English Speaking Community

English Speaking Roman Catholic Community of Bern

                  Directions : Tram 7 towards Ostring, Stop - Burgernziel

31.05.2020

Next Mass on June 7th, 2020

Our next Mass will be celebrated on Trinity Sunday June 7th, 2020 at 9.00 a.m.

27.06.2020

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion this year will be held on Saturday June 27th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Crypt.

05.05.2020

AGM on June 28th 2020

The Annual General Meeting of the ESRCCB is on June 28th 2020. All Members are invited to attend this after the Mass. The Agenda can be viewed here. The Auditor's Report will be available upon request.

The Meeting will commence after Mass. You are invited to send your requests for Agenda items to Karin Stauffer, by no later than 14th June, 2020. All requests have to be in writing and must include your name, address and signature. These can be submitted in either of the following ways:

 

Minutes of the AGM from 2019 can be viewed here

01.05.2020

EC Picnic cancelled

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the Corona situation in Switzerland, the Council regrets to announce that our Community's Annual Picnic cannot take place this year. We continue to pray for each other and for the Church during these trying times.

Link to the Vatican News - English Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxIsefyl9g9A5SGWA4FvGIA/about

17.04.2020

Link to Sunday online Mass at the English Community in Basel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq4ckils66RYLrtAXEsqz3w

Contact:

English Speaking Roman Catholic Community of Bern
Bruder Klaus Parish

Parish Office : Segantinistrasse 26a,

                     Postfach 808,

                     3000 Bern 31

Church and Parish Centre :

                     Ostring 1a, 3006 Bern

Email : esrccb.bruderklaus(at)yahoo.com

24.05.2020

Rules and Regulations for our Masses during the Corona Virus threat

  • Only those in good health and exhibiting no symptoms of cold, cough or fever can attend Mass.
  • Participants shall not visit with each other. The Masses till further notice, are essentially meant to be silent, other than the Priest's prayers and the Congregational recitation of prayers and responses.
  • Masses now on will begin at 9.00 a.m. to allow for the disinfection of the Church pews after Mass is over.
  • Confessions will be heard from 8.30 a.m. till 8.55 a.m. in the Baptistery and not in the Confessionals.
  • Only 90 people can be allowed inside the Church. Unfortunately, once this number is crossed, the rest of the arrivals will be refused entry.
  • Entry and exit will be allowed only through 1 door.
  • Only alternate pews can be used for seating. Additionally, there are marked spots on the pews, which the congregation should use as a reference so that only a specific number of people sit on each designated pew.
  • There will be no singing of hymns, only recitation of prayers. The red books cannot be used. Instead, the readings will be beamed through a projector.
  • Offertory baskets will not be passed around, but will be placed at the back of the Church. Offerings can be placed in them while exiting the Church.
  • Before Communion, Father will say "Body of Christ" and everyone shall respond once with "Amen". After that, no one should say "Amen" again while receiving Holy Communion. This is to minimise the risk of transmission of saliva while speaking.
  • Communion shall be given only by the Priest and ONLY in the hand.
  • Since social distancing measures have to be strictly followed, lining up for Holy Communion has to be done orderly. All are to remain seated until called by the Ushers.
  • Dispersing from the Church will also have to be orderly done. All are to follow the instructions of the Ushers to allow for an orderly pew by pew exit.
  • The Congregation should leave the Church premises immediately on exiting the Church. No entry shall be allowed into the Parish Centre.

In order to abide by the Bishop's regulations, it is necessary that all the above mentioned points are strictly followed. The Council now looks at your cooperation so that we can hold our Masses with minimum hassles. We also seek your help in forming rotating cleaning teams to help us with the disinfection of the Church. All necessary supplies will be provided by the Church but we urgently need many hands for cleaning as well as for ushering.

Kindly contact us if you think you can lighten our load in any way possible.

Pastoral Counselling

Members of our Community can avail of Pastoral Counselling imparted by Fr. Matthew Boland of Fribourg.

His contact details are:

Email - Matthew.Boland(at)unifr.ch

Phone/WhatsApp - 076 604 49 41

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