Around the Diocese

Prayer and Worship

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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Prayer Circle facilitated by Sister Kathleen Rooney, SSJ. The circle will meet on Aug. 25, 7:45 p.m. or Aug. 26, 8:15 a.m.  Experience different forms of prayer such as contemplation, meditation, centering prayer and others. The next circle will be held on Sept. 29 and 30. All faiths are welcome. For information, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.

In response to Pope Francis’ desire for families to pray the rosary together. The World Apostolate of Fatima USA, Washington, is offering “How to Pray the Rosary” a First Saturday Children’s Program from 11 a.m. to noon.  Mass will be celebrated at noon. If you’d like to participate, call (908) 689-1700, ext. 210 or email

Aug, 5, 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold a Centering Prayer Experience. Come together monthly and pray this ancient form of prayer and breathe in God’s peace. Includes centering prayer and lectio divina. For information, contact (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

Aug. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold “Sacred Time, Sacred Space” a personal quiet day to enjoy God’s presence. The day will include communal prayer. The cost is $20. Bring a lunch. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or email

Aug. 10, 3 p.m. – Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, Highland Park, will hold a Divine Mercy Healing Mass at the Guardian Angels Worship Site, Edison. Chaplet of Mercy, songs of prayer and praise will begin at 3 p.m. Mass will follow at 3:30 p.m. The celebrant will be Father Tom Ganley. For information, call (732) 514-7160 or visit

Aug. 13, 10:30 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine, Washington, invites all to celebrate the anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. The day will begin with confessions at 10:30 a.m. The Rosary Procession will begin at noon. Mass will be celebrated by Father John Trigillio at 1 p.m. The day will end with the traditional Fatima Farewell. For details, visit


Fun and Food

Aug. 3, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers, Carteret Chapter, will hold an open dance at The Knights of Columbus Hall, Avenel. Live music and refreshments will be featured. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for guests. For information, call (732) 381-9246 or (908) 757-0515.

Aug. 20, 5 to 9 p.m.The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen, is hosting a “Dine to Donate” event at Houlihans Restaurant 1288 Rt. 22 East, Bridgewater. Diners must present a flyer for the donation to count. Eat in or take out. The next “Dine to Donate” will be held on Aug. 27 at Houlihans 55 US Hwy 1 South, New Brunswick. To obtain a flyer, call Marianne Khare, (98) 552-8173 or email


Blood Drives

Aug. 10, 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Whitehouse Station, is sponsoring a blood drive. Donors must be 17 years old, weight at least 11 pounds and be in good health. For information, call the church office, (908) 534-2319.


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.

July 24, 31, Aug. 7, 7:30 to 9 p.m. – The National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Metuchen Chapter, will present Summer Music Classes at The St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, Piscataway. The three classes will be cantors, ministry and more, handbells and vocal building. The cost is $30 for all three sessions. To register, contact Jill Szabo,

Aug. 6, 7:15 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold a presentation on St. Dominic. Come and gain insight into the life of this joyful friar. The cost is $20. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

Aug.17, 1 to 5:30 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer Grief Recovery, a gentle four-step experiential process for resolving the grief caused by loss. The cost is $45. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail


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.




Nov. 12-20 – Our Lady of Fatima Adult Choir, Piscataway, is sponsoring a pilgrimage to Italy. Tours of basilicas and historical sites in Florence, Orvieto, Assisi, Rome and more will be featured. The choir will sing at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. A highlight of the trip will be the weekly audience with Pope Francis.  You do not have to sing to attend the pilgrimage. For details, call, Jean Lyons, (732) 642-6747.



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.


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 May through October on the 13th of the month during the celebration of Our Lady’s appearance to the children in 1917. If you interested, call Bob, (908) 689-1700 ext. 210 or (908) 295-3859.

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

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.


Bus Trips

Aug. 4 – St. Thomas the Apostle Holy Name Society, Old Bridge, is sponsoring a bus trip Mount Airy Casino. The cost is $40 per person which includes $25 cash back and a $10 food voucher. For reservations, call John Thornton, (732) 636-9036 or John Connolly, (732) 251-3527.


