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March 1, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.


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

St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, holds weekly Bible studies on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Charlie Kiger Conference Room (upstairs in the rectory office.) Participants do not need to make a longterm commitment. For information, call 609-698-8619.

St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, is hosting its second annual pierogi sale. Choices are potato/cheese and/or sauerkraut. Kielbasa rings, cheese babkas as well as nut, poppy seed and cheese rolls will also be available for purchase. Order forms are available at the rector or the welcoming centers in both St. Mary Church and St. Mary of the Pines Church. Pre-orders only. Orders with payment can be dropped off at the rectory. Pickup dates are March 22 and March 24. For information, call 609-815-6969 or 973-647-0716.

Holy Innocents Parish Online Rosary Group, Neptune, meets Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. online or over the phone. For more information, email Kathy.lynch65.gmail.com. The Rosary is also prayed in-person every morning before the 9 a.m. Mass located at 3455 W. Bangs Ave.

St. Rose of Lima Parish Respect Life Committee, Freehold, is sponsoring a collection of baby items during Lent. Collection boxes will be available in both the entrance of the church and chapel. Needed items include disposable diapers and clothing sizes from newborn to age 2 and accessories such as baby bottles, thermometers, clothes, blankets and diaper bags. The items will be distributed as requested and needed. After Lent, the remaining items will be donated to Freehold Birthright.

Hamilton Council, Knights of Columbus, has clothing donation bins located on the campus of St. Gregory the Great Parish, 4620 Nottingham Way. Accepted items including all clothing, shoes, sneakers, textiles, linens, bedding and handbags. Items should be in decent, reusable condition and securely bagged. No toys or household items.

Persons wishing to donate items such as strollers, car seats, highchairs or cribs are asked to be sure they are modern and fully functioning. Such items are not to be brought to the parish; donors are asked to contact a committee member who will inspect the items to ensure their safety. Contact Jim Meyer, 973-583-0245; Estela Valladares, 732-900-2624; Lillian Eagan, 732-431-4366.

The Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley is hosting a Lenten food drive to benefit Mount Carmel Guild, an inner-city Trenton diocesan outreach that assists people in need. Needed items include peanut butter, jelly, cereal, canned tuna, macaroni and cheese, shelf-stable milk, canned vegetables, tea/coffee and rice. Bring donations to the foyer of St. George Church, 13270 River Rd., Titusville. For information, email [email protected].

The Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley will host an Easter basket drive for children ages 2-12 who are affiliated with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, and Mount Carmel Guild, an inner-city Trenton, diocesan outreach March 2-10. Decorated baskets filled with candy, coloring books and toys should be dropped off at one of the community’s three worship sites: St. James, 115 E. Delaware Ave., Pennington; St. George, 1370 River Rd., Titusville; St. Alphonsus, 54 E. Prospect St., Hopewell. For information, call 908-310-8797 or email [email protected].

St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, is hosting an Easter Giving Baskets project. The weekends of March 2-3 and March 9-10, tagged Easter eggs are in the vestibules of both churches – St. Paul and All Saints, both Burlington – that list the baby items that are needed that will be given to First Way, an outreach to assist pregnant women and their babies. Donations may be brought to either church the weekend of March 16-17. Items needed include baby food, baby wash, lotion, diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6, Similac or Enfamil formula, wash cloths and towels, shampoo, baby toiletry/medical kits, pacifiers, sippy cups, baby sleepers sizes 0-6 and toddler meals.

St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, is hosting its annual parish diaper drive from March 2-10. Donations can be dropped off in Petri Hall, 186 Gordons Corner Rd. Diapers of all sizes are accepted but there’s a great need for sizes 4-7 as well as pull-ups for boys and girls and wipes. Target gift cards and monetary donations are accepted. Make check payable to Diaper Bank, c/o St. Thomas More Church, 186 Gordons Corner Rd., Manalapan, NJ 07726.  All funds collected will be used to purchase diapers and wipes.

Epiphany Parish Altar-Rosary Society, Brick, is hosting its annual baby shower for mothers in crisis. All donations will benefit The Sisters of Life. Only new items will be accepted. No furniture donations. Donations can be dropped off in the commons area until March 20.

St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel, will host a Lenten mission, “Robed In Mercy: The Incredible Gift of Lent” March 4-6 at 7 p.m. in the church at 560 Walton Ave. Presenter is Sister Kathryn James Hermes, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul and best-selling author, spiritual guide and speaker. The schedule will include the mission only on March 4; Mass will be celebrated March 5-6.

The Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley will host a small group Lenten study program on “Who Am I To Judge?” Participants will explore morality and establishing it as a way of life. Sessions will be held in St. James Church 115 E. Delaware Ave., Pennington March 4, 11 and 18 in the morning from 10-11:30 a.m. and in the evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Matthew/Mark Room St. Alphonsus Church, 54 E. Prospect St., Hopewell, will host sessions on Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish hall. St. George Church, 1370 River Rd., Titusville, will host sessions on Tuesdays, March 5, 12 and 19 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the cry room.

