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. Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold a Novena to Divine Mercy beginning Feb. 10 and continuing for nine weeks. The Novena will begin at Holy Family Worship Site at 7 p.m. The Novena will include reflections from the letter of Blessed John Paul II entitled “Rich in Mercy.” For information, call (732) 541-5768.
March 13, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 9, 3 p.m. – Mothers of Priests will hold a Holy Hour at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Sayreville. The celebrant will be Father Anthony Miara from St. Anthony’s Parish, Bronx, NY. For information, call Carol Miara, (732) 254-1611.
Fun and Food
March 8, 6:15 to 11 p.m. – St. Jude Parish, Blairstown, will host a St. Patrick Dinner Dance. The evening will feature a corned beef dinner, music by Lunden Fog and Irish Step Dancing by the Curran School. The suggested donation is $25. The snow date is March 9. To purchase tickets, call Robert Ho, (908) 382-1525.
March 8, 6 p.m. – Most Holy Name of Jesus Holy Name Society, Perth Amboy, is sponsoring a kolbas sandwich sale at Holy Trinity Worship Site in the church hall. Tickets are $8 and will only be sold at the door. Cake and beverages are included. For information, call (732) 721-5914.
March 8, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Council, Knights of Columbus, Milltown, will hold its annual “March Madness” Dart Tournament in the school. Advance admission is $30 or $35 at the door. No one under 21 years old will be admitted. Sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets, call Mike Duffy, (732) 422-9701 or Joe Walsh, (732) 828-1951.
March 9, 2 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, invites all to its annual gift auction in the Holy Family parish center. Prizes, food, mystery baskets and more will be featured. Admission is $8 each. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. Snow date is March 16. To purchase tickets, call Lori, (732) 541-5616.
March 9, Our Lady of Lourdes Council 6930, Knights of Columbus, Whitehouse Station, will hold a corned beef and cabbage dinner in the parish center. Dessert and beverages are included. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets will be sold the door. For information, call Roman, (908) 256-9760 or email email@example.com.
March 15, noon – Blessed John Paul II Altar Rosary Society, Perth Amboy, will sponsor a St. Patrick’s Day celebration beginning with Mass at noon in the St. Mary worship site. A luncheon will be held at the St. Stephen worship site following Mass. The menu will include barley soup, corned beef and cabbage, chicken or pasta, Irish soda bread, cake and coffee. The cost is $20. For tickets, call Millie Vazquez, (732) 826-0282.
March 15, 7 to 11 p.m. – St. Joseph Couple Club, Washington, invites all to Irish Night X. Corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie will be on the menu. Tickets are $30 per person. A DJ will play until 11 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Purchase eight tickets to reserve a full table. To purchase tickets, call Nancy Mayer, (908) 310-0242.
March 15, 5:30 to 8 p.m. – St. John the Evangelist Parish, Dunellen, in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus, will host their annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner in the church auditorium. The buffet style dinner will include corned beef, cabbage, Irish soda bread, dessert and beverages. BYOB. The auditorium is handicap accessible. The cost is $12 per person or $25 per family. To purchase advance tickets, call (732) 968-2621.
March 22, 4 p.m. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual fashion show “Spring Fever” at The Pines Manor, Edison. Fashions will be featured by Ann Taylor LOFT. Tickets are $65 each and include a sit-down lunch and Tricky Tray. To register for the event, call (732) 745-6641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The South Plainfield Columbiettes open house for members and prospective members originally scheduled for Feb. 5 has been changed to March 12, 7 p.m. The evening will be held in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Hamilton Blvd. Come and meet present members to find out about the charitable works of the Columbiettes. The evening will feature a Pampered Chef fundraiser and refreshments. For information, call Kathy, (908) 756-3772 or Mikki, (908) 754-3071.
March 13, 7:30 p.m. – St. Matthias Parish, Somerset, will host the Caritas Chamber Chorale performing a program entitled “Our Hearts are filled to Overflowing.” A free-will offering will be collected to support the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission in the Congo. For details, call Barbara, (732) 718-0775, email email@example.com or visit www.caritaschamberchorale.org.
March 15, 8 p.m. – Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, will host 150Central a Catholic Contemporary Christian Band beginning their concert tour “Hearts on Fire” at the parish. The concert is free and open to all but it is geared towards high school youth. Doors open at 7 p.m.
March 14-21 – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold a week long directed retreat based on Scripture in an atmosphere of prayerful quiet. The retreat is adaptable to the needs of the individual. The cost is $490 with a $90 non-refundable deposit. A weekend retreat will be held March 14-16. The cost is $140 with a non-refundable deposit of $40. Registration is required. To register for either retreat, contact (908) 753-2091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
March 8, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will explore the heartbeat of Francis’ papacy with a presentation of “New Melodies for your Lenten Journey – Pope Francis Call to Joy and Mercy.” Lunch is included. The cost is $40. “Desert Sandals” will be presented on March 11, 7:15 to 9 p.m. Take time to reflect on God’s invitation to explore a new way to experience Jesus during Lent. The cost is $20. Registration is required. To register, call (908) 753-2091 or email email@example.com.
Wednesdays, March 12 – June 4, 7 to 9 p.m. – Blessed Sacrament Parish, Martinsville, with the support of the Diocese of Metuchen, will present “The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide.” The 12-week program will include a DVD presentation that covers shock, denial, anger, grief, forgiveness, money, the courts, children, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage and more. To register or for details, call Ro Bersch, (908) 470-0678 or (908) 313-5047 by March 1st.
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.
April 23-29 – St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, invites all to a canonization pilgrimage under the direction of Father David Kosmoski. The trip will include the canonizations of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. A tour of Rome, first class hotels, airfare, most meals and more is included. The cost is $3190. For a brochure, call (732) 634-4355.
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. In God’s Image, a LGBT faith sharing group, will meet at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, South Plainfield, in the Annex on the second Wednesday of the month. Faith sharing will be based on Scripture. The meetings will include faith sharing, prayer, conversation and support. For details, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.
Wednesdays, Feb. 5 – March 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, will present “Journey through Grief” in the Msgr. Liam Parish Center/Teen Center. Experienced, caring and trained facilitators will guide the group. For details, call Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053 or Trudy Madden, (908) 874-6288.
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.
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.
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.
Outside the Diocese
The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, will hold its Advent Family Retreat Weekends Dec. 6-8, Dec, 13-15 and Dec. 20-22. For information and prices, call (609) 884-3829 or visit www.capemaymarianists.org
March 7, 7:30 p.m. – Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark, invites all to its 50 Years Golden Era Gift Auction. Tickets are $15. Advance sales only. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For tickets, call (732) 382-1950.
March 20 – Upper Room Spiritual Center, Neptune, will hold a Spiritual Direction Formation Program Information Meeting. The two-year certification program is for those who feel called to journey with others in the relationship with God to nurture their spiritual growth. The tuition is $2500 a year. For details or to register for the meeting, call Sister Trudy Ahern, SSJ, (732) 922-0550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 15, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The Archdiocese of Newark will host the Catholic Men’s Conference entitled “Be Not Afraid” to be held at Seton Hall University, South Orange. The keynote speaker will be Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. There will be a special segment for men 18-35 years old called “Encountering Christ.” The day will include prayer, confessions, exhibitors, speakers, Adoration and Mass. A continental breakfast and lunch is included. The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for college students and seniors. To register, visit www.rccanmenscommission.org.