In Local News as of Feb. 12, 2024

February 12, 2024 at 10:59 a.m.


The following parishes and schools in the Diocese of Trenton have submitted these events:

Tabernacle Council, Knights of Columbus, will host a Spirituality Night Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Hoffman Hall of Holy Eucharist Parish, 520 Medford Lakes Rd., Tabernacle. The presentation will be on “Bringing spirituality and holiness into the path of the life you choose whether it be religious, married or single life. Father Michael McClane will lead a presentation on having a religious vocation. Refreshments will follow.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, will hold a Lenten Bible Study Feb. 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14 and 21 from 9:30-11 a.m. in the church hall, 103 Washington Ave. The series, using the book “Discovering Who You Are in Christ,” will help participants understand their identity in Christ and give personal examples and practical suggestions for motivation and inspiration. Cost is $12. To register, send name, contact information and payment to St. Pio of Pietrelcina Church, 103 Washington Ave., Lavallette, N.J. 08735, ATTN: Dawn Rusinko. Make check payable to St. Pio of Pietrelcina Church.

Visitation Parish Holy Name Society, Brick, will host a Fish Fry Feb. 16 at the parish, 73 Lynnwood Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:30. Cost is $20 for fish dinner and $10 for pasta dinner. Entertainment will be provided by the parish music ministry. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the rectory office during regular business hours or after Mass in the church narthex. All tickets must be purchased no later than Feb. 15.

St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, will hold a Lenten Fish Fry on the Fridays during Lent from Feb. 16 to March 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the parish hall, 300 Lacey Rd. tickets are $19 per person and children are $9. The Stations of the Cross will follow at 7 p.m.

St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Marlton, will host a presentation “Give Up Worry for Lent” Feb. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the church located at 349 Evesboro-Medford Rd. The talk will be preceded by praying the Stations of the Cross. Presenter is Gary Zimak, Catholic speaker, radio host and member of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host an online retreat “Experiencing God’s Love in the Gospel of John” Feb. 20, March 12 and April 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will read the book written by Father Anthony Kelly, C.S.S.R., and Father Francis Moloney, SDB. Donation is $50. To register, call 609-877-0509 or email [email protected].

St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, will host a Lenten offering “Shall I Play For Him … on my Drum”  Feb. 20, 27, March 5, 12 and 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the parish center chapel, 50 Hurleys’ Lane. Facilitator will be Barbara Woodzell and drums will be provided. The program will focus on how God uses drums as another tool to enhance his powers to improve the lives of his people. To register, visit stleothegreat.com/drumming-for-him.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Altar-Rosary Society, Toms River, will host a presentation on “A Catholic priest’s 500 miles walking pilgrimage from France to Spain” and “Faith and life lessons learned from Camino de Santiago” Feb. 21 in the parish hall, 130 St. Maximilian Lane. Presenter is Father Peter James Alindogan, pastor of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, and diocesan director of missions. The afternoon begins with hospitality at 11 a.m., followed recitation of the Rosary at noon and continues with Father Alindogan’s presentation at 12:30. Contact is Anna at 732-581-2247.

San Alfonso Retreat House, 755 Ocean Ave., West End, will hold a “Lenten Soup for the Soul” series from Feb. 21 to March 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Soup will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. with the presentation following. Topics and presenters are: Feb. 21, “Become What You Celebrate,” Father Timothy Tarnacki; March 4, “What Does It Mean to be the Beloved?” Mercy Sister Maureen Christensen; March 11, “How to Witness To Your Faith in the 21st Century,” Cristina D’Averso-Collins; March 18, “Praying with Jesus’ Good News in the Parables of Mercy,” Judy Schiavo.

Cost is $25 per evening. To register, email [email protected]; online at sanalfonsoretreats.org; phone 732-222-2731, ext. 140.

St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, is observing the parish phase of the Eucharistic Revival with the offering of Holy Hours on: Feb. 22, March 21, April 18 and May 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the church, 300 Lacey Rd.

