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.

St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington, will hold a First Friday Home School Mass every month at 9 a.m. Fellowship will be held with families after Mass in the Parish Center. For information, call (908)782-2922.

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.

April 16, 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.

April 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, will host a Divine Mercy Family Healing Retreat in the gym. The day will include confession, and talks by Father Bill Halbing, Franciscan Friar Giuseppe Maria Siniscalchi and Vocationist Father Ignatius Mary Okoroji.  Breakfast and lunch is included. A donation in advance is $25 per adult and $15 for children under 15 years old. Door registration is $30. To register or for details, call Max Gutierrez, (732)925-7788 or email maxfler@yahoo.com by April 15.

April 25, 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.

May 3, 7:30 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, will sponsor a Charismatic Mass followed by prayers of healing. The celebrant will be Father John Campoli, I.V. Dei, director of His Love Ministries. The prayer group will be available to pray. For information, call Pam, (732) 491-6042.

May 20, 7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, invites all to attend a Fatima Candlelight Procession. Gathering will begin at 7 p.m. at the church. For information, call the parish office, (732) 968-5555.

 

Fun and Food

April 21, 6 p.m. – Holy Savior Academy, South Plainfield, is hosting its annual Spring Splendor Tricky Tray. The evening will feature Disney Hopper passes, designer bags, American Girl items, jewelry, gift cards and more. Admission is $25 per person. Tickets, beverages and desserts are included. For tickets, value packs, seating arrangement requests or questions, email trickytrayhsa@gmail.com.

May 6, 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.

May 18, 7 p.m. – St. Augustine of Canterbury School, Kendall Park, invites all to a designer pocketbook and gift basket fundraiser. Bring your own food and beverages. Admission is $30 per person. Admission includes tickets and beverages. No one under 18 years old will be admitted.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call (732) 297-6042 or email, kod4events@gmail.com.

 

Open Houses

April 17, 7 p.m. – Bishop George Ahr High School, Edison, will hold an open house for prospective students and their parents. For details, call (732) 549-1108 or visit www.bgahs.org.

April 17, 7 to 8 p.m. – Immaculata High School, Somerville, invites eighth grade students to HOUR Immaculata an information session at the school. The hour will include tours, conversation, information and refreshments. For details or to register, visit ImmaculataHighSchool.org/Hour.

April 24, 7 to 8 p.m. – Immaculata High School, Somerville, invites transfer students to HOUR Immaculata an information session at the school. The hour will include tours, conversation, information and refreshments. For details or to register, visit ImmaculataHighSchool.org/Hour.

April 24 and May 16, 6 to 8 p.m. – Holy Savior Academy, South Plainfield, will hold an open house for Pre-K through eighth grades. For information or to visit the school, call (908) 822-5890 or email info@holysavioracademy.com.

 

Clothing Drives

May 5, 8 to 11:30 a.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold a clothing drive in the parking lot. Clean, unstained clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, linens and stuffed animals will be accepted in plastic bags. For information, call Debbie, (732) 541-5768.

 

Golf Outings

May 17 – Council 426, Knights of Columbus, South Amboy, will hold its annual golf outing at Cruz Farm Golf Course, Farmingdale. The day will include golf, a golf cart, a shirt, lunch, dinner and prizes. The cost is $100. To pre-register, call Ray Suchcicki, (732) 721-2025 or (732) 406-2340.

 

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.

April 4 – May 19 – Life Choices Resource Center, Metuchen, will conduct Peer Counselor Training assisting women and families dealing with unexpected pregnancy. A men’s program is also being developed. An introductory meeting will be held on April 4, 7 to 9:30 p.m. or April 7, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The training sessions will be held on four Wednesdays or Saturdays. If you’re a man or woman looking for a challenge, contact Carolyn, (732) 516-0911 or email lifechoices@optonline.net.

April 16, 23, 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present T’ai Chi Chin series. The series is a compliment to Centering Prayer.  To register, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail msmhope@msmhope.org.

April 25, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. – Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, New Brunswick will provide a free year-long program entitled “Prevent T2” that teaches improved nutrition, increased exercise, stress management and weight loss.  The sessions will be held Wednesdays beginning April 25. Classes are offered in English and Spanish. The sessions will be held at Saint Peter’s University Hospital Family Health Center, 123 How Lane, New Brunswick. To register or for information, call (732) 339-7772.

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.

 

Special Events

April 20, 6:30 p.m. – The 2018 New Jersey Right to Life Banquet Dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick. David Hajduk, speaker, teacher and author will be the MC. The guest speaker will be Sarah Palin 2008 Republican Vice Presidential Candidate. For ticket information or reservations, call the NJRTL office, (732) 562-0562 by April 9.

 

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

 

 

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.

March 13-May 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, will offer its Spring Bereavement Support Group in the Teen Center. If you are suffering over the death of someone you loved these sessions may help you during this difficult time. The program is free. Pre-registration is appreciated. For details, call Trudy Madden, (908) 874-6288 or Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053.

 

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.

April 28, 9 to 5:30 p.m. – The annual Divine Mercy Conference sponsored will be held at Cardinal Spellman High School, Bronx, NY. The conference will include speakers, adoration, reconciliation, Chaplet of divine Mercy and Mass. Registration is $60. Food will be available for purchase or you can bring a lunch. Optional bus transportation is available. For details or to register, call (800) 462-7426 or visit www.thedivinemercy.org/bronx.

May 3, 6 p.m. – St. Joseph Retreat Center, Staten Island, is offering a mother/daughter dinner reflection. The program is open to girls from eighth grade and older. The evening will include dinner and a presentation. Mary, our mother, will be the focal point of the evening. The cost is $30 per person. For reservations, call (718) 720-1097 or visit www.SJRetreat.org.

May 18-20 – Applications are now being accepted for the Gennesaret weekend retreat for those with a life changing illness. The weekend will be held at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center, Kearny. The program is free and will provide for the spiritual and physical needs of the participants. The weekend includes a spiritual director and a medical team. For information or an application, call Hilare Reinold, (732) 371-1724 or email momr9@optonline.net.