St. Leo the Great Parish, 50 Hurleys Lane, Lincroft, will host a 12-week support group for separated and divorced persons beginning March 7. Sessions will be held from 7-8:30 p.m.in the parish center meeting room. To register or for more information, email [email protected]. More information about the program visit https://www.mylifechangecoach.com/divorceministry.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Council, Knights of Columbus, Marlton, is hosting a Lenten Friday Fish Bake dinner March 15 in St. Isaac Jogues Parish Hall, 349 Evesboro-Medford Rd. Sit down and take-out orders are from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Orders will be taken after all weekend Masses Feb. 24-25; March 2-3 and 9-10. Orders will not be taken at the door. For orders and menu selections  contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host an in-person silent directed retreat weekend March 15 starting at 7 p.m. to March 17 at 1 p.m. Liturgy, spiritual direction and optional contemplative prayer periods are included. Donation is $175 with a $75 non-refundable deposit with registration. 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.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown will host an in-person Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph March 19 at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will follow the Mass.

St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, 400 Route 35 North, South Mantoloking, will celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with a Mass March 19 at 11 a.m. Attendees are asked to register by March 15 since seating is limited to 40 people. Refreshments and blessed bread will be available after the Mass. For more information, visit sjbsea.org.

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.

Holy Family Parish, Hazlet, will host a Lenten Mission, “A Biblical Walk Through The Mass” every Friday from Feb. 23 to March 22 in the church, 727 Highway 36, at 6:15 p.m. Stations of the Cross will be prayed after the presentations.

St. Junipero Serra Parish, Seaside Park, will host an adult faith formation offering, “Why the Cross” Feb. 26, March 4, March 11 and March 18 in the hall of St. Catharine of Siena Church, 50 E St, Seaside Park. Presenter will be Conventual Franciscan Father Michael Lorentsen, pastor. The series will focus on the mystery of the Cross in the biblical tradition and the Christian tradition and seeks to help participants better understand Christ’s redemptive work. To attend any or all sessions, contact the parish office by phone, 732-793-0041or email [email protected].

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].

St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish Spirituality Committee, Spring Lake, will host a four-part Lenten lecture series. The schedule is as follows, Feb. 28, 6 p.m., “How to Read the Bible in the 21st Century,” Mercy Sister Judith Schubert; March 6, 6 p.m., “Journey to the Cave of Your Heart,” Mercy Sister Carole MacKenthun; March 13, 6 p.m., “The Destructive Power of Negative Thinking,” Divine Word Father Martin Padovani, and March 20, 6 p.m., “The Kingdom is Here,” Father Damian McElroy. Sessions will be held in St. Catharine Church 215 Essex Ave. All lectures will be livestreamed at SCSMSL.org.

St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor, will host a Lenten Fish Fry March 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost for dinners is $15 for adults and fish sticks dinners for children are $5. Eat in or take out is available. Following dinner, Evening Prayer with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Stations of the Cross will be prayed in church at 450 Radio Rd.

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. 10th St., Surf City, N.J. 08008.

Hamilton Council, Knights of Columbus, will accept donations of ham and turkey for the Easter basket delivery on March 2 through March 23 between 9 and 11 a.m. the donations may be dropped off outside at the Knights’ tent in the shopping carts.

The Knights are also hosting a “40 Cans for Lent” campaign. Council members request one can of food for each day of Lent. The collection runs through March 30. Non-perishable food may be dropped off at any time in the bin located in the church gathering space or at the Knights tent located in the church parking lot March 30 between 9 and 11 a.m.

St. Gabriel Youth Group, Marlboro, will conduct a diaper drive to benefit Child Care Resources of Neptune March 2 to March 10. Diapers of all sizes, including pull-ups, will be collected as well as wipes. Donations may be brought to the church during weekend Mass, religious education class or to the parish center during regular working hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Gregory the Great Academy, Hamilton Square, will host a spring craft show March 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parish center, 4680 Nottingham Way. Wall art, coasters, candles, soaps, handmade items, jewelry will be among the items available for purchase as well as baked goods and food trucks. Proceeds will benefit the students.

Notre Dame High School, 601 Lawrenceville Rd., Lawrenceville, will host the musical “Grease” March 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.  and a March 3 matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 seniors (65+), $10 for students and children. To purchase tickets, click here.

