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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Prayer Circle facilitated by Sister Kathleen Rooney, SSJ. The circle will meet on Sept. 29, 7:45 p.m. or Sept. 30, 8:15 a.m.  Experience different forms of prayer such as contemplation, meditation, centering prayer and others. All faiths are welcome. For information, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.

In response to Pope Francis’ desire for families to pray the rosary together, The World Apostolate of Fatima USA, Washington, is offering “How to Pray the Rosary” a First Saturday Children’s Program from 11 a.m. to noon. If you’d like to participate, call (908) 689-1700, ext. 210 or email

Sept. 4, 17, 24, Oct, 1, 7, 7 p.m. – St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington, is offering a 33-Day Consecration to Jesus through Mary in the church. The consecration is open to those who have never consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary as well as those who want to re-consecrate their lives and ask for new graces for the upcoming year. Mass and a Consecration Ceremony will be included. For details, visit

Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to celebrate the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Confessions will start at 10:30 a.m. The Rosary procession will be held at noon followed by Mass at 1 p.m. The main celebrant will be Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton. The day will conclude with the traditional Fatima Farwell. For information, visit

Sept. 14, 3 p.m. – Mothers of Priests will hold a holy hour at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Sayreville. The celebrant will be Father Edmund Luciano, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Fords. For information, call Nancy Pavich, (732) 721-7023.


Fun and Food

Sept. 10, 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 pirohi, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, mashed potatoes, dessert and more. The cost is $13 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.

Sept. 19, 7 p.m. – St. Joseph Parish, Raritan, invites all to its annual Tricky Tray Basket Auction. The admission of $20 includes a light supper, dessert and tickets. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (908) 725-0163.

Sept. 21, 2 p.m. – Good Shepherd Parish, Hopelawn, invites all to its Tricky Tray Auction at Most Holy Rosary Worship Site in the Msgr. Gambino Hall. Admission is $15. Coffee and dessert is included. Doors open at noon. Food will be available for purchase or bring your own food. Adults only will be admitted. Proceeds will benefit the parish and the Good Shepherd Scholarship Fund. For information or to purchase tickets, call the parish office, (732) 826-4859.

Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – The San Salvador Council 299, Knights of Columbus, Perth Amboy, will hold a Dominos Tournament at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 228 High St., Perth Amboy. The entrance fee is $20 per team. Light refreshments will be provided. Lunch will be available for purchase. Deadlines for entries is Sept. 22. For a form or for information, email or call John Jordan, (732) 925-3751.


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.


Bible Study

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.


Trips & Pilgrimages

Nov. 12-20 – Our Lady of Fatima Adult Choir, Piscataway, is sponsoring a pilgrimage to Italy. Tours of basilicas and historical sites in Florence, Orvieto, Assisi, Rome and more will be featured. The choir will sing at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. A highlight of the trip will be the weekly audience with Pope Francis.  You do not have to sing to attend the pilgrimage. For details, call, Jean Lyons, (732) 642-6747.

Sept. 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, under the direction of Father Dennis Weezorak invites all to a pilgrimage informational meeting in St. Patrick’s Hall. The 10-day Italian Holiday will be held April 21-30, 2015. The pilgrimage will include tours of Tuscany, Florence, Sorrento, Pompeii, Rome and more. A papal audience will be included. The cost is $4599 per person. For details, call Betty Fitzgerald, (732) 841-0648 or Virginia Ricablanca/Unitours, (848) 466-0234. For a full itinerary, visit


Artisans and Crafters Needed

Nov. 16 – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Council 12700, Knights of Columbus, Middlesex, is seeking artists for their annual The Holiday Artisan Fair. Artisans and crafters who would like to sell their works are invited to complete an application. A discount is available for applications submitted before Sept. 30. Space is limited. To obtain an application, visit



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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, South Plainfield, will present “In God’s Image” a LGBT faith sharing group in the Annex on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. 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.


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.

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.

Male volunteers are needed to conduct prayer services on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. for the Catholic inmates at the Middlesex County Corrections Center, North Brunswick. The service will consist of readings from the previous Sunday’s Mass, discussing them in light of their circumstances, offertory prayers in which the inmates are encouraged to offer their own petitions and singing hymns from missalettes. For details, call (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.


Flea Markets

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.


Blood Drives

Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Monroe Township, in conjunction with the New Jersey Blood Service, will hold a blood drive. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 lbs. and not have donated in the past 56 days. People over 76 years old may donate with a physician’s letter. Teens who are 16 years old may donate with a parent’s permission letter. For information, call (800) 933-2566.


Golf Outings

Sept. 22 – The Sisters of Mercy are sponsoring their 20th Annual Golf Classic at Trump National Golf Club, Colts Neck. Proceeds will benefit retired Sisters. For a brochure, contact the development office, (908) 756-0994 ext. 4006.

