Five members of the First Oxford Scout Troop of St Philip Neri made their scout promises yesterday. A video produced by the scouts can be seen below:
By making their promises, they became the first scouts in an English troop of the International Guides and Scouts of Europe, a network of Catholic Guides and Scouts supported by the Holy See.
Catholic Scouting is an adventure for boys aged 11–17, and a way to live out the Christian vocation to holiness. Scouts are formed as men of faith and sons of the Church, by developing their physical health, practical skills, character and personality, service to their neighbour, and relationship with God.
New guides and scouts are always welcome. For more information, contact Br Oliver on firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday we held our traditional Epiphany procession, followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the Crib.
We began with the blessing of Epiphany chalk:
The inscription "20 C + M + B 16" is written above the door: "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" - "Christ bless this house", or "Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar".
Chalk is available at the back of church to take home and write the same blessing above your doors.
The Epiphany Gospel:
The Kings follow the Star to Bethlehem:
The Kings and the Star arrive at the Crib:
Come let us adore Him:
Photographs by Hannah Chegwyn.
The Evangelium course, a multimedia presentation on the Catholic faith, continues next Wednesday (13th January).
All are welcome to come to any one or all of these presentations. The topics for each week may be seen below.