Around the Diocese
Prayer and Worship
Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, will hold a Holy Hour for Religious Freedom and Persecuted Christians every Sunday at 8 p.m., in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, 50 Van Winkle Place, Piscataway. Participants are invited to silently pray the Rosary and special prayers for the intentions of Christians worldwide who are being persecuted for their faith. For information, call Becky, (703) 625-5388
Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will hold Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction on the first Friday of every month from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Nocturnal Adoration will be held on the last Saturday of every month 9 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. For details, call the parish office, (732) 254-1800 ext. 10.
The Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, Raritan, will celebrate a sung Mass every Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in Latin. The Mass is celebrated according to the 1962 Missal in compliance with “Summorum Pontificum.” For details, call the Shrine Rectory Office, (908) 722-1489.
Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold Word of Life Prayer Group every Monday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. For information, contact (908) 753-2091 or email@example.com.
Mount St. Mary House of Prayer will hold Evening Prayer of the Church every Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 4, 3 to 7:30 p.m. – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will hold Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction on the first Friday of every month. Nocturnal Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be held on the last Saturday of every month 9 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. For information, call the parish office, (732) 254-1800, ext. 10.
Dec. 5, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers, Carteret Chapter, will hold a Christmas Dance at The Knights of Columbus Hall, Avenel. Refreshments will be available. Music will be provided by The Blue Notes. Jeans, tee shirts or sneakers are not permitted. For information, call (732) 521-0361 or (908) 757-0515.
Dec. 9, 7 p.m. – St. James Parish, Woodbridge, will hold a Mass and Healing Service. Father John Campoli, I.V. Dei, director of His Love Ministries will be the celebrant. Blessings and healing prayers will be held following Mass. For information, call Maryann, (732) 803-7466.
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Martinsville, will host the Circle of Friends meeting on the third Sunday of every month in the parish center. The group was developed for Catholic, widowed men and women. The meetings are informal and will feature a speaker and refreshments. For information, call Alicia Conklin, (908) 393-4088.
Dec. 2, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Creation at the Crossroads Part II.” The program will explore Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si.” The focus will be on moral and religious responsibility for the care of God’s creation. The cost is $20-30 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail email@example.com.
Dec. 12, noon to 2 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, is offering a monthly soup kitchen in the school auditorium. For information, contact Mary Anne Donoghue, firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Doyle, email@example.com.
St. Matthias School, Somerset, is looking to borrow a 3 octave set of tone chimes for the 2015-2016 school year. If you would be willing to lend them to the school contact, Jill Szabo, (732) 208-4851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun and Food
Dec. 3, 6 p.m. – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Rosary Society, Middlesex, will hold its annual Christmas Party at Carpaccio Ristorante, Middlesex. Tickets are $28 per person. For reservations and information, contact Dianne, (732) 690-6590 by Nov. 24.
Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. – St. Cecelia Parish, Iselin, will host an auction in Lourdes Hall. Admission of $15 includes tickets and a goody bag. Ticket bundles can be purchased for $60. Doors open at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, call Kathy, (732) 283-2300 or visit www.stcecelia.com/events.
Dec. 6, 1:30 p.m. – St. Bartholomew Columbiettes, East Brunswick, invites all to a Christmas Tea in the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ryders Lane. The day will feature inspirational stories, a lunch of quiche and salad. Bring a dish of cookies or treats for the table and new child’s hat and gloves to be donated to Catholic Charities. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, call Barbara, (732) 254-5440 or Diane, (732) 605-9817.
Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. – St. Augustine of Canterbury Council 6345, Knights of Columbus, Kendall Park, invites all to have pictures with Santa in the school. Receive all images on a USB Stick. Entire package is $20 including your first sheet of prints.
Dec. 9, 4 to 7 p.m. – St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Hillsborough, will sponsor a Slavic dinner in the parish center. The dinner will include all you can eat pirohi, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, mashed potatoes, dessert and more. The cost is $13 for those nine years old and older and $5 for children eight years old and under. To-go orders are available. For information, call (908) 725-0615.
Bazaars and Tricky Trays
Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. – St. Cecelia Parish, Iselin, invites all to its tricky tray in Lourdes Hall. Admission is $15 and includes tickets and a goody bag. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets bundles are available for $60. To purchase tickets, call Kathy, (732) 283-2300 or visit www.stcecelia.com/events and click the “PayPal Buy Now” button.
Dec. 5, 11 a.m. – St. Theodore Parish, Port Murray, will host its annual tricky tray at Mansfield Elementary School in the All-Purpose Room. Tables can be reserved for $100 by Nov. 30. Pre-sale ticket bundles are available for $25. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. For details, call (908) 689-8318.
Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Milltown, will hold a Christmas Bazaar in the school. The day will feature holiday shopping, food and family activities. Vintage jewelry, ornaments, a bake sale, books and more will be showcased. The annual Breakfast with Santa sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. To reserve a time for the breakfast or for information about the bazaar, call (732) 828-0011.
Dec. 13, 2 p.m. – St. Lawrence Altar Society, Laurence Harbor, invites all to its annual tricky tray in the parish hall. Theme baskets, electronics, Coach, Michael Kors and Vera Bradley bags, a TV and more will be showcased. Admission of $10 includes two cards. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. For information or tickets, call Maria, (732) 290-3002 or Karen, (732) 721-3774.
St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, invites all to a Bible study Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in St. Patrick Hall. The facilitator will be Father Bill Halbing. The entrance to the hall is on Stevens Ave. Bring a Bible. For information, call Joan, (732) 721-1999.
