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 ( 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.

Support to the elderly during quarantine


In addition to the concern of the bishops and the measures that were announced, the parish board is also worried about the developments surrounding the Corona virus.

A large part of the parishioners are elderly people that run the biggest risk. No one can tell yet what will happen, but it is possible that people become ill that have no social network nearby to help them.

When you are in need of spiritual or practical support you can mail or call 030-254 6147.

Opening hours secretariat:

Monday & Friday: 09:00-12:00

Tuesday until Thursday: 09:00-16:00

English Mass cancelled until 31st of March

coronavirusDue to the latest developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Dutch bishops are taking additional measures.
All public liturgical celebrations on Saturday evenings and Sundays are cancelled until 31st of March.
This measure matches the most recent guidelines the Dutch government and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has issued (see

The bishops understand that the cancelling of Sunday mass is a difficult decision for many parishioners, but they ask for your understanding and prayers.
Celebrations during weekdays will continue due to their much smaller scale, this can offer people the opportunity of the spiritual communion.
The bishops also ask where possible to open churches to give opportunity for personal prayer.

When there is a celebration in a smaller scale, for example during baptism or funeral or other the receiving of other sacraments, the celebrant will act according to strict guidelines.
All parishes receive these guidelines through their bishops. These guidelines are aimed to prevent the spreading of the Coronavirus and at the same time to enable the pastoral work of the church.
When in contact with the elderly and sick the priests will consult the care home or hospital and follow the guidelines these institutions have.

All measures that were announced before at the end of February still apply:
– During celebrations (on a small scale) it is not possible to receive the communion on the tongue.
– The communion can only be received on the hand and is only distributed by the celebrant.
– The communion of the chalice is only for the celebrant.
– There is no handshake during the sign of the peace.
– Upon entering or leaving the church one can’t use the holy water.

From today these measures are in place until further notice and at the least until 31st of March:
– Public liturgical celebrations on Saturday evenings and Sundays are cancelled.
– Celebrations of Confirmation and the presentation of candidates for the First Holy Communion are cancelled.
– Baptisms and funerals are taking place in a small circle of people and are kept basic. A distance of one meter is kept between the attendees.
– The bishops are advising against all other meetings, such as coffee and tea, choir rehearsals and catechism/bible study meetings.

The bishops point out that there is an opportunity to follow the Eucharist on different media, such as:

  • 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).
  • For mass in the English language we recommend the one broadcast by the Dublin diocese on their website:

To conclude, the bishops ask to pray this prayer:
God, our refuge in need, our power in despair and fear, our comfort in sickness and suffering, be near us and merciful to us, Your people. Now that we are experiencing the consequences of the Coronavirus outbreak. Be a protector for those who are infected. We pray for hope and recovery for them. We pray for those that have died, that they find peace in your presence. We pray for those that are working in public health and government, that they may experience your presence and blessing in their work. Make us realize how big your love is for each of us and that You are with us now that we experience the vulnerability of our existence. Strengthen our faith and our hope, so that we will always surrender to Your providence without hesitating. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

CANCELLED: Sunday Family meeting 8th March

2-familiesWe regret to inform that the monthly Sunday family meeting will be cancelled this Sunday, the 8th March. This decision relates to the potential risks related to the corona virus.

During our meeting we share food during the potluck lunch, and so, in line with the same decision taken for the potluck of the English Mass Anniversary, we decided to take this decision.

For tomorrow please join us in the Cathedral for the celebration mass of the community anniversary.

In May we plan to resume the family meetings.

Potluck English Mass anniversary cancelled

happy-birthdayThis Sunday, the 8th of March, we had planned a potluck for the celebration of the 17th anniversary of the English Mass community.

Since the corona virus is now also identified in the Netherlands, we feel that out of precaution we should cancel the event. Our community is in its nature very international and sharing food in our usual potluck style might pose as risk to spread the virus.

We are very sorry about this decision but we feel that is the best for our community.

Measures against the spreading of the coronavirus

coronavirusThe Dutch bishops announced measures related to the outbreak of the coronavirus. These are related for the most part to the rite of peace and the distribution of the communion.
In December started in China an outbreak of the coronavirus, that can make people sick. The most patients with this virus have fever and breathing complains.
All over the world measures are being taken to prevent the virus to spread further. On the 27th February was the virus for the first time in the Netherlands in a person found.
The most important measures that the Dutch National Institute of Health (RIVM) advises to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are the following:

  • Wash the hands regularly;
  • If you are to sneeze or cough please cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow;
  • Use disposable paper tissues.

Now that the virus is found in the Netherlands, the Dutch bishops make known that starting on Sunday, the 1st of March, the following measures will be taken in the Dutch Roman Catholic community, and as long as the virus still is not under control:

  • During the ceremonies in the parishes and institutions, receiving the communion in the tongue is not possible;
  • The communion can only be received on the hand and can only be given by the celebrant priest;
  • The chalice of the communion is reserved for the celebrant;
  • During the rite of peace parishioners do not shake hands;
  • Holy water won’t be available while entering or leaving the church.

The bishops ask the parishioners to pray for all the people in the world that are victims of the virus and for all who guide patients with their care and expertise. Bishops abroad, where the coronavirus was previously found, have also announced measures, either as a bishop’s conference or as a diocese. For information check our source here:

Alpha weekend


As you may know, there is currently an alpha course for dutch and english speakers in our parish. Some visitors from the English Mass community are also participants.

This weekend (22-23 February) the group is going to Nijmegen and talk about the Holy Spirit. On Sunday 23 February they will visit the English Mass community at 12:30 in the St Catherine Cathedral with 15 people. Afterwards they will join the coffee and tea in the Bonifacius house. From 14:30 they will continue their program there.

So let’s welcome the Alpha group and if you have questions feel free to approach and join them!

EMU 17th Birthday – A Potluck Party

happy-birthdayWe would like to invite you all to our annual potluck party to honor our English Mass community’s anniversary. This is a good time for all of us to celebrate together as a community, to remind us of a good history & culture of EMU, and to discuss a bit further about future.

Date: Sunday, March 08th, 2019
Time: After Mass – around 13.45
Venue: Nieuwegracht 61, coffee & tea room
Potluck Registration via:
We’d like to share our food and friendship together. We ask you to bring a dish or cake from your home country, so we can celebrate our diversity and our shared Christian Faith. After eating we can enjoy each other’s company by playing board games. You can bring your favorite game(s) to the table.

Further details and changed will be updated constantly in the event page.

Please RSVP so we could arrange things better.

We are looking forward to seeing and welcoming you at the party.

Sunday Families Program (9th February 11.00 am)


Dear brothers and sisters,

This Sunday, the 9th February, we have again the monthly Christian Family program in Saint Aloysius church in Utrecht – Address: Adriaen van Ostadelaan 2.

The program will be in English for the parents and in Dutch for the kids.

  • 11.00: Holy Mass in English with father Koos Smits;
  • 12.00: Potluck lunch;
  • 13.00-15.00: Parents program on Christian Family and simultaneously Kids programme;
  • 15.00: Closing with prayer

Please inform if you are participating via email

Also, we are looking for volunteers that can help with the kids program. If you would like to help please send an email to

Many blessings,

English Mass coordination team