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Holy Mass - Sunday, August 21st, 2022 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please join us for Holy Mass on Sunday, August 21st, at 11 am at  St. Bernard's. There is NO 5 pm Mass during the months of July and August.

IMPORTANT note: In compliance with Archdiocesan guidelines, anyone experiencing cold symptoms should please stay home. It is recommended to wear masks when attending Mass. Reasonable distancing and hygiene etiquette is advised.

If you are unable to celebrate Holy Mass with us this coming week, 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

BIC: GENODED1PAX

Resources for a Liturgy of the Word at home:

Readings for August 21st

Registration First Holy Communion preparation

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Classes for our First Holy Communion preparation program are due to start on September 4th, 10:00 h in the St. Bernard's community center classroom. Parents who wish to enroll their children (age 8+ ) in our preparation program are asked to please contact the ESM Office via email at alsda46@aol.com.  If your child is baptized, please attach a PDF scan of the baptismal certificate. If your child is not yet baptized, please indicate this in your email. The office will collect your name and details and provide you with the necessary registration form.

The communal celebration of Holy Mass with their peers and families is a key component of a young child's formation in the Catholic faith. Therefore, there is an expectation for families to attend Sunday Mass in the English-speaking Mission during the time of preparation (directly following the 10 am class). Families who are unable to commit to this are asked to defer enrollment until they can do so.

Registration for Confirmation classes now open

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Registration for Confirmation classes (beginning in October 2022) leading to Confirmation in 2024 is open! Classes are due to start in October and the class is filling up, so please quickly contact ESM secretary Brenda at the office (alsda46@aol.com) to receive the registration form.

An information meeting for parents and candidates will be held on September 18th, 12:15 h (directly after 11 am Mass) in the parish center at St. Bernard's.

 

ESM Supports Turbota Ukrainian Charity Foundation

We are looking at ways in which we, as a church community of many different nationalities, can stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in the present crisis.

We would like to focus our activities in two main areas:

1) Through contacts of Sheila, our pianist, with the police force of Ukraine. Since the invasion, the police in Ukraine have become the first port of call for many thousands in distress. The police force, in effect, have become social workers. We want to direct our charitable giving through a trusted charity foundation that will ensure our donations go directly to where they are needed most!

Your donations will go directly to purchase equipment and materials desperately needed by the Ukrainian Police Force, so that they can better serve the people they are helping.

You can make EURO donations to " Turbota Co Ukrainian Charity Foundation" using the following bank account:

Recipient: Turobota Co Ukrainian Charity Foundation
IBAN Code (non-SEPA! Additional fees may apply!): UA963026890000026009055376675
Name of the bank: JSC CB "PRIVATBANK"
Вank address: 1D HRUSHEVSKOHO STR., KYIV, 01001, UKRAINE
Bank SWIFT Code:  PBANUA2X

Please designate your donation "ESM Ukraine Appeal", if possible. We are currently working to clarify account details for German bank accounts of the same charity.

2) On the "home front" there is the pressing need for refugee support with accommodation here in Berlin. If you could host refugees, or know of anyone able and willing to do so, please email: lucy@kellyberlin.de.

Thank You!!

Women at the Well - Women's Group

Women of all ages are welcome to join our “Women at the Well” group. We meet weekly on Monday mornings between 10:00-11:00am on Zoom, to pray the Psalms through Lectio Divina.

God made us for community, to share His love, so this is also a time for laughter, friendship, support, encouragement and spiritual growth.

If you are interested, please contact esmfaith@gmail.com

Monday Evening Lectio Divina Group - Diving into the Sunday Readings

During this pandemic, our prayer life — among other things — may have been disrupted. We’ve had to find different ways of praying without in-person community to support our faith life. The traditional monastic practice of Lectio Divina is a good way to help us deal with stress and provide a way to enter into sacred Scripture as a living Word for our time.

Contact
esmfaith@gmail.com

Friday Adoration and Spiritual Direction at All Saints

Join us for  Eucharistic Adoration between 11 am and 1 pm on Fridays in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at All Saints. Spiritual direction is offered.

First Friday Mass

Friday Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard's on the first Friday of the month.

First Fridays are traditionally dedicated to the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

ENCOUNTER - Monthly Prayer Night with Praise & Worship

The ESM invites you to ENCOUNTER the Lord in a monthly prayer evening in St. Bernard's Church on the 2nd Friday of the month, July 8th, 19:00 - 20:30 h, followed by refreshments!

Eucharistic Adoration at St. Bernard's

Please join us for Eucharistic Adoration on the second Sunday of each month! Adoration begins at noon, directly after 11 am Mass!