Synod on the Young People – consultation of young people

synodFor each person, the vocation to love takes concrete form in everyday life through a series of choices, which find expression in the states of life (marriage, ordained ministry, consecrated life, etc.), professions, forms of social and civil commitment, lifestyle, the management of time and money, etc.For each person, the vocation to love takes concrete form in everyday life through a series of choices, which find expression in the states of life (marriage, ordained ministry, consecrated life, etc.), professions, forms of social and civil commitment, lifestyle, the management of time and money, etc.In 2018 the Pope announced a synod focused on the young people. These documents are the basis for further dicussions:

• Letter of the Pope: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3KO_z-N3YOiSGllVDVaNS1Ldkk

• Preparatory document: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3KO_z-N3YOidFh0dkNDdkxVMEE

If you are interested please read the documents. The preparatory document concludes with a series of questions. The consultation will also include young people through a website with questions on their expectations and their lives. The answers to both series of questions will be the basis for drafting the “work-document”, which will be the reference point in the discussion of the synod fathers. The pastoral team of the Utrecht parishes invites young people from the age 16-29 to discuss the meaning of the church and faith in their lives. The meeting will take place in September. The invitation will follow. You can express your interest in this meeting at secretariaat@stmartinusutrecht.nl or gj.westerveld@tiscali.nl

Free tour in Pieterskerk and Sint Willibrordkerk in Utrecht

When: 24 June 2017,  at 14.00sint-willibrordkerk

Where: Gathering point Domplein Utrecht

Henk Scholte, one of the former acolytes of the Saint Willibrord church and an architect,
wants to provide a free tour to interested fellow parishes on Saturday, June 24th, from 14.00 in the Pieterskerk and in the Sint Willibrord church in Utrecht.
The tour will finish at 17:30.

For those interested in an extended program:

17:30 – 18:30: Coffee / Tea at own expense
18.30: Holy Mass in the Saint Catherine cathedral
19.40: Dinner at Mr. Jacks (at own expense: pizzas are already available for only € 5.

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For further information, please contact Anne Louis Cammenga.
You can sign up for this free tour via Anne Louis’s email addresses

alcammenga@kpnmail.nl
or Anne.Louis.Cammenga@gmail.com

Day trip to Roermond and Maastricht

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On Sunday, the 14th of May, we went with a group of parish members on a day trip to Maastricht and Roermond. Two ancient cities in southern Netherlands with a very interesting history and magnificent churches and buildings.

First we went by train to Roermond and attended the Holy Mass in Our Lady Munster Church in Roermond. This is the only example of a church in late-Romanesque style, which is a part of the Rhenish Romanesque group. The name Munster comes from the Latin language and means monastery cloister which indicates that the church was originally an abbey church. The church was founded around 1218 by Count Gerard III of Gelredome. You can see his tomb and that of his way in this magnificent church.

Then we continued our journey with the train to Maastricht, where we attend the annual St. Servaas procession. During this procession the relics of St. Servaas were paraded through the city. Auxiliary Bishop Everard de Jong of Roermond wore the Monstrans with the Holy Eucharist. A Roman Catholic Church Procession shows that human life is a journey on the way to Jesus Christ on earth and in heavenly paradise. Many associations in Maastricht participated in this procession. For example we saw members of the Order of Saint Lazare walking in this procession. It is a procession where people from near and far come to see this magnificent spectacle.

After the procession we visited the St. Servaas Basilica. In the crypte of this church St. Servaas is buried. A very impressive and very beautiful Romanian crypt. We lit a candle in Our Lady Basilica and we ended our day trip with prayers of thanks in its chapel. This basilica is a world famous pilgrimage site, which you can see from the hundreds of candles burning here daily. We left Maastricht with an unforgettable and a great impression of a beautiful day trip.

Please check the rest of the photos in our album on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1383365098408881.1073741843.119654868113250&type=1&l=636059e37f

Thanks to Anne Louis Cammenga for organizing this trip.

Blessed Sacrament every weekend

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From today, the 12th of May, on, Jesus is inviting us to come to adore him in the Blessed Sacrament every weekend from Friday 9.00 to Sunday night (Monday 0.00) at Klooster Cenakel, Sint Willibrordusstraat 34, Utrecht and during the week till 21.00 (except on Tuesdays when the finishing time is at 18:00).

