In Local News as of May 27, 2024

May 27, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.


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

Burlington County

Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton, will host an American Red Cross blood drive May 30 from noon to 5 p.m. in a classroom in the parish family center. For an appointment, call 800-733-3767 and use sponsor code: Sacred Heart Church.

St. Ann Parish, Browns Mills, will host an American Red Cross blood drive May 30 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the meeting room, 22 Trenton Rd.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Council, Knights of Columbus, Marlton, will hold a car show June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of St. Isaac Jogues Church, 349 Evesboro-Medford Rd., Marlton. Car registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. Fee is $15 with advanced registration or $20 the day of the show. All car makes and models welcome. Trophies will be awarded. Proceeds support The Coffee Platooon charity serving veterans and the KofC Send a Hero Home for the Holidays.

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. Mary of the Lakes Council, Knights of Columbus, Medford, will host an American Red Cross blood drive June 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in Emmaus Center, 40 Jackson Rd. Appointments are preferred. Call 800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and use code 6520.

St. Mary of the Lakes Council, Knights of Columbus, Medford, will hold a Charity Golf Tournament June 24 at the Medford Lakes Country Club. Registration begins at 9:30 to noon with golf starting at noon. Dinner will begin at 5:15 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul conference in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish; Family Promise of Burlington County and First Way of Burlington County. More information may be found in the parish bulletin by clicking here .

Mercer County

Ewing Council, Knights of Columbus, will host “Knight Out for Charity” May 29 at the Firkin Tavern, 1400 Parkway Ave., Ewing, from 5 to 10 p.m. Firkin’s will donate 10 precent of the cost of the food purchased that evening (dine-in or takeout) to benefit the Ewing Knights charitable works.

Lawrence Council, Knights of Columbus, Lawrenceville, is hosting a shoe drive during the month of May. A drop-off box is located in the entrance of the Faith Development Center of St Ann Parish, 1253 Lawrence Rd. The council will host an American Red Cross blood drive June 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Hamilton, will host a “Flags for Veterans” oldies dance June 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1451 Klockner Rd., Hamilton. Cost is $40 per person and includes buffet dinner, complimentary beverages, and music. Seating is limited; a portion of the proceeds will benefit veterans organizations. For tickets, call 609-584-1742.


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. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, will host the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina June 15-16. On June 15, veneration will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Mass at 4 p.m. The following day, veneration will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The visit of the relics is sponsored by the Saint Pio Foundation. For additional information, call 609-448-0141 or email [email protected].

St. David the King Columbiettes, Princeton Junction, will host a tea party with sandwiches, desserts, teas and musical entertainment June 8 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, 1 New Village Rd. For reservations, call 609-520-0114 or 609-977-2157.

The Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley will host a six-week support group for persons grieving the loss of a loved one beginning May 30. The group is led by volunteer, trained facilitators from the parish. space is limited to eight participants per group and pre-registration is required. Persons who are not members of the parish are invited to participate. For more information, email [email protected] or call 609-902-2022. All calls are confidential.

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.

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, Allentown, will offer a personal retreat day June 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fee is $10 or $40 with spiritual direction. Participants should bring a lunch. To register, visit FHOP.org or call 609-877-0509.

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.

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 Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish, Atlantic Highlands, will collect monetary donations for Madonna House, Neptune, which serves women who chose to give life to their children but live at or below poverty level. The collection will take place the weekend of June 1-2.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish Book Club, Atlantic Highlands, will meet June 4 at 7 p.m. in the Pastor’s Room located in the basement of St. Agnes Church. The club is reading “Five Loaves and Two Fishes” by Cardinal Van Thuan. Participants are asked to enter the church through the side door closest to Center Ave.

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. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro, welcomes all to pray the Patriotic Rosary every Wednesday night, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the church hall. Intentions are offered for the nation and all who serve on national and state levels as well as those in the military, both active and veterans, law enforcement officials and first responders.

St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, will hold its annual Forty Hours devotion May 30-June 1. On May 30, Mass the opening Mass will be celebrated at 7 a.m. with a Traditional Latin Mass and outdoor procession. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins after Mass and continues throughout the night. On May 31, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues  throughout the day and night. On June 1, Adoration will take place from Midnight to 1 p.m. at which time the Closing Mass will be celebrated in Ordinary Form. The parish is located at 1282 Yardville-Allentown Rd.

