The Gates are Wide Open Member of the English-Speaking Mission of the Archdiocese Berlin-Brandenburg  
The Gates are Wide Open The many colors of All Saints

 


So also faith of itself, if it does not
have works, is dead.   James 2:17

The Gates are Wide Open

 

Welcome to All Saints.

We invite you to join us for Holy Mass on Sundays at 10 am, followed by a lively coffee hour in our community hall.

The All Saints Catholic Community is a fully integrated, multicultural community with English as its unifying language. It is an open, warm, welcoming, inclusive community that prays together and celebrates its unity in diversity. Our congregation is composed of faithful people committed to worship in English in Germany’s capital. We welcome new Eucharistic ministers, servers, lectors, hospitality providers, greeters, choir members – those who make our religious life active and colorful and our worship fitting to its purpose. Our community is based on the principle that we, the community, willingly take on responsibilities of funding our community and supporting our Celebrants.

Situated in one of Berlin’s most picturesque districts, Dahlem, our facility includes a modern church, a Blessed Sacrament Chapel, offices, meeting rooms, a community hall with a kitchen and outdoor facilities where many of our social events take place, weather permitting. We are a member of the English-speaking Mission of the Archdiocese Berlin-Brandenburg whose members include St. Bernhard's (Dahlem Dorf), St. Albertus Magnus' (Charlottenburg) and the Filipino Community at the Heiliger Geist Church (Charlottenburg). The Rector Ecclesiae of the English-speaking Mission is Father Sylvester Ajunwa.

We look forward to meeting you at All Saints.

 

Holy Father’s prayer intentions for December 2016

Universal: End to Child-Soldiers That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.

Evangelization: Europe That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.


 

All Saints welcomes
Fr. Sylvester Ajunwa

as the new head of the English-Speaking Mission in Berlin!
Fr. Sylvester Ajunwa was born in 1969 in Nigeria and was ordained in 1997. He has been in Germany since 2007 and earned his doctorate in Pastoral Theology from the University of Würzburg.

We had the great honor of having him preside over his first Mass in Berlin at All Saints on Sunday, January 3rd. Thanks to those who contributed to the Welcome Party hospitality!



 

First Holy Communion at All Saints

All Saints will be offering English-language sacramental preparation for First Holy Communion starting in Fall 2016. First Holy Communion will be celebrated in May 2017. Parents who would like to pre-register their children are invited to contact Jenny Gebhardt (jgebhar@yahoo.de) or Vanessa Hansen (vhansen980@hotmail.com) to receive a pre-registration form. We are also taking a poll of families interested in Confirmation classes starting in September 2017. Please contact one of us, if you are interested.




Laudato si

On the care for our common home

Encyclical of our Holy Father Pope Francis of June 18, 2015

Saint Francis of Assisi prayed: “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs”. This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.
The whole human family must be brought together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Our Holy Father urgently appeals for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. He reflects on what is happening to our common home: pollution, waste and the throwaway culture, climate change, warming of the climatic system, an increase of extreme weather events and a rise in the sea level (a quarter of the world’s population lives in coastal areas). He cites studies that show that global warming is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others) released mainly by human activity. The problem is aggravated by the intensive use of fossil fuels and the soil, principally deforestation for agricultural purposes.
His Holiness also draws attention to other environmental issues, all of which are linked: reduction in biodiversity due to extinction of various species of plants and animals, a lack of essential resources like drinking water, energy and agricultural production in warmer regions. These environmental problems have a global impact with grave environmental, social, economic, political implications. The number of migrants fleeing from poverty caused by environmental degradation is constantly rising. Many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms.
Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat the environmental catastrophe that is looming. There is an urgent need to develop policies to drastically reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases and to replace fossil fuels with sources of renewable energy. But His Holiness stresses the point that each member of the human family must also take responsibility for the environment. Dealing responsibly with the home we have been given is as much about personal choices as it is about global policies. “Ecological citizenship” which cultivates sound virtues is needed to bring true transformation.
The Holy Father notes that it cannot be the answer to deny developing countries a better future in the name of an environmental ideology. He says, “it is troubling that, when some ecological movements defend the integrity of the environment, rightly demanding that certain limits be imposed on scientific research, they sometimes fail to apply those same principles to human life.” With this, the Holy Father embeds the environmental mindset in a broader ecological approach that “takes into account the fundamental rights of the poor and the underprivileged.”
Decline in the quality of human life, the breakdown of society and global inequality have been met with weak responses. An integral ecology is needed for the common good, a central and unifying principle of social ethics that reflects the interconnectedness of all Creation. “When our hearts are authentically open to universal communion, this sense of fraternity excludes nothing and no one. It follows that our indifference or cruelty towards fellow creatures of this world sooner or later affects the treatment we mete out to other human beings.” The common good is “the sum of those conditions of social life which allow social groups and their individual members relatively thorough and ready access to their own fulfilment”.



