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.

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.

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.

June 14, 21, 28, 8 to 9:30 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, will hold a course in Christian Maturity, “There’s Always More…” in the Community Room. The topic in June will be “More Power.” For information, contact Tom, (732) 549-4740 or email mockofam@optonline.net.

June 16, 5 p.m. – Perth Amboy Catholic School, Perth Amboy, invites all to a Farewell Mass honoring Sister Rebecca Piatek, principal of PACS as she begins retirement. The Mass will be held at St. John Paul II Parish, Perth Amboy. A reception will follow Mass.

June 20, 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.

June 20, 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.

June 24, 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.

June 24, 11:30 a.m. – St. Elizabeth-St. Brigid Parish, Far Hills – Peapack, will celebrate a 30th Anniversary Mass in honor of Msgr. Edward Puleo and Father John Hillier at St. Brigid worship site, Peapack. A reception will follow Mass. All are welcome.  To RSVP, call the parish office, (908) 234-1265 or email ParishLife@sainteb.org.

June 25, 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 www.frjohncampoli.com.

July 1, 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.

 

Fun and Food

July 1, 8 a.m. to noon – St. Ambrose Council, Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, will host a breakfast on the first Sunday of the month at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Frederick Pl., Old Bridge. The menu will include eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage and beverages. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children. Proceeds will benefit local charities.

 

Yard Sales
June 23, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Corpus Christi St. Vincent de Paul Society, South River, will sponsor a yard sale. Vendor spaces are $10. Bring your own table. For information, call (732) 589-1576.

Blood Drives
June 24, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Holy Trinity Parish, Bridgewater, will hold a blood drive in the parish center. Walk-ins are welcome. For an appointment, call (800) 933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.

 

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.

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.

Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Man to Man” a men’s group that meets every 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. The evening will feature life affirming discussion and prayer to find God in our lives and to make a difference in our world. A free-will offering will be collected. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or visit www.msmhope.org.

May 17, 24, 31 and June 14, 21, 28, 8 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, is offering a series entitled “There is Always More” in the Community Room. Experience God’s love and power of the Holy Spirit in your life. For details, call Pam, (732) 491-6042.

June 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, is offering a free seminar on CT-free robotics-assisted orthopedic surgery with the NAVIO Surgical System. The presentation will be held in the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center. Refreshments will be served. For information or to register, call (732) 565-5417 or visit www.saintpeterskneepain.com.

June 27, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Circles of Grace: Impressionistic Mandalas.” Through prayer and reflection create a Mandala using the medium of Touch Drawing. Art materials will be provided. The cost is $35-$45 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-2091.

 

Special Events

June 16, 5 p.m. – Perth Amboy Catholic School, Perth Amboy, invites all to a Farewell Mass honoring Sister Rebecca Piatek, principal of PACS as she begins retirement. The Mass will be held at St. John Paul II Parish, Perth Amboy. A reception will follow Mass.

 

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

 

Golf Outings

July 12, noon – The Center for Great Expectations invites all to the Ken Daneyko Golf Classic at Suburban Golf Club, Union. The day includes brunch, cocktail hour, dinner and awards. Fee are $400 before June 15 and $450 after. Brunch only is $50. Cocktails and dinner is $100. Sponsorship are available. Proceeds will benefit the center. To register, email vfinlay@cge-nj.org or call (732) 247-7003 ext. 356.

 

 

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

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Metuchen is offering Counseling and Wellness Services. If you or someone you know needs counseling or is impacted by addiction, we can help. Individual and family therapy for children and adults is available. For an appointment, call (800) 655-9491.

June 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m. – Holy Trinity Bereavement Ministry, Bridgewater, is offering a nine-week bereavement program. Meeting s will be held on Mondays. The small group is designed to bring consolation and support to those who grieve the loss of a loved one. The program is free but registration is required. To register or for information, call Deacon John Phalen, (908) 500-2050.

 

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.

Men and woman are needed to be part of Catholic Church Services at the Middlesex County Corrections Center, North Brunswick, Tuesdays, 10 to 11 a.m. Readings from Sunday’s Mass and the Commandments are read and discussed. Discussing problems and resolutions is the most important part of the work. For details, call Meg Luckhowec, (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.

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.

 

Trips and Pilgrimages

Aug. 17-23 – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, is offering Spotlight on South Dakota. Highlights will include the Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Blacks Hills, Badlands National Park and more. The director will be Father John Alvarado. For an itinerary, photo log, pricing and registration, visit ChurchoftheSacredHeart.net and click on the Travel Link. For reservations, call Jane Allison, (800) 842-4842. Registration closes on March 1.

 

 

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.

June 17-23 – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will offer a preached retreat entitled “Seeking First the Reign of God.” A guided retreat entitled “Dance the Celtic Heart” will be presented June 24-30. The cost for laity is $625 with a $100 non-transferrable, non-refundable deposit. For details about either retreat, visit www.marisstella.org or call (609) 494-2917.

June 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – St. Joseph Retreat Center, Staten Island, will present “Experience the Holy Land.” Experience a tour of the most sacred place on earth. The cost is $25. For information, visit www.SJRetreatCenter.org or call (718) 720-1097.

June 28-July 1 – The Upper Room Spiritual Center, Neptune, is offering a Summer Directed Retreat. The week will include private daily meetings with a Spiritual Director, Reiki Therapeutic Healing, meals, private rooms and more. The offering for the week is $355. To register or for details, call (973) 338-9538.

July 8-13 – San Alfonso Clergy Institute, Long Branch, will present a Clergy Institute. The speakers will include Cardinal Joseph Tobin, CSSR, Dr. Janet Ruffing, RSM and Father Larry Lewis, MM, Ph.D. The stipend of $695 includes accommodations, all meals, conferences, liturgy and private time. For details or to register, call (732) 222-2731 or visit www.sanalfonsoretreats.org.

July 8-15 – The Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth will offer a Monastic Live-in Program for Catholic women 18 years old and over. The cost is $200. A Vocation Discernment Retreat will be held on Aug. 17-19.  For details on either program, contact Sister Mariette Therese, (908) 352-4278 ext. 274 or email SrMariette@bensisnj.org.

July 16-Aug. 9 – Oak Knoll School, Summit, will offer Oak Knoll’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy for Women, a four-week summer program that guides middle and high school students through launching and running their own real businesses or social movements. The program is open to girls in grades 7-12. For details, visit www.oakknoll.org or call (908) 522-8109.