A two-year 'synodal' process is taking place in the Catholic Church from October 2021 that will culminate in the final Synod Gathering in Rome in October 2023. The synodal journey is of great significance for the good of both the universal and local Church. During this process, the Diocese of Metuchen invites all the People of God to listen to each other, without exception, and with particular care to involve also those who are further away and are perhaps sometimes not included. Click the link to learn more and see how you can participate!
Sanctify, our group for young families, couples, and adult singles will be meeting on Sunday, March 6 at 1:15 p.m. following the noon Mass at St. Ann. Join us as we continue a series of reflections on the 7 Sacraments. Father Fredy will be offering a reflection on Confession, the Sacrament of Mercy, after which we will have time for discussion, examination of conscience, and, for anyone who wants, Confessions during Eucharistic Adoration. For more information & to RSVP, click the link to our Facebook page. We hope to see you March 6, as well as our future events on the first Sunday of each month moving forward!
St. John Henry Cardinal Newman lived an extraordinary life, as a theologian, pastor, novelist, convert to Catholicism, and Oratorian. He had a tremendous influence on the Second Vatican Council, is considered one of the greatest English prose writers of the 19th Century, and has inspired the recent growth of the Oratory especially in the English-speaking world. Come learn about this fascinating saint on Wednesday, February 23 at 7pm here at Holy Trinity in the church basement, with a viewing of Bishop Barron’s film “St. John Henry Newman: The Convert” followed by a discussion led by Fr. Jeff.
The Diocese of Metuchen is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary of foundation! A number of events and initiatives are planned over the coming year to mark the occasion. For more information please visit: diometuchen.org/40
Sanctify, our group for young families, couples, and adult singles will be meeting on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1:15 p.m. following the noon Mass at St. Ann's in Raritan. Join us for Eucharistic Adoration, faith formation, and some festivities as we enter into Advent and celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas. After Adoration and our next discussion on the theme of the Mass, we will have a potluck St. Nick party in the St. Ann's school cafeteria. Bring something tasty, as well as an ornament if you would like to participate in our Christmas ornament exchange! For more information & to RSVP, find us on Facebook by searching for 'Sanctify Catholics'. We hope to see you there!
The Oratory presents our annual Advent Lessons and Carols program, Sunday, December 12 at 2:30 PM, at St. Ann’s in Raritan, featuring choir members and instrumentalists from all the communities served by the Oratory, directed by Anthony Nardino. Everyone is welcome, and there will be a light reception in the school cafeteria following the service.
This year’s Parish Dinner sponsored by the Holy Name Society is coming up on Saturday, October 23rd from 4:30-7:30 in the Parish Center. This year’s dinner will include pasta & meatballs catered by Vinnie’s Pizza & Pasta. Tickets are $12 for adults, $3 for children and must be purchased in advance, after Mass the weekend of October 16-17, or through the parish office.
Attention all middle and high schoolers, come join the uServe program for our Box of Joy Service Night on Sunday 10/24 from 7-8:30pm at Holy Trinity. Come for service, stay for games and fun! For more information or to sign up, go to u-Serve.com/BridgewaterRaritan.
As the Year of St. Joseph concludes, all are invited to take part in the Consecration to St. Joseph, a 33-day journey of prayer with our spiritual father. Weekly group meetings begin Wednesday, November 3 at 7 pm, and the Consecration will take place Sunday, December 5, all at St. Joseph Church in Raritan. Participants will need a copy of the book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald H. Calloway, MIC. Please let us know if you need assistance acquiring the book. RSVP to Kristina at 908-526-2394 or firstname.lastname@example.org by October 29.
Enjoy a morning of fabulous fall fun for the whole family! Saturday, October 2 from 9:30 - 11:30 in the backyard of the Rectory. Activities will include story time, festive crafts, pumpkin patch, and more!
Our Parish Nurses will be hosting a blood drive in the Parish Center on Wednesday, October 6 from 1-7 pm. Join in providing this precious, lifesaving gift! Walk-ins will be accepted but appointments are recommended. To schedule yours, visit www.nybc.org/njdrive and enter code 10715, or call Amanda at 908-380-9265. Remember to eat & drink beforehand, and bring photo ID or blood donor card.
Bishop Checchio has authorized a special collection in all parishes of the Diocese of Metuchen, to benefit relief efforts in Haiti in the aftermath of the destruction caused by the recent earthquake. Donations may be made at Mass the weekend of September 4-5, through the Parish Office, or through our secure Online Giving Option. Just click on "Special Collections" and select "Haiti Earthquake Relief". Thank you for your generosity!
The Shrine Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in Raritan and the Raritan Oratory invite everyone to take part in the annual celebration of Corpus Christi. Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be followed by a period of Eucharistic Adoration, and then a Procession through the streets of Raritan, visiting the Churches of St. Ann & St. Joseph. Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 10:00 AM Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:30 AM Solemn Eucharistic Procession begins at 12:30 PM
Bring your appetite and your blanket or lawn chair as we kick off summer with the biggest party of the year! Amazing food trucks, boardwalk games, live music, and more! Saturday, June 19 from 11-7 at the Elks Club, 1500 Brooks Blvd in Hillsborough. A portion of all proceeds will benefit St. Ann Classical Academy.
SACA Love Thy Neighbor Raffle St. Ann Classical Academy presents their 2021 Love Thy Neighbor Raffle, with fabulous prizes supporting local businesses. Grand prize is a ShopRite gift card worth $2500! Tickets are $25 each and are available at the churches served by the Oratory, as well as by contacting SACAraffles@gmail.com or the school office at 908-725-7787. Drawing will take place on May 9, 2021.
Join us for prayer, formation, and fellowship as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday is the birthday of the Church at Pentecost! This will be a hybrid event: We will meet in person at 1:15 PM in the St. Ann's school cafeteria, and we will also include Zoom for those who can't be present. Sanctify is a Catholic community of young families, married couples, & singles dedicated to cultivating sanctity in daily life through prayer, formation, & holy friendships that support members to fulfill their particular vocations.
We're inviting all high school teens to attend Brown Bag Blast!, a service night making sandwiches for the homeless to be given out through S.H.I.P., on Sunday, 4/25 from 7-8:30pm in the Holy Trinity Parish Center in Bridgewater. Come for service, and stay for games, snacks, prayer, and friends. For more information, contact Brian at BridgewaterRaritan@u-serve.com.
The Oratory and the Divine Mercy Apostolate of the Diocese of Metuchen welcome everyone to the annual celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, on April 11. Confessions will be heard from 1:30 - 3:00 PM. Divine Mercy Prayers & Chaplet at 3:00 PM, followed by Mass & blessing with Relic of St. Faustina.
Our next uServe event for local high school students will be Soap for Hope! Sign up to make toiletry kits at home for shelters (through Jersey Cares), then drop them off at Holy Trinity on Sunday 3/7 between 7 and 8pm. Also 7-8pm, we invite you to stay to make cards with us to go with them. We'll also play some games and talk about Lent!
Sanctify, our group for married couples, young families, and single adults, will have our next meeting on Sunday, February 21. Live-streamed Eucharistic Adoration with guided prayer, a formation video, and group discussion will all take place virtually using Zoom. Our Facebook page, "SanctifyCatholics", will be updated with all the event information, and you can RSVP there. If you prefer to RSVP by email, please contact us at SanctifyCatholics@gmail.com