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.

Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, will hold a Mass and healing service. The celebrant will be Father John Campoli, director of His Love Ministries. Individual healing prayers with Father Campoli will be available following Mass. All are welcome. For information, visit www.frjohncampoli.com.

Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, will host the First New Jersey Marian Conference of Eucharistic Healing and Deliverance in the church auditorium. The day will include Mass, confessions, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, recitation of the Rosary, presentations, breakfast and lunch. Donation is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For details, contact Deacon Francis Di Mello, (732) 718-4959 or Max Gutierrez, (732) 925-7788.

Oct. 24, 7 p.m. – St. Philip and St. James Divine Mercy Prayer Group, Phillipsburg, will hold a Healing Mas. The celebrant will be Father James Walling from the Blue Army Shrine. For information, call Nancy Ensley, (908) 200-6763.

Oct. 29, 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 www.frjohncampoli.com.

Nov. 4, 4 p.m. – All are invited to attend a Holy Hour with Rosary and Benediction to pray for priests and vocations on the first Sunday of the month at the Carmelite Monastery, 26 Harmony School Rd., Flemington.

Fun and Food

Oct. 21, noon – Good Shepherd Parish, Most Holy Rosary worship site, Hopelawn, will hold a tricky tray in Msgr. Gambino Hall. Admission is $15 per person. Reservations are being accepted for tables of six or more. The hall is handicap accessible. To purchase tickets, call the parish office, (732) 826-4853. Advanced sale discount is available if purchased by Oct. 2.

Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 6930, Knights of Columbus, Whitehouse Station, invites all to attend The Jersey Four, a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, in the parish Community Center. The evening will include the show, dinner, wine, beer and dessert. Tickets are $45 per person. To purchase tickets, contact Tom, (908) 217-4330, tomdiquollo@aol.com or Roman, (908) 256-9760, rhnidj@gmail.com.

Oct. 28, 1 to 6 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Council 9199, Knights of Columbus, Fords, is sponsoring a Spaghetti and Sausage Dinner in the parish center. The menu will include pasta, sausage, salad, bread, coffee, tea and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old. Children under 5 years old are free. A family price for two adults and children under 12 years old is $20.Takeout orders are available. Proceeds benefit the Right to Life bus trip to Washington DC. For information, call Kevin, (732) 877-8170.

Nov. 11, 8 a.m. to noon – St. Ann Council, Knights of Columbus, Raritan, is sponsoring an all you can eat breakfast on the second Sunday of each month in the school cafeteria. Breakfast includes omelets, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, corned beef hash, potatoes, fruit, waffles, beverages and more. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Children under five years old are free. Proceeds benefit charitable causes.

Nov. 11, 3:30 p.m. – St. Anthony Parish, Port Reading, invites all to Queen for a Day Tricky Tray Auction. Tickets are $12. Prizes include a $1500 vacation voucher, designer purses, gift certificates, a TV and more. Food will be available for purchase. To purchase tickets, call (732) 634-1403.

Nov. 16, 7 p.m. – St. Joseph Parish, Raritan, will hold a Designer Bag Fundraiser at the Somerville Elks. Advance tickets are $40 per person or $45 at the door. Admission include a card, a buffet dinner, dessert and beverages. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For a reservation form, visit stjosephraritan.weconnect.com or call (908) 725-0163, ext. 10.

 

Concerts

Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, Middlesex, will host the Caritas Chamber Chorale performing “Peace and All Good.” The concert will feature sacred a cappella pieces. Admission is free. A free will offering will be collected to benefit the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission and its school in the Congo. For information, call Barbara Sanderman, (732) 718-0775 or visit, www.caritaschamberchorale.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.

Thursdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, will hold a Life in the Spirit seminar for seven consecutive Thursdays. For information, contact Pam Gendlek, (732) 491-6042 or email pzgendlek@comcast.net.

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 7 p.m. – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will conduct an ongoing program called “Catholics Returning Home” on six consecutive Saturdays beginning Sept. 15, in the rectory meeting room. The sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the Church. Informal sharing will be included. For details, call Denise, (732) 254-1800 ext. 10.

Wednesdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 14, 7 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, is offering “A Journey through Grief” an eight-week non-denominational bereavement support group. The program is designed to help work through the grief caused by a loss of a loved one. Meetings will be held in the parish center. The sessions are free. Pre-registration is required. For information or to pre-register, call Jessie Flynn, (732) 895-2563 or Mary Beth Connolly, (732) 512-8901.

Oct. 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – St. Bartholomew Parish, East Brunswick, will hold Listening Session in the parish hall. The topic will cover the current sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The evening will include a history of the crisis, the Church’s response and small group discussion. A follow up report will be delivered to Bishop James F. Checchio. Refreshments will be served.

Oct. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Saints of New York and Philadelphia: A Celebration of Local Saints and their Relevance for Today” in Mercy Hall. Learn about the saints who walked the streets and forests of NY State and Philadelphia. The cost is $25 per person.  To register, call (908) 753-2091 or visit www.msmhope.org.

Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer a two-part series entitled “The Opioid Epidemic: An American Spiritual Crisis.” The program will delve into the belief in human dignity and a hopeful response about what can be done about substance abuse. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-2091 or visit www.msmhope.org.

Wednesdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 14, 7 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, is offering “A Journey through Grief,” an eight-week non-denominational bereavement support group. The program is designed to help work through the grief caused by the loss of a loved one. Meetings will be held in the parish center. The sessions are free. Pre-registration is required. For information or to pre-register, call Jessie Flynn, (732) 895-2563 or Mary Beth Connolly, (732) 512-8901.

Nov. 5-7, 7 p.m. – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will hold a Parish Family Mission. The presenter will be Deacon Jerry Ziemkiewics, Mission Director. For information, call (732) 254-1800.

Nov. 7, 6 to 8:30 p.m. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, will present “The Opioid Crisis: Getting on the Road to Recovery” in the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center. For information, call (732) 745-8600 or visit saintpetershcs.com.

 

Auditions
Caritas Chamber Chorale invites those who sing to audition for its 2018-2019 season. Auditions will be held by appointment in Bridgewater during August. All voice parts are welcome. Tenors are particularly needed. Audition information can be found at www.caritaschamberchorale.org. To schedule an audition, contact Barbara Sanderman, (732) 718-0775 or email director@caritaschamberchorale.org.

 

 

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.

Tuesdays, Sept. 18-Nov. 6, 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. For information or to pre-register, call Trudy Madden, (908) 874-6288 or Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053.

Wednesdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 14, 7 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, is offering “A Journey through Grief” an eight-week non-denominational bereavement support group. The program is designed to help work through the grief caused by a loss of a loved one. Meetings will be held in the parish center. The sessions are free. Pre-registration is required. For information or to pre-register, call Jessie Flynn, (732) 895-2563 or Mary Beth Connolly, (732) 512-8901.

Wednesdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 14, 7 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, is offering “A Journey through Grief,” an eight-week non-denominational bereavement support group. The program is designed to help work through the grief caused by the loss of a loved one. Meetings will be held in the parish center. The sessions are free. Pre-registration is required. For information or to pre-register, call Jessie Flynn, (732) 895-2563 or Mary Beth Connolly, (732) 512-8901.

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.

 

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.

 

 

Special Events

Oct. 21, 12:30 to 6 p.m. – Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, will present “An Afternoon in Portugal” in the auditorium. The presentation will include a cultural show, dancing, a Portuguese food buffet and music provided by DJ Ricky. Advance tickets are $50 or $65 at the door. Children’s advance tickets are $25 or $40 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the renovation of the church. To purchase tickets, call Larry (732) 752-6705 or Luz, (732) 598-7528.

Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, will host the first New Jersey Marian Conference of Eucharistic Healing and Deliverance in the church auditorium. The day will include Mass, confessions, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, recitation of the Rosary, presentations, breakfast and lunch. Donation is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For details, contact Deacon Francis Di Mello, (732) 718-4959 or Max Gutierrez, (732) 925-7788.

 

Trips, Retreats and Pilgrimages

Jan. 14-25, 2019 – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, is offering a pilgrimage to the Holy Land under the spiritual direction of Father Gerardo Paderon. Visits to holy shrines, Jerusalem, Jordan and more are included. For details, visit www.nativitypilgrimage.com or email Father Paderon, gbpaderon@gmail.com.

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.

Oct. 20, 9 a.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Milltown, will host a retreat entitled, “The Cross.” The presenter will be Vincentian Father Charles Krieg. The retreat is free. Bring a lunch. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served. To register, call Shirley Cappella, (732) 846-1205. 

 

Concerts

Oct. 21, 4 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, will present its 19th season of Music at St. Mary’s in the church.  First in the series will be The City Winds Trio.  A suggested donation of $15 will be accepted. A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. For information, call (732) 857-0202.

Nov. 4, 7 p.m. – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will present “Finding Jesus Again” a family concert in the church. Discover the healing and transforming presence, power and love of Jesus.  For information, call (732) 254-1800.

Nov. 3, 7 to 11 p.m. – A concert sponsored by Music for All Reasons to benefit The Center for Great Expectations will be held at the Venetian Grille, Somerville. Tickets are $70 per person. Admission includes a buffet dinner, dessert and beverages. A cash bar will be available. Sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets, call (732) 247-7003, ext. 336.

 

Support Programs

Oct. 28, 7 p.m. – The EnCourage Support Group will be held on the fourth Sunday of the month at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 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.

 

Craft Fairs

Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Sacred Heart Altar Rosary Society, South Amboy, is sponsoring a Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair in Memorial Hall. Crafters and vendors are needed. Food will be available for purchase. To reserve a table, call Virginia, (732) 721-1521 or Janice, (732) 309-8405.

 

Clothing Drives

Oct. 27, 8 to 11 a.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold a clothing drive. Clean unstained clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, handbags, linens and stuffed animals are being collected. Items should be placed in plastic bags. No early drop offs. For information, call (732) 541-5768.

 

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.

Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 31, 1:30 to 3 p.m. – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will present part one of “Who does He Say You are.” The series will discuss women transformed by Christ in the Gospels. Part two will be held during Lent 2019. The cost is $100. A silent retreat will be held from Sept. 7-13. The cost is $515. To register for either program or for information, call (732) 892-8494 or visit www.sjbsea.org.

Oct. 19-21 – Applications are now being accepted for the Gennesaret weekend retreat for those with a life changing illness. The weekend will be held at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center, Kearny. The program is free and will provide for the spiritual and physical needs of the participants. The weekend includes a spiritual director and a medical team. For information or an application, call Hilare Reinold, (732) 566-7237 or email momr9@optonline.net.