This year Easter is different; we all know that. We also know that Easter is the focal point of our Christian faith in Jesus. Easter is an essential ingredient of our Christian Paschal Triduum. Our families, communities, countries, and the world will surpass this hardship and tribulation brought about this global COVID-19 pandemic. Just as Jesus transcended his suffering and death into resurrection and everlasting life, we, too, believers and followers of Jesus, will transcend this pain, suffering, and death into a “new life with renewed faith.”
Today is Easter. Together, we will rise again with Jesus from this global pandemic.
Please see below copies of an Act of Spiritual Communion prayer (by Saint Alphonsus Liguori) and the Prayer for healing, peace, and an end of this Global coronavirus pandemic (written by myself) that we are using on our live-streaming Masses. Please pray along with us.
Stay safe and healthy!
A Happy and Holy Easter!
[For the complete copy of the Pastor’s Easter Sunday Homily, please click here.]
Love and prayers,
Loving and gracious God,
We ask for your special grace, especially this challenging and trying times of coronavirus pandemic.
We recognize the unpredictability and severity of this health crisis.
We pray for those who are sick and those affected by the disease.
We also remember the medical people – doctors, nurses, caregivers, scientists and all those who are working hard to combat the disease.
We pray for our older people, in nursing homes, assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation centers, homebound, and hospitals, which are significantly impacted by this health care crisis.
We also pray for those whose lives have been disrupted, especially anyone who has lost income from a loss of work during this difficult time.
We lift up to you those who have died during of this pandemic.
We also recognize your wisdom and power, O Lord.
Without You, we can do nothing.
Help us to deepen our faith in you and to trust in You and work together so that we can surpass all these challenges and would come out stronger and resilient.
By Your grace, help us to realize the importance of prayer and faith.
Finally, we pray for healing, peace, and an end of this global Coronavirus Pandemic.
We ask all these in your name Lord Jesus Christ, with the Father and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
[Written by Rev. Michael de Leon, AM]
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
[Written by Saint Alphonsus Liguori]
As per Diocesan Directives, we are aware that all public weekdays and Sunday Masses and Adoration are suspended. The question is: Should Churches be locked? The answer is no (as per Diocesan Memorandum on March 23, 2020). People are welcome to stop at church, especially those who may be deemed essential employees (i.e., nurses, doctors, grocery store employees, delivery persons) and need just a few moments to collect themselves before or after their shifts. Praying in large groups, however, should be avoided. PLEASE ALWAYS OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING (at least six feet space between people).
Based on the Diocese of Camden Directive on the Sacrament of Penance: There is no obligation to provide regular times for confession during this pandemic.
Confessionals are not appropriate for use at this time due to the proximity of the priest to the penitent.
Confessions CANNOT be heard via the telephone or through the internet. Also, “drive-thru” confessions are not permitted.
Please remember that the faithful can complete their Easter Duty anytime up to and including Trinity Sunday, which is on June 7, 2020.
Monday through Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
We are live streaming Eucharistic Adoration on Facebook on the following days. Follow us on Facebook St. Simon Stock Parish - Berlin @stsimonstock.berlin.nj and on YouTube.
Monday through Friday: 2:00 - 3:00pm
In times of crisis like this, please help your parish family stays above water. We ask you to mail your weekly contributions to the Parish Office.
Alternatively, we ask you to consider using Parish Giving to make weekly, special and onetime donations both now and in the future. Parish Giving makes it easy to establish and modify your giving options and helps keep contributions consistent and predictable, which is more important than ever. You can sign up for Parish Giving online, or by calling the Parish Office at 856-767-2563 for assistance.
Thank you. Stay safe and healthy.
God bless you and your family!
Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Pray for us.
Saint Edward, the Confessor. Pray for us.
Saint Simon Stock. Pray for us.
All Faith Formation classes are cancelled until further notice.
The second grade First Eucharist retreat is also cancelled.
Dear parishioners and visitors who might be looking for their new parish home,
You are all welcome! I pray that you and your loved ones will (and will continue) to feel welcome, respected, and loved by your priests, staff, ministry leaders, and the people of God.
I wish you God’s peace, comfort, healing, forgiveness, and love!
Some people call this parish their “summer parish.” Others, their “other parish.” But I hope you will join many who call this parish – their “home parish.” Saint Simon Stock Parish is a special parish. It was established on November 4, 2009 when two parishes – Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Berlin, and Saint Edward the Confessor merged into one.
Who is Saint Simon Stock? Let us examine briefly the life of our parish patron saint – Saint Simon Stock. He was prayerful man and a man of action. When he was twelve years of age, he decided to live as a hermit in a hollow tree trunk of an oak tree. Legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from that fact.
It is also believed that, as a young man, Simon went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where he joined a group of Carmelites with whom he later returned to Europe. Simon Stock founded many Carmelite Communities, especially in University towns such as Cambridge, Oxford, Paris, and Bologna, and he helped to change the Carmelites from a hermit Order into one of the mendicant friars. Who are the Mendicant orders? What do they do? They are, primarily, specific Christian religious orders that have adopted a lifestyle of poverty, traveling, and living in urban areas for purposes of preaching, evangelization, and ministry, especially to the poor. The mendicant orders surviving today are the four recognized by the Second Council of Lyon (1274): Dominicans, Franciscans, Augustinians (Augustinian Hermits), and Carmelites, as well as Trinitarians, Mercedarians, Servites, Minims, Hospitallers of St. John of God, and the Teutonic Order. (https://www.britannica.com › topic › mendicant-Roman-Catholicism)
In 1254 Simon Stock was elected Superior-General of his Order in London. His lasting fame came from an apparition he had in Cambridge, England, on July 16, 1251, at a time when the Carmelite Order was being oppressed. In it, the Virgin Mary appeared to him holding the brown scapular in one hand. Her words were: “Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and thy children of Mount Carmel. He(she) who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection.”
The scapular (from the Latin, scapula, meaning "shoulder blade") consists of two pieces of cloth, one worn on the chest, and the other on the back, which were connected by straps or strings passing over the shoulders. In certain Orders, monks and nuns wear scapulars that reach from the shoulders almost to the ground as outer garments. You would notice that the priests (Father Philip, Father Raymond, Father Dexter and I) are all wearing a white cloth scapular over our shoulders. It is part of our religious habit. Laypersons usually wear scapulars underneath their clothing; these consist of two pieces of material only a few inches square. There are elaborate rules governing the wearing of the scapular: although any Catholic may wear it, even an infant, the investiture must be done by a priest. And the scapular must be worn properly; if an individual neglected to wear it for a time, the benefits are forfeited. The Catholic Church has approved eighteen different kinds of scapulars of which the best known is the woolen brown scapular, or the Scapular of Mount Carmel, that the Virgin Mary bestowed on Simon Stock. His feast day is on May 16th. As a pastor, I am happy to tell you that we will have an annual investiture of the brown scapular in our parish church.
Like Saint Simon Stock, there are many men and women who strive hard to be good, prudent, and faithful stewards, we are also invited to examine our lives and waste no time to set things right with God and with our family, friends, and others.
Peace and love,
Saint Simon Stock is a welcoming Catholic community. Guided by the Holy Spirit and nourished by the Word, Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is the center of parish life. Through our Baptismal call, we generously share our time, talent and treasure. As responsible stewards of the Kingdom of God, we give joyful witness to Jesus Gospel of love.Pastor: Rev. Michael A. J. de Leon, A.M.
We have gluten free hosts available if you need them. They are already consecrated in the tabernacle. Just let one of the Priests, Deacons or Eucharistic Ministers know prior to mass.