Vacation Bible School

Whitehouse Station

Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Whitehouse Station will host “Weird Animals” a vacation bible camp for children entering Kindergarten through sixth grade. The children will participate in sciency-fun gizmos and team building games, crafts and songs. Snacks will be included. The children will participate in a hands-on outreach project through Catholic Relief Services called Connecting Kids to Justice. The cost is $35 per child. To register, call the parish office, (908) 534-2319.


Golf Outings

Sept. 22 – The Sisters of Mercy are sponsoring their 20th Annual Golf Classic at Trump National Golf Club, Colts Neck. Proceeds will benefit retired Sisters. For a brochure, contact the development office, (908) 756-0994 ext. 4006.


Concert Workshop

Aug. 2, noon to 8 p.m. – A Choral Workshop and Concert will be held at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington. The workshop and concert will feature the music of Msgr. Marco Frisina, founder and director of the Choir of the Diocese of Rome. The concert will provide music for the 5 p.m. Mass. The choir will meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the parish to learn the music. To register, visit


Special Events

Sept. 20, 1 to 4 p.m. – The Fifth Annual Cursillo Walkathon will be held at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bridgewater. The day will include food, music, a silent auction and children’s activities. All are welcome. For details, email Marianne Khare,

Oct. 2-5 or Oct. 16-19 – The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen is now accepting applications for the Men’s Fall Cursillo Weekend to be held on Oct. 2-5 or the Women’s Fall Cursillo Weekend to be held on Oct. 16-19. The weekends are an encounter with Christ not a retreat. The encounter will strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. Space is limited. For an application or details, visit, call Lori DeNoyelles, (732) 738-1796 or contact Dr. Tony Tangorra, (908)766-1900,



Aug. 13, 14, 16, 8 p.m. – The St. Thomas Players, Old Bridge, in conjunction with GB Productions will present “The Secret Garden” in the school auditorium. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets or for information, call (732) 238-4028.


Flea Markets and Rummage Sales

Aug. 16, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – The St. Thomas the Apostle Rosary Society, Old Bridge, is sponsoring their annual Giant Flea Market in the church parking lot. Space rental is $15 for one space or $25 for two. Sale of food and drinks is prohibited. The rain date is Aug. 23. To reserve space, call Charlotte Guarino, (732) 257-0721.

Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Consolata Mission Center, Somerset, will hold a rummage sale on the center grounds. The sale will feature a selection is used books by Catholic authors, religious articles, paintings, prints, CD’s and DVD’s. For information, call Kathy or Linda, (732) 297-9191.



Outside the Diocese

The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, is offering a two-year Spiritual Direction Course beginning in May. For details, contact Patricia Hughes, (908) 647-0208.

June 23 to Aug. 21 – Saint Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May Point, will offer the SSJ Mission Corps Summer Experience volunteer program sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Philadelphia. Volunteers are invited to live in community and to open themselves to God’s transforming grace in service to retreatants. The program is open to women ages 19 to 30 years old who seek an experience of Gospel living. One year of college is required. For details, visit or call Rebecca Little, (215) 248-7235.

July 28 – Aug. 3 – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, is offering a silent directed or private retreat. For details, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or visit

Aug. 2, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – The Catholic Women of Zion will hold “God Keeps His Promises…through Faith, Hope and Love” a rally for Catholic women at Holy Family Parish, Lakewood. The day will include Mass, adoration, praise, worship, workshops and speakers. The cost is $35. For information, call Mary Ann, (732) 693-8438 or to register, visit by July 29.

Aug. 15-17 – The New Jersey Catholic Charismatic Conference invites all to its conference at Immaculate Heart Academy, Washington Township, Bergen County. For information and registration, call Betty, (973) 448-8847 or visit

Sept. 11-25 – St. Francis Retreat House, Easton, is sponsoring a Franciscan Pilgrimage to Assisi, Florence and Rome. The cost of $5600 double occupancy includes airfare, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, most meals and tips. For details, call Tony Martocci, (610) 868-4091 or (610) 258-3053.