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.

June 13, 7:30 p.m. – Most Holy Redeemer, Society of St. Anthony of Padua, Old Bridge, will celebrate a Mass in honor of St. Anthony. Veneration with the relic of St. Anthony will be displayed. A blessing and distribution of St. Anthony bread will be held after Mass. Refreshments will be served. For information, call the parish office, (732) 566-9334.

June 14, 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) 596-1501.

June 26, 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


Fun and Food

June 13-17 – Immaculate Conception Parish, Spotswood, invites all to its annual carnival on the church grounds. Rides, games, live music, a Beer Garden, and food pavilion will be featured. Fireworks will be held on June 17. Admission is free. Bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the food bank. For information, call the carnival hotline, (732) 626-0486 or visit

June 21-24 – St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Sayreville, invites all to its annual carnival on the church grounds. Enjoy live music, rides, games, Polish and American food, seafood and more.  Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase in the church lobby before and after all Masses. For information, call (732) 254-0212.



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 9, 3 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will host “The Church and LGBT Catholic” presented by Father James Martin, SJ author of “Building a Bridge.” The program is sponsored by “In God’s Image,” the faith sharing group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their loved ones. Father Martin’s books will be available for purchase. Following the presentation Father Martin will be available to answer questions and book signings. The program is free. For details, visit

July 21-23 – 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


Donations Needed

St. Thomas the Apostle School, Old Bridge, is seeking gifts and monetary contributions to support its annual Basket Fundraiser to be held on May 18. Sponsors and donors get free advertising in the event program and on the website. If you like to donate, call Sandy (732) 761-8076 or email


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 with your name, maiden name, year of graduation, address, email and phone number


Vacation Bible School

July 10-14, 9 a.m. to noonSt. Anthony of Padua Parish, Port Reading, will hold “Shine our Light” and “Celebrate” vacation Bible school for children ages four through sixth grade. Registration is $30 per child. For details, call (732) 634-1403.



July 15, 6 to 11 p.m. – St. Thomas Aquinas High School Class of 1977, Edison, will hold a 40th class reunion at the Edison Elks Lodge/Edison Community Pool, Edison. The menu will include steak, corn on the cob, salad and beer. Swimming, dancing and a DJ will be featured. The cost is $30 per person or $40 at the door. A cash bar will be available. No children will be admitted.  For tickets, call (732) 985-2487 or visit by July 13.



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

June 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m. – Holy Trinity Bereavement Ministry, Bridgewater, will offer a nine-week bereavement program for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The program will consist of sharing thoughts, feelings and emotions in an atmosphere of faith. The program is free. Registration is required. To register, call Deacon John Phalen, (908) 500-2050.


Bus Trips

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Altar Rosary Society, Milltown, invites all to a Renewal at the Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling. Buses will leave from the church parking lot. For reservations, call Mary Lynch, (732) 828-9310 or email



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 once a month for six events beginning May 13 and ending Oct. 13. The events will celebrate the 100th anniversary of 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 Mary, (908) 689-1700 ext. 210 or visit


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.

The Father Capodanno Catholic War Veterans is looking for members to form a new post in the Flemington, Hunterdon County area. For details, contact Al Kosiarski, (908)782-7662 Ext.159 or email,



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.



Tours and Pilgrimages

June 27-July 5 – Father Edgar Madarang, parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, will lead a pilgrimage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The pilgrimage will include tours in Portugal, Spain and France. The cost is $3499. To view a video of the pilgrimage with information, visit or call Father Madarang, (908) 735-7319.

Oct. 19-27 – Father John Alvarado, pastor of Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, invites all to a tour of Canyon Country featuring Arizona and Utah. Highlights will include Tucson, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and more. For an itinerary and pricing, visit and click on the travel link.


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 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

Georgian Court University, Lakewood, will present performances of “Mrs. Gould Welcomes Coco Chanel” during the months of April, May and June. All performances will be held in The Mansion on the campus. Tickets are $45 per person and includes a tea luncheon. For specific dates, call (732) 987-2263 or email

June 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m. – Loyola Jesuit Center, Morristown, will present an “Evening in the Loyola Prayer Gardens.” The evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Proceeds will benefit the operations of the center. Tickets are $35 per person. To purchase tickets, call (973) 539-0740 or visit

July 2-8 – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will hold a silent directed/private retreat. There is a $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit due at time of registration. To register, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or visit by June 10.

July 15-21 – Caldwell University, Caldwell, invites high school students to its Spirituality and Leadership Institute to be held on the campus. The forum will introduce students to spiritual disciplines as leadership practices and helps them develop as citizens who promote public justice and the common good. The cost of $199 includes lodging, meals, travel and speakers. For details, call (973) 618-3483 or visit