Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Full House For Fresher's Mass.

On Sunday morning a packed chapel eagerly awaited the arrival Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor for Fresher's Mass. Only early arrivals found a seat and as Mass began a queue had formed spilling out into the corridor. The Cardinal invited those standing outside to come in and sit on the floor, and a long stream of students came through the chapel door and found some floor space. The Cardinal spoke about the importance of our student lives and focussed on how we should take time to be with God throughout the academic year to grow deeper in ourselves. In response to the question he had heard posed by the BBC series 'Who Do You Think You Are?', he reminded us that we must remember we are people known and loved by God. He then commissioned our chaplains for their work over the coming year. After Mass he congratulated the choir and all students for their singing and enthusiasm in worship. He then joined with Newman House residents and visitors to talk with them over a coffee. There was also pizza being handed around to everyone, although, I didn't see the Cardinal with a slice!

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