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 March 2017
Support for Persecuted Christians: That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.
class 2017-2018 (Updated 24 March 2017)
The current groups are now full. Please contact Jenny (firstname.lastname@example.org)
to reserve a spot for your child in our next confirmation class.
All Saints welcomes
Fr. Sylvester Ajunwa
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 2017
Dear sisters and brothers,
„All is uncertain! You can't rely on anyone. Where to find orientation? What remains steady? And in our Archdiocese, what keeps the regions of Berlin, Brandenburg and Vorpommern
together?“ Remarks of this kind I hear almost daily in conversations with different people.
When insecurity is neglected or not properly dealt with, it reinforces itself. Formerly, while appreciating the existing situation and in spite of a certain lethargy, people on the whole
were grateful for changes. But at the present time, the insecurity reigning in our families, in human relations, in politics and society, in the Church and our parishes, causes much fear,
and makes many afraid. They feel upset, some complain „we have lost the ground under our feet“; others anxiously claim „the problems grow above our heads“.
In this atmosphere of uncertainty the desire for simple solutions and immediate remedies arises in many minds. I understand this widespread longing. I also see a great danger hidden in it.
For in most cases simple solutions for complex challenges do not exist, whatever some radical populist loud voices may assert. Frequently the simple solution has many damaging side-effects
that only increase the problem. Nor is it in any way helpful to shy away from difficult discussions, to escape from arguing with those who disagree, and simply to by-pass the unloved
view-points of the other party. Locking oneself in the group of those who all share the same opinion, not permitting others to hold and express another point of view, does not bring
us forward. And the worst option is rejecting not alone the opposing argument but the opposing persons who beg to differ.
Human life harbours an enormous variety of aspects, shapes and modes. People can live and work together fruitfully only by means of a sober discussion of their thoughts and wishes and
aspirations. These discussions must be led in full respect for the other person, in sincerity and without false promises. Life is and will remain full of surprises, full of risks too,
sometimes dangerous and terrible, and life is nevertheless wonderful. Life is open for success and failure, for manageable and unmanageable challenges. Neither can everything be continued
as it used to be, merely because an impending change evokes fear of the unknown. This holds for all areas of human life, in the family as much as in our neighbourhood, in society and in
politics, in our archdiocese with its parishes and institutions.
Insecurity is part of life. Already the ancient people of Israel made the experience that the road to the Promised Land led through the desert, a frightening experience. It was surely
not by chance that the Spirit led Jesus into the desert, before he should begin his public ministry. There in the desert he encountered the temptations of the devil, whose very
name „diabolos“ reveals him and his ways: Muddling up everything, causing disorder and havoc, twister and master of fake-news. The temptations shape and illuminate Jesus'
relation to God and to the world. By not succumbing to these wiles Jesus is strengthened and empowered. He resists and rejects the simple solutions the devil proposes.
Now I would like to meditate with you on these temptations and in particular on the significance of the answers by which Jesus defeats the Tempter.
„If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.“ (Mt 4:3).
The first temptation tickles the human pride to make things as he wishes, create happiness by a multitude of comsumer goods, grow rich by exploitation and deceit, seek tenderness
and care by strenuous effort, discard suffering and overcome pain thanks to scientific progress. 'Man the Maker' is the common creed of our culture. Often we want to achieve by
ourselves what only the Almighty can do. Instead of committing ourselves to the task of cooperating with his Spirit in this world, we endeavour to put ourselves in his place..
That happens also in the Church. New structures, impressive 'events', stunning wrappings of the faith, they all cannot solve our pastoral problems, let alone overnight; and most
important of all, they are useless when it comes to keeping the search for God, a thirst for God, alive in our society. Jesus replies with a word of Holy Scripture: „It is
written: One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.“ (Dt 8:3) Also today we have no other answer. We live on the Word of God,
we live on his kind guidance by which he lets us be, in a nutshell, we live on his grace. Apart from him we can do nothing. This liberates us from all phantasies of omnipotence and
fill us with profound gratitude. It is for this reason that at the centre of the life of the Church we have the celebration of the Eucharist every Sunday, a celebration of thanksgiving.
We give thanks for the creation and for life; we live because God wants us to be. We give thanks for the salvation, that is, only with God in view do we have perspectives that lead beyond
death. Without God we know the inevitable end only as a total finish, not as final completion. We are not God, and thank God, there is no need for us to step in his place. Rather we are
the ones who receive from him in abundance, our life and being. We can and may be grateful. What wonderful deliverance from human pride and arrogance! A true liberation! .
„If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, and with their hands they will support you.“ (Mt 4:6).
The seducer entices Jesus in the second temptation into forming his own image of God. How often do we do as if we knew all about God? We think to have grasped what he is all about, up to
calling him to account for what happens. Doubts creep up: Can he exist at all while there is so much misery and wretchedness in the world? Time and again I observe with astonishment that
even atheists deny God because they think that he is as they imagine him to be, and because he does not act in the manner they think he should do if he existed.
