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.

April 26, 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.

April 30, 10 a.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, will hold a Reunion Mass honoring past teachers and staff members of St. Mary/Cardinal McCarrick High School. A brunch will be held after Mass in the school cafeteria. Alumni of the school are encouraged to attend. For information or to RSVP, call John Kobiernicki, (732) 406-8606 or email jkobiernicki4@gmail.com.

May 4, 7:30 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, will hold a Charismatic Mass. The celebrant will be Joseph Meagher from St. Antonius Parish, Newark. Healing prayers will be held after Mass. For information, call Pam, (732) 491-6042.

 

Fun and Food

St. Mary Altar Rosary Society, South River, is conducting its annual Easter Babka through April 9. Varieties include cinnamon crumb, prune, cheese, apricot and cheese and raspberry and cheese. The cost is $11.50 and $13.50. Orders with payments can be dropped off at the parish office on Jackson St. Make checks payable to St. Mary’s Altar Rosary. Pick up will be held on April 11, 3 to 6 p.m. For information, call Christine, (908) 391-3355.

April 1, 7:30 p.m. – St. Jude Ladies Guild, Blairstown, invites all to a fundraiser in McNulty Hall. Hot dogs and snacks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. Proceeds will benefit local charities, scholarships and parish needs. For information, call Gerry, (908) 256-3303.

April 1, after the 5 p.m. Mass – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, Middlesex, will hold its annual International Night in the parish center. Join the celebration to enliven your spirit and embrace the richness of other cultures. Bring a dish of your origin to share with others. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children four to 12 years. Children three and younger are free. To order tickets and to tell us what dish you are bringing, call Mary, (732) 563-0391 or email marysbaskets@hotmail.com.

April 1, 7:30 p.m. – Holy Savior Academy, South Plainfield, invites all to its annual Spring Splendor Tricky Tray. Reservations are accepted for parties of ten or more. Admission is $20 per person and includes tickets, beverages and dessert. BYOB and food. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in the school office. For information, call (908) 822-5890 or email tickytraysa@gmail.com.

April 22 – Our Lady of Peace Council 9199, Knights of Columbus, Fords, will host a live and interactive Murder Mystery Night in the parish center gym. Admission includes food, beer, wine, beverages and dessert. Tickets are $40 per person. Seats are limited. To purchase tickets, call Kevin, (908) 217-0312 or email kofc9199@optonline.net.

April 23, 2 to 5 p.m. – Saint Peter’s University Children’s Hospital, New Brunswick, in conjunction with MyGOAL invites all to Bowling for Autism at Stelton Lanes, Piscataway. Tickets are$15 for adults and $12 for children under 12 years old. Create a team and raise donations for the organization, Proceeds will benefit families with limited economic resources to access therapies and programs. Sponsorships are available. To register or for information, contact (877) 886-9462 or info@mygoalautism.org.

 

Special Events

March 25, 9 a.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, will host the New Jersey Pastoral Workers with the Deaf annual DeaFest. Prayer will be at 9:45 a.m. followed by guest speaker, Father Ray Fleming. The day will include lunch, and group activities. The day will conclude with Mass at 5:30 p.m. To register for the event, email catholicdeafestnj@gmail.com. Booths are available. To register for a booth email hidimaio@aol.com by March 12.

March 25, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital Auxiliary, New Brunswick, will host its annual spring fashion show at the Pines Manor, Edison. The theme will be “Jersey Girls.” Fashions will be provided by Lord and Taylor. Tickets are $65. Admission includes a sit-down lunch. Entertainment will be provided by “The Shadows” and “All In.”   A basket tricky tray will also be held. Proceeds will benefit the hospital’s breast health programs. To purchase tickets, call Saint Peter’s Auxiliary, (732) 745-8588 or email kkillion@saintpetersuh.com. If you’d like to join the auxiliary, call Mary Ann Snediker, (732) 846-9434.

April 5, 7 p.m. – St. Ambrose Council 6424, Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, will present “Catholic Financial Foundations: Protecting you Family with Insurance and Estate Planning.” The program will be held at 1 Frederick Place, Old Bridge. Topics will include NJ Estate Tax and changes to taxes on pensions, new probate laws, preparation of Wills, Power of Attorney and more. To reserve a seat, email Mark.Boutros@KOFC.org.

April 8, 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 22, 9 a.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, invites all to participate in a walk-a-thon sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Registration is $25 per adult or $15 per student. Pets on leashes are welcome for $5. The proceeds benefit the House of Prayer. A continental breakfast and lunch is included. Registration will also be held on the morning of the event. To register, visit www.msmhope.org or call (908) 753-2091.

 

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 28-30 – 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.

April 29, 9 a.m. – Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, invites girls in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades to attend “ArtsAlive,” a fine arts, music and poetry program at the academy. Classes are taught by MSAM teachers who are assisted by MSMA students. Girls may choose one or all three of the classes. The program is free. Registration is required. To register or for details, email, www.mountsaintmary.org/artsalive.

 

Donations Needed

St. Thomas the Apostle School, Old Bridge, is seeking gifts and monetary contributions to support its annual Basket Fundraiser to be held on May 18. Sponsors and donors get free advertising in the event program and on the website. If you like to donate, call Sandy (732) 761-8076 or email hsabasketraffle@sttaob.com.

