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 msmhope@msmhope.org. 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 msmhope@msmhope.org.

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.

April 23, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. – St. Mary of Ostrabrama Parish, South River, will hold Divine Mercy Sunday Devotions in the church. The afternoon will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, recitation of the Rosary, Chaplet of the Divine Mercy Image, Benediction. Mass will begin at 3:30 p.m. For information, call Deacon Hennicke, (732) 900-2234.

April 26, 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) 596-1501.

April 30, 10 a.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, will hold a Reunion Mass honoring past teachers and staff members of St. Mary/Cardinal McCarrick High School. A brunch will be held after Mass in the school cafeteria. Alumni of the school are encouraged to attend. For information or to RSVP, call John Kobiernicki, (732) 406-8606 or email jkobiernicki4@gmail.com.

May 1, 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 www.frjohncampoli.com.

May 4, 7:30 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, will hold a Charismatic Mass. The celebrant will be Joseph Meagher from St. Antonius Parish, Newark. Healing prayers will be held after Mass. For information, call Pam, (732) 491-6042.

May 7, 4 p.m. – All are invited to attend a Holy Hour with Rosary and Benediction to pray for priests and vocations on the first Sunday of the month at the Carmelite Monastery, 26 Harmony School Rd., Flemington.

May 14, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the apparitions of Our Blessed Mother at Fatima. The procession will begin at the church at 7:30 p.m. rain or shine. The Rosary will be recited in the church for those who are unable to walk the procession route. The program will continue in the church with a homily, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction and the traditional Fatima farewell. For details, call Roberta Maurer, (732) 245-9124.

May 21, 3:30 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, and the members of “In God’s Image” a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) faith sharing group, invite you to join them for Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark. A tour of the Basilica will also be held.  For details, email sacredheartigi@gmail.com.

 

Fun and Food

St. Mary Altar Rosary Society, South River, is conducting its annual Easter Babka through April 9. Varieties include cinnamon crumb, prune, cheese, apricot and cheese and raspberry and cheese. The cost is $11.50 and $13.50. Orders with payments can be dropped off at the parish office on Jackson St. Make checks payable to St. Mary’s Altar Rosary. Pick up will be held on April 11, 3 to 6 p.m. For information, call Christine, (908) 391-3355.

April 22 – Our Lady of Peace Council 9199, Knights of Columbus, Fords, will host a live and interactive Murder Mystery Night in the parish center gym. Admission includes food, beer, wine, beverages and dessert. Tickets are $40 per person. Seats are limited. To purchase tickets, call Kevin, (908) 217-0312 or email kofc9199@optonline.net.

April 23, 2 to 5 p.m. – Saint Peter’s University Children’s Hospital, New Brunswick, in conjunction with MyGOAL invites all to Bowling for Autism at Stelton Lanes, Piscataway. Tickets are$15 for adults and $12 for children under 12 years old. Create a team and raise donations for the organization, Proceeds will benefit families with limited economic resources to access therapies and programs. Sponsorships are available. To register or for information, contact (877) 886-9462 or info@mygoalautism.org.

April 28, – 7:30 p.m. – The New Brunswick Oratory, New Brunswick, invites all to Potpourri Fundraiser with a Tricky Tray in the St. Peter the Apostle church hall. Prizes include designer handbags, electronics, gift cards and more. Admission is $35 per person. No one under 21 years old will be admitted. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments are included. Bring your own snacks. No alcohol is permitted. For details or tickets, call (732) 545-6820 or email RelEd@stpetertheapostle.org.

May 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish, New Brunswick, will host Karaoke Live in the parish hall. Admission is $35 and includes a full pasta dinner, dessert, coffee and prizes. To purchase tickets or for information, call Anne-Marie, (732) 545-6820, ext. 115 or email RelEd@stpetertheapostle.org.

May 6, 7 p.m. – St. Jude Ladies Guild, Blairstown, is sponsoring a fundraiser in McNulty Hall. Hots dogs and beverages will be sold. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to local charities, scholarships and parish projects.

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

May 18, 7 to 11 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle School HSA, Old Bridge, invites all to its Luau Basket Fundraiser Extravaganza in the school auditorium. Admission is $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Admission includes tickets and coffee. Bring your own food and hula gear. BYOB. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. Sponsorships are available. To order tickets, email hsabasketraffle@sttaob.com.

