Around the Diocese

Prayer and Worship

St. Mary Parish, Alpha, will host Praying the Gospel on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Msgr. Luisini Parish Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The evening will include readings, teaching, praying, faith sharing and practical application to daily life. For details, call Pat Kane, (908) 859-8967 or email prkane@ptd.net.

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.

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.

Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – The Metuchen Cursillo Movement will present its sixth annual Encounter with Christ “The Holy Spirit in our Lives” at Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough. The day will feature the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and the Franciscan Sisters of Renewal. The guest speakers will include Father Glenn Sudano, CFR and Sister Fransesca, CFR. The day will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Mass and the opportunity for Reconciliation. Morning coffee and donuts and lunch will be included. A free-will offering will be accepted. To register, call Marianne Khare, (908) 552-8173 or email mariannedzk@metcursillo.org by Feb. 19.

March 4, 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) 803-7466 or Dolores, (732) 634-2928.

 

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.

Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – St. Ann School, Raritan, will hold a Sports Card and Collectibles Show. Fifty dealer table will be showcased. Proceeds will benefit the school. For information, call, Glenn (908) 231-6658.

March 1, 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. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for guests. For information, call (732) 381-9246 or (908) 757-0515.

March 8, 2 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold its annual gift auction in the Holy Family Parish Center. Super Stages, Mystery Baskets and more will be featured. Food will be available. Admission is $10. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. Snow date is March 15. To purchase tickets, call Lori, (732) 541-5616.

March 8, 2 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold its annual gift auction in the Holy Family parish center. Super Stages, Mystery Baskets and more will be showcased. Admission is $10. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Snow date is March 15. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. To purchase tickets, call Lori, (732) 541-5616.

March 11, 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.

March 11, 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.

March 15, 5 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 6930, Knights of Columbus, Whitehouse Station, invites all to its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner in Community Hall. The menu will include corned beef, cabbage, desserts and beverages. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for seniors and children under 12 years old. To purchase tickets, call Roman, (908) 256-9760 or email romanhnidj@verison.net.

March 21, 7:30 p.m. – St. Jude Ladies Guild, Blairstown, invites all to its fundraiser night in McNulty Hall. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No one under 18 years old will be admitted.  For details, contact Gladys, (908) 459-9210 or (862) 220-2693.

 

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.

March 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish Council, Knights of Columbus, Kendall Park, will present Footsteps of American Saints Third Annual Youth Activity Day for grades 1-12. The saint to be presented is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Activities, Mass and prayer will be included. Breakfast and lunch is included. Online registration is required. To register, visit, www.SetonPatch.Eventbrite.com. For information, email SetonPatch@gmail.com.

 

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

March 8, 4 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, will present its 14th season of Music at St. Mary’s in the church. A concert for the harp and violin will be performed.  A suggested donation of $15 will be accepted. An Irish reception will follow the concert in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. For information, visit www.musicatstmarys.org or call Bonnie (732) 857-0202.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Support Groups

Wednesdays, Jan. 21 – March 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, is offering “Journey through Grief” an eight-week bereavement support group in the teen center. The program is free. Registration is appreciated. For details, call Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053 or Trudy Madden, (908) 285-6053

 

 

Special Events

March 7, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 7250, Knights of Columbus, Milltown, will hold its annual “March Madness” Dart Tournament in the school cafeteria. Advance tickets are $35 if purchased by March 7. Food, beverages and darts are included. Admission is $40 at the door. No one under 21 years old will be admitted. Donations and sponsorships are welcome. To purchase tickets, call Mike Duffy, (732) 422- 9701 or the rectory, (732) 828-0011.

 

Pilgrimage Information Night

March 7, following the 4 p.m. Mass – Father David Kosmoski, pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, will hold an information night for upcoming pilgrimages. The Italy pilgrimage will be held April 27-May 7 and will include a visit to Turin to see the Shroud of Turin, Milan, Venice, Padua, Rome and more. The trip to the Alpine will be held on Nov. 9-19. A tour of Switzerland and Germany will be included. For details, call (732) 634-4355.

 

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.

 

Auditions

The Diocese of Metuchen Caraitas Chamber Chorale will hold auditions in February and March for singers for its 2015 season. Auditions are being held by appointment. The chorale will be touring the San Francisco area and some California Missions Nov 5-11.  Rehearsal is held on Friday nights in Bridgewater. For details, call Barbara Sanderman, (732) 718-0775 or visit www.caritaschamberchorale.org.

 

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.

March 6-8 –The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, is offering a Latino Family Retreat Weekend. A Women’s Spirituality Retreat Weekend will be held on March 13-15. For information on either program, call (609) 884-3829 or visit www.capemaymarianists.org.