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 will hold Evening Prayer of the Church every Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 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.

 

The Militia of the Immaculata Prayer Village will meet on the First Saturday of every month after the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick Parish, Belvidere. Come and learn about St. Maximilian Kobe, pray the Rosary and consider consecrating yourself to Mary. For details, email mivillagebelvidere@gmail.com.

 

Parish of the Visitation, St. Mary of Mont Virgin Worship Site, New Brunswick, invites all to come and  recite The Scriptural Rosary, every Sunday, 7 to 7:30 p.m. in Visitation Chapel. The Scriptural Rosary is a modern version of the way the Rosary was prayed throughout Western Christendom in the late Middle Ages. Materials will be provided. For information, call (732) 545-5090.

 

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, invites all seekers to learn about the Greatest Spirituality of All Spirituality’s and living life in the Will of God. The event will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway in the Adoration Chapel Building, 50 Van Winkle Place, Piscataway. There is no cost to attend.  For details, call Deacon Francis, (732) 718-4959 or Paul and Rita, (973) 868-5442.

 

 

June 1, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – The annual Divine Mercy Family Healing Retreat will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, in the gym. The day will include reconciliation, Mass, a healing service, presentations and more. Topics will include healing the family tree, the secret to effective prayer, the importance of Divine Mercy and others. A suggested donation of $35 per adult, and $15 for children 12-16 years old is requested. Children under 12 years old are free. A light breakfast, lunch and refreshments are include.  Registration is required. To register, visit, www.olfparish.org. For information, contact Max Gutierrez, 732-925-7788 or email maxfler@yahoo.com.

 

June 1,10:30 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to Five First Saturdays of Reparation to honor the plea of Our Lady. The speaker and main celebrant will be Father Charles Sabella. The day will include confessions, speakers, Mass, recitation of the Rosary, a shrine tour and more. The day will conclude with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. For details, call (908) 689-1700 or visit www.wafusa.org.

 

June 3 – 7 p.m. — Our Lady of Victories Parish, Sayreville, will hold a Mass and healing service. The celebrant will be Father John Campoli, director of His Love Ministries. Individual healing prayers will be given following Mass.  All are welcome.  For information, call Marilyn, (732) 991-7379 or visit www.frjohncampoli.com.

 

June 10,6:30 p.m. – St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish, New Brunswick, will celebrate the Marian Year of preparation, with vespers, prayer and catechesis.  All are welcome. For information, call (732) 545-6820.

 

July 7, 4 p.m. – All are invited to attend a Holy Hour with Rosary and Benediction to pray for priests and vocations on the first Sunday of the month at the Carmelite Monastery, 26 Harmony School Rd., Flemington.

 

June 11,7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Columbiettes, North Brunswick, is sponsoring a Healing Mass. Father John Campoli, I.V. Dei, director of His Love Ministries will be the celebrant. Healing prayers will be held after Mass. For information, visit www.frjohncampoli.com.

 

June 13,10:30 a.m. – The World Apostolate of Fatima Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, will celebrate the 100 anniversary of the building of the Capelinha. The day will include confession, Mass, recitation of the Rosary, a talk by David Carollo and more. The day will end with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. The celebrant will be Father Ronan Murphy. For details, call (908) 689-1700 ext. 224 or visit www.bluearmy.com.

 

July 15, 6:30 p.m. – St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish, New Brunswick, will celebrate the Marian Year of preparation, with vespers, prayer and catechesis.  All are welcome. For information, call (732) 545-6820.

 

Carnivals

June 4-8 – St. Matthew the Apostle Parish, Edison, invites all to its carnival on the church grounds. Rides, games and food will be featured. Wristbands will be available every night. For information, call (732) 985-5063.

 

June 4-8 – Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, South Plainfield, will hold its annual carnival. Rides, games and homemade Polish, Italian and Vietnamese food will be featured. For information, call (908) 756-1333.