Hamilton Council, Knights of Columbus, will be collecting ham and turkey donations for the Easter basket delivery on Saturdays, from March 2 through March 23 between 9 and 11 a.m. Donations may be brought to the Knights’ tent on the campus of St. Gregory the Great Parish, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square

St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, is collecting baby items for First Way. Easter baskets with eggs containing tags listing the needed baby items are placed in the back of both churches, -- St. Paul and All Saints. The eggs will be available for pick up  the weekends of March 2-3 and March 9-10. Items may be brought to church the weekend of March 16-17. Requested items include baby food, baby wash, baby lotion, wipes, diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6, Similac or Enfamil formula, wash cloths and towels, shampoo and baby toiletry/medical kits, pacifiers, sippy cups, baby sleepers sizes 0-6 and toddler meals.

St. Justin the Martyr Parish, Toms River, will hold a St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s celebration March 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets, at $30 for adults; $15 for children ages 13-17, and children 12 and under are admitted free, are available after all weekend Masses during February and in the parish office Monday-Thursday. Proceeds will benefit the parish’s St. Vincent de Paul conference.

St. Dominic Parish, Brick, will host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration March 3 at 2 p.m. in the parish center, 250 Old Squan Rd. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12. No charge for children ages 5 and under. Tickets, which can be purchased at the rectory, include concert admission and Irish food menu. Additional refreshments and beverages will be available for purchase. For information, call 732-840-1410.

Bordentown Council, Knights of Columbus, and the Altar-Rosary Society of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Bordentown, will sponsor a Lenten Holy Hour with an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation March 4 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary Church, 45 Crosswicks St.

Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton, will host a Eucharistic parish mission, “With Burning Desire,” March 4-6 each evening at 7 p.m. in the church, 103 4th St. Preacher is Franciscan Friar of the Renewal Father Herald J. Brock. Topics are “I Am With You,” “The Lamb Who Was Slain” and “Food For The Journey.” Along with the presentations, the mission will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and prayer experiences. For information, call 856-829-0900 or shcriverton.org.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host an in-person and online retreat, “Good Old-Fashioned Letter Writing” March 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The retreat will begin with participants praying over St. Pau’s letter to the Philippians. Then participants will then be asked to write a letter to someone they know. Presenter is Sister of St. Joseph Marcy Springer, Francis House director. In-person registration is $25 or $20 for online. To register, call 609-877-0509; email [email protected]; visit fhop.org.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host an in-person/online retreat “Revitalize Lent: God’s Call to Use Your Potential” March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Presenter Father William Lago, pastor of St. Denis Parish, Manasquan, will use concepts from the author David Goggin’s book “Can’t Hurt Me”. Participants are asked to bring a journal. In-person fee is $35 and includes lunch or $25 for online participation. To register, call 609-877-0509; email [email protected]; visit fhop.org.

St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, will present St. John the Apostle’s Gospel Bible Study March 5 to April 30. Sessions will meet on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the meeting room, 300 Lacey Rd. The DVD series will be presented by biblical scholar Timothy Gray and a group of college students involved in FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). Participants should bring a Bible and notebook. Seating is limited. To register, call 609-693-5107.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host an in-person and online retreat, “A Simple Life-Changing Prayer,” March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will focus on the Examen, a daily prayer practice that’s designed to help participants recognize God’s presence in their daily lives. Presenter is Sister of St. Joseph Marcy Springer, Francis House director. In-person fee is $35 and includes lunch and book or $20 for online participation. To register, call 609-877-0509; email [email protected]; visit fhop.org

St Leo the Great Religious Store Ministry and Ignite Youth Group, Lincroft, will host a Lenten book club March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Using Matthew Kelly’s “The Rocking Chair Prophet,” the club will breakdown the concepts of suffering and renewal. For online registration, visit stleothegreat.com/book-club.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host a personal retreat day March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The day will offer time for silence, personal prayer and optional spiritual direction. Fee is $10 or $40 with spiritual direction. Participants should bring a bag lunch. To register, call 609-877-0509; email [email protected]; visit fhop.org.

Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune, has scheduled its spring Bible Study on The Prophets. Sessions will meet March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15 and, if needed, May 22. No session on May 27. Participants are to purchase materials directly from Ascension Press at https://ascensionpress.com/collections/prophets-messengers-of-gods-mercy. The hard copy of The Prophets workbook is $27.95. In addition, the online access option is $6.95 that includes the digital workbook and the weekly video to review at home. Persons in need of assistance with registration can contact Kim DiBiase at [email protected]. Otherwise registration forms may be found online by clicking here. Once forms are completed, they must be submitted t the parish office or given directly to Kim DiBiase.

St. Leo the Great Healing Ministry to the Divorced and Separated, Lincroft, will host a 12-week program, “Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing For the Catholic Family” from March 7 to May 23. Sessions will meet on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish center, 50 Hurley’s Lane. No meeting will be held on Holy Thursday, March 28. To register, email [email protected]. For more information, go to mylifechangecoach.com/divorceministry.

Freehold Council,  Knights of Columbus, will host “Dueling Pianos” March 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Columbian Club Ballroom, 70 East Main St. Tickets are $15 per person. Seating is individual or table seating for groups of 8 to 10 people per table. Call 732-995-2880 or 732-740-3352.

