Dear friends, In complying with the recent measures set out by the Swiss Federal Council, all public and private events have been suspended, this includes all church services and gatherings. The Bishops of Switzerland have dispensed all Catholics from their Sunday Mass obligations during these difficult times until after April 19, 2020. Churches and chapels remain open for personal prayer.
Pope John Paul II opened his Enclyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia with these words: "The Church draws her life from the Eucharist." During these times, when it is not possible to take part in the Eucharist, it is possible to make a spiritual communion. You may have a free conscience to stay at home, Catholics are encouraged to offer up their sacrifice to those who are sick and for those who have died.
For the sake of others and our selves, staying home is the right thing to do. Even though there is sadness for not being able to participate in Mass, there is no need to feel guilty. We encourage you to discover the spirituality that is within yourself. Discover new prayers or dust off the old familiar ones. Read and study your Bible. Watch Daily Mass on your computer. Pope John Paul II continued to write (no. 34) "it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist."
Until we can meet Jesus in the Eucharist, let us meet him in the privacy of our homes, the privacy of our hearts and in solitude during our walks among the nature of our Creator.