 

Special Events

April 22, 9 a.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, invites all to participate in a walk-a-thon sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Registration is $25 per adult or $15 per student. Pets on leashes are welcome for $5. The proceeds benefit the House of Prayer. A continental breakfast and lunch is included. Registration will also be held on the morning of the event. To register, visit www.msmhope.org or call (908) 753-2091.

 

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.

April 28-30 – Worldwide Marriage Encounter of Central New Jersey will present a weekend of enrichment. The weekend will give you time and tools to revitalize romance, communication and spirituality in your marriage. Space is limited. For cost and location, call (732) 904-9636 or visit www.aweekendforyourmarriage.org.

April 29, 9 a.m. – Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, invites girls in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades to attend “ArtsAlive,” a fine arts, music and poetry program at the academy. Classes are taught by MSAM teachers who are assisted by MSMA students. Girls may choose one or all three of the classes. The program is free. Registration is required. To register or for details, email, www.mountsaintmary.org/artsalive.

Tuesdays, May 2-June 27, 7 to 9 p.m. – St. Joseph Parish, Hillsborough, will host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Seminar, teaching debt free living. Change your money, change your life. The cost for the program is $100. For details, email FPU@Stjosephparish.com.

May 19-21 – Applications are now being accepted for the Gennesaret weekend retreat for those with a life changing illness. The weekend will be held at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center, Kearny. The program is free and will provide for the spiritual and physical needs of the participants. The weekend includes a spiritual director and a medical team. For information or an application, call Hilare Reinold, (732) 371-1724 or email momr9@optonline.net.

June 3, 8:30 a.m. – St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Hillsborough, will present a genealogy and history conference in Fellowship Hall. The program will include how to begin doing basic genealogy and speakers who will discuss emigration from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to America. The cost is $40 per person. A light breakfast and lunch is included. Seats are limited. For a registration form, visit www.stmaryhillsboroughnj.org/genealogy.html. For information, email Tom Peters, rusyn@verizon.net.

 

 

Donations Needed

St. Thomas the Apostle School, Old Bridge, is seeking gifts and monetary contributions to support its annual Basket Fundraiser to be held on May 18. Sponsors and donors get free advertising in the event program and on the website. If you like to donate, call Sandy (732) 761-8076 or email hsabasketraffle@sttaob.com.

 

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 dombroskidave@gmail.com with your name, maiden name, year of graduation, address, email and phone number

 

Plays and Concerts

April 29, 6:30 p.m. – St. John the Evangelist Music Ministry, Dunellen, in conjunction with the Dunellen Skylight Theatre, will present a performance of “Broadway Bonanza” in the church auditorium. The performance will tell the tale of the Wild West with music from Broadway musicals. Admission is $30 each or $55 per couple. A buffet dinner is included. Proceeds will benefit the parish music ministry and help defray the cost of the Skylight Theatre’s summer musical. To purchase tickets, visit www.dunellenskylighttheatre.com.

April 30, 4:30 p.m. – Immaculate Conception Parish, Somerville, invites all to a performance of “Saint Francis, Troubadour of God’s Peace” in the Immaculata High School gym. This powerful live drama is presented by Saint Luke Productions. For tickets and information, call the parish office, (908) 725-1112 or visit www.immaculateconception.org.

May 4 and 5, 7 p.m. – Holy Savior Academy, South Plainfield, will present a performance of the musical “Annie Jr.” Tickets are $5 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door. For details, call Holy Savior Academy, (908) 822-5890.

May 20, 8 p.m. and May 21, 4 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, will host the Philomusica Concert Choir performing “Celestial Harmonies.” The program will include the works of Schubert, Haydn, Mozart and others. For information, call (732) 993-5400 or visit, www.philomusica.org.

 

Golf Outings

May 5, 1 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 6930, Knights of Columbus, Whitehouse Station, will host its annual Foursome Scramble Charity Golf Event at Beaver Brook Country Club, Annandale. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The entry fee of $150 includes 18 holes of golf, use of a golf cart, lunch, dinner and prizes. A silent auction will be featured. To reserve a space, call Bruce Sanderson, (973) 418-1732 or Bill Kovacs, (908) 240-8975.

