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.

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Holy Father’s prayer intentions for February 2019

Universal – Victims: For a generous welcome to the victims of human trafficking, enforced prostitution, and violence.


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!

Lentan Letter of Our Archbishop Heiner Koch

Berlin, on the first Sunday of Lent 2018

Dear sisters and brothers,

Seventy-five years ago, on 5 November 1943, Bernhard Lichtenberg, Dean of St. Hedwig’s, whose bones are buried in the crypt of our cathedral, died. He was born on 3 December 1875 in Ohlau, a small town southeast of Breslau. After studying theology in Innsbruck and Breslau, he was ordained to the priesthood in Breslau. In 1900 he came to Berlin as a young priest and remained in our city for 43 years until his death, working as a pastor in various parts of the city and at St. Hedwig’s. In 1938 he became the first Dean of the newly founded diocese of Berlin. Lichtenberg already spoke out as a staunch opponent of National Socialism before 1933. He was a friend of the Jews and of persecuted people of every denomination and ideology. After the so-called Night of Broken Glass in 1938 marking a clear manifestation of the policy of Jewish persecution, Lichtenberg prayed publicly day after day during the vesper service in St. Hedwig’s Cathedral for the persecuted Jews. He was arrested and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment that he served in Tegel prison in Berlin. When Lichtenberg was released, the Gestapo arrested him and took him into ‘protective custody’. He then died while being transported to Dachau concentration camp. On 23 June 1996, Pope John Paul II beatified Bernhard Lichtenberg as a martyr. It is right and important that we Christians in the Archdiocese of Berlin should remember him, his life and his works in this year 2018, 75 years after his death, and call on his intercession for the people with whom we live in Berlin, Brandenburg and Western Pomerania and for whom we are the Church. For our archdiocese, its parishes, its communities, its institutions and for all Christians. God turns the past into the present. What was – the Last Supper with His Apostles on the night before He died – becomes present again. His friendship with them becomes His friendship with us. What happened on the night before His Passion actually takes place again during every celebration of the Eucharist: We receive the Body of Christ and are invited by Him to be members of His Body, in His life, in communion with Him. The Eucharist is for us therefore the source of eternal life in abundance. That is why celebrating the Sunday Eucharist is so essential for us and why it is also, so important for us to celebrate the Eucharist and the Liturgy with dignity and credibility. Without the Eucharist our life as Christians and as a Christian community would ossify and we ourselves would wither, without it we would soon no longer be concerned with fellowship, community and sharing but merely with structures and hierarchies. Everything in the Eucharist centers on Jesus Christ; without the Eucharist everything would soon only center on ourselves. Eucharist also means for us that as members of the Body of Christ we bear responsibility for each other and support each other. Separation and isolation represent one of the greatest risks for the Christians in our country. Ensuring a sincere and caring sense of togetherness in our parishes is a fundamental consequence of our understanding of the Church as a Christian community. We, the recipients of the Body of Christ, are not passive recipients and mere objects in the Eucharist. Instead we are taken into the actions of Jesus. We receive the sacrament and ourselves become a sacrament for the world. We receive the Body of Christ in order ourselves to be the Body of Christ for the people. Christ , therefore, includes us in his act of self-giving for all mankind during the celebration of the Eucharist. When we celebrate the Eucharist, we declare our willingness to give ourselves in service for the lives of those for whom we are here. We receive the Body of Christ in the Eucharist, become part of His Body with and for each other and as the Body of Christ become bread for all the people in this world. This concept of Eucharistic communion with Christ shapes our beliefs, thoughts and actions as the Church in the Archdiocese of Berlin. It is therefore to be particularly manifested in the redesign of our cathedral. St. Hedwig’s is the only German cathedral in the shape of a rotunda. One of the most striking things he said was to “Continue to act even in these unchristian times according to the strict commandment of Jesus Christ: You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. Strict commandment: this is not a reference to the paragraph of some law the transgression of which will result in criminal proceedings. And yet we people are indeed strictly, resolutely, directly commanded to love God, each other and ourselves because God stands behind everything in this world and in our lives and bears us in His arms with love, encourages us and never lets us fall, neither in life nor in death. God’s love also carries us when we forget God. Whenever we think and act without love, He does not forget us but wraps us in His love. That is the basis of our hope and our resurrection: God will also not withdraw the love that has borne us since the start of our lives when we die. We remain loved for all eternity! We receive this love of God anew every time we celebrate the Eucharist. By bestowing it upon us, God is not simply giving us something but is giving Himself for us. He enters into a relationship with us and accepts us into His life; He shares his life with us. We intend to pick up on this in the interior design of the cathedral. Christ is the center of our lives, our lives as individuals and as a community. For this reason, the altar, which depicts Christ, is to stand in the center of our cathedral. It is from and towards this that we live. We focus on it as our center. The congregation will therefore gather in concentric circles around the altar. An illuminated cross will be hanging in St. Hedwig’s Cathedral from the First Sunday of Lent until the Second Sunday of Easter to make this idea visible in another manner: Christ radiates in the cross as the Light of the World that lights up the dark side of our lives. I cordially invite you to visit the cathedral and contemplate this cross “abundant in light”. This idea of community, of communion in Christ that our cathedral will illustrate in a sensory manner, is also the core concept in the establishment and shaping of our local pastoral areas. The Christians, the parishes, the communities and institutions within each of these areas are intended to carry and supplement each other. Together we aim to reach out to the people in the social community surrounding us to bring to them the message of God’s love and discover with them the God who loves us in both our lives and theirs. All the organizational and practical deliberations about structures, finances and buildings must serve this fundamental goal. I would like to thank all those who devote so much courage and creativity to strengthening the sense of togetherness and fulfilling our missionary task in their local pastoral areas. The desire to strengthen the concept of communion also serves at another level to foster the development of degree courses in Catholic theology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. I very much hope to see an Institute for Catholic Theology established there in the near future at which theological research is conducted and the Catholic faith is addressed and enriched in dialogue with other academic disciplines, religions and ideologies. And I hope that a good training center for theology students is established there, not least for the teachers of religion who provide such a valuable service to our diocese by passing on the gospel to young people in our society of whom many are no longer aware of this faith. I very much thank you for this commitment under sometimes difficult conditions. We as the Church in the Archdiocese of Berlin are called to communion with Christ and through Him with all people. As Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg put it, this concept of loving God and our neighbor is a “strict commandment”. It demands all our strength, gifts and charisma. Everything we do is geared towards this goal and needs constantly to be realigned with it. On this note I wish you all a fruitful and purposeful Lent as we proceed towards the goal of Easter.


