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

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.

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, will hold a Holy Hour of Prayer for the Dying every Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the church. Come and pray for those who are dying, especially those who die suddenly and unprepared to enter eternal life. For information, call (732) 968-5555.

Sept. 3, 10 a.m. – The World Apostolate of Fatima Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to First Saturday devotions to honor the plea of Our Lady. The celebrant will be Bishop James F. Checchio. The day will include confession, 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 ext. 210 or visit www.bluearmy.com.

Sept. 8, 8 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, will conduct a Life in the Spirit Seminar Thursday evenings through Oct. 20. For information, call Pam, (732) 491-6042.

 

Fun and Food

Aug. 21, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers, 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) 381-3255.

Sept. 7, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, Middlesex, invites all to a performance of  “Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3” in the parish center. Sister will offer hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and Last Rites and will hold her version of the Newlywed Game. Tickets are $30 each and will go on sale at the parish office beginning Aug. 22, 9 a.m. For details, call (732) 356-2149.

Sept. 10-11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Council 11378, Knights of Columbus, North Brunswick, invites all to model train show in the parish center. The A O-Gauge Modular Railroad Group of Central Jersey will showcase track layouts and landscapes. Admission is $3 per person. Proceeds will benefit veteran’s charities. For information, call 732-322-0765.

Sept. 10, 5 to 9 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, Fords, is sponsoring Hollywood Night Cruisers Custom and Classic Cruise Night in the parish center parking lot. The evening will feature food, live music and more. Admission is free. Rain date is Sept.11.

Sept. 14, 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.

Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m. – St. Joseph Parish, Raritan, will host its annual Basket Tricky Tray. Prizes will include baskets, grand prizes, birthday board, gift cards and more. Admission of $25 includes a light supper, and tickets. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the parish office or call (908) 725-0163 ext. 10 or Elaine Walters, (908) 369-7051.

 

 

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.

Sept. 22-25 – The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen is now accepting applications for the men’s weekend. The weekend is an “Encounter with Christ” which is designed to strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. The women’s weekend will be offered Nov. 3-6. For an application, visit www.metcurcillo.org or call Lori DeNoyelles, (732) 738-1796 or Mary Ann Faillace. (908) 334-4729.

Aug. 21, 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 $45-55 as you are able to pay. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail msmhope@msmhope.org.

Aug. 23, 7 p.m. – The Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will present Summer Movies at the Parish in the church. Next in the series will be “For the Greater Glory.” For information, call Ralph Quaglia, (908) 756-0633 x142.

Aug. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Maximilian Kolbe: Saint of Auschwitz.” Learn about the journey of this Franciscan friar, missionary and martyr and how his life speaks to today’s issues.  The cost is $20-30 as you are able to pay. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail msmhope@msmhope.org.

Sept. 10, 8:30 a.m. to noon – St. Joseph Parish, Becca’s Friends Ministry, Hillsborough, is hosting a Caregivers’s Retreat. If you are a care giver of a special needs child, an elderly parent, raising grandchildren or are responsible for the health and well-being of another, you are invited to share in a gentle, spiritual and uplifting morning. Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. followed by a program and lunch. For information or to RSVP, call Carol Jorgensen, (908) 369-7143 or email carolj623@comcast.net

Sept. 22-25 – The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen is now accepting applications for the men’s weekend. The weekend is an “Encounter with Christ” which is designed to strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. The women’s weekend will be offered Nov. 3-6. For an application, visit www.metcurcillo.org or call Lori DeNoyelles, (732) 738-1796 or Mary Ann Faillace. (908) 334-4729.

 

School News

Our Lady of Fatima School, Piscataway, is in the process of forming an Alumni Association. If anyone attended the school or knows of someone who did, contact Dave Dombroski, (732) 614-6159 or email dombroskidave@gmail.com with your name, maiden name, year of graduation, address, email and phone number.

 

Audition Notice

Caritas Chamber Chorale is seeking singers for its 2016-2017 season. Altos are especially needed. Auditions will be held by appointment in August and September. The chorale practices Fridays in Bridgewater. There is no financial obligation to participate other than attire. To schedule an audition, call Barbara Sanderman, (732) 718-0775 or email director@caritaschamberchorale.org.

 

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.

