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As the academic year draws to a close at the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy, students have been celebrating two important events at Holy Name Church.

The first is the reception of eight people into the Catholic Church after their year long journey of faith. The second is the commissioning of seventeen Eucharistic Ministers after the reintroduction of Holy Communion under both kinds. Both moments revealed the thriving faith of young people right at the heart of Manchester.

Each year the Chaplaincy organises an RCIA Program (Rite for Christian Initiation of Adults) running throughout the academic year. The course covers the most important areas of the Catholic Faith from the Sacraments to Social Teaching and devotion to Our Lady. It aims to be an open and honest conversation about Catholicism so that candidates can allow their sense of belonging to deepen. Since the closure of the Chaplaincy Building by the Diocese of Salford, the Chaplains have been working out of a prefabricated building on Oxford Road right opposite the Students’ Union. Some of those received into the Church admitted that they first started to enquire about Catholicism after seeing the building and deciding to drop in for a chat. The situation is far from ideal since the building is cramped, providing neither facilities for cooking nor rooms for individual conversations. However, thanks to the hard work of Chaplains and students, it has become a regular port of call for young people where they can deepen their sense of belonging through conversations and friendship.

The reception of communion under both kinds, prohibited during the pandemic, was reintroduced on Maundy Thursday this year. The Chaplains decided to seize this opportunity at once. Seventeen Eucharistic Ministers, most of them students, were invited to take up the ministry. Over the course of three evening sessions, Fr Peter Scally taught the basics of Eucharistic Theology and the pastoral knowledge they would need to become a Eucharistic Minister.

The commissioning took place on the 14th and 15th May during mass. The hearts of the congregation were moved at the sight of so many young people dedicating themselves to this important ministry.

The Holy Name Church has been experiencing something of a rebirth after the pandemic, with mass attendance returning to pre-pandemic levels and then increasing.

You can find out more about the Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy by clicking here.

You can find out more about the Holy Name Church in Manchester by clicking here.

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