Measures prolonged until the 13th of April

coronavirusThe Dutch bishops announce that the public liturgical celebrations of Palm Sunday, the Holy week and Easter are cancelled. They do this with a heavy heart. All before mentioned measures (https://englishmassutrecht.nl/2020/03/13/english-mass-cancelled-until-31st-of-march/) are thereby prolonged until April 13. The Pope has announced similar measures. The measures of the Dutch government are set until at least April 6.

With the decision to extend the measures until April 13, the Dutch bishops anticipate that the celebrations can’t be properly prepared and are not responsible from a health perspective of vulnerable groups of people.

Further communication will follow concerning other ways of celebration during the Holy Week and Easter.

Up until now there will be a daily mass (except on the weekend) in the Catherine Cathedral, at 19:00. Everyone present will keep a distance of about two meters and also during communion a suitable distance will be kept.

The Cathedral will also open during the day, thanks to the priest students of the Ariëns Institute. To give people opportunity for personal prayer in these challenging times. Also here we ask people to keep distance to other people present. The priest will decide, based on government measures and circumstances, if the masses can continue.

If you are experiencing a cold, coughing or fever stay at home and do not come to church but light a candle and pray at home.