Public masses to be resumed in June

Good news!

On the 20th of May 2020 all the Dutch Bishops together have determined the protocol ‘Church life on one and a half meter’.
Starting from the 1st June 2020 onward public services in the churches can be resumed with a maximum of 30 people according to all other guidelines of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).
From the 1st of June no Holy Communion will be handed out. That will happen from Sunday the 14th of June onward when in the Dutch diocese we will celebrate Corpus Christi day.

The protocol that will be send to the parishes and institutions by the bishop of his diocese, contains three parts. The first part is addressed to all the believers and provides guidelines to celebrate the liturgy in the churches together in a safe and dignified way. The second part is addressed to the ministers in accordance of the performance of their specific tasks in the liturgy. The third part is more specifically addressed and written for a safe use of the church buildings with rules for arrangements and logistics inside the church building, in accordance of the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and by the specific character of the liturgy.

Perspective of Celebrating Together

The bishops emphasize the importance for parishes and institutions to work with diligence to guarantee as good as possible the safety of the church buildings. They are glad that now there is again a perspective of celebrating the Holy Mass together. Starting with 30 and hopefully from the 1st of July onward, with 100 believers.

Reference and more details (in Dutch): https://www.rkkerk.nl/protocol-voor-publieke-vieringen-in-de-r-k-kerk-vanaf-1-juni-uitreiking-heilige-communie-vanaf-14-juni

Sunday Mass streamed from the Rafael church

rafaelStarting this Sunday, the 24th of May, the English Mass will start to be streamed from the Rafael church, in Utrecht-Overvecht, with Fr. James.
On the Pentecosts mass, the 31st of May, Fr. Boogers will be the celebrating priest, also on the Rafael church.

The mass will be streamed at the usual time – 12:30 – on YouTube instead of on our Facebook page, on the Rafael church channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr8q5bZoF_ySeppowhKN4Ew

We will provide the exact link to the streaming when the time comes.

Streamed talks on the Holy Spirit with Br. John

holy-spiritBr. John be giving a series of daily Talks on the Holy Spirit from this Thursday (21st May) until Pentecost Sunday (31st May) – the exact time called the “Cenacle” when the disciples gathered with Mary to prepare for receiving the Holy Spirit.

11am every day (except 26th & 28th, then at 4pm)

On the Katholieke Studenten Utrecht Facebook pagehttps://fb.com/katholiekesu

On the menu: what is the Holy Spirit, what are the 7 Gifts and why they’re so essential, what are “charisms” and who is “charismatic”??? the Holy Spirit in the Bible, and “living a spirit-filled life”… And all your many questions 😉

Each talk will be posted immediately so watch live or play later.

☕ Virtual coffee and tea after Mass

coffee-teaDuring the recent times we have been streaming live the English Mass every Sunday at 12:30 on our Facebook page – fb.com/englishmassutrecht – please check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

But now we are also making available online our community moment after the mass, the coffee and tea. To join please follow this link:

https://meet.jit.si/EnglishMassUtrecht

Please join Sunday after the mass, between 13:30 and 14:30.
Here is a first topic to start with: “How has your life changed with the confinement?”

We hope to chat with you there!

Online Easter Retreat with Fr. John

retreatStarting today, the 8th of April at 11:00, Fr. John will live stream an Easter Retreat on our Facebook page (fb.com/englishmassutrecht). It will stay available on our page if you are not able to check it as it is streamed.
This retreat will be streamed on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, 8th April, 11am and 7pm
  • Maundy Thursday, 9th April 11am
  • Good Friday, 10th April 11am
  • Holy Saturday, 11th April 11am
  • Easter Sunday, 12th April 11am

