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.

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.

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.

Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, Middlesex, will hold a Chinese New Year Celebration with Mass, shows and dinner. The event is free. All are welcome. For information, call the New Jersey Chinese Catholic Apostolate, (862) 686-1170.

Feb. 22, 7 p.m. – St. John Neumann Parish, Califon, will hold a prayer service for anyone fighting addiction and their loved ones. The evening will include prayer, reflection and support for those with a dependency issue. The service is open to people of all faiths. For information, call (908) 832-2513 or email sjn@ccsjn.org.

 

Fun and Food

Feb. 13, 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 pierogis, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, mashed potatoes, dessert and more. The cost is $15 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.

Feb. 23, 7 to 10 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 6930, Knights of Columbus, Whitehouse Station, invites all to a Mardi Gras celebration in Community Hall. The evening will include dancing, dinner, wine and beer. Music will be provided by “Who Are You Guys.” Tickets are $35 per person. Proceeds will benefit local charities. To purchase tickets, contact Roman Hnidj, (908) 256-9760 or romanhnidj@verizon.net or Tom DiQuollo, (908) 217-4330, tomdiquollo@aol.com.

 

Special Events

Feb. 10, 4 to 5:30 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, will host the Metuchen Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians demonstration of the newly restored pipe Cathedral organ following the performance of “The True Story of Cinderella.” For details, visit www.stfranciscathedral.org/94 or email Choir@StFrancisCathedral.org.

 

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.

Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Man to Man” a men’s group that meets every 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. The evening will feature life affirming discussion and prayer to find God in our lives and to make a difference in our world. A free-will offering will be collected. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or visit www.msmhope.org.

Immaculate Conception Parish, Somerville, will celebrate the Christmas season by blessing and lighting Christmas Trees on the parish grounds. Trees can be purchased to memorialize a loved one, be dedicated to living loved ones or have a personal Christmas greeting. Each tree will display a plaque.  The trees will be blessed by Bishop James F. Checchio after the Dec. 8, 5 p.m. Mass. The cost per tree is $200. Trees are limited. For details, call the parish office, (908) 725-1112.

St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington, will be selling wreaths for $15 for a Veteran who was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Order forms are available at the parish after weekend Masses in November or by call Al (908) 782-7662, ext. 159 or email al@fdsnj.com.

Feb. 9, 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.

Feb. 12, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Nameless Yet Known- Identifying with the Unnamed People in Scripture.” The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-2091 or visit www.msmhope.org.

Feb. 24, 4 to 8 p.m. – Life Choices Resource Center invites all to its annual charity banquet, “Surprised by Joy” at the Pines Manor, Edison. The evening will highlight God’s love at work in the Life Choices Resource Center. Tickets are $65 per person. Booster and sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets or for information, call (732) 516-0911 or visit www.LifeChoicesRC.com.

March 22-24 – 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 details or to register, call (732) 904-9636 or visit www.aweekendforyourmarriage.org.

 

Bus Trips

Jan. 18, 7 a.m.St. Ambrose Council, Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, is sponsoring a free bus trip to the March for Life in Washington D.C. The bus will leave from the church. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. For reservations, call (732) 679-2230 or (732) 679-5666.

Jan. 18, 7:30 a.m. Our Lady of Peace Council 9199, Knights of Columbus, Fords, will offer a bus trip to the March for Life in Washington D.C. Non-parishioners are asked to donate $25 to offset the cost of the bus. The bus will leave from the parish center. The bus will stop for breakfast and dinner. Reservations are a must. For details or to reserve a seat, call Ken Blaha, (732) 586-9182 or Emil Ferlicchi, (732) 261-8280.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

Tuesdays, Jan. 15-March 5, 7 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, is offering “A Journey through Grief” an eight-week bereavement support group. If you are suffering over the death of a loved one this group may help you through this difficult time. Meetings will be held in the parish Teen Center. The sessions are free. The spring session will be held March 19-May 7. For information or to pre-register, call Trudy Madden, (908) 874-6288 or Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053.

Feb. 10, 7 p.m. – The EnCourage Support Group will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, in the parish center, 50 Van Winkle Place. 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) 642-6747 or visit www.courageRC.org.

Feb. 27, 7 to 9 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, will host “A Journey through Grief,” a seven week session that is designed to help people work through the grief from a loss of a loved one. The sessions will be held in the parish center each week through April 10. The sessions are open to people of all faiths. For information, call Jessie Flynn, (732) 895-2563 or Marybeth Connolly, (732) 512-8901.

 

Plays and Concerts

Feb. 10, 3 p.m. – Cathedral St. Francis of Assisi Music Ministry, Metuchen, will present “The True Story of Cinderella” in the Community Room. This musical work by Warren Martin of Westminster Choir College features vocal soloists accompanied by piano. A suggested donation of $15 per person will be accepted. To purchase tickets, email Choir@StFrancisCathedral.org.

 

Save the Date

April 6, 5 p.m. – St. Ann School, Raritan, invites all to its annual Tricky Tray. Admission is $25. Donations are still needed. If you have something you’d like to donate, contact (908) 725-7787 or email, stanntrickytray@gmail.com.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Trips, Retreats and Pilgrimages

Feb. 18-26, Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, is offering a trip to Costa Rica under the direction of Father John P. Alvarado. The trip will include a tour of Jan Jose, a coffee plantation, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano and more. For details, visit www.ChurchoftheSacredHeart.net and click on the Travel Link.

Sept. 3-11, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Perth Amboy, is offering a pilgrimage to Israel in Spanish. Tour Tel Aviv, Haifa, Galilea, Jerusalem and more. The cost is $3000 per person. For details, call (732) 442-6634 or email olfperthamboy@gmail.com.

Sept. 22-Oct. 1, In the Footsteps of St. Paul, a pilgrimage to Greece, the Greek Isles and Ephesus, will be offered under the direction of Father John Alvarado, pastor of Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield. The pilgrimage will include visits to Athens, Crete, Santorini, Corinth and more. For details, visit churchofhtesacredheart.net 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 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.

March 1-3, St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will present “Enjoying the Quiet,” a technology free weekend. Recharge your spirit and well-being. The weekend will include Mass, prayer and relaxation. The cost is $220.  To register, call (732) 892-8494 or visit www.sjbsea.org.