St. Augustine church in the Telegraaf

29-09-2016-de-telegraaf-augustinuskerk-blijkt-te-gevaarlijk-voor-missenOn the 29th of September, the St. Augustine church was news in the Telegraaf, the largest Dutch daily morning newspaper. There it reads:

St. Augustine church too dangerous for Mass – 29 September 2016 – Tessa Heerschop

UTRECHT – The St. Augustine church is immediately closed to the public. Recently fell a piece of plaster from the ceiling to the floor. Despite that the mass would begin only half an hour later, were already present twenty persons. No one was hit.

The St. Augustine church is already for quite a while in scaffolds and was being renovated from both in and outside. In fact these works are not related with the fall of the debris, according Fr. Ton Huitink:

“The church goes until the St. Jacobstraat and the Rozenstraat. There are constant works in the Bijenkorf shopping mall, the parking garage and in the street. The church is an old building, that possibly could not withstand all the vibration.”

In the past the church suffered cracks due to works in the city. “Then we didn’t immediately rang the bell, when all the costs came from our own account. This time lets conduct a good investigation to understand the cause”, says Fr. Huitink.

The city hall, the contractor and an expert are conducting investigations. “We don’t know exactly what isĀ happening. If there is a piece loose, why doesn’t fall the rest? That is why no one is allowed in church.”

The St. Augustine church is the only Catholic church that is opened daily for the public and that has mass in both Dutch and English. The masses are meanwhile being celebrated in the St. Catherine cathedral in the Lang Nieuwstraat.

Daily, during the weekdays, come around thirty people to mass, the most are visitors and tourists. On Sundays sit in the church’s benches between hundred and two hundred people.

All Saints’ day – 1st November and All Souls’ day – 2nd November

Next Tuesday, the 1st of November, the Catholic church celebrates the All Saints’ day, a solemnity in honor of all the saints. In several countries this is an holiday and a day of obligation to attend Mass.
In the Netherlands this day is instead celebrated in the Sunday after, being this year on the 6th of November.

allsaintsIf you wish to attend mass on this day, in Dutch, you can do it in the following times and places:

372px-william-adolphe_bouguereau_1825-1905_-_the_day_of_the_dead_1859Also on the 2nd of November is celebrated the All Souls’ day. The times and places of the masses on that day are the same than for the All Saints’ day.