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Spiritual Care at HackensackUMC Mountainside

Tending to your spiritual and emotional needs

An integrated and important part of the HackensackUMC Mountainside 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 HackensackUMC Mountainside 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 2014/2015 Dates
December 2014 Helping Hands Collection for The Salvation Army December 15
December 2014 Christmas Mass: 4pm Auditorium December 24
December 2014 New Year's Mass: Mary, Mother of God; 4pm Auditorium December 31
February Ash Wednesday: Distribution of Ashes at 9 a.m. Service, Noon Mass and 2:30 p.m. Service in Bayberry February 18
February and March Lenten Masses: Monday, Thursday, Friday at Noon in the Chapel; Sundays at 3:30pm in Auditorium

Beginning February 19

March Holy Week: Palm Sunday - Mass at 3:30 pm in the Auditorium; Holy Thursday liturgies take place in parishes; Good Friday Ecumenical Service at 2:30 pm in Chapel Begins March 29:
Palm Sunday - March 29
Good Friday - April 3
April Easter Sunday: Mass of the Resurrection at 3:30pm in the Auditorium April 5
November-December Sunday Advent Masses at 3:30 pm in the Auditorium  
December Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Mass at Noon in the Chapel December 8 (Tuesday)
December Helping Hands Collection for The Salvation Army December 14
December Christmas Eve Mass at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium December 24
December New Year's Eve Mass: Mary, Mother of God, at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium December 31


Helping Hands Christmas Drive:
Making the holidays a little brighter

In 2004, at the initiation of the then-CEO Renee Kessler, 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. Joan Icklan
In Office: Tuesday to Thursday


Rabbi Yeheskel & Mrs. Pearl Lebovic

Bereavement Group
Robin Greenberg

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