In Local News as of June 24, 2024

June 24, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.


The following parishes, schools and organizations in the Diocese of Trenton have announced these upcoming events:

Burlington County

1st Way Life of Burlington Pregnancy Center, 500 High St., Burlington, needs donations of the following items: Enfamil formula, baby cereal, stage 1 baby food, diapers sizes 5, 6 and 7, size 5t/6t pull-ups, baby towels, burp cloths, receiving blankets, 0-3 month sleepers. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesday, 4-6 p.m. For questions, call 609-284-7943.

Burlington Council, Knights of Columbus, and St. Paul School, Burlington, will host a trip to see the Trenton Thunder vs. West Virginia Black Bears game at the Trenton Thunder Ball Park, 1 Thunder Rd., Trenton, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Make checks payable to St. Paul PTA. For information, email [email protected].

St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson, will host a blood drive July 10 from noon to 5 p.m. in McCusker Hall, 2500 Branch Pike. To make an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: Cinnaminson Community.

St. Katharine Drexel Food Pantry, Burlington, provides food and hygiene products to Burlington Township and Burlington City residents who meet income specifications and/or receive public assistance, unemployment benefits or disability benefits. In addition registered parishioners experiencing food shortages are encourage to contact the food pantry for assistance. The pantry is open every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. except for Thanksgiving week when the pantry is open on Monday. Persons wishing to help can call 609-386-3650.

St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, hosts a “Catholic Traditions Q&A” every first Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m., where participants can learn more about the Catholic faith. In-person sessions are held in the rectory, 223 E. Union St. and online which is accessible on the parish Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stkatsburlington.

St. Paul School, Burlington, will hold its ninth annual SPS Car Show July 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the school grounds, 250 James St. Open to all years and car makes and models. Trophies will be awarded. Registration forms may be found in the St. Katharine Drexel Parish bulletin. Registration is strongly encouraged. For information, call 609-234-5135 or 609-820-2719.

Mercer County

Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton, will celebrate the Feast of Sts. Anne and Joachim with a July 26 Mass in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3816 East State St. Ext., Hamilton. Grandparents are encouraged to attend the Mass with their grandchildren.

St. Anthony High School’s Class of 1974 will hold a 50th year reunion Oct. 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Route 130, Hamilton. Cost is $80 per person and covers a buffet dinner and dancing. Full details may be found at SAHSHamiltonNJ.com to register or call 609-731-1609. Persons needing hotel accommodations should call 609-578-6789 and use code STAH50.

St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction, will offer “Faith, Film and Food” during July and August. Films to be shown are: “Evan Almighty,” July 10 at 5 p.m.; “Going My Way,” July 24 at 5 p.m., and “Peaceful Warrior,” Aug. 7 at 5 p.m.

St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction, will hold a four-week overview of “Loss and Grief” and how it changes lives. Sessions will be held July 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the parish. Registration is limited to eighth participants. Online registration is available at https://stdavidtheking.com/bereavement. For information, email [email protected].

St. Paul Parish, Princeton, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Padre Pio’s canonization June 27 by welcoming the St. Pio Foundation for a day of veneration of the relics of Padre Pio. At the conclusion of the 8:15 a.m. Mass, the relics will be available in the sanctuary of the church for public veneration. All are invited to attend. An evening Mass will conclude the day.

St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish Altar-Rosary Society, Hamilton, will host a country line dancing event June 29. Tickets are $7 if purchased in advance or $10 at the door. For information, call 609-306-8670.

Monmouth County

Court St. Elizabeth, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, is sponsoring its annual baby shower for local community charities. Donations of the following baby items are needed: diapers, baby wipes, infant clothes, baby shampoo, lotion and bath items. Collection baskets will be available at the entrances of both St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Avon, and Ascension Church, Bradley Beach.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host a seven-day Silent Centering Prayer Retreat Aug. 4 starting at 7 p.m. and ending Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. The schedule provides many communal Centering Prayer periods which are usually preceded by 20 minutes of Lectio Divina. Fee is $650 with a $100 non-refundable deposit with registration. Call 609-877-0509 or visit FHOP.org.