+ Heiner Koch

Translated by Dominic Scaife




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 (,
Johann-Georg-Str. 8, 10709 Berlin, Tel: 8132026
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Scout Sunday on February 17th

JFor over 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community. On Scout Sunday our scouts will serve as the Altar Servers, Lector, Greeters, Ushers and will provide our after-Mass hospitality. To volunteer for any of these positions please contact Vanessa Hansen (

Mark your calendars for our annual ST. PATRICK'S DAY POTLUCK celebration on Saturday, March 16th

Liturgy of the word in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 5:00 p.m. followed by the potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. and continuing until the last leprechaun has gone home! Please bring a main or side dish, a salad or a desert to share with the others. Volunteers needed to help set-up on Friday, March 15th and clean the hall after the dinner. Please sign-up with Konrad Giersdorf (

All Saints is looking for one or more persons to be our new Bulletin and Website editor(s)

Bulletin editor: Has overall responsibility for the coordination of inputs and completeness of the weekly bulletin with a deadline of Friday night each week. He will circulate the draft of the bulletin to a select group who will supply information and edit the draft. Webmaster: Responsible for managing a progressive, relevant website for All Saints Catholic Community: The webmaster will create, request or be provided with content on a continuous basis and have the responsibility for the update / upload of the material to the site. Content includes text, photos and links to interactive media. We estimate that our webmaster will need to spend one to two hours a week working on the website. If you are interested in volunteering for either of these positions please contact Heide Doblhofer ( or Buck Chisolm (

Teens would you like to join our Youth Group?

Then talk to either Tom Fitzpatrick or Justine Pédussel or leave your name in the office and we will pass your information along. Justine and Tom are leading this effort but your participation and ideas will help shape this youth initiative!

Friday Mass
Father Sylvester will celebrate a Youth Mass on the first Friday of every month. Please join us at 6 p.m. in the chapel.

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

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