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.


Nov. 20, 3 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Divine Mercy Healing Mass. 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

Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m. – St. John the Evangelist Parish, Dunellen, will celebrate a Jubilee Mass celebrating 100 years of the church building. For information, call (732) 698-2621.

Nov. 30, 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.

Nov. 30, 7 p.m. – St. Philip and St. James Parish, Phillipsburg, will hold a Charismatic Healing Mass. The celebrant will be Father Tom Ganley. The guest speaker will be Deacon Vince Riccardi. For information, call Father Ganley, (732) 514-7160 or email

Dec. 4, 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.

Dec. 4, 4 p.m. – The Somerset County Council 0653, George Washington Assembly, Knights of Columbus, will hold a Memorial Mass in honor our deceased Knights at the Somerville Knights of Columbus Hall, Somerville. Dinner and dancing will be held following Mass. Music will be provided by “Who Are You Guys.” The cost is for the dinner is $30. Beer, wine and soda are included. For reservations, call Christopher Ofsik, (732) 748-1183 or Robert Warren, (908) 625-5979.

Dec. 5, 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. For information, call Marilyn, (732) 991-7379 or visit

Dec. 15-23 – The Diocese of Metuchen Filipino Apostolate invites all to Simbang Gabi a devotional nine-day series of Mass honoring the Blessed Mother in preparation for the Nativity of our Lord. The Masses will begin at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington at 7:30 p.m. and conclude at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen. Bishop James Checchio will be the celebrant. Other Masses will be held during the week at different parishes. For a complete schedule, call Father Roberti D. Coruna, (908) 479-4905.



Fun and Food

Dec. 1, 6 p.m. – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Altar Rosary Society, Middlesex, will hold its annual Christmas Party at Carpaccio Ristorante, Middlesex. Tickets are $28 per person. For reservations or information, call Dianne, (732) 690-6590 by Nov. 22.

Dec. 2, 7 p.m. – St. John Neumann Parish, Califon, invites all to “Jersey Boys…and Girls” its annual food tasting. A variety of food, chocolate, wine and beer will be sampled. The evening will feature live music and unique gifts to purchase. Tickets are $35 per person. To purchase tickets, call (908) 832-2207.

Dec. 4, 2 p.m. – St. Lawrence Altar Rosary Society, Laurence Harbor, will host its annual tricky tray in the parish hall. Gift certificates, theme baskets, electronics, a TV, designer bags and more will be showcased. Tickets are $10.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. No one under 18 will be admitted. To purchase tickets, call Maria, (732) 290-3002 or Karen, (732) 727-3774.

Dec. 4, 1:30 p.m. – St. Bartholomew Columbiettes, East Brunswick, will host its annual Christmas Tea at the Knights of Columbus Building, Ryders Lane, East Brunswick. The menu will include quiche, salad and beverages. The cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door along with a dessert to share with your table. Please bring a child’s hat and gloves to donate to preschoolers in need. The proceeds will benefit a military and local family in need. To purchase tickets, call Diane, (732) 605) 9817 or Barbara, (732) 254-5440.

Dec. 4, 6 p.m. – Carteret Chapter of Widows Or Widowers, will host a 35th Anniversary and Christmas Party at the Columbian Club of Avenel. The evening will include a buffet and beer, wine and soda. Music will be provided by Somers and Steele. Tickets are $38 each. Reservations are a must. Proper attire is required. For reservations, call (732) 541-2174.



Nov. 20, 4 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, will present its 16th season of Music at St. Mary’s in the church. Next in the series will be “A Festival of Organists!”  Organists from around Middlesex County will perform on the church’s historic organ. The concert is free however, a suggested donation of $15 will be appreciated. A meet the artist reception will follow the concert. For information, call (732) 857-0202.

Dec. 3, 8 p.m. and Dec. 4, 4 p.m. – Philomusica Concert Choir will perform “Celebration and Joy” at Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick. The works of Thomas Morley, Dorothy Priesing, Bob Chilcott others will be performed. For details or tickets, call (732) 993-5400 or visit


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.

Dec. 7, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer “Encounters with Wisdom Figures.” The program will reflect on the wisdom figures who have touched you and uncover the gift the share. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

Dec. 10, 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,

Jan. 13-15 – 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


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.


Audition Notice

Caritas Chamber Chorale is seeking singers for its 2016-2017 season. Altos are especially needed. Auditions will be held by appointment in August and September. The chorale practices Fridays in Bridgewater. There is no financial obligation to participate other than attire. To schedule an audition, call Barbara Sanderman, (732) 718-0775 or email


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

Nov. 20, 1 to 5:30 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer Grief Recovery, a gentle experiential process for resolving the grief caused by loss. The cost is $45-$55 as you are able to pay. For information or to register, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail



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 through 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 Achilles, (718) 224-5973 or call the Shrine, (908) 689-1700 ext. 210.


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.

Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Milltown, will host its annual Christmas Bazaar. The day will include shopping, food and family activities. Ornaments, vintage jewelry, stocking stuffers, games, designer bags, crafts and more will be available for purchase. A silent auction will be held. The Knights of Columbus Breakfast with Santa will be held with seating’s at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Advance reservations are required. For details or reservations, call the rectory, (732) 828-0011 or Bernadette, (732) 828-6726.


Special Events

Dec. 4, 4 to 6:30 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, invites all to its 40th Anniversary Benefit Cocktail Party in Mount Parlor. The cost is $50 per person. For reservations, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail



Christ the Redeemer Parish, Manville, is selling tickets for its 2016 Mega Fundraiser now through Nov. 19. The drawing will be held on Nov. 19 at the parish dance. You need not be present to win. To purchase a ticket, call the parish office, (908) 725-0072. For details, visit

Holy Savior Academy, South Plainfield, will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Holy Savior Academy eighth grade class trip.  The prize will be four tickets and a parking pass to the Giants vs Bengals Game on Nov. 14, 8 p.m. The tickets are $20 each. They will be sold until Nov. 7. To purchase tickets or for information, contact Carl Adlassnig,



Tours and Pilgrimages

Father David Kosmoski, pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, is offering pilgrimages for the Year of Mercy 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

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


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

Every Tuesday beginning Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. – The Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity at The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, will offer “The 12 Steps thru Scripture” at Trinity House. For details, call Ron Reinhart, (440) 225-0866 or email

Nov. 18-20 – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will offer “Celestial Conversation – Healing Relationships after Death.” The presenter will give you the opportunity to release guilt or resentment you may have because of your loss. Mass will be included. The cost is $250. For information or to register, call (732) 892-8494 or visit