Freehold Birthright, an organization that assists girls, women, families, during their pregnancy and after the baby is born, is in need of prolife volunteers. Training will be provided; volunteers who speak Spanish are encouraged. To volunteer, call 732-462-2888 during office hours Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or email [email protected]. The agency is also in need of baby clothes which are gently used, stain free, seasonal appropriate, sizes newborn to 18 months. The agency is located at 41 E. Main St.

Madonna House, a service for women and children who live at or below the poverty level in Neptune, is holding a back-to-school collections during the month of July through Aug. 4. Socks and underwear are needed items. Madonna House is located at 1401 Seventh Ave., Neptune City.

Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, is collecting the following items for military troops: any kind of nuts: peanuts, sunflower seeds, etc.; trail mix; beef jerky; powdered drink mix that can be poured into water bottles; protein and granola bars; dried fruit snacks; popcorn (microwavable); gum and hard candy; Rice Krispie treats; feminine hygiene products; laundry soap sheets; tissues in small packs; sunscreen; socks and cooling bandanas. Collection boxes are located at the entrance to the church.

Our Lady of Fatima Altar-Rosary Society, Keyport, will hold a clothing drive June 29. Items may be dropped off at the gym entrance from 8 to 10 a.m. at the gym entrance. Donors are asked to use trash-size bags for packing.

San Alfonso Retreat House, West End, will host a young adult retreat, “Hungers of the Heart” July 19-21. Presenter is Cristina D’Averso-Collins. Cost is $300 and scholarships are available. For questions, email [email protected].

On July 7, the Society of St. Cecilia at the Oratory Church of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, will host the first annual “Liberty Extravaganza” at 3:30 p.m. in the parish center. The Oratory Choir and the Liberty Singers with the St. Cecilia Brass Ensemble will be featured. A free-will offering will be taken. For information, call 732-747-0813 or visit stanthonysofredbank.net.

St. Agnes Thrift Shop, 46 South Ave., Atlantic Highlands, is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations are accepted during these hours. For larger donations call 732-291-2156 to make arrangements.

St. Benedict Food Pantry, Holmdel, is in need of donations of the following items: diapers (all sizes especially 5 and 6), baby food (stages 2/3), baby wipes, children’s cereal and snacks, coffee and tea, juice for adults and children, soup, bar soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouthwash, laundry detergent, dish detergent, paper products – toilet tissue, paper towels.

St. Denis Parish, Manasquan, offers a Walking With Purpose program for women who are striving for a greater understanding of the Bible. Summer sessions will be held July 9, 16 and 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the parish center (school building, Room 20). Books will be provided. There is no fee. Email [email protected].

St. Denis Parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference Food Pantry, Manasquan, is accepting donations of the following items: flour, sugar, crackers, fruit juice, toilet paper, tea, cookies, cooking oil and shaving cream. Cash and check donations are also welcome. Items may be left in the shopping cart in the gathering space of the main church or in the plastic box in the beach chapel. Pantry hours are Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. For questions or special food needs, call 732-223-1383.

St. Joseph Parish, Millstone Township, will host an adult faith enrichment series June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Topic will be “Jesus in Art” from ancient Rome through the 20th century and the life of Dante Aligheri and his masterpiece  The Divine Comedy. A sign-up sheet is available at the back of the church or email [email protected]. Participants can attend as many sessions as possible.

St. Leo the Great Bereavement Ministry, Lincroft, will hold a six-week guided grief series for adults suffering the loss of a loved one. Sessions will be held June 5, 12, 19, July 3, 10 at 11 a.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. The morning session on June 10 will be at 1 p.m. The sessions provide a safe space for participants to share their grief experiences with others. Registration is required. To register, visit https://stleothegreat.com/bereavement-support. To speak with a bereavement minister, email [email protected] or call 732-747-5466, Option 2.

St. Leo the Great Social Concerns Committee, Lincroft, is hosting a “Mary’s Cradle Collection” of baby items to benefit Birthright in Red Bank and Madonna House, Neptune. Items needed include: diapers (sizes newborn to 6), wipes, toiletries, summer wear, summer hats and sandals, crib sheets, layettes, and onesies (size 0 to 4T).

St. Michael Parish, West End, will hold an Independence Day prayer service at 9 a.m. in the courtyard in front of the church. Mass will precede the service at 8 a.m. Included will be the reading of the Declaration of Independence by a Revolutionary War re-enactor, a prayer for the country and for the colonists who died during the Revolution.