Certainly, as Christians we believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
made known God, his Father, most reliably. For he lets himself be sought
and found. Nevertheless, there remain open questions even in front of
Jesus' words and deeds, so that throughout our lives we remain searching
and wondering. In this repsect I have learnt a lot from people who in
their sufferings and pain were unable to understand God and yet
maintained faith in him and continued with him. We all know persons of
such solid faith. God has enriched and still enriches also our
archdiocese of Berlin with these pillars of faith.
„All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.“ (Mt 4:9)
The third temptation confronts each one of us with the question if any, and which, „kingdoms of the world in their magnificence“ became a focal point and were then turned into
our centre of worship. Are they power and success, consumption and riches, honour and publicity, our own nation or our own pet idea? Is my engagement for a certain person or for my job so
preponderous and total that it begins to replace God? Even if another person most dear has risen to utmost importance, the best relation becomes overstrained, if I declare the other to be my
one and all, and hold her or him as an absolute first, as divine. „Get away, Satan! For it is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.“
How to encounter these temptations
„Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.“ (Mt 4:11) After forty days Jesus returned from the desert, strengthened, prepared for his public appearance.
Forty days of Lent provide for us a similar stay in the desert, a time to retreat and to confront our hidden insecurities, hopes and fears. I would like to propose two suggestions for this retreat
and for our dealing with the temptations of the present time.
1. Solidarity in word and deed
In three attempts the devil tries to detach the individual from fellow human beings, to break the connection and to pull the individual out of his placement in the world. Three times the devil
approaches his target as a single; he makes him a loner. That is the fundamental temptation: Consider only yourself, seek above all your own fortune and fulfilment. In all these temptations
there is never a word about anyone next to us or of other peoples and nations on this earth. In these temptations the devil insinuates the promise of greatly enhancing one's own position in
this world. God's message is very different, and it is from here that Jesus opposes and rejects the temptation of the devil: We all exist together and we remain bound to one another; we
belong together, we are responsible for one another; as our life is based on mutual dependence, so it should run for mutual benefit. This vision excludes building walls and fences to keep
human beings apart, rather it will knock them down.
At this point I wish to thank all those who abide by this answer in word and deed, those who care for families in need, for the sick and those who are dying, for the homeless and those who
had to flee from their home, for those engaged in entering into an honest dialogue with people of other religions and cultures, for those who raise their voice against a humiliating style of
public discourse and malicious fake news. These persons do not succumb to the temptation to close their eyes, to use time and money, skills and abilities exclusively for themselves in order
to feel greater in this world. No, they share what they have, and proclaim: We live on a good company.
2. Shared responsibility
The temptations of the devil grow on the erroneous assumption that this world with all its limitations can offer us absolute security. But here on this earth we will remain wanderers on the
road, who find no definite home. No human might and technical power can change this. Nor can a self-made idea of God do us any good. Neither do the idols in which we place all our hope
without noticing how cruelly they eventually enslave us.
During our time on earth we shall find peace and fulfilment only when we realise and make real the responsibility that life imposes upon us, using all the abilities and possibilities we
have received, and within the given limits, reconciled and modest, brave and courageous, in a creative manner. So Jesus dismisses the Tempter with the farewell words of Moses spoken in
sight of the Promised Land that he was not to enter, an exhortation and encouragement for the people of Israel: „Him alone shall you serve.“
For your personal road through Lent this year, and as an encouragement in all the uncertainty felt amidst the on-going changes, I invite you to reflect on these words of Moses, „Him
Live on the grace and the word of God, with deep gratitude.
Do not put God to the test; let Him be greater than all your imaginings.
Entrust yourselves to him, also in situations when you fail to understand him.
Do not allow yourselves to become dependent on the idols of your life.
Let God have all the honour.
Finally, together with him and with those he set around you, always keep going through the desert of your lives to the Promised Land.
+ Heiner Koch
Translated by Fr. Dietmar Lenfers, MAfr.
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
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
Fr. Sylvester Ajunwa,
English Speaking Mission (www.english-mission-berlin.de),
Johann-Georg-Str. 8, 10709 Berlin, Tel: 8132026
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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.
Family Bingo Night! On April 1st at 1830.
Join us in the community hall as we spend an evening
of fun and games playing classic BINGO.
Please RSVP with names and ages to Vanessa
(email@example.com) so we can plan for prizes
and food accordingly.
Gather In My Name (GIMN) Eucharist - Come to the Lord's Table at All Saints on April 29th
Come and join us at or next “GIMN” (Gather In My Name”) event as adults, youth, and children of the English-speaking Roman Catholic Mission gather to pray, share faith, and learn more about the Eucharist and the ways that we can deepen our understanding and appreciation of it. We will start with a meal. Each household is invited to bring a donation of canned vegetables or rice or noodles (suitable for soup), which we will be donating to a soup kitchen after the event.
Please register your family, indicating the number in your party, by contacting Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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food donations go to families in need and to the Soup Kitchen of the
Sisters of Charity in Kreuzberg.