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 miniter, email [email protected] or call 732-747-5466, Option 2.

St. Leo the Great Social Concerns Committee, Lincroft, is hosting “Undee Sunday” the weekend of June 8-9. The ministry is collecting new underwear, t-shirts and socks for needy members of the community. Adult and children sizes are needed. Donations will be given to Calico Cat, Middletown and The Center, Asbury Park. Donations may be placed in the bins located in the church.

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. Mary Parihs, Middletown, will host a “Building a Culture of Life in NJ” day June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in St. Mary, Mother of God Church, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Rd. Topics include: “New Jersey after Roe;” “Graciously Answering Pro-Abortion Rhetoric;” “Post Abortion Healing/Reaching Hispanics;” “Church Activation Projects;” “Attacks on Pregnancy Resource Centers;” “Lawsuits Against the State of NJ over Abortion Bill;” “Legal Status of Joan Bell and Other Pro-Life Heroes.” Confirmed speakers include: Holly Wright, LIFENET trainer; Christine Flaherty, LIFENET director; Teresa Martinez, founder, Rama de Maria; Shawn Hyland, director of Advocacy, NJ Family Policy Center; Barbara and Bill Eames, Working Together for NJ Coalition; Chris Bell, from Good Counsel Homes. Pre-registration is required. Visit lifeneteducation.org/life. For more information, call 973-497-4520 or email [email protected].

St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, will host a parish mission, “Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening,” June 1-4 at 7 p.m. Morning sessions will be held at the 9 a.m. Mass. Presenter will be Redemptorist Father Kevin McDonald, who is currently assigned to San Alfonso Retreat House, West End.

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].

St. Veronica Parish, Howell, will host an eight-week Scripture study, “Genesis – Seven Life-Changing Encounter with the God of New Beginnings. Meetings dates will be June 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13 and 20 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for the book. To register, email [email protected] or call 732-363-4200, ext. 247. Deadline to register is June 10.

Ocean County

Annunciation Council, Knights of Columbus, will host a Trivia Night May 31 in St. Mary Parish Center, Barnegat. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 7. The trivia will be played among teams of 4 to 6 players. Admission is $20 per person and food will be available for purchase. To secure a spot, visit ticketor.com/kofc3826.

Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will host a guided retreat, “Images of God in Sky, Sea and Sand” June 16-22. Presenter Sister of Charity Ellen Dauer will assist participants in focusing on an element of creation, water, wind, sun, clouds, sand, etc. through poetry and photography. A preached retreat, “The Gift of Aging Contemplatively” will be held June 23-June 29. Presenters are Rev. Jack Rathschmidt and Gaynell Cronin. For more information or to register, visit marisstella.org or call 609-494-1182 or [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 Food Pantry, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Island, will host a Summer Solstice Craft Show June 15 from 9:30a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 host its “Annual Garden Party By The Sea” fashion show June 19 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  at the Barret Island Estate. Tickets go on sale at the parish office front desk May 1. Cost is $60.

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. Joseph Parish Altar-Rosary Society, Toms River, in collaboration with Altar-Rosary Societies from other Ocean County parishes, will host a virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes, France June 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the church located at 685 Hooper Ave. During the two-hour guided tour presented by North American Lourdes Volunteers, participants will reflect on the experience of the Blessed Mother’s appearance to St. Bernadette. They will also receive a Eucharistic blessing and pray a candlelight Rosary. A plenary indulgence will be granted to attendees. There is no admission fee but a free-will offering will be collected. For information, contact the parish office at 732-349-0018, ext. 2223.

St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi June 1 with Adoration and a procession on the parish grounds from 3 to 4:45 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place in church.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Toms River, and Christ the King Mausoleum, Toms River, will host a mausoleum open house June 3-6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A 10 percent discount will be given for purchases of crypts or niches if paid in full. Appointments are required. Call 732-914-0300.

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. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, will serve as the site of a Healing Mass June 13 at 7 p.m. in the church, 103 Grant Ave. Father Joseph Hlubik, pastor, will be principal celebrant. Music will be provided by Mark J.L. Mattheiss from NJ Campus Graduates/Students of Encounter School of Ministry. Prayer teams will be available. Contact [email protected] for more information.

St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor, will hold a blessing and dedication of the columbarium that is located outside the church June 9 following the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Persons wishing to purchase a niche should contact the parish office at 609-296-2504.

