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 July 2016
Universal: Indigenous Peoples That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.
Evangelization: Latin America and the Caribbean That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.
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!
Communion at All Saints
All Saints will be
offering English-language sacramental preparation for First Holy Communion
starting September 2015. First Holy Communion will be celebrated in
May 2016. Parents who would like to pre-register their children are
invited to contact Jenny Gebhardt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vanessa Hansen
(email@example.com) to receive a pre-registration form.
We are also taking a poll of families interested in
Confirmation classes starting in September 2015. Please contact one
of us, if you are interested.
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
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
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
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
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
Catechism, baptism, marriage, confirmation, first communion and funerals
Father Sylvester will celebrate weekday Mass in the Blessed Sacrament
Chapel at All Saints on Friday's at 6 p.m. throughout the month of August.
Registration open for preparation for First Holy Communion
Registration for Communion classes is now open! Classes will begin in the fall with the beginning of the new school year. Please fill out the registration form of the
English-speaking Mission which can be found outside the church office. Please submit it to the office (directly or via the mail box).
A Pilgramage to the Holy Land is being planned for 19 –
30 October. Interested? See Konrad Giersdorf for details.
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food donations go to families in need and to the Soup Kitchen of the
Sisters of Charity in Kreuzberg.