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

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.

Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold a Year End Day of Prayer. Spend time reflecting on the many gifts God has bestowed on you. The day will begin and end with communal prayer. Bring a lunch. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. For information, call (908) 753-2091



Jan. 9-11 – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold a weekend retreat based on Scripture in an atmosphere of prayerful quiet. Daily spiritual direction is included. The weekend is adaptable to the needs of the individual. The cost is $140 with a $40 non-refundable deposit. Registration is required. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or


Fun and Food

Dec. 21, 8 a.m. to noon – Our Lady of Peace Council 9199, Knights of Columbus, Fords, is sponsoring a pancake breakfast in the cafeteria. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, tea and orange juice. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years old. A family price is available for $15 for two adults and two children. For information, contact Bill Herring, (732) 512-8825.

Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m. – St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Sayreville, invites all to a New Year’s Day fundraiser. Doors open at noon. The kitchen will be open with specials.

Jan. 4, 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. Music will be provide by The Blue Notes. Refreshments will be available. For information, call (732) 381-9246 or (908) 757-0515.

Jan. 24, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 6930, Knights of Columbus, Whitehouse Station, will host a comedy night in Community Hall. The show will feature professional comedians seen on TV and clubs in New York, Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Food and beverages will be served. Admission is $30. Proceeds will benefit local charities. To purchase tickets, call Roman Hnidj, (908) 256-9760 or email


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.

Jan. 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold “Inquiry Circle: The Work of Byron Katie.” A free-will offering will be collected. “Dorothy Day: 20th Century Saint and Activist” will be presented on Jan. 14, 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able. To register or for information, contact (908) 753-2091 or


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.



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.


Blood Drives

Jan. 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle, Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, will hold a blood drive in the school auditorium. Donors must be at least 18 years old. To schedule an appointment visit http:/ or call (800) 933-BLOOD. Walk-ins are welcome.

Jan. 18, 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 have not donated blood in the last 56 days. Platelets will also be collected. For details, call (800) 933-2566.


Concerts & Plays

Dec. 21, 2 p.m. – St. Ann Parish, Raritan, invites all to attend a Christmas concert performed by the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea under the direction of Father Alphonse Stephenson. The concert will be held at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical School, Bridgewater. To purchase tickets, call the rectory office, (908) 725-1008, ext. 104.


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 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

Jan. 4, 3 p.m. – The Felician Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Convent, Lodi, will present a sacred concert entitled “The Glory of Christmas” in the chapel. For information, call (973) 473-7447.