Signs of Celebration and Devotion
Throughout our lives, we have various significant moments in which we need some extra spiritual guidance. Within our faith, these rites are what we call the seven sacraments. The sacraments of initiation, healing and service all strengthen your faith and forge a deeper relationship with God. If you want more information on any of these, please contact the office.
Throughout our lives we have various significant moments in which we need some extra spiritual guidance. The sacraments of initiation, healing and service all strengthen your faith and forge a deeper relationship with God. If you want more information on any of these, please contact the office.
When a new member has been added to your private family, it is time also to think about his or her initiation into the Catholic Christian family. The Church of Our Saviour would like to be a part of welcoming him or her into the body of Christ. Even if your child’s baptism will be in your country of origin, it is important that you prepare for this sacrament. For Adult Baptism we refer you to the RCIA Program.
Guidelines for Infant Baptisms
Firstly we would like to say that we are very happy that you have chosen our parish community for the baptism of your child. It is always a pleasure to be able to extend a welcome to a new member of the family of Christ.
It is necessary to contact the Pastor at least one month before the baptism. One meeting will be needed with the parents for preparation and for general administration. One Catholic Godparent is a requirement of the Church but, in addition, other Christian Godparents are welcome. Please bring the complete names of the Godparents to the preparatory meeting.
We normally celebrate baptism every first Sunday of the month as part of the celebration of the evening Eucharist. This service always takes place at 17.30 at the church itself. Subject to availability of the pastor, it is sometimes possible to schedule baptisms on Sunday at 12:00. During Lent we do not schedule baptisms, although, of course, in an emergency situation, alternative arrangements can be made.
During the Celebration
Due to the fact that baptism is a community celebration for us, it is important that the service should begin on time. Therefore we ask the parents and Godparents to arrive 15 minutes before the Mass for a final briefing, ie no later than 17.15.
You are welcome to record the baptism on film, but we can only allow for one camera per family (either video or photo). We would also like to stress again that the baptism is part of a community act of worship and thus that the use of any camera needs to be discreet. We would ask that you do not walk around during the service, and naturally photography or filming of other sections of the service is not appropriate. Clearly, it also stands to reason that neither the parents nor the godparents should be filming or taking photographs. After the service the Pastor will be available for special photographs, if you so wish.
The baptism of your child involves preparation and paperwork . We suggest a fee of €75 to cover these administrative costs. A baptismal certificate and candle are included in this fee.
If you wish to have your child baptised with us, please contact the office via email.
Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is offered to those students (between 14 and 18 years old) who have completed the Religious Education class years (up to Grade 8/Year 9/Class 2).
Older students are recommended to consider the RCIA Program.
Meetings are held on various Sunday evenings 2 or 3 times a month after the 17.30 mass. Please check the calendar on the What’s on page for dates of the meetings. For more information and registration, go to the Religious Education page.
There is a total fee of €125 per candidate which covers the retreat and all materials.
Receiving Jesus Christ for the first time in Holy Communion is the most profound moment in the religious formation of a young child. To receive First Holy Communion, your child must be enrolled in RE classes. The COS Catechist aims to help children grow in their understanding, love, and appreciation of the Eucharist and to participate readily in catechizing their students. They will work each week teaching your child about our faith. As a parent, you have the primary role in the sacramental process for your child. You will help your child grow in faith as you prepare him or her for the reception of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.
If you would like to enrol your child for First Holy Communion, you will need to complete the Religious Education application. Please note that the cost to prepare for the First Holy Communion is € 125,–.
For more information or additional questions visit the Religious Education page.
Anointing of the Sick
In case of severe illness, an appointment for anointing of the sick can be made with the pastoral team at the hospital where the sick person is being cared for, or through our parish office via email.
Before Covid there was an opportunity to have Reconciliation every Sunday before the evening Mass. Given the current situation, it is now possible to make a private appointment for Reconciliation by contacting the Parish Office via email.
Both male and female candidates who would like to explore a vocation to the the religious life can contact the parish office via email. Beside the diocesan formation program, there are many religious orders in the Catholic church, each of whom have their own special charism and formation for different forms of ministry. If you would like to know more, you are always welcome for an informative conversation or further personal spiritual guidance.
Marriage Preparation (Couples Group):
Intended for couples who have decided to get married in the Catholic Church.
There are added values to getting married in the Church: the Church celebrates marriage as a covenant rather than a contract, enriches concepts of love, growing in love, feeling blessed, a sense of belonging, and the continuous growth of the whole person, both as an individual and as a part of the couple.
“Marriage preparation should ensure that the couple does not view the wedding ceremony as the end of the road, but instead embark upon marriage as a lifelong calling based on a firm and realistic decision to face all trials and difficult moments together. The preparation is centered around the marriage bond, assisting couples not only to deepen their love but also to overcome problems and difficulties. This involves not only helping them to (understand and) accept the Church’s teaching and to have recourse to her valuable resources, but also offering practical programs, sound advice, proven strategies and psychological guidance.” (Amoris Laetitia, par.211)
A program of four sessions for a fixed group of participants with the following content:
- dinner- soup with bread
- introduction of all participants (on the basis of a questionnaire sent prior to first session)
- the Church’s teaching on marriage
- Laudato si- “what do we give back to society?”
- effective relationships- “becoming the best version of yourself and help the other to do the same”
- communication- “seven levels of intimacy” and “getting to know your partner better”
- preparation for the sacrament and your individual vows
- graduation moment
There are two programs planned for the pastoral year 2020/2021.
The first starts on the 17th of September 2020; the other nights are on the 15th of October, the 19th of November, and the last night is on the 10th of December 2020.
The second starts on the 18th of February 2021; the other nights are on the 18th of March, the 15th of April and the last night is on the 6th of May.
The sessions will take place in the atrium of the COS Parish Center. The entrance is at Helenastraat 8, The Hague. Coffee and tea will be provided. The sessions start at 20.00 and close between 21.30-22.00. The first session starts with a meal at 18.00.
The marriage preparation team consists of Fr Sjaak de Boer, Joeri and Stephanie Olijhoek, and Ursula and Jan de Jong.
Every participating couple pays €75 for a program of four sessions. The money will be used to cover the costs and to contribute to one of the many charity projects of the COS parish. The money should be paid prior to the start of the program. The account number of the COS parish is NL34 ABNA 0599 346 264; please add “marriage preparation” and your names when you transfer the money.
WHO TO CONTACT?
If you are interested in attending a marriage preparation course at COS, please contact the parish office via email with all your marriage details.
NOTE: Couples intending to get married are also welcome to complete their marriage paperwork in our parish. Once these papers are approved by the diocese, they are valid worldwide. If you and your fiancé(e) would like to do your paperwork in our parish, please get in touch with the office six months prior to the event to begin the process. We will need a recent copy of your Baptism Certificates.
In case of an interreligious marriage (with a partner from another denomination or a non-baptized person), a dispensation is required which takes a bit more time.