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 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.

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.

St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington, will hold a First Friday Home School Mass every month at 9 a.m. Fellowship will be held with families after Mass in the Parish Center. For information, call (908)782-2922.

The Militia of the Immaculata Prayer Village will meet on the First Saturday of every month after the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick Parish, Belvidere. Come and learn about St. Maximilian Kobe, pray the Rosary and consider consecrating yourself to Mary. For details, email mivillagebelvidere@gmail.com.

Parish of the Visitation, St. Mary of Mont Virgin Worship Site, New Brunswick, invites all to come and  recite The Scriptural Rosary, every Sunday, 7 to 7:30 p.m. in Visitation Chapel. The Scriptural Rosary is a modern version of the way the Rosary was prayed throughout Western Christendom in the late Middle Ages. Materials will be provided. For information, call (732) 545-5090.

Feb. 21, 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.

Feb. 22, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, Fords, will celebrate a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form to celebrate the feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle. A light reception will follow Mass. For information, call (732) 738-7940.

Feb. 25, 1 p.m. – Immaculata High School, Somerville, will hold its annual Spartan Memorial Mass in the school gymnasium. The Mass will honor all deceased students, faculty and staff. Refreshments will be serve following Mass. If you plan to attend, contact mjtufaro@immaculatahighschool.org.

March 4, 4 p.m. – A Holy Hour with Rosary and Benediction to pray for priests and vocations will be held at the Carmelite Monastery, 26 Harmony School Rd., Flemington. All are invited.

 

Fun and Food

Feb. 25, 8 to 11:30 a.m. – Holy Trinity Parish, Bridgewater, invites all to its pancake and scramble egg breakfast. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, sausages, fruit, donuts, bagels and beverages. Tickets are, $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 7 to 12 years old. Children 6 and younger are free. To purchase tickets, call (908) 526-2394. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

March 3, 6:30 p.m. – The New Jersey State Council Columbiettes is sponsoring a 1050’s style Murder Mystery Dinner entitled, “Lucy, I’m Dead” at the Somerville Elks Lodge, Bridgewater. The murder mystery will be performed by Without a Cue Productions. Tickets are $50. A cash bar is available. Doors open at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, call Maureen Fiore, (973) 670-3847 or visit www.njcolumbiettes.com and click on “events.”

March 4, 8 a.m. to noon – St. Ambrose Council, Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, will host a breakfast on the first Sunday of the month at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Frederick Pl., Old Bridge. The menu will include eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage and beverages. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children. Proceeds will benefit local charities.

March 10, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 7250, Knights of Columbus, Milltown, will hold its annual “March Madness” Dart Tournament in the school cafeteria. Doors open at 6 p.m., Tickets are $35 each and includes food and beverages and two rounds of darts. Must be at least 21 years old to attend. Tickets are $40 at the door. To purchase tickets, call Mike Duffy, (732) 422-9701 or the rectory, (732) 828-0011.

April 14 – St. Lawrence Rosary Altar Society, Lawrenceville, is sponsoring a bus trip to see a performance of “Jesus” at the Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster, Pa. Tickets are $135 which includes transportation, the show and lunch at Good and Plenty. For information or tickets, call Anne, (732) 566-9276.

 

Special Events

Feb. 25, 4 to 8 p.m. – Life Choices Resource Center will hold “Visions of Love” its annual charity banquet at Pines Manor, Edison. The keynote speaker will be Shari Richard from www.Unborn.com. Tickets are $65 per person. Booster and sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets, call (732) 516-0911 or visit www.LifeChoicesRC.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.

The Father Capodanno Catholic War Veteran Post will meet at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington, on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., in the parish center. The veteran organization is dedicated to nourishing veterans in their love for country, family and the Catholic faith. New members are welcome. For details, contact Al Kosiarski, (908)782-7662 Ext.159 or email, al@fdsnj.com.

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, invites all seekers to learn about the Greatest Spirituality of All Spirituality’s and living life in the Will of God. The event will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway in the Adoration Chapel Building, 50 Van Winkle Place, Piscataway. There is no cost to attend.  For details, call Deacon Francis, (732) 718-4959 or Paul and Rita, (973) 868-5442.

