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.

Aug. 20, 3 p.m. – St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Hillsborough, invites all to come and celebrate the 100th Anniversary with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving followed by a banquet in the parish center.  Tickets for the banquet are $50 for adults and $5 for children under 13 years old. Children under five years old are free. To purchase tickets, call (908) 725-0615 or visit www.stmaryhillsboroughnj.org.

Aug. 20, 3 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Divine Mercy Healing Mass. The celebrant will be Father Tom Ganley and the Ministry Team. For information, call (732) 514-7160 or visit www.dmhealing.org.

Aug. 21, 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.

Sept. 2, 10 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to “You at Least Try to Console Me” First Saturday devotions to honor the plea of Our Lady. The Sin of Alienating Children will be explained this month. The speaker and celebrant will be Father Charles Sabella. The day will include confessions, a speaker, Mass, recitation of the Rosary, a children’s video and more. The day will conclude with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. For details, call (908) 689-1700, ext. 210 or visit www.wafusa.org.

 

 

 

Fun and Food

Sept. 3, 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.

 

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.

Aug. 19, 2 p.m. – The Shrine Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Raritan, will offer “Decoding the Latin Mass” sponsored by The latin Mass Society of Central New Jersey.  Tom Gilmour, Master of Ceremonies for the Latin Mass, will go through the prayers and actions of the current Mass in the Extraordinary Form. For details, call Maria, (908) 310-3733.

Thursdays, Sept, 14 – Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. – The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, will conduct a “Life in the Spirit Seminar.” For details, contact Tom Mockoviak, (732) 549-4740 or email mockofam@optonline.net.

Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – St. Peter Parish Rosary Altar Society, Point Pleasant, invites all Rosary Altar Societies in the Diocese of Metuchen to join them for a day of prayer to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions in Fatima, at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Washington, NJ. Bring a bag lunch. To register or for details, call Ellen Conaghan, (732) 322-1873 or email mecon27@aol.com.

Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – NPM Metuchen will offer “Here I am, Lord – Two Days for Discipleship” presented by Dan Schutte, at St. Joseph Parish, North Brunswick.  The two days will include music, prayer, reflection and inspiration. The cost is $15 per day or $20 for both days. Children ages 5-12 years old are $5. Children under five years old are free. A family rate of $50 is available for two adults and two children under 12 years old. To order tickets, call the parish office, (908) 756-3383.

Oct. 13-15 – 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 cost and location, call (732) 904-9636 or visit www.aweekendforyourmarriage.org.

Oct. 26-29 – The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen is now accepting applications for the women’s weekend. The weekend is an “Encounter with Christ” which is designed to strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. Space is limited. For details or an application, visit www.metcurcillo.org or call Lori DeNoyelles, (732) 738-1796.

Nov. 7, 7 to 9:30 p.m. – Immaculate Conception Parish, Somerville, is hosting REBOOT LIVE!, a life-changing event for all, featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and author, Chris Stefanik. Space is limited. Tickets are $20 each. For details or reservations, call (908) 725-1112 or visit www.reallifecatholic.com/REBOOT.

 

Donations Needed

St. Thomas the Apostle School, Old Bridge, is seeking gifts and monetary contributions to support its annual Basket Fundraiser to be held on May 18. Sponsors and donors get free advertising in the event program and on the website. If you like to donate, call Sandy (732) 761-8076 or email hsabasketraffle@sttaob.com.

 

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

Tuesdays, Sept. 19 – Dec. 12, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Victories Parish, Sayreville, will present “First Corinthians – The Church and the Christian Community.” Explore the key elements that Apostle Paul introduced to a new growing Church. A donation of $35 will cover the cost of materials. For information or to register, call Maureen Bender, (732) 254-2513 or visit BibleStudyForCatholics.com.

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

 

Retreats

Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – St. Joseph Caregiver Ministry, Hillsborough, is hosting its third Caregivers Retreat. If you are a caregiver to a special needs child, an elderly parent, sibling or spouse, a mentally or physically challenged person, or if you are a professional caregiver you are invited to attend. The theme will be “honoring your feelings.” Mass will be held at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9 a.m. in the parish center. Lunch is included. For details or to register, call Carol Jorgensen, (908) 369-7143 or email carolj623@comcast.net.

