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 May 2019

Evangelization – Church in Africa: That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for the continent.

 

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!






"Meet one another with loving care and attention!"
Lentan Letter of Our Archbishop Heiner Koch

Berlin, on the first Sunday of Lent 2019


Ever more frequently, differences of opinion clash with ever more harshness. I observe this phenomenon in our civil society and just as much in our Church. Views are put forward with extreme rigor and with an amazing self-assurance that holds its own vision for absolute truth. Disagreeing ideas and convictions are at once disqualified as being provocatively irresponsible. Such an attitude fails to perceive that every point of view has its limitations. Nothing is perfect; very little may pass as self-evident; and against nearly all positions one can raise justifiable objections and criticism. Hence, I plead for a readiness to endure ambivalences and contrary ideas whatever decision may be at stake. Someone who allows only his or her personal conviction and turns a deaf ear to arguments coming from elsewhere, in fact maintains only one thing: „I have no need to learn anything. I know everything, and I can do without the experiences, insights and views of other people. “ With this idea in mind one causes harm to oneself and blocks one's own flourishing and development. All of us are in need of help and require the supplement of others. We need the richness of variety; we always need the process of learning from one another, because in mutual exchange we grow. Only in this way can we properly meet the many challenges with which we as Church are confronted in these days. Only together shall we find good answers and appropriate ways, from the variety of our different convictions and experiences. In one of the prayers of the missal we say: „To nobody you gave everything nor did you give nothing to anyone. “ We must recognize that for our life an attitude of mutual esteem is indispensable. This is more than mere respect and tolerance. When I esteem another person, I do not merely give due respect to the person's experiences and convictions, but I truly regard this person as someone valuable. Notwithstanding all differences, the other person enriches my own being. I attend to the other person because this person is a precious gift, a unique value, and that is why I esteem the person. I am considerate, trying with utmost care to enter this new world of thought and feeling, keen on understanding another human being. Saint Edith Stein, the Carmelite nun who was executed in Auschwitz, has taught me to hold dear this attitude of personal esteem. She describes it with the German word „Einfühlung“, a very sensitive feeling one's way into the inside of another person. In no other manner can one be able to perceive the depth of a human being. In this way, however, I permit the other personality to enter my life. So, I can share in the person's joy and inner life. This attitude expresses my respect for the other, my esteem of the whole personality, even my reverence. How many quarrels and disputes would be carried out differently and yield better worthwhile results, if we talked and dealt with one another in that attitude which I tried to describe. It is a matter of sincerely attending to others whoever they are, especially when we have problems with them and do not share their opinions and convictions. Especially in these cases of dissension our entire society and, in particular, our Church face a great challenge. We must learn to live in community. For we are a Communio, a gathering, a union with God, and in him a union with one another. The attitude of due respect for every person corresponds to God's own attitude towards each one of us: He attends to us lovingly and attentively, he never ceases to regard us with a benevolent eye. Only by living with one another and for one another shall we find Christ, and with him and through him find God, and draw nearer to him. God will always be a mystery that we can never comprehend. We will never fully understand his ways and procedures. This will be granted to us only at the very end, when „we will see him as he is. “(1 Jn 3:2) Until then we shall advance in the discovery of God only by means of our different visions and experiences. For this variety helps us to perceive him and keep him steadily in view. Therefore, we may say that this attitude of personal esteem becomes an effective and convincing way of proclaiming our faith: „See, how they love one another. “With this phrase the ancient author Tertullian (2nd century) describes the cohesion of the early Christian community. A proclamation without many words, but coming from the heart, will be understood by many. Therefore, let us meet one another in this attitude of sincere appreciation, especially in contacts with those near and dear to us, in the family, with friends, neighbors and colleagues, and in our parishes. For God's and his tender creatures' sake, I ask you to keep a loving attentive eye on our children. Pay attention to possible improprieties; notice any signs of abuse, hurt and trespasses. Be vigilant regarding such cases, and do not hesitate to voice your observations! Let me add that this is equally relevant for dealing with past incidents. In the Church and everywhere all of us together are responsible for the well-being and development of our children. Prevention concerns all of us; it demands this attitude of loving attention and respect. God became a child, and whenever a child is harmed, God is insulted. Moreover, also our pastoral process of renewing our ecclesial presence („Wo glauben Raum Gewinnt“) depends on this basis of a respectful encounter. We are on this road together, we must heed one another with care and be regardful for one another. Every community, every institution, every congregation and parish, every place of ecclesial activity receives attention and care. Each individual, just as every community and group, is important and precious. Only in this way can we succeed in bringing, by a colorful variety of ways and means, the gospel to the people that God has entrusted to our care. Let us be considerate and attentive in our contacts with colleagues and co-workers, with classmates and fellow students, with the cashier in the supermarket and the newspaper boy, the one whoever delivers the mail and parcels, the ticket controller and people in similar functions. Too often it happens that we fail to perceive them as human persons. The same caring attention ought also to be practiced in dealing with our time. Everyone is granted only a limited period of time here on earth. Let us be mindful of this gift and careful in its use. Some fill their time with lots of useless things. Others divide it in nothing but profitable activities. The question is: Are we conscious of time being a gift, and do we give enough of our time to one another? Hence, please, attend carefully to your time. For time is not money, but our life. In the near future we shall be called to the ballot box, for the European Parliament and the Landtag in Brandenburg. Elections too call for vigilant attention. We must carefully appreciate the riches and chances that Europe as well as our federal state have to offer. Consider attentively what contributes to the well-being of all of us, not forgetting the poor and those at the margin of society. Cultivate an open eye for situations that possess the potential to split our society by marginalizing and rejecting certain groups. Finally, please, take care of yourselves as well. I am aware of the many and often bitter challenges that strain your strength, be they demands coming from the family, your profession, the friends, burdens of illness, suffering and misery, from set-backs inflicted on you or hurtful disregard from your surroundings. I instantly beg you, please, be kind to yourselves too, as far as possible, and allow yourselves something pleasant and wholesome that is good for your body, for your mind, and not least also for your spiritual life! Your life with God deserves special care and attention. As in every loving relationship so in our relation with God, lack of sensitivity and attentive presence does no good. Never stop in your life to care for God. He always takes good care of you! Personally, for my part, I wish to thank you from my heart for keeping a watchful eye on me. I can draw much strength from knowing that I may be your bishop. I sincerely thank you for the many occasions to meet with you, for your support, and also for your prayers. I hope that these reflections can motivate you during the time of Lent to further develop this attitude of respectful and caring attention to the people you encounter, to yourselves too, as well as to God. I invite you to use this Lenten season as a period of training in this matter. Take time to be aware of its importance. Pay attention to your inner health, to the persons at your side, and to God. In this sense I wish you all the blessings of Lent.

Your

+ Heiner Koch



 

 

 

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

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Teens Friday Movie Night on May 11th at 5 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, May 11th for for movie night. Tom FitzPatrick advises that "The movie that will be playing is the "Blindside" which is a movie about the American footballer Michael Oher. The movie tells an incredible tale about Michael Oher and has some underlying themes of Christianity. We also have a backup movie called, "Moms' Night Out" which is a Christian based comedy about some moms wanting free time.

Tell your teen friends (age 13 and up) and if they want to attend please let Tom know. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. We ask that all attendees help straightent up the community hall when the event is over.

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: http://www.all-saints-berlin.de. 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 (allsaintsberlin@t-online.de) or Buck Chisolm (b.chisolm@gmx.de).

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.

Read our sermons on the
'Sermons' page


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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