Diabetes Center

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Medical Intensive Care

Occupational Therapy


Outpatient Dialysis Center

Pain Management

Palliative Care

Physical Therapy

Pre-Admissions Testing


The Spine and Pain Center

Spiritual Care Services

Support Groups

Other Services

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.


Annual Event

2016 Dates


Ash Wednesday: Distribution of Ashes at 9 a.m. Service, Noon Mass and 2:30 p.m. Service in Bayberry

February 10

February and March

Lenten Masses: Monday, Thursday, Friday at Noon in the Chapel; Sundays at 3:30pm in Auditorium

Beginning February 14


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 20:
Palm Sunday - March 20
Good Friday – March 25


Easter Sunday: Mass of the Resurrection at 3:30pm in the Auditorium

March 27

March  to May

The Easter Season continues with Sunday masses at 3:30pm in the auditorium; and Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 12 noon in the chapel for the fulfillment of Easter Duty for Catholics

February 14-May 22


Sunday Advent Masses at 3:30 pm in the Auditorium

 November 27 – December 18


Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Mass at Noon in the Bayberry

December 8 (Thursday)


Helping Hands Collection for The Salvation Army

December 15


Christmas Eve Mass at 4 p.m. in the Auditorium

December 24


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

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


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