As always at Notre Dame, Advent was celebrated in style with a number of events and activities both religious and secular organised by Chaplain Andrew Sullivan.
On December 12th the annual Pensioners party took place with the usual good cheer. 53 guests enjoyed a lavish buffet and were entertained with a variety of musical treats from the College Jazz quartet and Mr Stone’s rock school musicians as well as receiving a visit from Santa Claus.
On Dec 19th there was a service in the college chapel lead by Father John McCauley where staff had an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and successes of the term and of course join in with some familiar carols
The term finished with four advent services where students re-enacted the age old nativity story. Music was provided by a band led by Alan Stone, and there was some excellent haunting singing from Nicola Sharpe and Abi Scire.
Father McCauley took two of the services and guests Father Eamon McGough and Sister Catherine the other two.
During Advent, students were asked to collect donations and gifts for various local charities including; St Nicholas, Gipton, the Woman’s Aid hostel, St Anne’s homeless shelter, and Catholic Care homes.
As always students responded generously with a tremendous array of colourfully wrapped parcels which were offered up during the services.
Term ended on Dec 21st with many good wishes for a well-earned happy and peaceful Christmas.