The Old Catholic Church Aalsmeer is over 150 years old
The Old Catholic Church of Aalsmeer has a rich history that dates to 27 August 1861. On that day, the then bishop of Haarlem (Casparus Johannes Rinkel) ordained the newly built church. In 2011, the Old Catholic Church celebrated its 150th anniversary. For the Aalsmeer working group, this was a good reason to hold a festive weekend to celebrate the anniversary. Activities included an exhibition of the Aalsmeer artist Afke Borgman, a Eucharist celebration and a wonderful reception in the garden.
The only old catholic cemetery in the Netherlands
Unique to the church is the only old catholic cemetery in the Netherlands. Remarkably, this cemetery was established in 1855, six years before the church was even built. The cemetery contains the tombs of three Haarlem bishops.