St. William the Abbot Parish, 2740 Lakewood-Allenwood Rd., Howell, will host a presentation with  Xavier Reyer-Ayral, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. He is a renowned expert on Marian apparitions and author of “Revelations,” “The Hidden Secret Messages” and “Prophecies of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton, will begin its next six-week bereavement session Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Sessions will run for six consecutive Thursdays in Room 6 of the Family Center, 103 4th St.

St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, will hold its annual parish Lenten Fish Fry Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. in Petri Hall. Dinner will consist of salad, pasta and seafood dish. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the parish office; tickets will not be sold at the door. Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the church at 7 p.m.

The Ladies of St. Joseph, Millstone, will host a women’s retreat Feb. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. in St. Joseph Parish Hall, 91 Stillhouse Rd. Presenter will be Sister of St. Joseph Marcy Springer, director of Francis House of Prayer, Allentown. Theme is “Without Change, There Would Be No Butterflies.” Admission is free and lunch will be served. Deadline to register is Feb. 16. Contact JoAnn at [email protected].

Lawrence Council, Knights of Columbus, will host a Lenten retreat Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Pope John Paul Community Room of St. Ann Parish, 1253 Lawrence Rd., Lawrenceville. Presenter will be Msgr. Thomas J. Mullelly, diocesan vicar for clergy and consecrated life and director of seminarians. Theme is “A Blessed Journey Through the Desert: Experiencing God’s Transforming Grace During Lent. To register in advance contact Grand Knight Joe Amodio at [email protected]. In-person registration on the day of the event begins at 8:30. There is no fee but free-will donations will be accepted.

The Gospel Choir from Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, will host a Black History celebration Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Holy Cross Church, 215 Adeline St., Trenton.

The event, themed, “The Lost Rhythm:  Unveiling the History of Drums and Slavery,” will feature a literary compilation by Angela Dodson Days, Negro spiritual songs and songs from Africa an African cultural performance by Dennies Chico Greenflower of Trenton.

St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, will host a Lenten Mission Feb. 26-Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. in the church. An abridged version will be offered after the 9 a.m. Mass. Presenter will be Capuchin Father Simeon Gallagher. The theme is “The Freedom to Believe: Becoming an Adult Catholic. Each day covers a different theme – “Stories of Escape from Self” (Lk 7:36-50); “Escape from False Values and Religious Adolescence (Lk 14:28-33); “Quest Stories: Humanity as Grace” (Jn 3:1-10), and “Love Stories: The Freedom Only Christ Can Give” (Jn 4:4-42).

Father Gallagher holds advanced degrees in religious education, ascetical theology and 19th century British Literature. His literature degree has earned him a reputation as a scholar in the works of John Henry Cardinal Newman. His work has taken him to El Salvador, where he was instrumental in founding Emmaus in Great Britain, has presented ecumenical lectures at Jean XXIII Centre, Geneva, Switzerland, and for the past several years he has worked closely with the U.S. Armed Forces at various military bases around the world.

St. Rose Parish, Belmar, will host a new eight-session Scripture study on the Gospel of St. John Feb. 28-April 24. Sessions will meet on Wednesdays from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the parish center, 603 Seventh Ave. (Participants should enter through Eighth Ave. parking lot.) There will be no class March 27. Coffee will be available at  9:30. Registration/book cost is $25. Participants may attend in-person or online. Contact is Mercy Sister Donna D’Alia, 732-681-0512, ext. 419 or [email protected].

The Friends of Francis and Clare will host a retreat March 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Maris Stella Retreat House, 7201 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars. Presenter is Franciscan Father Kevin Cronin. Morning talk will be “The Lost Art of Listening – A Key to Gospel Living” and the afternoon talk will be “The Joy of the Gospel.” Fee is $25 and participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch. To register, call 201-647-3535 or [email protected]. Make checks payable to June Finn and mail to 223 N. 10 th St., Surf City, N.J. 08008.

All parishes and schools are welcome to submit their events to
[email protected].