Oct. 6 – Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, will host its 39th annual Cavalcade of Golf at Shackamaxon Country Club, Scotch Plains. The event will benefit the Mount Saint Mary Academy scholarship fund. Sponsorships are available. For details, call Paul Zensky (908) 420-0065 or email


Special Events

Sept. 6-7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Council 11378, Knights of Columbus, North Brunswick, will welcome the Raritan Valley HiRailers Train Club showcasing track layouts and landscapes built by experts. Admission is $3 per person. Proceeds will go to the Wounded Warriors Project. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For information, email

Sept. 20, 1 to 4 p.m. – The Fifth Annual Cursillo Walkathon will be held at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bridgewater. The day will include food, music, a silent auction and children’s activities. All are welcome. For details, email Marianne Khare,

Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m. – The sixth annual Women Empowering Women Luncheon will be held at the Polish American Citizens Club, Whitehouse Station. This event will raise funds for the Center of Great Expectations, Somerset. The luncheon will include a silent auction that will feature luxury and gift items. Tickets are $30 per person. To purchase tickets, call (908) 534-4847 or email

Sept. 28, 3 p.m. – The South Plainfield Columbiettes will host “Deadly Housewives” a murder mystery luncheon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Hamilton Blvd., South Plainfield. The performance will be presented by Without A Cue Productions. Admission is $35. Doors open at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets, call Kathy, (908) 756-3772 or Linda, (908) 834-2269.

Oct. 2-5 or Oct. 16-19 – The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen is now accepting applications for the Men’s Fall Cursillo Weekend to be held on Oct. 2-5 or the Women’s Fall Cursillo Weekend to be held on Oct. 16-19. The weekends are an encounter with Christ not a retreat. The encounter will strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. Space is limited. For an application or details, visit, call Lori DeNoyelles, (732) 738-1796 or contact Dr. Tony Tangorra, (908)766-1900,


Yard Sales

Sept. 6, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.St. Bartholomew Council, Knights of Columbus, East Brunswick, is sponsoring a giant yard sale. Outdoor vendors and indoor sales will be featured. Food and refreshments will be sold.


Outside the Diocese

The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, is offering a two-year Spiritual Direction Course beginning in May. For details, contact Patricia Hughes, (908) 647-0208.

Sept. 8-11, 7:30 p.m. – The Shrine of St. Joseph Peace Center, Stirling, will offer three evenings of interfaith based programming with speakers, discussions and presentations. The program will conclude on Sept. 11 with a Candlelight Vigil at the Tower of Remembrance rain or shine. For information, call (908) 647-0208 or visit

Sept. 11-25 – St. Francis Retreat House, Easton, is sponsoring a Franciscan Pilgrimage to Assisi, Florence and Rome. The cost of $5600 double occupancy includes airfare, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, most meals and tips. For details, call Tony Martocci, (610) 868-4091 or (610) 258-3053.

Sept. 15, 6 p.m.St. Francis Retreat House, Easton Pa., will present Kerry Weber, author of “Mercy in the City.” Her topic will be the seven corporal works of mercy and how she tried to accomplish them during Lent. A donation of $20 will be collected. To register, call (610) 258-3053, ext. 10 or email

Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Sacred Thread Ministries, Berkeley Heights, will offer “From Transition to Transformation” a day of reflection and prayer for people who are struggling with life’s challenges and changes. The day of reflection will be held in Silver Beach, NJ. A donation of $40 includes lunch. Space is limited. To register, call (908) 608-3160.

Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Stella Maris Retreat Center, Long Branch, will present an Ignatian “Tune-Up” Day of Recollection. Energize the hearts, minds and souls of people who have either made the Spiritual Exercises in their entirety or have made any sort of retreat that is grounded in Ignatian spirituality and the wisdom of the Exercises. This program will focus on Weeks One and Two of the Spiritual Exercises. A second day will be held on March 14, 2015. The program will include talks, reflections and prayer. The cost is $50. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. For details, call (732) 443-4312 or visit

Sept. 29, 7 to 9 p.m. – Stella Maris Retreat Center, Long Branch, will offer “Praying for Our Young Adults Sons and Daughters: Placing Then in the Heart of God.” Explore ways to lift up grown sons and daughters in prayer and unleash God’s presence in family life. The cost is $10. For details, call (732) 443-4312 or visit

Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Stella Maris Retreat Center, Long Branch, will present “Spiritual Grandparenting: Witnessing to Faith across the Generations.” Learn four ways that anyone can be a living sign of God’s gentle but preserving mercy from one generation to the next. The cost is $50. For information, call (732) 443-4312 or visit

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, 7:30 to 9 p.m. – St. Catharine Parish, Holmdel, will present “The Creation Narratives” Scripture Study with Father Garry Koch. The cost is $30. For information or to register, call Kathy McBurnie, (732) 842-3963, ext. 13.