Villa Victoria Academy, West Trenton, will present the musical, “The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson Musical” March 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and March 10 at 2 p.m. in the school theater, 376 W. Upper Ferry Rd. Tickets are $16 per person and are available at https://showtix4u.com/event-details/79548. More information is available at villavictoria.org. Special performances for school groups has been scheduled for March 6. For more information, call 609-882-1700, ext. 429.

Incarnation-St. James Altar Rosary Society, Ewing, will host its annual “Spirtuali-TEA” March 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the auditorium, 1545 Pennington Rd. Speaker Filippini Sister Lesley Draper, principal of Villa Victoria Academy, West Trenton, will present “Mary: Faithful Servant of the Word.” Participants are asked to bring a small finger food plate to share.  Reservations must be made by March 1. Call 609-883-6481 or 609-883-1865.

St. Mark Parish, Sea Girt, will host a Lenten retreat March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church, 215 Crescent Parkway. Theme is “What Does It Mean to be The Beloved?” and will be presented by Mercy Sister Maureen Christensen, former co-director of The Upper Room Spiritual Center, Neptune. She is a certified spiritual director, retreat director and educator. The retreat will focus on the reading of the Prophet Joel about fasting and repenting.  There is no fee for the retreat. A light lunch will be served. Confessions will be heard after the retreat. To register, contact the rectory at 732-449-6364 or click here to obtain a form. Once completed the form may be put in the collection basket at Mass or in the door slot at the rectory by Feb. 29.

Mary Queen of the Knights Council, Knights of Columbus, and Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune, will hold a blood drive March 10 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Holy Innocents School, 3455 W. Bangs Ave.

The American Red Cross and the Cardinal Newman Council, Knights of Columbus, Matawan, will sponsor the Thomas Cosentino Memorial Blood Drive March 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in St. Clement Parish, 172 Freneau Ave., Matawan. Appointments are preferred. To register, call 800-RED-Cross or visit redcrossblood.org. sponsor code is Knights of Columbus council 5324.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, will host a Mass with healing prayers March 14 at noon in the church, 1100 Grant Central Ave. Father Joy Chacko, parochial vicar, will be the celebrant. Prayer teams and music (Mark J.L. Mattheiss) from NJ Campus Graduates/Students of Encounter School of Ministry will be in attendance. For information, contact Dawn Rusinko at [email protected].

St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, will host a blood drive March 15 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall, 61 Georgia Rd. The blood drive is sponsored by New Jersey Blood Services. To make an appointment, visit: https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/312659. Donors over age 76 need note from physician.

Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton, will host a Stations of the Cross for Married Couples March 15 at 7 p.m. in the church, 3816 East State St., Ext. The presentation, by the Covenant of Love marriage ministry, https://www.thealexanderhouse.org/covenant-of-love, includes prayers and reflections designed for married couples.

Holy Family Parish, Hazlet, will host a St. Patrick’s Day dinner dance March 16 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the VFW Post 4303, 18 Davern St., Hazlet. Tickets are $35 per person and includes corned beef and cabbage dinner, soda, coffee and dessert and music by a disc jockey. For tickets, contact 732-739-2578 or 732-739-2252.

St. Ann Parish, Browns Mills, will hold a St. Patrick’s Day dinner March 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parish hall, 22 Trenton Rd. Tickets are available for purchase in the parish office or after Mass. Cost is $22 for adults and children over age 12; $8 for children ages 3 to 11 and children under age 3 are free of charge.

Incarnation-St. James St. Joseph’s Society, Ewing, will host a Feast of St. Joseph celebration March 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Stone Terrace, Kuser Rd., Hamilton. Tickets are $65 per adult and $15 per child. Dinner, music and dancing will be included. Deadline for reservations is March 9. Contact 609-306-7185 or [email protected].

Freehold Council, Knights of Columbus, will host The Randy Butters Magic Show March 22 at 8 p.m. in the Columbian Club Ballroom, 70 East Main St., Freehold. Doors open at 7. Admission is $25 if paid in advance or $30 at the door. Cash or check made payable to the Freehold Columbian Club. For reservations, email [email protected].

St. Leo the Great Parish Social Concerns Committee, Lincroft, uses The Butterfly for a Lenten project as a symbol of hope in the Resurrection. In the spirit of fasting and alms, parishioners are asked to take a butterfly envelope from the Sharing Tree and return it with a donation by March 25. Funds will be used to feed those in need in the community. Butterfly envelopes may be returned in the collection box, mailed or dropped off at the parish center, 50 Hurley’s Lane. To make an online donation, visit stleothegraet.com/sharing-tree.

St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, will host a presentation of “The Living Last Supper” March 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts and Athletic Center, 50 Hurleys Lane. Admission is free.

