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 in the parish center chapel. 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 Seitzmeyer, (703) 625-5388.

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

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

Sept. 5, 10 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to First Saturday devotions to honor the plea of Our Lady. “Blasphemy of Instilling Hatred directly in Her Sacred Image” will be explained this month. The speaker and main celebrant will be Father Ronan Murphy. 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

Sept 15, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold “Sacred Time, Sacred Space” a personal quiet day to enjoy God’s presence. The day will include communal prayer. The cost is $20-30 as you are able to pay. Bring a lunch. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or email

Thursdays, Sept. 17-Oct. 29, 8 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, will present a Life in the Spirit Seminar. For details, call Pam, (732) 491-6042.

Sept. 20, 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

Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, will hold an Anointing of the Sick Mass. You may receive the sacrament if you are seriously ill due to sickness or old age. Children may receive the sacrament if they have sufficient reason to be comforted. Registration will precede Mass. Light refreshments will be served following Mass. For information, call Deacon Pat, (732) 251-4000, ext. 8218.




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.

NPM Metuchen will present summer workshops. A Cantor Workshop will be presented on July 15 followed by Handbell Techniques on July 23 and Voice and Vocal Warm-Ups on August 5. The workshops will be held at The St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, Piscataway from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per workshop. For information or a registration form. Call Jill Szabo, (732) 208-4851.

Tuesdays, beginning June 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, and St. Joseph Parish, North Plainfield, are co-sponsoring a 12-week Catholic’s Separated and Divorced program in the rectory basement at St. Joseph Parish. Trained lay facilitators will conduct the sessions. The sessions will include presentations and discussions on anger, grief, the courts, children, annulments and more. For details or to register, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633, ext. 142.

Sept. 12, 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, or Chris Doyle,

Fridays, Sept. 18-Oct. 23, 9:30 to 11 a.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “A Listening Heart: Ways to Deepen My Prayer Life.” The program is open to women who wish to explore different ways of praying. All six sessions are required. The cost is $120-180 as you are able to pay. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or email

Sept. 23, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Oscar Romero: A Voice of Love.” Come and learn about Blessed Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador. The cost is $20-$30 as you able to pay. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

Oct. 1-4 – “Encounter with Christ” A Men’s Cursillo Weekend to strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus is being offered Oct. 1-4. A women’s weekend will be held Oct. 22-25. Space is limited. For an application, visit or contact Lorri DeNoyelles, or call (732) 738-1796.

Oct. 16-18 – 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) 371-1724 or email


Fun and Food

Sept. 9, 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.

Sept. 12, 5 to 9 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, Fords, is sponsoring “Hollywood Night Cruisers” a classic and custom car cruise night. Admission is free. The evening will feature a DJ, pig roast and a barbecue. Rain date is Sept. 19.

Sept. 13, 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 George. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for guests. For information, call (732) 521-0361 or (908) 757-0515.

Sept. 18, 7 p.m. – St. Joseph Parish, Raritan, invites all to its annual Tricky Tray Basket Auction in the parish center. Admission is $20 and includes a light supper and a sheet of tickets. Doors open at 5 p.m. For tickets or information, call Elaine, (908) 369-7051 or Irene, (908) 526-3514.

Sept. 26, 6 p.m. – St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Sayreville, invites all to its Polish Night Buffet and Dance. Music will be provided by Tony Blazonczyk’s “New Phaze.” Tickets for the buffet and dancing is $30. Tickets for the dance only is $15 with admission after 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call Bernice, (732) 710-0016 or Connie, (732) 614-3835.

Oct. 2, 7 p.m. – St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Hillsborough, invites all to a tricky tray auction. A flat screen TV, an outdoor grill, a Kitchen Aid mixer, theme baskets and more will be showcased. Admission is $10 and includes tickets, desserts, coffee and tea. Other food will be available for purchase. Doors open at 5 p.m. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. To purchase tickets, call Marge, (908) 722-5894 or visit


New Members Needed

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.


Bible Study

St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, invites all to a Bible study Tuesdays 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.

