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

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.

Feb. 17, 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. After Mass Father Campoli will pray for special blessings and healing for those present. For information, call Maryann, (732) 803-7466.

Feb. 21, 6 p.m. – Immaculate Conception Parish, Somerville, invites all to a monthly Special Needs Mass. The Mass is an opportunity to celebrate the gifts that people with special needs bring to the parish. People with special needs will minister at the Masses. Take this opportunity to welcome people with special needs to participate in the life of the Church. For information, call Regina Teggler, (908) 963-8473 or Jeanine Cavanagh, (908) 725-1112 ext. 1126.

Feb. 21, 3 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Divine Mercy Healing Mass. The celebrant will be Father Tom Ganley. Individual prayers of healing will be available. For information, call (732) 514-7160 or visit email dmhealing@aol.com.

Feb. 24, 7 p.m. – St. Philip and St. James Parish, Phillipsburg, will hold a Charismatic Healing Mass. The celebrant will be Father Tom Ganley. For information, call (732) 514-7160 or email dmhealing@aol.com.

Special Events

March 6, 2 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Columbiettes, Fords, will host “Cruising InStyle” a fashion show in the cafeteria located beneath the church. Fashions by Dress Barn will be featured. The admission price of $20 includes sandwiches. Doors open at 1 p.m. To purchase tickets, call Kathy (732) 826-3881 or email columbietteskathy@yahoo.com.

March 6, 2 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, invites all to its annual gift auction in the Holy Family Parish Center. Mystery baskets, prizes, food and more will be showcased. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Snow date is March 13. For tickets, call Lori, (732) 541-5616.

 

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.

Feb. 13, 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.

Feb. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “What is Your Spiritual Legacy?” Reflect on your values and beliefs and what matters most. The cost is $20-30 as you are able to pay. For information, contact (908) 753-2091 or e-mail msmhope@msmhope.org.

Feb. 27, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – The Metuchen Cursillo Movement will hold its seventh annual Encounter with Christ at Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough. The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal will present living an authentic Catholic life in an increasingly secular world. The day will include Reconciliation and Mass. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served. A free-will offering will be collected. To register, visit http://metcursillo.org  or email events@metcursillo.org by Feb. 19.

 

School News

St. Matthias School, Somerset, is looking to borrow a 3 octave set of tone chimes for the 2015-2016 school year. If you would be willing to lend them to the school contact, Jill Szabo, (732) 208-4851 or email jszabo@stmatthias.info.

St. Joseph High School Mathematics Department, Metuchen, is now accepting applications for its 10th Annual Mathematics Contest to be held on Jan. 16, 2016 at the school. The contest is open to boys and girls in seventh and eighth grades. Various questions covering algebra, geometry and more will be asked. A lunch reception and an awards ceremony will follow the contest. For an application and details, email annualmathcontest@stjoes.org.

 

Fun and Food

Feb. 6, 6 to 11 p.m. – St. John the Evangelist Parish, Dunellen, will hold its fourth annual game night. Admission is $35. For information or to purchase tickets, call (732) 968-2621.

Feb. 7, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Carteret Chapter of Widows Or Widowers, will hold a Valentine Dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Avenel. Music will be provided by Steve Berger. Refreshments will be available. No sneakers, jeans or tees are permitted. Jackets please. For information, call (732) 381-2228.

Feb. 10, 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 $14 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.

Feb. 13, 7 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Holy Name Society, Old Bridge, will present “An Evening of Entertainment” featuring the hits of Elvis, Bobby Darin, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra and the Duprees in the church. The cost is $25 per person. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the soup kitchen. For information, call John Connolly, (732) 251-3527.

Feb. 20, 8 to 11:30 a.m. – Holy Trinity Holy Name Society, Bridgewater, will host a pancake/scrambled egg breakfast in the parish center. The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, bagels, donuts and beverages. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children 7 to 12 years old. Children 6 and younger are free. Tickets will be sold at the door.

