Heede/Ems - a place of prayer

The village Heede is in the North-West of Germany. In Heede, there live about 2400 people. Many work in the paper or textile industry, in the big shipyard or on farms. Heede belongs to the Samtgemeinde Dörpen near which the B 70 runs from North to South.

The so called Emsland-Autobahn A 31 runs about 4 kilometres away from Heede. It has an exit Dörpen/Heede.

There is a Station in Dörpen which is about 6 kilometres away from Heede. A fast train (D-Zug) and the “Regional Express” (RE) stop in Dörpen. Another fast train (IR) stops in Papenburg. Papenburg is about 15 km from Heede.

There are 2 churches in Heede: “5t. Petrus in Ketten”, which was erected in 1464, and ,,Maria, Regina Universorum” which was consecrated on August 22nd 1977. Between the churches is the grave-yard, a favourite place of prayer and of the processions.

Four girls at the age of 11 to 13 report that they saw the Mother of God more than a hundred times in the time from November 1st  1937 to November 3rd 1940.They say the Mother of God called to prayer and especially to saying the rosary. She wants to be honoured as the ,,Queen of Universe” and as the ,,Queen of the Holy Souls”.

Pilgrims have come to Heede ever since to celebratethe Holy Eucharist and to pray.People come from all over Germany and different European countries, but also from Asia, Africa and America. Most people come by car, groups come by bus,  accompanied by a priest in order to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and to pray. Many who come to Heede have a special concern. They often pray for sick people or for people in need. Especially an Sundays, families come to Heede. Again and again people say they benefit from the quiet and peace of the place. Pilgrims often say that they feel strengthened, consoled and in perfect tranquillity when they return home.

Holy Mass is an Sundays at 8.00 am and at 10.30 am in Heede (Saturday at 6.30 p.m.). They also celebrate the Holy Eucharist an Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7.30 p.m. On Wednesdays there is a mass especially for pilgrims at 3 p.m.

Silent Eucharistic worship is an Sundays front 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; an weekdays (Monday to Friday) front 4.40 p.m. to 5 p.m. and an Saturdays front 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On the first Saturday of each month there is a time of worship. It starts with a time of silent Eucharistic worship from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the St. Petrus' Church. From 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. they sing vespers and say rosaries in St. Mary’s Church. They celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church; afterwards there is a procession of lights. Young people pray in St. Mary’s church from 11.30 p.m. to 1 am. Further prayer meetings follow until the mass at 6.45 am.

Everyday priests hear confession both in St. Mary's church and in the chapel of confession: on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., an Wednesdays front 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The rosary is said on Sundays at 5 p.m. and at 7.30 p.m., an Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. and an Saturdays at 6 p.m.

If you want to celebrate a Holy Mass or want to hold a prayer meeting with a group of pilgrims, please contact:

Kath. Pfarramt Heede
Kirchstr. 7
26892 Heede/Ems
Fon 04963/554
Fax 04963/990578
Internet: www.sankt-petrus-heede.de