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.

St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington, will hold a First Friday Home School Mass every month at 9 a.m. Fellowship will be held with families after Mass in the Parish Center. For information, call (908)782-2922.

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.

Nov. 19, 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 visit www.dmhealing.org.

Nov. 29, 7 p.m. – St. Philip and St. James Parish, Phillipsburg, will hold a Charismatic Healing Mass. The celebrant will be Father Tom Ganley. Deacon Vincent Riccardi will be the guest speaker. For information, call (732) 514-7160 or email dmhealing@aol.com.

Dec. 6, 7 p.m. – St. James Parish, Woodbridge, will hold a Mass and healing service. Father John Campoli, I.V. Dei, director of His Love Ministries will be the celebrant. Blessings and healing prayers will be held following Mass. For information, call Maryann, (732) 596-1501.

Dec. 10, 4 p.m. – Somerset County 0653, George Washington Assembly, Knights of Columbus, will hold a Memorial Mass and dinner dance. Mass will be celebrated by Msgr. Eugene Prus at the Somerville Knights of Columbus Hall, Somerville. Music will be provided by “Who Are You Guys.” Tickets for dinner are $30 per person. Soda, beer and wine are included. For reservations, call Christopher Ofsik, (732) 748-1183 or email Babycakesgeri56@hotmail.com by Nov. 17.

 

Fun and Food

Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m. – St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Port Reading invites all to its annual “Queen for a Day” tricky tray auction in Father Milos Hall. Prizes will include a vacation voucher, Disney Hopper Passes, a stay at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, a TV, designer purses, appliances and more. Tickets are $12. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. To purchase tickets, visit the parish office or call (7320 634-1403.

Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. – St. Ambrose Council, Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, will host an Italian Night at the Browntown Columbian Hall, 1 Frederick Pl., Old Bridge. The menu will include antipasto, salad, pasta and other Italian dishes. Soda, wine and beer is included. The cost is $25 per person. Seats are limited. For tickets, call Vinny, (516) 238-6026.

 Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. – St. Lawrence Altar Rosary Society, invites all to its annual Tricky Tray in the parish hall. Tickets are $10 each. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. Doors open at 1 p.m. To purchase tickets, call Maria, (732) 290-3002 or Karen, (732) 721-3774.

Dec. 11, 8:30 a.m. to noon – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Knights of Columbus, Metuchen, will hold Breakfast with Santa in the Cathedral Community Room. For tickets, call (732) 548-0100.

Dec. 13, 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 pierogis, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, mashed potatoes, dessert and more. The cost is $15 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.

 

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.

St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington, will be collecting $15 to purchase a wreath for National Wreaths across America Day on Dec. 16. The money will purchase a wreath to honor a Veteran family member who is laid to eternal rest in Arlington National Cemetery or at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Cemetery, Flemington. For details, contact Al Kosiarski, (908)782-7662 Ext.159 or email, al@fdsnj.com.

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.

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.

Nov. 28, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “How to be a Philanthropist when You Are Not Bill Gates.”  Learn how to balance charitable giving with family commitments. Journaling, sharing and prayer will be included. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or email msmhope@msmhope.org.

Jan. 26-28, 2018 – 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.

 

 

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

 

Bible Study

Tuesdays, Sept. 19 – Dec. 12, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Victories Parish, Sayreville, will present “First Corinthians – The Church and the Christian Community.” Explore the key elements that Apostle Paul introduced to a new growing Church. A donation of $35 will cover the cost of materials. For information or to register, call Maureen Bender, (732) 254-2513 or visit BibleStudyForCatholics.com.

Fridays, Sept. 22-Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m. – Our Lady of Victories Parish, Sayreville, will present “The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation,” featuring Jeff Cavins.  The Bible study will cover the journey through the entire Bible. The sessions will consist of two semesters. The cost is $35 per semester will defray the cost of materials. For details or to register, call Katie Bolton, (732) 254-2678 or visit BibleStudyForCatholics.com.

