Prayer for Children

In June, the world observes several days that remind us of children who need our solidarity through prayer and advocacy in the days and months ahead:
  • June 4th is International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (UN)
  • June 12th is World Day Against Child Labor
  • June 20th World Refugee Day
  • June 26th International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

We are grateful for the summer months ahead,
And grateful for the summer joys
and the laughter of the children
in our families, our schools and our parishes.
Bless our children during these next months;
may they grow in grace through play and picnics,
camps and friendships, family visits and vacations.

We pray too for children in our global community,
Especially for children being scarred by the violence of conflict,
The horror of war, of life on the run,
And the violence of child labor.
For them, the summer holds no promise nor relief.

Bless our children during the months ahead,
All our children,
In Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East,
In Darfur, in every place where the sounds of guns and bombs
Continue to be heard and continue
To silence the sounds of children’s laughter and childhood dreams.
Bless our children in every country where children labor through long days
and never know the peace of economic security or freedom.

God of Grace,
May these children know comfort and healing, through Your compassion
And through our efforts to bring peace and justice
To the global village we all call home.

Jane Deren

Georgian Music Workshop on 20-22 May 2016

The American workshop facilitator Frank Kane, founder of the Kartuli Ensemble in New York, will be visiting Vienna and share his rich group work experience in the area of Georgian part singing. Living in Paris, he studies and practices Georgian Singing since 1980 and also supports several singing groups in the USA and in Europe. Georgian polyphonic folk music, according to the UNESCO a “masterpiece of human cultural heritage“, has fulfilled an important function during thousands of years in social and ritual life, especially in times of transition as birth, death, sickness or marriage.

Frank Kane:

 We will learn beautiful traditional polyphonic Georgian songs and enjoy their impact. By conscious vibrations in the songs as well as by body and humming exercises we will explore and integrate inner landscapes, voices and relations, while sleeping or usually intangible parts of our bodies can awake.

Organisational details

Friday       20.   May 2016     19:00 – 22:00

Saturday  21.   May 2016     10:00 – 13:00

14:00 – 18:00

Sunday      22. May 2016     10:00 – 13:00

14:00 – 16:00 

On Saturday evening we will have a Georgian dinner.  If you want to participate, please declare when registering.

Venue: Parish St. Salvator, rear seminar room

Barnabitengasse 14 , 1060 Vienna
(Underground U3 Neubaugasse)

Seminar fees: 150 €

Registration and information:

Tel: 0043-6506022275

 Bank details

Rosemarie Fodrasz

IBAN: AT44 2011 1287 4599 0500



Join the Belvedere EXPAT Cercle

The international community is being invited to join the Belvedere Expat Cercle.  Attached we send you all information about the annual program. For the people enrolled for the Belvedere EXPAT Cercle program, the next guided tour will take place on Thursday, 12 Mai 2016, 6-8 pm at the 21er Haus. The curator will guide you through the exhibition. Please contact Elise Accarain  if you have any questions or require additional information. More information and a Membership Form are attached document: Belvedere EXPAT Cercle Mail 2016

Wienerwald Kammerensemble Easter Concert

You are cordially invited to an Easter Concert in the Fuhrmannhaus Freskensaal. VCC Member, Anne Rothgeb-Peschek, is directing the Wienerwald Kammerensemble. Fortepiano virtuoso, Richard Fuller, will be the guest performer.

Date:  Thursday, 17 March 2016

Time: 7 p.m./19:00

Location: Fuhrmannhaus Freskensaal, Linzer Strasse 404, 1140 Vienna

Cost: Free. Contributions welcome

Getting there: Tram 49

RSVP on 914 31 32

2016 Rothgeb Memorial Award

David Corcoran

The Rothgeb Memorial Grant was established by Anne Peschek in 1987 as part of the 30th Anniversary celebration of the founding of The Vienna Community Church. The Grant recognises outstanding musical contributions that support VCC’s long standing reputation for the high quality of its music program, and enables a study project for the selected VCC musicians. To-date, thirty six musicians have received this award, including Martin Horn, a former VCC organist, and Prentiss Dunn, VCC’s current Choir Master, and Thomasz Piḝtak,  VCC’s current organist. Although our music budget is very limited, we have had a long list of outstanding musicians who have contributed their time and talents to our church. This grant is one way of showing gratitude for those who have brought beauty to the VCC worship services. Anne will present this year’s 2016 Memorial Grant to David Corcoran, a VCC choir member and frequent soloist, at our Palm Sunday service on 20 March 2016.

In Memoriam

Gail Stewart, a member of the VCC choir in the 1980’s who player her flute
during numerous worship services, passed away here in Vienna on February
26, 2016, after a long illness.  A gathering is being planned to remember
Gail.  If you knew Gail and would like to join others in remembering her,
please contact Louise Pickart (

A Familiar Face

JBotha (New York Times)James Levine, one of the, if not the top music critic in the United States, wrote a wonderful review in the New York Times about the Wagner opera, Tannhäuser, that is currently being performed in the Metropolitan Opera House. He writes: “The Met has assembled an exceptional cast, headed by the tenor Johan Botha as Tannhäuser, the knight minstrel who, when we meet him, has been dwelling in the realm of Venus, basking in her love. This punishing role requires enormous agility through a wide range as well as abundant power and stamina. Mr. Botha sang with clarion sound and impressive ease throughout.”

VCC’s Multicultural Gallery

As the VCC is so multicultural, the idea is to create a VCC Gallery reflecting our diversity. To this end, members and friends are requested to submit high quality photos highlighting a particular aspect of your culture or country. We plan to hang them on the walls at VCC’s Meeting Point , either in the form of portraits (for example, a photo of someone from a tribe or ethnic group in traditional dress) or landscapes. The photos should be framed, ready for hanging, and be minimally 40x50cm and maximum 50x70cm. We will start out with one photo per family group.

If you would like to contribute something or discuss, please send a digital photo or your query to Mickela: