One-day, 9 mile
“The Way of St. Juan Diego”
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Registration deadline is September 13th
In preparation for the Consecration of the Diocese of
Metuchen to Our Lady of Guadalupe, all youth,
families and people of faith are invited to participate
in a Walking Pilgrimage on Saturday, September
21st from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The walk will
begin and end at Immaculate Conception Parish,
316 Old Allerton Road, Annandale. Mass will be
celebrated by Bishop James F. Checchio. The cost
is $20 by August 30th or $25 thereafter. The walk
will take place rain or shine. Registration is required.
For details or to register, visit the Lighting Hearts on Fire website.
Further Questions please contact
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Silver & Gold Wedding
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00pm
at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi
You are cordially invited to celebrate your 25th
or 50th Wedding Anniversary with the Church
of Metuchen and renew your marriage vows
with Bishop James F. Checchio at a special
Evening Prayer Service at the Cathedral of
St. Francis of Assisi in Metuchen on Sunday,
October 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Registration is
required. Please register online at:
diometuchen.org/silver-and-gold. If you are
unable to access, please contact your parish
secretary or the Family Life Office at 732-562-
1543 or email@example.com. Registration
will close on October 11, 2019. Although
no fee is required, in the past many
Jubilarian couples have given a donation of
gratitude to the Church in memory of this
special occasion. Donations of Gratitude may
be made online or calling 732-562-1543.
Bishop’s Pastoral Letter
February 13, 2019 from the Office of the Bishop
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This week the Diocese of Metuchen joined with the four other Roman Catholic dioceses of New Jersey, in keeping our commitment made in November 2018, to release the names of those clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The list can be found on our diocesan website: https://diometuchen.org/clergy-abuse-resources.
A cleric's name is included on the list if they meet at least one of the following criteria: The accused admitted guilt; there has been a determination of guilt in a criminal court, civil court or by an ecclesiastical process; or the Metuchen Diocesan Review Board found the allegation(s) to be credible. A Diocesan Review Board is made up of primarily lay persons, experts in their respective fields, and tasked with reviewing the accusations for credibility.
Continue reading the letter from the Bishop.
2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Help Build a Civilization of Love
To date, 522 parish households have pledged $165,366 and
paid $162,436. Thanks very much for these pledges which put
us at 96% of our parish goal of $173,000.
Our other goal is for every family to participate. If you have
not contributed yet this year, we ask you to prayerfully consider
donating to the Bishop's Appeal funding over 25 diocesan
and parish ministries that reach a half million people. You can
take a Bishop's Appeal envelope in the Church gathering space
and return it with your pledge or one-time gift in the collection
basket. The Diocese of Metuchen's home
page, diometuchen.org, also describes other ways to contribute
including online and employer matching gifts.
Every gift, no matter the size, is important and greatly appreciated.
Got An Hour or Two? Give it Back
She could use a ride to the doctor’s office.
Someone to talk to along the way would
be nice, too. In just an hour or two, you
can help out. Please call Interfaith Network
of Care today at 732-247-1655 to become
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.
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Bishop gathers senior team to examine processes for reporting abuse
Since becoming your bishop just over two years ago, I have been regularly uplifted - and affirmed in my own ministry - by so many faithful and committed priests, religious and lay people. I am constantly amazed to learn about new initiatives here which strive to deepen our friendship with Christ, and the numerous efforts that so many undertake to provide genuine responses to tragic situations that call upon us to show the mercy of God to those in need. I also feel strengthened by the examples of generosity that I have experienced when I have called upon you to help me respond to building up our local Church, in order that we can meet so many needs together. The people of the Diocese of Metuchen are an inspiration...
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