St. Augustine feast 2019

1-feastOn Saturday the 7th of September at 12.00 we will have once again the St. Augustine feast!
This time it will be organised in the Chapel of the sisters Saint Augustine in the Waterstraat 2 in Utrecht, nearby the St. Augustine church.

At 13.00 we plan to have a festive lunch and activities in the coffee and tearoom of the St. Augustine church, Rozenstraat 1.

It is now 10 years the Dutch and English speaking community are celebrating the St. Augustine feast together and we would like to continue this tradition.

We invite you to come and bring a dish from your home country to share.

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Assumption solemnity 2019

assumptionOn the 15th of August, the Catholic church celebrates the Assumption of Mary into heaven.

Unfortunately there isn’t a mass celebration in English scheduled for the Assumption tomorrow.

However there are 2 celebrations you might want to attend in Dutch:
* At 12:30 in the Augustinian sisters chapel, in the Waterstraat 2, Utrecht or
* At 19:00 in the St. Catherine cathedral.

Sunday Latin Mass from September onwards

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The green light was given to start a Latin Novus Ordo Mass from the Sunday of 8th September 2019 and every following Sunday of the month.

As you already may know, at the first week of the month from September to December there will be a Tridentine Mass every first week of the month, beginning on Sunday 1st of September 2019. This means that every week there will be an extra Late Sunday Mass for everyone.

Furthermore, in the Catherine Cathedral there will be more activities on Sunday afternoon:

  • Rosary from 14:30 to 15:30 and
  • Adoration from 16:00 to 17:00.

We are kindly invited to honour God in the Catherine Cathedral, Lange Nieuwstraat 36, Utrecht, at 17:00 on the 1st and 8th of September and every following Sunday, and show your support to our priests, chorus, and volunteers who are working hard to make this happen.

New alternative mass schedule for Sundays at 5PM

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Some time ago we sent out a questionnaire about interest in an extra mass on Sunday afternoon.

It has been decided that this mass will be planned for Sundays at 5 PM, starting on the 2nd week of September.

The organization however is still searching for a sacristan that can help with preparing and cleaning up the church.

The tasks will be to open the Cathedral before 5 PM, to close it after 6 PM and to arrange eveything inside so that the mass can be celebrated. It is a pure volunteer work, that should be performed as part of a team in a rotating schedule.

If you are willing to help please let the organization know by sending an email to the following address, letting them know how often can you help (once every 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 … weeks?)

Humberto Consolo – hconsoloholanda@gmail.com

 

Room available by the Ki Tov community

From August 2019 a room will become available in the Ki Tov community (http://www.kitov.nl/) in Utrecht!

The room is available for six months to a year. However, it is possible to stay even longer. We would particularly like to welcome an international student.

Eleven people live together in what used to be a monastery near the centre of Utrecht. Some of us are at the end of our studies, while others are already working. So all in all a pretty diverse group. A very importantpart of our community is that every morning and every evening we have prayer in our chapel in the style of Taizé. Most of us are quite independent and have our own thing. Nevertheless, we always spend one evening a week together for dinner and an activity. When the weather is nice we also enjoy hanging out in our very big and beautiful garden.

What we offer:
– 8 m2
– Street view
– Furniture

Cost:
– 250 euro per month (incl. gas, electricity and internet)

Who we are looking for:
– An international student
– Independent
– Affinity with the Christian faith and/or Taizé.
– Tidy

If you are interested, or if you have any questions, please email m.j.vandentoren94@gmail.com.

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Church Night Utrecht

kerknachtComing Saturday, June the 22nd, from 16:00 to 24:00 the St. Catherine Cathedral will join in the annual Church Night Utrecht.

It’s an opportunity to make our community visible to visitors. There will be guided tours, talks with visitors about faith, singing, prayer and more. At 18:30 there will be mass.

Would you like to help out or come for a visit?

Then please email Ellen van Ardenne: ellenvanardenne@gmail.com
And let her know if you want to volunteer or just come as a visitor.

Wanted: camp leaders for international volunteer projects

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SIW Internationale Vrijwilligersprojecten (SIW International Volunteer Projects) is a Dutch non-governmental, non-profit voluntary service organisation that was founded in 1953. The mission of SIW is to stimulate people to broaden their horizon. This is achieved by bringing volunteers into contact with different cultures. This way, SIW wants to facilitate international contact and understanding, contribute to the personal growth and development of young people and encourage them to carry out social, cultural and environmental work. That work is offered in our projects in the Netherlands and in the projects organised by partners from our network abroad.

Every year, SIW sends approximately 175 volunteers to foreign sister-organisations in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America and Africa, to work in voluntary workcamp projects in international groups. In 2019 SIW also organises 6 international work camps in the Netherlands. These take place in summer and last for two weeks. We organise these work camps in cooperation with Dutch social organisations such as the Dutch State Forestry, Emmaus (international charitable movement to combat poverty and homelessness) and the Central Agency for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. In the past years SIW has welcomed up to 100 volunteers from all over the world.

Each project is guided by two camp leaders. Being a camp leader is a voluntary job. There is no payment. However, all costs are covered by SIW. Each project lasts two weeks. Camp leaders must be available for the whole period of two weeks. Their job is to make the group function well and have a good time. Instruction about the work that has to be done, is done by the host organization. The language in the camps is English. The camp leaders receive a training by SIW. The training will take place on 22 and 23 June.

The booklet describes the 6 projects. We are still looking for camp leaders for the projects Zonnehoeve Zeewolde and Emmaus Haarzuilens. These projects take place from 3 through 17 August and from 18 August through 1 September respectively.

For further information, please contact Hans van Dommele, Coordinator Dutch projects, 06-23263134 or email bestuur.ontvangst@siw.nl.

https://www.siw.nl/wp-content/uploads/siw-program-dutch-projects-2019.pdf

Assel day – 15h June!

The Assel day is back after an hiatus of 3 years!

assel-dayAssel Day again is the English Mass annual community day.
It will take place on Saturday, the 15th of June when we will have a day full of fun activities, potluck food brought by our parishioners, nice nature surroundings and prayers.
And Fr. Herman will join us!

As usual it will be in the Salesian Center in Assel near Apeldoorn.

If you are interested please fill in the form, so that we can better plan food and transport:

http://bit.ly/assel2019

We are looking forward to see the community again in Assel!

St. Augustine Remains Open!

augustinuskerkOn last Wednesday, the 15th of May, there was a meeting of the parish board where it was decided that the renovation of the St. Augustine church will carry on to its completion, at which point it will be opened and continue to function as a city church for Utrecht.

The board concluded that the St. Augustine church is more oriented to serve as church for the city of Utrecht and the direct surroundings, and that the St. Catherine Cathedral has a special position, as the seat of the archbishop of Utrecht.

Although this means that the parish balance will have a significant hit on its financial assets, the board is convinced that this will give an important impulse to the development of the future of the whole catholic Utrecht. The policy regarding the other churches in the parish will not change due to this decision.

There is however a challenge and responsibility that is put to all of us parishioners: do not look back to what was before: something new is about to start, can you see it already?