|November 18, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The second World Day of the Poor is observed today the 33rd
Sunday in Ordinary Time. In his apostolic letter to close the
Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has set aside one Sunday of the
Year to reflect on how poverty is at the heart of the Gospel. In
this year’s World Day of the Poor message, the Holy Father
reflects on Psalm 34:7, “this poor man cried and the Lord
heard him.” The Pope challenges us to use the World Day of
the Poor as an opportunity to make an examination of conscience
and consider whether we truly hear the cry of the poor.
This Tuesday, November 20th, our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving
Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Days Saints on Dunhams Corner Road at 7:30pm. All
are invited to attend this traditional Thanksgiving Service.
Thursday, November 22nd, is Thanksgiving Day. Mass will be
celebrated at 9am in the Church. Let us together ask the
Lord’s Blessings on our nation. Give thanks unto the Lord.
Happy Thanksgiving Day.
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Attention Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Readers
The December schedules are available and 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
Save the Date! The Role of the Laity in These Times
Thursday, December 6, 2018
7:00-9:00pm at St. Bartholomew Church
Presenter: Zeni Fox, PhD, has lived her life as a lay woman: daughter, sister, niece, aunt, friend, colleague and now great-aunt. She has served in ministry in a Catholic school, a parish, a diocesan office, an entrepreneurial training center, and on the faculty of Fordham and at Immaculate Conception Seminary as a professor and the Director of Lay Ministry. New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church explored this new phenomenon, from both a theological and sociological perspective; Called and Chosen: Toward a Spirituality for Lay Leaders, edited with Sr. Regina Bechtle, provides a handbook for those in Catholic institutional ministries. She presently offers spiritual direction, serves as a member of the Sponsor for Ascension, the largest Catholic health care system, serves on various committees, and lectures occasionally.
Dr. Fox will lead us to vision our role as laity in these times.
September 30, 2018
Youth Group Talent Show
Parish Office Hours
Mon - Thur:
9:00am-12 Noon *
* The Parish Office will be closed for Thanksgiving from 12 noon on Wednesday November 21 through Friday November 23. We will reopen on Monday November 26 at 9:00am.
For our Brothers and Sisters
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.