English Mass in Utrecht, the Netherlands: Every Sunday at 12.30 PM

St. Catherine’s Cathedral (map: Lange Nieuwstraat 36, Utrecht)

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Retreat in Wageningen

wageningenWe want to invite you for a weekend retreat in Wageningen from February 16-18. It will be a time of prayer, talk, preaching, worship and singing. This retreat is organised by the School of Christian Life and Evangelism. Everyone is welcome. Participation is free of charge. If you are only able to come to a part of the retreat, this is not a problem.

When: February 16-18

  • Friday: 19:00 – 20:30
  • Saturday: 08:30 – 20:30
  • Sunday: 08:30 – 12:00

Where: Johannes de Doper church in Wageningen

Main topics of the talks:

* Level 1 group: “Encounter with the living God

* Level 2 group: “How to be a disciple of God. My personal formation and growth”

Please email Gosiaschoolofmary.nl@gmail.com
or call on +31 6 17493487 to register or to get more information.

Looking for sacristan volunteers


Due to prolonged absence of our sacristan Maikel we are urgently looking for people that are willing to help preparing the vessels, vestments, books, candels before the Sunday mass and cleaning up and closing the church after mass. We want to form a group of people willing to help out.

Currently the volunteers of the Dutch mass help out, but they already do this for the Dutch mass and spend a large part of their Sunday in church. Therefore if you are willing to help out please contact us: team@englishmassutrecht.nl

Bible study in preparation for Easter


Easter is approaching and, to prepare for it together, 4 evenings have been planned.
We will read several texts around “dealing with bread” i.e. multiplication, give, sharing bread together, and the deep spiritual meaning of this community act.

  • When: 19th and 26th February – 12th and 19th of March from 19h45’ to 21:30’
  • Where: Saint Augustinus church – Rozenstraat 1 Utrecht (backside of the church)

You are welcome to join us.

The English Mass Coordination team on behalf of Sister Yosé Höhne-Sparborth

Schedule Christmas celebrations 2017


Christmas is approaching and we would like to inform you about the celebrations in this period. Besides the regular Sunday mass, at 12:30, in the St. Catherine Cathedral, we will have:

  • Christmas mass in English on Monday, the 25th of December at 12:30, in the St. Catherine Cathedral.

There won’t be masses in English for the 2nd day of Christmas or the new year’s day. If you wish to attend these in Dutch we recommend attending the ones in the St. Catherine Cathedral, both at 10:30.
There will be other celebrations in Dutch during this period in Utrecht. If you are interested please check the schedule in the December’s parish bulletin – Tussentijds:


Seminar ‘President Duterte and his critics’


Since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office last June 2016, thousands of Filipinos have been killed extrajudicially. In trying to stop the killings, the dynamics of critical engagement must change. In his lecture, Professor Albert Alejo S.J., will examine the challenge now facing the opposition, including the Church.

Professor Albert E. Alejo, a Jesuit priest from the Philippines, is currently visiting professor of ethnography at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. For many years he has campaigned, written and lectured against corruption in Philippine political life and has actively promoted peace initiatives in the most troubled areas of the southern Philippines.

He is the author of several works on anti-corruption, tribal minority activism, and Filipino values including Generating Energies in Mount Apo: Cultural Politics in a Contested Environment (2000), Ehemplo: Spirituality of Shared Integrity in Philippine Church and Society (2016), Tao Po! Tuloy! (1990). He is also the founder of AGILA, a training academy for indigenous leaders in Mindanao.

Date: Thursday 14 December 2017
Time: 15.30 h – 17.00 h
Venue: KITLV, room 138, Reuvensplaats 2, Leiden
Website: http://mailchi.mp/eb8e71c698bf/kitlv-news-update?e=79c70cd482

Please register if you wish to attend: kitlv@kitlv.nl

Advent self bible study with the Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship

bibleOne of our parishioners sent us a suggestion of a fellowship that published a bible study guide that you can do it by yourself or with a group. Their name is Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship and you can find their guide here:


As they say in their website: “Advent is the time of preparing to meet our God face to face in the person of Jesus Christ. This Advent, we will be going through the covenants made with Abraham, Moses, and David to prepare our hearts for the Savior and King prefigured in each covenant.”

So if you are interested please have a look, we hope you’ll be enlightened!

Practical spirituality


The Benedictine monk and meditation teacher Laurence Freeman will give on Saturday, the 25th November, a reading about practical spirituality with the title “Without the spiritual we cannot be sane”.

Freeman (London, 1951) became, after a short secular career, Benedictine. He is monk, priest and spiritual leader. As follower of John Main, he is director of the world community for Christian Meditation. Over the whole world he leads meditation groups. After that he is very active in inter-religious dialogues and also on world peace. He writes many books, of which “The Selfless Self” (Sprekende Stilte) is a best seller in the Netherlands.

In a time when one liners and confrontation have the upperhand in our society debate it is a relief to hear the simplicity of his speach, the silence, inner peace and needed mutual respect. The reading will be done in English.

  • When: 25th November, 19:30
  • Where: Janskerk, Janskerkhof, Utrecht
  • Entrance is free of charge
  • Language: English

If you are interested in attending please reserve by sending an email to: nouwen@nouwen.org
More info (in Dutch): http://www.debezieling.nl/henri-nouwen-lezing-praktische-spiritualiteit-laurence-freeman-25-nov/