 

June 7-9 – St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church, Somerset, is sponsoring a Lebanese Festival. The festival will feature, Lebanese food, music, dancing, rides and games. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit www.saintsharbelnj.org.

 

July 9-13 – St. John Vianney Parish, Colonia, invites all to its annual carnival held on the church grounds. The carnival will feature rides, games and food. Super Summer Splash will be held on July 13 at 11 p.m. For information, call (732) 574-0150.

 

June 11-15 – Immaculate Conception Parish, Spotswood, invites all to its carnival on the church grounds. The carnival will include food, rides, pre-school activity corner and fireworks on Saturday night. For details, visit http://www.chicspotswood.com/carnival.

 

June 12-15 – St. Ann Parish, Raritan, is sponsoring an Italian Festa. Games, a DJ, and Italian specialties will be featured. Admission and parking is free. For details, call (917) 488-9835.

 

June 15, noon to 7 p.m. – Good Shepherd Parish, Most Holy Rosary worship site, Hopelawn, will hold its Festa di San Antonio in Gambino Hall. The day will include Italian food and desserts, vendors, children activities and more. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food pantry. For information, call (732) 826-4853 or visit www.goodshepherdpanj.org.

 

 

Special Events

June 3, 11 a.m.– Hope House, Flemington, will host a golf outing at the Heron Glen Golf Course, Ringoes. The cost is $175 per player. Greens fees, golf cart, starting packages, lunch and dinner with open bar is included. Father Timothy Christy, vicar general of the Diocese of Metuchen, will be honored at the dinner for his vision and leadership in establishing Hope House. Dinner only tickets are $75 per person. To be a sponsor, call Jeff, (908) 797-0393.  For reservations, visit http://www.heronglen.com/hopehousegolf.

 

June 7,noon to 2 p.m. – The Center for Great Expectations, Somerset, invites all to “Hope takes Flight” a Spring Luncheon and Market, at The Olde Mill Inn, Basking Ridge. The afternoon will include a sit down lunch and shopping. A variety of vendors will be present. A cash bar will be available. Doors open at 11 a.m. For details or to purchase a ticket, call (732) 247-7003, ext. 336.

 

June 29,6 p.m. – Life Choices, Inc. invites all to attend a charity auction at Beaver Brook Country Club, Annandale. The auction will benefit housing for women who are pregnant and homeless and will provide childcare for mothers striving for independence. Items are needed for the auction. Sponsorships are also available. For reservations, visit http://www.biddingforgood.com/grandmashouseby June 12.

 

Golf Outings

June 10– Saint Joseph High School, Metuchen, will hold its annual Brother Bernardine, S.C. Memorial Golf Classic at The Metuchen Golf and Country Club. For details, contact Brian McGonigle, (732) 549-7600, ext. 227 or email bmcgonigle@stjoes.org.

 

Communion Breakfasts

June 2,11 a.m. – St. Elizabeth-St. Brigid Daughters of Mary, Far Hills-Peapack, will hold a Communion Breakfast at Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Pottersville, following the 9:30 a.m. Mass at the parish. The guest speaker will be Maria Hunter, director of the Office of Parish Social Ministry, Catholic Charities. The topic will be “Living with an External Perspective.” A tricky tray will be held after the breakfast. Tickets are $40 each. To purchase tickets, call (908) 234-1265

 

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.

 

The Father Capodanno Catholic War Veteran Post will meet at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington, on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., in the parish center. The veteran organization is dedicated to nourishing veterans in their love for country, family and the Catholic faith. New members are welcome. For details, contact Al Kosiarski, (908)782-7662 Ext.159 or email, al@fdsnj.com.

 

Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Man to Man” a men’s group that meets every 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. The evening will feature life affirming discussion and prayer to find God in our lives and to make a difference in our world. A free-will offering will be collected. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or visit www.msmhope.org.

