Palm (Passion) Sunday Mass - April 5th, 2020

A livestream of Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Sylvester Ajunwa for Palm (Passion) Sunday will be made available at 11 am this Sunday.

Please access the livestream by clicking here.  The Vatican Palm Sunday Mass (English commentary) will be livestreamed here.

Anyone who wishes to collect a blessed palm for their home may do so in the narthex (lobby) of St. Bernard's church, where they will be placed for retrieval (first come - first served).

As we are unable to take up collections during Mass at this time, 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



Homily for Sunday, 29 March 2020

Scripture Study Resources:

Study for Palm Sunday Gospel and 1st Reading

Study for Palm Sunday 2nd Reading

Schedule for Holy Week:

Holy Thursday (Mass of the Lord's Supper) - 18:00 h private Mass, no livestream. St. Bernard's Church will be open for private prayer 19:00-24:00 h. Please consider making use of other available livestreams. For a link to stream the Mass at the Vatican, which will be celebrated at 18:00 h click here.

Good Friday (Celebration of the Lord's Passion) - 15:00 h private liturgy, no livestream. St. Bernard's Church will be open 16:00-22:00 h for private Veneration of the Cross. Please consider making use of other available livestreams. To find a link to the Good Friday liturgy at the Vatican at 18:00 h, please click here.

Holy Saturday  (Easter Vigil) - 19:00 h Mass livestream. St. Bernard's Church will be open from 20:30 - 24:00 h for private prayers.

Easter Sunday Mass - 11:00 h Mass livestream.

All Masses Cancelled due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

Until further notice, all Masses and church gatherings are cancelled in the Archdiocese of Berlin. This measure has been ordered to help slow the spreading of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

The Archbishop has dispensed Catholics from their Sunday obligation for the time being. In addition, this means devotions such as Stations of the Cross and Rosary prayer evenings will also not take place.

Some churches, including St. Bernard's, will remain open during the day for private prayer.

Church bells will ring at 6 pm every day to call all the faithful to privately pray the Angelus in union with the Archbishop.

Prayer at Home:

Livestreams of various Masses in English in the UK and Ireland can be found here: https://www.churchservices.tv/timetable/ and here: https://www.knockshrine.ie/

An Act of Spiritual Communion can be found HERE.

The following are a few free prayer resources you may wish to explore while public worship and group devotions and prayers are put on hold during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Magnificat daily devotional - free issue

A free children's "Magnifikid" issue is available for download here.

Prayer at Home When Gathering for Mass Is Not Possible: PDF

The faithful are encouraged to engage in devotions and the prayerful reading of scripture at home.

The daily scripture readings can be found HERE.


All Confirmations and First Holy Communion celebrations are postponed through May 15th. Baptisms and Anointing of the Sick (if possible, with Holy Communion) can be celebrated in the home. Please contact the ESM Office or, in case of emergency, Fr. Sylvester directly.

If you need to talk to a priest, please contact Fr. Sylvester (please call the mobile number: 017624265246)


International Perpetual Prayer Initiative in the Covid-19 Crisis


An international perpetual prayer iniative has started to coordinate continuous prayers to end the Covid-19 crisis. In order to cover 24 hours and 7 days a week, a sign up sheet is provided here: Perpetual Prayer Initiave.

Please click on the tab of your country of residence and select an hourly time slot you wish to cover. As many as 3 people can team up per slot. The weekday assigned to Germany is Tuesday. Click on the "Deutschland - Dienstag" tab at the bottom and sign up. If you wish to cover another time on another day, feel free to go to another tab.

Need help getting supplies during the pandemic ... or just someone to talk to?

The ESM has a group of volunteers who will help elderly persons or others who are self-isolating or quarantined get supplies to provide for their daily needs.  If there is something else you need help with or you would just like to talk to someone, these volunteers are also available and will do their best to help.

Please find more information by clicking HERE.

First Holy Communion at St. Bernard's

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, First Holy Communion at St. Bernard's has been postponed to June 7th, 2020.

ESM Confirmation Mass 2020

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated for the ESM on Saturday, June 13th, 2020, at 14 h at St. Elisabeth's Church.

First Holy Communion at St. Elisabeth's

First Holy Communion will be celebrated at St. Elisabeth's on June 14th, 2020.