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The following parishes and schools in the Diocese of Trenton have submitted these events:

Tabernacle Council, Knights of Columbus, will host a Spirituality Night Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Hoffman Hall of Holy Eucharist Parish, 520 Medford Lakes Rd., Tabernacle. The presentation will be on “Bringing spirituality and holiness into the path of the life you choose whether it be religious, married or single life. Father Michael McClane will lead a presentation on having a religious vocation. Refreshments will follow.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, will hold a Lenten Bible Study Feb. 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14 and 21 from 9:30-11 a.m. in the church hall, 103 Washington Ave. The series, using the book “Discovering Who You Are in Christ,” will help participants understand their identity in Christ and give personal examples and practical suggestions for motivation and inspiration. Cost is $12. To register, send name, contact information and payment to St. Pio of Pietrelcina Church, 103 Washington Ave., Lavallette, N.J. 08735, ATTN: Dawn Rusinko. Make check payable to St. Pio of Pietrelcina Church.

Visitation Parish Holy Name Society, Brick, will host a Fish Fry Feb. 16 at the parish, 73 Lynnwood Ave. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:30. Cost is $20 for fish dinner and $10 for pasta dinner. Entertainment will be provided by the parish music ministry. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the rectory office during regular business hours or after Mass in the church narthex. All tickets must be purchased no later than Feb. 15.

St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, will hold a Lenten Fish Fry on the Fridays during Lent from Feb. 16 to March 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the parish hall, 300 Lacey Rd. tickets are $19 per person and children are $9. The Stations of the Cross will follow at 7 p.m.

St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Marlton, will host a presentation “Give Up Worry for Lent” Feb. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the church located at 349 Evesboro-Medford Rd. The talk will be preceded by praying the Stations of the Cross. Presenter is Gary Zimak, Catholic speaker, radio host and member of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host an online retreat “Experiencing God’s Love in the Gospel of John” Feb. 20, March 12 and April 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will read the book written by Father Anthony Kelly, C.S.S.R., and Father Francis Moloney, SDB. Donation is $50. To register, call 609-877-0509 or email [email protected].

St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, will host a Lenten offering “Shall I Play For Him … on my Drum”  Feb. 20, 27, March 5, 12 and 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the parish center chapel, 50 Hurleys’ Lane. Facilitator will be Barbara Woodzell and drums will be provided. The program will focus on how God uses drums as another tool to enhance his powers to improve the lives of his people. To register, visit stleothegreat.com/drumming-for-him.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Altar-Rosary Society, Toms River, will host a presentation on “A Catholic priest’s 500 miles walking pilgrimage from France to Spain” and “Faith and life lessons learned from Camino de Santiago” Feb. 21 in the parish hall, 130 St. Maximilian Lane. Presenter is Father Peter James Alindogan, pastor of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, and diocesan director of missions. The afternoon begins with hospitality at 11 a.m., followed recitation of the Rosary at noon and continues with Father Alindogan’s presentation at 12:30. Contact is Anna at 732-581-2247.

San Alfonso Retreat House, 755 Ocean Ave., West End, will hold a “Lenten Soup for the Soul” series from Feb. 21 to March 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Soup will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. with the presentation following. Topics and presenters are: Feb. 21, “Become What You Celebrate,” Father Timothy Tarnacki; March 4, “What Does It Mean to be the Beloved?” Mercy Sister Maureen Christensen; March 11, “How to Witness To Your Faith in the 21st Century,” Cristina D’Averso-Collins; March 18, “Praying with Jesus’ Good News in the Parables of Mercy,” Judy Schiavo.

Cost is $25 per evening. To register, email [email protected]; online at sanalfonsoretreats.org; phone 732-222-2731, ext. 140.

St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, is observing the parish phase of the Eucharistic Revival with the offering of Holy Hours on: Feb. 22, March 21, April 18 and May 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the church, 300 Lacey Rd.