The EnCourage Support Group will be held on the fourth Sunday of every month at 7pm at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 50 Van Winkle Place, Piscataway, in the parish center. If you have a loved one who is dealing with same sex attraction issues please consider joining us. The support group is confidential. For details, call (732) 248-9460 or visit www.courageRC.org.

Sept. 20-Nov. 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, will host “Journey through Grief” in the parish teen center. If you are suffering over the death of someone you love the group may help you during this difficult time. The group will meet every Tuesday for eight weeks. The program is free. Pre-registration is requested. To pre-register, call Trudy Madden, (908) 874-6288 or Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053.

 

Special Events

Sept. 10, 1 to 4 p.m. – The Metuchen Cursillo Movement will hold its Seventh Annual Walkathon on the grounds of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bridgewater. The day will include food, music, a silent auction and activities for children. For information, visit http://metcursillo.org/events-walokathon.htm.

 

 

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 six events beginning May 13 through Oct. 13. The events will celebrate Our Lady’s six appearances to the three shepherd children in 1917. Ushers will be needed for the Rosary procession and Mass. To volunteer or for details, call Achilles, (718) 224-5973 or call the Shrine, (908) 689-1700 ext. 210.

 

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.

The Father Capodanno Catholic War Veterans is looking for members to form a new post in the Flemington, Hunterdon County area. For details, contact Al Kosiarski, (908)782-7662 Ext.159 or email, al@fdsnj.com.

 

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 for the Year of Mercy 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.

 

Bus Trips

Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Good Shepherd Parish, Hopelawn, is sponsoring a trip to the Polish-American Festival at The national Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown Pa. Mass will be held in English at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person. Food and drinks are your responsibility. For information or reservations, call Phyllis, (732) 442-0843 or Marie, (732) 442-6916 by June 30.

Sept. 17, 9 a.m.The NJ Catholic War Veterans is sponsoring a bus trip to the Four Chaplains Memorial at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia. Buses will depart from Parish of the Visitation, St. Mary of Mount Virgin worship site, New Brunswick. The day will include a tour of the memorial, a picnic, children’s games, activities and live music. The cost for the bus is $30 per person. Bring a new child’s toy to donate. A free will donation will be collected for the picnic. For details or for reservations, call Stan Hubbarb, (908) 420-2124 or email stanahu@aol.com.

 

Yard Sales

Sept. 10, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. – St. Bartholomew Council, Knights of Columbus, East Brunswick, will sponsor a yard sale. Outdoor vendors, indoor sales, food and more will be featured.

 

Retreats

Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer weekend and week-long retreats from June 10 through Aug. 19. “Sacred Time, Sacred Space” will be offered on June 14, July 12 and Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. For details on any of these retreats, contact (908) 753-2091 or msmhope@msmhope.org.

 

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.

Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will hold its 2016 Summer Retreats from June 19 – Aug. 21. For details, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email pdotzauer@comcast.net.

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.

St. Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May Point, is now accepting reservations for the 2016 Summer Retreat Season. For information, call (609) 884-8878 or visit www.stmarybythesea.org.

The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, will hold its Summer Family Retreat Weeks June 27 – Aug. 27. 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.

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.

July 8, Aug. 9, Sept. 8, 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will hold Holy Hours for the presidential candidates, and all elected officials of our country. For information, call (609) 494-2917.

Sept. 9-11 – St. Francis Center for Renewal, Bethlehem, will hold its annual Women’s Retreat. The theme will be “Becoming an Instrument of Peace and Healing.” The retreat offering is $170 per person single occupancy or $160 per person double occupancy. For reservations, call (610) 867-8890 or visit www.stfrancisctr.org.

Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. – Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark, invites all to its Gala Evening of Celebration and Recognition at The Westwood, Garwood. The evening will include a silent auction. To purchase tickets or for information, call (732) 382-1952, ext. 175 or email Gala@motherseton.org.

Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to noon – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will present “Laudato Si.” The reflection will focus on Pope Francis’ encyclical bringing awareness to the sacredness of God’s creation and our responsibility to care for it. A free will offering will be collected. To register, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email pdotzauer@comcast.net by Sept. 10.

Oct. 14-16 – St. Francis Center, Bethlehem, is offering a Spiritual Retreat for Worldwide Marriage Encounter Couples. If you and your spouse have completed a Marriage Encounter weekend you are invited to attend. The theme will be “Mercy within Marriage.” The event is not affiliated with the Worldwide Marriage Encounter organization. For details, email sjaumen@comcast.net.