Jan. 16-March 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, will offer a bereavement support group entitled, “A Journey through Grief” in the Teen Center. If you are suffering over the death of someone you love, these sessions may help you. The program is free. Registration is requested. For details or to register, call Trudy Madden, (908) 874-6288 or Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053.

March 7, 6 to 8 p.m. – St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Montgomery Township, will hold a Heifer Living Gift Market. For details, call (609) 466-0300.

March 8, 7 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, will host “Catholic Financial Foundations: Protecting your Family with Insurance and Estate Planning.” The evening will include hand outs and brochures concerning Wills, Administration of an Estate, Power of Attorney and more. All are invited. The program is free. To reserve a seat, email Mark.Boutros@KOFC.org.

March 9, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “The Wood and the Stone” in the Mount Saint Mary Parlor. Through music and meditation the presenters will provide a sense of hope in the love of God. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-2091 or visit www.msmhope.org.

March 10, 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.

March 11, 12:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, Middlesex, will host an interfaith gathering in the parish center. Learn how we all can live our faith in an increasingly secular world. The presenters will be Father Edmund Luciano, Mr. Tariq Sharif and Rabbi Jack Kramer. The program is free. Refreshments will be served. For details, call the parish office, (732) 356-2149.

April 14 – Our Lady of Peace, Boy Scout Troop 53, Fords, will celebrate its 75th anniversary in April. Troop alumni who are interested in attending a celebration of service and rededication should contact, troop53fordsnj@gmail.com.

 

Blood Drives

March 3, 8 a.m. to noon – St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Montgomery Township, will sponsor a blood drive. For information, call (609) 466-0300.

March 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – St. Helena Parish, Edison, will hold a blood drive in the school hall. ID is required. For information, call Richard Houghtonat, (732) 887-2402.

March 11, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Social Concerns Ministry, Fords, is sponsoring a blood drive in the parish center. Donors must weigh at least 110 lbs., eat before donation, bring ID and drink plenty of water. A free cholesterol screening will be available. For information, call (732) 738-7940 or (732) 225-3476.

 

Fish Dinners

Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 26, 23, 5 to 7 p.m. – St. Mary Ostrabrama parish, South River, is sponsoring Lenten fish dinners in the parish center. The cost is $12 for an adult dinner and $5 for a child’s dinner. Take out dinners are available starting at 4 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door and in the parish office during business hours. For information, call (732) 254-2220.

 

Fundraisers

Feb. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. – A fundraiser to benefit Philomusica Concert Choir will be held at Pino’s, North 4th Ave., Highland Park. The evening will include a wine tasting and silent auction. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. For information, visit www.philomusica.org.

March 4, 2 p.m. – Assumption Church St. Ann Society, Perth Amboy, invites all to its “Over the Rainbow “tricky tray gift fundraiser in Assumption School Auditorium. Hundreds of baskets will be showcased. Handbags, a TV and gift cards will be featured. Admission is $10. Food is available for purchase. No outside food is allowed. Café, coffee and tea is included. To purchase tickets, call (732) 826-0767.

March 9, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Victories Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society, Sayreville, will sponsor a Paint on Glass Part Fundraiser in Msgr. Dalton Hall. Come and paint on a wine glass or a vase under the direction of a professional artist. Anyone 18 years old and older are welcome. The cost is $20 each in advance or $25 cash at the door. Proceeds will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Space is limited. To register, mail a check to OLV SVdP, 42 Main St. Sayreville or call (732) 254-1277.

March 15, 6:30 p.m. – A fundraiser will be held to benefit the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, Raritan, at the Somerville Elks Lodge, Union Ave., Bridgewater. The evening will include a comedy show performed by Uncle Floyd Vivino. Tickets are $60 per person and includes a buffet, wine and beer. Proceeds will help with repairs needed at the Shrine. Save $5 if you purchase a ticket at Trinity Church Goods, Raritan. For tickets, sponsorships or donations, call Frank Bruno, (732) 690-2682.

