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 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.

Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. – St. Ann Parish, Raritan, will celebrate a Memorial Mass honoring Marine Sergeant John Basilone who died in World War II. Following Mass a parade will take place in Raritan featuring floats, bands, scouts and military groups. A commemorative concert will be held on Set. 17, 7 p.m. at Raritan Valley Community College.

Sept. 20, 3 p.m. – Transfiguration of the Lord Parish, Guardian Angels worship site, Edison, will hold a Divine Mercy Healing Mass. Chaplet of Mercy, songs of prayer and praise will begin at 3 p.m. Mass will follow at 3:30 p.m. The celebrant will be Father Tom Ganley. For information, call (732) 514-7160 or visit

Sept. 25, 3 p.m. – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Divine Mercy Healing Mass. Chaplet of Mercy, songs of prayer and praise will begin at 3 p.m. Mass will follow at 3:30 p.m. The celebrant will be Father Tom Ganley. For information, call (732) 514-7160 or visit

Sept. 26, 7p.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

Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. – The Carmelite Nuns, Flemington, invites all to participate in the Solemn Pontifical Benediction and Blessing of Roses in honor of St. Therese the Child of Jesus. Bishop James F. Checchio will be the celebrant and homilist. The monastery is located at 26 Harmony School Rd., Flemington.

Oct. 1, 10 a.m. – The World Apostolate of Fatima 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 Father Charles A. Sabella. The day will include confession, 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

Oct. 1, 8 a.m. – St. Cecilia Parish, Monmouth Junction, invites you to participate in “2000 Hail Marys” in the chapel. Opening prayers will begin at 8 a.m. followed by 20 Petionary Prayers with 100 Hail Marys for each petition. Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be held at 3 p.m. followed by Mass at 5 p.m. Bring your petitions and intentions. For details, call Emma, (732) 329-6475.

Oct. 2, 4 p.m. – The Diocese of Metuchen Filipino Apostolate invites all to The Festival of San Lorenzo Ruiz at Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen. The celebrant and homilist will be Father Paul Lehman. The Triduum Masses will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Piscataway, on Sept. 29, 7 p.m., at St. Matthias Parish, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. and at St. Ann Parish, Raritan, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. For details, call Father Robert Coruna, (908) 479-4905.

Oct. 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bridgewater, will present “Discovering Christ” a seven-week journey held on Tuesdays that will explore Gospel messages to draw you closer to God. The program will include a meal, prayer time, a video presentation and discussion. A retreat will be held on Nov. 12. The program is free. Registration is requested. Complimentary childcare will be provided. To register, visit or call (908) 725-0552.


Fun and Food

Sept. 17, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, Middlesex, invites all to a performance of  “Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3” in the parish center. Sister will offer hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and Last Rites and will hold her version of the Newlywed Game. Tickets are $30 each and will go on sale at the parish office beginning Aug. 22, 9 a.m. For details, call (732) 356-2149.

Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m. – St. Joseph Parish, Raritan, will host its annual Basket Tricky Tray. Prizes will include baskets, grand prizes, birthday board, gift cards and more. Admission of $25 includes a light supper, and tickets. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the parish office or call (908) 725-0163 ext. 10 or Elaine Walters, (908) 369-7051.

Oct. 1, 7:15 p.m. – St. Jude Ladies Guild, Blairstown, invites all to a fundraiser in McNulty Hall. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. For tickets and information, call Bev, (908) 362-7393.

Oct. 1, 3 to 9 p.m. – St. James the Less Parish, Jamesburg, is sponsoring a Fall Festival on the church grounds. Vendor space is available. For information, call Sandy Bohinski, (732) 521-3012 or email

Oct. 7, 7 p.m. – St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Hillsborough, invites all to a Tricky Tray Auction. Prizes will include a flat screen TV, an outdoor grill, a Pocono resort vacation, designer handbags, theme baskets and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and include tickets and dessert. Food will be available for purchase. To order tickets, call Marge, (908) 722-5894 or visit

Oct. 15, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Council 6930, Knights of Columbus, Whitehouse Station, is sponsoring A Tribute to Sinatra Dinner Theatre in Community Hall.  The concert will feature Kevin Gray and the 78 West Jazz Quintet. The menu will include an all you can eat Italian Buffet, beer and wine. Tickets are $40 per person. To purchase tickets, visit For information, call Roman Hnidj, (908) 256-9760.

