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 Oct. 27, 7:45 p.m. or Oct. 28, 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


Fun and Food

Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. – St. Augustine of Canterbury School, Kendall Park, invites all to a tricky tray. Bring your own food and drinks. Admission is $15 each. Six tickets reserves a full table. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. To purchase tickets, make a check out to the school and send your name, address, phone number and email address to Deanna Hess, St. Augustine School, 45 Henderson Rd, Kendall Park, N.J. 08824. Specify floor seating or balcony seating.

Nov. 16, 3 p.m. – St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Port Reading, is sponsoring a “Queen for a Day” Tricky Tray Auction in the Father Milos Hall. Prizes will include a $1500 vacation voucher, Walt Disney Hopper Passes, a TV, Coach Purses, appliances and more. Tickets are$12. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 1 in the parish office. For information, call (732) 634-1403.


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. 29 and Nov. 5, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Unmasking the Idols in our Lives.” Discover some false gods in our everyday lives and how to respond in love to the true God as revealed in Jesus Christ. The cost is $20-$30 per session (as you are able to pay) To register, call (908) 753-2091 or email

Nov. 5, 5 to 7:30 p.m. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, will host “Tools for Men’s Health and Wellness” in the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center. The speaker will be Peter Fish, M.D. Screenings and assessments will be offered for blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. A prostate cancer risk health profiler will be available. Educational sessions in body mechanics, nutrition, smoking cessation and sexual health will be offered. Spouses are welcome. Refreshments will be served. The program is free. To register, call (732) 745-8600, ext. 5073 or email


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.


Bus Trips

Nov. 3 – Saint Thomas the Apostle Holy Name Society, Old Bridge, is sponsoring a bus trip to Mount Airy Casino. The cost is $40 per person which includes $25 cash back and a $10 food voucher. For reservations, call John Thornton, (732) 636-9036 or John Connolly, (732) 251-3527.


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.

Dec. 1-6 – A Catholic pilgrimage tour to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico will be held under the direction of Father Joseph Kubiak, OFM Cap, parochial vicar at St. John Vianney Parish, Colonia. Mass will be celebrated daily. The cost of $1695 includes airfare, hotel, breakfast and dinner daily, entrance fees, taxes and more. For details, call Pilgrimage Tours, (800) 287-1351 or 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 GLBT faith sharing group.  The group will meet in the Annex on the second Tuesday of the month, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Adults 18 years old and over are welcome. The Annex is located in the parking lot off Leonard Ave. For details, call Father John, (908) 756-0633 ext. 125.

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.

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 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.

Nov. 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish, Carteret, will hold a flea market in the parish center and parking lot. Table space is $15 for a table inside or $10 outside with your table. New and used items will be featured. Food will be available for purchase. To reserve a space, call Debbie, (732) 541-5768.

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. Space is limited. To obtain an application, visit


Special Events

Nov. 14, 7 p.m. – St. Matthew School, Edison, will celebrate 60 years of education this fall. The weekend will kick off with a pep rally in the school gym. On Nov. 15 activities will include a tour of the school for alumni at 2:45 p.m., Mass at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at the school. A bus trip to Renault Winery, Egg Harbor, and historic Smithville will conclude the weekend on Nov. 16. The bus will leave the school at 9:30 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. For details, contact, (732) 985-5063, email or visit the Alumni Facebook Page at St Matthew-Edison.



Nov. 2, 4 p.m. – St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, will present Music at St. Mary’s celebrating the 131st birthday of their Jardine and Sons pipe organ. Organist Camille Thompson and violinist Pauline Bradshaw will perform A suggested donation of $15 will be accepted. A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. For information, visit or call Bonnie (732) 857-0202.

Nov. 30, 3 p.m. – Sacred Heart Rosary Altar Society, South Plainfield, will present a Christmas concert performed by The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea. Advance tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $15 for children under 17 years old. Tickets will be sold at the door for an additional $5. A family rate of two adult and two children tickets will be $70. The family rate is not available at the door. To purchase tickets, call (908) 756-0633, ext. 147.


Outside the Diocese

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.

Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. – Union Catholic High School. Scotch Plains, will hold its Viking Spooktacular 5K and 1 mile Children’s Costume Trek. The runners and walkers will race through the neighborhood of Scotch Plains. Prizes will be awarded. To register or to volunteer, call Ed Thornton, (908) 889-1600.

Nov. 2, noon to 5 p.m. – Villa Walsh, Morristown, invites all to its annual Christmas Boutique Extravaganza in Mother Ninetta Hall. Unique gifts, crafts, gift baskets and more will be featured. Pizza frittas, Italian pizzelles, pangiallo and other specialties will be for sale. Proceeds will go to the support of the elderly and infirmed Sisters of the Filippini. For information, call (973) 538-2886.

Nov. 3, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark, will hold an informal open house for fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls and their parents. Tour the school, examine the curricular and co-curricular programs and meet with administrators and faculty. A scholarship exam for eighth graders will be held on Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m. For information on upcoming events visit,

Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Stella Maris Retreat Center, Long Branch, will offer a day of reflection entitled, “Contemplating Everything and Everyone.” Discover human beings innate ability to contemplate God’s love as it moves around us. The cost is $50.  “On Carrying Sunday into Monday: How to Build a Functioning Workplace Spirituality” will be held on Nov. 5, 7 to 9 p.m. This presentation aims to assist the believer in being guided by the Holy Spirit in the midst of secular surrounding. A free will offering will be collected. A weekend retreat will be offer Nov. 7-9. The focus will be the Gospel of John. The cost for the retreat is $235. For details on the programs or to register, call (732) 229-0602 or visit

Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will present “Gratitude: The Healing Art of Memoir-Writing.” Explore the difference between memoir and autobiography and examine the work of fiction writers. Space is limited. Registration is due by Nov. 5. For details, call Sister Pat, (609) 494-2917 or email