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Lenten Letter of our Archbishop Dr. Heiner Koch

to be read to the congregation on the First Sunday of Lent 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Only a few weeks had passed after my arrival in Berlin as your Archbishop when the Holy Father opened the Year of Mercy, which will of course shape the Lenten season this year. The first six months as Archbishop on Berlin brought me great riches of contacts and experiences. Already I got to know many parishes and pastoral areas, while visiting kindergartens and schools, homes for asylum seekers, hospitals and consultation offices. We celebrated our faith in Eucharistic services, in solemn liturgies of baptism and confirmation, and in all sorts of meetings with you. So many lay people, priests, pastoral workers and religious gave me a wonderful welcome. I am also grateful for the opportunity to pay some short visits to our neighbouring dioceses, and for the good cooperation with the Apostolic Nuncio. In various groups and councils I could speak with you about the development and perspectives for the future of our diocese, and I had contact with many representatives of Government, the media, culture and the civil society in general.

I am happy to state that you all received me with a great openness, for which I am most grateful, and so you allowed a happy beginning to my start as bishop of Berlin. How much creativity, what wonderful strength and joy was I able to witness!

But I also met a great deal of suffering, worry and neediness, I met people who seem exhausted, who fail to see a direction where life may lead them, people filled with anxiety as they look back on their sad discovery that apparently no one and nothing is reliable, who suffer from the feeling of being completely let down.

There is one thing that these people miss in their lives, that is, they miss the experience of mercy. Mercy is the name for a profound sympathy, for having a heart for one another, the readiness to perceive the other with an eye of love and appreciation, and then offer support to make life full and worthwhile. Wherever we experience this kind of mercy, we revive, breathing fresh air. No one of us can do without this experience of finding mercy.

The German word for mercy, “Barmherzigkeit”, indicates the core of this disposition. We all hope to meet people who show us that they have a loving heart for us. Mercy, understood in this way, is never something patronizing, a gesture from high above; it simply reflects the fundamental attitude of a mature human togetherness.

A good number of people regard this idea of a merciful life as an illusion. Their sentiment tells them that life irresistibly heads for the moment of death when each one is all alone, leaving everyone and everything behind, and ultimately sink into the cold darkness of nothing.

Yet we Christians profess and proclaim that human beings are created and carried by God, who has a heart for each one of us. He has called us into this life. He walks with us the whole course of this life, in joy and in sorrow. His love has no limit, and in the hour of death he welcomes us anew, just as the merciful father in the gospel receives his son who was lost. This message of a final homecoming, that Jesus Christ brought us, speaks of the very core of our Christian faith. Other religions too believe in the mercy of God. But only the Christian faith holds that God loves all human persons so radically that he really shares our neediness, our misery, our anxiety, our loneliness. He even shares our death, despised as a criminal on the cross. Our Christian faith tells us that God does not simply address a word of mercy to us, but he is always with us, in the years of life as well as in the hour of death.

We as Church have the task, especially during this Holy Year of Mercy, to awaken a fresh sense for this message of mercy in our communities, and to create occasions for people to experience this mercy in a personal way. Mercy is not simply one of the many properties of God that we might enumerate. Mercy is the core and essence of God. Therefore, as a manifestation of God, mercy must be given a concrete expression in our ecclesial community, as well as in our togetherness with other people, and even with the whole of creation. Whatever our work and endeavour, it must flow from, and has to be measured by, this spirit of mercy. To be clear, certain hard words of criticism or certain provocative actions may in fact also be expressions of mercy. For mercy must not be misunderstood as cheap softness, resulting from lack of character. Self-criticism too, the critical mind for one's own talk and behaviour, remains necessary for each one of us. As Church, we are constantly obliged to examine our words, deeds, rules and structures whether they are in line with mercy. Not only what we say or do is important, but also the manner how we say or do it. We have to develop and always improve a good culture of togetherness. That is the only way how an individual and our Christian community can become credible and convincing so as to have an impact on society at large.

Is the message of Jesus merely a dreamy desire or is it a concrete and effective reality in our lives? Moreover, is it possible already now in daily life to catch a glimpse of this merciful God who is said to carry us at all times? Recently, on 17th January in the church of St. Paulus, administered by the Dominicans in the Oldenburgstraße, we opened a Holy Door for the duration of this Holy Year of Mercy. The Holy Door is meant to be a symbol for what we intend with the celebration of this Year of Mercy. I wish to invite you all – especially now during Lent in preparation for Easter – to pass once through this door, keeping the following points in your mind:

* The Holy Door is not the main entrance of St. Paulus, but a little side door. Thus it reminds us of what Jesus said about the narrow gate leading to the Kingdom of God (cf. Mt 7:12). That is certainly not to the liking of proud and self-important people. The narrow gate is for the poor, the little ones, for humble people. To encounter the mercy of God we have to place our life with all its poverty, weakness and imperfection before God, with the prayer: “O God, be merciful to me, a poor creature!” In this attitude our human poverty begins to shine in blessed light.

* The Gate to Heaven, to a life with God, was opened for us by Jesus Christ, by his death and resurrection. The door is open; now it is up to us to pass through the gate. Let us confidently risk taking this step towards the merciful God. Without this step no one can experience God's mercy. We have to cross the threshold and give our heart to God. We use the word “creed” for the faith, it comes from the Latin “credere” which is a contraction of the two words “cor dare”, that is, giving one's heart. That is the price of the faith, without any discount. Sermons, catechism, religious instruction are never a by-pass. For less than the heart we cannot meet the loving merciful God. Do I truly offer my heart to God, day after day? Do I really try to love God with all my heart and all my strength, day after day? Or do I remain standing outside in front of the open gate, letting God wait for me in vain?

* Innumerable doors stand open for us, thanks to our modern society. Yet there follows the temptation not to choose anyone of them once and for all, but instead to put a foot in everywhere, though merely for a try, remaining uncommitted, always ready to withdraw again. Hence we find less and less people willing to accept tasks that will tie them firmly in the long run. They shun lasting obligations and feel incapable of a permanent bond to another person. The logic is: “Perhaps something or someone better may appear one day, and then ...” However, without freely binding oneself for good, no one will ever experience a deep human relationship, let alone a deep relationship with God. The Holy Door is not like a revolving door, which can lead you inside and just as well transport you back from where you came. God is great, and we can approach him only by the magnanimous decision to pass over to his side, with all our strength, courage and determination, that is, to pass through the Holy Door.

* The Holy Door always guides us to human beings, inside in the church or, when we leave, outside in the world. There is no road to God that bypasses your human neighbour. When I refuse to show them mercy, I myself will never experience mercy.
Jesus says: “Blessed are the merciful, they shall obtain mercy.” (Mt 5:7) In the measure we dish God's mercy out to others and share with them, we ourselves will obtain mercy. Everything great and precious in human life springs not from clinging, but from sharing. The works of mercy, both spiritual and corporal, drive us poor Christians in a particular way to share our lives and livelihood with the poor and to be at their side. These traditional works can inspire us, particularly now during Lent, to examine our life style.

Nevertheless, mercy is never an achievement that we have to produce. It will always be a gift that God grants us and which we may receive in all our spiritual poverty. Confession is the sacrament of mercy. Christ gave us this means, and I feel depressed when I hear many Catholics say: “No, thanks, I don't need that.” The truth is, we live of God's mercy. Therefore I ardently invite you in this Year of Mercy to go to confession to experience and celebrate God's mercy. I urge all priests to let the sacrament of confession have all the attention this invitation of Christ deserves, in their personal lives as much as in their preaching.

