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Masses and sacraments

Catholic Masses in the University Chapel    

Term-time schedule 

  • Monday - Friday: Daily Mass is at 1.05pm in the Chapel. Mass is also said in the Crypt, normally at 9am as advertised. 
  • Sundays: Mass is at 11am in the Chapel. Mass is at 5pm in the Chapel (term time only).

Note: Outside term time, the Mass schedule will be advertised via announcements, the Chaplaincy internet platforms and posters in the Chapel. 

Masses calendar

Throughout the year, the Chaplaincy arranges Masses to fit in with the liturgical calendar of the Church and the requirements of the University. These Masses include Holy Days of Obligation – All Saints on November 1st, Epiphany on January 6th, and Ascension Day. 

And for the University, they include the Beginning of Year Academic Mass, Feast Day of the University on December 8th, and End of Year Academic Mass. 

Other regular services in term time  

  • Wednesday 4.15 - 5.15pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, led by the Sisters of the Assumption and concluding with Evening Prayer. 

Stations of the Cross (during Lent)  

  • Friday - Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) led by the Sisters of the Assumption. 

Day retreats 

The Chaplaincy arranges day retreats during Advent and Lent. These are opportunities to reflect on our faith in the light of the forthcoming religious celebrations of Christmas and Easter.  

Week of guided prayer 

Every February, the Chaplaincy arranges the Annual Week of Guided Prayer. This is a five-day retreat that takes place around your university timetable and involves meeting a prayer guide each day to assist you in your dialogue with God and reflection on your life.  

Booking details for retreats will be found in the Chaplaincy nearer the event. 

Sacramental preparation: reception into the Church 

The Chaplain is always willing to prepare students and members of staff to be received into the Catholic Church. If interested, please contact the Chaplaincy to arrange an initial meeting. 


The Chapel is available for the Catholic weddings of present and former students and members of staff. Please contact the Chaplain to arrange a meeting to discuss your request. The Chaplain must seek permission from the Vice-Chancellor, and, should that be given, the necessary paperwork for both the Civil authorities and the Church would need to be completed. 

Mass for deceased members of St Mary’s University

The Chaplain will always say Mass for the repose of the souls of previous students and members of their families when asked.  

Should a group of current or former students or staff wish to have a more formal commemoration such as a Memorial Mass, please contact the Chaplaincy to arrange a date and thus allow for former colleagues and students to be invited.