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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/

Help needed for the restauration of St. Augustine church

The restauration works for the St. Augustine church continue and once again the parish augustinuskerk1asks us to help with some of the works.

Thursday, the 16th of November, we are going to remove the last part of the floor, also on the front part of the church and then do some cleaning.

These works will be done in the evening, at 20:00.

If you want to help us please let the organization know by sending an email to info@salvatorparochie.nl

We thank you in advance for your willingness to help!

Conference against death penalty – 1st December



One of our parishioners is part of the organization of a conference against death penalty. It will take place in Utrecht on the 1st of December and the main language will be English.

Marietta Jaeger from the United States will tell her story, she opposed to the death penalty for the murderer of her daughter, who was a psychiatric patient.

  • When: Friday, the 1st of December, from 20:00 to 21:30
  • Where: Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht
  • Price: Entrance is free

More information: http://www.santegidio.nl/?event=dont-kill-in-our-names-conferentie-tegen-de-doodstraf&event_date=2017-12-01

A visit of two of our parishioners to Paris

collage-parisOn the 22nd September, our parishioners Anne Louis Cammenga and Stefina de Boer visited Paris as pilgrims, visiting many of its churchs.

They started with the church St. Nicolas de Chardonnet where they attended the holy mass in the morning. They moved on to the church of St. Etienne du Mont, a beautiful renaissance gothic church, were they attended a mass dedicated to children of the local primary schools.

St. Eustache was next, where they visited the tombs of some famous people there buried: Minister Colbert, the mother of Mozart.

After this church our parishioners visited St. Germain des Prés, the oldest church in Paris, where there is a statue of St. John Paul II.

The last one they visited was Saint-Sulpice, where they also took the time to visit the crypts of the many famous people there buried.

They finished their visited to Paris with a relaxed visit to the garden of the Luxembourg Palace.

Our two parishioners had a great time in Paris and they recommend to everyone in the community. Maybe a good idea to visit churches with members of our community next year?

We will consider planning a visit of our group to Paris.

If you wish to read more details about this trip please visit Anne Louis blog (in Dutch): http://bit.ly/2zh95KK

Update on the restauration works in St. Augustine church

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For the 14th October we asked the English Mass Utrecht community to help with the cleaning of the wooden floor of the St. Augustine church.The parish received a lot of help from volunteers! We would like to greatlly thanks everyone!

Fr. Huitink published on his Facebook profile (https://www.facebook.com/ton.huitink) a report of the cleaning works on the church. It is mostly Dutch spoken but Fr. Huitink had also the opportunity to interview some of the members of the English community namely Chad, Will and Lucas. You can view the whole the report here: https://www.facebook.com/ton.huitink/videos/1921010134581912

In the report Fr. Huitink also tells us what are the plans for the following actions. After the wooden floor is removed, scaffolds will be placed to investigate the ceiling to be able to estimate the costs of the restauration.

Afternoon Movie Salvatorparochie Utrecht


Spanish film director Juan Manuel Cotelo attended  a conference with the Spanish priest and Professor Pablo Domínguez a few years ago. However, 12 days later he learned from the television news that Domínguez had died during the climbing of a mountain. Cotelo made a film about his life: it is the story of an ordinary priest, who is with the people, sharing their joy and their concerns, bringing God into their lives.The film is in Spanish and has Dutch subtitles.

  • Where: Coffee room St. Augustine Church, PASTORAAL CENTRUM, Rozenstraat 1, (next to Q-PARK parkeergarage/parking garage LA VIE) Utrecht.
  • When:         Sunday October 22, 2:30 pm.
  • Speaker:      Father K. Smits

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Request for volunteers to help with restauration of the St. Augustine church

augustineThe restauration works in the St. Augustine church are going underway. Last time we asked for volunteers to move the church benches, for which we had lots of helping hands! Thank you very much!

The church is now empty and the removal of asbestos is almost done. What needs to happen now is to remove the wooden floors. Again, we need a lot of hands to get the job done, removing the wood, bring it outside the church and then clean up the church.

In short, there is a lot of work to do and we want to ask for your help.
If you are interested please join on this date:

When: Saturday, the 14th October
Start: 09:00 am
Stop: When the job is done 😊
Where: St. Augustine pastoral center, Rozenstraat 1 Utrecht

If you want to help us let us know you are coming by sending a message to info@salvatorparochie.nl

Looking forward to work with you!
Kind regards,

On behalf of Michel Dankers

Taizé prayer + Open meal Thursday evening September, 21


Upcoming Thursday, September 21, the doors will be open for the monthly Taizé youth prayer in Utrecht! You are welcome from 20:00 on. There will be the possibility for silence, before the prayer starts at 20:15.

To share the fun of the preparation team, this month you are also invited for the Open Meal. At 18:00 the dinner will start, after which it’ll be followed by the preparation and set-up all for the Monthly prayer. You are invited to be part as well. So if you’re interested and would like to meet the preparation team, laugh and eat with them, please subscribe via the separate Facebook event, or reply to this info@taizeinutrecht.nl.

For more information, you can also visit the Facebook event.

The Taizé team is also looking for new musicians (preference for piano) and people to strengthen the team! Would you like to join the enthusiastic team and support them once a month with the Taizé prayer preparations? Please let them know via email or reach out to them before or after the prayer! (Or join during the Open Meal!).

On behalf of Reinier van den Assum, from the Taizé Utrecht group.