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

May 12, 7:30 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Body of Christ Charismatic Prayer Community, Metuchen, is sponsoring a Charismatic Mass followed by prayer for healing. The presider and homilist will be Father Bill Halbing. For information, call Pam. (732) 491-6042.

May 13, 10 a.m.The World Apostolate of Fatima Shrine, Washington, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Angel of Peace and the 99th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. The day will begin with a Holy House tour, followed by confessions. A Rosary Procession will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by Mass celebrated by Father Ronan Murphy. The day will also include Benediction, the Fatima Farewell, Scapular enrollment and Divine Mercy Chaplet. The day will concluded with the Holy House tour. Celebrate the Year of Mercy indulgence at our designated Door of Mercy. For details, call (908) 689-1700 or visit

May 16, 7 p.m. – Our Lady of Victory 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

May 18, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – St. Mary of Czestochowa Rosary Society, Bound Brook, is sponsoring a day of recollection at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, Pa. The day will include Mass, recitation of the Rosary, lunch, a movie and a tour of the shrine. The cost for the trip is $35. For information and reservations, call Theresa, (908) 526-7687.

May 29, 11 a.m. – Shrine Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Raritan, will hold the 27th annual Corpus Christi Mass and Outdoor Procession. Children who have received first Communion are invited to attend in their communion attire. Parishes who plan to attend are welcome to bring a parish banner. For details, call (908) 722-1489.

June 4, 10:30 a.m. – World Apostolate of Fatima Shrine, Washington, will present “You at Least Try to Console Me.” The celebrant and guest speaker will be Father Nicholas Bozza, pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, Chester. The day will begin with confessions followed by recitation of the Rosary, Mass, Benediction, a children’s video, a talk on the last vision of Fatima and concluding with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. For details, call (908) 689-1700 ext. 210 or visit

June 5, 3 p.m. – Metuchen Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies, will hold a Mass at Sacred Heart Parish, Manville offered for their patron. Prayers and petitions for the Cause for Canonization of Blessed John of Vercelli. Refreshments and fellowship will follow Mass. For information, call Mike Corbin, (732) 406-8966 or email


Concerts and Plays

May 13 and May 14, 7:30 p.m. and May 15, 2 p.m. – St. Joseph Theatre Group, Hillsborough, invites all to a performance of “Godspell” as part of the parish’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Admission is free. A free-will offering will be accepted. For details, call Terri Macor, (908) 917-2376.

May 15, 4 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, will present Music at St. Mary’s final concert of the season in the church.  The St. Mary Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Christopher M.C. Deibert, will perform a Mozart Festival. A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. For information, call (732) 857-0202.

May 29, 5 p.m. – Transfiguration of the Lord Parish, Edison-Highland Park, invites all to a fundraising concert at Guardian Angels worship site, Edison. Strings, flutes, voices and piano will be featured.  A suggested donation of $10 for general audience and $5 for seniors and students will be accepted. For information, call Carol, (732) 572-0977.

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.

May 11 and 18, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 7 to 9 p.m. – – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Great Women Heroines of the Bible.” The cost is $40-$60 as you are able to pay. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

May 14, 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,

May 15, 1 to 5:30 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer Grief Recovery, a gentle experiential process for resolving the grief caused by loss. The cost is $45-55 as you are able to pay. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

May 20-22 – 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

June 1, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold spiritual reading and poetry. Nourish your spiritual life through inspirational reading, including poetry. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

July 22-24 – 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


School News/Open Houses

St. Matthias School, Somerset, is looking to borrow a 3 octave set of tone chimes for the 2015-2016 school year. If you would be willing to lend them to the school contact, Jill Szabo, (732) 208-4851 or email

St. Thomas the Apostle School, Old Bridge, is offering daily tours of the school scheduled at your convenience. For information or to schedule a tour, call the Admissions Office, (732) 251-4000 ext. 8253 or visit

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.

May 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Immaculate Conception School, Somerville, will hold an open house for Pre-K through grade eight. For information, call (908) 725-6516 or visit


Fun and Food

May 19, 7:30 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle HSA, Old Bridge, is sponsoring a Designer Pocketbook Fundraiser in the school auditorium. Advance games package is $25 or $30 at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bring your own food. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. To purchase tickets, email

May 22, 8 a.m. to noon – The Piscataway Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a breakfast to benefit Piscataway’s Buddy Ball Program, a basketball program for special needs children, at St. Frances Cabrini School cafeteria, Piscataway. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door and seniors are $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Children are $5 each. To purchase tickets, call Dave Losey, (732) 309-3898.

