing German hymns)
•  the cooking for the German Pot-luck Lunch

don’t hesitate to e-mail me.  Mario Schweigler

Sign up Now for Our Trips & Events in Lent Term

16 January 2004.  Tickets are now on sale for our trip to Oxford on Saturday 7th February. For only £10 visit the “City of Dreaming Spires...”!

Sign-up Sheets are now available for ...

... our Away Day in Broadstairs on Saturday 21st February: “Preparing for Lent 2004” at the Community House of the Faithful Companions of Jesus. The cost is only £5, which includes lunch.

... Paris in the Springtime (or nearly...): our world-famous Cathsoc Weekend Pilgrimage/Retreat from Friday 19th March – Sunday 21st March with the Bénédictines du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre.

For any inquiries please e-mail me!  Fr Peter Geldard

Helpers for Carol Service Wanted

24 November 2003.  Due to the popularity of the Carol Service, demand always outgrows the number of available tickets. However, there is a very simple and easy way to not only get a free ticket, but also to have a guaranteed privileged seat as well!

We need about 10–12 people of the following language groups: German, French, Spanish, Italian and Cantonese Chinese to help sing as a group in leading the congregation in singing “Silent Night”. We also need up to 60 stewards who will help with issuing programmes, checking tickets etc. The only requirement is that the people concerned can attend a short rehearsal on the afternoon of Thursday 11th December, and arrive at the Cathedral by 7pm (i.e. one hour before the service starts).

It is planned to appoint these helpers before the issue of tickets (on 1st/2nd December) so they will know that they do not have to queue themselves. Therefore, if you are interested, please e-mail me as soon as possible.  Fr Peter Geldard

Tickets for Carol Service

24 November 2003.  This spectacular event will take place in Canterbury Cathedral at 8pm on Thursday 11th December. The free tickets will be distributed in the Grimond Foyer on Monday/Tuesday 1st/2nd December. Due to the popularity of the event, tickets will be issued against student ID and are limited to one ticket per person.

Half of the total number of tickets will be issued at 12:45pm promptly on Monday 1st December and the other half will be issued at 5:45pm promptly on Tuesday 2nd December. [Special arrangements are made for disabled students. They are asked to contact me directly.]  Fr Peter Geldard

All Saints Day Moved

27 October 2003.  By a decision of the Bishops of England & Wales, All Saints Day will be kept next Sunday 2nd November (and not on Saturday 1st). We will therefore celebrate this major Feast at our Sunday Mass on campus at our usual time at 11:30am. [Please therefore ignore previous announcements about Saturday 1st November.]  Fr Peter Geldard

Tickets for Bruges Trip on Sale

26 October 2003.  Come to Bruges — “the Venice of the North”. The tickets for our trip on Saturday 22nd November are now on sale. For only £20 (which includes €5 spending money) we go from campus by coach & ferry to Bruges — “the best medieval gem in Northern Europe”. Two coaches have been booked but... tickets will go fast!

Remember: Cathsoc trips are open to your friends and flat mates also. [In order to enter Belgium, you must have a passport and/or ID card that is valid for the EU. For many students this means that you must have a current Schengen visa. Unfortunately, due to cost and complications, it is not feasible to obtain one just for a day trip if you do not already have one.]  Fr Peter Geldard

Trip to Bodiam Castle & Rye — Saturday, 11th October

30 September 2003.  Come and join our first Cathsoc trip of the new academic year! Enjoy a coach ride through the Kent countryside visiting Bodiam Castle — one of the finest medieval castles in England — and then on to the prettiest of the Cinque Ports — Rye. The cost is only £10, which includes entrance to the castle (itself worth £5) and a packed lunch. Tickets are on sale NOW!

Remember: Tickets for Cathsoc trips sell out fast! Remember also that Cathsoc trips are not limited to members — any of your friends are welcome to join us.  Fr Peter Geldard

Pilgrimage to Compostela 2004

24 June 2003.  Hi, this is a message from Dale Roberts. You may recall me coming to speak to the Cathsoc earlier in the year. I mentioned the possibility of trying to organise a walking pilgrimage to Compostela for the Holy Year of 2004. In order to see how much interest there is in this venture, I have set up a community group on Yahoo! Groups.

In using the group those interested in coming along can ask questions, put forward ideas etc. and I can let people know the various possibilities — we could even organise a live chat session. The group is at

In order to access the group, you need a Yahoo! ID for which you can register for free (if you have not already got one). Hope to hear from you!  Dale Roberts

First Mass of the Year

06 June 2003.  Our first student Mass of the new academic year will be on Sunday 14th September at 11:30 at the Franciscan International Study Centre. This is the Sunday at the beginning of Freshers’ Week on campus. As always each Sunday during term, this will be followed by our Pot-luck Lunch at St John Stone House (which will be free that day!), to which everyone is welcome.

The Freshers’ Fair will take place on Thursday 18th September. The Cathsoc will have its own stall there. Do call by and make yourself known. You will receive a warm welcome!  Fr Peter Geldard

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