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

St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, holds weekly Bible studies on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Charlie Kiger Conference Room (upstairs in the rectory office.) Participants do not need to make a longterm commitment. For information, call 609-698-8619.

St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, is hosting its second annual pierogi sale. Choices are potato/cheese and/or sauerkraut. Kielbasa rings, cheese babkas as well as nut, poppy seed and cheese rolls will also be available for purchase. Order forms are available at the rector or the welcoming centers in both St. Mary Church and St. Mary of the Pines Church. Pre-orders only. Orders with payment can be dropped off at the rectory. Pickup dates are March 22 and March 24. For information, call 609-815-6969 or 973-647-0716.

Holy Innocents Parish Online Rosary Group, Neptune, meets Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. online or over the phone. For more information, email Kathy.lynch65.gmail.com. The Rosary is also prayed in-person every morning before the 9 a.m. Mass located at 3455 W. Bangs Ave.

St. Rose of Lima Parish Respect Life Committee, Freehold, is sponsoring a collection of baby items during Lent. Collection boxes will be available in both the entrance of the church and chapel. Needed items include disposable diapers and clothing sizes from newborn to age 2 and accessories such as baby bottles, thermometers, clothes, blankets and diaper bags. The items will be distributed as requested and needed. After Lent, the remaining items will be donated to Freehold Birthright.

Hamilton Council, Knights of Columbus, has clothing donation bins located on the campus of St. Gregory the Great Parish, 4620 Nottingham Way. Accepted items including all clothing, shoes, sneakers, textiles, linens, bedding and handbags. Items should be in decent, reusable condition and securely bagged. No toys or household items.

Persons wishing to donate items such as strollers, car seats, highchairs or cribs are asked to be sure they are modern and fully functioning. Such items are not to be brought to the parish; donors are asked to contact a committee member who will inspect the items to ensure their safety. Contact Jim Meyer, 973-583-0245; Estela Valladares, 732-900-2624; Lillian Eagan, 732-431-4366.

The Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley is hosting a Lenten food drive to benefit Mount Carmel Guild, an inner-city Trenton diocesan outreach that assists people in need. Needed items include peanut butter, jelly, cereal, canned tuna, macaroni and cheese, shelf-stable milk, canned vegetables, tea/coffee and rice. Bring donations to the foyer of St. George Church, 13270 River Rd., Titusville. For information, email [email protected].

The Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley will host an Easter basket drive for children ages 2-12 who are affiliated with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, and Mount Carmel Guild, an inner-city Trenton, diocesan outreach March 2-10. Decorated baskets filled with candy, coloring books and toys should be dropped off at one of the community’s three worship sites: St. James, 115 E. Delaware Ave., Pennington; St. George, 1370 River Rd., Titusville; St. Alphonsus, 54 E. Prospect St., Hopewell. For information, call 908-310-8797 or email [email protected].

St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, is hosting an Easter Giving Baskets project. The weekends of March 2-3 and March 9-10, tagged Easter eggs are in the vestibules of both churches – St. Paul and All Saints, both Burlington – that list the baby items that are needed that will be given to First Way, an outreach to assist pregnant women and their babies. Donations may be brought to either church the weekend of March 16-17. Items needed include baby food, baby wash, lotion, diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6, Similac or Enfamil formula, wash cloths and towels, shampoo, baby toiletry/medical kits, pacifiers, sippy cups, baby sleepers sizes 0-6 and toddler meals.

St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, is hosting its annual parish diaper drive from March 2-10. Donations can be dropped off in Petri Hall, 186 Gordons Corner Rd. Diapers of all sizes are accepted but there’s a great need for sizes 4-7 as well as pull-ups for boys and girls and wipes. Target gift cards and monetary donations are accepted. Make check payable to Diaper Bank, c/o St. Thomas More Church, 186 Gordons Corner Rd., Manalapan, NJ 07726.  All funds collected will be used to purchase diapers and wipes.

Epiphany Parish Altar-Rosary Society, Brick, is hosting its annual baby shower for mothers in crisis. All donations will benefit The Sisters of Life. Only new items will be accepted. No furniture donations. Donations can be dropped off in the commons area until March 20.

St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel, will host a Lenten mission, “Robed In Mercy: The Incredible Gift of Lent” March 4-6 at 7 p.m. in the church at 560 Walton Ave. Presenter is Sister Kathryn James Hermes, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul and best-selling author, spiritual guide and speaker. The schedule will include the mission only on March 4; Mass will be celebrated March 5-6.

The Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley will host a small group Lenten study program on “Who Am I To Judge?” Participants will explore morality and establishing it as a way of life. Sessions will be held in St. James Church 115 E. Delaware Ave., Pennington March 4, 11 and 18 in the morning from 10-11:30 a.m. and in the evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Matthew/Mark Room St. Alphonsus Church, 54 E. Prospect St., Hopewell, will host sessions on Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish hall. St. George Church, 1370 River Rd., Titusville, will host sessions on Tuesdays, March 5, 12 and 19 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the cry room.

