Lay people´s groups and other ecclesiastical institutions

Lay people´s groups are active in various parishes. Their purpose is to promote unity among the Catholic lay people in Iceland and to encourage participation in the life and mission of the Catholic Church. They organize, especially in winter seminars on religion and culture, meetings, film screenings, pilgrimages and charitable activities.

Kristssókn in Reykjavík

Association of Catholic lay people

Chairman: Ron Deala, tel. 618 4937.

Women´s Association

Chairman: Margrét Thorlacius.

The Cathedral choir

Choir rehearsals Wednesdays at 16:30 to 19:30 in the parish house at Hávallagata 16, 101 Reykjavík.

For more information please contact the organist and choirmaster, Marcin Cieśliński, tel. 862 1631.

Chairman: Sif Knudsen, tel. 552 3271.

The choir organizes the church bazaar to support the church and people in need.

St. Maríusókn in Breiðholt, Reykjavík

Lay Missionaries of Charity

The Lay Missionaries of Charity (LMC) is an international Association of Catholic lay people married and single, who adhere to the spirit and charism of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

LMC members freely and unconditionally respond to the authentic call of God to "satiate the infinite thirst of Jesus for the love of souls", by the profession of the four private vows of chastity (conjugal), poverty, obedience and wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor, beginning with the members of one´s own family.

Meetings every first Saturday of the month, in Maríukirkja at 19:30. Anyone interested is welcome to attend a meeting.

For more information contact April Frigge, tel. 845 -2104.

Stella Maris Charismatic Community

Stella Maris Charismatic Community (SMCC) was founded in 2001 and the name honours the Blessed Virgin Mary who guides this group. A small prayer group of lay people in the Parish of Maríukirkja under the spiritual direction of the parish priest. Members tend to experience a deepening prayer life. Emphasis is placed on daily Mass, praying the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other forms of personal prayer. Also monthly Confession, daily Bible reading, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Fasting, Recollections/Retreats and so on.

Everybody is welcome to join in the prayer meeting on the first Sunday evening of each month, and on Friday nights for the rest of the month, in Maríukirkja Parish Hall at 20:00.

For more information contact Napoleon Gelito, tel. 562 4937.

The Cenacle

The Cenacle is a prayer based on the Rosary. There are 3 Cenacle groups in Reykjavík. Each week (except the first Friday) the Lady of All Nations picture is brought to families who are willing to pray the Cenacle in their homes at 19:30. Everybody is welcome to join a Cenacle and anyone can invite the Cenacle to their home. But always on the first Friday of the month, the Cenacle is prayed in Maríukirkja at 19:00.

For more information contact: Napoleon Gelito tel. 562 4937 or Maria Priscilla Zanoria, tel. 897 5391.

Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life

Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFCFFL) is an international movement of the lay faithful committed to building strong families in Christ and bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world by bearing witness to our faith through our daily lives.

For more information about CFCFFL-Iceland, contact Gerry/Nila Santo tel. 822 8994 or Ron/Anna tel. 618 4937.

The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart

The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart (PTAA) The Pioneer Movement was founded by Fr. James Cullen, SJ in Ireland in 1899 to address the problem of Alcohol abuse. Today it has branches in several countries including Iceland.

For more information contact Fr. Denis, tel. 557 7420.

Pro-Life - Lífsvernd

The mission of Lífsvernd is to pray and work for the ending of abortion in Iceland.

The Lífsvernd website can be found at both and and on Facebook. Lífsvernd members are invited to attend the monthly board meetings usually held on the first Monday of the month at 20:15 at Maríukirkja‘s Parish Hall.

For more information contact Mike Frigge, tel. 782 6377.

Vinafélag Riftúns

Vinafélag Riftúns was founded in Riftún in October 2003. The purpose of Vinafélag Riftúns was to support the Catholic Church in caring for, maintaining and improving the facilities in Riftún. Now Riftún has been sold so the challenge for the near future is the building of a new church in Selfoss.

There are no regular meetings.

For more information contact Fr. Denis, tel. 557 7420.


In the parish house guests can borrow Catholic books and pamphlets in Icelandic and English.

St. Jósefssókn in Hafnarfjörður

Lay people´s Association

Chairman: Sheila Severino Snorrason, tel. 849 2586.

“Oratorium John Paul II” Children´s activities

Fridays at 16:00 - 19:00

Catechism for children

Tuesdays at 16:30 - 17:15

First holy communion

Thursdays starting at 16:30 - 17:15

Confirmation classes

Saturdays at 17:30-18:15

Theater group for kids

Tuesdays from 9:30 - 12:00

For information call Nichole, tel. 841 0991.

“People in Christ” Prayer group

Second and fourth Monday of the month at 20:00-22:00

St. Jósefskirkja on Facebook

Other activities related to the Catholic Church in Iceland


Supervision: Wilma van Bussel.

Caritas Iceland

An organization assisting people in need in Iceland and abroad.

Chairman: Mike Frigge.


Fund for the publication of religious books.

Chairman: Gunnar Örn Ólafsson, tel. 554 1605.