"United We Stand, Divided We Fall"
To generate funds for the Celebration of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on July 16th each year. Promote the ideals of good citizenship and mutual welfare.
For those raised in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey the “Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel” held on July 16th is a national holiday embedded in their roots. Over 100 years ago, founders from Berkeley Heights created the Mt. Carmel Society. A society of men carrying on the traditions of their forefathers brought over from Italy.
According to the traditions of the Carmelite order, on July 16, 1251, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite. During the vision, she revealed to him the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, popularly known as the "Brown Scapular." A century and a quarter later, the Carmelite order began to celebrate on this date the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.The feast celebrates the devotion that the Blessed Virgin Mary has to those who are devoted to her, and who signal that devotion by wearing the Brown Scapular. According to tradition, those who wear the scapular faithfully and remain devoted to the Blessed Virgin until death will be granted the grace of final perseverance and be delivered from Purgatory early.
Each year the Mt. Carmel Society prepares for the feast with various celebration activities.
HALL RENTAL: Information on the rental of the Mt. Carmel Hall facility should be directed to Charles Fusco at 908-419-2255.