St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold, will host its annual carnival June 25-29. The carnival will run from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Games, rides food, live entertainment and discount ride nights.

St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, has partnered with New Legacy Books and is collecting used books. Books may be placed in the donation bin in the car rider parking lot (South St.) at any time. The school will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the books. Books that will be accepted must be in good, readable condition that have an ISBN barcode label on the book cover. Books that won’t be accepted are those without the ISBN barcode on the cover, encyclopedias, library references, magazines or water-damaged books. For questions, email [email protected].

Vincent’s Legacy, the furniture outreach of St. Vincent de Paul works with the local St. Vincent de Paul Societies to serve people in need of furniture and household items. Vincent’s Legacy accepts donates that are in good condition to redistribute. The Furniture Outreach Conference offers many opportunities for persons to share their time, talent and/or treasure, whether it’s with donating furniture, volunteering or offering financial support. Visit https://vicentslegacy.wixsite.com/furniture or the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FurnitureMinistry.com. For questions visit the website or email [email protected]. To make a financial contribution, send check made payable to Vincent’s Legacy Furniture Outreach Conference, and mail to P.O. Box 526, Manasquan, N.J. 08736. Call 609-557-7837.

Ocean County

Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will host a silent directed/private retreat July 22-28. Presenter Sister of St. Joseph Eileen McGovern will serve as spiritual director. Time for private prayer and Mass will be included. For more information or to register, visit marisstella.org or call 609-494-1182 or [email protected].

Sacred Heart Parish, Bay Head, and St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, will host a summer Bible study from June 25-July 30. Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Light refreshments will be served. To register, email [email protected].

St. Dominic Parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Brick, operates a food pantry with hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations of food are accepted. The conference’s thrift shop hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday are from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations of spring and summer clothing are being collected.

St. Francis of Assisi Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Island, hosts blood pressure screenings on the second Tuesday of each month from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the senior lounge. The screenings are conducted by the LBI Health Department. Call 609-494-8861, ext. 111.

St. Francis Counseling Service, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Island, offers support for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Free and confidential services are available to Ocean County residents with children under age three who have experienced trauma and have postpartum symptoms. The program’s goal is to provide counseling for parents in the perinatal period, addressing new parenthood struggles, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome and trauma. The service is supported by Ocean County, Behavioral Health Services Grant. For more information, call 609-494-1554.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Brant Beach, will hold a Festival of the Sea July 2-6. Donations of soda and volunteers are needed. For information, email [email protected].

St. John Parish Respect Life Committee, Lakehurst, is collecting a drive to benefit Birthright and Open Door pregnancy centers. Items needed include: powder, lotion, shampoo, baby soap, diaper rash cream, Vaseline, wipes, baby towels, wash cloths and size large diapers. Items may be brought to the carriage container in the church hall.

St. John Parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Lakehurst, needs the following items for its food pantry: coffee (canned), tea bags, pasta sauce, boxed pasta (except elbow macaroni and spaghetti), hearty soups, canned white tuna and chicken, cereal for children and oatmeal, canned ravioli. Sugar free items such as jams, jellies, pancake syrup are also needed. food can be drooped in the blue bin in the church hall anytime the church is open. Frozen or refrigerated food should be brought to the pantry on Monday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Toms River, will host its 39th anniversary dinner dance Aug. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 and includes music, dancing, dinner by Luigi's Italian Market and more. Tickets are available for purchase. Contact Marian Austin at 732-914-0300.

St. Peter Altar-Rosary Society, Point Pleasant Beach, will hold a bake sale July 6-7 after all Masses.

The Women of St. Monica, Jackson, is hosting a “Salt for Blessing” fundraiser/evangelization opportunity. Salt shakers will be labeled with person’s parish name and attached on every bottle is a scroll that explains the history, Biblical references and uses. For 100 bottles, cost is $5 per bottle; 200 bottles, cost is $4.75 per bottle, and 300 bottles, cost is $459 per bottle. Once bottles are purchased they can be blessed. For more information, call 732-829-5299.

