Around the Diocese

 Divine Mercy Sunday April 27

Annunciation Parish, Bloomsbury, will hold Divine Mercy Devotions after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Adoration, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held until 3 p.m. Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction will follow. For information, call (908) 479-4905.

Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will offer a Novena to the Divine Mercy of Jesus at Holy Family worship site beginning on April 18 following the 3 p.m. Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord and continuing at the 8 p.m. Easter Vigil and at the 10:45 a.m. Easter Mass. The Novena will continue each weekday at 7 p.m. concluding on April 26 at the 5 p.m. Mass. The Feast of Divine Mercy will be held at Holy Family worship site on April 27 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Exposition, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, confession, recitation of the Rosary and Benediction will be included. Mass will be held at 3 p.m. The celebrant will be Father Edmund Shallow. For information, call (732) 541-5768.

Mary, Mother of God, Hillsborough, will hold Divine Mercy Sunday Service from 3 to 4 p.m. The service will include devotion and veneration of St. Maria Faustina. For information, call (908) 874-8220.

St. Mary of Ostrabrama Parish, South River, invites all to celebrate Divine Mercy Devotions 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The celebrant will be Father John F. Campoli, IV Dei. Devotions will include Exposition and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions 2 to 3 p.m., 15 decades of the Rosary, veneration of Divine Mercy Image, Benediction and Mass at 3:30 p.m. For information, call (732) 254-2220.

Prayer and Worship

Our Lady of the Mount Padre Pio Prayer Group, Warren, will meet on the first Saturday of each month following the 9 a.m. Mass. For details, call (908) 647-1075.

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.

May 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold “Sacred Time, Sacred Space” a personal quiet day to enjoy God’s presence. The day will include communal prayer. The cost is $20. Bring a lunch. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or email

 May 8, 7:30 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, invites all to a Charismatic Mass followed by Prayers for Healing. The celebrant and homilist will be Father Bill Halbing. For information, call Mary Ann Shingola, (732) 738-0356.

May 18, 7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, invites all to its Fatima Candlelight Procession. The gathering time is 7 p.m. For information, call (732) 968-5555.



Fun and Food

April 24, 6:30 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Council, Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, will sponsor a Tricky Tray and Basket Fundraiser in the auditorium to benefit Autism and the St. Thomas Sports Program. Tickets are $20 and includes a voucher for coffee, tea and dessert. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For information, call Fred Bucci, (732) 832-9801.

April 25, 7:30 p.m. – St. Jude Ladies Guild, Blairstown, will host their annual tricky tray in McNulty Hall. Admission is $10. Free refreshments are included. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. For information, call Rita, (973) 487-7604.

April 26, 6 p.m.Most Holy Name of Jesus Holy Name Society, Perth Amboy, is sponsoring a kolbas sandwich sale at Holy Trinity Worship Site in the church hall. Tickets are $8 and will only be sold at the door. Cake and beverages are included. For information, call (732) 721-5914.

 May 3, 7 to 10 p.m. – St. Bartholomew Columbiettes, East Brunswick, will host their annual Wine Tasting in the parish hall. Admission includes wine, beer, and liquor tastings, appetizers and desserts. Advance tickets are $20 or $30 at the door. Must be 21years old to attend. For reservations, call Jan Grosholz, (732) 254-5463.

May 3 – St. Ann School, Raritan, invites all to a Tricky Tray. Over 300 baskets will be featured. Other prizes will include iPads, a COACH bag, a golf outing, a Kindle, American Girl Dolls and more. Complimentary coffee, tea and desserts will be served. Italian dinners will be available for purchase. BYOB. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission is $15. Tickets must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, contact Kelly Albright, (908) 725-7787 or visit

May 4, noon to 5 p.m. – Cardinal McCarrick/St. Mary High School, South Amboy, invites all to their Gift and Tea Auction. Admission is $20. Coffee, tea and desserts are included. Bring your own food. For reservations, call (732) 721-0748 ext. 244 or visit

May 14, 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.


Special Events

April 26, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Thank You for the Music – The Sequel.” Spend the day listening to God speak through music from rock and roll to Broadway. The program includes prayer, reflection, sharing and lunch. The cost is $40. To register, call (908) 753-2091.

