Pastoral Care Services

Tending to your spiritual and emotional needs

An integrated and important part of the Mountainside Medical Center healthcare team, our chaplains are available to provide counsel and support to loved ones, caregivers and patients, regardless of religious affiliations.

Creating a caring presence throughout the hospital and the community, we:

  • Visit patients
  • Counsel families
  • Participate in ethics and prognosis consults as needed
  • Serve on the Palliative Care Committee
  • Participate in public events with appropriate prayer services
  • Support the Mountainside bereavement group
  • Offer spiritual and emotional support to patients, families and staff
  • Support and assist clergy and ministers who visit their congregants in the hospital
Visits are provided to all of our patients on a regular basis by the Catholic Chaplain and Ministers of the Eucharist, our Protestant Chaplain, and upon request, an attempt will be made to reach a Jewish Chaplain or Imam. 
A scripture based prayer service is celebrated in the Interfaith Chapel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at noon, and televised to the patients’ rooms on Channel 6.
For our Catholic patients, we offer Holy Communion most days of the week. In addition to Catholic mass is available on the following days: Monday, Thursday and Friday at noon in the chapel, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The Interfaith Chapel is available to people of any faith. A Shabbat Room is available for use by our Jewish patients and their families on the fourth floor.
Month Annual Event 2019 Dates
December Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Monday)
Mass at Noon in the Auditorium
Liturgical color is white
December 9
December Christmas Mass on the Eve (Tuesday)
Mass at 4pm in the Auditorium
December 24
December Feast of Mary, Mother of God (on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday)
Mass at 4pm in the Auditorium
December 31
    2020 Dates
January to March Ordinary Time in the Life of the Church Begins January 12 - February 25
  As WednesdayL
Liturgy of the Word at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Cathloic Mass at 12:00 p.m.
All liturgical events take place in the Bayberry
February 26
March & April The Sundays of Lent
Masses at 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium
March 1, 5, 15, 22, 29
Palm Sunday - April 5
April Holy Thursday
Masses are only permitted to be celebrated in Churches on this day
April 9
April Good Friday
Ecymenical Prayer Service at 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel
April 10
April Easter Sunday
Mass at 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium
April 12
April to June The Sundays of Easter
Mass at 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

April 19 (Diving Mercy Sunday), 26,
May 3, 10, 17, 24

June  Pentecost Sunday
Mass at 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium
The Easter Season ends
May 31
June Ordinary Time in the life of the Catohlic Church resumes until Advent June 1 (Mary, Mother of God)
November Feast of All Saints (Sunday)
Mass at 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium
November 1
November The Season of Advent begins November 29, December 6, 13, 20
December Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Tuesday)
Mass at 12:00 p.m. in the Bayberry
December 8
December Christmas Mass on the Eve (Thursday) 
Mass at 4:00 p.m. in the Auditorium
December 24
December Feast of Mary, Mother of God (on New Year's Eve, Thursday)
Mass at 4:00 p.m. in the Auditorium
December 31

Helping Hands Christmas Drive:

Making the holidays a little brighter

In 2004, the Pastoral Care Department reached out to the Salvation Army with an offer of assistance during the Christmas holiday season. The rest is history. Each year, the office contacts a social worker at the Salvation Army and asks her to compile a list of families who might need some help at Christmas. Lists include the family members by gender and age, to protect the identity and retain the dignity of the families, and suggestions of what each needs. This information is then disseminated throughout the departments of the hospital and each family is "adopted." Each year, the number of families increases. We help between 20 and 30 families each season, thanks to the generosity of the hospital staff.

In 2018, the department was contacted by a representative of the National Angel Tree Prison Network. This group provides presents for children, who through no fault of their own, find themselves with one or both parents incarcerated, and who are often in the care of a grandparent or other relative.  Employees become angels for these children by providing one present.  This holiday season, thirteen children are being given a little something to smile about, the love and care of angels.



Rev. Thomas M. Cembor, Director
In Office: Thursday to Tuesday
Beeper: 1-877-404-6229
Cell: 973-768-9383


Rev. Ingrid Singh
In Office: Tuesday to Thursday


At this time, upon request through the Pastoral Care Office

For more information contact, Rev. Thomas M. Cembor, D. Min. at 973-429-6000, ext 5089or email