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

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 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

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, will hold a Holy Hour of Prayer for the Dying every Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the church. Come and pray for those who are dying, especially those who die suddenly and unprepared to enter eternal life. For information, call (732) 968-5555.

Oct. 19, 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.

Oct. 26, 7 p.m. – St. Philip and St. James Parish, Phillipsburg, will hold a Mass and healing service. The celebrant will be Father John Campoli, director of His Love Ministries. For information, call (732) 514-7160 or email

Oct. 31, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Victories Parish, Sayreville, will hold a Mass and healing service. The celebrant will be Father John Campoli, director of His Love Ministries. Individual healing prayers will be given following Mass. For information, call Marilyn, (732) 991-7379 or visit

Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Body of Christ Prayer Group, is sponsoring a Charismatic Mass and healing service. The celebrant will be Father Joseph Meagher of St. Antoninus Parish, Newark. Members of the Body of Christ Charismatic Prayer Community will be available to pray. For information, call Pam, (732) 491-6042.

Nov. 6, 7 p.m. – St. John Vianney Parish, Colonia, will hold an Evening of Prayer for Peace including recitation of the Rosary for our nation, prayers and Benediction, for information, call Carolyn, (973) 349-4626.

Nov. 6, 2:30 p.m. – The Sisters of Mercy, Watchung invites all to join the Sisters for a Mass of Remembrance for all deceased sisters and relatives and friends of their benefactors in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. To attend or to have names of recently deceased included in the Book of Remembrance, call Sister Marlene Fritz, (908) 756-0994 ext. 4007 or email by Oct. 28.

Nov. 13 – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy will hold a reunion Mass at 10 a.m. to honor past teachers and staff members of St. Mary Elementary School. A brunch will be held following Mass in St. Patrick’s Hall. Alumni of the school are encouraged to attend. For information, call the parish office, (732) 721-0179.


Fun and Food

Oct. 22, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – St. Augustine of Canterbury Columbiettes #6345, Kendall Park, invites all to its annual spaghetti dinner in the school cafeteria. The menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, rolls, beverages and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12 years old. Children under five are free. Take out is available. To purchase tickets, call Karen, (732) 422-7801.

Oct. 23, 2 p.m. – Good Shepherd Parish, Hopelawn, invites all to its Tricky Tray in Msgr. Gambino Hall. Prizes include Broadway show tickets, Caribbean vacation accommodations and more. Advance tickets are $12 if purchased by Oct. 10 or $15 thereafter. Admission includes tickets, coffee and dessert. Doors open at noon. Adults only will be admitted. The hall is handicapped accessible. To purchase tickets, call (732) 826-4859, email or visit

Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m. – Council 2544, Knights of Columbus, Dunellen, is hosting a pasta dinner at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, in the cafeteria. The cost is $10 for adults. Children under five years old are free.

Nov. 6, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Carteret Chapter of Widows Or Widowers, will hold an open dance at The Knights of Columbus Hall, Avenel. Refreshments will be available. Music will be provided by the Blue Notes. No sneakers, jeans or tee shirts. Jackets please. For information, call (732) 969-2228 or (908) 757-0515.

Nov. 13, 3:30 p.m. – St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Port Reading, will sponsor Queen for a Day Tricky Tray Auction. The prizes will include appliances, designer purses, NASCAR tickets, a vacation voucher, a patio set and more. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $12. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (732) 634-1403.

Dec. 4, 6 p.m. – Carteret Chapter of Widows Or Widowers, will host a 35th Anniversary and Christmas Party at the Columbian Club of Avenel. The evening will include a buffet and beer, wine and soda. Music will be provided by Somers and Steele. Tickets are $38 each. Reservations are a must. Proper attire is required. For reservations, call (732) 541-2174.



Special Programs

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.

Oct. 19, 7 p.m. – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Military Outreach Ministry, Three Bridges, will host a Q and A information evening with members from the Veterans Administration. If you are a veteran or family member come and learn about benefits available to you, how to cut through the red tape and share fellowship with like-minded parishioners and friends. Refreshments will be served. Please consider bringing a small bag of items for NJ Cares, an organization that supports our troops. For a list of items needed, visit For information about the program, call Chris McPherson, (908) 246-5114.

Oct. 19, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer “Stories of Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World.” The presenter will be Mercy Sister Camille D’Arienzo. The cost is $25. For information, contact (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

Nov. 3-6 – The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen is now accepting applications for its women’s weekend. The weekend is an “Encounter with Christ” designed to strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. For an application, visit or call Lori DeNoyelles, (732) 738-1796.

Oct. 4, 6, 11 and 13 or Oct. 25, 27, and Nov. 1, 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m. – St. Joseph High School, Metuchen, is offering a Catholic High School Entrance Test Prep Course for girls and boys in eighth grade. For details or to register, visit under “Admissions.”


School News

Our Lady of Fatima School, Piscataway, is in the process of forming an Alumni Association. If anyone attended the school or knows of someone who did, contact Dave Dombroski, (732) 614-6159 or email with your name, maiden name, year of graduation, address, email and phone number.

Oct. 23, 1 to 4:30 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, will hold an open house. Tours begin at 12:45 p.m. with a presentation by the Directress will be held at 2:30 p.m. For information, call (908) 757-0108, ext. 4549.

Nov. 10 – St. Ann School, Raritan, invites students in Pre-K through grade 8 to join them in a “Buddy Day.” The students will experience classes and meet teachers in small family school environment. Pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided. For details or to register, call the school office, (908) 725-7787.


