Around the Diocese

Prayer and Worship

St. Mary Parish, Alpha, will host Praying the Gospel on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Msgr. Luisini Parish Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The evening will include readings, teaching, praying, faith sharing and practical application to daily life. For details, call Pat Kane, (908) 859-8967 or email

Our Lady of the Mount Padre Pio Prayer Group, Warren, will meet on the first Saturday of each month following the 9 a.m. Mass. For details, call (908) 647-1075.

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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, South Plainfield, will hold a Prayer Circle facilitated by Sister Kathleen Rooney, SSJ. The circle will meet on Sept. 29, 7:45 p.m. or Sept. 30, 8:15 a.m.  Experience different forms of prayer such as contemplation, meditation, centering prayer and others. All faiths are welcome. For information, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.

In response to Pope Francis’ desire for families to pray the rosary together, The World Apostolate of Fatima USA, Washington, is offering “How to Pray the Rosary” a First Saturday Children’s Program from 11 a.m. to noon. If you’d like to participate, call (908) 689-1700, ext. 210 or email

Sept. 4, 17, 24, Oct, 1, 7, 7 p.m. – St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington, is offering a 33-Day Consecration to Jesus through Mary in the church. The consecration is open to those who have never consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary as well as those who want to re-consecrate their lives and ask for new graces for the upcoming year. Mass and a Consecration Ceremony will be included. For details, visit

Sept. 27, 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Cultural Mass will be offered by the Office of Multi-Cultural Ministry, India and Sri Lanka Apostolate at St. Bartholomew Parish, East Brunswick. Catholics from Sri Lanka, Goa, Mangalore, Gujaret, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and other parts of India will celebrate Mass with their priests. The day will include recitation of the rosary, Marian procession, Mass, Eucharistic procession and a blessing. Refreshments will be served following Mass. For information, call (732) 257-7722, ext. 25 or email

Sept. 21, 3 p.m. – Sacred Heart of Jesus 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

Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. – The Carmelite Nuns of the Monastery in Flemington, 26 Harmony School Rd. Flemington, invites all to participate in the Solemn Pontifical Benediction and Blessing of Roses in honor of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. The celebrant will be Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski. Father Jonathan Toborowsky will be the homilist. Veneration of the relic of St. Therese will be held.

Oct. 8, 7 p.m. – St. James, Woodbridge, will hold a Mass and Healing Service. The celebrant will be Father Tom Ganley. Special blessings and healing for those present will be given after Mass. For information, call Maryann, (732) 596-1501.

Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, will hold an Anointing of the Sick Mass. You may receive the sacrament if you are seriously ill due to sickness or old age. If they have sufficient use of reason to be comforted, children may also receive the sacrament. Registration will precede Mass. Refreshments will follow Mass. For information, call Deacon Pat, (732) 251-4000, ext. 8218.

Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. – The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Washington, invites all to celebrate the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Confessions will start at 10:30 a.m. The Rosary procession will be held at noon followed by Mass at 1 p.m. The main celebrant and guest speaker will be Father Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R. The traditional Fatima Farwell will close the day. For information, visit


Fun and Food

Sept. 19, 7 p.m. – St. Joseph Parish, Raritan, invites all to its annual Tricky Tray Basket Auction. The admission of $20 includes a light supper, dessert and tickets. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (908) 725-0163.

Sept. 21, 2 p.m. – Good Shepherd Parish, Hopelawn, invites all to its Tricky Tray Auction at Most Holy Rosary Worship Site in the Msgr. Gambino Hall. Admission is $15. Coffee and dessert is included. Doors open at noon. Food will be available for purchase or bring your own food. Adults only will be admitted. Proceeds will benefit the parish and the Good Shepherd Scholarship Fund. For information or to purchase tickets, call the parish office, (732) 826-4859.

Sept. 21, 7:30 to11 p.m. – Woodbridge Widows Or Widowers, will hold an open dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Avenel. Refreshments will be available. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for guests. For information, call (732) 381-3255.

Oct. 3, 7 p.m. – St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Hillsborough, is sponsoring a Tricky Tray. More than 100 prizes will be featured including appliances, a flat screen TV, iPad, theme baskets and more. Admission is $10. Desserts, coffee and tea is included. Food will be available for purchase. Doors open at 5 p.m. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. To order tickets, call Marge, (908) 722-5894. For information, visit

Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – The San Salvador Council 299, Knights of Columbus, Perth Amboy, will hold a Dominos Tournament at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 228 High St., Perth Amboy. The entrance fee is $20 per team. Light refreshments will be provided. Lunch will be available for purchase. Deadlines for entries is Sept. 22. For a form or for information, email or call John Jordan, (732) 925-3751.

