Around the Diocese

Prayer and Worship

Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will hold Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction on the first Friday of every month from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Nocturnal Adoration will be held on the last Saturday of every month 9 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. For details, call the parish office, (732) 254-1800 ext. 10.

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.

Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Prayer Circle on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the parish center chapel, located at 200 Randolph Ave.  The prayer circle will include Lectio Divina and centering prayer. For information, contact Sister Kathleen (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.

July 4, 10 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to First Saturday devotions to honor the plea of Our Lady requesting five consecutive First Saturdays of Reparation. The speaker will be Father Paul Ruge. The day will include confessions, speakers, Mass, recitation of the Rosary, a children’s video and more. The day will conclude with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. For details, call (908) 689-1700 or visit www.bluearmy.com.

July 13, 10 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to come and pray in serenity of the outdoor shrine. The speaker will be David Carollo. The celebrant will be Father James P. Miara. The day will include confessions, speakers, Mass, recitation of the Rosary, a children’s video and more. The day will conclude with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. Pray in the Holy House USA containing the relic stone from the Holy House of Loreto and a piece of the tree where Our Lady stood. For details, call (908) 689-1700 or visit www.bluearmy.com.

July 19, 3 p.m. – Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, Highland Park, will hold a Divine Mercy Healing Mass at the Guardian Angels Worship Site, Edison. Chaplet of Mercy, songs of prayer and praise will begin at 3 p.m. Mass will follow at 3:30 p.m. The celebrant will be Father Tom Ganley. For information, call (732) 514-7160 or visit www.dmhealing.org.

 

Fun and Food

July 8, 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.

July 12, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Middlesex East 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 The Blue Notes. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for guests. For information, call (732) 521-0361 or (908) 757-0515.

 

 Blood Drive

July 5, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Monroe Township and NJ Blood Services will sponsor a blood drive in the Mobile Blood Unit bus in the church parking lot. Donors will receive two tickets to a NY Mets game at Citi Field. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 lbs. and not have donated in the last 56 days. People over 76 years old may donate with a physician’s permission letter. ID is required. Platelets will also be collected. For information, call (800) 933-2566.

 

Special Events

July 4 – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 7250, Knights of Columbus, Milltown, is sponsoring the Milltown Firecracker 5K Road Race and One Mile Fun Run. Pre-registration is $25 with a T-shirt for the 5K Race and $7 for the Fun Run if you register before June 14. After June 14 registration will be $30 for the 5K Race and $10 for the Fun Run. Proceeds benefit charitable and community efforts. To register on line, visit www.bestrace.com/Milltown/Firecracker5k. For details or an application, email aa961jester@yahoo.com.

 

 

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.

NPM Metuchen will present summer workshops. A Cantor Workshop will be presented on July 15 followed by Handbell Techniques on July 23 and Voice and Vocal Warm-Ups on August 5. The workshops will be held at The St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, Piscataway from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per workshop. For information or a registration form. Call Jill Szabo, (732) 208-4851.

Tuesdays, beginning June 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, and St. Joseph Parish, North Plainfield, are co-sponsoring a 12-week Catholic’s Separated and Divorced program in the rectory basement at St. Joseph Parish. Trained lay facilitators will conduct the sessions. The sessions will include presentations and discussions on anger, grief, the courts, children, annulments and more. For details or to register, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633, ext. 142.

July 8, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Looking for Joy? Live a Grateful Life!” Ronald Holheiser challenges us to live a grateful life every day. The program will take a new look at gratitude. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-20914 or email msmhope@msmhope.org.

July 11, noon to 2 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, is offering a monthly soup kitchen in the school auditorium. For information, contact Mary Anne Donoghue, tdmaatwest@optonline.net or Chris Doyle, cdoyle167@optimum.net.

July 14, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Keep the Spirit Up!” a program to reassess your unemployment and God’s call in the now. Prayer, reflection and sharing will be included. Lunch will be provided. The program is free. To register, call (908) 753-20914 or email msmhope@msmhope.org.

July 15, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Walking the Labyrinth” an ancient spiritual act. Discover its value and experience a replica of the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth as a pathway to prayer. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-20914 or email msmhope@msmhope.org.

July 17-19 – 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.

 

Bible Study

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

 

 

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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, South Plainfield, will present “In God’s Image” a GLBT faith sharing group.  The group will meet in the Annex on the second Tuesday of the month, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Adults 18 years old and over are welcome. The Annex is located in the parking lot off Leonard Ave. For details, call Father John, (908) 756-0633 ext. 125.

July 12, 1 to 5:30 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer Grief Recovery, a gentle experiential process for resolving the grief caused by loss. The cost is $45. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail msmhope@msmhope.org

 

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.

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.

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.

 

Flea Markets and Craft Fairs

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.

 

 

Tours and Pilgrimages

Oct. 19-28 – A Holy Land Catholic Tour – In the Footsteps of Jesus Christ is being offered under the direction of Salvatorian Father Zenon Boczek. The tour will include a visit to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana and more. Daily breakfast, dinner and Mass is included. The cost is $3550.00.  For details, call Father Boczek, (973) 820-1153 or email veronasds@gmail.com.

 

 

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.

St. Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May Point, will hold spiritual enrichment programs throughout the summer. “Zeal for the Neighborhood of the Universe” Spirituality by-the-Sea for Women and Men will be held June 18-21. For information, visit www.stmarybythesea.org, email stmary@ssjphila.org or call (609) 884-8708.

The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, will hold its Summer Family Retreat Weeks June 29 – Aug. 29. The weeks will focus on family life and spiritual development through affirmation, communication, forgiveness and commitment. For information and prices, call (609) 884-3829 or visit www.capemaymarianists.org.

June 25-28 or July 2-5 – The Upper Room Spiritual Center, Neptune, is offering summer directed retreats. Experience the healing power of God’s unconditional loving presence and the gift it holds for restoring well-being. An offering of $250 is requested. For details, call Anna Graziano, (973) 338-9538.

July 6-12 – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, is offering a silent directed/private retreat. Registration must be received by June 15. For details or to register, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email pdotzauer@comcast.net.

July 17-19 – The Benedictine Sisters, Elizabeth, will hold a Vocation Discernment Retreat. Listen to God’s call by participating in the retreat. A Monastic Line-in Program will be available for Catholic women over 18 years old to live, work and pray with the Benedictine Sisters. The cost is $200. For information, contact Sister Mariette Therese, (908) 352-4278, ext. 274 or email SrMariette@aol.com.

July 25, 10 a.m. to noon – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will present “Blessed Miriam Teresa: Her Life, Spirituality and Miracles.” The cost is $15 for Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth and $25 for all others. To register, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email pdotzauer@comcast.net by July15.