I gladly look forward to making our way together through this Holy Year of Mercy.

Berlin, on the First Sunday of Lent 2016
Yours
+ Heiner Koch
Archbishop of Berlin

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium #47


“The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open. One concrete sign of such openness is that our church doors should always be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door. There are other doors that should not be closed either. Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason. This is especially true of the sacrament which is itself ‘the door’: baptism. The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone with all their burdened lives.”


Major Themes in Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel),
Pope Francis' First Apostolic Exhortation (Nov 24th 2013)


No 1. The Basic Proclamation of the Gospel (Kerygma)

For Pope Francis, evangelization begins by sharing the basic message of the Gospel.
“In catechesis too, we have rediscovered the fundamental role of the first announcement or the Proclamation of the Gospel, which needs to be the center of all evangelizing activity and all efforts at Church renewal… On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: “Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you” (#164).
The Pope goes on to note the importance of the Proclamation of the Gospel throughout the life of a Christian:
“It is first in a qualitative sense because it is the principal proclamation, the one which we must hear again and again in different ways, the one which we must announce one way or another throughout the process of catechesis, at every level and moment” (#164).
In his letter, the Pope practices what he writes:
“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since ‹‹no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord››” (#3). [Pope Francis quotes Pope Paul VI, Gaudete in Domino, 1975]

No 2. Two Sources of Evangelization

First, we can evangelize only because God first loved us.
“An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast. (#24)
Second, our evangelization depends on theme number 1: Our ability to accept the Gospel into our lives.
“Here we find the source and inspiration of all our efforts at evangelization. For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?” (#8)
“Jesus can also break through the dull categories with which we would enclose him and he constantly amazes us by his divine creativity. Whenever we make the effort to return to the source and to recover the original freshness of the Gospel, new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for today’s world. Every form of authentic evangelization is always ‹‹new››”. (#11)

No 3. Missionary Disciple

The term “missionary disciple” is used throughout the document. The two terms are used to hold in tension the need both for a relationship with our Lord and the need to go to the outskirts to preach the Gospel. One thing is very clear. Every Baptized member of the Christian faith is called to evangelize and is called to be a missionary disciple.
“In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization.” (#120)
“What I would like to propose is something much more in the line of an evangelical discernment. It is the approach of a missionary disciple, an approach ‹‹nourished by the light and strength of the Holy Spirit››” (#50). [Pope Francis quotes Pope John Paul II, Pastores dabo vobis, 1992]
“The Church is herself a missionary disciple” (#40).
“A Church which ‹‹goes forth››, which is ‹‹on the move››, is a Church whose doors are open… At times we have to be like the father of the prodigal son, who always keeps his door open so that when the son returns, he can readily pass through it. (#46)


No 4. The Parish

Pope Francis spends a considerable amount of time on the parish as he looks to see how a missionary impulse would change parish life.
“In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers. It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a centre of constant missionary outreach. We must admit, though, that the call to review and renew our parishes has not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people, to make them environments of living communion and participation, and to make them completely mission-oriented” (#28)
“In some people we see an ostentatious preoccupation for the liturgy, for doctrine and for the Church’s prestige, but without any concern that the Gospel have a real impact on God’s faithful people and the concrete needs of the present time” (#95).
Then in regards to sharing the message of the Gospel:
“Pastoral ministry in a missionary style is not obsessed with the disjointed transmission of a multitude of doctrines to be insistently imposed…the message has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary. The message is simplified, while losing none of its depth and truth, and thus becomes all the more forceful and convincing.” (#35).

No. 5 The Poor

We all know that Pope Francis wants “a Church which is poor and for the poor.” The poor take up a huge section in this Apostolic Exhortation and his words deserve to be closely examined. Here are some significant quotes to help sum up his thoughts:
We know that “evangelization would not be complete if it did not take account of the unceasing interplay of the Gospel and of man’s concrete life, both personal and social” (#181). [Here, Pope Francis quotes Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 1975]
“Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society” (#187).
“Inspired by this, the Church has made an option for the poor which is understood as a ‹‹special form of primacy in the exercise of Christian charity, to which the whole tradition of the Church bears witness››” (#198). [Here, Pope Francis quotes Pope John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 1987]
“God’s heart has a special place for the poor, so much so that he himself 'became poor' (2 Cur 8:9). The entire history of our redemption is marked by the presence of the poor. Salvation came to us from the 'yes' uttered by a lowly maiden from a small town on the fringes of a great empire.” (#197)
“Without the preferential option for the poor, ‹‹the proclamation of the Gospel, which is itself the prime form of charity, risks being misunderstood or submerged by the ocean of words which daily engulfs us in today’s society of mass communications››” (#199) [John Paul II, Novo Millenio ineunte, 2001]

No. 6 De-centralization of the Papacy

This may strike as an odd theme in a document on evangelization, but it is clear that Francis wants to note that centralization of the Church can harm evangelization:
“The papacy and the central structures of the universal Church also need to hear the call to pastoral conversion. The Second Vatican Council stated that, like the ancient patriarchal Churches, episcopal confer¬ences are in a position ‹‹to contribute in many and fruitful ways to the concrete realization of the collegial spirit›› [Lumen Gentium 23]. Yet this desire has not been fully realized, since a juridical status of episcopal conferences which would see them as subjects of specific attributions, including genuine doctrinal authority, has not yet been sufficiently elaborated. Excessive centralization complicates the Church’s life and her missionary outreach. (#32)
“Countless issues involving evangelization today might be discussed here, but I have chosen not to explore these many questions which call for further reflection and study. Nor do I believe that the papal magisterium should be expected to offer a definitive or complete word on every question which affects the Church and the world. It is not advisable for the Pope to take the place of local Bishops in the discernment of every issue which arises in their territory. In this sense, I am conscious of the need to promote a sound 'decentralization'” (#16).
Pope Francis also practices this principle throughout the document by quoting different groups of bishops.

 

An Important Synod

On October 5th, the synod on the family will open in Rome. It may become an important event in the life of the Catholic Church for two reasons. It can redefine the way the world’s bishops in union with the Pope give guidance to the Church on pastoral issues and, at the same time, bring greater clarity into some thorny questions concerning sexuality, marriage and family life.
We have had many synods since Vatican II. But so far they were merely consultative, i.e. suggesting ideas to the Pope which could be used or discarded at his own discretion. It seems that Pope Francis intends to make the bishops’ synod an instrument of “collegiality”, i.e. Pope and bishops exercising their authority together. For centuries, synods were the common method for deciding on important issues in the Church and they still are in the Orthodox and the Anglican churches. If the governance of the Catholic Church were exercised less through the Vatican administration, as is the case today, and more directly by the college of bishops in union with the Pope, this could have a great impact of ecumenical relationships with other churches.
In preparation for the Synod on the family, Pope Francis asked for a consultation not only of bishops’ conferences, but also of the laity, Christians who are the most concerned with family life as they are living it every day. The consultation showed very clearly one thing: the Church’s teaching and the life of most ordinary Christians are far apart in a number of important points. As those who took the trouble of answering the lengthy questionnaire are likely not to be lapsed, but practicing Catholics, their opinion has to be taken seriously. The synod will have to analyze the reasons and propose ways how the gap can be narrowed. There are in particular three areas where most Catholics no longer follow the Church’s teaching: birth control, sex before marriage, and divorce and remarriage.
The synod faces a formidable task. On the one hand, the Church cannot change what is Christ’s clear teaching. The word of God is not a matter of opinion. On the other hand, if so many serious Christians no longer see the teaching of the Church as reasonable and relevant, something is wrong somewhere. Is it merely that they have succumbed to the “Zeitgeist”, the spirit of the world? Is it that the conditions of life have changed so drastically that some rules of old do not make sense any longer in the modern world? Has the Church failed to communicate Christ’s message to a new world culture?
The synod fathers and mothers will have to make a serious spiritual discernment. For that they need our prayers. So Pope Francis has asked the whole Church to pray this week for the upcoming synod. We think back on how God’s spirit inspired the bishops at the Second Vatican Council and how the Spirit inspired time and again the college of cardinals to elect unexpected. We have good reason to believe that the same Spirit will help the synod with propositions that are both faithful to the Gospel and relevant to the life of today’s married people and Christian families.

