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 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

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.

Feb. 4-24 – The Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima Statue will be visiting the Diocese of Metuchen during the month of February. For information, visit or

Feb. 26, 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 and the ministry team. For information, call (732) 514-7160 or email


Fun and Food

 Feb 25 – St John the Evangelist Parish, Lambertville, invites all to a Mardi Gras Dinner Dance at the Lambertville Station Ballroom. A cocktail hour and three course dinner will be featured. Music will be provided by Monday Blurs Jazz, a 15 piece orchestra. To purchase tickets, call the parish office, (609) 397-3350 or visit

March 5, 2 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold its annual Gift Auction in Holy Family Parish Center. The day will include food, super stages, mystery baskets and more. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $10. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. Snow date is March 12. To purchase tickets, call Lori, (732) 541-5616.

March 11, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Council, Knights of Columbus, Milltown, will hold its annual Dart Tournament in the school cafeteria. The $35 tickets includes food, beverages and a minimum of two rounds of darts. You must be 21 years old to attend. Sponsorships are available for $100. Donations are also accepted. To purchase tickets or for sponsorships, call Mike Duffy, (732) 422-9701. Tickets will be sold at the door for $40.

March 12, 9 a.m. to noon – The South River Council 3001, Knights of Columbus, in alliance with the VFW Lyons Schepsco Post 1451 will host a breakfast in the VFW Hall, Reid St., South River. Tickets are $10. Children under 10 years old are free. Proceeds will benefit needy families.


Special Events

Feb. 19, 4 to 8 p.m. – Life Choices Resource Center is sponsoring “Grace and Glory” its annual charity banquet, at the Pines Manor, Edison. The keynote speaker will be Father Stephen Imbarrato, the “Protest Priest.” Tickets are $65 per person. Booster and sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets or for information, call (732) 516-0911 or visit

 Feb. 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, will host The Metuchen Cursillo Movements annual Encounter with Christ entitled “Be Reconciled to God.” The speakers will be Franciscan Friar of Renewal Father Glenn Sudano and Secular Francisca Order Deacon Sal Bonfiglio. The day will include a light lunch, Reconciliation and Mass. A free will offering will be accepted. To register, visit or email Regina Neri, by Feb. 17.


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. 26, 1 p.m. – St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Skillman, will offer “Caregiving from a Rehab Doctor’s Perspective” presented by Dr. Maya Therattil. The doctor will discuss how important it is for the caregiver to not neglect their own needs in order to stay healthy and other topics. A Q & A will also be held. The program is free. For information or to RSVP, contact Chris Tuday,


Donations Needed

St. Thomas the Apostle School, Old Bridge, is seeking gifts and monetary contributions to support its annual Basket Fundraiser to be held on May 18. Sponsors and donors get free advertising in the event program and on the website. If you like to donate, call Sandy (732) 761-8076 or email


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 with your name, maiden name, year of graduation, address, email and phone number

March 11, 9 a.m. to noonMount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, invites girls in grades sixth, seventh and eighth to attend “Fun with Faith.” This mini-retreat will include learning new ways to pray, meditating with art and music, journaling, yoga and more. The cost is $10. To register, visit, and click on “Fun with Faith.”



March 4, 6 p.m. – St. John the Evangelist Parish, Lambertville, will host the Caritas Chamber Chorale performing “Unrelenting Love” a Lenten concert. The concert is part of a Six Meditation series at the parish and will be preceded by Mass. A freewill offering will be collected to support the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For details, call (732) 718-0775 or visit


Lenten Dinners

March 1, 4 to 8 p.m. – Christ the Redeemer Parish, Manville, will hold its annual Pierogi Supper in the parish auditorium. Dinners are $9 for adults and $4 for children eight years old and younger. For information, call (908) 725-0072.

March 1 and March 31 – Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, will hold a Lenten Fish Fry. For details, call the parish office, (908) 735-7319.

March 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 5 to 7 p.m. – St. Mary of Ostrabrama Parish, South River, will hold Lenten Fish Dinners in the parish center. An adult dinner of fish and French fries is $12. A children’s dinner is $5. Take-out is available starting at 4 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door and in the parish office during business hours. For information, call (732) 254-2220.

Fridays, beginning March 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Council 9199, Knights of Columbus, Fords, is sponsoring an all you can eat Linguini Dinner every Friday during Lent with the exception of Good Friday. The meal will include linguini with a choice of sauce, salad, bread, coffee and dessert. Dinners are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $5 for children under 12 years old. Children under five years old are free. Take-out orders are available. For information, call Tony, (732) 233-4473.


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

Jan. 10 – Feb. 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m.Mary, Mother of God Parish, Bridgewater, is offering “A Journey through Grief” for those who are suffering over the death of a loved one. The group will meet on Tuesdays in the Parish Teen Center. The program is free. Pre-registration is appreciated. To pre-register, call Trudy Madden, (908) 874-6288 or Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053. For information, visit


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 and ending 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 Mary, (908) 689-1700 ext. 210 or visit


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,


Flea Markets, Yard Sales and Craft Fairs

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, will hold a flea market on the second 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

March 11, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – St. Helena Parish, Edison, is sponsoring a blood drive in the school hall. ID is required. For details, call Richard Houghton, (732) 887-2402.


Tours and Pilgrimages

March 19-28, 2017 – Church of the Sacred Heart, South Plainfield, under the spiritual direction of Father John Alvarado, invites all to attend “In the Footsteps of Jesus” a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Tour the Jaffa, Mt. Carmel, Cana, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Emmaus, the Dead Sea and much more. The cost is $2845. Daily breakfast and dinner is included. For a brochure, call (800) 225-7662 or visit

June 27-July 5 – Father Edgar Madarang, parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, will lead a pilgrimage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The pilgrimage will include tours in Portugal, Spain and France. The cost is $3499. To view a video of the pilgrimage with information, visit or call Father Madarang, (908) 735-7319.

Oct. 19-27 – Father John Alvarado, pastor of Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, invites all to a tour of Canyon Country featuring Arizona and Utah. Highlights will include Tucson, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and more. For an itinerary and pricing, visit and click on the travel link.


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 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, 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

Feb. 17-20 – The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Garrison, NY, is offering Discernment Weekends at Graymoor. The weekend is open to single, Catholic adult men and women ages 18-40 years old who are considering God’s call to servanthood. The next weekend will be held March 16-19. For details, visit or call Paul Krenzelok, (845) 424-2122.

March 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will offer “Journey of a Celtic Heart” a retreat with Carmel Boyle. The day include music, songs and information on Irish saints. For details, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email

March 4 and 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Felician University Young Entrepreneur’s Club, Rutherford, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service, will offer free tax preparation to those who qualify in the Business Library. For details, call Professor Lizza, (201) 559-3321 or email

March 15, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will present “Touched by an Angel.” The day will focus St. Joseph and how he was entrusted to care for Jesus. Mass and lunch is included. The cost is $45. Honoring St. Joseph the Worker will be presented on March 20, 10:30 a.m. The day will include Mass and refreshments. Register by March 17. To register for either program, call (732) 892-8494 or visit