Upcoming Thursday, September 19, the doors will be open for our 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. For more information, you can also visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1730641023706757/?event_time_id=1730641047040088
The organization is also looking for new musicians (preferably piano) and people to strengthen the team! Though the team is always present with much enthusiasm, they need to expand as no one is going to stay in the team till eternity. It would be a pity when the Taizé prayers in Utrecht would have to end. Would you like to join the enthusiastic team and support once a month with the Taizé prayer preparations, to sing during the prayer or to support with the website/promotions? Please let them know via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or reach out to them before or after the prayer!
On behalf of Reinier van den Assum, from the organization
On the 15th of September and the 13th of October after mass, during the coffee and tea, there will be information sessions concerning the plans to increase the vitality of the church in the inner city.
Please join us to learn what the plans are and to see where you can help! We are all members of the Body of Christ.
Location: Nieuwegracht 61
From September on wards there will be a daily mass (in Dutch) at 19:00 in the Peace chapel in the St. Catherine Cathedral.
On Mondays there is also adoration afterwards.
On Wednesday there is also opportunity to pray the rosary afterwards.
Before each mass there is opportunity for confession at 18.30.
You are welcome for a moment of inspiration and to celebrate the Eucharist.
We are sorry to inform you that permission was not given for the start of rosary (14:30), adoration (16:00) and an Extra Mass in Latin (17:00) on Sunday, that would make the St. Catherine Cathedral stay open all Sunday.
The diocese overturned the priest’s decision, so all these initiatives are cancelled.
From this September on we have the following new Mass Schedule in the St. Catherine Cathedral:
- Saturday 18:30 H. Mass with organ in the chapel;
- Sunday 10:30 Dutch H. Mass with choir;
- Sunday 12:30 English H. Mass with choir, afterwards confession possibility;
- Monday 18:30 rosary, 19:00 H. Mass, 19.30 adoration. All in the chapel (Dutch) with priest students;
- Tuesday 19:00 H.Mass in the chapel (Dutch);
- Wednesday 18:30 rosary 19:00 H. Mass: both in the chapel (Dutch);
- Thursday 19:00 H. Mass in the chapel (Dutch);
- Friday 19:00 H. Mass in the chapel (Dutch).
This Sunday, the 8th September, after Mass there will be an additional collection at the door for KCU. KCU is an organisation that supports charity projects that the church has in the city of Utrecht.
For more information, please check their website (unfortunately only in Dutch):
Please help us collect funds for this cause.
On Saturday, the 7th of September we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the St. Augustine feast.
We start at 12:00 with the mass celebration in the chapel of the Augustinian sisters (Waterstraat 2) together with Fr. Schrama. There will be children catechism during the celebration.
After the celebration, at 13:15, we organize a festive lunch with activities in the coffee and tea room of the St. Augustine church.
Fr. Boogers will talk about the ongoing fusion process of the catholic parishes of Utrecht. Cor van Breukelen from the construction group will talk about the preparations for the restauration of the St. Augustine church. After that some volunteers will be congratulated for their work so far. Last but not least, the a small concert will be given by the Cantemus Domino choir and the English Mass choir.
Also we want to restore an old tradition: the St. Augustine feast potluck! We ask the parishioners to cook or bake something from their own country and share with the community. It is always a great way to get to know and taste some exquisite delicacies from far away lands! If you are interested in participating please let us know in advance, so we can make sure there is food for everyone.
We hope to see you on Saturday the 7th September.
Regarding the first Extra Sunday Mass, we want to correct a small miscommunication that we have informed before.
We would indeed like to share that we received the green light to start a Latin Novus Ordo Mass, but the first mass will be celebrated on September 15, 2019 and every following Sunday of the month of September. And from Sunday 13 October every 2nd, 3rd, 4th and possibly 5th Sunday of the month!
The other activities such as the rosary prayer and the adoration, which will keep the cathedral open all Sunday afternoon, also will only start on Sunday 15 September.
On 8 September, we invite the community to participate in the Sint Willibrord procession from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m, followed by Vespers in the Catherine Cathedral. The procession starts at the statue of the saint at the Janskerkhof. Join this important and moving tradition of Utrecht and let’s show to this beautiful city how wonderful it is to be a Catholic and to love our God through His saints, such as our holy Willibrord.
With that said, the focus will be on Sunday 1 September on the first Tridentine mass in the cathedral at 5 p.m. (without prior rosary and adoration), on Sunday 8 September on the Willibrord procession at 4 pm and on Sunday 15 September on the first Sunday afternoon opening of the St. Catherine’s Cathedral with rosary at 2.30 pm, adoration at 4 pm and the first Novus Ordo Latin mass at 5 pm!
On behalf of Humberto Consolo, from the organization team.
This Sunday, the 25th August, after Mass there will be an additional collection at the door for MIVA. MIVA is an organisation that supports local people that are helping the disadvantaged with small projects in remote areas. They operate in areas such as health, education and human rights.
Please help us collect funds for this cause.
On the 8th of September the annual St. Willibrord procession takes place to remember what St. Willibrord has done for us and to unite in our faith.
On the 8th of September at 16:00 the procession leaves from the statue of Saint Willibrord on Janskerkhof and ends in the Cathedral with a vesper service. At 17:15 there is a get together in the Bonifaciushuis, Nieuwegracht 61.
During this procession we can show Utrecht that our catholic faith is still very much alive and important to us.
On the 13th of June the parish board and the builders had a meeting in which the plans for restoration of the St. Augustine church were discussed. The original plan has been extended to renovate not only the roof but also the rooms adjacent to the church.
Some preliminary research must first take place and quotes are requested from a number of contractors. This was followed with a meeting on the 13th of July with the municipality and the central office of Monuments and Cultural Heritage (Rijksdienst Monumenten en Cultureel Erfgoed).
The budget and planning are being made and need to be approved by the Diocese and the building permits need to be approved. The builders expect to be able to start in November 2019 with renovations.