Fr. Wolfgang Schonecke MAfr

For more information:

http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/synod-family-open-amid-high-expectations-doubts-about-process

 

 

Cardinal Woelki's Message to the School Year 2014/15

I wish that all children will go to school with joy and without fear; that they experience care, that they are strengthened and encouraged.

I wish that there will be enough teachers and educators so that each child can be seen and appreciated – especially the quiet and shy ones in the class rooms.
In this way bullying can be stopped.

I wish that there be teachers who teach their students all that is important in life, that they support and help their students when they have problems or when they confronted with a seemingly hopeless situation.
In this way the students can come to understand that social skills are more valuable than a good grade in math.

I wish that students learn to understand the interdependence that exists in our world, and that they enjoy to work out a topic with different methods themselves.
In this way they remain curious and hungry for 'more'.

I wish for adults who enjoy working at school, who can have fun together with the children and who see how much potential is in every child.
In this way each child can develop his or her talents and inclusion becomes obvious.

I wish for schoolmates who care about those who attend their first class this year and who are already deeply curious about it.
Schoolmates who are looking forward with them for all the new things that will come.
Schoolmates who help them to manage their new environment and who comfort them if not everything succeeds immediately.

Cardinal Woelki

 

 

65th Anniversary of the Belin Airlift, May 11, 2014

 

Easter Egg Hunt, April 20, 2014

 

Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014

 

Saint Patrick's Day celebration, March 22, 2014

 

Scout Sunday at All Saints, February 16, 2014

 

Pinata, January 19, 2014

 

 

Rosca de Reyes, January 5, 2014

 

Children's Mass and Christmas Pageant

December 24, 2013

 

Congratulations to our Holy Father Pope Francis
on being selected “Person of the Year” by TIME magazine

December 23, 2013

 

 

 

Christmas Caroling at the Seniors' residence in Steglitz
December 22, 2013

 

 

Hüttenweg Ecumenical Christmas Concert
December 14, 2013

 

 

Scenes of a Family Bazaar, September 7, 2013

 

 

Annual Fall Barbeque on September 1, 2013

 

 

Words of our Bishop Rainer Cardinal Woelki

at a prayer service for the people of Egypt
on 22nd of August 2013 in the Coptic-Orthodox church of St. Antonius and St. Shenouda in Berlin-Lichtenberg (Roedeliusplatz)

organised by the initiative of both
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, president of the German Episcopal Conference, and
Bishop Anba Damian, General Bishop of the Coptic-Orthodox Church in Germany,
attended also by
Dr. Markus Dröge, as representative of the Protestant Church.


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, dear Bishop Damian,

I gladly accepted your invitation to participate in this prayer service for peace in Egypt on this particular day when you in the Orient celebrate the feast of the Assumption of our Lady. When I take part as the representative of the German Episcopal Conference, then I am here in the name of many Christians in Germany with whom we are now prayerfully united for this occasion.

Today the Coptic Church celebrates the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her entry into Heaven. Your Church is one of the most ancient Christian Churches. It is from the East that Christianity has come to us in the West. The Copts and Egypt form an indivisible unity. Today the Coptic Christians share their country with fellow citizens of the Islamic faith, they all are offspring of the ancient Egyptians, the native people of the Nile valley. Looking at them from outside, one cannot distinguish who is Christian and who is Muslim.

Both religious communities venerate the Virgin Mary, who gave birth to Jesus and remained a virgin. Both believe in Mary's apparitions at Zeitun.

We want to keep focused on these shared points of identity when we think of these recent events that were directed against Egyptian Christians. The attacks were directed against churches and hit all Christian communities, Copts, Catholics, Protestants.

I admire the confidence and trust in God of his Holiness Tawadros II, the Coptic pope, who after these attacks appealed to the Christians not to react with violence. He is reported to have said: "They burn the churches? Then we pray in the mosques. They burn the mosques? Then we pray in the churches. They burn one as well as the other? Then we pray together in the streets because we are all Egyptians." In this spirit Christians appealed to courageous Muslims, who were ready to stand guard to protect Christian churches, not to do so, not to risk their precious God-given life in this way. Walls one can reconstruct together. Or, in the words of a representative of the Evangelical Church of Egypt: "The loss of a church building weighs heavily, but it counts as nothing in comparison with the loss of so many human lives, with the pain of wounds and injuries, and with the fear that haunts the hearts and the apprehension of what lies ahead, what may happen in Egypt today and in the days to come. Houses can be rebuilt, but a single life lost cannot be renewed."

Much violence was committed in Egypt in these past days. We want to pray for the souls of the victims and share our condolence with the bereaved families. Our sympathy goes to all who suffered wounds and injuries, and who were hurt by the events.

But in the spirit of Jesus Christ we also pray that all Egyptians, be they simple citizens or leading persons in public life, not to aim at violent revenge and retaliation, but rather seek dialogue, look for compromises, and be ready to forgive. We know that the majority of Egyptians desire to live in peace.

As Christians we want our Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt to know that we stand in solidarity with them and that we suffer with them, even if our compassion and solidarity hardly ring an echo in the media. We know that Christians, who in the Orient live together with Muslims, time and again experience the solidarity of Muslims with other Muslims whenever Muslims are persecuted or Islam is ridiculed. As they share the culture with the Muslims, they ask of course why Christians in the wide world do not show the same close solidarity with persecuted Christians as Muslims do with persecuted Muslims.

That Christianity in Egypt stems from the earliest times and that it owes nothing to European missionaries ought to be part of anyone's knowledge, hence it can in no way be regarded as a relatively recent leftover of colonial history; this fact should be absolutely clear in everyone's mind, especially with us Christians as well as any informed person. Egyptian Christians are not aliens or newcomers in the country as some of their enemies wish to make believe.

Europe's political culture has outgrown the sense of religious solidarity. Our political culture is shaped by the idea of human rights, the right to live in dignity. The demand of this right to live in dignity belongs to the basic principles of Catholic social doctrine. That is why we appeal to all who bear political responsibility, not only in Egypt but worldwide, not to allow any preaching of hatred and any incitement to murder and killings in the name of religion.

Since we are gathered here in Berlin-Lichtenberg to pray for a peaceful future in Egypt, I wish to include in this prayer that the peaceful coexistence of people is precariously put to the test also in this our city. If we are serious with our engagement for peace, we have to begin here, in front of our own door. I appeal to everyone to stop at once all forms of provocation and aggression so that refugees and asylum-seekers may live here without fear.

I fully endorse and make my own the call of Pope Francis for peace in Egypt, who in Rome on the 15th of August declared: "Let us pray together for peace, dialogue and reconciliation in this beloved country of Egypt and in the entire world." "Mary, queen of peace, pray for us."

