Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday – 11:15 – St. Catherine’s Weather permitting starting outside church with a procession of palms … followed by our usual service of Holy Communion with a dramatic reading of the Passion Gospel and children’s Sunday School during the sermon.

Hymns for Palm Sunday

Maundy Thursday – 19:00 – Anglican Centre
The Liturgy of the Last Supper with the Footwashing.  Just as Jesus commanded we break bread, drink wine, and remember.  And… on this one night only, we demonstrate our love for one another by taking turns washing one another’s feet.

Good Friday.… A Remembrance of the Crucifixion of our Lord – 18:00 in church.

The Easter Vigil…. an ecumenical service in German with a little English…… begins in the Leonhardskirche at 21:00 in the darkness.  As we hear some of the Old Testament lessons which lead us to an understanding of Christ as Messiah, we wait.  In the darkness we process up the street to the Katharinenkirche, where the Holy Fire is lit, the Paschal Candle blessed, and the people receive the light of Christ.  We pour into the church filling it with candle glow.  The Exultet is sung, and the first mass of Easter is celebrated.  Following the service a reception takes place in the Oekumenisaal.  The festivities can go on until after midnight.  If you have never experienced an Easter Vigil, I highly recommend it.

Easter Sunday.. 11:15 – St. Catherine’s – with all the trappings of the holiest day of the Christian Year…. Grand music, big flowers, joyous scripture readings, and the chance to open our doors and hearts to the many visitors who will want to worship with us on this special day.
Following the service there will be a bring and share cake & finger food reception – bring something simple to share together in the Gemeindesaal.

A big thank you – to all those who supported the 1st Stuttgart Guides bake sale after the service last Sunday – they raised 118,50 Euro for toilettwinning.org

Annual General Meeting
Sunday 15th April – post-service – Annual General Meeting: hear the review of the St. Catherine’s church year, the budget for the coming year and vote for your new wardens and council.
Now is the time to start considering if you are being called to serve on our next church council or as a church warden. To express your interest please contact Christopher secretary@stcatherines-stuttgart.de If you wish to know more about what is involved talk to Eric or Mark.
If you wish to vote or stand for election to the church council or as a warden you must be on the Electoral Roll at St. Catherine’s before the AGM. Please complete an electoral roll form and return it to Frances or electoral_roll_officer@stcatherines-stuttgart.de.

Saturday 21st April – 12:00pm
Installation of Rev’d. Kara Werner as chaplain of St. Catherine’s. Put the date in your diary.
Plans are being drawn up, please contact Eric warden@stcatherines-stuttgart.de if you would like to read or act as an acolyte (adults and teenagers).
If you wish to be involved in the music or choir please contact Stephen choir@stcatherines-stuttgart.de
If you can help with the bring and share refreshments please contact Alison women@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

Welcome Book for Kara – with a flat found Kara’s arrival is now much more concrete. We would like to prepare a welcome book for her, introducing her to her new congregation and providing her with a reference so that she can check if she can’t remember the name of the person who spoke to her after the service about a baptism, or the phone number of the person who invited her for coffee. If you would like to provide an A4 page for this book with your name, that of any relevant family members, maybe a photo, contact details and any information about your family that you would like to share with our new chaplain then please send it to welcomebook@stcatherines-stuttgart.de or pass it directly to Frances by 8th April at the latest. This book will be for Kara’s personal use and not for circulation.

Future Dates

Saturday 16th June – English Book Sale

22nd July – 150th Anniversary of St. Catherien’s

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