 

 

 

Saint John Paul II and
Saint John XXIII pray for us!

 

At All Saints, we share our facility with other communities, and thanks to our common commitment to religious harmony, we have set an example, proving that people from different nations and religious backgrounds can co-exist in peace. The way we live and pray together has proved that it is possible to tear down the walls that keep us apart - especially the walls of prejudice and intolerance.

 


... this is the chalice of my Blood ...

 

Holy John Paul II, pray for us!

 

 

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands...

 

 


 

At the Catholic Academy...

 

So faith, hope, love remain, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

 

Prayer from the beginning of the 20th century –
but attributed to Thomas More.

A Prayer (Chester Cathedral Refectory)


Give me a good digestion, Lord,
And also something to digest;
But when and how that something comes
I leave to Thee, Who knowest best.

Give me a healthy body, Lord;
Give me the sense to keep it so;
Also a heart that is not bored
Whatever work I have to do.

Give me a healthy mind, Good Lord,
That finds the good that dodges sight;
And, seeing sin, is not appalled,
But seeks a way to put it right.

Give me a point of view, Good Lord,
Let me know what it is, and why.
Don’t let me worry overmuch
About the thing that’s known as »I«.
Give me a sense of humour, Lord,
Give me the power to see a joke,
To get some happiness from life
And pass it on to other folk.

Thomas H. B. Webb

 

Centesimus Annus No. 58.

Love for others, and in the first place love for the poor,
in whom the Church sees Christ himself,
is made concrete in the promotion of justice.

It is not merely a matter of "giving from one's surplus",
but of helping entire peoples
which are presently excluded or marginalized
to enter into the sphere of economic and human development.

For this to happen, it is not enough to draw on the surplus goods
which in fact our world abundantly produces;

it requires above all a change
- of life-styles,
- of models of production and consumption, and
- of the established structures of power
which today govern societies.

Pope John Paul the Second, Centesimus Annus in 1991


 

Rector Ecclesiae
Fr. Sylvester Ajunwa,
English Speaking Mission (www.english-mission-berlin.de),
Johann-Georg-Str. 8, 10709 Berlin, Tel: 8132026
Catechism, baptism, marriage, confirmation, first communion and funerals

 

NEWS/EVENTS

Friday Mass and Eucharistic Adoration
Father Sylvester will celebrate weekday Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at All Saints on Friday's at 6 p.m. followed by Eucharistic Adoration. Please join us.

 

Friends of All Saints Verein Annual membership meeting December 4th at 11:15
All members of the Friends of All Saints Verein are invited to attend the annual membership meeting which will be held following Mass on December 4th. The meeting will take place in the Fellowship Hall and should be over before noon. If you have not paid your yearly dues, please do so before the meeting. You can verify that your fees are current by checking with Heide Doblhofer in the church office. Any other questions should be directed to Howard Eyth or Mike Hoth.

 

Annual Children’s Christmas pageant and Mass
CASTING CALL: We are looking for Mary and Joseph; shepherds, wise men, sheep, angels and many others! You do not have to attend All Saints to participate. Sign-up after Mass in the Fellowship Hall. Dress rehearsal and costume fitting from 1300 – 1700 on 23 December 2016. Participants need to be at All Saints at 1330 on 24 December 2016. Mass begins at 1500 and will end at approximately 1625.

 

Gather In My Name (GIMN) ADVENT event at St. Bernard’s
On Saturday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. we will have the second in a series of intergenerational events within the English-speaking Mission specifically aimed at families. Children and youth of all ages are especially welcome. The evening will include -learning about the meaning of Advent -Advent bingo with prizes -Advent crafts -food, singing, prayers It is very important that you confirm your attendance with the number of people in your party, as this will allow us to better plan catering (Glühwein!!) and crafting supplies and prizes. To be held at St Bernards. Please RSVP by November 25th to jgebhar@yahoo.de.

Read our sermons on the
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All food donations go to families in need and to the Soup Kitchen of the Sisters of Charity in Kreuzberg.

All Saints is a
self-supporting community

 

 

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