Translation: Fr. Dietmar Lenfers (Miss. Afr.)

 

St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 16th, 2013

 

 

Habemus Papam!

On March 13, 2013, shortly after 7 pm, white smoke started bellowing from the chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel as pilgrims gathered at Saint Peter’s Square and millions of television viewers waited in anticipation to know the name of the man who had been chosen to become the 266th successor of Saint Peter. A few minutes after 8 pm the Camerlingo announced from Saint Peter’s balcony: “Habemus papam“ – “We have a Pope”. It was a historic moment. The 115 cardinals of the Conclave elected Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the first Jesuit and the first non-Western European Pope in the church's 2000-year history. Cardinal Bergoglio appeared on the balcony soon after and greeted the faithful with “Bona sera” – “Good evening” and asked them to pray for him. Everyone on the square and millions in front of their television sets prayed Our Father and Hail Mary – it was a moving moment. With other informal gestures, he referred to himself as coming from the other end of the world, called for brotherhood within the Catholic Church and suggested setting on a road of peace. By choosing the name Francis, he set a signal to his commitment to the poor linking his papacy with Saint Francis of Assisi who devoted his life to helping the poor.
Jorge Bergoglio was born to a poor Italian immigrant family in Argentina in 1936. The son of a railway worker, he studied chemistry, joined the Society of Jesus or the Jesuits and was ordained a priest in 1969. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he fought for social justice, often confronted politicians, and was a pastoral man who lived an ascetic life in a small apartment instead of a palace, used public transportation instead of a chauffeured limousine, visited hospitals and prisons and cooked his own meals. Pope Francis is the first pontiff to come from the Americas, from South America, a continent where 40 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics live. We pray for God’s blessing on Pope Francis’ papacy.

Tamás Meggyes, Vanessa Hansen

 

The Conclave

The Conclave, a congregation of Cardinals who will elect the successor of Benedict XVI, will meet within a few days. The word Conclave stems from the Latin “with key” because the electors were locked up in a secluded venue to avoid outside influences on the election process. The Cardinals are still not allowed to have contact with the outside world, they are not allowed to have cell phones, access to internet, watch television, listen to radio or read newspapers while the Conclave is in session. The venue is at the Sistine Chapel and the Cardinals are lodged within the Vatican and may not leave during the process. The first Conclave took place in 1241 and the rules have changed but utmost ‘privacy’ has always been a prime feature. Cardinals over 80 are not allowed to participate, so there are 119 Cardinals who qualify as electors and about 114 are expected to attend. A two-thirds vote is required to elect a pope and election rounds are repeated as long as this result has not been achieved. The ballots are secret and the ballot slips are burned after each ballot. Black smoke from a provisional chimney signals no decision and white smoke conveys the message that a new pope has been elected. The smoke is the first message to onlookers at St. Peter’s Square, followed by the ringing of the bells of St. Peter’s Cathedral as a Cardinal appears on the balcony to announce: “Habemus papam” – “We have a pope”. We pray for God’s blessing on the Conclave and our new pope.

 

 

Resignation Announcement of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI

"Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.
Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer."


 

“… and with your spirit” -

a partnership between priest and people

From the first Sunday of Advent 2011, all English-speaking Mass-goers will be using the text of the revised translation of the Missal. One revision in particular, to one of the most familiar people’s responses, has caused some confusion. Many of you will find the new translation of the response, Et cum spiritu tuo in the revised English version of the Missal difficult to understand, certainly compared with the translation, ‘And also with you’ to which English speakers have become accustomed since nearly 40 years. The new translation appears, conversely, rather traditional.

The reasons and meaning behind the introduction of the words ‘your spirit’ are unclear to many members of English-speaking congregations. Some people try to explain the introduction of ‘And with your spirit’ by claiming that it refers to the effect of the Holy Spirit in the priest, so it becomes a prayer that the Lord will increase the grace of his priestly ordination.

I see a different explanation: When I greet you “The Lord be with you”, your answer is from today on “and with your spirit”. This phrase is to be understood fully as “And the Lord be with your spirit”.

The really important point here is not the word ‘spirit’, but the word “with”. When we say “God is with someone”, we mean that God gives a task to someone who protests that he or she are inadequate to fulfill it. It is a promise of God to be with someone – God thus guarantees that with his help he or she can fulfill the commission God has given them. If God is with them, they manage.

The Lord be with you – and the Lord be also with you.

So here we have a partnership between priest and people, a partnership with a purpose: each praying that the Lord will be “with” the other in their shared act of worship. This Eucharistic act is something they would not dare to consider themselves adequate to undertake, had they not received the Lord’s commission that his disciples “do this in memory of me” (Lk 22:19); and it can be undertaken now only because the risen Christ himself promised to be “with” his Church until the end of the age (Mt 28:20). That is the main point underlying the phrase “…and with your spirit

Cf: www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/20111116_1.htm

 

 

All Saints Council meeting on Februar 10, 2013


The First Communion Class (January 20, 2013)


Three Kings Day celebration at All Saints on January 6, 2013

 

Father Wolfgang Schonecke saying the Midnight Mass in 2012


Children’s Mass & Christmas Pageant, December 24, 2012



First Communion class in Fall 2012

 

From the first Sunday of Advent 2011
our answer to "The Lord with be with you." will be:
"And with your spirit."

 

Training the lectors... (September 16, 2012)

 

Altar servers of two generations...(September 16, 2012)


2012 Fall Family Bazaar on September 9, 2012

 

Scout Sunday at All Saints on February 12, 2012


Family Bazaar on Sep 5, 2011

 

 

PASTORAL LETTER of Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki on the occasion of the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
Berlin, September 2011