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

Burlington County

Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton, will host an American Red Cross blood drive May 30 from noon to 5 p.m. in a classroom in the parish family center. For an appointment, call 800-733-3767 and use sponsor code: Sacred Heart Church.

St. Ann Parish, Browns Mills, will host an American Red Cross blood drive May 30 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the meeting room, 22 Trenton Rd.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Council, Knights of Columbus, Marlton, will hold a car show June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of St. Isaac Jogues Church, 349 Evesboro-Medford Rd., Marlton. Car registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. Fee is $15 with advanced registration or $20 the day of the show. All car makes and models welcome. Trophies will be awarded. Proceeds support The Coffee Platooon charity serving veterans and the KofC Send a Hero Home for the Holidays.

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. Mary of the Lakes Council, Knights of Columbus, Medford, will host an American Red Cross blood drive June 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in Emmaus Center, 40 Jackson Rd. Appointments are preferred. Call 800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and use code 6520.

St. Mary of the Lakes Council, Knights of Columbus, Medford, will hold a Charity Golf Tournament June 24 at the Medford Lakes Country Club. Registration begins at 9:30 to noon with golf starting at noon. Dinner will begin at 5:15 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul conference in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish; Family Promise of Burlington County and First Way of Burlington County. More information may be found in the parish bulletin by clicking here .

Mercer County

Ewing Council, Knights of Columbus, will host “Knight Out for Charity” May 29 at the Firkin Tavern, 1400 Parkway Ave., Ewing, from 5 to 10 p.m. Firkin’s will donate 10 precent of the cost of the food purchased that evening (dine-in or takeout) to benefit the Ewing Knights charitable works.

Lawrence Council, Knights of Columbus, Lawrenceville, is hosting a shoe drive during the month of May. A drop-off box is located in the entrance of the Faith Development Center of St Ann Parish, 1253 Lawrence Rd. The council will host an American Red Cross blood drive June 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Hamilton, will host a “Flags for Veterans” oldies dance June 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1451 Klockner Rd., Hamilton. Cost is $40 per person and includes buffet dinner, complimentary beverages, and music. Seating is limited; a portion of the proceeds will benefit veterans organizations. For tickets, call 609-584-1742.


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. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, will host the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina June 15-16. On June 15, veneration will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Mass at 4 p.m. The following day, veneration will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The visit of the relics is sponsored by the Saint Pio Foundation. For additional information, call 609-448-0141 or email [email protected].

St. David the King Columbiettes, Princeton Junction, will host a tea party with sandwiches, desserts, teas and musical entertainment June 8 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, 1 New Village Rd. For reservations, call 609-520-0114 or 609-977-2157.

The Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley will host a six-week support group for persons grieving the loss of a loved one beginning May 30. The group is led by volunteer, trained facilitators from the parish. space is limited to eight participants per group and pre-registration is required. Persons who are not members of the parish are invited to participate. For more information, email [email protected] or call 609-902-2022. All calls are confidential.

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.

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, Allentown, will offer a personal retreat day June 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fee is $10 or $40 with spiritual direction. Participants should bring a lunch. To register, visit FHOP.org or call 609-877-0509.

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.

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 Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish, Atlantic Highlands, will collect monetary donations for Madonna House, Neptune, which serves women who chose to give life to their children but live at or below poverty level. The collection will take place the weekend of June 1-2.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish Book Club, Atlantic Highlands, will meet June 4 at 7 p.m. in the Pastor’s Room located in the basement of St. Agnes Church. The club is reading “Five Loaves and Two Fishes” by Cardinal Van Thuan. Participants are asked to enter the church through the side door closest to Center Ave.

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. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro, welcomes all to pray the Patriotic Rosary every Wednesday night, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the church hall. Intentions are offered for the nation and all who serve on national and state levels as well as those in the military, both active and veterans, law enforcement officials and first responders.

St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, will hold its annual Forty Hours devotion May 30-June 1. On May 30, Mass the opening Mass will be celebrated at 7 a.m. with a Traditional Latin Mass and outdoor procession. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins after Mass and continues throughout the night. On May 31, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues  throughout the day and night. On June 1, Adoration will take place from Midnight to 1 p.m. at which time the Closing Mass will be celebrated in Ordinary Form. The parish is located at 1282 Yardville-Allentown Rd.

