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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Prayer Circle facilitated by Sister Kathleen Rooney, SSJ. The circle will meet on Aug. 25, 7:45 p.m. or Aug. 26, 8:15 a.m.  Experience different forms of prayer such as contemplation, meditation, centering prayer and others. The next circle will be held on Sept. 29 and 30. All faiths are welcome. For information, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.

In response to Pope Francis’ desire for families to pray the rosary together, The World Apostolate of Fatima USA, Washington, is offering “How to Pray the Rosary” a First Saturday Children’s Program from 11 a.m. to noon. If you’d like to participate, call (908) 689-1700, ext. 210 or email

Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to celebrate the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Confessions will start at 10:30 a.m. The Rosary procession will be held at noon followed by Mass at 1 p.m. The main celebrant will be Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton. The traditional Fatima Farwell will close the day. For information, visit

Sept. 14, 3 p.m. – Mothers of Priests will hold a holy hour at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Sayreville. The celebrant will be Father Edmund Luciano, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Fords. For information, call Nancy Pavich, (732) 721-7023.


Fun and Food

Aug. 20, 5 to 9 p.m.The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen, is hosting a “Dine to Donate” event at Houlihans Restaurant 1288 Rt. 22 East, Bridgewater. Diners must present a flyer for the donation to count. Eat in or take out. The next “Dine to Donate” will be held on Aug. 27 at Houlihans 55 US Hwy 1 South, New Brunswick. To obtain a flyer, call Marianne Khare, (98) 552-8173 or email


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.


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.


Trips & Pilgrimages

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.

Sept. 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, under the direction of Father Dennis Weezorak invites all to a pilgrimage informational meeting in St. Patrick’s Hall. The 10-day Italian Holiday will be held April 21-30, 2015. The pilgrimage will include tours of Tuscany, Florence, Sorrento, Pompeii, Rome and more. A papal audience will be included. The cost is $4599 per person. For details, call Betty Fitzgerald, (732) 841-0648 or Virginia Ricablanca/Unitours, (848) 466-0234. For a full itinerary, visit


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.


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.

Male volunteers are needed to conduct prayer services on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. for the Catholic inmates at the Middlesex County Corrections Center, North Brunswick. The service will consist of readings from the previous Sunday’s Mass, discussing them in light of their circumstances, offertory prayers in which the inmates are encouraged to offer their own petitions and singing hymns from missalettes. For details, call (732) 257-1729.


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.


Blood Drives

Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Monroe Township, in conjunction with the New Jersey Blood Service, will hold a blood drive. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 lbs. and not have donated in the past 56 days. People over 76 years old may donate with a physician’s letter. Teens who are 16 years old may donate with a parent’s permission letter. For information, call (800) 933-2566.


Golf Outings

Sept. 22 – The Sisters of Mercy are sponsoring their 20th Annual Golf Classic at Trump National Golf Club, Colts Neck. Proceeds will benefit retired Sisters. For a brochure, contact the development office, (908) 756-0994 ext. 4006.

Oct. 6 – Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, will host its 39th annual Cavalcade of Golf at Shackamaxon Country Club, Scotch Plains. The event will benefit the Mount Saint Mary Academy scholarship fund. Sponsorships are available. For details, call Paul Zensky (908) 420-0065 or email


Special Events

Sept. 6-7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Council 11378, Knights of Columbus, North Brunswick, will welcome the Raritan Valley HiRailers Train Club showcasing track layouts and landscapes built by experts. Admission is $3 per person. Proceeds will go to the Wounded Warriors Project. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For information, email

Sept. 20, 1 to 4 p.m. – The Fifth Annual Cursillo Walkathon will be held at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bridgewater. The day will include food, music, a silent auction and children’s activities. All are welcome. For details, email Marianne Khare,

Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m. – The sixth annual Women Empowering Women Luncheon will be held at the Polish American Citizens Club, Whitehouse Station. This event will raise funds for the Center of Great Expectations, Somerset. The luncheon will include a silent auction that will feature luxury and gift items. Tickets are $30 per person. To purchase tickets, call (908) 534-4847 or email

Sept. 28, 3 p.m. – The South Plainfield Columbiettes will host “Deadly Housewives” a murder mystery luncheon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Hamilton Blvd., South Plainfield. The performance will be presented by Without A Cue Productions. Admission is $35. Doors open at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets, call Kathy, (908) 756-3772 or Linda, (908) 834-2269.

Oct. 2-5 or Oct. 16-19 – The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen is now accepting applications for the Men’s Fall Cursillo Weekend to be held on Oct. 2-5 or the Women’s Fall Cursillo Weekend to be held on Oct. 16-19. The weekends are an encounter with Christ not a retreat. The encounter will strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. Space is limited. For an application or details, visit, call Lori DeNoyelles, (732) 738-1796 or contact Dr. Tony Tangorra, (908)766-1900,


Yard Sales

Sept. 6, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.St. Bartholomew Council, Knights of Columbus, East Brunswick, is sponsoring a giant yard sale. Outdoor vendors and indoor sales will be featured. Food and refreshments will be sold.


Outside the Diocese

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.

June 23 to Aug. 21 – Saint Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May Point, will offer the SSJ Mission Corps Summer Experience volunteer program sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Philadelphia. Volunteers are invited to live in community and to open themselves to God’s transforming grace in service to retreatants. The program is open to women ages 19 to 30 years old who seek an experience of Gospel living. One year of college is required. For details, visit or call Rebecca Little, (215) 248-7235.

Sept. 8-11, 7:30 p.m. – The Shrine of St. Joseph Peace Center, Stirling, will offer three evenings of interfaith based programming with speakers, discussions and presentations. The program will conclude on Sept. 11 with a Candlelight Vigil at the Tower of Remembrance rain or shine. For information, call (908) 647-0208 or visit

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.