Brothers and Sisters,
It has been some weeks since I have been appointed and inaugurated as your new Archbishop. In some encounters we already have had the opportunity to get to know each other a little. I should like to thank you so much for having received me so well. This was a great encouragement for me and made my start with you much easier. Now we belong together and are called to make our way together as Christians in our Archdiocese of Berlin.
In a few days time we will have the great honour to welcome our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI here in Berlin. Already now we should like to welcome him very warmly and with great joy! Personally I consider it an act of divine providence, that - right at the beginning of my service as archbishop – I am able to express and convey on behalf of all of us to our Holy Father our affectionate solidarity with him as the successor of St. Peter and as head of our worldwide church.
Pope Benedict comes to Berlin as a guest of the archdiocese as well as a guest of the Federal Republic of Germany. President Wulff, together with representatives of the political life and citizens from all over Germany, will hold a welcoming speech on the grounds of Bellevue Castle. We Catholics, together with the Holy Father, shall celebrate Holy Eucharist in the Olympic Stadium, so that he may strengthen our faith and our communion with the Catholic Church.
We have decided to celebrate a big feast of our Faith. In order that 70,000 people in the stadium and millions of people all over the world can join us in this celebration, a large amount of money has to be spent. The estimate amounts to 3.5 million euros. This may appear to be a lot of money and indeed it is. But I am sure you agree with me that we cannot charge admission for a religious service, as it is not us who are inviting but the Lord Himself. Be assured that the money being spent on this papal visit will not be detrimental to our social and charitable projects. Nor will we lose sight of the hunger in East Africa, on the contrary: on the occasion of the papal visit the "Benedict East-Africa Fund" is being started. Its aim is to provide the Holy Father with financial means for quick and sustainable help on the spot. It is us, the German dioceses, who will start this fund and provide the finances. You are cordially invited to contribute towards this fund.
Berlin is the political centre of this country. Pope Benedict will meet here with persons who represent our state according to its constitution. In the Bundestag he will address the members of parliament and thus the entire people. Berlin is also the centre of our Archdiocese, which, however, reaches far beyond the boundaries of the city. The special relationship of the Archdiocese with the public life here is both challenge and motivation for the pastoral work and the personal witness of all baptised. Even more, the cultural situation and the political character of the city of Berlin, do really give us an occasion to prove our worth as witnesses of the faith.
The visit of the Holy Father to Germany is placed under the motto: "Where there is God, there is future." This motto focuses on God as well on the future of mankind. More so, the two are identical. God is our future. Without God, man's future is obstructed. This holds true for the individual person: if one does not, confident in God, accept the imponderabilities of human life, especially its frailty and threat of death, one lives in a Today that lacks humanly desirable vision and inner freedom."Where there is God, there is future" – this holds also true for public life and the political community. When politics overestimates itself, and refuses to give space, so that social capabilities cannot develop, then future will be obstructed. If politics does not acknowledge the finiteness of this world, it is bound to forfeit the future rather than to advance it.
The Holy Father is going to talk about such interrelations when he meets with those holding public office especially here in Berlin and in the Archdiocese of Freiburg. These will also be the topic when he speaks to the Faithful at all the steps of his apostolic visit. Being witnesses of God who prepares a good future for all mankind, is our task."Nos sumus testes" - "We are witnesses" (Acts 5,32), this word of St. Peter from the Acts of the Apostles, which I chose as my motto, is very clear about this.
When meeting with you in the coming months, I should like to come together with you, to reach a better understanding of how our faith in God can be lived and ought to be lived in our diocese. The point in question is the presence of the Christian faith in a society, where there are signs of searching God as well neglect of God, in which Christians are a minority, and yet unfold a remarkable, admittedly positive power. Our concern is a proclamation of the faith, care of souls, a community of faith which enables closeness to God and the Church both for the believing and the still searching. Our witness is especially needed, and in a very concrete manner, where there are problems in our society, where lack of participation, lack of perspective, having no home or personal misfortune obstruct faith in a future for one's own person or for one’s family, where the longing for such a future is especially tangible. As my predecessor in the Episcopal office, and in the best Berlin tradition, I should like, to-gether with you, keep up this social alertness in what way ever.
Our archdiocese welcomes Pope Benedict most cordially! Not everyone in this capital acknowledges his rank and his merits. We respect this. At the same time we for our part ask for the same respect. I invite all the faithful of the archdiocese of Berlin to meet with the Holy Father in person or via the media. Let us decorate with flags all our churches and church-institutions during the hours of his visit. Let us also ring all the church bells on the 22nd of September at 10.30 a.m., the moment of his landing, as an expression of our joy and prayer for him and his visit to our country. During these days let us especially pray for his well-being, and that God may sustain him in his superhuman task. I am asking you for these prayers with all my heart.
With great joy I am looking forward to meeting many of you on the occasion of this papal visit.

In the joy of these feast-days of the faith, I remain with all good wishes for you, your families, congregations and parishes,

Fraternally yours,

Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Berlin

 

 

We pray for Fr. Adonis Narcelles SVD
Born June 4th 1971
Ordained priest June 1st 2003
Returned to the Father July 29th 2011
We keep his memory in our hearts.
R.I.P.

 

Our previous priests were:

Father Ralf Klein, SJ

Father Ralf was born in Wiesbaden close to Frankfurt in 1959. 25 years later he joined the Jesuits. He studied theology in Frankfurt, Münster and Jerusalem. In October 1990 he came to Berlin to teach Religious Education at the Canisius Kolleg. A few years later he went to university once again this time to study English. Having completed these studies he went to Australia for the last part of the Jesuit training in 2001. When he returned to Berlin six months later, he started teaching English as a Foreign Language. His work at All Saints is a good opportunity to keep up with spoken English.

Father Klaus Mertes, SJ

Born in Bonn, the second of five children, youth in Marseille and Paris (1956-63) and Moscow (1963-66) owing to father's diplomatic service
1966-73: student at Aloisius Kolleg in Bonn
1973-75: military service in Bundeswehr
1975-77: studies in Bonn (Slavic linguistics, Classical Philology)
1977-79: noviciat in the Jesuit Order in Muenster/Westphalia
1979-81: study of Philosophy at the Jesuit College of Philosophy in Munich
1981-83: youth work in Trier
1983-86:study of Theology Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt
1986: ordination and subsequent study at the University of Frankfurt
1988: first state exam in Latin
1990: second state exam in Religion and Latin
1990-93: teacher at Saint Ansgar School in Hamburg
1993-94: tertiat in Belfast, Northern Ireland
1994-2000: teacher at Canisius Kolleg in Berlin
2000 to present: rector at Canisius Kolleg in Berlin

Father Hans Jürgen Kleist, SJ

Hans Jürgen Kleist was born in 1957 in Saarbrücken, the capital of the smallest State of the Federal Republic of Germany. Here, near the border to France, he grow up. In 1975 he enrolled in a Jesuit boarding school in the Black Forest, named Kolleg St. Blasien (a Kolleg is about the same as a high school in the U.S. system). This was an important decision for the course of his life because after his philosophical-theological studies in the ancient Roman city of Trier he entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Nuremberg (1983 - 1985). After two years of regency (1985 - 1987) in his former secondary school, he went to Munich to study Mathematics and Psychology at the 'Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität' (till 1993). He was ordained a priest in 1988 and also did some work at the Jesuit school of philosophy called the 'Hochschule für Philosophie'. He received practical training in teaching both Mathematics and Psychology and counseling Psychology at Augsburg and Freising (1993 - 1995). Since 1995 his main occupation has been that of a teacher and tutor in the Jesuit boarding school 'Kolleg St. Blasien'. When he returned after his tertianship in Manila, Philippines, he became teacher for Mathematics in the 'Canisius-Kolleg' in Berlin.

+ Father Adonis Llamas Narcelles Jr. SVD

Father Adonis Llamas Narcelles Jr. SVD was born in the northern Philippine Province of Pangasinan. He is the fourth child among seven children of Adonis Narcelles Sr. and Lily Llamas Narcelles. He grew up and went to school in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan. In 1988, he entered the Divine Word Formation Center-Urdaneta, as a seminarian of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). Two years later, he went to Christ the King Mission Seminary where he finished his bachelor's degree in philosophy. He entered the Holy Spirit Novitiate in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro in 1994 and then pursued his theological studies at the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City. In 1998, he went to the St. Augustine Mission Seminary in Sankt Augustin, Germany to continue his studies and finished his degree in Theology. After his Diaconate year in the Parish of St. Alexander and Theodor in Ottobeuren (Bayern) he was ordained priest on June 1, 2003. On April 4, 2004, he arrived at his first "mission assignment" in Berlin, as Chaplain of the Filipinos in the Archdiocese of Berlin. He is currently the Präses of the SVD Community in Berlin.