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


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The following parishes, schools and organizations in the Diocese of Trenton have announced these upcoming events:

Burlington County

1st Way Life of Burlington Pregnancy Center, 500 High St., Burlington, needs donations of the following items: Enfamil formula, baby cereal, stage 1 baby food, diapers sizes 5, 6 and 7, size 5t/6t pull-ups, baby towels, burp cloths, receiving blankets, 0-3 month sleepers. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesday, 4-6 p.m. For questions, call 609-284-7943.

Burlington Council, Knights of Columbus, and St. Paul School, Burlington, will host a trip to see the Trenton Thunder vs. West Virginia Black Bears game at the Trenton Thunder Ball Park, 1 Thunder Rd., Trenton, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Make checks payable to St. Paul PTA. For information, email [email protected].

St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson, will host a blood drive July 10 from noon to 5 p.m. in McCusker Hall, 2500 Branch Pike. To make an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: Cinnaminson Community.

St. Katharine Drexel Food Pantry, Burlington, provides food and hygiene products to Burlington Township and Burlington City residents who meet income specifications and/or receive public assistance, unemployment benefits or disability benefits. In addition registered parishioners experiencing food shortages are encourage to contact the food pantry for assistance. The pantry is open every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. except for Thanksgiving week when the pantry is open on Monday. Persons wishing to help can call 609-386-3650.

St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, hosts a “Catholic Traditions Q&A” every first Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m., where participants can learn more about the Catholic faith. In-person sessions are held in the rectory, 223 E. Union St. and online which is accessible on the parish Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stkatsburlington.

St. Paul School, Burlington, will hold its ninth annual SPS Car Show July 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the school grounds, 250 James St. Open to all years and car makes and models. Trophies will be awarded. Registration forms may be found in the St. Katharine Drexel Parish bulletin. Registration is strongly encouraged. For information, call 609-234-5135 or 609-820-2719.

Mercer County

Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton, will celebrate the Feast of Sts. Anne and Joachim with a July 26 Mass in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3816 East State St. Ext., Hamilton. Grandparents are encouraged to attend the Mass with their grandchildren.

St. Anthony High School’s Class of 1974 will hold a 50th year reunion Oct. 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Route 130, Hamilton. Cost is $80 per person and covers a buffet dinner and dancing. Full details may be found at SAHSHamiltonNJ.com to register or call 609-731-1609. Persons needing hotel accommodations should call 609-578-6789 and use code STAH50.

St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction, will offer “Faith, Film and Food” during July and August. Films to be shown are: “Evan Almighty,” July 10 at 5 p.m.; “Going My Way,” July 24 at 5 p.m., and “Peaceful Warrior,” Aug. 7 at 5 p.m.

St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction, will hold a four-week overview of “Loss and Grief” and how it changes lives. Sessions will be held July 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the parish. Registration is limited to eighth participants. Online registration is available at https://stdavidtheking.com/bereavement. For information, email [email protected].

St. Paul Parish, Princeton, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Padre Pio’s canonization June 27 by welcoming the St. Pio Foundation for a day of veneration of the relics of Padre Pio. At the conclusion of the 8:15 a.m. Mass, the relics will be available in the sanctuary of the church for public veneration. All are invited to attend. An evening Mass will conclude the day.

St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish Altar-Rosary Society, Hamilton, will host a country line dancing event June 29. Tickets are $7 if purchased in advance or $10 at the door. For information, call 609-306-8670.

Monmouth County

Court St. Elizabeth, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, is sponsoring its annual baby shower for local community charities. Donations of the following baby items are needed: diapers, baby wipes, infant clothes, baby shampoo, lotion and bath items. Collection baskets will be available at the entrances of both St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Avon, and Ascension Church, Bradley Beach.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host a seven-day Silent Centering Prayer Retreat Aug. 4 starting at 7 p.m. and ending Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. The schedule provides many communal Centering Prayer periods which are usually preceded by 20 minutes of Lectio Divina. Fee is $650 with a $100 non-refundable deposit with registration. Call 609-877-0509 or visit FHOP.org.

Freehold Birthright, an organization that assists girls, women, families, during their pregnancy and after the baby is born, is in need of prolife volunteers. Training will be provided; volunteers who speak Spanish are encouraged. To volunteer, call 732-462-2888 during office hours Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or email [email protected]. The agency is also in need of baby clothes which are gently used, stain free, seasonal appropriate, sizes newborn to 18 months. The agency is located at 41 E. Main St.

