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 msmhope@msmhope.org.

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 msmhope@msmhope.org.

April 27, 7 p.m. – St. Philip and St. James Parish, Phillipsburg, will hold a Divine Mercy Healing Mass. The celebrant will be Father Tom Ganley. For information, call Father Ganley, (732) 514-7160 or e-mail dmhealing@aol.com.

May 2, 7:30 p.m. – St. Charles Borromeo Seton/Elizabeth Ministry, Montgomery, is sponsoring a Women’s Evening of Prayer and Renewal. The theme will be “Our Call to Discipleship” and crown the Blessed Mother.  Step away from the busyness of life and share the evening with other women. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. For information, call Rose Kowalczyk, (908) 359-8084.

May 7, 10:30 a.m. – World Apostolate of Fatima Shrine, Washington, will present Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR, explaining the Five First Saturdays. The day will begin with confessions followed by recitation of the Rosary, Mass celebrated by Father Apostoli, Benediction, a talk entitled “Last Vision of Fatima”, a presentation of the movie, “The Day the Sun Danced,” and concluding with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. Celebrate the Year of Mercy indulgence at our designated Door of Mercy. For details, call (908) 689-1700 or visit www.bluearmy.com.

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 www.bluearmy.com.

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.

 

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 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 Events

April 24, 12:30 p.m. – The Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites all to a fashion show and tricky tray fundraiser at the Rosewood, Edison. Admission is $40. To purchase tickets, call Donna, (732) 968-3713 or Marilyn (908) 205-8211.

April 30, 6 to 9:30 p.m. – Immaculata High School Music Department, Somerville, will present the Spartan Jazz Club in the gym featuring the ICS Jazz Band, HIS Wednesday Band, the HIS Jazz Ensemble, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $32 per person. Proceeds will support music education. Must be 21 or over to attend. BYOB. For information, call (908) 722-0200 ext. 132. To purchase tickets, visit https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/immaculate/jazz.

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.

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 9:30 to 11 a.m. – –   Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “My Heart Burns Within Me.” The sessions will include prayer and sharing on Scripture from during the week. See the unique ways God works in our lives and how we respond to God’s invitations. Participants must commit to all five sessions. The cost is $100-$150 as you are able to pay. To register, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail msmhope@msmhope.org.

April 24, 12:45 to 2 p.m. – St. Charles Borromeo Life After Loss Ministry, Skillman, will present “Grief and Resiliency: Helping Our Children Cope with Grief and Loss.” Jesse Bassett, M. Div., director of Good Grief in Princeton, will discuss how to help children and ourselves handle the bumps of life and how parents can teach children about resiliency and how to grow through their grief. To RSVP, call (908) 431-9876 or email bucky7980@comcast.net.

April 26, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will present “Sent to Preach the Gospel: 800 Years of the Order of Preachers.” Learn about Dominican spirituality and the gift of charism that preaching offers to our Church and the world. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail msmhope@msmhope.org.

April 30, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – St. James Parish, Basking Ridge, will present “Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible” in the Pastoral Center. The program will feature DVD clips, discussions and activities as participants take a tour of salvation history from the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Gethsemane, to the ends of the earth. The program will provide a useful approach to reading the Bible. The cost of $30 includes materials, a continental breakfast and lunch. To register, call Pat Lorenz, (908) 647-5025 or email pdlorenz@optonline.net.

May 4, 7 to 9 p.m. – Mount St. Mary House of Prayer, Watchung, will hold “Mary, Undoer of Knots” an evening to reflect with Mary and to offer her the knots in your life. The cost is $20-$30 as you are able to pay. For information, call (908) 753-2091 or e-mail msmhope@msmhope.org.

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 msmhope@msmhope.org.

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, tdmaatwest@optonline.net or Chris Doyle, cdoyle167@optimum.net.

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 msmhope@msmhope.org.

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 momr9@optonline.net.

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 www.aweekendforyourmarriage.org.

 

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 jszabo@stmatthias.info.

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 www.saintthomasob.com/school.

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 dombroskidave@gmail.com with your name, maiden name, year of graduation, address, email and phone number.

 

Fun and Food

April 22, 7 p.m. – St. Augustine of Canterbury School, Kendall Park, is hosting a Pocketbook and Basket Fundraiser at the school. Designer pocketbooks and gift baskets will be featured. Admission is $30. Doors open at 5 p.m. No one under 18 years old will be admitted. To purchase tickets, email Karen O’Neill Douvas, kod4events@gmail.com.

April 24, 12:30 p.m. – The Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites all to a fashion show and tricky tray fundraiser at the Rosewood, Edison. Admission is $40. Purchase your tickets by March 1 and receive tickets for exclusive baskets. To purchase tickets, call Donna, (732) 968-3713 or Marilyn (908) 205-8211.

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

May 1, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Carteret Chapter of Widows Or Widowers, will hold an open dance at The Knights of Columbus Hall, Avenel. Refreshments will be available. Music will be provided by Joe Caroselli. No sneakers, jeans or tee shirts. Jackets please. For information, call (732) 969-2228 or (908) 757-0515.

May 3, 5 to 10 p.m. – St. Mary Youth Group, South Amboy, will hold a Benefit Night at T.G.I. Fridays on Rt. 9 North, Old Bridge. Mention the youth group to your server and the group will receive 20% of the check.

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.

 

Communion Breakfasts

May 1, 10 a.m.Our Lady of Lourdes Altar Rosary Society, Milltown, will host a buffet Communion Breakfast at Lago Restaurant, North Brunswick following the 9 a.m. Mass. The guest speaker JoAnn Gerling will present “The Blessed Virgin Mary: All around the World – Yesterday and Today.” Tickets are $17 per person. For reservations, call Pat Miller, (732) 297-4928.

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 www.standrewparish.com.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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 varnabas@yahoo.com.

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, christine@stshrine.org 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 www.stshrine.org.

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 www.stmarybythesea.org.

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 www.capemaymarianists.org.

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 ronreinhart1292@gmail.com.

April 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling, will present a justice and spirituality convocation entitled “A Future Covenant.” Examine your relationship and responsibility toward our youth and future generations through faith. The day will include speakers, workshops and prayer. The suggested donation is $25. To register, call (908) 647-0208 or email christine@stshrine.org.

April 23, 10 a.m. to noon – Maris Stella Retreat and Conference Center, Harvey Cedars, will present “Laudato Si” a morning reflection focusing on Pope Francis’ encyclical. The cost is $25 with a $5 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit. To register, call (609) 494-2917 or email pdotzauer@comcast.net.

April 23, 2016 – Bishop McDonnell High School, Brooklyn, will hold a reunion for the classes of 1941, ’46, ’51, ’56, ’61, ’66 and ’71. Mass will be held at Our Lady of Solace Parish. A reception will follow at Gargiulo’s restaurant. The cost is $90 per person. If you’d like to attend the reunion, call Rita Monaghan-Maloney, (718) 857-2700 ext. 2253 or email rmaloney@blmhs.org.

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 www.sjbsea.org.

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 lindalee4826@yahoo.com.