Around the Diocese

Prayer and Worship

Nov. 20, 7 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, will host an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. The Muslim, Jewish and Methodist communities will be included in the service. A non-perishable food donation will be accepted for the Old Bridge Food Pantry. All are invited.

Nov. 28, 7 p.m. – St. Philip and St. James Parish, Phillipsburg, invites all to attend a Monthly Healing Mass. The celebrant and guest speaker will be Father John Primach. For information, call (908) 200-6763.

Dec. 7, 7:30 a.m. – St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish, New Brunswick, will begin the Marian Year on the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception with preparation, prayer and catechesis. All day Exposition will begin on Dec. 7, after the 7:30 a.m. Mass. Mass will also be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. Sung Vespers will be held prior to the 7:30 p.m. Mass. Guest speakers will also be featured to raise awareness of the importance of a devotion to Our Lady. All are welcome.

Dec. 8, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Dec. 9, after the 11 a.m. Mass – Immaculate Conception Parish, Spotswood, invites all to celebrate the visit of the UN Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Dec. 8 will begin with a procession. Both days will include Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Rosary, confessions, veneration of St. Jacinta Marti and St. Francisco Marto and a presentation. After each Sunday Mass there will be a talk about the statue. The visit will continue after the 11 a.m. Mass and will include time for private prayer. For information, visit

Dec. 15, 4 p.m. – The Somerset County Council 0653 George Washington Assembly, Knights of Columbus, will hold a Memorial Mass to honor deceased knights at the Somerville Knights of Columbus Hall, 495 East Main Street, Somerville. Dinner and dancing will be held after Mass. Music will be provided by “Who Are You Guys.” Beer, wine and soda is included. A cash bar will be available. Tickets for dinner are $30 each. For reservations, call Christopher Ofsik, (732) 748-1183 or John Triglio, (732) 469-5092.

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.

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

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.


Fun and Food

Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. – St. Ambrose Council, Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, is sponsoring an Italian Heritage Dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Frederick Pl., Old Bridge.  The menu will include antipasto, salad, chicken, pasta, meatballs, sausage, dessert and more. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children. To RSVP, call Vinny, (516) 238-6026.

Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m. to noon – St. Ambrose Council, Knights of Columbus, Old Bridge, will host a Christmas Breakfast with St. Nicholas at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Frederick Pl., Old Bridge. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, bagels, cereal, coffee and tea. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 years old and younger. To RSVP, call Kathleen, (732) 261-3634.

Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, invites all to a Christmas Cookie Walk in the church hall. Come and walk the tables filled with homemade cookies. Cookies will be sold by the pound. For details, call (732) 589-1576.

Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Council 426, Knights of Columbus, South Amboy, will offer a brunch with Santa. The menu will include eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toast, pierogis and more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. To purchase tickets, call Les, (732) 721-0812.


Special Programs

Nov. 24-25 – The Sacred Heart Altar Rosary Society, South Amboy, is selling cemetery crosses for $9 and grave blankets for $25. Samples will be on display. Sales will be held on Saturdays  3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Memorial Hall. Items will be ready for pickup on Dec. 1 and 2. For details, call Virginia, (732) 721-1521.

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,

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

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



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 To schedule an audition, contact Barbara Sanderman, (732) 718-0775 or email


Actors Needed

Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. – The Diocese of Metuchen is looking for actors, stagehands, set and costume designers, 18 years old and older to participate in a 2019 production about Our Lady of Guadalupe. The meeting will be held at The St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, 146 Metlars Lane, Piscataway. The evening will include a performance of a sample play and details about the 2019 production. English and Spanish speaking participants are needed. To RSVP or for details, 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.


Support Programs

Dec. 2, 7 p.m. – The EnCourage Support Group will be held 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

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.


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

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 or email Father Paderon,

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 and click on the Travel Link.



Dec. 1, 8 p.m. and Dec. 2, 4 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, will host Philomusica Concert Choir performing “On Christmas Night.” The performance will include the works of Bach, Handel, Jorbert, Vittoria and others. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $10 for children under 13 years old. Advance sale tickets are available for $2 less. To purchase tickets, call (732) 993-5400 or visit

Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, Music at St. Mary’s Advent – Christmas concert will be held in the church.  St. Mary Chamber Orchestra and the St. Mary Choral society will perform the works of Handel’s “Messiah.” For information, call (732) 857-0202.


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