 Oct. 11, 4-7 p.m. – St. Rose Holy Name Society, Oxford, invites all to an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner in the parish center. The dinner will include spaghetti with sauce, sausage, meatballs, salad bar, dessert and beverages. BYOB. The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12 years old or $30 a family. Children five and under are free. Eat in or take out. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Oct. 18, 7 to 11 p.m. – St. Matthias St. Martin De Porres Society, Somerset, invites all to a Harvest Dance in the school cafeteria. The evening will include music, food, dancing and more. BYOB. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, call Pearl Scott, (732) 560-0058, Anne Marie Francis, (732) 796-8205 or email


Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Altar Rosary Society, Milltown, will host a retreat in Lourdes Hall presented by Father Douglas Haefner, pastor of St. Matthias Parish, Somerset. The retreat is free. Bring a lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided. For details, call Shirley Cappella, (732) 846-1205.


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.

Oct. 11, 3 p.m. – St. Matthias Diversity Council, Somerset, will offer “Intercultural Communication Skills and the Obstacles that Impede Effective Intercultural Relations” presented by Sister Mary Ruth Bolarte, I.M.F., director of the diocesan Office of Multicultural Ministry. A “Greet and Eat” will begin at 2:30 p.m. To register, email

Oct. 17-19 – Applications are now being accepted for the Gennesaret Weekend for those with a life changing illness. The weekend will be held at the Diocesan Retreat Center, Kearny. The weekend is free and will provide for the spiritual and physical needs of the participants and includes a spiritual director and a medical team. For an application, call Hilare Reinold, (732) 566-7237.


Bible Study

St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, invites all to a Bible study Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in St. Patrick Hall. The facilitator will be Father Bill Halbing. The entrance to the hall is on Stevens Ave. Bring a Bible. For information, call Joan, (732) 721-1999.


Trips & Pilgrimages

Nov. 12-20 – Our Lady of Fatima Adult Choir, Piscataway, is sponsoring a pilgrimage to Italy. Tours of basilicas and historical sites in Florence, Orvieto, Assisi, Rome and more will be featured. The choir will sing at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. A highlight of the trip will be the weekly audience with Pope Francis.  You do not have to sing to attend the pilgrimage. For details, call, Jean Lyons, (732) 642-6747.


Artisans and Crafters Needed

Nov. 16 – Our Lady of Mount Virgin Council 12700, Knights of Columbus, Middlesex, is seeking artists for their annual The Holiday Artisan Fair. Artisans and crafters who would like to sell their works are invited to complete an application. A discount is available for applications submitted before Sept. 30. Space is limited. To obtain an application, visit


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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, South Plainfield, will present “In God’s Image” a LGBT faith sharing group in the Annex on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Faith sharing will be based on Scripture. The meetings will include faith sharing, prayer, conversation and support. For details, call Sister Kathleen, (908) 756-0633 ext. 142.

Wednesdays, Sept. 24-Nov. 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, will host “Journey through Grief” a bereavement support group in the parish teen center. Those who are suffering from the death of a loved one are welcome to attend. For details, call Trudy Madden, (98) 874-6288.


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 May through October on the 13th of the month during the celebration of Our Lady’s appearance to the children in 1917. If you interested, call Bob, (908) 689-1700 ext. 210 or (908) 295-3859.

Male volunteers are needed to conduct prayer services on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. for the Catholic inmates at the Middlesex County Corrections Center, North Brunswick. The service will consist of readings from the previous Sunday’s Mass, discussing them in light of their circumstances, offertory prayers in which the inmates are encouraged to offer their own petitions and singing hymns from missalettes. For details, call (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.


Flea Markets

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.


Blood Drives

Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Monroe Township, in conjunction with NJ Blood Service, will conduct a blood drive. Donors must weigh at least 110 lbs. and have not donated in the last 56 days. People over 76 years old may donate if they present a physician’s letter. ID must be presented. For details, call (800) 933-2566.


Golf Outings

Sept. 22 – The Sisters of Mercy, will host their 20th Annual Golf Classic at Trump National Golf Course, Colts Neck. Proceeds will benefit the retired Sisters of Mercy. For details, contact Linda Cavallo, (908) 756-0884 ext. 4006 or

Oct. 5 – St. John the Evangelist Parish, Dunellen, invites all to its annual Golf Classic at the Rutgers University Golf Course. The day will include coffee and bagels, golf, lunch, awards, prizes and a live auction. The cost is $125 per golfer or $500 for a foursome. Sponsorships are available. To register, call John Nicholson, (732) 563-1473 by Sept. 28.

Oct. 6 – Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, will host its 39th annual Cavalcade of Golf at Shackamaxon Country Club, Scotch Plains. The event will benefit the Mount Saint Mary Academy scholarship fund. Sponsorships are available. For details, call Paul Zensky (908) 420-0065 or email

Oct. 6 – Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, will host its 39th annual Cavalcade of Golf at Shackamaxon Country Club, Scotch Plains. The event will benefit the Mount Saint Mary Academy scholarship fund. Sponsorships are available. For details, call Paul Zensky (908) 420-0065 or email


Special Events

Sept. 20, 1 to 4 p.m. – The Fifth Annual Cursillo Walkathon will be held at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, Bridgewater. The day will include food, music, a silent auction and children’s activities. All are welcome. For details, email Marianne Khare,

Sept. 27, 5 to 9 p.m. – Our Lady of Peace Parish, Fords, will hold a Classic Car Show in the parish center parking lot. Admission is free. The show will feature a DJ, food and classic cars. Proceeds will benefit the parish center. Vendors and sponsors are wanted. For information, call the parish office, (732) 738-7940.

