Berlin, NJ

Parish Job Opportunities – Permanent Part Time

The Parish is searching for (1) Pastoral Associate for Parish Administration and (2) Office Administrative Support.

SUMMARY: The Pastoral Associate for Administration is responsible for managing the parish office and Parish needs. This position provides administrative oversight and direction to the parish office, parish staff working to advance the overall mission and vision of the Parish. The person is responsible for planning, implementing, and directing the communication strategy for the Parish and will provide support and direction for the parish Stewardship program. The Parish office is a setting in which pastoral, educational, and spiritual outreach occurs. The person who fulfills this position must be a practicing Catholic with mid to executive level administrative work experience.

SUMMARY: The Office Administrative Support is responsible for assisting the pastoral associate for Administration and the pastor. This position provides administrative support in the office and other ministerial needs. The person who fulfills this position must be a practicing Catholic with some pastoral work experience.

If interested, please forward resume to .

Mass Seat Reservation for August 8/9

Please click the links below to reserve a seat at mass. If a mass shows as sold out, please select a different mass time.

Saturday 4pm (August 8th)
Sunday 8am (August 9th)
Sunday 10am (August 9th)
Sunday 12pm (August 9th)
No 6:30pm Mass

St. Simon Stock Parish re-opens on June 13, 2020, at 4:00pm

To my dear parishioners:

I am thrilled to announce that our parish is re-opening on Saturday, June 13 – the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord.

The Parish re-opening committee and I are committed to making our return to public Masses as safe, healthy, and spiritually nourishing to everyone. Hence, critical guidelines are in place for this purpose.

  1. The dispensation for the faithful from the obligation to participate in Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains effective throughout Phase I of re-opening. In other words, you are NOT REQUIRED to attend Mass at this time, and please stay home if you are sick or if you are at a higher risk of severe illness with COVID-19. Also, the elderly and families with young children (who may find it challenging to observe social distancing from others) are encouraged to stay home.
  2. For phase 1, we are only allowed to have a limited number of people inside the church building, parishioners need to make the reservation.

    Step 1 is to go to the parish website at www.stsimonstock.net.

    Step 2 is to select your Mass time you plan to attend. The Masses are at 4:00 PM (Saturday), 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 6:30 PM (Sunday).

    Step 3 is to indicate the number of people (if any) who are coming with you to Mass. Then, you will receive an email confirming your reservation.

  3. I remind the faithful that on any given day when they have a cough or feel sick, that they are not to participate in Mass or visit the Church for any ceremony.
  4. Our parish will provide hand sanitizer at the entrance(s) of the Church. Please used doors clearly marked as ENTRANCE ONLY and EXIT ONLY.
  5. Our church will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before the re-opening of the church. The church will be closed on Friday and Saturday morning to have professional cleaners to do their job.
  6. Our maintenance and team of volunteers will regularly clean and disinfect commonly-touched surfaces in the Church in between Masses.
  7. Under current public health recommendations, the faithful should wear cloth face coverings when in public, including when they come to Church. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  8. For the safety of everyone, we will maintain strict physical distancing.

    8.1. The faithful are to observe social distance from each other at all times.

    8.2. Members of a single household do not need to practice physical distancing with each other. They may sit together in the same row.

    8.3. Competent volunteers (wearing masks and gloves) are stationed at the entrances of the church to help “direct traffic,” to ensure that the faithful keep the social distanced required from each other while entering and exiting the building.

    8.4. Doors are to be propped open as people enter and leave the church so that people do not need to touch the door handles.

  9. When we reach the maximum number of parishioners allowed at Mass (due to social distancing), we will welcome and direct our parishioners to the Parish Life Center to be seated together (all social distancing requirements considered and posted) to participate in Mass via livestream. Bishop Sullivan has given permission for the use of livestreaming to another site on a parish campus. Holy Communion may be distributed in that location AFTER the celebration of Mass has concluded.
  10. All Catholics in the Diocese of Camden are likewise dispensed from the requirement to make their Easter Duty this year.
  11. I encourage the faithful to maintain physical distancing everywhere on the church property (on the church steps, in the parking lot, etc.).
  12. I remind our parishioners to use the restroom BEFORE they come to church. Restrooms are closed during and between Masses in the weekend.

For the celebration of Mass

  1. The priest celebrant and other ministers are not to wear masks or gloves during the celebration of Mass. Instead, we will maintain more than 6 feet from the congregation during the entirety of the Mass. In such circumstances, there is no substantial risk of infection.
  2. To the extent possible, the other ministers (a deacon, lectors and musicians) should maintain a 6-foot distance from the priest and from each other. All ministers must maintain a proper distance in the sacristy and during the entrance and recessional processions.
  3. Holding hands during the Our Father is not permitted except among family members. The invitation to the faithful to exchange a sign of peace is to be omitted.