Visit Fr. Herman in Wijchen

visit-wijchen

On the 7th of May we organized a group of parishioners and travelled to Wijchen to visit Fr. Herman.

We were heartly welcomed by him for coffee, tea and cake. Fr. Herman told us about Rivo Torto, the flat complex where he lives, and its community. In the complex lives mostly members of different congregations. The Franciscans are the biggest group there.
Fr. Herman showed us the complex and we sang and played a few songs in the local chappel.

We enjoyed our visit, thanks Fr. Herman for the hospitality!

You can see a couple of photos of our visit in the following link: fb.com/pg/englishmassutrecht/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1372643652814359

 

Bible study meeting

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We will have our bible study meeting on the third Sunday of the month.  It will be held at the pastoral center (backside entrance of Saint Augustinus church)
Rozenstraat 1 from 19.45 (sharp) on May 17th, 2017.

We will discuss the book of Genesis chapters 2 and 3: God’s creation of the world and the temptation and fall. We will also continue in June to study Genesis so if you are interested to deepen this topic.

We will be blessed to count you among us!

Maastricht and Roermond day trip

On Sunday, the 14th of May, we are organizing a day trip to Maastricht and Roermond. Two ancient cities in southern Netherlands with a very interesting history and magnificent churches and buildings.Roermond

First we will travel by train to Roermond and attend the Holy Mass in Our Lady Minster Church in Roermond, the only example of a church in late-Romanesque style, and this is part of the Rhenish Romanesque group. The minster name comes from the Latin and means monastery cloister which indicates that the church was originally an abbey church. The church was founded around 1218 by Count Gerard III of Gelredome.

Then we continue with the traMaastrichtin to Maastricht, where we will attend an annual procession. During this procession the relics of St. Servaas are paraded through the city.

Many associations in Maastricht will participate in this procession. It is a procession where people from near and far come to see this magnificent spectacle.

After the procession we will light a candle in the Our Lady basilica and we end the day with a prayer of thanks in its chapel. This basilica is a world famous pilgrimage site, which you can see from the hundreds of candles burning here daily.

And of course there will also be plenty of time to enjoy coffee with a delicious piece of Limburg flan (a regional type of pastry).

We will travel by train using a group return discount ticket (costs 7-14 EUR depending on group size). These will be the only costs besides meals, snacks and beverages that each one can decide to take.

Program Sunday, 14 May 2017

  • 08.00 – Departure from Utrecht Central Station
  • 09.31 – Arrival to Roermond Central Station – Holy Mass in Munsterkerk
  • 11.33 – Departure from Roermond Central Station
  • 12.04 – Arrival to Maastricht Central Station
  • 12.15 – Onze Lieve Vrouweplein – Annual Town Procession
  • 17.00 – Lighting a candle/Group prayer in the Basilica of Our Dear Lady
  • 17.30 – Group dinner
  • 21.00 – Departure from Maastricht Central Station

For further information please contact the organizer – Anne Louis Cammenga – via the telephone numbers 030-6939412 or 06-81833071.

If you want to register please send an email to either: Anne.Louis.Cammenga@gmail.com or alcammenga@kpnmail.nl

Please, join our day trip on 14 May next. You will definitely not regret it. Afterwards you will remember this unforgettable day with great pleasure.

Visit to Fr. Herman in Wijchen

Fr. Herman is one of the priests that contributed a lot for the development of the English Mass community, as we have it today, throughout 10 years that he was serving with us!

Due to concerns for his health he retired from serving in our community and lives now in a community in Wijchen, near Nijmegen.

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We are organizing a visit from our community to Wijchen, for spending some time with Fr. Herman.

When? After the Sunday mass of the 7th of May. We are expected in Wijchen starting from 15:00.

Where? RIVO TORTO, Graafseweg 533b, 6603 CB Wijchen

How?
We can organize ourselves in the Cathedral square after 7th of May Sunday mass and go in groups. Parishioners with cars will be kindly asked to share their car, if seats are available. Otherwise we can take a Intercity train to Nijmegen and then the bus to Wijchen.

Interested?
Please let us know by filling up this form here: http://bit.ly/emufrhermanwijchen17
In alternatieve, send us an email to: team@englishmassutrecht.nl
Or phone to: Vitor Gaspar, 0634275972

We hope to count on your presence!