Catechesis Forum 2019

Everyone interested or involved in catechesis (education in the faith) in the Catholic Church in Luxembourg is warmly invited to the Catechesis Forum 2019 at the Centre Jean XXIII on Saturday 30 March from 9:30 to 17:30.

The aim is to share experiences and to exchange insights on catechesis from childhood to adulthood with guest speakers from the English-speaking Church in different parts of Europe.

Participation is free-of-charge but advance registration is required.

To find out more, click here.

Help for asylum-seekers

Can you spare some time over the festive period to volunteer at a reception centre for asylum-seekers in Luxembourg?

The Luxembourg Red Cross needs volunteers to help distribute meals or participate in other activities all year round – but the need is especially great at Christmas and New Year. The initial reception centre in Strassen is currently operating at full capacity.

Please contact Caren Baviera (caren.baviera@gmail.com) if you can spare some time to help.

Our Community has had a leading role in supporting the Luxembourg Red Cross in this field since 2015. To find out more, click here.

UMODZI – Sponsor a Student in Malawi this September

UMODZI is a project founded and supported among others by Judith Golooba, a member of the English-speaking Catholic community in Luxembourg, to support the education of orphans in her home country of Malawi.

The organisers are now busy making sure that all their students get funding to enable them to start college or university this coming September.

They have three students who have done well in their exams and have places in local universities in Malawi but do not yet have sponsors.

Can you help?

This is not about requesting money for a charity, but an appeal for individuals who can take care of a student and see them through their college or university programme, which lasts about 3 years (depending on the course).

The college/university fees amount to about €2300 per year – less than €200 per month. UMODZI would put you in direct contact with the student concerned.

To find out more, please contact Judith at judith.golooba@gmail.com.

Fr Ed: 30th anniversary of ordination

On 7 May 2018, Fr Ed marked the 30th anniversary of his priestly ordination. We did not celebrate it at the time as his mother was in her final hours, but we made up for it this Pentecost Sunday morning, 20 May 2018, with a presentation of gifts and crémant after Mass.

The gifts were a personal offering from our community. We wanted to keep it secret, so we did not make a public appeal, but the catechists, coffee organisers, Eucharistic ministers, musicians, pastoral council, readers and other volunteers all chipped in.

The first gift was an antique icon. According to tradition, the image of Our Lady of Iverskaja was first written by the Evangelist Luke. The version we presented to Fr Ed, which we located at the Monastery of Chevetogne in Belgium, was written in Russia between 1840 and 1850.

The second gift was a monetary one, for Fr Ed to enjoy as he pleases.

Fr Ed is at the heart of our community and we give thanks for his vocation and service both to our community and throughout his priestly ministry.