Hamburg English Speaking Catholic Community


St. Elisabeth Church in Hamburg

We are a vibrant community of English-speaking Catholics from across the globe. Whether you are moving to Hamburg permanently, on a temporary assignment, or just passing through the city as a traveler, you are welcome to celebrate mass with us in English. To stay up to date on activities and opportunities, please subscribe to our monthly email newsletter.

Mass Time and Location

Mass is held in English at 12:00 noon every Sunday at St. Elisabeth Church at Oberstraße 67 in Hamburg.

Current COVID-19 Regulations

In addition to the coronavirus guidelines issued by the Archdiocese, here are some details about how English language masses are run at St. Elisabeth until further notice:

  • If you have any symptoms of illness, if you are in a high-risk group, or if you aren't able to sit for an hour with a mask fully covering your nose and mouth, please don't attend mass in person. There are many options for attending mass online.
  • All parishioners will be required to sign in at the entrance, disinfect their hands, and wear a mask during mass (except children below 7, who must remain with their parents). Ushers will seat you in a specific pew when you arrive.
  • We are limited to 40 households in the church at a time. If we run out of space, we will unfortunately need to turn people away at the door. We do not accept reservations for seats; for the best chance of getting a seat, please arrive 10-15 minutes early.

Our Pastor

Fr. Ritchille Salinas

Fr. Ritchille Salinas, SVD has been the pastor of the English-speaking community at St. Elisabeth since January 2020. Fr. Ritchille is originally from the Philippines, and arrived in Germany in 2008 to study Catholic theology at the Kölner Hochschule für Katholische Theologie and at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He was ordained to the priesthood in Sankt Augustin near Bonn in 2014, working in German parishes in Augsburg and Dresden during his pastoral years. Fr. Ritchille accepted his first assignment from 2016 to January 2020 as an assistant parish priest in Obersendling-Waldfriedhof in Munich. In Hamburg, he is responsible for our English-speaking community, the Filipino Catholic Community, and is undertaking his first work as port chaplain for the Stella Maris Catholic Seafarers mission of the Archdiocese of Hamburg.