 

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

 

Concerts

March 25, 7 p.m. or March 26, 2 p.m. – St. Matthew the Apostle Parish, Edison, invites all to a performance of “Nunsense” presented by Our Cabaret Productions. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase tickets, call 800-838-3006.

March 26, 4 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, will present Music at St. Mary’s in the church.  Violinist Alexei Yavtuhovich and organist Shea Vellsos will perform.  A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. A suggested donation of $15 will be accepted. For information, call (732) 857-0202.

 

Lenten Dinners

March 1 and March 31 – Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, will hold a Lenten Fish Fry. For details, call the parish office, (908) 735-7319.

March 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 5 to 7 p.m. – St. Mary of Ostrabrama Parish, South River, will hold Lenten Fish Dinners in the parish center. An adult dinner of fish and French fries is $12. A children’s dinner is $5. Take-out is available starting at 4 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door and in the parish office during business hours. For information, call (732) 254-2220.

Fridays, beginning March 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Council 9199, Knights of Columbus, Fords, is sponsoring an all you can eat Linguini Dinner every Friday during Lent with the exception of Good Friday. The meal will include linguini with a choice of sauce, salad, bread, coffee and dessert. Dinners are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $5 for children under 12 years old. Children under five years old are free. Take-out orders are available. For information, call Tony, (732) 233-4473.

Fridays through April 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m. – Council 2544, Commodore John Barry, Knights of Columbus, Dunellen, invites all to its fish fry at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 647 Grove St., Dunellen. Fish dinners are $10, shrimp dinners are $12 or a combo dinner of shrimp and clam strips is $13. Dinner also includes potatoes or mac and cheese, dessert and coffee or tea. Take out is available. To place an order, call (732) 968-3713.

 

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 www.courageRC.org

Tuesdays, beginning March 28, 7 p.m. – St. Mary’s-Stony Hill Parish, Watchung, will hold a bereavement program in the parish center, for six consecutive weeks. For details, call Cheryl Gatti, (908) 285-0330 or email cgatti4712@aol.com.

April 23, 11 a.m. to noon – St. Charles Borromeo Life After Loss Ministry, Montgomery Township, invites all to “The Grief Journey – Finding your way Forward” a presentation in the Seton Elizabeth Room to help those in need of support negotiating their personal journey through grief. Learn how faith, hope and support will help you reach a peaceful place. For information or to register, call Sister Susan, (609) 466-0300, ext. 19.

 

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 and ending 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 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.

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, al@fdsnj.com.

 

Bible Study

Tuesdays, March 14-May 30, 7 p.m. or Fridays, March 10-May 26, 9:30 a.m. – Our Lady of Victories Parish, Sayreville, will present “Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come: an 11-part Bible Study featuring Jeff Cavins. Learn about Revelation and how it relates to the Mass, learn about mysterious figures and images of Revelation and what will happen during the second coming of Christ. The cost is $35. A study guide is included. For information about the Tuesday sessions, call Maureen Bender, (732) 254-2513. To learn about the Friday sessions, call Katie Bolton, (732)254-2678.

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.

 

Blood Drives

March 26, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Social Concerns Committee, Fords, will hold a blood drive in the parish center. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and bring identification. Eat and drink before you donate. Donors will receive a cholesterol screening. For information, call (732) 738-7940.

 

Tours and Pilgrimages

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 www.petersway.com.

April 6, 6:30 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will hold an information meeting in the Annex Building. The meeting will review a tour of Canyon Country to be held Oct. 19-27 under the direction of Father John Alvarado. The tour will include visits to Arizona, Utah, Las Vegas, Catholic missions, national parks and more.  Book early and save. For details, visit, www.ChurchoftheSacredHeart.net and click the travel link.

June 27-July 5 – Father Edgar Madarang, parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, will lead a pilgrimage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The pilgrimage will include tours in Portugal, Spain and France. The cost is $3499. To view a video of the pilgrimage with information, visit www.Unitours.com/traveler or call Father Madarang, (908) 735-7319.

Oct. 19-27 – Father John Alvarado, pastor of Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, invites all to a tour of Canyon Country featuring Arizona and Utah. Highlights will include Tucson, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and more. For an itinerary and pricing, visit www.ChurchoftheSacredHeart.net and click on the travel link.

 

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.

Georgian Court University, Lakewood, will present performances of “Mrs. Gould Welcomes Coco Chanel” during the months of April, May and June. All performances will be held in The Mansion on the campus. Tickets are $45 per person and includes a tea luncheon. For specific dates, call (732) 987-2263 or email specialevents@georgian.edu.

April 5, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will present “Whoa.” Escape for the day with Jesus. Prayer, music and meditation will be featured. Mass and lunch is included. The cost is $45. To register, call (732) 892-8494 or visit www.sjbsea.org.

April 7-9 – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will offer “Dreams as Spiritual Practice” an intensive dream workshop. Learn how to understand dreams as true religious practice for discernment and prayer. Mass, personal prayer and integration time will be included. For details, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email pdotzauer@comcast.net.

April 5, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will present “Whoa.” Escape for the day with Jesus. Prayer, music and meditation will be featured. Mass and lunch is included. The cost is $45. To register, call (732) 892-8494 or visit www.sjbsea.org.