 

Book Clubs

Mondays, Sept. 18-Oct. 23, 7 p.m. – Assumption Parish, Hackettstown, will hold a Fall Book Club meeting in the parish center. The selected book, “Unleashing the Power of Scripture: A Guides for Catholics” can be purchased from the parish office for $13. It’s also available on Kindle. Participants should read the introduction and first chapter prior to the first meeting. For details, call the parish office, (908) 852-3320.

 

Golf Outings

Oct. 1, 8 a.m. – St. John the Evangelist Parish, Dunellen, will host its annual golf classic at the Rutgers University Golf Course. The fee is $130 per golfer. The day will include a light breakfast, lunch, awards, prizes and a live auction. Sponsorships are available. To register or for sponsorship information, call John Nicholson, (732) 563-1473 or email stjdullengolf@gmail.com by Sept. 21.

 

Bus Trips

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Altar Rosary Society, Milltown, invites all to a Renewal at the Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling. Buses will leave from the church parking lot. For reservations, call Mary Lynch, (732) 828-9310 or email lynchtwin@optimum.net.

 

 

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 once a month for six events beginning May 13 and ending Oct. 13. The events will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s six appearances to the three shepherd children in 1917. Ushers will be needed for the Rosary procession and Mass. To volunteer or for details, call Mary, (908) 689-1700 ext. 210 or visit www.bluearmy.com.

 

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.

The Father Capodanno Catholic War Veterans is looking for members to form a new post in the Flemington, Hunterdon County area. For details, contact Al Kosiarski, (908)782-7662 Ext.159 or email, al@fdsnj.com.

 

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.

 

Tours and Pilgrimages

Oct. 19-27 – Father John Alvarado, pastor of Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, invites all to a tour of Canyon Country featuring Arizona and Utah. Highlights will include Tucson, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and more. For an itinerary and pricing, visit www.ChurchoftheSacredHeart.net and click on the travel link.

Special Events

Sept. 10, noon – St. James Parish, Woodbridge, invites all to celebrate Sister Marie Pierson’s 60th Anniversary as a Religious Sister of Mercy. Mass will begin at noon. A reception will follow in McCorristin Hall. For information, call Mitzi, (732) 609-2907.

Nov. 7, 7 to 9:30 p.m. – Immaculate Conception Parish, Somerville, is hosting REBOOT LIVE!, a life-changing event for all, featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and author, Chris Stefanik. This event is expected to sell out quickly. Tickets are $20 each. For details or reservations, call (908) 725-1112 or visit www.reallifecatholic.com/REBOOT.

 

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.

Georgian Court University, Lakewood, will present performances of “Mrs. Gould Welcomes Coco Chanel” during the months of April, May and June. All performances will be held in The Mansion on the campus. Tickets are $45 per person and includes a tea luncheon. For specific dates, call (732) 987-2263 or email specialevents@georgian.edu.

Aug. 20, 1 p.m. – St. Francis Retreat House, Easton, invites all to Franciscan Family Day, Polka Mass, picnic and tricky tray. Homemade food and treats will be served. The cost is $5 to attend the picnic. For information, call (610) 258-3053.

Sept. 14 – Loyola Jesuit Center Morristown, will hold its 26th annual Father Harvey Haberstroh, S.J. Memorial golf Classic at the Suburban Golf Club, Union. The cost $350 perp golfer. The fee includes brunch, refreshments, a cocktail reception and dinner. Awards and a silent auction will be featured. Dinner only tickets are $100. Sponsorships are available. For details or to register, call (973) 539-0740 or visit www.loyola.org.

Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will offer “The 12 Keys to Spiritual Vitality” for adults 50 and over. The program will transform the way you look at aging. The cost is $50. Mass and lunch is included.  “Friends of Bill W. – An evening for Sponsor/Sponsee” will be held on Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m. The cost is $20. A speaker and dinner is included. To register for either program, call (732) 892-8494 or visit www.sjbsea.org.

Wednesdays, Oct. 4-Nov. 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Quellen Spiritual Center, Mendham, will present “Meeting Christ in Prayer” a guided prayer experience for small groups modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The facilitator will be Carol Makravitz, SCC. The cost is $80. To register, call Quellen, (973) 543-6528 ext. 217 by Sept. 20.