Beside the Mother of Our Saviour
As Mary stood before her crucified Son, a handful of His disciples stood beside her… John, the beloved disciple, Mary Magdalen and a couple more. John indicated clearly in his Gospel that he was there thanks to her, Jesus’ mother. It was her Faith, her Love, and then her Hope which made it possible for her to follow Jesus in his distressing pathway through terrible misery and suffering, to the immense joy and peace of the Resurrection. She was a light in the dark, like the moon is a light reflecting the sun’s light during the night. How did Mary live the Passion? How did she follow her Son, what did she think and pray while He was tortured by anguish in the garden? How did she keep her Love alive as she saw Him beaten and abused? How did she Hope when she saw His life slowly draining away on the Cross, her Son drifting away from her? She knew Him deeply she followed His Heart and His Wisdom which she had heard and treasured for years as her light in a dark place.
In 6 talks I propose to follow Jesus’ passion, looking at how Mary saw and lived it… for she didn’t find death in Jesus’ Passion but life from the Giver of Life. Her eyes of Faith and her heart-to-heart of Love with Jesus gave her a strong Hope which lead her to live the Resurrection with Jesus.
Jesus wants the same for us as He did for St John and St Mary Magdalen… He gives us the Blessed Mother to lead us in His pathway to Life.

Again if you are interested in watching live, check the schedule above.
Otherwise the videos will stay available online to watch later.
The streams take place on our page: fb.com/englishmassutrecht

All public celebrations cancelled until Pentecosts (31st May)

coronavirusIn reaction to the stricter measures announced by the Dutch government on the 23rd of March to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus, the Dutch bishops decided to implement additional measures. All public liturgical celebrations, also the ones in small communities during the week, are cancelled for the period of Easter and until the Pentecosts, on the 31st of May.

The Dutch government has forbidden all gatherings until the 1st of June, also the ones with less than 100 people.
Before were already the public celebrations on Saturdays and Sundays cancelled, now are therefore the public celebrations throughout the week also cancelled.

Closed celebrations are only still possible with the strictly required servants for the celebration of the mass and without the participation of other faithful. The churches can still remain open for individual visitors, whom come for a prayer or for lighting a candle and/or to bring a contribution to the food bank (voedselbank). They have to comply with all the measures announced by the government concerning distance, hygiene and health.

The government will issue later exceptions regarding funerals and church weddings. Whenever more information about these are available, we will then make is known as soon as possible.

Decree
Concerning the closed celebrations in the Easter period, the bishops refer to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the sacraments, of 19th of March 2020, relating the coronavirus, entitled “In time of Covid-19”. The text of the decree can be found in English in the congregation website (http://www.cultodivino.va/content/cultodivino/it/documenti/decreti-generali/decreti-generali/2020/decreto-triduo-pasquale-2020.html)

The bishops emphasize the importance of praying in these times when the coronavirus is among us.

You can follow the Eucharist through the media, as suggested before:

  • Our community will arrange so that celebrations are streamed in our Facebook page – fb.com/englishmassutrecht – as often as possible, including the Sunday mass, stay tuned;
  • We also recommend the English mass broadcast by the Dublin diocese on their website: https://www.dublindiocese.ie/watch-listen-live/
  • The live stream from the Vatican in English: https://youtu.be/VJHI8bI0LWg
  • On Dutch television (in Dutch) through the KRO-NCRV, every Sunday 10.00 on the Dutch television channel NPO 2;
  • Radio Maria broadcasts the Eucharist every morning at 09:00 and evening at 19:00 (also in Dutch).

Official publications:

Volunteers needed for live streaming masses in the Cathedral

cameraWith the difficulties we are living these days, it’s hard to be able to attend mass in the Cathedral. So why not bring the Cathedral to our homes?
As previously announced, there are masses in the Cathedral every weekday at 19:00.
We want everyone to be able to join these through the internet, via a video livestream.
For this purpose, we are looking for volunteers to setup a livestream feed in the Cathedral. This would involve taking a camera, think about your mobile phone or laptop, turn the camera on when the mass starts, and have the video be transmitted to one of streaming platforms, such as YouTube or Facebook.
It doesn’t have to be perfect at first, if you think you can do it the community would appreciate your effort!
If you are interested in helping us, please send us an email: team@englishmassutrecht.nl