Around the Diocese
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.
Dec. 9, 7:45 p.m. or Dec. 10, 9:45 a.m. – Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. South Plainfield, will present “Prayer and Meditation” an hour long instruction and practice on prayer and meditation. For details, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.
Dec. 11, 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 (732) 596-1501.
Dec. 11, 7 p.m. – The Office of Vocations will hold a Holy Hour for Vocations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Bernardsville. For information, call (732) 562-1990 ext. 1708.
Fun and Food
Divine Mercy Altar Rosary Society, Carteret, is currently taking orders for its nut roll sale. Nut, poppy seed, Lekvar, apricot and raspberry rolls can be ordered for $14 each. Forms are due by Dec. 3. Pick up will be held on Dec. 20 and 21. For an order form, call Stella, (732) 969-1271.
Dec. 11, 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 $12 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.
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.
Plays and Concerts
Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. – St. Mary Chamber Orchestra and Choral Society, South Amboy, will present a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in the church. A suggested donation of $15 will be accepted. For information, call Chris, (732) 721-0179 or visit www.musicatstmarys.org.
Dec. 20, 8 p.m. – Immaculate Conception Parish, Spotswood, will present its annual Christmas concert. The parish choir accompanied by a 43 piece professional orchestra will perform. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 years old and under. For information, call the parish office, (732) 251-3110.
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.
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.
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.
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.
St. Stanislaus Kostka Altar Society, Sayreville, is collecting monetary donations or Shop Rite gift cards for needy members of the community. If you would like to donate make your check payable to St. Stan’s Rosary Altar Society and mail to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 225 MacArthur Ave., Sayreville, NJ 08872 by Dec. 22. Write “Vouchers” on the memo line.
Dec. 11, 7:15 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold a presentation on the December saint of the month Juan Diego who canonized in 2002 as the first indigenous American saint. The cost is $20. For information, call (908) 753-2091.
Dec. 15, 2 p.m. – Blessed Sacrament Parish, Martinsville, will host the Circle of Friends monthly meeting 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.
Outside the Diocese
St. Francis Center for Renewal, Bethlehem, PA, is accepting nominations for The Woman of Strength Award honoring women who exemplify strength of character, Christian values, courage, generosity, persistence, optimism, integrity and community service. Deadline for nominations is Nov. 15. Honorees will be announced Jan. 2014. For a nomination form, call Jan Gough, (610) 867-8890 or visit www.StFrancisCenterforRenewal.org.
The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, will hold its Advent Family Retreat Weekends Dec. 6-8, Dec, 13-15 and Dec. 20-22. For information and prices, call (609) 884-3829 or visit www.capemaymarianists.org
Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. – Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark, will hold an open house for fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls and their parents. Parents and students will tour the school, meet with administration, guidance and faculty. Registration for the 2014-15 school year will be held on Feb. 1. For details, visit www.motherseton.org or call (732) 382-1952.
Dec. 13, 8 p.m. – The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, will present The Cathedral Concert Series. Next in the series will be “Navidad Latina 2013” a Christmas concert in Spanish. The Annual Candlelight Carol Sing will be held on Dec. 18 and 19, 8 p.m. For information, visit www.cathedralbasilica.org.
Jan. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, will host the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Day of Service sponsored by Center for FaithJustice. The day is open to students in grade six through 12 and their chaperones. Bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required. For details or to register, email Jan, email@example.com or call (609) 498-6216 ext. 2.