 

Lenten Dinners

Our Lady of Peace Council 999, Knights of Columbus, Fords, is sponsoring all you can eat Linguini Dinners every Friday during Lent in the cafeteria below the church. The menu will include linguini, marinara sauce or white clam sauce, pizza, garlic bread, beverages and dessert. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $5 for children 5-12 years old. Children under 5 years old are free. A family price of $20 is available for eat-in only. Take-out is available. For information, call Tony, (732) 233-4473.

Feb. 19 and 26, March 4, 11, and 18, 5 to 7 p.m. – St. Mary Ostrabrama Parish, South River, will hold Lenten fish dinners in the parish center. The cost is $12 for an adult dinner and $5 for children under 12 years old. Tickets will be sold at the door and in the parish office during regular hours. Takeout orders will be available at 4 p.m. For information, call Peter, (732) 254-0283.

 

 

Bible Study

Sacred Heart Parish, South Amboy, will hold Bible Study every Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The facilitator will be Father Bill Halbing. 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.

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.

Tuesdays, Jan. 19-March 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, is offering “Journey through Grief” an eight-week support group open to those who are suffering over the death of a loved one. The program is free. Pre-registration is appreciated. To pre-register, call Trudy Madden, (908) 874-6288 or Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Flea Markets, Yard Sales 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

Father David Kosmoski, pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, is offering pilgrimages in 2016 to The Best of Ireland March 1-11, 2016, $2300 and the Year of Mercy trip Oct. 31-Nov.10, 2016. The trip will include a tour of Lourdes, Nice, Avignon, Florence, Assisi and Rome. The cost is $3079. For details, call (732) 634- 4355 or visit www.standrewparish.com.

 

Blood Drives

Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Monroe Township, will hold a blood drive. Donors must weigh at least 110 lbs. and have not donated in the last 56 days. People over 76 years old may donate if they present a physician’s letter. ID must be presented. Platelets will also be collected at that time. For details, call (800) 933-2566.

 

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.

The Franciscan Friars of Atonement, Garrison, NY, is now accepting applications from men, 19 to 25 years old, for their Summer Franciscan At-One-Ment Mission Project. The volunteers will live and work with the Friars. For details about the different tracks available, call (845) 424-2140.

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.

The Franciscan Friars of Atonement, Garrison, NY, is now accepting applications from men, 19 to 25 years old, for their Summer Franciscan At-One-Ment Mission Project. The volunteers will live and work with the Friars. For details about the different tracks available, call (845) 424-2140.

Every Tuesday beginning Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. – The Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity at The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, will offer “The 12 Steps thru Scripture” at Trinity House. For details, call Ron Reinhart, (440) 225-0866 or email ronreinhart1292@gmail.com.

Feb. 20, 7 to 11 p.m. – The Long Valley Council 10419, Knights of Columbus, invites all to a Barn Dance to benefit veterans at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, Long Valley. A professional barn dance caller will be featured.  Tickets are $15 per person.  BYOB and snacks. Adults only will be admitted. To purchase tickets, call John, (908) 852-8840 or Charles, (908) 832-5313.

March 4-6 – The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, will hold a Latino Family Retreat. Marianist Family Retreat elements, Spanish language and Latino cultural foods will be part of the experience. A Women’s Spirituality Retreat will be offered March 11-13. For information and prices on either retreat, call (609) 884-3829 or visit www.capemaymarianists.org.

April 23, 2016 – Bishop McDonnell High School, Brooklyn, will hold a reunion for the classes of 1941, ’46, ’51, ’56, ’61, ’66 and ’71. Mass will be held at Our Lady of Solace Parish. A reception will follow at Gargiulo’s restaurant. The cost is $90 per person. If you’d like to attend the reunion, call Rita Monaghan-Maloney, (718) 857-2700 ext. 2253 or email rmaloney@blmhs.org.