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

Corpus Christi Parish, South River, will hold Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament followed by Benediction on the first Friday of every month from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Nocturnal Adoration will be held on the last Saturday of every month 9 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. For details, call the parish office, (732) 254-1800 ext. 10.

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

Thursdays, Sept. 17-Oct. 29, 8 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Body of Christ Prayer Group, Metuchen, will present a Life in the Spirit Seminar. For details, call Pam, (732) 491-6042.

Oct. 11, following the noon Mass – St. Thomas the Apostle Cenacle Ministry, Old Bridge, will sponsor its annual Marian Procession and Living Rosary. A reception will follow the event. For information, call Buddy, (732) 698-1049 or email

Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – The World Apostolate of Fatima USA, Our Lady’s Blue Army Shrine, Washington, invites all to celebrate the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Visit the Holy House USA that contains stone from the House of Loreto. The speaker and main celebrant will be Father Andrew Apostoli C.F.R. 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

Oct. 14, 7 p.m. – St. James Parish, Woodbridge, will hold a Mass and Healing Service. Father John Campoli, I.V. Dei, director of His Love Ministries will be the celebrant. Blessings and healing prayers will be held following Mass. For information, call Maryann, (732) 803-7466 or Dolores, (732) 634-2928.

Oct. 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Holy Savior Academy Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Servants of God Prayer Groups, South Plainfield, will offer a two day seminar. Rediscover the love and presence of our God though the Holy Spirit. Free Bibles will be given out to first time attendees. Lunch will be provided. A free-will offering will be accepted. For more information, call Bob Walker, (908) 754-2219.

Oct. 18, 6 p.m. – Immaculate Conception Parish, Somerville, invites all to a monthly Special Needs Mass. The Mass is an opportunity to celebrate the gifts that people with special needs bring to the parish. People with special needs will minister at the Masses. Take this opportunity to welcome people with special needs to participate in the life of the Church. For information, call Regina Teggler, (908) 963-8473 or Jeanine Cavanagh, (908) 725-1112 ext. 1126.


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.

Fridays, Sept. 18-Oct. 23, 9:30 to 11 a.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “A Listening Heart: Ways to Deepen My Prayer Life.” The program is open to women who wish to explore different ways of praying. All six sessions are required. The cost is $120-180 as you are able to pay. To register, contact (908) 753-2091 or email

Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.The National Association of Pastoral Musicians Metuchen, will hold a Reading Session featuring the music of GIA Publications at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Whitehouse Station. For information or to register, contact Dan Mahoney,

Oct. 9-11 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. 10, 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 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Three Women Names Teresa. Part one will cover the life of St. Teresa of Avila. The life of St. Therese of Lisieux will be held on Oct. 21. The series will conclude on Oct. 28 with a discussion on the life of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. The cost is $20-30 as you are able to pay per session. For information or to register, call (908) 753-2091.

Oct. 18, noon to 3:30 p.m. – St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Hillsborough, will host a Well Heath Fair sponsored by the Greek Catholic Union Lodge in the parish center. More than twenty booths will showcase healthful living including physicians from Somerset Medical Center, Steeplechase Cancer Center, nutritionists, reflexologists and others. Admission is free. For details, call (973) 725-3085.

Oct. 16-18 – 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

Oct. 22-25 – “Encounter with Christ” A Women’s Cursillo Weekend to strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Jesus is being offered Oct. 22-25.  Space is limited. For an application, visit or contact Lorri DeNoyelles, or (732) 738-1796.


School News

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

Oct. 8, 7 p.m. – Immaculate Conception School, Annandale, will host its annual High School Information Night for students in grade five through eight and their families. Representatives from area public schools, private schools and Catholic high schools will be on hand to answer questions. For information, call Immaculate Conception School, (908) 735-6334 or visit


Fun and Food

Oct. 11, 3 p.m. – St. John Paul Parish II, Perth Amboy, invites all to a tricky tray at the St. Stephen School auditorium. Prizes will include, an IPad, a 50 inch TV, an Apple Watch and more. Admission is $10. Doors open at 1 p.m. Only adults will be admitted. The facility is handicap accessible. To purchase tickets, call Carol, (732) 826-5362 or the parish office, (732) 826-1395.

Oct. 14, 4 to 7 p.m. – St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Hillsborough, will sponsor a Slavic dinner in the parish center. The dinner will include all you can eat pirohi, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, mashed potatoes, dessert and more. The cost is $13 for those nine years old and older and $5 for children eight years old and under. To-go orders are available. For information, call (908) 725-0615.

Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. – St. Stanislaus Kostka HSA, Sayreville, is sponsoring its annual Coach Bag Fundraiser and Tricky Tray in the school gym. Tickets are $30 and includes 12 games, coffee, tea and dessert. Bring your own food. Appetizers will be available for purchase. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. Tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, call the parish office, (732) 254-0212 or Gina, (732) 432-8361.

Oct. 18, 7:30 to 10:30 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. 24, 7 to 11 p.m. – St. Bernadette Council 8478, Knights of Columbus, Parlin, will present “Mind over Murder” in Lourdes Center. The evening will include a buffet, beer, wine and soda. BYOB. Tickets are $35 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds will support the Seminarian and general fund. To purchase tickets or for information, call Jim Pandolfo, (732) 654-5248.

Oct. 24, 7:15 p.m. – St. Jude Ladies Guild, Blairstown, is sponsoring a fundraiser in McNulty Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Games will begin at 7:15 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit local charities, scholarships, the needy and the parish. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. For information, call Bev Kerrigan, (908) 362-7393.

