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.

July 2, 10:30 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to five First Saturdays of Reparation to honor the plea of Our Lady. The speaker and celebrant will be Msgr. Robert Carroll.  The day will include confessions, a speaker, Mass, recitation of the Rosary, a Holy House tour and a talk on the Last Vision of Fatima. The day will conclude with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. For details, call (908) 689-1700 or visit

July 13, 10:30 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to celebrate the anniversary of Our Lady.  The day will include confessions, a talk by Father Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry, recitation of the Rosary, a Holy House tour and Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. Visit the Angel Tabernacle carved according to the description of the Angel of Portugal. For details, call (908) 689-1700 or visit



Fun and Food

June 22 and 23, 6 to 10 p.m. and June 24 and 25, 5 to 11 p.m. – St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Sayreville, invites all to its annual carnival on the church grounds. The carnival will feature homemade American and Polish food, a fish fry, a Beer Garden, desserts, rides, games, live music and more. For information, call (732) 254-0212.

July 13, 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 $14 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.



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.

June 23, 7 to 9 p.m. – The National Association of Pastoral Musicians Metuchen Chapter, will offer “Liturgy Basics” led by Tony Varas, director of worship. At the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, Piscataway. A cantor certification workshop for basic and intermediate cantor certification will be held on July 26. Testing will be held on July 27. For details or to register, contact Jill Szabo, (732) 208-4851 or email

July 9, 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,

July 22-24 – 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

Sept. 22-25 – The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen is now accepting applications for the men’s weekend. The weekend is an “Encounter with Christ” which is designed to strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. The women’s weekend will be offered Nov. 3-6. For an application, visit or call Lori DeNoyelles, (732) 738-1796 or Mary Ann Faillace. (908) 334-4729.


School News/Open Houses

St. Matthias School, Somerset, is looking to borrow a 3 octave set of tone chimes for the 2015-2016 school year. If you would be willing to lend them to the school contact, Jill Szabo, (732) 208-4851 or email

St. Thomas the Apostle School, Old Bridge, is offering daily tours of the school scheduled at your convenience. For information or to schedule a tour, call the Admissions Office, (732) 251-4000 ext. 8253 or visit

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.


Special Events

July 4, 7:45 a.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 7250, Knights of Columbus, Milltown, is sponsoring its annual Milltown Firecracker 5K and Fun Run. Pre-registration is $25 for the 5K and $7 for the Fun Run before June 15. After June 15 the cost is $30 and $10. Proceeds will benefit the charitable works of the Knights. Send checks payable to: Knights of Columbus, c/o Joe Walsh, 9 Starkin Rd., Milltown, NJ 08850. To pre-register and for more information, visit


Vacation Bible School

June 27 – July 1, 9 a.m. to noon – St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, is offering Vacation Bible School. The theme will be “Who is Jesus?” Crafts, games, playacting, songs and examples will be included. A “Fill them with Faith Sip and Snack Bar” will be featured. For details, call the parish office, (732) 636-4261 and ask for Bette.



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.



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.


Flea Markets, Yard Sales 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.


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


Bus Trips

Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Good Shepherd Parish, Hopelawn, is sponsoring a trip to the Polish-American Festival at The national Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown Pa. Mass will be held in English at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person. Food and drinks are your responsibility. For information or reservations, call Phyllis, (732) 442-0843 or Marie, (732) 442-6916 by June 30.



Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer weekend and week-long retreats from June 10 through Aug. 19. “Sacred Time, Sacred Space” will be offered on June 14, July 12 and Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. For details on any of these retreats, contact (908) 753-2091 or


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

Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will hold its 2016 Summer Retreats from June 19 – Aug. 21. For details, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 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

St. Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May Point, is now accepting reservations for the 2016 Summer Retreat Season. For information, call (609) 884-8878 or visit

The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, will hold its Summer Family Retreat Weeks June 27 – Aug. 27. The weeks will focus on family life and spiritual development through affirmation, communication, forgiveness and commitment. For information and prices, call (609) 884-3829 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

July 8, Aug. 9, Sept. 8, 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will hold Holy Hours for the presidential candidates, and all elected officials of our country. For information, call (609) 494-2917.

Oct. 14-16 – St. Francis Center, Bethlehem, is offering a Spiritual Retreat for Worldwide Marriage Encounter Couples. If you and your spouse have completed a Marriage Encounter weekend you are invited to attend. The theme will be “Mercy within Marriage.” The event is not affiliated with the Worldwide Marriage Encounter organization. For details, email