Audition Notice

Caritas Chamber Chorale is seeking singers for its 2016-2017 season. Altos are especially needed. Auditions will be held by appointment in August and September. The chorale practices Fridays in Bridgewater. There is no financial obligation to participate other than attire. To schedule an audition, call Barbara Sanderman, (732) 718-0775 or email


Support Programs

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.

The EnCourage Support Group will be held on the fourth Sunday of every month at 7pm at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 50 Van Winkle Place, Piscataway, in the parish center. If you have a loved one who is dealing with same sex attraction issues please consider joining us. The support group is confidential. For details, call (732) 248-9460 or visit

Tuesdays, Sept. 20 – Nov. 8 – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, will present “A Journey through Grief” Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish teen center. If you are suffering over the death of someone you loved, this eight week bereavement support group may help you. The program is free. Pre-registration is appreciated. For information, call Trudy Madden, (908) 874-6288 or Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053.



Volunteers Needed

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 National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, is looking for volunteer ushers for six events beginning May 13 through Oct. 13. The events will celebrate Our Lady’s six appearances to the three shepherd children in 1917. Ushers will be needed for the Rosary procession and Mass. To volunteer or for details, call Achilles, (718) 224-5973 or call the Shrine, (908) 689-1700 ext. 210.


Vendors Needed

Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – St. Helena School, Edison is seeking vendors for its annual Christmas Bazaar. The cost is $20 for one table and $10 for each additional table. To reserve a space or for information, call Renee, (732) 259-9842.


Members Needed

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.

The Father Capodanno Catholic War Veterans is looking for members to form a new post in the Flemington, Hunterdon County area. For details, contact Al Kosiarski, (908)782-7662 Ext.159 or email,


Flea Markets, Yard Sales and Craft Fairs

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, will hold a flea market on the second 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.

Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – St. Helena School, Edison, is sponsoring its annual Christmas Bazaar in the school auditorium. Handmade jewelry, holiday items, and food will be featured. Vendor tables are available for $20 and $10 for each additional table. For information, call Renee, (732) 259-9842.




Christ the Redeemer Parish, Manville, is selling tickets for its 2016 Mega Fundraiser now through Nov. 19. The drawing will be held on Nov. 19 at the parish dance. You need not be present to win. To purchase a ticket, call the parish office, (908) 725-0072. For details, visit

Holy Savior Academy, South Plainfield, will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Holy Savior Academy eighth grade class trip.  The prize will be four tickets and a parking pass to the Giants vs Bengals Game on Nov. 14, 8 p.m. The tickets are $20 each. They will be sold until Nov. 7. To purchase tickets or for information, contact Carl Adlassnig,

Oct. 29 and 30 – The Catholic War Veterans, Sacred Heart Memorial Post 578, South Amboy, will participate in the Catholic War Veterans Calendar Sales in front of the church after the weekend Masses. The cost is $25 per calendar. For information, call (732) 238-4298.


Tours and Pilgrimages

Father David Kosmoski, pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, is offering pilgrimages for the Year of Mercy 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



Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Milltown, is offering a ladies retreat. Father Dario, pastoral associate at St. James Parish, Basking Ridge, will direct the retreat. The theme will be “The Year of Divine Mercy.” The day will include confession and Mass. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea and desserts will be provided. For information, call Shirley Cappella, (732) 846-1205.



Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m. – The Catholic Daughters of America is sponsoring a bus trip to the Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia, Pa. Buses will leave from St. Philip and St. James Parish, Phillipsburg. The day will include a tour through the Jubilee Holy Door, Mass, Miraculous Medal Investiture and Novena Prayers. A stop at the Reading Terminal Market will be included. The cost is $45. For reservations, call Camille, (908) 387-0001 by Oct. 1.


High School Open Houses

Oct. 23, noon to 3 p.m. – Immaculata High School, Somerville, will hold an open house. For information, call (908) 722-0200 ext. 218 or visit,


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

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, or call (908) 647-0208.

The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, will host a monthly Recovery Mass for those who participate in 12 Step Programs on the second Saturday of each month at noon. An open discussion meeting will follow Mass in the auditorium, applying the readings of the following Sunday’s Mass to the practice of the 12 Steps. For details, call (908) 647-0208 or visit

Every Tuesday beginning Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. – The Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity at The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, will offer “The 12 Steps thru Scripture” at Trinity House. For details, call Ron Reinhart, (440) 225-0866 or email

Oct. 27, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mother Seton High School, Clark, invites girls in grades six through eighth and their parents to an Engineering Symposium. Alumnae currently working in engineering fields will answer your questions. Learn how the school prepares girls for the future. For information, call (732) 382-1952 ext. 175 or visit

Nov. 4-6 – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will offer “Footsteps in the Garden.” Explore the gardens of your life and see what God is doing in your life without you even knowing it. The cost is $210. “Being in the World, not of the World?” will be offered on Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m. The cost is $45. Lunch and Mass is included. For information or to register for either program, call (732) 892-8494 or visit

Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Upper Room Spiritual Center, Neptune, will present its 21st annual Spirituality Conference entitled “In the Night Watches: Spiritual Growth in times of Uncertainty,” at Georgian Court University, Lakewood. The fee is on a sliding scale of $75-$100. A box lunch will be available for $12. A late fee of $5 will be charged after Oct. 30. To register, call (732) 922-0550 or email