Dec. 4 and 11, 7 to 8 p.m. – St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bridgewater, will hold Reconciliation in the church. For information, call (908) 725-0552.

 

Dec. 11, 7 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, present an Advent Penance Service in the Cathedral. For information, call (732) 548-0100.

 

Dec. 12, 7 p.m. – St. Ann Parish, Raritan, will hold Mass and an Advent Penance Service in the church. The Feast of St. Lucy with Blessing of Eyes will be held on Dec. 13, 7 p.m. For information, call (908) 725-1008.

 

Dec. 12, 7 p.m. – Queenship of Mary Parish, will hold an Advent Penance Service. Give yourself a Christmas gift by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For details, call (609) 799-7511.

 

Dec. 13, 7 p.m. – Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Monroe Township, will hold an Advent Penance Service in the church. For information, call (609) 371-0499.

 

Dec. 14, 7 p.m. – St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish, Kendall Park, will sponsor an Advent Penance Service. Bishop James F. Checchio will be the presider. For details, call the parish office (732) 297-3000.

 

Dec. 15, 7 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, will hold the first night of Simbang Gabi. Bishop Checchio will be the celebrant. For information, call (732) 548-0100.

 

Dec. 16-17 – St. Ann Parish, Raritan, will hold Bambinelli Sunday. Bring the Baby Jesus from your Nativity sets to be blessed at each Mass.  For information, call (908) 725-1008.

 

Dec. 17, 4 p.m. –The New Brunswick Oratory of St. Philip Neri will present Advent Lessons and Carols at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, New Brunswick. The evening will feature the combined choirs and instrumentalists of St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish and the New Brunswick Oratory. A reception will follow in the parish hall. A free will offering will be collected. Parking is available in the Gateway Deck. For information, visit www.nboratory.org.

 

Dec. 17, 2 to 4 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, invites all to “Come to the Stable” an afternoon of prayer and celebration to prepare for Christmas. A blessing of the Christmas tree and refreshments will be included. A free will offering will be collected. For information, call (908) 753-2091.

 

Dec. 17, 7 p.m. – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will hold an Advent Penance Service in the church. Simbang Gabi Mass will be held on Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. For information, call (732) 254-1800.

 

Dec. 17, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, invites all to The Story of Christmas Around the World. For details, call the parish office, (908) 735-7319.

 

Dec. 18, 7 p.m. – Queenship of Mary Parish, Plainsboro, invites all to Simbang Gabi. A reception will follow. For details, call (609) 799-7511.

 

Dec. 21, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Victories Parish, Sayreville, invites all to a Christmas Pageant in the church. Enjoy the telling of the Nativity acted and narrated by the youth of the parish accompanied by the Kids of the Kingdom choir. For information, call (732) 257-0077.

 

Outside the Diocese

 

Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 3 to 4 p.m. – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will hold a Holy Hour in the chapel. No registration is required.

 

Dec. 13, 5 to 8 p.m. – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will present “Quiet by the Fireside.” Use this evening to take an opportunity to contemplate Jesus, the Incarnate Word, through reflection in a quiet and prayerful environment. Enjoy a Christmas sing-along and refreshments after the program. A donation will be collected. To register, call (732) 892-8494 or visit www.sjbsea.org.