Father Adrian Kunert SJ

1967 born in Groß Strehlitz/Upper Silesia and baptized in Stubendorf/Poland
1968 childhood in Dessau/Saxony-Anhalt; 1975 First Communion; 1979 Confirmation
1983 graduation from 10th grade (Realschule) (27th POS in Dessau)
1986 skilled worker diploma in industrial electronics
1987 general qualification for university, evening classes in Dessau
1988 additional degree in Latin/Greek at Schöneiche near Berlin
1988 joined the Society of Jesus in Erfurt/Thuringia
1992 Baccalaureate (intermediate examination) in Philosophy with major in Theology
at the “Hochschule für Philosophie”, Munich
1992-1994 Interstiz (work experience) at St. Ignatius parish in Frankfurt/M
1997 Diploma in Catholic Theology at “Hochschule St. Georgen” in Frankfurt/M
1997 April 27th, ordination to the deaconry (Frankfurt) - September 20th, ordination
to the priesthood (Erfurt)
1999 until December, chaplain for student association (KSJ at Aloisiuskolleg,
Bonn - Bad Godesberg)
2000-2006 chaplain at Catholic parish Lainz-Speising in Vienna/Austria
2007 Tertianship (Jesuit training program) at Canisius College in Pymble
(Sydney)/Australia
2007 since September at Canisius-Kolleg, Berlin; teacher for Catholic Education,
campus ministry and in our youth association “Ignatian Student Association”
(now also a KSJ group)

 

 

Dear Father Klaus Mertes,
In deep gratitude we wish you a fond farewell and
all the best on your new assignment.
We sincerely appreciate your support in securing the
permanent existence of All Saints at Hüttenweg 46.
God Bless You!

Canisius Kolleg, Theresienschule and All Saints Choir conducted by Johannes Wrembeck singing Mozart's Missa Brevis in D on
June 19, 2011



On the day of the beatification of Pope John Paul II (May 1st 2011), we prayed before the Lord for our Church by remembering the five key inspirations of the Vatican II Council:

  • “Aggiornamento”, the spirit of change and tolerance;
  • Collegiality, the sharing of responsibilities by all bishops, along with the Pope, for the governance and pastoral care of the Church;
  • “Apertura”, the openess of the Church to the modern world;
  • Dialogue, the increase in communication between the Church and its members, the science fields and global philosophies;
  • Ecumenism, the promotion of cooperation and unity between different Christian denominations.

Let us pray for the continued fostering of our faith and the renewal of our Church.

 

 

All Saints Community after the 2011 Easter Sunday Mass


Easter Sunday Mass at All Saints in 2011

 

Jesus falls a third time

 

 

Reading the Passion of our Lord, Lent 2011

 

The second annual Interfaith Concert and Open House on Dec 12th was well attended and enjoyed by members of all faiths. This year, the Sukkat Schalom Jewish Community joined the concert. The evening's program began with the cheerful sounds of the Brass Ensemble, followed by beautiful Jewish melodies, traditional Catholic music, modern Christian songs and Gospel music. The event ended with festive Christmas caroling by all communities. Members of all the Hüttenweg communities donated food, drinks and helped set-up and clean-up after the event. Special thanks go to Konrad and Vanessa who organized the event, Marianne Sihatong who helped with hospitality and the Scouts from BSA Troop 46 "Freedom Outpost" who were busy grilling and selling bratwurst.

 

Happy Birthday, JFKS!

Father Wolfgang and Father Jude Rodriguez concelebrating Mass
on June 27th 2010

 

Another unforgettable Summer Music Event in 2010 by the joint Theresienschule and Canisius Kolleg Choir & Orchestra conduced by Johannes Wrembek

 

Johannes Wrembeck conducting
our Summer Music event on June 27th 2010

 

The last Barbeque...
Farewell, Jim, and many thanks... God bless!

 

Pentecost 2010

 

 

 

We wish well our new Eucharistic Ministers Beate Hausmann and André Salem. Here in talk with Cardinal Sterzinsky.

 

Altar Server Pizza Party and training on June 26th 2010

 

We enjoyed a wonderful performance by the Southern Crescent Chorale from Atlanta, Georgia on June 20th 2010


Now in its eighth season, the Southern Crescent Chorale has established a reputation for excellence and achievement in the south metro Atlanta area arts community. An auditioned community chorus, the Chorale's mission is to enrich its communities and provide talented and interested singers an opportunity to perform a variety of challenging choral literature with high performance standards. Chorale members dedicate many hours to making music and have performed before thousands of people at venues throughout the Atlanta area and Europe.
The Chorale is a versatile group who performs a variety of choral literature each season. Repertoire includes master works, opera, spirituals, pop, and Broadway tunes. The Chorale is also pleased to present a concert each season to benefit children's organizations in our community.
The Chorale enjoyed its first tour abroad in 2007 and received rave reviews from the Italian audiences. They are happy to return to Europe to visit the lovely countries of Austria, Czech Republic, and Germany.
For more information about the Chorale please visit our website at www.southerncrescentchorale.org.


The Southern Crescent Corale singing at All Saints on June 20, 2010

Founder and Artistic Director Janice Folsom with a piece of the Berlin Wall after Southern Crescent's performance at All Saints

 

Father Dan Liderbach, our Pastor of 2003 through 2004,
was visiting with us on April 18, 2010

St. Patrick's Day 2010

Scottish dancing on St. Patrick's day - for a change

 

Easter Retreat on March 6th 2010

 

Father Ralf and Father Wolfgang concelebrating Mass
on February 14, 2010

"Taking notes" of the sermon...

 

Father Wolfgang blesses the crib, Christmas 2009

 

Christmas 2009

 

We congratulate Konrad, Jim, André, Vanessa and all the volunteers who made the Hüttenweg Interfaith Open House & Concert on December 20th 2009 a great success. Our fellow communities, the Protestant Faith Fellowship and the Crossways Church also contributed to the success of this ecumenical event. The musical performances by each community provided a unique spiritual experience during the Advent season.

 

"Christ dancing with an angel"
Unknown African artist
Photographed by Dani Villanueva SJ.

 

 

Advent 2009

 

Thanksgiving Dinner 2009 at All Saints

 

 

Scouting Food Drive
Saturday, September 19th 2009

The scouts collected over 400 canned and/or dried food...

...for the Sisters of Charity soup kitchen in Kreuzberg

 

Our Annual Welcome BBQ and Family Bazaar were a big success. We thank all of our volunteers, particularly, Konrad and Heide for organizing the events and all the helpers who contributed with set-up, clean-up, grilling and selling coffee & cakes! The Family Bazaar is one of our key fundraisers. Thank you for your support!

We welcome Father Wolfgang Felber to All Saints

Father Wolfgang with altar servers
after the Welcome Mass

The choir singing at the Welcome Mass

 

Lord, look upon this sacrifice...

 

Dear Father Ralf Klein,
In deep gratitude we wish you a fond farewell and all the best on your new assignment. You have been a
true blessing to the All Saints Catholic Community.
God Bless You!

 

You are leaving the American Sector...

 

Saying good-bye to All Saints...

 

The last sermon...

Father Ralf at his Farewell Mass on July 5, 2009

 

Training the new altar servers...

 

We adore thee, our Lord...

 

Light-and-shadow pattern at the Catholic Academy

 


Father Justin Warnakula of Sri Lanka visiting with us

 

Pray for us, our Madonna

 

Annual Membership Meeting of the Friends of
All Saints on May 24th, 2009

Mike Hoth addresses the Membership Meeting of
the Friends of All Saints

Howard Eyth Chairman sums up last year's events

 

The meeting votes for the board

 

All Saints Council meeting took place on May 25th, 2009

 

Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
How manyfold are your works, O LORD!
The earth isfull of your ceatures.