Madonna House, a service for women and children who live at or below the poverty level in Neptune, is holding a back-to-school collections during the month of July through Aug. 4. Socks and underwear are needed items. Madonna House is located at 1401 Seventh Ave., Neptune City.

Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, is collecting the following items for military troops: any kind of nuts: peanuts, sunflower seeds, etc.; trail mix; beef jerky; powdered drink mix that can be poured into water bottles; protein and granola bars; dried fruit snacks; popcorn (microwavable); gum and hard candy; Rice Krispie treats; feminine hygiene products; laundry soap sheets; tissues in small packs; sunscreen; socks and cooling bandanas. Collection boxes are located at the entrance to the church.

Our Lady of Fatima Altar-Rosary Society, Keyport, will hold a clothing drive June 29. Items may be dropped off at the gym entrance from 8 to 10 a.m. at the gym entrance. Donors are asked to use trash-size bags for packing.

San Alfonso Retreat House, West End, will host a young adult retreat, “Hungers of the Heart” July 19-21. Presenter is Cristina D’Averso-Collins. Cost is $300 and scholarships are available. For questions, email [email protected].

On July 7, the Society of St. Cecilia at the Oratory Church of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, will host the first annual “Liberty Extravaganza” at 3:30 p.m. in the parish center. The Oratory Choir and the Liberty Singers with the St. Cecilia Brass Ensemble will be featured. A free-will offering will be taken. For information, call 732-747-0813 or visit stanthonysofredbank.net.

St. Agnes Thrift Shop, 46 South Ave., Atlantic Highlands, is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations are accepted during these hours. For larger donations call 732-291-2156 to make arrangements.

St. Benedict Food Pantry, Holmdel, is in need of donations of the following items: diapers (all sizes especially 5 and 6), baby food (stages 2/3), baby wipes, children’s cereal and snacks, coffee and tea, juice for adults and children, soup, bar soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouthwash, laundry detergent, dish detergent, paper products – toilet tissue, paper towels.

St. Denis Parish, Manasquan, offers a Walking With Purpose program for women who are striving for a greater understanding of the Bible. Summer sessions will be held July 9, 16 and 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the parish center (school building, Room 20). Books will be provided. There is no fee. Email [email protected].

St. Denis Parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference Food Pantry, Manasquan, is accepting donations of the following items: flour, sugar, crackers, fruit juice, toilet paper, tea, cookies, cooking oil and shaving cream. Cash and check donations are also welcome. Items may be left in the shopping cart in the gathering space of the main church or in the plastic box in the beach chapel. Pantry hours are Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. For questions or special food needs, call 732-223-1383.

St. Joseph Parish, Millstone Township, will host an adult faith enrichment series June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Topic will be “Jesus in Art” from ancient Rome through the 20th century and the life of Dante Aligheri and his masterpiece  The Divine Comedy. A sign-up sheet is available at the back of the church or email [email protected]. Participants can attend as many sessions as possible.

St. Leo the Great Bereavement Ministry, Lincroft, will hold a six-week guided grief series for adults suffering the loss of a loved one. Sessions will be held June 5, 12, 19, July 3, 10 at 11 a.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. The morning session on June 10 will be at 1 p.m. The sessions provide a safe space for participants to share their grief experiences with others. Registration is required. To register, visit https://stleothegreat.com/bereavement-support. To speak with a bereavement minister, email [email protected] or call 732-747-5466, Option 2.

St. Leo the Great Social Concerns Committee, Lincroft, is hosting a “Mary’s Cradle Collection” of baby items to benefit Birthright in Red Bank and Madonna House, Neptune. Items needed include: diapers (sizes newborn to 6), wipes, toiletries, summer wear, summer hats and sandals, crib sheets, layettes, and onesies (size 0 to 4T).

St. Michael Parish, West End, will hold an Independence Day prayer service at 9 a.m. in the courtyard in front of the church. Mass will precede the service at 8 a.m. Included will be the reading of the Declaration of Independence by a Revolutionary War re-enactor, a prayer for the country and for the colonists who died during the Revolution.

St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold, will host its annual carnival June 25-29. The carnival will run from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Games, rides food, live entertainment and discount ride nights.

