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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Open House at Holy Cross Cemetery

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
11/18/2018

The Office of Cemeteries will hold an open house at Holy Cross Cemetery, 840 Cranbury South River Rd., Jamesburg, on from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 and from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 18.
Memorial Counselors will be available to assist you with pre-planning. Premium glass niche banks for the cremated remains of your loved ones will be available. Memorialization opportunities will be available and open house incentives will be offered. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, please call (800) 943-8400.

Singing in Solidarity with the Poor and Service Recognition for Pastoral Musicians

5:00 p.m.
11/18/2018

In unity with our Holy Father, Pope Francis, on the second World Day of the Poor, all are invited to attend Singing in Solidarity with the Poor and Service Recognition for Pastoral Musicians on Sunday, November 18 at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi, Metuchen.  

After sung prayer, pastoral musicians celebrating significant anniversaries of music ministry will be recognized for their service. A monetary offering will be accepted to assist with the personal needs of the poor, as administered by the St. Francis Cathedral Social Concerns.

This event will be hosted by the Diocese of Metuchen's Office of Worship and the Metuchen Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

For information, please visit: https://diometuchen.org/NPM or contact the Office of Worship at (732) 765-6438 or worship@diometuchen.org.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Diocesan Center Closed beginning at 3 p.m.

3:00 p.m.
11/21/2018

The St. John Neumann Pastoral Center will be closed beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. The building will remain closed on November 22 and 23, in observance of Thanksgiving. The pastoral center will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday, November 26. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

  • Location: St. John Neumann Pastoral Center
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving - Diocesan Center Closed


11/22/2018

The St. John Neumann Pastoral Center will be closed beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. The building will remain closed on November 22 and 23, in observance of Thanksgiving. The pastoral center will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday, November 26. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

  • Location: St. John Neumann Pastoral Center
Friday, November 23, 2018

Diocesan Center Closed


11/23/2018

The St. John Neumann Pastoral Center will be closed beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. The building will remain closed on November 22 and 23, in observance of Thanksgiving. The pastoral center will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday, November 26. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

  • Location: St. John Neumann Pastoral Center
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Blood Drive

2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
11/29/2018

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Our Lady of Lou

9:00am – 4:00pm
12/01/2018

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Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) Parish, 44 Cleveland Avenue, Milltown, will host its 40th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR on Saturday, December 1, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. NEW this year, the OLOL EMPORIUM is a booth offering beautiful gift items. Many well-known “names” including LENOX™ and Mikasa™ as well as lovely linens and many other “giftable” items will be available. The event will offer a day of holiday shopping, food and family activities. Highlights include our OLOL EMPORIUM, OLOL Shoppes, Old Fashioned Bake Sale, New-to-You Christmas, Brand Name Ornaments, Vintage Jewelry, Religious Articles, Stocking Stuffers, and “Nearly New” toys. Games for children, Basket Raffles including a Gift Card Christmas Tree Raffle, and Magic Christmas Tree are also favorites. Vendors will offer crafts, jewelry, designer bags, homemade chocolates and candy, toys, decorative items, organic skin care products, wreaths, and grave covers. The Knights of Columbus annual Breakfast with Santa will also take place December 1 with seatings at 9:00am and 10:30am. Advance registration is needed. Breakfast and lunch items will also be available. For more information, call Bernadette at (732) 828-6726, visit www.ololchurch.nj.org, or search @ololmilltown on Facebook.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

First Sunday of Advent

12:00 am – 12:00 pm
12/02/2018

On December 2, we begin the season of Advent, which marks the start of a new liturgical year for the Church. The Advent season includes the four Sundays that precede Christmas. Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. In this season, we recall two central elements of our faith: the final coming of the Lord in glory and the incarnation of the Lord in the birth of Jesus. The key themes of the Advent season are watchful waiting, preparation, and justice.