Psalm 104:1

 

60th anniversary of the end of
the Berlin Airlift

Vanessa Hansen, Mike Hoth, Halvorsen, Mercedes and friend at the Allied Museum

 

Raisinbomber flying over the Tempelhof Memorial
during the ceremony

Members of Troop 46 with the mayor of Berlin

Niels and Philip, both members of All Saints, getting ready to present a medal on behalf of the city of Berlin
to the veterans at Tempelhof

 

The bellframe has been repaired
and our bell has been working again since Easter

 

Baptism at All Saints on April 26, 2009.
We welcome our new Parishioner

 

Pray for us Lady of Manaoag

 

Christ is risen! Alleluja!

 

"Were you there when they crucified my Lord?"

 

St. Patrick's Day was celebrated at All Saints on Saturday, March 21st 2009

Green is most widely associated with Ireland
and St. Patrick's Day.

Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day

Small and big watching intently...



...the dancers' performance.


Easter Retreat at All Saints

"I am the vine, you are the branches"

March 14th 2009

We would like to thank Father Ralf for the Easter Retreat on Saturday, March 14th at All Saints. This spiritual experience contributed significantly in our preparation for Easter. Please feel free to join us in prayer and meditation using the introductory thoughts below:

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples (John 15).


If I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13

 

We are preparing our hearts for Easter...

 

 

The Pancake Breakfast at the J F Kennedy School
on March 28, 2009...

...attracted more than 1000 participants...

...and mobilised the Scouts. It was a great success.

A Scout is reverent toward God.

He is faithful in his religious duties
and respects the beliefs of others.

Scout Sunday at All Saint on February 22, 2009

 

Lord, look kindly down upon our Community

 


Father Ralf and Altar Servers

 

May God at the intercession of St. Blaise preserve you from throat troubles and every other evil

Saint Blaise, pray for us that we may not suffer from illnesses of the throat...

... and pray that all who are suffering be healed by God's love. Amen.

 

 

... only say the word...

... and I shall be healed.

 

Christmas Celebration in 2008

Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord...

Father Adrian saying the Children's Mass

The Holy Family, narrators and an angel

The shepherds

Father Adrian playing the guitar

 

Singing Christmas Carols

 

Johannes playing the piano

Father Ralf saying the Mignight Mass

 

The Birth of Jesus


In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:1-7

 

My Peace Wishes for 2009…

that more people will help others,
especially needy children and babies.
that there will be less fighting around the world.
that people will take better care of nature.
and that all children will go to school and live in a house.

-Niels Waliszewski, age 9
Cub Scouts of America, Pack 152




PEACE LIGHT OF BETHLEHEM

The Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organized by the Austrian Broadcasting Company - ORF (Linx) - and was part of a large charitable relief mission - Light into Darkness, for children in need in Austria and abroad. Since 1990, there has been a great deal of co-operation between Scouts and Guides in many countries, which has allowed the light to travel throughout Europe. Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is then flown to Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe and who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services throughout the continent.
Scouts and Guides can then take the light on to houses of worship, hospitals, homeless shelters, old people homes, prisons, and places of public, cultural, and political importance - to anybody who appreciates the significance of the "gift".


The Peace Light arrived at All Saints on Sunday, December 21st.

 

The Aim of the Campaign

is to address as many people as possible, to bring them the Light and the Peace Message, which encourages everyone, but especially Scouts and Guides, to active create peace in their environment. The Austrian Scout movement became involved when they were invited to act as couriers of the Light once it had reached Austria, in the hope that they could spread the Light throughout Europe.

After many years of successful cooperation with the different Scout movements the Light has been spread into Croatia, The Czech republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, United States of America, Ukraine, Bela Russia and Russia.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner 2008

Our annual Thanksgiving Dinner took place on November 29, 2008. We celebrated the traditional American feast in a warm and jovial atmosphere. The lovely Thanksgiving Dinner was possible thanks to the many volunteers who spent long hours, some even days, to make it happen. Our sincere appreciation goes to Konrad Giersdorf for organizing this unforgettable evening and to all volunteers, especially those who donated and/or helped cook the turkeys, set up and cleaned up after the event.

We have a few pictures posted on our website to commemorate the event:

 

The Community Hall was full with about 180 guests.

 

Giving drink to those who are thirsty...

 

The Running Bears presented lively Square dances
accompanied by country music.

 

The Filipino Anahaw dancing group was fantastic.

 

Participants joined in to test their skills.

 

The Filipino songs touched our hearts.

 

Peace Light of Bethlehem


The Berlin Scouting community would like to distribute a special gift of Peace, the Peace Light flame and symbol, as a present from the Scouts to the American and international communities in Berlin.

The Peace Light from Bethlehem in Austria was created as a charitable relief mission for children in need. Since 1986, it has co-operated with Scouts in many countries allowing the light to travel throughout Europe. Each year, the Austrian Scouting community organizes a trip to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to light the first Peacelight lantern from the eternal flame burning in the Church Grotto and brings it back to Austria for distribution at a service of dedication to delegations from across Europe. The light has been presented to such dignataries as Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbatshow and former King Hussain of Jordan.

The main Peace Light service took place at the Marienkirche in Mitte at 14:30 on December 14, 2008. The Peace Light arrived at All Saints on Sunday, December 21st during Mass.

 

Tempelhof Central Airport and the All Saints Community Connection

USAF C-47 aircraft at Tempelhof airport during the Berlin Airlift. RAF Museum


The end of October 2008 marks the passing of an era in Berlin's history. Tempelhof Central Airport will cease all aviation operations and with this passing goes a part of America's and the former Allies contributions to Berlin's survival and development to its current position on the world stage. From 1945 until 1993 the U.S. Air Force provided control from Tempelhof for the entire greater Berlin Air Safety Zone (including Schönefeld). The most recognized example of the success of these endeavors was the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49 (Luftbrücke) which saw the allies supplying a hungry and defeated former enemy with the necessary means to survive. After 1957 many of the married U.S. Air Force personnel who worked at Tempelhof used this chapel on Hüttenweg as their place of worship and brought their children for religious education and the receiving of sacraments. This chapel had a very important role in the lives of these airmen who gave so much in return to the city of Berlin. - Mike Hoth