May 26, noonOur Lady of Lourdes Council 7250, Knights of Columbus, Milltown, is sponsoring its annual Two Man Scramble Hacker’s Golf Tournament at the Gambler Ridge Golf Club, Cream Ridge. The cost is $95. A barbecue is included. For reservations, mail your check to the Knights of Columbus, 12 Royal Ct., Milltown, 08850 by May 12. For information, call Steve, (908) 812-5395 or email justdek@optonline.net.

June 2 – The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute will hold its annual BCPI Golf Outing at the Cranbury Golf Club, West Windsor. Sponsorships are available. For reservations or sponsorships, call Bob Gerling, (908) 208-5161 or email info@bcpinstitute.org.

 

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 www.courageRC.org

Tuesdays, beginning March 28, 7 p.m. – St. Mary’s-Stony Hill Parish, Watchung, will hold a bereavement program in the parish center, for six consecutive weeks. For details, call Cheryl Gatti, (908) 285-0330 or email cgatti4712@aol.com.

April 23, 11 a.m. to noon – St. Charles Borromeo Life After Loss Ministry, Montgomery Township, invites all to “The Grief Journey – Finding your way Forward” a presentation in the Seton Elizabeth Room to help those in need of support negotiating their personal journey through grief. Learn how faith, hope and support will help you reach a peaceful place. For information or to register, call Sister Susan, (609) 466-0300, ext. 19.

 

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 once a month for six events beginning May 13 and ending Oct. 13. The events will celebrate the 100th anniversary of 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 Mary, (908) 689-1700 ext. 210 or visit www.bluearmy.com.

 

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, al@fdsnj.com.

 

Bible Study

Tuesdays, March 14-May 30, 7 p.m. or Fridays, March 10-May 26, 9:30 a.m. – Our Lady of Victories Parish, Sayreville, will present “Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come: an 11-part Bible Study featuring Jeff Cavins. Learn about Revelation and how it relates to the Mass, learn about mysterious figures and images of Revelation and what will happen during the second coming of Christ. The cost is $35. A study guide is included. For information about the Tuesday sessions, call Maureen Bender, (732) 254-2513. To learn about the Friday sessions, call Katie Bolton, (732)254-2678.

 

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.

 

 

Tours and Pilgrimages

June 27-July 5 – Father Edgar Madarang, parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, will lead a pilgrimage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The pilgrimage will include tours in Portugal, Spain and France. The cost is $3499. To view a video of the pilgrimage with information, visit www.Unitours.com/traveler or call Father Madarang, (908) 735-7319.

Oct. 19-27 – Father John Alvarado, pastor of Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, invites all to a tour of Canyon Country featuring Arizona and Utah. Highlights will include Tucson, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and more. For an itinerary and pricing, visit www.ChurchoftheSacredHeart.net and click on the travel link.

 

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 varnabas@yahoo.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, christine@stshrine.org 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 www.stshrine.org.

Georgian Court University, Lakewood, will present performances of “Mrs. Gould Welcomes Coco Chanel” during the months of April, May and June. All performances will be held in The Mansion on the campus. Tickets are $45 per person and includes a tea luncheon. For specific dates, call (732) 987-2263 or email specialevents@georgian.edu.

April 28-30 – The Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, will hold a Vocation Discernment Retreat for women. For information, call Sister Mariette Therese, (908)352-4278 ext. 274 or email SrMariette@aol.com.

April 29, 11 a.m. – Georgian Court University, Lakewood, will present a brunch and concert in the Casino Auditorium featuring tenor Anthony Kearns a member of The Irish Tenors. The menu will include eggs, fruit salad, French toast, sausages, baked goods, Bloody Marys, mimosas and more. The concert begins at 12:15 p.m. The cost is $45 per person. Tickets can be purchased by visiting, www.Georgian.edu/event/springtime-at-the-court-with-tenor-anthony-kearns/ No tickets will be sold at the door. For details, call (732) 987-2263.

May 19-21, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will present “Blessings or Burdens.” The retreat will awaken participants faced with the second half of life to the wisdom, joy and humor found in choosing “a wise path with heart.” The cost is $210. To register, call (732) 892-8494 or visit www.sjbsea.org.