May 1-4 – The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen is now accepting applications for its men’s weekend entitled “Encounter with Christ.” The weekend is not a retreat but a way to strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. A women’s weekend will be held on May 15-18. Space is limited. To obtain an application, visit or contact Lorri DeNoyelles, (732) 738-1796 or email

May 13, 10:30 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to the celebration of Our Lady’s apparition in 1917. Visit a replica of the Holy House at Loreto, Italy and the Capelinha from Portugal. The day will include confession, Rosary procession, a presentation by Father A. Apostoli and Mass. The main celebrant will be Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski. The celebration will end with the Fatima Farwell procession. For information, visit

May 14, 7:15 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present the saint of the month “Joan of Arc – The Maid of Orleans.” Learn about the courage and perseverance of Joan of Arc and why she gave her life to follow Jesus. The cost is $20. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or email

May 16-18 – Applications are now being accepted for the Gennesaret Weekend for those with a life changing illness. The weekend will be held at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center, Kearny. The weekend is free and will provide for the spiritual and physical needs of the participants and includes a spiritual director and a medical team. For an application, call Hilare Reinold, (732) 566-7237.



May 17, 4:30 p.m. – Perth Amboy Catholic School, Perth Amboy, will hold a reunion honoring classes from 1988-2007 at Most Holy Rosary worship site and hall. Tickets are $25 per person. For details, call Karen Ninehan, (732) 266-8706.


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.

Wednesdays, March 12 – June 4, 7 to 9 p.m. – Blessed Sacrament Parish, Martinsville, with the support of the Diocese of Metuchen, will present “The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide.” The 12-week program will include a DVD presentation that covers shock, denial, anger, grief, forgiveness, money, the courts, children, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage and more. To register or for details, call Ro Bersch, (908) 470-0678 or (908) 313-5047 by March 1st.


Golf Outings

May 1, 11 a.m.  – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 6930, Knights of Columbus, Whitehouse Station, will hold their annual Foursome Scramble Charity Golf Event at Beaver Brook Country Club, Annandale. The $150 fee per person includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, prizes, lunch, dinner and refreshments. To register, call Bruce Sanderson, (908) 236-7402 or email


Bible Study

St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, invites all to a Bible study Mondays 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.



April 23-29 – St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, invites all to a canonization pilgrimage under the direction of Father David Kosmoski. The trip will include the canonizations of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II.  A tour of Rome, first class hotels, airfare, most meals and more is included. The cost is $3190. For a brochure, call (732) 634-4355.

Nov. 12-20 – Our Lady of Fatima Adult Choir, Piscataway, is sponsoring a pilgrimage to Italy. Tours of basilicas and historical sites in Florence, Orvieto, Assisi, Rome and more will be featured. The choir will sing at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. A highlight of the trip will be the weekly audience with Pope Francis.  You do not have to sing to attend the pilgrimage. For details, call, Jean Lyons, (732) 642-6747.


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.

In God’s Image, a LGBT faith sharing group, will meet at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, South Plainfield, in the Annex on the second Wednesday of the month. Faith sharing will be based on Scripture. The meetings will include faith sharing, prayer, conversation and support. For details, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.


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 May through October on the 13th of the month during the celebration of Our Lady’s appearance to the children in 1917. If you interested, call Bob, (908) 689-1700 ext. 210 or (908) 295-3859.


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.


Flea Markets

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.


Outside the Diocese

The McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, is accepting proposals from potential instructors who can teach courses during its Fall 2014 session. The classes are designed for adults who are at least 50 years old. Some classes may include exploring historical figures in the Bible to understanding astrobiology. Deadline for proposals is May 15. For details, contact Mrs. Velez, (732) 987-2201 or email

The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, is offering a two-year Spiritual Direction Course beginning in May. For details, contact Patricia Hughes, (908) 647-0208.

April 24, 7 p.m. – Felician College, Lodi, and the Order of Malta will present the annual John Paul II Lecture on social justice. The topic will be “A Franciscan Theology of Stuff: Human Trafficking, Consumerism and Franciscan Action.” The speaker will be Franciscan Friar David Couturier. The event is free and open to the public. Goodwill donations will be accepted. For information, call (201) 355-1425.

April 26, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will hold a day of reflection entitled “Venerable Sister Miriam Teresa: Her Life, Spirituality and Miracles.” The cost of $50 includes lunch. To register, call (609) 494-2917 by April 15.

May 16-18 – The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Garrison, NY, will hold a “Come and See” weekend. The weekend is open to men considering a call to religious life and service to the Church. To reserve a space, call (800) 338-2620 ext. 2126 or email

Sept. 11-25 – St. Francis Retreat House, Easton, is sponsoring a Franciscan Pilgrimage to Assisi, Florence and Rome. The cost of $5600 double occupancy includes airfare, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, most meals and tips. For details, call Tony Martocci, (610) 868-4091 or (610) 258-3053.