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20th Anniversary of World Refugee Day

Sunday, 20 June

The 20th of June was established as World Regugee Day in 2000 by a special resolution of the United Nations General Assembly to raise understanding for refugees and celebrate their contributions to peace. World Refugee Day is celebrated in more than a hundred countries, often organized by the national branch of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).  In commemoration of this day, our parish will move from the Church to the church garden in front of the statue of “The Hollow Men” for the closing prayer of the morning mass. More on “The Hollow Men” statue, which was inaugurated last April in memory of all the unknown refugees who died during their flight to safety, can be found at https://parish.nl/the-hollow-men/

Mass Time

Weekdays in church
None during Summer

Reconciliation
By appointment

Weekends in church
Sunday 10AM and 5:30PM

Watch Mass

Every Sunday we stream our Mass live for you to follow from the comfort and safety of your home. We can now welcome 130 people in our church. If you wish to attend mass, please save a seat in advance.

Our Mission Statement

 We, The International English Speaking Roman Catholic Parish “Church of Our Saviour” in The Hague aim to share our assets, talents, and opportunities as a continuation of Christ’s mission. Through the wide variety of cultures and international networks, our inclusive parish offers a unique opportunity to translate the values of the Gospel in concrete initiatives to promote justice and peace. We promote a spirituality that is geared to respect people, planet, and sustainability. The inclusion of all people of good will is a constant guideline for our religious formation programs, personal witness, and community initiatives.

With parishioners from over 95 different nationalities, we are a large International English speaking Roman Catholic Parish based in The Hague, the Netherlands. You are very welcome to join us!

Monthly Inspiration

Monthly Inspirational- April 2021

On the Threshold of April 2021 Last Easter, the first lockdown in The Netherlands was so strict and severe that Holy Week could not be celebrated in church. Everything was literally closed. All the ceremonies were video streamed from my living room. The singing and broadcasting from home made my neighbors wonder what was going on in our apartment building. Back then, we never thought that for Holy Week 2021, we would still find ourselves in lockdown and that the vast majority of people in Europe would still not be vaccinated against COVID. The good news for this Easter, however, is that various vaccines have been approved and we can celebrate in church again, albeit with very restricted numbers. The good times in which 5000 people would gather for the Holy Week ceremonies at COS as in previous years before the pandemic, feel like a long time ago. But at least, with the improved video streaming facilities from our church, we can continue to reach out to people with the comforting messages from the Holy Week liturgies. Besides all the prayers and worship, other signs of new life continued to happen during this challenging year. Our groups and volunteers reached out to each other and to people outside the church with many activities and personal initiatives to maintain and strengthen bonds. Even though the community is less visible in a physical way, it certainly is very tangible on many other different levels. I’d like to illustrate this with a few examples. The freezer in our cellar under the kitchen continued to be filled throughout the entire year with food for the homeless. Thousands of meals were provided for them and distributed in take away containers. The coordinator of the program shared that, “All our cooks are so happy to do this, and it gives us tremendous...

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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.

Children’s Corner

Children’s Corner

For our younger parishioners, a coloring page and word search to support the Sunday liturgy are now available for download each week on the Children's Liturgy page. The button below will take you directly to the Children's corner, where you can download the material...

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World Music Concert Photos

World Music Concert Photos

The COS Hand in Hand Project organized a World Music Concert on 29 May that was well-attended, both in person and online. Guests from the region had a chance to enjoy welcome sounds of home, whilst those from other parts of the world had an opportunity to experience...

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Thirteen Youth Confirmed at Ascension Day Mass

Thirteen Youth Confirmed at Ascension Day Mass

Thirteen young people from our parish were confirmed on the Feast of the Ascension, Thursday 13 May, at 11:00 by Mgr. Hans van den Hende, the Bishop of Rotterdam. Heartfelt congratulations to our Confirmands on the occasion of reaching this special milestone in their...

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Thirteen Youth Confirmed at Ascension Day Mass

Thirteen Youth Confirmed at Ascension Day Mass

Thirteen young people from our parish were confirmed on the Feast of the Ascension, Thursday 13 May, at 11:00 by Mgr. Hans van den Hende, the Bishop of Rotterdam. Heartfelt congratulations to our Confirmands on the occasion of reaching this special milestone in their...

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Tikkie & Paypal Vigilance

Tikkie & Paypal Vigilance

The official QR codes in the church will always first take you to a page on our parish website. If you are using the QR codes in church, please ensure before you pay that you are at www.parish.nl  If the QR code in the church takes you directly to the Tikkie or...

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Church Featured in New Book

Church Featured in New Book

Our lovely church has been featured as one of the 25 most beautiful church buildings in The Hague in a new book, "Een Lust voor het Oog." The authors of the book, Bottine Koopmans and Dick Valentijn, presented a signed copy to Fr. Sjaak, who accepted on behalf of our...

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Inauguration of “The Hollow Men” Monument

Inauguration of “The Hollow Men” Monument

On Sunday, 25 April, a sculpture entitled “The Hollow Men” was unveiled in our church garden to commemorate all the unknown refugees who died at sea or in the desert during their flight to safety.  The sculpture consists of two parts, and when viewed from the...

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Altar Servers Recognized During Mass

During the morning mass on Sunday, 6 June, our parish officially recognized the many contributions made by our Altar Servers to our weekly liturgies...

Closing of Pastoral Year 2020/2021

On Sunday, 20 June we thank God and each other for a challenging Pastoral Year. Thank you to all of you for your constant prayers and support, and...

Summer Schedule Begins!

It is traditional in our parish for things to wind down a bit during the summer months. Until the beginning of the new Pastoral Year in early...

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