Holy Mass - Sunday, October 24th, 2021 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please join us for Holy Mass on Sunday, October 24th at St. Bernard's. Two Masses will be offered, one at 11 am and another at 5 pm.

IMPORTANT note: Berlin regulations now stipulate that parishioners need to wear either FFP2 masks OR medical masks when attending Mass. Home-made cloth masks are no longer permitted.

As seating is limited, please use the links below to sign up and follow the instructions. In addition, we need people willing to support our Hygiene Team at Mass in checking people in and helping ensure hygiene requirements are observed. Hygiene Team members should arrive at Mass half an hour early to help set up. You will find an option to sign up for this ministry in the same link below.

Sign up here for 11 am Holy Mass at St. Bernard's -- Signup link will be posted on Friday.

Sign up here for 5 pm Holy Mass at St. Bernard's  -- Signup link will be posted on Friday.

PLEASE NOTE: if you arrive at church late, your pre-registration will expire and your seat will be given to another parishioner who is waiting!

If you are unable to celebrate Holy Mass with us this coming week, please consider making your weekly donation directly to the ESM bank account:

Account name: Erzbistum Berlin Engl. Gem.

IBAN: DE55 3706 0193 6000 8430 22


Resources for a Liturgy of the Word at home:

Readings for October 24th

Registration First Holy Communion preparation


Parents who wish to enroll their children (age at least 7+ years) in our preparation program for First Holy Communion (celebrated in the spring of 2022) are asked to please contact the ESM Office via email at alsda46@aol.com.  If your child is baptized, please attach a PDF scan of the baptismal certificate. If your child is not yet baptized, please indicate this in your email. The office will collect your name and details and provide you with the necessary registration form. The class at St. Bernard's is FULL, but spaces are still available at St. Elisabeth's.

The communal celebration of Holy Mass with their peers and families is a key component of a young child's formation in the Catholic faith. Therefore, there is an expectation for families to attend Sunday Mass in the English-speaking Mission during the time of preparation (directly following the 10 am class). Families who are unable to commit to this are asked to defer enrollment until they can do so.

Restrictions on Public Masses

Holy Masses will continue to be celebrated under certain restrictions to ensure that hygiene requirements are observed, which will impact the maximum number of congregants to be admitted. Failure to comply with these regulations will lead to a suspension of Masses!

The English-speaking Mission will be offering one Sunday Mass at All Saints, two Sunday Masses at St. Bernard's and one Sunday Masses at St. Elisabeth's. Members of the All Saints are requested to contact their community's office to register for Mass. Members of  St. Elisabeth can signup for the mass by sending SMS to 015214027996.

The celebration of Mass in English at the Catholic Academy continues to be suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Fr. Leo Penta is offering a livestream Mass at 16:30 h CET for community members to access: please contact Fr. Penta  at  penta@commorg.onmicrosoft.com to learn how to gain access.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop's dispensation concerning Catholics' obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to hold for the time being.Because of the restrictions placed on the number of participants for liturgies, it is unlikely that everyone will be able to attend Mass every Sunday, and so prayer at home is encouraged.

Women at the Well - Women's Group

Women of all ages are welcome to join our “Women at the Well” group. We meet weekly on Monday mornings between 10:30-11:30am on Zoom, to pray the Psalms through Lectio Divina.

God made us for community, to share His love, so this is also a time for laughter, friendship, support, encouragement and spiritual growth.

If you are interested, please contact esmfaith@gmail.com

Monday Evening Lectio Divina Group - Diving into the Sunday Readings

During this pandemic, our prayer life — among other things — may have been disrupted. We’ve had to find different ways of praying without in-person community to support our faith life. The traditional monastic practice of Lectio Divina is a good way to help us deal with stress and provide a way to enter into sacred Scripture as a living Word for our time.


Bible Study: Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

"The Lamb of God," "The Bread of Life," "The Body and the Blood of Christ"... these are phrases we know from the Mass. But do we understand what they mean in the greater and deeper context of Scripture and Church teaching?
In this 10-week video-based bible study, we are delving into the biblical roots of the Eucharist, through its foreshadowing in the miraculous events of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and Apostolic teaching.
Join us as we journey from Genesis to Revelation with the Eucharist as our focus, and discover how Christ's Body and Blood are an integral and wondrous part of God's plan for our salvation.


Friday Adoration and Spiritual Direction at All Saints

Join us for  Eucharistic Adoration between 11 am and 1 pm on Fridays in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at All Saints. Fr. Sylvester will be available during this time for prayer and spiritual direction.

Eucharistic Adoration at St. Bernard's

Please join us for Eucharistic Adoration on every first Monday of the month! Prayers begin at 8 pm!


"Kess-erziehen" - Parenting Course

A parenting course "Kess-erziehen" will be offered in English at St. Bernard's church during the months of November and December 2021, on five Tuesday evenings 6 pm- 8:30 pm.

The course seeks to address the changed educationa environment and the changing educational targets for our children and empower parents to facilitate their child's development within this context. “Kess-erziehen” does not impart an educational method, but stands for an educational attitude that supports attentive, respectful and consistent communication within the family.

The course is structured in 5 Units:

Abide in My Love - Eucharistic Adoration

“When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.“ ~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

Come, abide in Jesus’ love during Eucharistic Adoration every second Sunday of the month from 12:00-4:30pm at St. Bernard’s Church, starting 12 Sep.