Join a group!

At COS we have a very active community that organize different activities around various topics. You can check out our groups below. Joining one of our groups is a great way to get to know our community and participate in activities that interest you personally.

If you have any questions about a particular group, you can either contact the coordinator of the group or the Parish office for more information. We look forward to meeting you!

African Group

The African Community Group brings all the African parishioners together in a fellowship that expresses and shares love for family and neighbours displayed in liturgy and in the traditional African extended family custom. The Group helps to coordinate African representation and full participation in church, reaching out to new and departing members, caring for those in need. The African Group is extremely active during Food Fair and has also regularly hosted African Evenings as a fund raiser for the parish.

The elected members of the group this year are:

  1. Nnamdi Iwuagwu – Coordinator
  2. Uloma Uwalaka – Assistant Coordinator
  3. Marion E. Mesumbe – Financial Secretary/Treasurer
  4. Uchenna Obelenwa-Okeke – General Secretary
  5. Emmanuel Ifediora Ikeme – General Member

They can be contacted via the parish office.

 

The African Community Group consists of more than 80 active members.

The activities for this pastoral year are as follows:

  1. African Dinner on 16 May 2020
  2. African Mass on 14 June 2020
  3. African Group BBQ – August/September 2020 (exact date TBC)
  4. African group Church Cleaning- Feb/May or Oct 2020 (In alignment with the Church Cleaning committee).
  5. Parish annual Food Fair (3rd Saturday of November).

Keep a date with us and you will definitely have a taste of African each time.

Feel free to join our group’s WhatsApp page via the link https://chat.whatsapp.com/3rutftQvSzXBSYMvGc4AK2

Alcoholics Anonymous

This English-speaking group meets once a week in the  COS Loft of the Pastoral Centre, on Thursday afternoons from 12.00-13.00. This is not really a parish run group but it is open to all our parishioners. If you are interested then simply come along (entrance Helenastraat 8 at the back of the centre). For further information about available help go to www.aa-netherlands.org which is in English and gives general contact details.

Bookstall

Offering books for adults, teenagers and children at discount prices.

Open most Sundays after the morning Mass.

Book Stall open from 11:30 – 12:15 after the 10 AM Sunday mass. For more information or special request, please contact the coordinator Rudy Ramondt: ramondt@ziggo.nl

 

Christian Meditation

Meditation is not what you think: it seeks God in the silence and stillness beyond word and thought.

Meditation is the art of paying attention, a simple practice and a universal gift, found at the heart of all great traditions. Christian Meditation is based on the guidelines of Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB, and originates from the Benedictine spirituality and the monastic wisdom of the Desert Fathers. The journey of meditation is like an inner pilgrimage. It is a simple method to learn, using a prayer word (a mantra), and it is also called the prayer of the heart or contemplative prayer. It can be practised by anyone from wherever you are on your life’s journey.

The meditation group meets on Monday evening at 19h30 for 1 hour. The one hour meeting includes quiet music, a short taped talk on meditation, 20-25 minutes of silent meditation, followed by a question period. Newcomers are welcome to the group. If you would like to join, please contact Odile van der Hoff. For more information on The World Community for Christian Meditation, please visit the website.

Church Cleaning

On the last Saturday morning of each month at 09.30 a team of volunteers gathers together to give our church a good clean. Numbers at the moment are quite low and we would really appreciate some extra hands to make the work quicker and easier. If you are interested in donating a couple of hours each month to this activity, please contact our coordinator Clarena Cardenas via the office.  For more information, please visit their special web page at https://cos-monthly-cleaning.weebly.com/

COS Lunch Room

Serving simple food on Sundays when we have religious education has been what the COS Lunchroom has been all about. the money that has been raised over the last years has helped a number of great causes both inside as well as outside our church.

Because we are such an ethnically diverse parish we have been fortunate to have food from around the world featured at our lunches. Parishioner groups from Spain, Italy, Ireland, the Phillippines, Columbia, India, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Argentina, Sri Lank, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Thailand and Australia have voluntarily organized themselves to host a Sunday lunch featuring food from their country.

Whether you made liters of soup, served hot chocolate, baked some tasty food from your home country, operated the PIN machine, or just waited on the long line to purchase an empanada or Aussie meat pie. Thank you for helping the lunchroom to be such a great success. your contribution has gone a long way to helping COS as well as helping others around the world.

Cultural Trips

From time to time one of the groups or an individual in the parish takes the initiative to arrange a trip out for any interested parties. This could be a trip to a place of tourist interest, a lunch party or a foreign journey. Keep a look out in the bulletin for news of such outings or trips and also, if you have an idea for such an event, do communicate this to the office.

Flower Arrangements

Cheryl Carr coordinates the decoration of our worship space and would welcome assistance from those who would like to help. We have a scheme whereby individual parishioners or families can sponsor the altar flowers as a commemoration of a special anniversary or event. If you would like to do this, contact Cheryl via the office.

