Around the Diocese

Prayer and Worship

Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will hold Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction on the first Friday of every month from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Nocturnal Adoration will be held on the last Saturday of every month 9 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. For details, call the parish office, (732) 254-1800 ext. 10.

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.

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

May 26, 7 p.m. – The New Brunswick Oratory of St. Philip Neri, New Brunswick, will hold The Solemnity of St. Philip Neri and the 500th anniversary of his birth at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, New Brunswick. Mass will be followed by fellowship and refreshments in the parish hall. For details, call (732) 545-5860 or visit www.nboratory.org.

May 30, 10:30 a.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, will hold an Anointing of the Sick Mass. Anyone suffering from physical, emotional or psychological illness is welcome. Registration is required prior to Mass. Refreshments will be served following Mass. For information, call Deacon Pat, (732) 251-4000, ext. 8218.

June 6, 10 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to First Saturday devotions to honor the plea of Our Lady. The speaker and main celebrant will be Father Ronan Murphy. The day will include confessions, speakers, Mass, recitation of the Rosary, a children’s video and more. The day will conclude with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. For details, call (908) 689-1700 or visit www.wafusa.org.

June 9, 7 to 8 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart 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 Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.

 June 13, 9 a.m. – Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Matawan, will celebrate a Mass in honor of St. Anthony. Blessing and distribution of St. Anthony bread and veneration with the relic of St. Anthony will held following Mass. Refreshments will follow. For information, call (732) 566-9334.

June 13, 10 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to celebrate the 98th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition in Fatima. Pray in the Holy House USA containing the relic stone from the Holy House of Loreto and at the piece of the tree where Our Lady stood. The speaker will be Father Michael Venditti, The day will include confessions, a speaker, Mass and recitation of the Rosary. The main celebrant will be Father Matthew Mauriello. The day will conclude with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. For details, call (908) 689-1700 or visit www.wafusa.org.

June 14, 3 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Divine Mercy Healing Mass. 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 www.dmhealing.org.

 

Fun and Food

May 29-31 – St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church, Somerset, invites all to its Mahrajan a Lebanese Festival. The festival will feature Middle Eastern food, music, dancing and games. For information, call (732) 828-2055 or visit www.saintsharbel.net.

May 30, 6:30 p.m. – St. John Paul II Parish, Perth Amboy, is conducting a fundraiser. The first prize will be a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze. Other prizes will include airline tickets, a flat screen TV, a lap top, a home theatre system and more. Tickets are $20 each. The drawing will be held at the St. Stephen worship site auditorium. You do not have to be present. No one under 18 years old is permitted to participate. For information or to purchase tickets, call (732) 826-1395 or visit www.johnpaulsecond.com.

May 31, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers, will hold an open dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Avenel. Refreshments will be available. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for guests. For information, call (732) 381-3255.

June 7, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Middlesex East Widows Or Widowers, Carteret Chapter, will hold an open dance at The Knights of Columbus Hall, Avenel. Refreshments will be available. Music will be provided by Steve Berger. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for guests. For information, call (732) 521-0361 or (908) 757-0515.

June 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.

June 13, 8 p.m. – Good Shepherd Parish, Hopelawn, is hosting its annual Festa di San Antonio in Gambino Hall at the Most Holy Rosary Worship Site, Hopelawn. The day will feature Italian

food and desserts, activities and games for children and more. Elevator service is available. Bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the food pantry. For information, call (732) 826-4859 or visit www.goodshepherdpanj.org.

 

 

 Clothing Drives

May 30 and 31, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – St. Helena School, Edison, is conducting a clothing drive. Clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, linens, stuffed animals and hard toys will be collected. Place items in secured plastic bags. Bag shoes separately. Drop off is at the entrance near the playground. For information, call Cindy Jacklets, (908) 670-2260.

 

Special Events

May 26, 7 p.m. – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Three Bridges and St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington, Military Outreach Ministry, welcomes all veterans and their family members to an information and Q&A session with the Veterans Administration. The session will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Three Bridges. The topics will include VA Health Care eligibility, VA Primary Care, VA Prescriptions, Long Term Care and more. Light refreshments will be served. If you plan to attend email, military.ministry@embarqmail.com.

June 6, 9 a.m. – Holy Savior Academy, South Plainfield, is sponsoring a 5K and Family Fun Walk to benefit the school and the local Pink SOCS. Registration is $25 for the 5K for adults and $10 for students. Registration for Walkers is $10. Prizes and medals will be awarded. To register, volunteer or to be a sponsor, visit www.holysavioracademy5k.com.

July 4 – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 7250, Knights of Columbus, Milltown, is sponsoring the Milltown Firecracker 5K Road Race and One Mile Fun Run. Pre-registration is $25 with a T-shirt for the 5K Race and $7 for the Fun Run if you register before June 14. After June 14 registration will be $30 for the 5K Race and $10 for the Fun Run. Proceeds benefit charitable and community efforts. To register on line, visit www.bestrace.com/Milltown/Firecracker5k. For details or an application, email aa961jester@yahoo.com.

 

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.

May 27, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, is offering “Walking the Camino De Santiago” Sister Mary Jo Kearns will present the history of the Camino, personal stories and more. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. For information, contact (908) 753-2091 or e-mail msmhope@msmhope.org.

June 3, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Pope Saint John Paul II.” The program will examine the youth and young adulthood of Karol Wojtyla and his impact on the young as a priest and pope. “Acquire a Fresh and Spiritual Way of Thinking and Being” will be held on June 10, 7 to 9 p.m. The cost for either program is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or e-mail msmhope@msmhope.org.