Sept. 28, 3 p.m. – The South Plainfield Columbiettes will host “Deadly Housewives” a murder mystery luncheon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Hamilton Blvd., South Plainfield. The performance will be presented by Without A Cue Productions. Admission is $35. Doors open at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets, call Kathy, (908) 756-3772 or Linda, (908) 834-2269.

Oct. 2-5 or Oct. 16-19 – The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen is now accepting applications for the Men’s Fall Cursillo Weekend to be held on Oct. 2-5 or the Women’s Fall Cursillo Weekend to be held on Oct. 16-19. The weekends are an encounter with Christ not a retreat. The encounter will strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus. Space is limited. For an application or details, visit, call Lori DeNoyelles, (732) 738-1796 or contact Dr. Tony Tangorra, (908)766-1900,

Oct. 19, 12:30 p.m. – Interfaith Network of Care’s Shining Light of Middlesex County will hold a brunch at the Pines Manor, Edison. The honorees will be St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, The Toolan Family, Junette Bunce and Helen Burd. Tickets are $50. Sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets, visit or call (732) 247-1655 by Oct. 1.


Communion Breakfasts

Oct. 5, after the 9 a.m. Mass – St. Stanislaus Kostka Rosary Altar Society, Sayreville, will host their 33rd annual Rosarian of the Year” Communion Breakfast. Rose Wolski will be honored. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children eight years old and younger. To purchase tickets, call Yvonne Burdynski, (732) 257-4634 or Meg Zadlock, (732) 254-0212 by Sept. 28.



Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Whitehouse Station, invites all to a Chili Cook-Off. Enter your favorite chili recipe (1 gallon in a Crockpot) or just attend. The evening will feature games for the kids and other foods. Prizes will be awarded to the three best chili recipes in the individual or restaurant category. Admission is $5 per person or $25 per family.  All proceeds will benefit the Della Pello Family who lost their home due to a fire. For information or to register, call the parish office, (908) 534-2319.


Outside the Diocese

The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, is offering a two-year Spiritual Direction Course beginning in May. For details, contact Patricia Hughes, (908) 647-0208.

Sept. 11-25 – St. Francis Retreat House, Easton, is sponsoring a Franciscan Pilgrimage to Assisi, Florence and Rome. The cost of $5600 double occupancy includes airfare, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, most meals and tips. For details, call Tony Martocci, (610) 868-4091 or (610) 258-3053.

Sept. 15, 6 p.m.St. Francis Retreat House, Easton Pa., will present Kerry Weber, author of “Mercy in the City.” Her topic will be the seven corporal works of mercy and how she tried to accomplish them during Lent. A donation of $20 will be collected. To register, call (610) 258-3053, ext. 10 or email

Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Sacred Thread Ministries, Berkeley Heights, will offer “From Transition to Transformation” a day of reflection and prayer for people who are struggling with life’s challenges and changes. The day of reflection will be held in Silver Beach, NJ. A donation of $40 includes lunch. Space is limited. To register, call (908) 608-3160.

Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Stella Maris Retreat Center, Long Branch, will present an Ignatian “Tune-Up” Day of Recollection. Energize the hearts, minds and souls of people who have either made the Spiritual Exercises in their entirety or have made any sort of retreat that is grounded in Ignatian spirituality and the wisdom of the Exercises. This program will focus on Weeks One and Two of the Spiritual Exercises. A second day will be held on March 14, 2015. The program will include talks, reflections and prayer. The cost is $50. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. For details, call (732) 443-4312 or visit

Sept. 29, 7 to 9 p.m. – Stella Maris Retreat Center, Long Branch, will offer “Praying for Our Young Adults Sons and Daughters: Placing Then in the Heart of God.” Explore ways to lift up grown sons and daughters in prayer and unleash God’s presence in family life. The cost is $10. For details, call (732) 443-4312 or visit

Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Stella Maris Retreat Center, Long Branch, will present “Spiritual Grandparenting: Witnessing to Faith across the Generations.” Learn four ways that anyone can be a living sign of God’s gentle but preserving mercy from one generation to the next. The cost is $50. For information, call (732) 443-4312 or visit

Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m. – The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia, will present the fifth annual Sole Sisters 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk at Saint Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House, Cape May Point. Sponsorships are available. For information, call (609) 884-8708. To register online at or visit

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, 7:30 to 9 p.m. – St. Catharine Parish, Holmdel, will present “The Creation Narratives” Scripture Study with Father Garry Koch. The cost is $30. For information or to register, call Kathy McBurnie, (732) 842-3963, ext. 13.