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 7:30 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.

Special Events

Sept. 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Council 11378, Knights of Columbus, North Brunswick, invites all to a train show presented by the Raritan Valley Hi-Railers Train Club in the parish center. Track layouts and landscapes will be featured. Vendor space is available. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is $3 per person. For information or vendor details, call (732) 322-0765 or email

Sept. 13, 1 to 4 p.m. – St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bridgewater, will host The Metuchen Cursillo Movement annual walkathon on the parish grounds. Food, music, activities for children and a silent auction will be featured. For information, visit

Sept. 20, 1 p.m. – St. Ann Parish, Raritan, will celebrate a Memorial Mass to honor war hero John Basilone. The annual parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. The Raritan Public Library will open at 10 a.m. so visitors can tour the John Basilone Museum. On Sept. 19, 7 p.m. a commemorative concert presented by Summerswing will be held at Raritan Valley Community College. For information, call (908) 429-8868.

Oct. 3, 8 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary Academy Alumnae Association, Watchung, is sponsoring a Charity Art Auction conducted by Marlin Art to benefit the Alumnae Sponsorship Fund and Alumnae sponsored events. Works by Delacroix, Holland, Pino, Adams and others will be showcased. Oils, watercolors, graphics, originals will be available for purchase. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple. Refreshments will be served. To purchase tickets, call (908) 757-0108, ext. 4535.


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.


Blood Drives

Sept. 27, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Monroe Township, in conjunction with NJ Blood Services, will conduct a blood drive. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh  at least 110 pounds and not have donated in the last 56 days. People over 76 years old may donate with a physician’s letter. Official ID is required. Platelets will also be collected at that time. For information, call (800) 933-2566.


Bus Trips

Sept. 28-Oct. 3 – Circle of Friends, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Martinsville, is offering a bus trip to Rhode Island. The trip will include lodging at the Newport Hotel, visits to Newport Mansions, a dinner show, Mystic Seaport, Mohegan Sun Casino and more. Some meals are included. The cost is $885 per person double occupancy. Everyone is welcome. For details, call Irma Huhn, (908) 722-3565.


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.

Sept. 12, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. – St. Bartholomew Knights of Columbus, East Brunswick, is sponsoring a yard sale. Refreshments, outdoor vendors and indoor sales will be featured.

Oct. 3, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, is sponsoring a flea market in the parish center and parking lot. Space is still available. New and used items will be featured. A 12 ft. table inside is $15. Space outside with your table is $10. Food will be available for purchase. For information or a contract, (732) 541-5768.


Communion Breakfasts

Oct. 4 – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Altar Rosary Society, Middlesex, will hold a communion breakfast in the parish center after the 8 a.m. Mass. Tickets will be sold beginning Sept. 12. To purchase tickets, call (732) 469-0184.


Crafters and Vendors Needed

Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – St. Joseph High School Fathers Club, Metuchen, is seeking vendors for its annual Holiday Fair. For details, call (732) 549-7600 ext. 214.



Sept. 12, 7 p.m. – St. Francis of Assisi Grammar School Class of 1970, Metuchen, will hold a reunion at Haley’s Harp, Main St., Metuchen. To RSVP, email Regina Milgram Bossong, or call (732) 261-6562 by Sept. 10.


 School News

St. Matthias School, Somerset, is looking to borrow a 3 octave set of tone chimes for the 2015-2016 school year. If you would be willing to lend them to the school contact, Jill Szabo, (732) 208-4851 or email


Tours and Pilgrimages

Father David Kosmoski, pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, invites all to a pilgrimage to Alpine Europe, Nov. 9-19.The cost is $3079. Pilgrimages in 2016 will include The Best of Ireland March 1-11, 2016, $2300 and the Year of Mercy trip 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

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



Sept. 4-6 – St. Joseph Parish, Bound Brook, is sponsoring a retreat to be held at Mount Alvernia Retreat Center, Wappinger Falls, N.Y. The theme will be “The Jubilee Year – Holy Year of Mercy.” The retreat will include talks, small group reflection, prayer and celebrations. The cost of $180 includes bus transportation, meals and a private room and bath. For details or for reservations, call the parish office, (732) 356-0027 or email Linda Goodrich, by Aug. 15.


