|December 9, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In December 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared three
times to Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian, requesting that a Church
be built on Tepeyac Hill, near Mexico City. Unable to convince
the Bishop , and busy caring for his sick uncle, Juan
missed a fourth meeting. Mary intercepted him the next day:
“Am I not here, I am your Mother?” “Are you not under my
Protection?” Our Lady then instructed Juan Diego to gather
roses for the Bishop and she placed them in his cloak. When
Juan Diego went to the Bishop and opened his cloak, the roses
tumbled out revealing the miraculous image of Our Lady. To
Juan Diego’s uncle the Virgin also appeared, healing him, and
revealing herself as “Holy Mary of Guadalupe.”
This Wednesday December 12th is the feast day of Our Lady
of Guadalupe. It marks the beginning of a year of preparation
for our Diocese. Next December the Diocese of Metuchen
will be formally consecrated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. This
Wednesday, Bishop Checchio will celebrate Evening Prayer at
the Cathedral of Saint Francis in Metuchen in honor of Our
Lady of Guadalupe and announce the year of preparation as a
Marian Year of prayer and catechesis. Evening Prayer will be
celebrated at 7:30pm at the Cathedral and all are invited to
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
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Attention Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Readers
The December 2018 and January 2019 schedules are available on your respective Ministry pages:
• Altar Servers
• Eucharistic Ministers
Lighting a fire in the heart of our world
This Pastoral Letter is a reflection on my pastoral visits to all 90 parishes within our diocese as well as visits to many Catholic schools, institutions and varied ministries and ethnic groups since I became your Shepherd last May. Based on my many conversations with clergy, religious and lay faithful during these months, it shares with you the priorities that emerged and which call for our attention as we go forward in this local Church of Metuchen. It is my hope and prayer that this Pastoral Letter will inspire you through the grace of the Holy Spirit to become kindling so together we can “set a fire in the heart of our world,” allowing God’s love and power to burn more brightly here in Central New Jersey. I look forward to further conversations and planning with you.
Read the full Pastoral Letter...
St. Bartholomew Church in East Brunswick Hosted Listening Session
On Monday October 22, the parish of St. Bartholomew in East Brunswick hosted a listening session on the current sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The session was facilitated by Sister Margaret Conlon, Sister of Charity. Sister Conlon has ministered to high school students and families, as a teacher and counselor, in Jersey City for over 20 years. For the last 27 years she has ministered as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Emmaus House, a holistic center for women religious, in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Sister Conlon has facilitated programs for suicide prevention for youth as well as groups and retreats for adult women in recovery.
The session began with a history of the crisis and the Church’s response before breaking into small groups to consider four questions. All were encouraged and welcomed to attend. A follow up report from the session will be delivered to the Most Reverend James Francis Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen.
- NEW: Save the Date for Follow-up Session: The Role of the Laity in These Times on December 6, 2018
- NEW: Listening Session Report from October 22, 2018
- Metuchen Bishop's Statement on Cardinal Mccarrick - June 20, 2018
- Statement of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Regarding the Archdiocese of New York's Announcement of a Credible and Substantiated Allegation of the Abuse of a Minor by Cardinal Theodore Mccarrick - June 20, 2018
- Letter from Bishop Checchio on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report - August 17, 2018
- Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God - August 20, 2018
- VIDEO - Newark Archdiocese "Behold the Wood of the Cross" - September 14, 2018
- US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Authority - September 19, 2018
Evening Prayer for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
7:30pm at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi,
548 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ
11:00am–12:00 Noon & 3:30pm—4:30pm
Knights of Columbus Wreaths Across America
Knights of Columbus Corporate Communion
St. Vincent de Paul Fool Drive
Donations will be gratefully accepted in the Narthex of the Church before and after all Masses.
is in need of the following items: apple juice, fruit juice, toilet paper, dish detergent,
pancake syrup, pancake mix, deodorant,
pudding snacks, coffee, cereal, paper
towels, pasta sauce, jam/jelly, cake mix &
icing, toothpaste, pampers (all sizes) tea,
oatmeal (Reg & Instant), tissues, canned
pasta, tuna and toothbrushes.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
September 30, 2018
Youth Group Talent Show
New 2018 Christmas Mass Schedule
December 24 Christmas Eve:
4:00pm, 6:00pm and
December 25 Christmas Day: 8:00am, 10:00am and
Parish Office Hours
Mon - Thur:
* Parish Office will be closed Monday through Wednesday December 24-26, 2018 for Christmas and Monday through Tuesday December 31, 2018-January 1, 2019 for New Years.
For our Brothers and Sisters
& Katie Tricarico
James York &
Having trouble hearing in Church?
Hearing Assistance Devices are available in the rear of the Church.
The devices cannot be used outside the Church, as they are connected
to our Church public address system.
The hearing devices are used by many at daily
and Sunday Masses and other Liturgical Celebrations.
PLEASE be sure to return them to the box at the
back of the Church and also be certain to turn the
switch OFF before placing them back into the box.