First EF Mass in Groningen off to a good start

With an estimated 80 people attending, Fr. Gero P. Weishaupt offered the first Mass in the extraordinary form at the cathedral of St. Joseph of Groningen last night. Estimated attendance was initially some 20 to 30 people and, accordingly, the smaller altar of St. Joseph was prepared for use for this Mass. But yesterday afternoon the decision was made to move to the high altar.

Two seminarians from St. John’s in Den Bosch served as acolytes, and two other acolytes, among them a  good friend of mine, from the cathedral parish did this for the first time. A small scola was also set up, led by diocesan hermit Brother Hugo. The congregation consisted of people of all ages and several nationalities. I noticed people who attend both the regular Sunday Masses as well as the English-language Mass on Saturday evening. A number of seminarians from our and other dioceses had travelled up from the Tiltenberg seminary to join the congregation.

The Catholic life in the parish of St. Martin and, due to it taking place in the cathedral, the Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden, is enriched by having this form of the Mass as well as the ordinary form.

Brother Hugo has some footage of the Mass, filmed by Ingrid Airam.

Photo credit: Margré Meulman


9 thoughts on “First EF Mass in Groningen off to a good start”

  1. I really should have waited till you came up with an english post about it. Was just too enthousiatic last night that I couldn’t wait to tell the world :$

    1. Good thing you didn’t wait for me, as I didn’t get around to writing this post until today 🙂

  2. Thank you for this beautiful article. My husband and I are visiting Holland soon and intend to go to Mass while we are there. Our church here in St Boniface has daily Masses, ordinary masses, weekly Charismatic Masses and soon to have the extraordinary Masses as well. It is all for the Honor and Glory of God. I love that the Catholic church has all these expressions of the Holy Mass, which appeal to all sorts of different people! Kate

    1. You’re very welcome, and I hope you will enjoy your stay in the Netherlands. You may want to ensure that there is a priest available where you intend to attend Mass. Most Dutch priests work in several parishes, and since most can’t bilocate…

  3. Thank you for this article. Right now I am in Groningen, I am going to stay here only til September 30. Is the EF Holy mass celebrated regularly? I would like to attend it. Will it be on Sunday 25, 2011 as well.
    Kind regards, lukas.

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