Plays and Concerts

Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, Middlesex, will begin selling tickets for a performance of the international comedy “Lite Nite Catechism” on Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parish office and after all Masses beginning Sept. 12. Tickets are $30 per person. For information, call the parish office (732) 356-2149.


Actors Needed

The Catholic Underground is seeking cast members for a play entitled “And Still You Many Not Know Too” to be performed on Nov. 21. Auditions will be held Aug. 5, 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish, Somerville, in the Nazareth House. For details or if you’d like to schedule an audition, email or


Golf Outings

Oct. 4, 8 a.m. – St. John the Evangelist Parish, Dunellen, will host its annual Fall Golf Classic at Rutgers University Golf Course. This year’s honoree is Clem Santy. The fee is $130 per person and $520 per foursome. The day will include coffee and bagels, lunch, awards, prizes and a live auction. Sponsorships are available. To register or for sponsorship information, call John Nicholson, (732) 563-1473.


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.

St. Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May Point, will hold spiritual enrichment programs throughout the summer. “Zeal for the Neighborhood of the Universe” Spirituality by-the-Sea for Women and Men will be held June 18-21. For information, visit, email or call (609) 884-8708.

The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, will hold its Summer Family Retreat Weeks June 29 – Aug. 29. 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

Sept. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – St. Joseph By the Sea Retreat House, Mantoloking, will offer “The 12 Keys to Spiritual Vitality: Powerful Lessons in Living Agelessly.” Transform the way you look at aging and spirituality. Lunch and Mass is included. The cost is $45. For details or to register, call (732) 892-8494 or visit,

Sept. 11 – Felician College Theater Company, Lodi, will present “100 Famous Views of Otzi” based on the real-life discovery of the mummified remains of a 5300 year old “ice man.” For performance schedule and tickets,

Sept. 13, 3 to 5 p.m. – Sacred Thread Ministries, Berkeley Heights, will hold an open house at the Long Hill Township Senior Center, 769 Valley Rd., Gillette. Presenters will outline the study course available through Sacred Threads for those interested in becoming a certified spiritual; director. Refreshments will be served. For details, call (908) 608-3160.

Sept. 16 and 30, 1 to 3 p.m.St. Joseph By the Sea Retreat House, Mantoloking, will offer Women on a Journey Series, “The Cup of Our Life.” The group will explore the richness of the cup as a symbol of life through group discussion, prayer, reflection and journaling. Book will be available at the first session. The next sessions will be held Oct. 14 and 28. For details or to register, call (732) 892-8494 or visit,

Sept, 17 – Loyola Jesuit Center, Morristown, is hosting its annual Father Harvey Haberstroh, S.J. Memorial Golf Classic at the Suburban Golf Club, Union. The fee of $325 per golfer includes brunch, refreshments, a cocktail reception, dinner, awards and silent auction. Non-golfers may purchase dinner tickets for $100. Sponsorships are available. To register and for sponsorships contact Renee Owens, (973) 539-0740 or visit

Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – St. Joseph By the Sea Retreat House, Mantoloking, will present “Art and Faith: Finding the Face of God.” This day of reflection will focus on finding the face of God in our world. Lunch and Mass is included. The cost is $45. For details or to register, call (732) 892-8494 or visit,

Sept. 18-20 – The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, is offering a Celebration of Marriage Retreat for couples married at least ten years. Presentations, small group discussions, Liturgy and free time will be included. The cost is $130 per couple. For information, call (609) 884-3829 or visit

Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to noon – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will present “The Camino De Santiago.” The cost is $25 with a $10 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. To register, call (609) 494-1182 by Sept. 10.

Oct. 3 – The Sisters of Saint Joseph at Saint Mary-by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May Point, are sponsoring the annual Sole Sisters 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk. Proceeds will benefit Saint Mary. Awards will be given to top finishers in various categories. For a brochure, visit