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

For our Catholic patients, we offer daily communion in addition to Catholic mass 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.

Month Annual Event 2018 Dates
December 2018 The Season of Advent Begins:
Sunday Advent Masses at 3:30 pm in the Auditorium
Liturgical color is purple
December 2, 9, 16, 23
December 2018 Feast of the Immaculate Conception:
Mass at Noon in the Chapel
December 8th (Saturday)
December 2018 Helping Hands Collection for The Salvation Army December 10
December 2018 Christmas Mass (on the Eve, Monday) at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium December 24
December 2018 Mass for Mary, Mother of God (on New Year's Eve, Monday), at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium December 31
    2019 Dates
January to March Ordinary Time in the Life of the Church Begins
Liturgical Color is green
January 14 to March 5
Liturgy of the Word at 9:30am and 2:30pm
Catholic Mass at 12 Noon
All liturgical events take place in the Bayberry
March 6
March & April The Sundays of Lent
Masses at 3:30pm in the Auditorium
Liturgical color is purple
March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, Palm Sunday is April 14 (Red)
Masses are only permitted to be celebrated in Churches on this day
April 18
Ecumenical Prayer Service at Noon in the Chapel
April 19
Mass at 3:30pm in the Auditorium
April 21
April to June The Seven Sundays of Easter
Mass at 3:30pm in the Auditorium
Liturgical color is White
April 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2
June Pentecost Sunday
Mass at 3:30pm in the Auditorium
Liturgical color is Red
The Easter Season ends.
June 9
June Ordinary Time in the life of the Catholic Church resumes until Advent.
The liturgical color is green.
June 10
August Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Thursday)
Mass at Noon in the Bayberry
August 15
November Feast of All Saints (Friday)
Mass at Noon in the Bayberry
November 1
December The Season of Advent begins.
Masses at 3:30pm in the Auditorium.
Liturgical color is purple.
December 1, 8, 15, 22
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

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 35 and 43 families each season, thanks to the generosity of the hospital staff.



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


Rabbi Yeheskel & Mrs. Pearl Lebovic

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