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University chapel is blessed

Archbishop of Westminster blesses chaplaincy chapel at Cambridge that has undergone half a million pounds worth of building work

By on Thursday, 10 November 2011

Archbishop Nichols blesses the new chapel (Photo: Diocese of Westminster)

Archbishop Nichols blesses the new chapel (Photo: Diocese of Westminster)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster blessed the new chapel at Cambridge University Catholic chaplaincy on Sunday October 30 at the 11am Mass.

The Chaplaincy building, also known as Fisher House, has undergone £500,000 of building work.

The building project has turned the hall into a permanent chapel. The chaplaincy now also benefits from a larger and more user-friendly assembly and events room, a refurbished library, a large kitchen for functions and access for disabled students.
Currently 450 people, both junior and senior members of the university, regularly attend Mass at Fisher House.

In his homily Archbishop Nichols said: “The readings from today’s Gospel serve as a warning to us all and remind us that respect for God and his ways requires a certain humility and purity of heart, which is often lost to self-interest. To attain such purity of heart more than introspection and inner growth are required, for such purity is the work of the Holy Spirit. Today we give thanks for this church, centred on this beautiful figure of Christ, the life-giving Word, for the Church is the sure place of the action of God through the Holy Spirit.”

Addressing the congregation after Mass Fr Alban McCoy, Catholic chaplain to the university, said: “The primary point and purpose of this occasion is to thank God. This new, permanent chapel and much improved chaplaincy are the fruit of hard work, dedication and vision on the part of many in the past.”

  • Alexander

    Half a million pounds spent on the renovation of a chapel. Hmm. One of the most memorable Masses I have attended was celebrated in the open air outside the Church of the Primacy of St Peter at Tabgha. Would God not have been better worshipped by giving this money to the poor and having mass celebrated in the existing premises? After all, the great thing about the Mass is the fact that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is made real in time and space on the altar, not that it is celebrated in splendid surroundings. Surely some of the most extraordinary Masses were those celebrated by St Maksymilian Kolbe in his starvation cell at Auschwitz. Still, I note that access for disabled people was introduced, and it would, of course, be quite wrong to exclude people from the Mass because they could not physically enter the building where the Mass was taking place, but why was this not done years ago?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Hughes/100000562751914 Jack Hughes

    Alexander, this money was spent for the Glory of God so that the most Holy Sacrifice could be offered with great dignity that befits it. Yes we should help the poor in their temporal needs, but Holy Mother Church exists to save their souls first, also if we do not spend money on our Churches then we cheat the poor of Beauty which speaks to thier souls.

    You talk about extraordinary Masses, when I visited Fatima last year I got to know an English Priest (retired but still active) who daily offers the Sacrifice in a chapel of a hotel, the owner could have used that space for commercial purposes but instead he chose to dedicate that space for the Glory of God and so that his guests can go and see Jesus anytime they wish.