 

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.

The EnCourage Support Group will be held on the fourth Sunday of every month, Sept. through June, 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

 

Special Events

Nov. 17, 7 to 9 p.m. – The Board of Limited Jurisdiction of Holy Savior Academy, South Plainfield, invites all to attend a Gala Cocktail Party at the Academy to celebrate six years of educational excellence. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Proceeds will benefit the technology department. For tickets, call Mike Laputka, (908) 722-9820 or email mlaputka@holysavioracademy.com.

Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, will hold an open public meeting in accordance with P.L. 2008, c.59, which requires general hospitals in New Jersey to conduct one public meeting every year. The meeting will be held in the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center, on the main floor of the hospital.

 

Bus Trips

April 14, 2018 – St. Lawrence Altar Rosary Society, Laurence Harbor, is sponsoring a bus trip to Sight and Sound Theatre, Lancaster, Pa., to see a performance of “Jesus.” Tickets are $135 each and includes transportation, the show and lunch at Good and Plenty. To purchase tickets, call Anne, (732) 566-9276.

 

 

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 once a month for six events beginning May 13 and ending Oct. 13. The events will celebrate the 100th anniversary of 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 www.bluearmy.com.

 

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.

 

Concerts

Nov. 26, 4 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, will present Music at St. Mary’s in the church.  The City Winds Trio will perform, well-known favorites as well as some unknown music. A suggested donation of $15 will be accepted. A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. For information, call (732) 857-0202.

Nov. 26, 3 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will host The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson. General admission tickets are $30, seniors $25 and students are $15. To purchase tickets, call (908) 756-0633, ext. 110.

Dec. 2, 8 p.m. and Dec. 3, 4 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, will host Philomusica Concert Choir performing “Gloria!” The works of Poulenc, Rutter, Walton and traditional Christmas carols will be performed. For details, call (732) 993-5400 or visit www.philomusic.org.

Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of the Mount Parish, Warren, will host Caritas Chamber Chorale performing “Sing, O My Love” in the church. The chorale will perform a variety of choral a cappella Christmas pieces, chants, carol arrangements and more. Admission is free. A free will offering will be collected to benefit the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission in the Congo. The concert will also be held at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Fords, on Dec. 17, 7 p.m. For details, call (732) 718-0775 or visit www.caritaschamberchorale.org.

Dec. 17, 2 p.m. – St. Ann Parish, Raritan, will present The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson at the Vo-Tech School, Bridgewater. To purchase tickets, call the parish office (908) 725-1008.

 

Vendors Needed

Dec. 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle HSA, Old Bridge, is seeking vendors for its Christmas Carnival. For details, contact hsa@sttaob.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.

Wednesdays, Oct. 4-Nov. 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Quellen Spiritual Center, Mendham, will present “Meeting Christ in Prayer” a guided prayer experience for small groups modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The facilitator will be Carol Makravitz, SCC. The cost is $80. To register, call Quellen, (973) 543-6528 ext. 217 by Sept. 20.

Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will offer “An Advent Journey with Meditation, Media and Movement” a pre-Advent Day of Reflection. The cost is $50. There is a $15 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. Bring a lunch. To register, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email pdotzauer@comcast.net by Nov. 5.

Nov. 21, 5:30 to 8 p.m. – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will present “Friends of Bill W. – An Evening for Sponsor and Spouse.”  The evening will include a presentation and dinner. The cost is $20. “Friends of Lois W. – Spiritual Focus for Women of Al-Anon will be held on Nov. 28. A speaker, dinner and fellowship will be included. The cost is $20. To register for either program, call (732) 892-8494 or visit www.sjbsea.org.

 Dec. 2 and 3 – The John Leaps Foundation, Paramus, will hold “The Catholic Everything Expo” at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus. The expo will include preachers, a piano recital, talks for young people based on “Theology of the Body,” tracts for kids and more. A Christmas Village Bazaar will also be showcased. For details, visit www.catholiceverythingexpo.com.