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The Cathsoc Year — Autumn Term

[ International Masses | Trip to Bodiam Castle & Rye | Guy Fawkes Party | Trip to Bruges | Christmas Party | Carol Service ]

International Masses

Hispanic Mass
Each year, we share the Internationalism of the Catholic Church — and the Cathsoc at the University of Kent in particular — by celebrating our International Masses. On these Sundays, different ‘flavours’ transform our celebrations.

The Mass, its songs, prayers and readings are all in a particular language; whilst our Pot-luck Lunch continues the same theme with a gourmet meal — with the best dish of that country/region prepared for us!

Hispanic Lunch
In previous years, we celebrated African, French, German, Hispanic, Italian and Polish Masses and many more. We hope to repeat their success in the years to come.

Moreover, we encourage groups from all countries/regions/languages to join in and to show their commitment as well!

•  See Autumn Term Programme for details

Trip to Bodiam Castle & Rye

Bodiam Castle
Our first Cathsoc trip of the academic year! We visit two famous historic sites of England. Built in 1385, Bodiam Castle is one of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain. The exterior is virtually complete and the ramparts rise dramatically above the moat below. Enough of the interior survives to give an impression of castle life, and there are spiral staircases and battlements to explore.

After a packed lunch, which is included in the price, the trip goes on to Rye. Back in the 13th century, five Cinque Ports were created to defend South-East England against attack. One of the most compact and prettiest is Rye. Self-contained on a hill with an encircling wall, Rye was once surrounded by the sea. (This has now retreated, but on our visit we will go by coach to Camber Sands where the sea now starts.)

Rye is a model medieval town. Famous as a haunt for smugglers — with the famous Mermaid Inn in the cobbled Mermaid Street — Rye is the perfect size for exploring by foot. At almost every turn, you will come upon beautiful historic houses and medieval streets. In proportion to its size, there are more Tea Shops and second-hand bookshops than anywhere else in England!

•  See Autumn Term Programme for details
•  Further information on Bodiam Castle
•  Further information on Rye

Guy Fawkes Party

Guy Fawkes Party
“Remember, remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!”

So sing school children in England today, not knowing the true story behind the events of 5th November 1605. Guy Fawkes Night (or Bonfire Night) is held in Britain on 5th November. It celebrates the defeat of a conspiracy to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the then king, James I, in them.

Bonfire Night is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. But what are the true facts? After watching a short amusing presentation, we too celebrate the evening around the fire at St John Stone House.

•  See Autumn Term Programme for details

Trip to Bruges — The Venice of the North

Channel Crossing
Our November Cathsoc trip goes by ferry to take us to the other side of the English Channel: to Belgium and the beautiful city of Bruges — often called “The Venice of the North” because of the many canals running through it. Bruges lies in the north of Flanders (Vlaanderen). It was the most important centre of trade in Northern Europe from the 13th to the 15th century.

Considered by many to be the most well-preserved medieval city of Northern Europe, its ambience and beautiful architecture make it one of the most exciting tourist attractions in Europe. Go to see the many museums and churches and/or take a boat trip on the canals. Afterwards, buy some Bruges lace or the famous Belgian chocolates!

•  See Autumn Term Programme for details
•  Further information on Bruges

Our World Famous Cathsoc Christmas Dinner

Christmas Party
Renowned throughout the world (!), our free Cathsoc Christmas Dinner is one of the highlights of Autumn term.

Up to 200 people gather at St John Stone House for a traditional English Christmas fare: Roast turkey & stuffing, roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts, followed, of course, with traditional English Christmas Pudding together with lighted brandy sauce! All enjoyed with free wine!

Follow all this with a party that goes on into the small hours, and Christmas has really begun...!

•  See Autumn Term Programme for details

The University Carol Service

Carol Service
The most representative, and the biggest, gathering of students and staff from the whole of the University takes place each December (during the last week of term) at the University Carol Service. Organised by the Chaplaincy and students from all the Christian Religious Societies on campus, nearly 2000 people attend a forever memorable evening of readings and carols in the awe-inspiring atmosphere of Canterbury Cathedral.

Although the event is free, because of the overwhelming demand, tickets are issued on the Monday/Tuesday during the previous week. If you don’t want to be disappointed, keep a watch for details of where and when the tickets will be distributed!

•  See Autumn Term Programme for details

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