St. Leo the Great Parish, 50 Hurleys Lane, Lincroft, will host a 12-week support group for separated and divorced persons beginning March 7. Sessions will be held from 7-8:30 p.m.in the parish center meeting room. To register or for more information, email [email protected]. More information about the program visit https://www.mylifechangecoach.com/divorceministry.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Council, Knights of Columbus, Marlton, is hosting a Lenten Friday Fish Bake dinner March 15 in St. Isaac Jogues Parish Hall, 349 Evesboro-Medford Rd. Sit down and take-out orders are from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Orders will be taken after all weekend Masses Feb. 24-25; March 2-3 and 9-10. Orders will not be taken at the door. For orders and menu selections  contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host an in-person silent directed retreat weekend March 15 starting at 7 p.m. to March 17 at 1 p.m. Liturgy, spiritual direction and optional contemplative prayer periods are included. Donation is $175 with a $75 non-refundable deposit with registration. 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.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown will host an in-person Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph March 19 at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will follow the Mass.

St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House, 400 Route 35 North, South Mantoloking, will celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with a Mass March 19 at 11 a.m. Attendees are asked to register by March 15 since seating is limited to 40 people. Refreshments and blessed bread will be available after the Mass. For more information, visit sjbsea.org.

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.

Holy Family Parish, Hazlet, will host a Lenten Mission, “A Biblical Walk Through The Mass” every Friday from Feb. 23 to March 22 in the church, 727 Highway 36, at 6:15 p.m. Stations of the Cross will be prayed after the presentations.

St. Junipero Serra Parish, Seaside Park, will host an adult faith formation offering, “Why the Cross” Feb. 26, March 4, March 11 and March 18 in the hall of St. Catharine of Siena Church, 50 E St, Seaside Park. Presenter will be Conventual Franciscan Father Michael Lorentsen, pastor. The series will focus on the mystery of the Cross in the biblical tradition and the Christian tradition and seeks to help participants better understand Christ’s redemptive work. To attend any or all sessions, contact the parish office by phone, 732-793-0041or email [email protected].

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].

St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish Spirituality Committee, Spring Lake, will host a four-part Lenten lecture series. The schedule is as follows, Feb. 28, 6 p.m., “How to Read the Bible in the 21st Century,” Mercy Sister Judith Schubert; March 6, 6 p.m., “Journey to the Cave of Your Heart,” Mercy Sister Carole MacKenthun; March 13, 6 p.m., “The Destructive Power of Negative Thinking,” Divine Word Father Martin Padovani, and March 20, 6 p.m., “The Kingdom is Here,” Father Damian McElroy. Sessions will be held in St. Catharine Church 215 Essex Ave. All lectures will be livestreamed at SCSMSL.org.

St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor, will host a Lenten Fish Fry March 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost for dinners is $15 for adults and fish sticks dinners for children are $5. Eat in or take out is available. Following dinner, Evening Prayer with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Stations of the Cross will be prayed in church at 450 Radio Rd.

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. 10th St., Surf City, N.J. 08008.

Hamilton Council, Knights of Columbus, will accept donations of ham and turkey for the Easter basket delivery on March 2 through March 23 between 9 and 11 a.m. the donations may be dropped off outside at the Knights’ tent in the shopping carts.

The Knights are also hosting a “40 Cans for Lent” campaign. Council members request one can of food for each day of Lent. The collection runs through March 30. Non-perishable food may be dropped off at any time in the bin located in the church gathering space or at the Knights tent located in the church parking lot March 30 between 9 and 11 a.m.

St. Gabriel Youth Group, Marlboro, will conduct a diaper drive to benefit Child Care Resources of Neptune March 2 to March 10. Diapers of all sizes, including pull-ups, will be collected as well as wipes. Donations may be brought to the church during weekend Mass, religious education class or to the parish center during regular working hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Gregory the Great Academy, Hamilton Square, will host a spring craft show March 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parish center, 4680 Nottingham Way. Wall art, coasters, candles, soaps, handmade items, jewelry will be among the items available for purchase as well as baked goods and food trucks. Proceeds will benefit the students.

Notre Dame High School, 601 Lawrenceville Rd., Lawrenceville, will host the musical “Grease” March 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.  and a March 3 matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 seniors (65+), $10 for students and children. To purchase tickets, click here.

