St. Olav's Catholic Chuch
St. Olav's Catholic Chuch
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Catholic mass in Norwegian every day Catholic mass in other languages Sunday 08.00: Polish 09.30: Latin 13.00: 1st Sunday of the month: Vietnamese 13.00: 3rd Sunday of the month: Vietnamese 14.30: Polish 16.00: Polish 18.00: English Monday 19.00: Polish Wednesday 19.30: Polish Thursday 19.00: Polish Friday 17.00 1st Friday of the month: Tagalog 19.00 Polish Saturday 19.30 Polish
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permia
Ireland37,875 contributions
Mass is celebrated in numerous languages and an Asian one was being readied for on our visit.

It’s a great building in red brick and was completed in 1856. Interestingly it wasn’t consecrated for another 40 years due to the lack of a Catholic Bishop in Norway.

Beautiful inside with graceful columns and arches in white culminating in a gorgeous vaulted ceiling.

Stained glass windows are luminous throughout, particularly lovely behind the altar. A relic purportedly from St. Olav is on display in an ornately sculptured arm.

Stations of the Cross are impressively agonising in bronze. A grand organ is in an elevated position at the rear.
Written June 27, 2022
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania25,076 contributions
A beautiful but not out of common church. I found it on my way to visit Oslo Reptile Park, which is across the street. It is distinguished by the graceful and high tower, which can be seen from afar. Unfortunately it was closed to visitors so I had to admire it only from the outside.
Written May 23, 2022
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX6,996 contributions
Norway having converted to Protestantism shortly after the Reform, has a predominance of churches that belong to the Church of Norway (Lutheran). St. Olav's is the only Catholic church and is a well-maintained, active church, with a multinational congregation of very active Catholics. We attended mass during our stay and the church was packed. The Rosary before the mass was very well attended, with very active participation of most attendants. It was built around 1856, and it houses the relics of St. Olav's arm. A baroque, rather stern exterior transforms into a warm and welcoming interior, with high Gothic arches, lovely stained windows and elaborate, but modern stations to the Cross.
Written August 23, 2019
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cristoph2010
Toronto1,079 contributions
Solo
I was just exploring the neighborhood and saw 2 churches near by. There was a wedding going on in the bigger church so I decided to drop by St. Olav's instead. There was a baptism going on so I sat quietly at the back until they finished while absorbing the beauty of the place. It's not overly ornate but there are some beautiful stained glass windows and a relic of St. Olav on the right side. I also managed to pick up a couple of relic cards touched to St. Thérèse de Lisieux and her parents (Louis and Zélie Martin) when their relics were touring the Nordic countries.
Written July 20, 2019
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Richard Kensington
Auckland, New Zealand664 contributions
Couples
A wonderful experience and dates back to mid 1500’s
Enjoy the Christian symbolism
During our visit there was a short recital and really enjoyed the opportunity to sit, relax and enjoy
Written October 4, 2019
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Turtle5954
Warrington, UK1,699 contributions
Lovely Cathedral, serving the local minority religion, though large, frequent, full services for the Polish community. definitely worth a visit.
Written September 28, 2019
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June E. Dahl
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The truth is that my "pilgrimage" is from a Norwegian town called Halden to Oslo and the St. Olav´s Catholic Church. It is much more, to me, than a well- kept museum on display. Unfortunately, for us, in relation to our real home in Heaven, churches, these days, have often become museum pieces ! St. Olav´s Church offers : Quiet (from noise pollution for those living in the center of Oslo), Silence, Peace and Refuge. As a visitor, though , from another parish, I , personally value, the knowledge that ,when the "red lamp" is lit, beside the tabernacle, then Jesus Christ , is present , there. The Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, is to me present in the house of God ! The altar is a very holy place and the decoration accumulated from its establishment, witnesses to the laborious manual work of artisans and labourers , who , in this way, have shown their love and worship of Jesus Christ . I attend the: " Celebration of the Mass" and the "Adoration of the Holy Eucharist" (in the Ciborium). These are living , unfolding worshipful acts which must be pleasing to Almighty God and rewarding to us, with GRACE, when performed with humility and respect by us, the lay folk and our representative in the form of the priests and/or bishop. The Church offers availability in all areas of the care of souls, the sacraments even , in a side bldg, hygiene/toilet facilities for travellers. St. Olav´s Church is open to believers and to non-believers and awakens love and holiness in those who take the time to view the interior and then to pray & to contemplate, His love, and how much God loves EACH soul of us; His human Creations , bought at the price of His Body and Blood. He is right in St. Olav´s, viewing us with fondness, His creatures, listening to our prayers, in this very beautiful edifice.
Written September 22, 2019
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niksk001
Philadelphia, PA795 contributions
St Olav's may not be necessarily the main tourist attraction in Oslo nor it has a lot of history behind it (it was erected in the 1850s), but it is a very nice place to visit.
Written August 16, 2019
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Julie E
Broadstairs, UK505 contributions
Couples
Visited here recently and was blown away by this Church. A quiet, free to enter, Church.
So calm inside. Very busy on the day I visited but still a lovely calm atmosphere inside.
Very big inside and welcoming too. An amazing pulpit too.
Written November 23, 2017
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Peterpopop
Craftsbury, VT17 contributions
When i visit Oslo, a great joy is attending Sunday evening Mass in English ay St. Olav's. You can feel the community of the parish...the church is imposing, but not huge, music is joyful from the energetic choir to the communicants, The homilies are thoughtful and straight forward. Easy to reach from Sentrum by the 37 bus.
Written March 13, 2017
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