Oct. 15, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Holy Trinity Parish, Bridgewater, will hold an All American Roast Beef Dinner in the parish center. The menu will include roast beef, potatoes, vegetables, Caesar salad, rolls, cake and ice cream and beverages. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12 years old. Children 5 years old and younger are free. Tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, call (908) 526-2394.

Oct. 15, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Council 9199, Knights of Columbus, Fords, will host a Comedy Night in the church cafeteria. The evening will include three professional comedians, a full roast beef dinner, beer, wine, soda and dessert. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Reservations are recommended. For tickets by mail, send a check to Kevin Hooghuis, c/o Knights of Columbus, 2 Woodbridge Ave, Metuchen, NJ  08840. Make checks payable to Knights of Columbus #9199. For information, call, Kevin, (908) 217-0312 or visit



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.

Sept. 20, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Theresa of Calcutta – Saint of Light and Darkness. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. For information or to register, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

Sept. 22-25 – The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen is now accepting applications for the men’s weekend. The weekend is an “Encounter with Christ” which is designed to strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. The women’s weekend will be offered Nov. 3-6. For an application, visit or call Lori DeNoyelles, (732) 738-1796 or Mary Ann Faillace. (908) 334-4729.

Sept. 28, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer “Jesus, Ethics and Politics. Look back on the historical Jesus as researched by John P. Meier’s “A Marginal Jew.” Learn about Jesus’ actions during an intense political season. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. For information or to register, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

Oct. 5, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Jesus According to the Politics of Pope Francis.” Learn about Jesus of Nazareth for contemporary times. The cost is $20-30 as you are able to pay. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

Oct. 7-9 – 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

Oct. 8, noon to 2 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, is offering a monthly soup kitchen in the school auditorium. For information contact, Mary Anne Donoghue, or Chris Doyle,

Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. – The National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Metuchen Chapter, will hold a Choral Reading Session at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Whitehouse Station. The presenter will be composer Philip Stopford. The program is free. To register, call Dan Mahoney, (908) 756-0633 ext. 139 or email

Oct. 14-16 – 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) 371-1724 or 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.


Audition Notice

Caritas Chamber Chorale is seeking singers for its 2016-2017 season. Altos are especially needed. Auditions will be held by appointment in August and September. The chorale practices Fridays in Bridgewater. There is no financial obligation to participate other than attire. To schedule an audition, call Barbara Sanderman, (732) 718-0775 or email


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 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 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

Tuesdays, Sept. 20 – Nov. 8 – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, will present “A Journey through Grief” Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish teen center. If you are suffering over the death of someone you loved, this eight week bereavement support group may help you. The program is free. Pre-registration is appreciated. For information, call Trudy Madden, (908) 874-6288 or Philomena Cellilli, (908) 285-6053.


Special Events

Sept. 18, 11 a.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will celebrate its 40th anniversary as a place of peace, contemplation and hospitality with a Mass celebrated in Immaculate Conception Chapel. A luncheon will follow Mass. A free-will offering is requested. To RSVP, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail by Sept. 10.

Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, will present “An Evening of Song” to honor Msgr. Richard Behl on the occasion of his 50th anniversary to the priesthood. A wine and cheese reception will follow the performance. For information, call (732) 251-4000.

Oct. 1, 8 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary Alumnae Association, Watchung, is sponsoring a Gala Art Exhibit and Auction conducted by Marlin Art in Mercy Hall. The evening will feature works by Renoir, Peter Max, Picasso, Warhol and others. Art in oils, watercolors graphics will be available for purchase. A silent auction will also be held. Preview will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 per person or $25 a couple. Refreshments are included.  For tickets, call (908) 757-0108, ext. 4535.

Oct. 1, 8 a.m. – St. Joseph Parish, Hillsborough, will host the National Association of Pastoral Musicians – Trenton Chapter presenting A Day for Music Directors. The day will include a speaker, workshops, lunch and more. For registration details, visit

Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to noon – Life Choices Resource Center will hold its annual Walk for Life at Merrill Park, Iselin, NJ, rain or shine. The day will include a DJ, refreshments and games. To register or to donate, visit or call (732) 516-0911.



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 six events beginning May 13 through Oct. 13. The events will celebrate 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 Achilles, (718) 224-5973 or call the Shrine, (908) 689-1700 ext. 210.


Vendors Needed

Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – St. Helena School, Edison is seeking vendors for its annual Christmas Bazaar. The cost is $20 for one table and $10 for each additional table. To reserve a space or for information, call Renee, (732) 259-9842.


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,


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.

Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Christ the Redeemer Parish, Manville, will participate in a town wide yard sale. Table will be available on the Sacred Heart church grounds. The rental cost is $20. Donations of food and toiletries for the Caritas food pantry will also be collected at that time. To reserve a space, call the parish office, (908) 725-0072 or visit by Sept. 25.


Blood Drives

Sept. 25, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Holy Trinity Parish, Bridgewater, will hold a blood drive in the parish center. A photo ID is required. For appointments, call (800) 933-2566 or visit




Christ the Redeemer Parish, Manville, is selling tickets for its 2016 Mega Fundraiser now through Nov. 19. The drawing will be held on Nov. 19 at the parish dance. You need not be present to win. To purchase a ticket, call the parish office, (908) 725-0072. For details, visit


Tours and Pilgrimages

Father David Kosmoski, pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, is offering pilgrimages for the Year of Mercy Oct. 31-Nov.10, 2016. The trip will include a tour of Lourdes, Nice, Avignon, Florence, Assisi and Rome. The cost is $3079. For details, call (732) 634- 4355 or visit


Bus Trips

Sept. 17, 9 a.m.The NJ Catholic War Veterans is sponsoring a bus trip to the Four Chaplains Memorial at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia. Buses will depart from Parish of the Visitation, St. Mary of Mount Virgin worship site, New Brunswick. The day will include a tour of the memorial, a picnic, children’s games, activities and live music. The cost for the bus is $30 per person. Bring a new child’s toy to donate. A free will donation will be collected for the picnic. For details or for reservations, call Stan Hubbarb, (908) 420-2124 or email



Golf Outings

Oct. 2, 8 a.m. – St. John the Evangelist Parish, Dunellen, will host its annual golf classic at Rutgers University Golf Course. The cost is $130 per golfer. The day will include coffee and bagels, lunch, awards and a live auction. Sponsorships are available. To register or for sponsorships, contact John Nicholson, (732) 563-1473 or email by Sept. 21.


Communion Breakfasts

Oct. 2 – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Altar Rosary Society, Middlesex, will host a Communion Breakfast in the parish center after the 8 a.m. Mass. To purchase tickets, call (732) 356-2149.



Oct. 14-16 – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer “Silence in our Lives” Learn how to deal with the deeper dimension of silence, which is the key to the contemplative side in each of us. The overnight rate is $120 or $65-$75 for the commuter rate.  To register or for information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail



Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m. – The Catholic Daughters of America is sponsoring a bus trip to the Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia, Pa. Buses will leave from St. Philip and St. James Parish, Phillipsburg. The day will include a tour through the Jubilee Holy Door, Mass, Miraculous Medal Investiture and Novena Prayers. A stop at the Reading Terminal Market will be included. The cost is $45. For reservations, call Camille, (908) 387-0001 by Oct. 1.


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

Every Tuesday beginning Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. – The Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity at The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, will offer “The 12 Steps thru Scripture” at Trinity House. For details, call Ron Reinhart, (440) 225-0866 or email

Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Saint Mary’s Abbey, Morristown, will present “Who Am I in the Eyes of God?” sponsored by Sacred Thread Ministries. The full day reflection will discuss how we can feel God’s love within us and thus achieve our own true richness. The cost is $50. To register, call Pat Hughes, (908) 608-3160

Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to noon – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will present “Laudato Si.” The reflection will focus on Pope Francis’ encyclical bringing awareness to the sacredness of God’s creation and our responsibility to care for it. A free will offering will be collected. To register, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email by Sept. 10.

Sept. 25, 4:30 p.m. – The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, will host Sacred Doorways sponsoring a dinner retreat entitled “Dining in the Kingdom – A Menu for the Feast of Life.” The presenter will be Father Richard Fragomeni. During the meal participants will be asked to consider what it means to develop a “taste for God” and for what do they really hunger. To register, call (609) 702-7858 or visit

Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – St. Joseph by the Sea, South Mantoloking, will present “Mary, Undoer of Knots.” Come and reflect with Mary and offer her the knots of your life. The cost is $45. An Autumn Silent Days of Prayer will be offered on Oct. 7-9. The retreat is for those desiring time alone with God in silent mystery of autumn at the shore. The cost is $210. For information or to register for either program, call (732) 892-8494.

Oct. 14-16 – St. Francis Center, Bethlehem, is offering a Spiritual Retreat for Worldwide Marriage Encounter Couples. If you and your spouse have completed a Marriage Encounter weekend you are invited to attend. The theme will be “Mercy within Marriage.” The event is not affiliated with the Worldwide Marriage Encounter organization. For details, email