Around the Diocese

Prayer and Worship

St. Mary Parish, Alpha, will host Praying the Gospel on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Msgr. Luisini Parish Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The evening will include readings, teaching, praying, faith sharing and practical application to daily life. For details, call Pat Kane, (908) 859-8967 or email

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.

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

Feb. 13, 7 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold a Pre-Lenten Mission. “The Passion of the Christ” will be shown in the parish center. Stations of the Cross will be held at Holy Family worship site following the movie. For information, call (732) 541-5768.

Feb. 15, 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



Fun and Food

Jan. 31, 9 to 11 a.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Council, Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, will conduct a free throw tournament for girls and boys ages 9 to 14 years old. A “three point’ contest will also be held. Bring a birth certificate for ID. For details, call Rob Wright, (908) 510-6328 or email

Feb. 1, 7:30 to 11:30 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. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for guests. For information, call (732) 381-9246 or (908) 757-0515.

Feb. 7, 7 to 11 p.m. – Immaculata High School Spartan Club, Somerville, will present its annual “La Nuit des Vins” a wine tasting and social event to be held at the Bridgewater Marriott, Bridgewater. The evening will include sampling of wines, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, buffet with carving station, desserts, soda and beer. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $65 per person if purchased by Jan. 31 or $75 at the door if available. A basket and silent auction will be included. For reservations or information, call Colleen, (908) 541-9983, email or visit

Feb. 7, 6 to 11 p.m. – St. John the Evangelist Parish, Dunellen, invites all to its third annual game night in the church auditorium. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. Admission includes a vouchers, hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, dessert and coffee. To purchase tickets, call the parish office (732) 968-2621.

Feb. 7 – The St. Thomas the Apostle Holy Name Society, Old Bridge, will host “An Evening of Entertainment” featuring Chris Jago and Johnny Apollo performing Elvis, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra and others. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person plus a non-perishable food donation to the soup kitchen. For details, call John Connolly, (732) 251- 3527.



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. 11, 6-9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Be My Valentine!” an evening for married couples. Nurture and celebrate the gift of love. The evening will include supper, a presentation, sharing, prayer and vow renewal. The cost is $80-90 per couple as you are able to pay. For reservations, call (908) 753-2091.

Feb. 14, 9 a.m., noon or 3 p.m. – St. Augustine of Canterbury School, Kendall Park, will hold its annual February CPR/AED Marathon in the school. Learn and practice CPR for adults, children and infants. Learn how to use the automated external defibrillator and how to help someone who is choking. The class is free unless a certification card is required. To register, call (732) 297-6042 or email

Feb. 14, noon to 2 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, is offering a soup kitchen in the school auditorium. All are welcome. For details, call Chris Doyle,


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.


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.


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.


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.


Support Groups

Wednesdays, Jan. 21 – March 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, is offering “Journey through Grief” an eight-week bereavement support group in the teen center. The program is free. Registration is appreciated. For details, call Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053 or Trudy Madden, (908) 285-6053



Feb. 6-8 – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold a weekend retreat based on Scripture in an atmosphere of prayerful quiet. Daily spiritual direction is included. The weekend is adaptable to the needs of the individual. The cost is $140 with a $40 non-refundable deposit. Registration is required. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or



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

The Bishop McDonnell Alumnae Association, Brooklyn, N.Y., will hold a reunion for the classes of 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965 and 1970 on April 25, 2015. The reunion will be held at Gargiulo’s Restaurant, Brooklyn. For details, call Rita Monaghan-Maloney, (718) 857-2700, ext. 2253 or email

Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, is offering a “Consecrated Life: The Mysticism of Encounter” a retreat day for men and women religious. In honor of the Year of Consecrated Life the retreat is free for all religious. Lunch is included. Limited overnight accommodations are available at a reasonable cost. Registration is required.  To register or for information, call (609) 494-2917 or email by Feb. 5.

Feb. 21, 1 to 4 p.m. – The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, will present “From Champion to Visionary: Leading in a Multicultural/Multiracial World” in the Peace Center. Reflect and access your role in building peaceful inter-racial attitudes. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students. For reservations, call (908) 647-0208, email or pay at the door.