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.

 

April 28, 2 p.m. – St. Joseph Parish, North Plainfield, will hold afternoon devotion in the church. The afternoon will included a holy hour, confession, devotion, a talk and benediction. Guest speaker Father Pio Mandato will present “Divine Mercy: How God’s Love Changes Us.” A potluck dinner will be held after the devotion. Bring a dish to share. For information, visit www.sjnp.org.

 

May 2, 7:30 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, will hold a Mass followed by prayers for healing. The celebrant will be Father William J. Smith, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Port Reading. Members of the prayer group will also be available to pray. For information, call Pam, (732) 491-6042.

 

May 4, 10:30 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to First Saturday devotions to honor the plea of Our Lady. The speaker and main celebrant will be Mercy Father James Walling. The day will include confessions, speakers, 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 or visit www.wafusa.org.

 

May 5, 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

April 26, 7 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold a Designer Pocketbook Fundraiser. Tickets are $40 in advance. Bring your own food and beverages. Reservations for 8-10 are available. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For information or tickets, call (908) 753-2091 or visit www.msmhope.org by April 20.

 

April 26, 7:30 p.m. – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, is sponsoring a Pocketbook Fundraiser. Calvin Klein, COACH, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and others will be featured. Admission is $25 per person. Adults only will be admitted. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The building is handicapped accessible. Proceeds will benefit the 75th anniversary of the parish. Coffee, tea and dessert will be sold. To purchase tickets, call Denise, (732)254-1800, ext. 10 or visit www.corpuschristisouthriver.org.

 

April 27, 7:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Council 12700, Knights of Columbus, Middlesex, invites all to a comedy night in the parish center. The event will feature three comedians from The Comedy Haven. A buffet dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 each. To purchase tickets, call Steve Vasinda, (908) 227-2601 or visit the parish office.

 

April 27, 5 to 8 p.m. – Transfiguration of the Lord Parish, Guardian Angels worship site, Edison-Highland Park, will host an International Food Festival in Guardian Angels church hall. The evening will include food tasting and music from the parishioner’s different cultural backgrounds. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children five to ten years old. For information, call (732) 572-0977.

 

April 27, 7 to 10 p.m. – St. Bartholomew Columbiettes, East Brunswick, will host a wine tasting in the parish hall. Admission includes food, desserts and wine, spirits and beer to sample. Must at least 21 years old to attend. Tickets are $35 before April 20 or $45 thereafter. To purchase tickets, call Noreen, (732) 238-5743.

 

May 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Council 11378, Knights of Columbus, North Brunswick, is sponsoring a car show at the parish center. The day will include music, food and trophies. Proceeds will benefit the Knights of Columbus charities. Car show participant fee is $15. To register, call Joe DiPane (732) 589-3167 or Nick Arico, (732) 322-0765.

 

Clothing Drives

May 4, 8 to 11 a.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold a clothing drive in the rectory garage, Clean, unstained clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, handbags and stuffed animals will be accepted in plastic garbage bags. No early drop offs. For information, call Debbie, (732) 541-5768.

 

Lenten Dinners

St. Mary Ostrabrama Parish, South River, will hold Lenten Fish Dinners Fridays during Lent beginning March 15 at 7 p.m. Fish and chips dinner are $12 for adults and $5 for children. Take-out orders are available beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets will be sold in the parish office or at the door. Our Lady of Peace Council 9199, Knights of Columbus, Fords, is sponsoring all you can eat Lenten Linguini Dinners every Friday during Lent from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria below the church. The menu includes linguini, a choice of sauce, salad, bread, coffee and dessert. Pizza will be available. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $5 for children 12 and under. Children under five are free. A family rate of $20 is available for eat-in only. Take-out is available. Tickets will be sold at the door. For information, call Tony, (732) 233-4473.

 

Special Events

April 27,7 to 10 p.m. – St. Bartholomew Columbiettes, East Brunswick, invites all to its annual wine tasting fundraiser in the parish hall. Admission includes appetizers, desserts, wine and spirits for sampling. Advance tickets are $35 if purchased by April 20 or $40 thereafter. Tickets are limited. Proceeds will support charities in the community. To purchase tickets, call Noreen, (732) 238-5743.  

 

Communion Breakfasts

May 5, 10 a.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes, Altar Rosary Society, Milltown, will hold a Communion Breakfast at Pierre’s Restaurant, South Brunswick. Father Charles Krieg from the Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia will be the guest speaker. The topic will be “Spiritual Buffet.” The cost is $25. To purchase tickets, call Lynn DeAmicis, (732) 828-1282 or Pat Miller, (732) 297-4928.

 

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.

 

April 27, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. – Life Choices Resource Center, Metuchen, will conduct a one day Peer Counselor Training Session for assisting women and families dealing with unexpected pregnancy. A men’s program is also being developed. If you’re a man or woman looking for a challenge, contact Carolyn, (732) 516-0911 or email lifechoices@optonline.org.

 

April 29, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, Middlesex, will host a workshop on the Catholic Perspective of End-of-Life Care and the Dangers pf Physician-Assisted Suicide presented by Jennifer Ruggiero, Secretary of Family and Pastoral Life. For information, call (732) 356-2149, 1011.

 

July 26-28 – 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.

 

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.

 

March 19 – May 7,7 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.

 

Thursdays, April 4-June 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – St. Ambrose Parish, Old Bridge, 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. The sessions are free and open to persons of all faiths. For information or to pre-register, call the parish office, (732) 679-5666.

 

April 11 – May 30, 2:30 to 4 p.m. – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Bereavement, Middlesex, is offering “A Journey through Grief” an eight-week bereavement support group to help those who grieve find that there is life after loss and to try to find ways to go on living and healing. Meetings will be held in Petra House. Persons of all faiths are welcome. Registration is required. For information or to register, call the parish office, (732) 356-2149.    

 

Pilgrimages

May 3 –St. Philip and St. James Parish, Phillipsburg, will sponsor a pilgrimage to The Divine Mercy Shrine, Stockbridge, Mass. The cost is $65. For details and reservations, call Camille, (908) 319-2719.

 

 

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.

 

May 18, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will hold a yard sale. Donated items will include baby clothing, household items and more. Private vendor space is available for $10. Bring your own table. Rain date is May 25. For details, call (732) 770-8245 or email corpuschristievm@gmail.com.

 

Trips, Retreats and Pilgrimages

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.

 

Plays and Concerts

May 5, 2 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, North Brunswick, will present a stage reading of M. Lennon Perricone’s “A Rainy Afternoon in Our Lady of Peace.” The reading is a contemporary Catholic drama written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the parish. Admission is free.

 

May 17, 7:30 p.m. – Immaculate Conception Parish, Somerville, will host the Caritas Chamber Chorale performing “Grace Abides.” Admission is free. A freewill offering will be accepted to benefit the Adorno Fathers’ St. Francis Caracciolo Mission is the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. For details, call Barbara Sanderman, (732) 718-0775 or visit www.caritaschanberchorale.org.

 

Save the Date

June 22 – 28 – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will host a Vatican International Exhibition entitled, “the Eucharistic Miracle of the World” presented by Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association. If you would like your parish to host this exhibition, contact Maria CE Fuller, corpuschristievm@gmail.com.

 

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.