May 10, 2020 Fifth Sunday of Easter
Today’s Readings: Acts 6:1-7 | 1 Pt 2:4-9 | Jn 14:1-12
Dear friends, A very happy Sunday to you all!
As promised in the last weeks, we’d like to update you on the current regulations concerning public church services. As of next weekend, i.e. May 16/17, prayer services and masses in Heidelberg will be resumed. This, of course, will only happen to a very limited extent and under rather strict regulations to begin with. Parishes that want to celebrate any kind of service with any public must first hand in a “safety concept”, stating limitations in numbers, detailed ways to keep people safe, modes for inscription (!) etc. Not all churches are able to do so, and as rules for the celebration and distribution of the Eucharist are even more limiting, there will be only very few celebrations of Holy Mass throughout the city, while other churches will invite for the Liturgy of the Word. Thus, for the foreseeable future church life remains very different from what we were used to before. Read more about the slow step-by-step return to public church services on the City Church website (in German): https://stadtkirche-heidelberg.de/html/aktuell/aktuell_aktuell_u.html?artikel=125523&cb-id=12140862&m=73851 As numbers for attendance are limited, and some might not even feel safe attending, many of us might not even make it to any of these. Please know that many of the live-streams started in the last weeks are still on for that reason. Furthermore, Sunday obligation stays suspended in our diocese (and all others around) until further notice.
As for ICCH, the team will be discussing possibilities for having any kind of Sunday service in the days to come, and we will let you know if or how this can happen. As our church St. Michael is not among those the City Church is currently preparing for use, we as a community would have to work out, hand in, and control the aforementioned hygiene & safety concept on our own - a fact that makes it unrealistic for us to even consider starting as early as next week.
We will, of course, let you know about any progress concerning ICCH in our weekly newsletter, and hope to be able to include the city-wide church schedule in next week’s mail.
Until then, stay blessed, stay safe, and lift up our community in your prayers!
Kind regards, your ICCH Communications Team
Source of image: Peter Wegener, for Stadtkirche Heidelberg, https://stadtkirche-heidelberg.de/html/aktuell/aktuell_aktuell_u.html?artikel=125523&cb-id=12140862&m=73851