 

Immaculate Conception Parish, Somerville, will celebrate the Christmas season by blessing and lighting Christmas Trees on the parish grounds. Trees can be purchased to memorialize a loved one, be dedicated to living loved ones or have a personal Christmas greeting. Each tree will display a plaque.  The trees will be blessed by Bishop James F. Checchio after the Dec. 8, 5 p.m. Mass. The cost per tree is $200. Trees are limited. For details, call the parish office, (908) 725-1112.

 

June 8,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.netor Chris Doyle, cdoyle167@optimum.net.

 

June 11,7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Are you Living Today Well?” Come and reflect on your humanity and your relationship with your Creator and those with whom you come in contact with every day. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-2091 or visit www.msmhope.org.

 

July 14, 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 20, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present a women’s spiritual spa day. The day will include prayer, meditation, yoga and more. Lunch is included. The cost is $45-$55 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-2091 or visit www.msmhope.org.

 

July 26-28 – 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.

 

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, Sept. through June, 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.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Metuchen is offering Counseling and Wellness Services. If you or someone you know needs counseling or is impacted by addiction, we can help. Individual and family therapy for children and adults is available. For an appointment, call (800) 655-9491.

 

Thursdays, April 4-June 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – St. Ambrose Parish, Old Bridge, is offering “A Journey through Grief” an eight-week bereavement support group. If you are suffering over the death of a loved one this group may help you through this difficult time. The sessions are free and open to persons of all faiths. For information or to pre-register, call the parish office, (732) 679-5666.

 

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 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.

 

 

Trips, Retreats and Pilgrimages

Sept. 3-11, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Perth Amboy, is offering a pilgrimage to Israel in Spanish. Tour Tel Aviv, Haifa, Galilea, Jerusalem and more. The cost is $3000 per person. For details, call (732) 442-6634 or email olfperthamboy@gmail.com.

 

Sept. 22-Oct. 1, In the Footsteps of St. Paul, a pilgrimage to Greece, the Greek Isles and Ephesus, will be offered under the direction of Father John Alvarado, pastor of Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield. The pilgrimage will include visits to Athens, Crete, Santorini, Corinth and more. For details, visit churchofhtesacredheart.net and click on the TRAVEL link.

 

Plays and Concerts

June 2, 4 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, will present a Mozart Festival in the church.  Bassoon Concerto, Divertimenti and Symphony No. 40 in G Minor will be performed. A suggested donation of $15 will be accepted. A meet and greet reception will follow the concert. For information, call (732) 857-0202.

 

Vacation Bible School

Aug. 5-9, 9 a.m. to noon – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will hold a vacation bible school in the church hall. Roar VBS will help kids discover that even though life gets wild, God is good. Games, Bible songs, snacks and more will be featured. Space is limited. To register, visit https://vbspro.events/p/events/ccvbsor email corpuschristievm@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Save the Date

June 22 – 28 – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will host a Vatican International Exhibition entitled, “the Eucharistic Miracle of the World” presented by Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association. If you would like your parish to host this exhibition, contact Maria CE Fuller, corpuschristievm@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.

 

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.

 

May 30,9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Loyola Jesuit Center, Morristown, will present “Ascension of Jesus.” The day will include reconciliation, Mass, breakfast and lunch. The cost is $40. To register, visit www.loyola.org.

 

May 31, June 1, 2 – St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Easton, Pa., will hold a “Festa” celebration at Holy Cross Park, Williams Township. The Festa will feature food and entertainment. A Polka Mass will be held on June 2, at 2:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For details, call (610) 253-7188 or visit, www.stanthonyeaston.com.

 

June 1, 9 a.m. – The annual Sisters of Christian Charity Run for a Nun 5K Run/Walk will be held in Borough Park, Mendham. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the gazebo. For information, visit https://www.scceast.org/run-for-a-nun.

 

June 16-22 – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will present “Rejoice and be Glad” a summer preached retreat. The retreat will explore Pope Francis’ apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate.”  A silent directed/private retreat will be offered on July 22-28. For details on either retreat, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email pdotzauer@comcast.net.