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Bring and Share

Bring and Share recently lit up our student parish with an explosion of flavors! Members of our parish showcased their cooking skills by preparing dishes from their respective cultures. The result? A mouthwatering combination of dishes from all over the world. We enjoyed recipes from Spain, Argentina, Slovakia, India, Brazil, Iran, and of course, the Netherlands.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed; a worthy feast for both the eyes and the soul. Check out the video and judge for yourself!

New Academic Year

At Sint Augustinus, the start of the 2023-2024 academic year was marked by a memorable evening of bowling and drinks. This event brought students, both new and returning, together in the spirit of camaraderie and fun. The real highlight of the evening was the opportunity to meet new people. Students from diverse backgrounds and cultures came together, sharing stories, jokes, and the excitement of the upcoming academic (for others professional) challenges.
As the academic year unfolds, the memories of this delightful evening will serve as a reminder that, in Groningen, faith and friendship go hand in hand. Whether you're a seasoned student or a newcomer, the Catholic student parish of Groningen welcomes you with open arms. Here's to a year filled with learning, growth, and the joy of meeting new people who enrich our lives along the way.

Pilgrimage to Rome

After an exhausting academic year, 21 of us embarked on a pilgrimage to Rome. The journey brought us closer to our faith as we visited sacred sites and historical landmarks. Standing in awe before St. Peter's Basilica was a particularly impactful experience for all of us.

After averaging 20,000 steps per day, we cannot say that we are sad it is over. However, our tired feet were a small price to pay for all the cherished memories we made. We are immensely grateful to Father Arjen and Father Augustinus (our special guest) for planning such a wonderful trip! This experience will definitely stay with us for the rest of our lives.

Our First Holy Hour

For a long time already, the student parish has intended to organize a Holy Hour every two weeks or so. The idea behind it is to spend one hour, together as a group, in adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Its structure includes hymns, a reading from the gospel, and other texts to help with meditation, petitions, and moments of silence for personal prayer. To materialize this initiative, we made use of the chapel at the Salvatorkerk, located only a short bike ride south of the city center.
Prayer is incredibly necessary given the immense amount of horrific events unfolding in the world at this time; it is also the perfect opportunity to show our gratitude for all that God has blessed us with.
It was a great first experience and we will be planning more in the coming weeks.


After mass on Saturday, the student parish got together to celebrate Sinterklaas. The event had been in the planning for weeks already. While serving some tea and coffee to warm up a bit, Sinterklaas and Piet made a surprise appearance. They gave a very fun introduction to what the night is about, particularly entertaining for newer international members who did not know much about it. 

After, it was time for exchanging gifts.  Some members of the student parish had been encouraging people to participate in the exchange two weeks prior; you might have seen them standing at the doors of the cathedral after mass. Those who signed up agreed to secretly prepare a gift and write a poem for one other participant (they got a name at random).

Some poems were long, others short. Most of them in English, a few in Dutch, and even one in Spanish. Regardless, all were very thoughtful, well-written, and even funny on some occasions. Perfect to get everyone into the Sinterklaas spirit. The gifts were also very nice, and we had a great time opening them. I remember seeing a lot of chocolates, a couple of books, a small foosball table, and a lot of other very fun stuff. We rounded off the night by sharing a very typical Dutch soup, along with many other delicious treats. 

It was also nice to see some new faces, hopefully, we will see them again in one of the following events. 

Finally, I would like to use this opportunity to thank those who made such a pleasant evening possible, Fr. Jellema, Klara, Gekko, Frank, and VivianeIt was also an honor to count with the presence of the Bishop

Chain of Worship

Tijdens de mis werd een nieuw initiatief van Pastoor Rolf Wagenaar geïntroduceerd. Hij nodigt iedereen die deel uitmaakt van de katholieke gemeenschap in Groningen uit om een aanbiddingsketen te creëren. Het idee is dat degenen die dat kunnen, zich verplichten om één uur per week met het Allerheiligste Sacrament door te brengen. Dit kan op elk moment in de nacht, ochtend of middag zijn, afhankelijk van uw schema. Veel mensen meldden zich aan, waaronder veel leden van de studentenparochie St. Augustinus.
Of course, if you are interested in joining, please let us know which time fits you best using the contact details on this website.


Deze zaterdag gingen we bowlen na de Engelse mis. Het was een mooie gelegenheid om enkele nieuwe leden van onze parochie te ontmoeten. In totaal waren we met 18 (enkelen misten de foto), een hele grote groep. Het was noodzakelijk om drie banen te reserveren om ervoor te zorgen dat iedereen kon spelen.

De meesten van ons kunnen echter wel wat extra oefening gebruiken voor de volgende keer. Veel van de eerste schoten gingen rechtstreeks de goot in. Tegen het einde van de avond slaagde bijna iedereen erin zichzelf een beetje in verlegenheid te brengen. Dus best handig om het ijs te breken. We zullen waarschijnlijk in de nabije toekomst nog een bowlingavond plannen.