Around the Diocese

The Diocese of Metuchen Apostolate for Military and Veteran Families is seeking employers who are willing to consider hiring military veterans. If you or your place of business are able to participate in a job fair on May 7, 5 to 9 p.m. at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, Piscataway, contact Jennifer Hinton, amvf@diometuchen.org by April 7.

 

Divine Mercy Sunday

April 12, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. – St. Mary of Ostrabrama Parish, South River, will offer Divine Mercy Devotions. The celebrant will be Father John F. Campoli, IV Dei. The devotion will include Exposition and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, recitation of the Rosary, Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Benediction and Mass beginning at 3:30 p.m. For information, call (732) 254-2220.

Prayer and Worship

April 12, 1 p.m. – Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, will hold Divine Mercy Sunday Chaplet. The celebrant will be Father Ronan Murphy, from Dublin, Ireland. The schedule will include confessions at 1 p.m. and recitation of the Rosary at 2 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet, Litany of Divine Mercy, Mass and Veneration of the Divine Mercy image, Benediction, and Veneration of the Sacred Relic of St. Faustina will begin at 3 p.m. For information, call (908) 689-1700 or visit www.wafusa.org.

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.

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.

Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Prayer Circle on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the parish center chapel, located at 200 Randolph Ave.  The prayer circle will include Lectio Divina and centering prayer. For information, contact Sister Kathleen (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.

May 2, 10 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to five First Saturday devotions beginning May 2, to honor the plea of Our Lady. The day will include confessions, speakers, 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 or visit www.wafusa.org.

 

Fun and Food

Divine Mercy Altar Rosary Society, Carteret, is now taking orders for its homemade, baked, filled rolls for Easter. The choices are walnut, lekvar, poppy seed, apricot and raspberry. Each roll is $14. Orders must be received and paid for by March 12. Pick up will be held March 27 and 28. To place an order, call Stella, (732) 969-1271 or Theresa, (732) 969-1103.

April 8, 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 $13 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.

April 10, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Victories School, Sayreville, will hold a Designer Handbag Fundraiser in Msgr. Dalton Hall. Admission is $30. Additional cards are available for purchase. Bring your own food and refreshments. Coffee and tea will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call the school office, (732) 254-1676.

April 11, 7 to 10 p.m. – St. Bartholomew Columbiettes, East Brunswick, is sponsoring its annual wine tasting in the parish hall. The tasting will include 125 different wines, beer and spirits as well as appetizers and desserts. You must be at least 21 years old to attend. Advance tickets are $25 per person or $35 at the door. To purchase tickets, call Jan. (732) 254-5463.

April 11, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – St. Augustine of Canterbury Columbiettes, Kendall Park, will host a Spring Fashion Show in the school. The day will include a luncheon, a wine tasting and door prizes. Fashions will be provided by SteinMart. Tickets are $35. To purchase tickets, call Kathy Michalski, (732) 297-1282.

April 12, 7:30 to 10:30 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. Music will be provided by The Blue Notes. For information, call (732) 381-9246 or (908) 757-0515.

April 24, 7:30 p.m. – St. John Paul Parish, Perth Amboy, is sponsoring a Designer Bag Fundraiser at St. Stephen School auditorium. The cost is $30 per ticket. The evening will include games, dessert and coffee. Outside food is welcome. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. Doors open at 6 p.m. For information or tickets, call Liz (201) 921-6030, the office, (732) 826-1395 or email office@johnpaulsecond.com.

April 17, 7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Council 12700, Knights of Columbus, Middlesex, invites all to the sixth annual “Knight” of Comedy in the parish center, featuring Vinnie Brand, owner of the Stress Factory. The evening will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres. BYOB. Tickets are $25 each. To purchase tickets, call Steve (973) 390-5532.

April 18, 2 to 7 p.m. – Holy Savior Academy, South Plainfield, will hold its Spring Splendor Tricky Tray.  Tickets are $15 each. Beverages and dessert is included. Proceeds will benefit the educational programs at the school. For information, email trickytrayhsa@gmail.com.

April 18, 5 p.m. – St. Ann School, Raritan, invites all to its 15th Annual Spring Fling Tricky Tray. More than 350 baskets will be showcased including Michael Kors, COACH, Visa gift cards, Kindles, iPads, American Girl and much more. Complimentary coffee, tea and desserts will be offered. Italian dinners will be available for purchase. Admission is $20. Discount ticket packages are available for advance tickets. To purchase tickets, call Kelly Albright, kalbright@stannparish.com, call (908) 725-7787 or visit www.stannparish.com.

April 19, 11 a.m. – Immaculata High School Spartan Club, Somerville, will host “Spartan Garden” its annual fashion show and luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel, Somerset. Event tickets are $70 each for adults and $50 for students. Proceeds will benefit the school’s technology program. For reservations, visit www.immaculatahighschool.org or email, Sharon Martin, samartin67@gmail.com. Sponsorships are available by contacting, Sue D’Angiolillo, suedangiol@gmail.com or (732) 672-5562.

May 30, 6:30 p.m. – St. John Paul II Parish, Perth Amboy, is conducting a fundraiser. The first prize will be a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze. Other prizes will include airline tickets, a flat screen TV, a lap top, a home theatre system and more. Tickets are $20 each. The drawing will be held at the St. Stephen worship site auditorium. You do not have to be present. No one under 18 years old is permitted to participate. For information or to purchase tickets, call (732) 826-1395 or visit www.johnpaulsecond.com.

 

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.

April 8, 7:30 p.m. – St. Matthias Rosary Altar Society and the Respect Life Committee, Somerset, will present an “End of Life Issues” program in the St. John XXIII Room in the school. The presenter will be Jennifer Ruggiero, director of the Diocese of Metuchen Respect Life Office. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the church with recitation of the Rosary. For information, call (732) 261-5921 or email tfxj@msn.com.

