01 January - 31 December
Closed for a long time due to works.
The Marian domain next to the church remains accessible during the works and is open every day.
Image of the “Patron Saint” of church and parish: the Holy Family (Joseph and Mary with the child Jesus). A neo-gothic representation in white execution, by sculptor Louis Jacobin.
The glass windows on both sides symbolically represent the seven sacraments: Baptism (first to the left), Confirmation (first to the right), the Eucharist (second to the left), Penance (second to the right), Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick (third to the left), and Matrimony (third to the right).
Three stunning glass windows above the head altar: they too represent the Holy Family: Mary, Jesus and Joseph. Jesus is primarily depicted as a child, but He is also the Son of the Father, and between them, one can see a dove, a symbol of the Holy Spirit. This way, the middle window is also a representation of the Holy Trinity.
14 images that remind us of the path that Jesus travelled from Pilate’s Palace to the mountain of Golgotha (also called Mount Calvary) where Jesus was crucified.
The square in front of the church where people can chat with one another after the celebration, with in the middle of the square a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
But the show piece of this site is actually located outside of the church: take the little asphalt road that one can find behind the church to one’s right, as this will lead one to the domain of Mary with a Lourdes grotto and a Saint Roch chapel, complete with a Way of the Seven Sorrows and a Way of the Cross. In 1916, these buildings were transferred here from the village of Stabroek. This domain of Mary has by now almost completely been restored. From 2017 onwards, it is considered a protected national heritage, and in 2018 the site was reconsecrated by Johann Bonny, bishop of Antwerp. Definitely don’t forget to go visit the open air pulpit and pilgrim’s hut in rustic concrete. More information is to be found on the website www.mariadomeinkaart.be and on Wikipedia.
2930 Kaart (Brasschaat)
2018 Zurenborg (Antwerpen)