Dec. 6, 4 to 10 p.m. – Somerset County Council 0653, George Washington Assembly, Knights of Columbus, will hold a Memorial Mass to honor its deceased knights at the Somerville Knights of Columbus Hall. The celebrant will be Msgr. Eugene Prus. Dinner and dancing will be held after Mass. Tickets for the dinner are $25 per person. Beer, soda and wine are included. Music will be provided by “Who Are You Guys.” To purchase tickets, call Christopher Ofsik, (732) 748-1183 or Stan Serafin, (908) 252-9997.
The Diocese of Metuchen Family Life Office sponsors Courage, an apostolate of the Catholic Church that ministers to those with same-sex attractions. The spiritual support group assists those with same-sex attractions to live chaste lives in fellowship, truth and love. For information about the ministry, meeting times and location, call the Family Life office, (732) 562-2476. All calls are confidential.
Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will offer “In God’s Image” a GLBT faith sharing group, on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. The group will meet in the Annex, located off Leonard Ave. Adults 18 years old and over are welcome. For details, call Father John, (908) 756-0633 ext. 125.
Dec. 9, 7 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will offer “In God’s Image” a GLBT faith sharing group. The group will meet in the Annex on the second Wednesday of the month. Adults 18 years old and over are welcome. For details, call Father John, (908) 756-0633 ext. 125.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen is seeking volunteers for its Connections Program in Middlesex County and Franklin Township. The volunteers will provide a positive friend relationship to children ages five to 18 years old who have suffered a loss or have special needs. Volunteers will be screened, receive training and staff support. For details, call Jeanette Nadonley, (732) 738-1323.
The South Plainfield Columbiettes is seeking new members. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., September through June, in the Knights of Columbus Hall, South Plainfield. The group is involved in charitable activities throughout the community. For details, call Mikki, (908) 754-3071.
St. Bartholomew Columbiettes Auxiliary, East Brunswick, is seeking new members. The group meets once a month September through June in the Knights of Columbus House. The group is involved in charitable activities throughout the year. If you are a Catholic woman at least 17 years old please consider joining. For details, call (732) 254-5463.
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Martinsville, will host Circle of Friends a Catholic widowed club that meets September through June on the third Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. If you are interested in joining the group and making new friends, contact Alicia Conklin, (908) 393-4077 or Jack McCullen, (732) 752-3922.
Flea Markets, Yard Sales and Craft Fairs
Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, will hold a flea market on the last Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. A 10×10 vendor space is available for $25. To reserve a space, call (732) 968-5555, ext. 1114.
Crafters and Vendors Needed
Nov. 28 – Immaculate Conception Rosary Altar Society, Spotswood, is looking for vendors for its Fall Festival and Craft Show. For details or to reserve a space, call Jay, (609) 409-0199
Tours and Pilgrimages
Father David Kosmoski, pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, is offering pilgrimages in 2016 to The Best of Ireland March 1-11, 2016, $2300 and the Year of Mercy trip Oct. 31-Nov.10, 2016. The trip will include a tour of Lourdes, Nice, Avignon, Florence, Assisi and Rome. The cost is $3079. For details, call (732) 634- 4355 or visit www.standrewparish.com.
Nov. 29, 5 p.m. – Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, will host an ecumenical concert. Festive music will be performed. A donation to benefit the Open Cupboard Pantry will be collected.
Dec. 2, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, will host the Daughters of Saint Paul performing “A Happy Christmas Concert.” To purchase tickets, call (732) 968-5555 or visit, www.olfparish.org.
Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 – Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, will host Philomusic Concert Choir. The choir will perform original Gregorian Chants through modern statements of rejoicing at Christmas. For information, call (888) 744-5668 or visit www.philomusica.org.
Outside the Diocese
The Shrine of St. Joseph, the Mission of the Missionary Servants, Stirling, will hold Faith and Fellowship for high school students and young adults on the second Sunday of the month at 5 p.m. Activities will include bonfires, hiking, games, retreats, Eucharist and more. For information, contact Brother Aro Varnabas, (908) 647-0208 or email email@example.com.
The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, will feature Multi-sensory Youth Retreats using videos, games, music, movement, creative expression and prayer. The retreats are open to middle and high school students including school groups, youth groups and religious education classes. Retreats are offered with a low fee per person and include lunch. For details or to reserve a retreat, contact Christine O’Connor, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 647-0208.
El Santuario de San Jose esta ofreciendo free Flu shots para las
personas que carecen de seguro medico, el sabado 22 de Noviembre, 2015 de
10am a 12 del medio dia en el salon de la Esperanza. Por favor llamar
para dejarnos saber si tomaras ventaja de este programa (908) 647-0208.
Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will offer “The Beauty of Forgiveness” a session to explore Rembrandt’s paintings as a basis for forgiveness and healing in prayer. Lunch and Mass is included. The cost is $45. To register, call (732) 892-8494 or visit www.sjbsea.org.
Dec. 5, 6 p.m. – Long Valley Council 10419, Knights of Columbus, Long Valley, will hold “Sharing the Season” its annual gala church/community benefit auction St. Luke Parish hall, Long Valley. The auction will include professional services, art, jewelry, vacations and more. Tickets are $25 or $35 at the door. Admission includes hor d’oeuvres, dinner, deserts, beer, wine and soda. To purchase tickets, call Mike Lennon, (908) 246-3188 or email email@example.com.