You might be miles away from home, but there is always family for you here.

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You might be miles away from home, but there is always family for you here.

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You might be miles away from home, but there is always family for you here.

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Mass Time

Weekdays in church
Friday 12:00 PM

Reconciliation
By appointment

Weekends in church
Sunday 10:00 AM & 5:30 PM

Watch Mass

Every Sunday we stream our Mass live for you to follow from the comfort and safety of your home. We continue to welcome 30 people in our church. If you wish to attend mass, please save a seat in advance.

Welcome to COS

With parishioners from over 95 different nationalities, we are a large International English speaking Roman Catholic Parish. Based in The Hague, the Netherlands, we are part of the Diocese of Rotterdam. Do come and visit us – you are bound to find someone with whom you have something in common!

Monthly Inspiration

Monthly Inspirational

On the threshold of September

This little column is meant as a personal monthly note at the end of every month. Looking back at August, I heard many stories about “staycations”. Holiday plans needed to adapted to safer locations and new initiatives needed to be invented to keep the kids happy without the “normal” annual holiday overseas. In spite of tropical weather in The Netherlands, this year’s summer was very different from other years.

In spite of all the COVID restrictions, quarantines and face masks, many people re-discovered the value of space and time, of family and friendship. We actually learned what it means to really miss someone or something. The things we took for granted, we came to consider as a privilege. In April, this meant something as simple as having enough toilet paper. In August, it meant being grateful for the joy of having a drink on a terrace, or still having a safe place to go for a holiday close to home. 

I have never received so many “Thank You’s” for the simple fact that the church was open again and that Mass could also be followed online. Did COVID teach us to be a little bit more grateful for the simple things in life? We have seen protest demonstrations against the restrictions, but I also heard a lot of other voices that did not make the news: voices of gratitude for solidarity, voices saying thank you for what is possible rather than frustration about what is not. 

Going into September, summer is over and darker clouds move in. I hope that going back to school or work keeps us safe and grateful for the opportunities that we have. This has been one of the weirdest summers. Only God knows what it really changed within each of us. All I want to say is thank you to everybody who got me through August and enabled me to count my blessings. 

Fr. Sjaak

Our Community

With over 1500 families registered with our parish, our community is teeming with energy and activities. Check out our many groups to see if there are some you might want to join. There are so many to choose from. Even during COVID, our community has found ways to remain in touch and support each other and be together safely.

News

There are many things happening in our parish community and in the Roman Catholic community around the world. Follow our newsfeed to get the latest news on activities, mass, and other announcements. Do You want to receive the latest news in your mailbox? Sign up for our newsletter.

1500 Meals and Counting!

1500 Meals and Counting!

Since March, the Meals for the Homeless Group from our parish has prepared and served over 1500 nutritious, hot meals in support of the street pastor at the homeless shelter in The Hague. This important outreach continues and is even more important during the middle...

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Parish Plate awarded to Helena Schroeder

Parish Plate awarded to Helena Schroeder

On 12th October, the Parish Plate was awarded to Helena Schroeder for organizing the parish retreat for the last 20 years. In her own words – ‘’Twenty is plenty’’. A quick calculation shows that during these years, she hosted 500 people during 60 days of retreats in...

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All Souls Mass on Monday, 2 November

All Souls Mass on Monday, 2 November

There will be an All Souls Mass on Monday 2 November at 19.00 which will also be video streamed. The box for the All Souls Mass intentions can be found next to the St. Joseph's statue. If you would like to have a dearly beloved remembered, please write their names and...

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Parish Plate awarded to Helena Schroeder

Parish Plate awarded to Helena Schroeder

On 12th October, the Parish Plate was awarded to Helena Schroeder for organizing the parish retreat for the last 20 years. In her own words – ‘’Twenty is plenty’’. A quick calculation shows that during these years, she hosted 500 people during 60 days of retreats in...

read more
All Souls Mass on Monday, 2 November

All Souls Mass on Monday, 2 November

There will be an All Souls Mass on Monday 2 November at 19.00 which will also be video streamed. The box for the All Souls Mass intentions can be found next to the St. Joseph's statue. If you would like to have a dearly beloved remembered, please write their names and...

read more
New Papal Encyclical- Fratelli Tutti

New Papal Encyclical- Fratelli Tutti

On the feast day of St. Francis on 04 October in Assisi, the pope launched his latest book, "Fratelli Tutti", on the impact and use of social media; the value of human friendships; and the need for a different perspective on democracy, economics...

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There are many things happening in our parish community and in the Roman Catholic community around the world. Follow our newsfeed to get the latest news on activities, mass, and other announcements. Do You want to receive the latest news in your mailbox? Sign up for our newsletter.

Chairman of Our Pastoral Council Featured on the Front Page of Kerk in Den Haag

Longtime parishioner and Chairman of the Pastoral Council of our parish, Mikel Delagrange, was interviewed for the Catholic newspaper - Kerk in Den...

New Corona Measures 14th October-15th November

During the latest press conference of 13th October , the Dutch Government asked to restrict group gatherings to 30 people (excluding staff)....

Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday!

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday morning, 25 October. This means you can get that much-needed extra hour of sleep!

1500 Meals and Counting!

Since March, the Meals for the Homeless Group from our parish has prepared and served over 1500 nutritious, hot meals in support of the street...

Parish Plate awarded to Helena Schroeder

On 12th October, the Parish Plate was awarded to Helena Schroeder for organizing the parish retreat for the last 20 years. In her own words –...

All Souls Mass on Monday, 2 November

There will be an All Souls Mass on Monday 2 November at 19.00 which will also be video streamed. The box for the All Souls Mass intentions can be...

New Papal Encyclical- Fratelli Tutti

On the feast day of St. Francis on 04 October in Assisi, the pope launched his latest book, "Fratelli Tutti", on the impact and use of...

Pope Francis’ Ted Talk

https://www.ted.com/talks/pope_francis_why_the_only_future_worth_building_includes_everyone [/column]

New Chandeliers in Atrium

A kind donor left a sum to the parish last year to upgrade our atrium and bar. As these spaces are rented out the most, it was an investment that...

Our Intern, Awang

The 4-month internship of Awang will also come to an end on 30th October. During his time in the parish, the student of marketing and communication...

Retirement of Our Concierge Johan

It is with great gratitude for all the wonderful work that Johan File has done in our parish, but also sad to see him go, that we announce the...

Weekly Friday Masses Resume

From 9th  October onward, weekly Friday mass will be celebrated once again. This will no longer take place in the Day Chapel but in Church at noon....