Hospitality

Being part of this team is a great way to meet people! Hospitality includes a wide range of activities primary among which is providing coffee, tea, soft drinks, and cakes for the children, after Mass. However the team also coordinates special receptions from time to time especially on the big occasions such as Easter, New Year, Christmas etc. Volunteers to help are always welcome! If you are able to to be one of those volunteers, please contact Aileen Faulkner either after the morning mass or via the office.

Justice & Peace

The Justice and Peace Group meets most months with the aim of pulling together the outreach activities in the parish and and of helping to maintain a common focus on why we are carrying out these charitable activities. We believe that it is very important for us to show solidarity as a parish in carrying out the will of God with the aim of making His world a better place for the many who are suffering needlessly, by reaching out a helpful hand and – just as important – a hopeful voice.

Who makes up the Justice & Peace Group?

The groups which are represented presently include:
Hand in Hand Refugee Project, Amnesty International, Fair Trade
New members are always welcome. Meeting dates are published in the monthly calendar. Any parish member who can spare time to contribute to ideas and their development is very welcome to join us – we need all the support we can get so just come along to a meeting. Coordinators: Dianne Luping and Saki Lee.

The Group is also responsible for our annual Parish Lenten Campaign. Most years, during Lent, the Group designates a particular project to feature as our Campaign. We try to get all our families involved in these Campaigns as a way to strengthen the significance of these special months through active contribution to others. Some of our past campaigns have included buying mosquito nets for a project in Kenya, sponsoring the building of houses in The Philippines, sending support to help the ‘butterfly children’ (sufferers of Epidermolysis bullosa) of Chile, gathering funds for refugee projects in Holland and Lesbos (Greece), and many others. Information is always placed in the website.

Liturgy Committee

This Committee meets regularly to plan and coordinate the details of our worship throughout the Church year. The committee also plans parish retreats and days of recollection.

Maintenance Group

We have a small group of people, headed up by Hans Bloemen, who are prepared to carry out minor repairs and maintenance within the church. From time to time special Saturdays are arranged when we ask for volunteers to donate some hours of their time to work with the core team to carry out a pre-detailed list of repairs. Extra hands are always welcome!

Parish Retreat

Each year a group of parishioners travels to Sittard to attend a Christian retreat. 

A few quotes from past participants:

“No matter what the subject or theme, it gives me new and fresh insights and much needed time for reflection: a boost to my faith.”

“I can describe it as an opportunity to develop and enrich your spiritual life.”

“It is all very peacfull, away from the maddening crowd. Perfect for contemplation and reflection in between the group sessions of the retreat.”

“The religious men and women that run the place were nice, and even though it’s their home, you end up feeling ti’s a bit yours as well.”

To register for the retreat, please keep a lookout on the activities page.

Social Events Group

Formerly known as the Build With Us group, this group is led by Marion Mesumbe. Their main goal is to organize a variety of events not only for fundraising purposes, but more importantly, to build community spirit. If you have any ideas in mind to help the group, please feel free to contact Marion via the parish office. Volunteers to help organize and prepare events are most welcome!

Rosary Prayer Group

Come join the Rosary Prayer Group in the Day Chapel. Contact Sinead Liew,  RPG Coordinator for more information via the office. The schedule of meetings can be found in the Parish Agenda.

Sacristans

The community should be able to celebrate and pray without distraction. Making sure that the environment allows this to happen is the responsibility of the sacristan. Therefore, before any of our liturgies take place, there are many things that need to be done.

In the Church of Our Saviour, the head sacristan is a member of the Liturgy Committee and attends monthly planning meetings. He/she has accurate knowledge of the liturgical year – its seasons, feasts and their colours, as well as  knowledge of the use of vestments, linens, and other ecclesiastical equipment.

Before the start of liturgical celebrations, the sacristan makes sure that:

  • the liturgical books are marked at the right page and in their proper place.
  • the right vessels are clean and ready to use.
  • the sound system is working and the microphones switched on.
  • the flowers and other seasonal decorations are in place.
  • charcoal and incense are prepared when required.
  • the church bells are rung at the right time.
  • lay ministers and altar servers are welcomed and assisted when necessary.
  • he/she arrives early enough to lay out the special requirements for baptisms, weddings and funerals.
  • that everything is put away or returned to its proper place afterwards.

In addition:

  • vestments and other textiles are cared for, laundered or cleaned when necessary.
  • the stock of bread, wine, charcoal, incense are replenished regularly.
  • the Paschal candle is chosen and ordered in good time
  • the candles and candlesticks are in good order.

The sacristan’s dedication is rewarded when everything runs smoothly and to plan

Welcome Desk

At the back of the church we have a Welcome Desk available after each mass. Here you can find current parish information and announcements, and ask any questions you may have. Here you can also register yourself and your family in the Parish, and if you’re new, pick up your Welcome Packet.

If you would like to volunteer for the Welcome Table, please contact the Coordinators Nathalie Gay and  Amarachi  Iwuagwu via office@parish.nl.

Youth Program

The COSYP youth group meets throughout the year