June 3, 7:30 p.m. – The Columbiettes of Knights of Columbus Council #4907, Spotswood, will host a Scramble (Tricky Tray) at the Columbian Club Hall, Spotswood. Admission is $8. Doors open at 6 p.m. Adults only will be admitted. Bring your own food and non-alcohol drinks. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. To purchase tickets, call Liz, (732) 251-2173.

June 11 – Our Lady of Fatima Parish Seniors, Piscataway, invites all to join them on a bus trip to see “Jukebox Heroes” at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Hampton. The admission price of $79 includes transportation, a luncheon, the show and tips. Final payment is due by May 6. For reservations, call Betty (908) 625-5227 or Eileen, (732) 968-8318.


Bible Study

Sacred Heart Parish, South Amboy, will hold Bible Study every Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The facilitator will be Father Bill Halbing. Bring a Bible. For information, call Joan, (732) 721-1999.


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.

May 22, 7 p.m. – The EnCourage Support Group will be held on the fourth Sunday of every month. If you have a loved one who is dealing with same sex attraction issues please consider joining us. The support group is confidential. All calls are confidential. For details, call (732) 248-9460 or visit


Communion Breakfasts

June 5, 9:30 a.m. – St. Elizabeth-St. Brigid Daughters of Mary, Far Hills-Peapack, will host a buffet Communion Breakfast at Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Gladstone. The day will begin with Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Brigid Church, Peapack. The guest speaker will be Ronald C. Rak, J.D. president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. A basket fundraiser will also be featured. Tickets are $40 per person. The breakfast is open to women and men. To purchase tickets, call (908) 234-1265.


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.


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 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.


Tours and Pilgrimages

Father David Kosmoski, pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, is offering pilgrimages in 2016 to The Best of Ireland March 1-11, 2016, $2300 and the Year of Mercy trip 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

May 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Altar Rosary Society, Milltown, is sponsoring a bus trip pilgrimage to the Miraculous Medal Shrine and Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pa. The cost is $25 per person. Bring a lunch. Drinks and snacks can be purchased from vending machines at the church. For information or reservations, call Lynn DeAmicis, (732) 828-1282.

Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Good Shepherd Parish, Hopelawn, is sponsoring a trip to the Polish-American Festival at The national Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown Pa. Mass will be held in English at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person. Food and drinks are your responsibility. For information or reservations, call Phyllis, (732) 442-0843 or Marie, (732) 442-6916 by June 30.


Flea Markets

May 14, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Transfiguration of the Lord Parish, Edison-Highland Park, will hold a flea market at Guardian Angels worship site in the church hall. For information, call (732) 572-0977.


Clothing Drive

May 21 and May 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – St. Helena School, Edison, is sponsoring a clothing drive. Donations of clothing, shoes, handbags, linens and stuffed animals will be accepted. Bicycles, baby accessories and hard toys will also be collected. Items should be placed in plastic bags. Shoes should be bagged separately. For information, call Cindy Jacklets, (908) 670-2260.



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

The Franciscan Friars of Atonement, Garrison, NY, is now accepting applications from men, 19 to 25 years old, for their Summer Franciscan At-One-Ment Mission Project. The volunteers will live and work with the Friars. For details about the different tracks available, call (845) 424-2140.

St. Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May Point, is now accepting reservations for the 2016 Summer Retreat Season. For information, call (609) 884-8878 or visit

The Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, will hold its Summer Family Retreat Weeks June 27 – Aug. 27. The weeks will focus on family life and spiritual development through affirmation, communication, forgiveness and commitment. For information and prices, call (609) 884-3829 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

May 13-15 – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will present “Footsteps in the Garden.” Learn about the beauty that comes on its own and from the footsteps of the One who scatters seeds of hope. The cost is $210. Mass is included. To register, call (732) 892-8494 or visit

May 14, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. – The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, will host an open celebration, “Gift of God’s Spirit.” “He does not ration His Gifts of the Spirit” will be presented by Father Dennis Berry, S.T. The day will include small group discussion, prayer, fellowship, Mass. Children activities will be available for families. Lunch is included. To RSVP, call (908) 647-0208 or email by May 7.

June 11 – St. Michael High School, Union City, is looking for classmates from the class of 1966 for their 50th class reunion. For details, contact