In this new liturgical year, the Gospel of Luke will be the primary Gospel proclaimed (Lectionary Cycle C). Today's Gospel is taken from the last chapter before the passion narrative in which Jesus is teaching in the Temple. We hear Jesus speak to his disciples about the need for vigilance and prayer as they wait for the coming of the Son of Man in glory. This passage marks the conclusion of a lengthy dialogue in which Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, warns about the persecution and tribulations to follow, and identifies the signs that will signal the coming of the Son of Man in glory.

The community for whom Luke wrote his Gospel may have believed that they were already experiencing some of the events Jesus described. Most scholars believe that Luke's Gospel was written after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. At the time, many Christians interpreted this event as an indication that Jesus' second coming was near.

Though Jesus predicts a time of destruction and fear, Jesus indicates that others will be frightened; Jesus' disciples are not to fear, but are to stand tall. Yet Jesus does not promise deliverance from anxiety or tribulations. He encourages his disciples to pray for strength. The early Christian communities did not find consolation in the promise of a utopia, nor should we. Instead, we find in our Christian faith the means by which we witness to God's unfailing love for us in all circumstances.

Jesus' predictions about the end times may sound dire, but in the next paragraph Luke tells us that people woke early to listen to Jesus' teaching in the Temple area. In his person and in his message, those who heard Jesus found strength and consolation. Like the first Christians, we may encounter events and circumstances that could lead us to despair. Through prayer, however, we find strength and consolation in Jesus' words and in his continuing presence with us to endure all things and to witness to the action of God in our world.

(Content courtesy of Loyola Press: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/first-sunday-of-advent-cycle-c-sunday-connection)

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Second Sunday of Advent

12:00 am – 12:00 pm
12/09/2018

This week and next, our Gospel readings invite us to consider John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus. John the Baptist appears in the tradition of the great prophets, preaching repentance and reform to the people of Israel. To affirm this, Luke quotes at length from the prophet Isaiah. John baptizes for repentance and for forgiveness of sins, preparing the way for God's salvation.

The three Synoptic Gospels—Mark, Matthew, and Luke—attest to the importance of the baptism of John in preparing for Jesus. Only the Gospel of Luke, however, extends the connection between these two men to their birth. The first two chapters of Luke's Gospel contain the Infancy Narrative, which tells about the births of John the Baptist and Jesus. These stories set the stage for the beginning of Jesus' public ministry in chapter 3.

The evangelist Luke is the author of the Gospel that bears his name, and he also wrote the Acts of the Apostles as a continuation of the story of Jesus and the Church. In these two works, Luke's sense of time and history emerges. He identifies three epochs of salvation history: the time before Christ, the time of Christ, and the time of the Church and the Holy Spirit. In today's Gospel reading, as elsewhere, John the Baptist is presented as the figure who bridges the time before Christ and prepares the way for Christ's own ministry.

In today's Gospel we also note Luke's attention to political and historical detail. Luke shows that salvation is for all people and situated in world events. Therefore, Luke lists the political and religious leaders at the time of John's appearance in the desert. Salvation is understood as God's breaking into this political and social history.

John's preaching of the coming of the Lord is a key theme of the Advent season. As John's message prepared the way for Jesus, we too are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming. We respond to John's message by repentance and reform of our lives. We are also called to be prophets of Christ, who announce by our lives the coming of the Lord, as John did.

(Content courtesy of Loyola Press: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/second-sunday-of-advent-cycle-c-sunday-connection)

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Evening Prayer to launch Diocesan year of awakening

7:30 p.m.
12/12/2018

Bishop Checchio has announced his plan to consecrate the Diocese of Metuchen to Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2019. There will be a year-long preparation process launching December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with Evening Prayer at the Cathedral of St. Francis in Metuchen at 7:30pm. All of the faithful are invited to attend. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas and was also given the title, The Star of the New Evangelization, by St. John Paul II. The purpose of this consecration is to invoke her aid for our diocese so that we can be spiritually renewed and equipped to live out our call to evangelize more faithfully. For more info: www.LightingHeartsOnFire.com