Tuesdays, beginning June 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, and St. Joseph Parish, North Plainfield, are co-sponsoring a 12-week Catholic’s Separated and Divorced program in the rectory basement at St. Joseph Parish. Trained lay facilitators will conduct the sessions. The sessions will include presentations and discussions on anger, grief, the courts, children, annulments and more. For details or to register, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633, ext. 142.

June 13, 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, tdmaatwest@optonline.net or Chris Doyle, cdoyle167@optimum.net.

June 13, 8:30 a.m. – St. Bernard of Clairvaux Singles Group, Bridgewater, invites single adults to participate in restoring homes in Sea Bright that were damaged in Hurricane Sandy. The group will meet at the office of the St. Bernard Project in Sea Bright. Following a brief orientation, the group will spend eight hours in the community repairing homes. No experience is necessary. An optional dinner will follow. You are responsible to pay for your own dinner. To register, email StbchSingles@aol.com or call Lynn, (908) 251-4054 by June 3.

July 17-19 – 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 www.aweekendforyourmarriage.org.

 

Bible Study

St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, invites all to a Bible study Tuesdays 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.

 

Clothing Drive

June 13, 8 to 11:30 a.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold a clothing drive in the parking lot. Clean, unstained, usable clothing, linens, stuffed animals, belts and handbags will be accepted in plastic bags. For information, call Debbie, (732) 541-5768.

 

Concerts

June 13, 8 p.m. – NPM Metuchen, will present the Kim Keyes Consort performing “Ubi Caritas Copia Est” at the Richardson Auditorium, Princeton. General seating is $35 or $40. Students are $15. The proceeds will benefit the Crescent Avenue Food Ministries, Plainfield. To purchase tickets, call (609) 258-5000 or visit www.timkeyesconsort.org.

June 13, 8 p.m. – Caritas Chamber Chorale will perform “Take up the Journey” at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington. The concert will benefit the Gianni Diurni Primary School, Goma, Congo, run by the Adorno Fathers’ Caracciolo Mission. A free-will donation will be accepted. For details, visit www.caritaschamberchorale.org or call (732) 718-0775.

 

Communion Breakfasts

June 7, 9:30 a.m. – The St. Elizabeth-St. Brigid Daughters of Mary, Far Hills-Peapack, are sponsoring a communion breakfast at the Basking Ridge Country Club. The day will begin with Mass at St. Brigid Church. The guest speaker will be Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski. The day will include a buffet, a basket fundraiser and more. Tickets are $40 per person. To purchase tickets, call (908) 234-1265.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

June 6, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold a flea market in the parish center and parking lot. Food will be available for purchase. Inside space rental is $15 for a 12 ft. table.  For information or a contract, call Debbie, (732) 541-5768.

 

 

Open House

June 10, 6 to 8 p.m. – Holy Savior Academy, South Plainfield, will hold its final open house. Financial aid is available for qualified families. For details, visit www.holysavioracademy.com or call (908) 822-5890.

 

Tours and Pilgrimages

Oct. 19-28 – A Holy Land Catholic Tour – In the Footsteps of Jesus Christ is being offered under the direction of Salvatorian Father Zenon Boczek. The tour will include a visit to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana and more. Daily breakfast, dinner and Mass is included. The cost is $3550.00.  For details, call Father Boczek, (973) 820-1153 or email veronasds@gmail.com.

 

Golf Outings

June 8, Annunciation Parish, Bloomsbury, will host a golf outing a Hawk Pointe Golf Club. The day includes golf, lunch, dinner and prizes. For details, call Janet Kukoski, (908) 894-0983 or email akukoski@embarqmail.com.

 

 

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.

St. Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May Point, will hold spiritual enrichment programs throughout the summer. “Zeal for the Neighborhood of the Universe” Spirituality by-the-Sea for Women and Men will be held June 18-21. For information, visit www.stmarybythesea.org, email stmary@ssjphila.org or call (609) 884-8708.

The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, will hold its Summer Family Retreat Weeks June 29 – Aug. 29. 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 www.capemaymarianists.org.

June 10, 12 and 14 – The Franciscan Friars invite all to visit the relics of St. Anthony of Padua at various parishes. The relics will be visiting St. Anthony Parish, Paterson, St. Mary Parish, Dover, St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, Morristown and other parishes. For a complete list of dates and parishes, call the Anthonian Association, (347) 738-4306.

June 12-14 – Loyola Jesuit Center, Morristown, will present “Who do You Say I Am?” a weekend retreat to explore how Jesus lived his life, deepen your understanding of His ministry and to focus on your own spirituality. The retreat is open to those who are in their 20s and 30s. The program will also be held in Spanish. A free-will offering will be collected. Cost per person is $200. To register, visit www.diometuchen.org/seekers or call Renee Owens, (973) 539-0740, ext. 24.

June 14-20 – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, is offering a preached retreat “Joy to the World!” The retreat will offer an exploration of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel” and it’s meaning in our lives.  For early registration call by May 15. For details, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or emailpdotzauer@comcast.net.

June 25-28 or July 2-5 – The Upper Room Spiritual Center, Neptune, is offering summer directed retreats. Experience the healing power of God’s unconditional loving presence and the gift it holds for restoring well-being. An offering of $250 is requested. For details, call Anna Graziano, (973) 338-9538.

July 6-12 – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, is offering a silent directed/private retreat. Registration must be received by June 15. For details or to register, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email pdotzauer@comcast.net.