Tridentine Mass – 11 January

4-tridentine-massOn Thursday, 11 of January, we will hold a Tridentine Mass (also known as Latin mass).

The mass will be celebrated by Fr. James Smits in the Peace chapel, of the St. Catherine Cathedral, in Utrecht, and starts at 19:00.

We hope to count with your presence!


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

Please register if you wish to attend:

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:
More info (in Dutch):

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

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:

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):