Hamilton Council, Knights of Columbus, will be collecting ham and turkey donations for the Easter basket delivery on Saturdays, from March 2 through March 23 between 9 and 11 a.m. Donations may be brought to the Knights’ tent on the campus of St. Gregory the Great Parish, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square

St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, is collecting baby items for First Way. Easter baskets with eggs containing tags listing the needed baby items are placed in the back of both churches, -- St. Paul and All Saints. The eggs will be available for pick up  the weekends of March 2-3 and March 9-10. Items may be brought to church the weekend of March 16-17. Requested items include baby food, baby wash, baby lotion, wipes, diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6, Similac or Enfamil formula, wash cloths and towels, shampoo and baby toiletry/medical kits, pacifiers, sippy cups, baby sleepers sizes 0-6 and toddler meals.

St. Justin the Martyr Parish, Toms River, will hold a St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s celebration March 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets, at $30 for adults; $15 for children ages 13-17, and children 12 and under are admitted free, are available after all weekend Masses during February and in the parish office Monday-Thursday. Proceeds will benefit the parish’s St. Vincent de Paul conference.

St. Dominic Parish, Brick, will host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration March 3 at 2 p.m. in the parish center, 250 Old Squan Rd. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12. No charge for children ages 5 and under. Tickets, which can be purchased at the rectory, include concert admission and Irish food menu. Additional refreshments and beverages will be available for purchase. For information, call 732-840-1410.

Bordentown Council, Knights of Columbus, and the Altar-Rosary Society of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Bordentown, will sponsor a Lenten Holy Hour with an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation March 4 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary Church, 45 Crosswicks St.

Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton, will host a Eucharistic parish mission, “With Burning Desire,” March 4-6 each evening at 7 p.m. in the church, 103 4th St. Preacher is Franciscan Friar of the Renewal Father Herald J. Brock. Topics are “I Am With You,” “The Lamb Who Was Slain” and “Food For The Journey.” Along with the presentations, the mission will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and prayer experiences. For information, call 856-829-0900 or shcriverton.org.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host an in-person and online retreat, “Good Old-Fashioned Letter Writing” March 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The retreat will begin with participants praying over St. Pau’s letter to the Philippians. Then participants will then be asked to write a letter to someone they know. Presenter is Sister of St. Joseph Marcy Springer, Francis House director. In-person registration is $25 or $20 for online. To register, call 609-877-0509; email [email protected]; visit fhop.org.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host an in-person/online retreat “Revitalize Lent: God’s Call to Use Your Potential” March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Presenter Father William Lago, pastor of St. Denis Parish, Manasquan, will use concepts from the author David Goggin’s book “Can’t Hurt Me”. Participants are asked to bring a journal. In-person fee is $35 and includes lunch or $25 for online participation. To register, call 609-877-0509; email [email protected]; visit fhop.org.

St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, will present St. John the Apostle’s Gospel Bible Study March 5 to April 30. Sessions will meet on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the meeting room, 300 Lacey Rd. The DVD series will be presented by biblical scholar Timothy Gray and a group of college students involved in FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). Participants should bring a Bible and notebook. Seating is limited. To register, call 609-693-5107.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host an in-person and online retreat, “A Simple Life-Changing Prayer,” March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will focus on the Examen, a daily prayer practice that’s designed to help participants recognize God’s presence in their daily lives. Presenter is Sister of St. Joseph Marcy Springer, Francis House director. In-person fee is $35 and includes lunch and book or $20 for online participation. To register, call 609-877-0509; email [email protected]; visit fhop.org

St Leo the Great Religious Store Ministry and Ignite Youth Group, Lincroft, will host a Lenten book club March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Using Matthew Kelly’s “The Rocking Chair Prophet,” the club will breakdown the concepts of suffering and renewal. For online registration, visit stleothegreat.com/book-club.

Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Rd., Allentown, will host a personal retreat day March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The day will offer time for silence, personal prayer and optional spiritual direction. Fee is $10 or $40 with spiritual direction. Participants should bring a bag lunch. To register, call 609-877-0509; email [email protected]; visit fhop.org.

Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune, has scheduled its spring Bible Study on The Prophets. Sessions will meet March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15 and, if needed, May 22. No session on May 27. Participants are to purchase materials directly from Ascension Press at https://ascensionpress.com/collections/prophets-messengers-of-gods-mercy. The hard copy of The Prophets workbook is $27.95. In addition, the online access option is $6.95 that includes the digital workbook and the weekly video to review at home. Persons in need of assistance with registration can contact Kim DiBiase at [email protected]. Otherwise registration forms may be found online by clicking here. Once forms are completed, they must be submitted t the parish office or given directly to Kim DiBiase.

St. Leo the Great Healing Ministry to the Divorced and Separated, Lincroft, will host a 12-week program, “Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing For the Catholic Family” from March 7 to May 23. Sessions will meet on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish center, 50 Hurley’s Lane. No meeting will be held on Holy Thursday, March 28. To register, email [email protected]. For more information, go to mylifechangecoach.com/divorceministry.

Freehold Council,  Knights of Columbus, will host “Dueling Pianos” March 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Columbian Club Ballroom, 70 East Main St. Tickets are $15 per person. Seating is individual or table seating for groups of 8 to 10 people per table. Call 732-995-2880 or 732-740-3352.