St. William the Abbot Parish, 2740 Lakewood-Allenwood Rd., Howell, will host a presentation with  Xavier Reyer-Ayral, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. He is a renowned expert on Marian apparitions and author of “Revelations,” “The Hidden Secret Messages” and “Prophecies of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton, will begin its next six-week bereavement session Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Sessions will run for six consecutive Thursdays in Room 6 of the Family Center, 103 4th St.

St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, will hold its annual parish Lenten Fish Fry Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. in Petri Hall. Dinner will consist of salad, pasta and seafood dish. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the parish office; tickets will not be sold at the door. Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the church at 7 p.m.

The Ladies of St. Joseph, Millstone, will host a women’s retreat Feb. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. in St. Joseph Parish Hall, 91 Stillhouse Rd. Presenter will be Sister of St. Joseph Marcy Springer, director of Francis House of Prayer, Allentown. Theme is “Without Change, There Would Be No Butterflies.” Admission is free and lunch will be served. Deadline to register is Feb. 16. Contact JoAnn at [email protected].

Lawrence Council, Knights of Columbus, will host a Lenten retreat Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Pope John Paul Community Room of St. Ann Parish, 1253 Lawrence Rd., Lawrenceville. Presenter will be Msgr. Thomas J. Mullelly, diocesan vicar for clergy and consecrated life and director of seminarians. Theme is “A Blessed Journey Through the Desert: Experiencing God’s Transforming Grace During Lent. To register in advance contact Grand Knight Joe Amodio at [email protected]. In-person registration on the day of the event begins at 8:30. There is no fee but free-will donations will be accepted.

The Gospel Choir from Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, will host a Black History celebration Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Holy Cross Church, 215 Adeline St., Trenton.

The event, themed, “The Lost Rhythm:  Unveiling the History of Drums and Slavery,” will feature a literary compilation by Angela Dodson Days, Negro spiritual songs and songs from Africa an African cultural performance by Dennies Chico Greenflower of Trenton.

St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, will host a Lenten Mission Feb. 26-Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. in the church. An abridged version will be offered after the 9 a.m. Mass. Presenter will be Capuchin Father Simeon Gallagher. The theme is “The Freedom to Believe: Becoming an Adult Catholic. Each day covers a different theme – “Stories of Escape from Self” (Lk 7:36-50); “Escape from False Values and Religious Adolescence (Lk 14:28-33); “Quest Stories: Humanity as Grace” (Jn 3:1-10), and “Love Stories: The Freedom Only Christ Can Give” (Jn 4:4-42).

Father Gallagher holds advanced degrees in religious education, ascetical theology and 19th century British Literature. His literature degree has earned him a reputation as a scholar in the works of John Henry Cardinal Newman. His work has taken him to El Salvador, where he was instrumental in founding Emmaus in Great Britain, has presented ecumenical lectures at Jean XXIII Centre, Geneva, Switzerland, and for the past several years he has worked closely with the U.S. Armed Forces at various military bases around the world.

St. Rose Parish, Belmar, will host a new eight-session Scripture study on the Gospel of St. John Feb. 28-April 24. Sessions will meet on Wednesdays from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the parish center, 603 Seventh Ave. (Participants should enter through Eighth Ave. parking lot.) There will be no class March 27. Coffee will be available at  9:30. Registration/book cost is $25. Participants may attend in-person or online. Contact is Mercy Sister Donna D’Alia, 732-681-0512, ext. 419 or [email protected].

The Friends of Francis and Clare will host a retreat March 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Maris Stella Retreat House, 7201 Long Beach Blvd., Harvey Cedars. Presenter is Franciscan Father Kevin Cronin. Morning talk will be “The Lost Art of Listening – A Key to Gospel Living” and the afternoon talk will be “The Joy of the Gospel.” Fee is $25 and participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch. To register, call 201-647-3535 or [email protected]. Make checks payable to June Finn and mail to 223 N. 10 th St., Surf City, N.J. 08008.

All parishes and schools are welcome to submit their events to
[email protected].

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