Holy Mass - Sunday, November 29th, 2020 - First Sunday in Advent

Please join us for Holy Mass on Sunday, November 29th (1st of Advent) at St. Bernard's . Two Masses will be offered, one at 11 am and one at 5 pm.

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 will be posted on Friday

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

PLEASE NOTE: if you arrive at church after 11 am, your pre-registration will expire and your seat will be given to another parishioner who is waiting! Police cars have been observed parked opposite our church - please assume that the police is monitoring our community's behavior!

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 1st of Advent

Christmas Giving Tree Project

Help make someone's Christmas extra-special - despite the pandemic!

The ESM community at St. Bernard's is sponsoring a Giving Tree to provide gifts for individuals and families in need. The Giving Tree table will be "open" at the end of each Sunday Mass (11 am and 5 pm) during the 1st and 2nd Sundays of Advent for donors to register and claim a "Gift Tag" ornament from our tree identifying the specific gift. Donors must commit to purchasing and wrapping the gift requested and returning the gift package with its Gift Tag by the 4th of Advent (to church).

The gifts will be picked up and distributed through the charitable institutions we are cooperating with.

Advent IGNITE - A Spiritual Journey Through Advent

In this year of the pandemic, Advent and Christmas would be celebrated under difficult circumstances. You may need a different perhaps more spiritual journey through Advent and Christmas this year. You are invited to join us for an online Advent’s program called Ignite.

It is a deeper spiritual journey and we will listen to and discuss reflections by celebrated US Author & Speaker, Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, President of the Franciscan University Of Steubenville, Ohio.

Restrictions on Public Masses - Failure to comply will lead to a suspension of 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 two Sunday Masses at St. Elisabeth's. Members of the All Saints their community's office to register for Mass.

The celebration of Mass in English at the Catholic Academy continues to be suspended due to the COVD-19 pandemic. However, Fr. Leo Penta will be 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.

Instructions for St. Bernard's:

The maximum number of congregants permitted at St. Bernard's Church is 55! Anyone who wishes to attend Holy Mass at St. Bernard's must sign up using the links in the section above.

Please note: your pre-registration for 11 am Mass will expire if you arrive at Mass later than 11:00 h. Your space will be given to parishioners who are waiting to enter without a registration. BE ON TIME!

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.

Monday Rosary

Please join us in praying the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Mondays at 8 pm (St. Bernard's Church)

Symbolon : The Creed - Online Adult Faith Formation

In the early Church, Christians described their Creed, their statement of faith, as the symbolon, the “seal” or “symbol of the faith”. In modern times, there is a need to go deeper into that communion of apostolic faith that has existed for 2,000 years in the Church that Christ founded. Come join us on a journey into the timeless beauty and truths of the Catholic faith, and discover God’s incredible love for us, the story of our
salvation, through 10 video-based sessions of Symbolon – Knowing the Faith. This is not just about an intellectual understanding of Catholicism, but a journey of faith and discovery that brings us into a


Eucharistic Adoration at St. Bernard's

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


First Reconciliation /Advent Penance Service

First Reconciliation for children preparing for First Holy Communion in the ESM will be celebrated during a Penance Service on December 12th, 18:00 h at St. Bernard's. Multiple confessors will be available.

Any other parishioners wishing to make individual confessions as part of their Advent preparations are welcome, as well!

Friday Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration

Friday Mass will be celebrated and followed by Eucharistic Adoration at St. Bernard's on the third Friday of the month.