Vineyard

Vinyard in Montone, Italy

Twenty years ago I literally worked in the vineyard. As I was a volunteer harvester for a monastery my working conditions were probably more comfortable than the ones of those who did it for their living. However, each morning we left our house when it was still dark and we started our journey back when it had become dark again. At home again I did not have any difficulties to get asleep. Since this experience I always sympathize with the workers of the first hour who complain: “These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.”
Many attempts have been made to explain the logic of the landowner’s behaviour. There is just one element which has convinced me. The Greek text of the parable does not speak of the “usual daily wage” (V 2 and passim) as our translation does, but of “one denarius”. From other texts we know that this amount of money was needed to feed a family of six persons just one day. The landowner’s decision to pay the latecomers as much as the others allows the latecomers to have their living for another day thus preventing that some of them fall into misery.
However, Jesus did not want to present a parable which teaches social generosity. If he had intended to do so, the landowner could have given the latecomers their wages after the payment of the others. Such a behaviour would not only have avoided the dispute with the workers of the first hour, it would have also followed Jesus advice, “But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,” (Mt 6:3)
The arrangements of the payment procedure are a provocation, and I think the parable cannot be understood if the provocation is not seen or understood. Jesus wants to provoke but this time he does not aim at the Pharisees, the priests or other Jewish representatives, but at the labourers in the vineyard, i.e. the disciples and all Christ’s followers – us included.
By this parable Jesus continues his answer to Peter’s question, “We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?” (Mt 19:27) Jesus direct answer seems to promise a special reward: “Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Mt 19:28) However, after mentioning strives and persecution and their reward Jesus finishes by saying: “But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first,” (Mt 19:30) which is also the ending of the parable which Jesus tells directly afterwards.
Despite Jesus’ word of the twelve thrones one can doubt whether Jesus really thinks that the Kingdom of Heaven is a community with a social hierarchy and a privileged class. If there are any VIPs in the Kingdom of Heaven everybody is a VIP there. This abolition of social ranking is not just something which will be done in the future, but Jesus demands it from his disciples now: “As for you, do not be called 'Rabbi.' You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called 'Master'; you have but one master, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be your servant.” (Mt 23:8ss)
Consequently, the question must be: “If there is no special reward, why should there be a special commitment?” If those who rarely go to mass enjoy the same status in the Kingdom of Heaven, why should I go to mass every Sunday? Why should I give alms generously if the stingy gift of the egoist weighs equal? And lots of other fields can be found where the same question applies.
At this point we definitively have to leave the world of the parable because it is the world of business and its logic is give and take. Jesus message is: “Don’t think of God’s Kingdom in these terms. Otherwise, you misunderstand it.” We live out of God’s love and everything we get from God is founded in God’s love. However, as long as we live our relation with God in the same way as we live a business relation we are unable to understand His love. The more we enter the logic of love, the more we live our relation with God as a love relation the more we understand His love and His way of thinking. In this logic we work for the Kingdom of God not because we will get an outside reward but because doing so brings us closer to God. It follows the same logic as speaking to a beloved person. We do so to be in closer contact with the loved one but not to get some reward.
Christians are both: children of the Kingdom of Heaven and children of this world. Therefore, we are always tempted to think of God in the logic of this world, in the logic of business. The provocation of today’s parable may help to realize the times when we are following this logic. May we find in these moments the courage to ask the Lord to understand His logic better. - Father Ralf Klein

All Saints' Fall Barbeque


Our barbeque is always a special event. In spite of the not very favorable weather, many members attended our BBQ on Sep 20, 2008 and spent a pleasant afternoon together. The following pictures give some impressions about the friendly atmosphere. Many thanks to Jim Ziomek, Mike & Lori Hannan, Konrad Giersdof, Heide Doblhofer, Vanessa Hansen and all the volunteers who made this event possible!

 

All Saints Family Bazaars

Our bi-annual bazaars have become a popular neighborhood tradition; they represent our presence as an intrinsic member of the local community. Each year, our bazaars attract an increasing number of people, both buyers and sellers, from the surrounding area.

 

 

The Singing Fathers Padi

Singing Priests

Filipino Frs. Macaraeg, Bufete and Tandingan.

All Saints recently hosted the musical group Padi during their European concert tour on Sunday, June 29, 2008. Padi is composed of Fr. Igor Macaraeg, Fr. Melvyn Bufete and Fr. Franklin Tandingan. Funds collected will benefit the construction of their local church and school facilities in the Philippines. Padi means “priest” in the Filipino Ilocano dialect.

The Berlin Airlift

Berlin celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift in 2008. The first C-47 Skytrain airplane landed in Tempelhof Airport on 23 June 1948 starting an unparalleled heroic act in which the United States saved West Berlin from starvation and being overrun by the Soviet Union. It set a signal to all oppressed peoples in Europe and elsewhere: there is hope for justice and freedom.

An important lesson from the Airlift is how a former enemy became friend. Former Airlift pilot and WWII veteran, Col. Halverson, mentioned at a function how he and others felt obligated to defend Berlin, now defenseless, against an oppressive Communist regime. The Airlift was about defending the freedom of those most in need.

All Saints, formerly the American Military Chapel, was built under the protection of the United States Air Force and Army. We are privileged to be able to celebrate Holy Mass every Sunday in a church that was the religious home to many of those heroes who defended the freedom of not only Berlin, but Western Germany as well.

Let us pray for those who still suffer under oppression and for those who fight to obtain their freedom and pay the high price for their struggle.

The Beloved Chocolate Pilot

Col. Halverson with All Saints members, Mike Hoth, Kathleen Rueckeis, Vanessa Hansen, Bernward and Jonathan Steinhorst at the 60th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift at Tempelhof Airport on Friday, June 27th, 2008. More about Col. Halverson's visit at All Saints in Feburary here.

 

 

     
     
 

 

All Saints Catholic Community is proud to sponsor Boy Scout Troop 46. Boy Scout Troop 46 has been serving boys in Berlin since the American Brigade. Please visit their website www.troop-46-berlin.org or contact Committee Chairperson Lori Hannan (hannan4@gmail.com) for more information.

Troop 46 'Freedom Outpost' would like to thank the All Saints community for hosting the legendary Col. Halverson (the Chocolate Pilot) on February 10th at Hüttenweg 46. We had nearly 400 people attend this very successful event!

Mission of mercy. Dr. Jenny Gebhardt, daughter of one of our parishioners, led a medical team on a mission of mercy to the jungles of Nicaragua, Central America, where they donated 2 weeks of their time to provide medical care for the poor. These teams traveled at their own expense and had to provide their own medicines and materials as well. Many crucial medications cannot be purchased in Nicaragua, so Dr. Gebhardt purchased these medications and took them with her. This was the only way to make sure that these medications actually reached the people. In response to Dr. Gebhardt's appeal, All Saints supported this endeavor by a special collection.
Click here to view her brief report.

 

All Food Donations placed in the wicker basket at the church entrance go to families in need in our community and to the Soup Kitchen of the Sisters of Charity in Kreuzberg.

 

Many of the collections are „designated collections“, which are for the special purposes of the Archdiocese of Berlin. We transfer this money to the Archdiocese in full. All Saints has readily supported these initiatives from its inception. However, please be advised that, in agreement with the Archdiocese of Berlin, the existence of the All Saints Catholic Community on Hüttenweg may result in no expense for the Archdiocese. It follows then that our community receives no financial support from the Archdiocese. We are left completely to our own devices and existentially dependent upon your donations. Please continue to donate to All Saints, using the white envelopes stamped “ALL SAINTS FUND” and/or transferring your donation to the Pax-Bank account written below. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Friends of All Saints Verein: Bank Account No.: 6001669018, BLZ (routing number): 370 601 93, Pax-Bank eG Berlin

 

     
   

A special receptacle has been set up in the back of the church for the All Saints envelopes. You may also make your tax-deductible donation via our bank account or to Heide Doblhofer in the Office. Your continued financial and moral support is vitally important for the existence of the All Saints Catholic Community on Hüttenweg.
Thank you.

WEEKLY AT ALL SAINTS

Holy Mass: Sundays 10:00 am
Eucharistic ministry: every Sunday Mass
Rosary: every first Sunday of the month at 09:30
Confession: before and after every Sunday Mass
Hospitality/coffee and cake: after every Sunday Mass

EVENTS THROUGH THE YEAR

Common English-Speaking
Mission Mass
St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Potluck Dinner
Easter Retreat
Holy Week Services:
- Palm Sunday
- Holy Thursday
- Good Friday
- Holy Saturday
- Easter Sunday

Family Bazaar: May and September
Space reservation: phone: 86203636, fax: 86203638,
email: allsaintsberlin@aol.com
Summer Music Event
Barbeque


Thanksgiving Dinner
Christmas:
- Children's Mass and Christmas Pageant
- Christmas Carols
- Midnight Mass

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Family Group Meetings: organized individually
General Assembly

   
 


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