Villa Victoria Academy, West Trenton, will present the musical, “The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson Musical” March 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and March 10 at 2 p.m. in the school theater, 376 W. Upper Ferry Rd. Tickets are $16 per person and are available at https://showtix4u.com/event-details/79548. More information is available at villavictoria.org. Special performances for school groups has been scheduled for March 6. For more information, call 609-882-1700, ext. 429.

Incarnation-St. James Altar Rosary Society, Ewing, will host its annual “Spirtuali-TEA” March 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the auditorium, 1545 Pennington Rd. Speaker Filippini Sister Lesley Draper, principal of Villa Victoria Academy, West Trenton, will present “Mary: Faithful Servant of the Word.” Participants are asked to bring a small finger food plate to share.  Reservations must be made by March 1. Call 609-883-6481 or 609-883-1865.

St. Mark Parish, Sea Girt, will host a Lenten retreat March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church, 215 Crescent Parkway. Theme is “What Does It Mean to be The Beloved?” and will be presented by Mercy Sister Maureen Christensen, former co-director of The Upper Room Spiritual Center, Neptune. She is a certified spiritual director, retreat director and educator. The retreat will focus on the reading of the Prophet Joel about fasting and repenting.  There is no fee for the retreat. A light lunch will be served. Confessions will be heard after the retreat. To register, contact the rectory at 732-449-6364 or click here to obtain a form. Once completed the form may be put in the collection basket at Mass or in the door slot at the rectory by Feb. 29.

Mary Queen of the Knights Council, Knights of Columbus, and Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune, will hold a blood drive March 10 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Holy Innocents School, 3455 W. Bangs Ave.

The American Red Cross and the Cardinal Newman Council, Knights of Columbus, Matawan, will sponsor the Thomas Cosentino Memorial Blood Drive March 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in St. Clement Parish, 172 Freneau Ave., Matawan. Appointments are preferred. To register, call 800-RED-Cross or visit redcrossblood.org. sponsor code is Knights of Columbus council 5324.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, will host a Mass with healing prayers March 14 at noon in the church, 1100 Grant Central Ave. Father Joy Chacko, parochial vicar, will be the celebrant. Prayer teams and music (Mark J.L. Mattheiss) from NJ Campus Graduates/Students of Encounter School of Ministry will be in attendance. For information, contact Dawn Rusinko at [email protected].

St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, will host a blood drive March 15 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall, 61 Georgia Rd. The blood drive is sponsored by New Jersey Blood Services. To make an appointment, visit: https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/312659. Donors over age 76 need note from physician.

Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton, will host a Stations of the Cross for Married Couples March 15 at 7 p.m. in the church, 3816 East State St., Ext. The presentation, by the Covenant of Love marriage ministry, https://www.thealexanderhouse.org/covenant-of-love, includes prayers and reflections designed for married couples.

Holy Family Parish, Hazlet, will host a St. Patrick’s Day dinner dance March 16 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the VFW Post 4303, 18 Davern St., Hazlet. Tickets are $35 per person and includes corned beef and cabbage dinner, soda, coffee and dessert and music by a disc jockey. For tickets, contact 732-739-2578 or 732-739-2252.

St. Ann Parish, Browns Mills, will hold a St. Patrick’s Day dinner March 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parish hall, 22 Trenton Rd. Tickets are available for purchase in the parish office or after Mass. Cost is $22 for adults and children over age 12; $8 for children ages 3 to 11 and children under age 3 are free of charge.

Incarnation-St. James St. Joseph’s Society, Ewing, will host a Feast of St. Joseph celebration March 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Stone Terrace, Kuser Rd., Hamilton. Tickets are $65 per adult and $15 per child. Dinner, music and dancing will be included. Deadline for reservations is March 9. Contact 609-306-7185 or [email protected].

Freehold Council, Knights of Columbus, will host The Randy Butters Magic Show March 22 at 8 p.m. in the Columbian Club Ballroom, 70 East Main St., Freehold. Doors open at 7. Admission is $25 if paid in advance or $30 at the door. Cash or check made payable to the Freehold Columbian Club. For reservations, email [email protected].

St. Leo the Great Parish Social Concerns Committee, Lincroft, uses The Butterfly for a Lenten project as a symbol of hope in the Resurrection. In the spirit of fasting and alms, parishioners are asked to take a butterfly envelope from the Sharing Tree and return it with a donation by March 25. Funds will be used to feed those in need in the community. Butterfly envelopes may be returned in the collection box, mailed or dropped off at the parish center, 50 Hurley’s Lane. To make an online donation, visit stleothegraet.com/sharing-tree.

St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, will host a presentation of “The Living Last Supper” March 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts and Athletic Center, 50 Hurleys Lane. Admission is free.

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