Work plan 2016

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17th year of pilgrimage to Katarínka

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PF 2016

Thanks to all of you who helped KATARÍNKA this year with service, help, work, prayer, financial or otherwise. Also thanks to all of you we have already completed the 21st season and that the KATARÍNKA now have more than 1,500 volunteers, countless visitors and we were able to accompany many tourists.

We wish you a successful and blessed year 2016.


Feast that were held on Wednesday 11/25/2015 at Franciscans in Bratislava, are for this year already over. We would like to mediate how it was going.

The people present at the feast were not missing a smile on their face and what would it be without a food, so after Holy Mass a refreshment in the form of fatty bread with onion, cakes and delicious sour cabbage soup waited all the visitors.

Feasting was marked by a positive atmosphere of valuable conversations, after all, judge for yourself according to photos:

This year we were filmed by TV LUX (on video 5:1 -7:10). While watching TV LUX, you can learn more about our life on Katarinka, what is our aim, who is St. Catherine and also why we organize every year a feast in her honor.

See you next year and on behalf of the project Katarinka we wish you a blessed holiday.

Open crypt and unconventional concert attracted hundreds of people to KATARÍNKA

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Members of Katarínka organizational team at radio Regina

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Open Doors Day at Katarínka launched new working season

Volunteers working for the project prepared for the visitors the traditional Open Doors Day on Sunday, 5th July. It has been the 15th event taking place regularly on the feast of St. Cyril and Methodius since the creation of the project. The 21st season of voluntary works at St. Catherine's of Alexandria Church and Monastery was launched on this occasion, as well.  

The Open Doors Day at Katarínka was  launched by a solemn Holy Mass celebrated by Franciscan Father Felix Maria from Bratislava and brother Bartolomej from Zvolen. At noon, the founder of the project Peter Herceg presented the plan for the upcoming season, during which the volunteers will dedicate their time to the finish inside the tower, so to works related to its opening to the public as an observation tower. „We are pleased that we can present Katarínka, our four "pillars" (spirituality, work, community, genius loci) and what we do here to the people during a single day. We are glad that we managed to organise the event thanks to many volunteers. We strove to keep the main points of the programme and bring people the atmosphere of peace and the good, which we believe they felt.“

The programme then continued with "the catering" for the visitors in the form of cooked sausages and garlic soup. The organisers prepared sufficient water supplies  for the tropical temperatures. There were also guided tours of the ruins of the church and monastery with presentations about the history of this pilgrimage site. The main organiser Matej Krajčovič was satisfied with  the course of the event despite the high temperatures. "About 600 to 650 sympathisers and tourists of different age categories came to visit us. Traditionally, families with children were interested in creative workshops and 'guilds', especially the painting, fishing and rope guilds." 


This way, another working season was launched at Katarínka by the biggest event of the year.  Apart from working, volunteers have the opportunity during the two-week camp sessions to experience adventure and the taste of the 17th century, without electricity, the Internet, mobile phones and other modern conveniences of our era. There are some places left for boys and men of the age of 17 and above in the upcoming sessions.

The Night of the Churches 2015 also at Katarínka

On Friday, 29th of May, the imaginary gates of the monastery of St. Catherine of Alexandria have opened for guests within the frame of the nation-wide event Noc kostolov. This year‘s motto was quotation of the Psalm 139,12: "Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you."

The program was opened by charming melodies  of the young cabinet composition „Guitar Duo Jókaiová Hnat“ by the songs of well-known representatives, such as K. Mertz, Antonio Soler, Radamés Gnattali and others.

After the concert, a moderated prayer took place by means of the volunteers, to whom the evening prayer is a part of each day spent at Katarínka.

After the prayer, there was a refreshment in form of greasy bread with onion and a hot tea.

The guided commentary about history, surveys, works and life of the volunteers was offered to the guests and it all accompanied by the light of the moon and kerosene lamp.

The event was ended by non-traditional lighting of the external walls of the church and monastery, which exuded mysterious atmosphere of the 17th century.

We estimate the total number of guests to 200 from Trnava, Bratislava and also from the Nitra region.

Video report in TV Lux (Slovak only) »»

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