 

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 dombroskidave@gmail.com with your name, maiden name, year of graduation, address, email and phone number

 

Bible Study

Fridays, Sept. 22-Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m. – Our Lady of Victories Parish, Sayreville, will present “The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation,” featuring Jeff Cavins.  The Bible study will cover the journey through the entire Bible. The sessions will consist of two semesters. The cost is $35 per semester will defray the cost of materials. For details or to register, call Katie Bolton, (732) 254-2678 or visit BibleStudyForCatholics.com.

 

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 www.courageRC.org

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Metuchen is offering Counseling and Wellness Services. If you or someone you know needs counseling or is impacted by addiction, we can help. Individual and family therapy for children and adults is available. For an appointment, call (800) 655-9491.

March 13-May 1, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, will offer its Spring Bereavement Support Group in the Teen Center. If you are suffering over the death of someone you loved these sessions may help you during this difficult time. The program is free. Pre-registration is appreciated. For details, call Trudy Madden, (908) 874-6288 or Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053.

 

Bus Trips

April 14 – St. Lawrence Altar Rosary Society, Laurence Harbor, is sponsoring a bus trip to see Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster, Pa., to see a performance of “Jesus.” Tickets are $135 per person. The cost includes transportation, show tickets and lunch at Good and Plenty. For reservations, call Anne, (732) 566-9276.

 

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.

Men and woman are needed to be part of Catholic Church Services at the Middlesex County Corrections Center, North Brunswick, Tuesdays, 10 to 11 a.m. Readings from Sunday’s Mass and the Commandments are read and discussed. Discussing problems and resolutions is the most important part of the work. For details, call Meg Luckhowec, (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.

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.

 

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.

 

Retreats

March 17, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – St. Joseph Parish, Caregiver Ministry, Hillsborough, will host a Caregivers Retreat. If you are a caregiver of a special needs child, parent, sibling or spouse, a mentally or physically challenged person, or if you are a professional caregiver, you are invited to attend. The day will begin with Mass (optional). The speaker will be Father Hank Hilton, pastor of St. Joseph Parish. Lunch is included. To RSVP, call Carol Jorgensen, (908) 369-7143 or email carolj623@comcast.net.

March 18, 1:30 to 6 p.m. – In God’s Image a parish faith sharing group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, will be co-hosting a Lenten retreat at San Alfonso Retreat House, Long Branch. All LGBT and their loved ones are welcome. For information about the event or the parish group, contact In God’s Image at Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, (908) 822-5895 or sacredheartigi@gmail.com.

 

Trips and Pilgrimages

Aug. 17-23 – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, is offering Spotlight on South Dakota. Highlights will include the Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Blacks Hills, Badlands National Park and more. The director will be Father John Alvarado. For an itinerary, photo log, pricing and registration, visit ChurchoftheSacredHeart.net and click on the Travel Link. For reservations, call Jane Allison, (800) 842-4842. Registration closes on March 1.

 

Concerts

March 24, 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Our Lady of the Mount Women to Women Ministry, Warren, will present a Night of Christian Music performed by singer/songwriter Christine Roberts and band. Doors open at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 will be collected. No tickets are needed. Proceeds will benefit the Women to Women Ministry. For information, call (908) 647-1075.

 

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.

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, christine@stshrine.org 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 www.stshrine.org.

Feb. 24, 4 p.m. – The Shrine of Saint Joseph, Stirling, will present “Faith Consistent Investing: Building the Kingdom of God in the New Millennium.” The speaker will be Oblates Father Seamus Finn. Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel. For details, call (908) 647-0208 or visit www.stshrine.org.

March 3, 10 to 3:30 p.m. – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will host a day of reflection for parents grieving the loss of a child. The day will offer a supportive, comforting environment of prayer, reflection and sharing around the loss of your child. Bring a lunch. A continental breakfast, drink and snacks will be provided. The cost is $50. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $15 is required. To register, call Sister Pat (609) 494-2917 or email pdotzuaer@comcast.net by Feb. 15.