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 miniter, email [email protected] or call 732-747-5466, Option 2.

St. Leo the Great Social Concerns Committee, Lincroft, is hosting “Undee Sunday” the weekend of June 8-9. The ministry is collecting new underwear, t-shirts and socks for needy members of the community. Adult and children sizes are needed. Donations will be given to Calico Cat, Middletown and The Center, Asbury Park. Donations may be placed in the bins located in the church.

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. Mary Parihs, Middletown, will host a “Building a Culture of Life in NJ” day June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in St. Mary, Mother of God Church, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Rd. Topics include: “New Jersey after Roe;” “Graciously Answering Pro-Abortion Rhetoric;” “Post Abortion Healing/Reaching Hispanics;” “Church Activation Projects;” “Attacks on Pregnancy Resource Centers;” “Lawsuits Against the State of NJ over Abortion Bill;” “Legal Status of Joan Bell and Other Pro-Life Heroes.” Confirmed speakers include: Holly Wright, LIFENET trainer; Christine Flaherty, LIFENET director; Teresa Martinez, founder, Rama de Maria; Shawn Hyland, director of Advocacy, NJ Family Policy Center; Barbara and Bill Eames, Working Together for NJ Coalition; Chris Bell, from Good Counsel Homes. Pre-registration is required. Visit lifeneteducation.org/life. For more information, call 973-497-4520 or email [email protected].

St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, will host a parish mission, “Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening,” June 1-4 at 7 p.m. Morning sessions will be held at the 9 a.m. Mass. Presenter will be Redemptorist Father Kevin McDonald, who is currently assigned to San Alfonso Retreat House, West End.

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].

St. Veronica Parish, Howell, will host an eight-week Scripture study, “Genesis – Seven Life-Changing Encounter with the God of New Beginnings. Meetings dates will be June 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13 and 20 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for the book. To register, email [email protected] or call 732-363-4200, ext. 247. Deadline to register is June 10.

Ocean County

Annunciation Council, Knights of Columbus, will host a Trivia Night May 31 in St. Mary Parish Center, Barnegat. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 7. The trivia will be played among teams of 4 to 6 players. Admission is $20 per person and food will be available for purchase. To secure a spot, visit ticketor.com/kofc3826.

Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, will host a guided retreat, “Images of God in Sky, Sea and Sand” June 16-22. Presenter Sister of Charity Ellen Dauer will assist participants in focusing on an element of creation, water, wind, sun, clouds, sand, etc. through poetry and photography. A preached retreat, “The Gift of Aging Contemplatively” will be held June 23-June 29. Presenters are Rev. Jack Rathschmidt and Gaynell Cronin. For more information or to register, visit marisstella.org or call 609-494-1182 or [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 Food Pantry, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Island, will host a Summer Solstice Craft Show June 15 from 9:30a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 host its “Annual Garden Party By The Sea” fashion show June 19 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  at the Barret Island Estate. Tickets go on sale at the parish office front desk May 1. Cost is $60.

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. Joseph Parish Altar-Rosary Society, Toms River, in collaboration with Altar-Rosary Societies from other Ocean County parishes, will host a virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes, France June 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the church located at 685 Hooper Ave. During the two-hour guided tour presented by North American Lourdes Volunteers, participants will reflect on the experience of the Blessed Mother’s appearance to St. Bernadette. They will also receive a Eucharistic blessing and pray a candlelight Rosary. A plenary indulgence will be granted to attendees. There is no admission fee but a free-will offering will be collected. For information, contact the parish office at 732-349-0018, ext. 2223.

St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi June 1 with Adoration and a procession on the parish grounds from 3 to 4:45 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place in church.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Toms River, and Christ the King Mausoleum, Toms River, will host a mausoleum open house June 3-6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A 10 percent discount will be given for purchases of crypts or niches if paid in full. Appointments are required. Call 732-914-0300.

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. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, will serve as the site of a Healing Mass June 13 at 7 p.m. in the church, 103 Grant Ave. Father Joseph Hlubik, pastor, will be principal celebrant. Music will be provided by Mark J.L. Mattheiss from NJ Campus Graduates/Students of Encounter School of Ministry. Prayer teams will be available. Contact [email protected] for more information.

St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor, will hold a blessing and dedication of the columbarium that is located outside the church June 9 following the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Persons wishing to purchase a niche should contact the parish office at 609-296-2504.

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

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