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English Speaking Roman Catholic Community of Basel, Switzerland

We are Roman Catholics from around the world gathering together to celebrate Communion and share in the Sacraments. Please come and celebrate with us at Bruder Klaus Kirche, Bruderholzallee 140 at 5:30 pm unless noted in the calendar of events. Directions and map. Contact: info@esrccb.org

Women's Retreat - Sep 13-14, 2019

There will be a Women in Faith overnight retreat at Mariastein on the evening of Friday, 13 September and  during the day on Saturday 14 September. We will stay at the Kurhaus Kreuz. The exact cost will be communicated to participants at a later stage. Father Sibi will guide us on the Saturday. All women over student age are welcome. If you are interested in joining, please send a mail to the community at info@esrccb.org so that we can reserve enough rooms. You can also talk to Riana Paola, Monika Kelly or Betty Sam Mathew at Mass on Sundays.

Oct 6, 2019 Rosary around Switzerland

Rosary around Switzerland is a Catholic, rosary-based intercessory prayer event to be held at Catholic churches and institutions throughout Switzerland on Sunday 6 October 2019. On this day we shall be asking Our Lady to take our prayers to her son Jesus for our three requests: for our country Switzerland, for all the people of Switzerland, and for all the peoples of the whole world. It is not our purpose to make our prayer requests more specific, rather we turn everything over to our Mother, knowing she will know much better than ourselves how to use and apply the benefits of our prayers. We entrust everything to Mary and we leave it up to her what the fruits of these prayers will be. We shall try to be more like children.

The prayer events of Rosary around Switzerland are based on the general formula of intercessory prayer. Simply stated, intercessory prayer is when we pray/ask for something from God. However, intercessory prayer is more than just asking. First we must “set the stage” and prepare ourselves before we ask.
 
Intercessory prayer has four parts: glory/praise/ adoration, thanksgiving, repentance and then the request for intercession. So this day of prayer is more than simply saying a rosary, as noble as that act is. It is to pray upwards and inward to our God in a full and complete way.

Religious Education Registration Open

July-August is time to register your children for Religious Education in our community.

Please register on line using the link below:
Religious Education Registration form

Note that for registration to be completed we will need:
  1. Your child’s baptism certificate (compulsory) and other documents outlined in the registration form (helpful) if you are new to the community
  2. Payment to be made per the instructions on the form
Parents who had their children registered in a previous year and who already provided a baptism certificate do not need to provide one again. However, we still ask that you complete the online form as we are moving to online registration.
 
Please make sure to register quickly so we can book sufficient class rooms and order enough books for all children.
 
In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions,
 
Monika Kelly - RE Coordinator

Joint tri-lingual Mass with Swiss and Spanish communities on June 23rd

Joint Mass

Pilgrimage holiday in Lourdes in the South of France

April 19-26 2019 HCPT Switzerland completed it’s 4th annual Children’s Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Would you like to take part next Easter, April 2020? Confirm your interest in joining the pilgrimage by emailing info@esrccb.org or Contact Mike Johnson, organizer, directly by email - maj101@gmail.com

Lourdes

Every Easter, 1,000 disabled and disadvantaged children and young people enjoy a life changing pilgrimage holiday in Lourdes in the south of France. They are supported by volunteer doctors, nurses, helpers and priests.

HCPT's Easter pilgrimage holidays are for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people. HCPT groups stay in hotels in Lourdes.

HCPT is a charity with its roots in the Catholic faith.m, with a vision of "changing lives through pilgrimage, sharing God's gifts of love, friendship and joy". The charity exists to help HCPT pilgrims answer Mary's call to come to Lourdes in procession, a request she made to us through Bernadette. Many describe their HCPT pilgrimage holiday as a "spiritual" experience. For some this is rooted in their religious beliefs, for others it is purely about the positive effects of caring, sharing and seeing the world from the point of view of others. Masses form an important part of the HCPT experience. These are designed with our pilgrims in mind, and the worship is always lively.

Please see links below for more information:

http://hcpt670switzerland.com/about/group670/

https://youtu.be/Tsm90oKOU3U

https://www.hcpt.org.uk/

New Nursery during Mass - volunteers needed

We are currently trying to establish a new nursery at our Church, that would care for your child throughout the entirety of our mass. We are seeking to provide a safe, Christian atmosphere for the youngest members of our church family.

We believe that our children are God’s greatest gift! Our new nursery will seek to provide care to infants and toddlers up to four years old, that contributes to their wellbeing and complements and strengthens the Christian nurturing the child experiences at home. We would like to help you and your child build trusting relationships and feel a sense of belonging within our community by reaching out in love and understanding.

If you are interested in having your child in our new nursery, or would like to volunteer to help care for the children in the nursery, please fill out the Nursery Registration form.

We would also like to meet after mass for about 5-10 minutes so that we can discuss together any questions you may have.

Youth Group (13+)

Join our youth group to talk about your catholic faith with other young adults.  Together we pray and sing, do different activities, and have bible studies as well as inspiring videos. We also organize movie nights, outdoor activities, bake sales, and once a year a retreat.

Our monthly gatherings take place in the event room (downstairs in the Basement) of Restaurant L’Esprit at Laufenstrasse 46 in 4053 Basel and are shown in the website calendar.

Bring your friends, and we hope to see you at our next gathering!

If you have any questions, you can contact us via mail youthgroupheartsonfire@gmail.com.

Word of God Program

A 15-20 minute program is available during Mass for children. The Word of God program bring God’s word to the children with stories and crafts.

Choir

The choir sings at Mass every Sunday, reflecting the wide variety of musical traditions which is shown in the multi-national nature of our community. Every year the choir participates in a workshop at the Mariastein Benedictine monastery. New members are always welcome. Please see our YouTube Channel for past choir concerts.

Adult Faith - Women In Faith

Every third Friday of the month from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm women of our church Community reflect on and share their faith in a social setting

Activities:

  • Light dinner & snacks
  • Opening prayer
  • Different topics of faith
  • Taizé songs
  • Closing prayer

Opportunities to help out in our community

  • Altar Server - Children who have received First Communion Assists the priests in setup and during celebration of Mass
  • Choir Member - Adults and children who like to sing or play an instrument. Rehearsals: 30 - 45 minutes before Mass
  • Eucharistic Minister - People whom are confirmed. Assists community priests to offer the Body and Blood of Christ
  • Word of God Teacher - Brings God's word to pre-school children through Bible stories and activities during the readings and homily
  • Word of God Helper - Assists the Word of God teacher
  • Hospitality Minister - Available 30 minutes before Mass to setup, welcome those entering church, hand out and collect books and bulletins
  • Minister of the Word - People to proclaim the word of God
  • Social - Helping in coffee socials, potluck dinners and picnics
  • Religious Education Teacher - Helping to teach the children
  • Flower arrangers - two Saturday mornings per month to pick-up and arrange the flowers in the church.
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