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.

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. If you’d like to participate, call (908) 689-1700, ext. 210 or email

Nov. 23, 4 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will offer Solemn Sung Vespers and Benediction in celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King at Holy Family worship site. For information, call (732) 541-5768.

Dec. 9, 7-8 p.m. - Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Prayer Circle on the 2nd Tuesday of every month in the parish center chapel, located at 200 Randolph Ave.  The prayer circle will include Lectio Divina and centering prayer. For information, contact Sr. Kathleen (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.

 Dec. 10, 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-$30 as you are able to pay. Bring a lunch. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or email

Dec. 14, 4 p.m. – The Somerset County #0653, George Washington Assembly and The Hunterdon County #3294, Pope John Paul II Assembly, Knights of Columbus, will hold a Memorial Mass for deceased Knights at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 495 East Main St., Somerville. The celebrant will be Msgr. Eugene Prus. Dinner and dancing will be held after Mass. The cost for dinner is $25 per person. Beer, wine and beverages are included. A cash bar will be available. To purchase tickets, call, SK Christopher Ofsik, (732) 748-1183 or email

 Dec. 17, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer Updating Your Spiritual Tool-Kit with “The Music of My Soul” Featuring music from “Memphis.” The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay.

 Dec. 17, 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 or Dolores, (732) 634-2928.

Dec. 17, 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 or Dolores, (732) 634-2928.


Fun and Food

Divine Mercy Altar Rosary Society, Carteret, is now taking orders for homemade filled rolls for the Christmas season. Walnut, Lekvar, poppy seed, apricot and red raspberry rolls will be sold for $14 each. Orders must be received and paid for before Dec. 3. Orders can be picked up in the parish center on Dec. 19, 2:30 to 6 p.m. or Dec. 20, 10 a.m. to noon. To place an order, call Stella, (732) 969-1271 or Florence, (732) 541-5045.

St. Stanislaus Kostka Altar Society, Sayreville, is now taking orders for pierogies and blintzes. Pierogies are $4.95 for each package of 12. They come in a choice of potato, potato cheddar cheese, potato and onion, sauerkraut and sauerkraut and mushroom. Blintzes are $5.50 for a package of three. The flavors include cheese, apricot, blueberry, cherry and strawberry. To place an order, call Yvonne, (732) 257-4634 or Rose (732) 257-6728 by Dec. 7. Pick up dates are Dec. 19, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 20, 10 a.m. to noon in the school cafeteria.

Dec. 7, 2 p.m. – St. Lawrence Altar Rosary Society, Laurence Harbor, will hold a tricky tray in the parish hall. The event will feature gift certificates, theme baskets, designer bags, a TV and more. Tickets are $10. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. Reservations can be made for tables of 10 or more. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. For information or to purchase tickets, call Maria (732) 290-3002.

Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. – St Bartholomew Columbiettes, East Brunswick, will hold their annual Christmas Tea in the Knights of Columbus Hall. The afternoon includes a lunch of quiche and salad, cookies, stories and music. Advance tickets are $15 or $20 at the door. Proceeds will benefit a military family in need. For tickets or information, call Diane, (732) 605-9817.

Dec. 7, 3 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers, Carteret Chapter, will hold an Dinner Dance Extravaganza at the Gran Centurions, Clark. The day will feature music, two hour open bar and menu choice. Admission is $39. To order tickets, call (732) 381-3255.

Dec. 10, 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 $13 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.

Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle HSA, Old Bridge, invites all to a Christmas Carnival. Activities will include a bounce house, games, photos with Santa, face painting, train rides and shopping. Vender space is available for $50. For details, call (732) 761-0077.


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.

Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. – St. Peter the Apostle Parish, New Brunswick, will offer a fall speaker series in the parish hall. Last in the series will be “Confusion: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church” presented by Father Joe Koterski, SJ, professor of philosophy, Fordham University. For directions and parking information, visit


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.


Trips & Pilgrimages

Dec. 1-6 – A Catholic pilgrimage tour to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico will be held under the direction of Father Joseph Kubiak, OFM Cap, parochial vicar at St. John Vianney Parish, Colonia. Mass will be celebrated daily. The cost of $1695 includes airfare, hotel, breakfast and dinner daily, entrance fees, taxes and more. For details, call Pilgrimage Tours, (800) 287-1351 or visit


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.


Special Events

Nov. 29, 7 p.m. – The St. Thomas the Apostle Holy Name Society, Old Bridge, is sponsoring a Christmas dinner theatre presentation of “Scrooge” in the St. Thomas Knight of Columbus Hall, 61 Pine St., Old Bridge. Tickets are $40 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show will follow dinner. To purchase tickets, call John Connolly, (732) 251-3527.



Nov. 30, 3 p.m. – Sacred Heart Rosary Altar Society, South Plainfield, will present a Christmas concert performed by The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea. Advance tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $15 for children under 17 years old. Tickets will be sold at the door for an additional $5. A family rate of two adult and two children tickets will be $70. The family rate is not available at the door. To purchase tickets, call (908) 756-0633, ext. 147.

Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Dec. 6, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 7, 2 p.m. – Immaculate Conception JPII Cultural Arts Ministry, Somerville, will perform “Oliver Twist” in the Little Theatre at Immaculata High School. Seating is reserved. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. Tickets will be $2 more at the door. To reserve your tickets, email or call (908) 253-3282.

Dec. 3, 4 and 6, 8 p.m. – The Saint Thomas Players, Old Bridge, in collaboration with GB Productions will present “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a live radio play, in the St. Thomas the Apostle School auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets or for information, call (732) 238-4028.

Dec. 13, 8 p.m. – The Caritas Chamber Chorale will perform “Behold! A Virgin Bearing Him” at St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Bridgewater. A free-will offering will be collected. All proceeds will go to the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who operate a school for children 3-11 years old. For information, call Barbara Sanderman, (732) 718-0775 or visit

Dec. 14, 3 p.m. – Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the parish, invite all to attend a Christmas Concert performed by the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea under the direction of Father Alphonse Stephenson. A donation of $40 for adults 21 years old and over is requested. Twenty years old and younger a donation of $25 is requested. To purchase tickets, call (908) 735-7319.

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

Nov. 24, 6 to 9 p.m. – St. Francis Retreat House, Easton, Pa., will present Monday Night Mini Retreats. Next in the series is “Caring for the Ill and the Dying.” Hospice workers and nurses will reflect on their experiences. The cost is $20. To register, call (610) 258-3053 or visit by Nov. 17.