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.

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

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.

Aug. 19, 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

Aug. 20, 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

Aug. 26, noon – Sacred Heart Rosary and Holy Name Societies, South Amboy, invites all to a Celebration for Peace on the feast day of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction and the Litany for Peace will be held following the noon Mass. Refreshments will held in Memorial Hall. For information, call Virginia, (732) 721-1521 or Mike, (732) 406-8966.

Fun and Food

Aug. 19, 11:30 a.m. – Our Lady of Council 9199, Knights of Columbus, Fords, is sponsoring “Day at the Races” at Monmouth Park Racetrack. Pony rides, clowns, music and face painting is included. Only advance tickets will be sold for $15. Children under 12 are free. Hotdog and hamburgers are included. Bring a side dish or a dessert to share. To purchase tickets, call Nick Caravassi, (732) 713-3451.

Oct. 5, 7 p.m. – St. Mary Byzantine Church, Hillsborough, invites all to a Tricky Tray auction in the parish center. A flat screen TV, outdoor grill, Kitchen Aid Mixer, theme baskets and more will be featured. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. To purchase tickets, call Marge, (908) 722-5894.

Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. – St. John Neumann Parish, Califon, will host its annual family friendly Tricky Tray. Prizes include a Nintendo Switch, a flat screen TV, gift certificates and more. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For information, call (908) 832-2513.


Information Meeting

Aug. 23, 7 p.m. – Good Shepherd Travel Club, Hopelawn, will hold an informational meeting about a trip to Austria and Germany to be held Sept. 22- Oct. 2, 2020. The Passion Play and Oberammergau will be included in the trip. The meeting will be held in the Msgr. Gambino Hall. For information, contact Phyllis Edwards, (732) 442-0843, or Marie Acciani, (732) 442-6916,



Sept. 28-30 - St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish, Kendall Park, will hold a Women’s Autumn Retreat at St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat Center, South Mantoloking. The retreat will feature Mass, prayers and introductory yoga. No yoga experience is necessary. The cost of $245 includes a private room and meals. Space is limited. To reserve your space or for details, call Liz DeLuca, (732) 297-3000 or email



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,

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

Aug. 15, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Who Cares about the Saints?” Learn about saints who are models of Christian life with a presentation, reflection and sharing. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-2091.

Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. – A free Spanish seminar entitled “Vida en el Espiritu” will be held on seven consecutive Monday at the Sacred Heart Chapel, 48 Bernards Ave., Bernardsville. The facilitator will be Father Juan Carlos Gaviria.

Aug. 22, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Yet She Persisted…One Woman’s Story” a reflection based on St. Hildegard of Bingen. The presentation will include journaling and prayer. The cost is $20-30 as you are able to pay. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail

Sept. 15, 22, 29 and Oct. 6, 13, 20, 7 p.m. – Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will conduct an ongoing program called “Catholics Returning Home” on six consecutive Saturdays beginning Sept. 15, in the rectory meeting room. The sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the Church. Informal sharing will be included. For details, call Denise, (732) 254-1800 ext. 10.

Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Called to be Fully Alive in Christ.” Explore the ancient tool, Enneagram that provides understanding of our humanity, developed by Christian and Sufi mystics to help persons grow into spiritual maturity. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-2091 or visit

Sept. 26, 7 p.m. – St. Elizabeth-St. Brigid Reverence for Life Committee, Far Hills-Peapack, invites all to attend “Humanae Vitae: Its Prophetic Challenge for Today” at St. Brigid worship site, St. Patrick Hall. The presenter will be Father Anthony Mastroeni. For information, call the parish office, (908) 234-1265.


Caritas Chamber Chorale invites those who sing to audition for its 2018-2019 season. Auditions will be held by appointment in Bridgewater during August. All voice parts are welcome. Tenors are particularly needed. Audition information can be found at To schedule an audition, contact Barbara Sanderman, (732) 718-0775 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



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

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.

Aug. 19, 1 to 5:30 p.m. – Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will offer Grief Recovery, a gentle experiential process to resolve 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


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.

Men and woman are needed to be part of Catholic Church Services at the Middlesex County Corrections Center, North Brunswick, Tuesdays, 10 to 11 a.m. Readings from Sunday’s Mass and the Commandments are read and discussed. Discussing problems and resolutions is the most important part of the work. For details, call Meg Luckhowec, (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.

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.


Special Events

Sept. 9, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. – The St. Francis Cathedral School, Metuchen, will hold its 90th Anniversary Gala at The Pines Manor, Edison. Tickets are $75 per person. Make checks payable to SFCS and mail your check to SFCS 90th Anniversary Committee, 528 Main St., Metuchen, NJ 08840 nu Aug. 26. Donations are being accepted for the Msgr. Richard a. Behl Endowment Fund. For information, call (732) 245-4906.


Blood Drives

Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – St. Ambrose Parish, Old Bridge, is sponsoring a blood drive. For information, call (201) 251-3703.


Trips and Pilgrimages

Aug. 17-23 – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, is offering Spotlight on South Dakota. Highlights will include the Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Blacks Hills, Badlands National Park and more. The director will be Father John Alvarado. For an itinerary, photo log, pricing and registration, visit and click on the Travel Link. For reservations, call Jane Allison, (800) 842-4842. Registration closes on March 1.

Sept. 6 – Our Lady of Fatima Senior Travel Club, Piscataway, is sponsoring a bus trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse to see a performance of “Run for your Wife.” The day includes bus transportation, a luncheon, and gratuities. Tickets are $81 each. To purchase tickets, call Betty, (908) 625-5227 or Eileen, (732) 968-8318 by Aug. 29.

Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – St. Joseph Caregiver Ministry, Hillsborough, is hosting a Retreat for Caregivers. All caregivers of the elderly, mentally or physically challenged child or adult or if you are a professional caregiver, are invited to attend. The day will begin with Mass. The celebrant will be Father Hank Hilton. The program will be held in the parish center beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch is included. Feel free to bring a caregiver friend. For information, call Erin, (908) 507-2375.


Trips and Pilgrimages

Feb. 18-26 – Church of the Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield, is offering a trip to Costa Rica under the direction of Father John P. Alvarado. The trip will include a tour of Jan Jose, a coffee plantation, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano and more. For details, visit and click on the Travel Link.


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

July 16-Aug. 9 – Oak Knoll School, Summit, will offer Oak Knoll’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy for Women, a four-week summer program that guides middle and high school students through launching and running their own real businesses or social movements. The program is open to girls in grades 7-12. For details, visit or call (908) 522-8109.

Aug. 13-19 – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will offer a silent directed/private retreat. The directed retreat is $625 or $525 for a private retreat for laity. A non-refundable/non-transferrable deposit of $100 is required. Rates for religious are available. For details or to register, Call Sr. Pat Dotzauer, (609) 494-2917 or visit

Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 31, 1:30 to 3 p.m. – St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, South Mantoloking, will present part one of “Who does He Say You are.” The series will discuss women transformed by Christ in the Gospels. Part two will be held during Lent 2019. The cost is $100. A silent retreat will be held from Sept. 7-13. The cost is $515. To register for either program or for information, call (732) 892-8494 or visit