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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:

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.

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2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Help Build a Civilization of Love

To date, 504 parish households have pledged $157,759 and paid $149,488. Thanks very much for these pledges which put us at 92% 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,, 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 to Seniors

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 that someone!

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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Trip to Padre Pio Shrine

St. Andrew Church
244 Avenel St.,
Avenel, NJ 07001

St. Andrew’s Altar Rosary Society will be sponsoring a bus trip to Padre Pio Shrine in Barto, PA on Thursday, May 23, 2019. The cost is $75.00 which will include the bus, lunch and a tour of the shrine. The bus will leave about 8:00am from St. Andrew Church parking lot and return about 7:30pm. If interested call Mary 848-203-2759. If no answer please leave a message.

Thank you,
Carol Calamito
St. Andrew ‘s Church Altar Rosary Society

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