St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, has partnered with New Legacy Books and is collecting used books. Books may be placed in the donation bin in the car rider parking lot (South St.) at any time. The school will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the books. Books that will be accepted must be in good, readable condition that have an ISBN barcode label on the book cover. Books that won’t be accepted are those without the ISBN barcode on the cover, encyclopedias, library references, magazines or water-damaged books. For questions, email [email protected].

Vincent’s Legacy, the furniture outreach of St. Vincent de Paul works with the local St. Vincent de Paul Societies to serve people in need of furniture and household items. Vincent’s Legacy accepts donates that are in good condition to redistribute. The Furniture Outreach Conference offers many opportunities for persons to share their time, talent and/or treasure, whether it’s with donating furniture, volunteering or offering financial support. Visit https://vicentslegacy.wixsite.com/furniture or the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FurnitureMinistry.com. For questions visit the website or email [email protected]. To make a financial contribution, send check made payable to Vincent’s Legacy Furniture Outreach Conference, and mail to P.O. Box 526, Manasquan, N.J. 08736. Call 609-557-7837.

Ocean County

Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will host a silent directed/private retreat July 22-28. Presenter Sister of St. Joseph Eileen McGovern will serve as spiritual director. Time for private prayer and Mass will be included. For more information or to register, visit marisstella.org or call 609-494-1182 or [email protected].

Sacred Heart Parish, Bay Head, and St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, will host a summer Bible study from June 25-July 30. Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Light refreshments will be served. To register, email [email protected].

St. Dominic Parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Brick, operates a food pantry with hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations of food are accepted. The conference’s thrift shop hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday are from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations of spring and summer clothing are being collected.

St. Francis of Assisi Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Island, hosts blood pressure screenings on the second Tuesday of each month from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the senior lounge. The screenings are conducted by the LBI Health Department. Call 609-494-8861, ext. 111.

St. Francis Counseling Service, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Island, offers support for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Free and confidential services are available to Ocean County residents with children under age three who have experienced trauma and have postpartum symptoms. The program’s goal is to provide counseling for parents in the perinatal period, addressing new parenthood struggles, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome and trauma. The service is supported by Ocean County, Behavioral Health Services Grant. For more information, call 609-494-1554.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Brant Beach, will hold a Festival of the Sea July 2-6. Donations of soda and volunteers are needed. For information, email [email protected].

St. John Parish Respect Life Committee, Lakehurst, is collecting a drive to benefit Birthright and Open Door pregnancy centers. Items needed include: powder, lotion, shampoo, baby soap, diaper rash cream, Vaseline, wipes, baby towels, wash cloths and size large diapers. Items may be brought to the carriage container in the church hall.

St. John Parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Lakehurst, needs the following items for its food pantry: coffee (canned), tea bags, pasta sauce, boxed pasta (except elbow macaroni and spaghetti), hearty soups, canned white tuna and chicken, cereal for children and oatmeal, canned ravioli. Sugar free items such as jams, jellies, pancake syrup are also needed. food can be drooped in the blue bin in the church hall anytime the church is open. Frozen or refrigerated food should be brought to the pantry on Monday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Toms River, will host its 39th anniversary dinner dance Aug. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 and includes music, dancing, dinner by Luigi's Italian Market and more. Tickets are available for purchase. Contact Marian Austin at 732-914-0300.

St. Peter Altar-Rosary Society, Point Pleasant Beach, will hold a bake sale July 6-7 after all Masses.

The Women of St. Monica, Jackson, is hosting a “Salt for Blessing” fundraiser/evangelization opportunity. Salt shakers will be labeled with person’s parish name and attached on every bottle is a scroll that explains the history, Biblical references and uses. For 100 bottles, cost is $5 per bottle; 200 bottles, cost is $4.75 per bottle, and 300 bottles, cost is $459 per bottle. Once bottles are purchased they can be blessed. For more information, call 732-829-5299.

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

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In Local News as of July 12, 2024
The following parishes, schools and organizations in the Diocese of Trenton have announced these upcoming events:

Mission: Jersey gives teens an opportunity to help others
Almost two dozen teens and their youth ministers gathered July 10...

Indianapolis bound pilgrims given prayerful send-off at Mass
The Eucharist is more than just about ...


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