Oct. 25, 2 p.m. – Good Shepherd Parish, Hopelawn, invites all to its tricky tray auction in Msgr. Gambino Hall at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Worship Site. Advance tickets are $12 or $15 at the door. Admission includes tickets, coffee and dessert. Doors open at noon. Reservations for six are being accepted. For tickets and reservations, call Marie, (732) 442-6916, the parish office, (732) 442-6916 or email

Nov. 8, 3:30 p.m. – St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Port Reading, invites all to “Queen for a Day” tricky tray auction in Father Milos Hall. Prizes will include Disney Hopper Passes, TV, grill, Coach purses, Nascar Tickets, vacation voucher and more. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $12. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Seats are limited. To purchase tickets, call (732) 634-1403.


Bible Study

St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, invites all to a Bible study Tuesdays 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.

Special Events

Oct. 17, 5 to 7 p.m. – St. Mary of Ostrabrama Holy Name Society, South River, is sponsoring a Scholarship Dinner in the parish center. The menu will include pierogis, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa and sauerkraut, coffee, tea and dessert. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old. Children under five are free. Take-out will be available at 4 p.m. To purchase tickets, call the parish office, (732) 254-2220. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Oct. 17, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Holy Trinity Parish, Bridgewater, will host “Around the World” an ethnic dinner in the parish center. The menu will include chicken with rice and beans, kielbasa and sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, penne vodka, eggplant parmesan, dessert, beverages and more. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 12 years old. Children 6 and younger are free. Tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, call the rectory, (908) 526-2394.

Oct. 18, 1 to 3 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, is offering SpiritualiTea, a tea party for women. A luncheon and a spiritual talk will be featured. The cost is $40-50 as you are able to pay. For tickets, call (908) 753-2091.

Oct. 18, 1 p.m. – The South Plainfield Columbiettes will host a Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon in the Knights of the Columbus Hall, 334 Hamilton Blvd, South Plainfield. Tickets are $15. The day will include a buffet lunch and dessert. Fashions are courtesy of Dress Barn. To purchase tickets, call Sandy Romasz, (908) 444-8554.


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.

Wednesdays, Sept. 23 – Nov. 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – Mary, Mother of God Parish, Hillsborough, is offering “A Journey through Grief” a bereavement support group for those suffering from the death of a loved one. The group will meet in the parish Teen Center. The program is free. For details, call Trudy, (908) 874-6288 or Philomena, (908) 285-6053.

Oct. 25, 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


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 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.


Crafters and Vendors Needed

Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – St. Joseph High School Fathers Club, Metuchen, is seeking vendors for its annual Holiday Fair. For details, call (732) 549-7600 ext. 214.

Nov. 28 – Immaculate Conception Rosary Altar Society, Spotswood, is looking for vendors for its Fall Festival and Craft Show. For details or to reserve a space, call Jay, (609) 409-0199


Tours and Pilgrimages

Father David Kosmoski, pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Avenel, invites all to a pilgrimage to Alpine Europe, Nov. 9-19.The cost is $3079. Pilgrimages in 2016 will include 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

Oct. 19-28 – A Holy Land Catholic Tour – In the Footsteps of Jesus Christ is being offered under the direction of Salvatorian Father Zenon Boczek. The tour will include a visit to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana and more. Daily breakfast, dinner and Mass is included. The cost is $3550.00.  For details, call Father Boczek, (973) 820-1153 or email


Clothing Drives

Oct. 10, 8 to 11:30 a.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold a clothing drive in the parking lot. Clean, unstained clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, linens and stuffed animals will be accepted in plastic garbage bags. No early drop offs. For information, call Debbie, (732) 541-5768.


Plays and Concerts

Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, Middlesex, will begin selling tickets for a performance of the international comedy “Lite Nite Catechism” on Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parish office and after all Masses beginning Sept. 12. Tickets are $30 per person. For information, call the parish office (732) 356-2149.


Actors Needed

The Catholic Underground is seeking cast members for a play entitled “And Still You Many Not Know Too” to be performed on Nov. 21. Auditions will be held Aug. 5, 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish, Somerville, in the Nazareth House. For details or if you’d like to schedule an audition, email or



Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m. – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Milltown, will host “Road Trip with Jesus and Mary: The Pilgrimage of Life” a retreat directed by Theresa Leonetti, Pastoral Associate at St. Matthias Parish, Somerset. The retreat is free. Bring a lunch. Coffee, tea and cake will be served. To register, call Shirley Cappella, (732) 846-1205.



Oct. 11, 4 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, will present its 15th season of Music at St. Mary’s in the church.  City Winds Trio will perform the works of Bach, Ibert, Madeline Dring and others.  A suggested donation of $15 will be accepted. A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. For information, call (732) 857-0202.

Oct. 31, 6 p.m. – St. John the Evangelist Parish, Lambertville, will present a concert for All Saints and All Souls performed by The Choir of the Church of the Epiphany, Washington DC. The works of Maurice Durufle “Requiem Op. 9” will be performed. The concert will take place after the 5 p.m. Mass. For information, call (609) 397-3350 or visit


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.

Oct. 18-24 – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will offer a silent directed or private retreat. For information, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email by Oct. 1.

Oct. 23-25 – The Benedictine Sisters, Elizabeth, will offer a Discernment Retreat for women. For information, call Sister Mariette Therese, (908) 352-4278 ext. 274 or email

Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – St. Thomas the Apostle Ministry of Spiritual Direction, Bloomfield, will hold “Finding Hope and Healing” a day of healing for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Bring a lunch. For details, call Anna Graziano, (973) 338-9538