April 11, 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.

April 15, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present Enneagram and Prayer. Learn about and experience a tool that you to understand yourself more fully. Freeing you to be more authentic with God and others. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. For details or to register, call (908) 753-2091 or email msmhope@msmhope.org.

April 18 – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, Middlesex, will begin selling tickets for its annual International Night to be held on May 30. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12 years old. Children four and under are free. For food donations for the event, call Pat, (718) 314-7287. To purchase tickets, call the parish office, call (732) 356-2149.

April 19, 1 to 3 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will host “SpiritualTea,” a tea party for ladies. The day will include a luncheon and an inspirational talk. The cost is $40-$50 as you are able to pay. For details or to register, call (908) 753-2091 or email msmhope@msmhope.org.

April 29, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “St. Faustina: The Saint of Divine Mercy.” Learn about the mystic and visionary brought the message of Divine Mercy. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. For details or to register, call (908) 753-2091 or email msmhope@msmhope.org.

April 24-26 – 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.

May 1-3 – Applications are now being accepted for the Gennesaret weekend retreat for those with a life changing illness. The weekend will be held at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center, Kearny. The program is free and will provide for the spiritual and physical needs of the participants. The weekend includes a spiritual director and a medical team. For information or an application, call Hilare Reinold, (732) 566-7237 or email momr9@optonline.net.

 

 

Pilgrimage/Trip Information Nights

April 13, 8 p.m. – Father John Alvarado, pastor of Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, invites all to a travel information session in the Annex Building, introducing a trip to Costa Rica to be held Oct. 24 – Nov. 1. The trip will include a visit to San Jose, Grecia, Zarcero, the Monteverde Cloud Forest, the Hanging Bridges and much more. The cost is $2399 per person double occupancy or $2799 for a single. Book early and save $100. For information, call (908) 756-0633, ext. 125 or visit https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/672694.

 

 

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.

 

Concerts

April 25, 7 p.m. – The Church of the Sacred Heart Music Ministry, South Plainfield, will present “A Night at the Cabaret” a performance of show tunes. The performance will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center. Tickets are $25 per person and $50 for a family. Children are welcome. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, wine and cheese, coffee and dessert. To purchase tickets, call Lisa, (908) 756-0633, ext. 110.

 

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.

 

Clothing Drives

April 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – St. Bernadette Parish, Parlin, will hold a clothing drive in the church parking lot. Clothing, small appliances, small household items, toys, small furniture, linens, handbags and shoes will be collected. Tax receipts will be available. Student volunteers are needed. For information, call JoAnn, (732) 727-5858.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Blood Drives

April 19, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Social Concerns Ministry, Fords, is sponsoring a blood drive in the parish center. A complimentary cholesterol screening will be available. For information, call (732) 738-7940 or (732) 225-3476.

April 26, 8 a.m. to noon – Holy Trinity Parish, Bridgewater, will hold its annual blood drive. ID is required. Walk-ins are welcome. For information, call (908) 526-2394.

 

School News

St. Ambrose School, Old Bridge, is celebrating its 50th anniversary on May 3. If you are an alumni of the school contact, (732) 679-4700 or visit www.stambroseschool.net.

 

School Open house

April 21, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. – St. James School, Basking Ridge, invites all to an open house. For information, call the school, (908) 766-4774.

 

Tours and Pilgrimages

Oct. 19-28 – A Holy Land Catholic Tour – In the Footsteps of Jesus Christ is being offered under the direction of Salvatorian Father Zenon Boczek. The tour will include a visit to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana and more. Daily breakfast, dinner and Mass is included. The cost is $3550.00.  For details, call Father Boczek, (973) 820-1153 or email veronasds@gmail.com.

 

Lenten Dinners

Our Lady of Peace Council 9199, Knights of Columbus, Fords, is sponsoring linguini dinners Fridays 5 to 7 p.m. during Lent with the exception of Good Friday. The menu includes linguini, with a choice of sauce, pizza, salad, bread, dessert and beverages. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $5 for children under 12 years old. Children under five years old are free. A family price of $20 is available for two adults and two children. Take out is available. For details, call Tony, (732) 233-4473.

Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, invites all to Lenten fish dinners in the Holy Savior Academy cafeteria Fridays 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children. Pay at the door. For information, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633, ext. 142.

 

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 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 rmaloney@blmhs.org.

April 17, 7:30 p.m. – Upper Room Spiritual Center, Neptune, will present a spring concert performed by composer and liturgical musician Tom Kendzia at Church of St. Anselm, Tinton Falls. Admission is $20. For information, call (732) 922-0550 or email office@theupper-room.org.

April 23, 11 a.m. – Union Catholic High School, Scotch Plains, is sponsoring a networking event at Shackamaxon Country Club, Scotch Plains. The luncheon will include a discussion panel hosted by Joe Connolly of WCBS Newsradio. The event is open to all businesses. For details or to register, visit http://ucbnl.eventbrite.com or call (908) 889-1600 ext. 309.

April 24-25 – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, is offering an overnight retreat. The theme will be “Loss.” Learn how prayer guides us through the darkness of loss, illness, divorce, death of a loved one and unemployment. Input, reflection and prayer will be included. A one-day option is available. For details or to register, call Sister Pat Datzauer, (609) 494-2917 or email pdotzauer@comcast.net.

April 24-26 – The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, will hold a Black Catholic family retreat. The center invites families to form a Christ-centered atmosphere to grow in African American family Spirituality. A retreat for families with young children seven years old and younger will be held on May 15-17.  For information and prices, call (609) 884-3829 or visit www.capemaymarianists.org.