The Distribution of Holy Communion

  1. Holy Communion is to be distributed AFTER the celebration of the Mass. [This respects the symbolic and liturgical integrity of the Mass which should be celebrated without mask or gloves]. The faithful are invited to come forward but has the freedom to determine whether or not they will receive Holy Communion (some may be nervous about doing so).
  2. The Precious Blood is not be distributed to the faithful, nor should the faithful receive the Eucharist by intinction.
  3. After the concluding blessing and the dismissal, the priest (and deacon, if present) remain in the sanctuary. At the chair, the priest removes his chasuble and the deacon removes his dalmatic.
  4. The priest (and any other ministers distributing Holy Communion) should use hand sanitizer immediately before approaching the tabernacle. The priest and each extraordinary minister should don a surgical mask or cloth face covering.
  5. The priest says: “Behold the Lamb of God. Behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” He then leads the people in saying: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.”
  6. The priest (and other ministers if present) proceeds to the place prepared for distribution of Communion. Each stands next to a table with corporal and hand sanitizer in order to distribute Communion.
  7. When receiving Holy Communion, the faithful removes any face coverings and gloves off.The faithful are encouraged to not receive Holy Communion on the tongue.
  8. At the conclusion of the distribution of Holy Communion, the priest (and any other ministers) return the remaining hosts to the tabernacle.
  9. For phase 1, the faithful may depart after receiving Holy Communion using only the EXIT doors and maintaining physical distancing.

Finally, as we prepare to re-open, the parish still needs volunteers to make our coming to Mass as safe, healthy and nurturing to our spiritual growth as possible. Thus, we need healthy volunteers to do important responsibilities. These include but not limited to:

a. Volunteers, healthy adult men, and women, to serve as ushers per Mass.
b. Volunteers with knowledge and expertise of live-streaming.
c. Volunteers (healthy adult men and women) to clean and disinfect between Masses.

If you can volunteer please email as point of contact (for ushers), (for technical expertise), and (for over-all planning).

These guidelines may seem extreme to some and too little for others. Please be considerate of how others feel. Please be kind and respectful always.

I hope and pray you are keeping yourself and your family safe and healthy. I miss you. I can’t wait to see you, many of you, back to our church.

God bless you and your family!
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us!
St. Edward, pray for us!
St. Simon Stock, pray for us!

Peace and grace,
Father Michael

Live Stream Mass

We will be live streaming on the St. Simon Stock Parish - Berlin Facebook page and on YouTube.

Monday through Saturday: 8:00am
Saturday: 4:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am

Pastor’s Easter Message 2020

Dear parishioners,

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,
Fr. Michael

Prayer for Healing, Peace, and an End of this Global
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

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]

An Act of Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus,

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.

Amen.

[Written by Saint Alphonsus Liguori]

Prayer

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).

Sacrament of Reconciliation

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.

Live Stream Divine Mercy Sunday Chaplet

We will be live streaming on the St. Simon Stock Parish - Berlin Facebook page and on YouTube.

Sunday: 3:00pm

The Church is Open

Monday through Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

Live Stream Eucharistic Adoration

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

Please Help Your Parish Family Stay Buoyant!

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.

Faith Formation Classes Cancelled

All Faith Formation classes are cancelled until further notice.

First Eucharist Retreat Cancelled

The second grade First Eucharist retreat is also cancelled.

Welcome!

Stained Glass

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.

Fr. Michael

Peace and love,
Fr. Michael

Mission of Saint Simon Stock Parish

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.
Part Time Parochial Vicar: Rev. Philip Ramos, A.M.
Part Time Parochial Vicar: Rev. Raymond F. Vijandre, A.M.
In Residence/Weekend Associate: Rev. Dexter Nebrida, A.M.
Deacons: Joseph Beebe (Retired), Robert Iuliucci

Mass Times

Saturday: 4:00PM
Sunday: 8:00AM, 9:30AM, 11:30AM, 6:30PM
Daily Mass
Monday - Friday: 8:00AM, 12:00PM
Saturday: 8:00AM

Charitable Giving

Click here to learn about several ways parishioners can support St. Simon Stock parish.

Ways to Give

Confessions

Confessions are held every Saturday from 3:00 - 4:00pm in the Church.

We are a Disabled Friendly Parish

  • Ample handicap parking.
  • No steps into the church.
  • Reserved sections for wheelchairs.
  • Ramp to the Sanctuary for Ministers who are disabled.

Gluten Free Hosts Available

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.


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178 W. White Horse Pike
Berlin, NJ, 08009
Phone: 856-767-2563

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