Welcome to the
Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)
Tuesdays - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Classes for Grades 5 - 8 (2nd year Confimation Preparation)
Wednesdays - 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Classes for Grades 1 - 4
During LENT. . .
Mass will be celebrated in the Church Monday through Friday at 8:00 a.m.
Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., closing with Benediction.
The Way of the Cross
each Friday evening at 6:30 p.m
So that the Church of Metuchen may be spiritually one in a common observance of Lent, the following days of fast and abstinence are to be observed by all Catholics of the Diocese who enjoy the blessings of good health:
1. The days of fast and abstinence are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
2. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
3. From the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday until the celebration of the Easter Vigil on the evening of Holy Saturday, the Easter fast should be observed so that, with uplifted and welcoming hearts, we may be ready to celebrate the joys of the Resurrection. This ancient tradition, intimately connected with the Rites of Holy Week and the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults, is encouraged, especially in those places baptizing catechumens at the Easter Vigil.
The obligation to fast applies only to Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59. To fast in the Catholic tradition means to limit oneself to one full meal during the day so as to experience hunger. The obligation of abstinence affects all Catholics who have reached the age of 14. Abstinence in the Catholic tradition means to abstain from meat.
The obligation of fast and abstinence, as a whole, is a serious obligation. While failure to observe any penitential day in itself may not be considered serious, the failure to observe any penitential days at all, or a substantial number of them without good cause, would be considered a grave matter. Those unable to abstain for a valid reason on any given Friday of Lent are asked to perform some other penitential act, or to abstain on another day.
Will you please share your talent...?
As we prepare for upcoming changes (starting September 2020)
in our PREP
we ask that you consider helping...
There is a great need for
Catechists, Classroom Aides, Substitute Catechists
Please contact the PREP office at 732-969-8767 for additional information.
at St. Joseph's church
Thank You, God, for little things that often come our way. The things we take for granted but don’t mention when we pray. The unexpected courtesy, the thoughtful, kindly deed, a hand reached out to help us in the time of sudden need. Oh make us more aware, dear God, of little daily graces that come to us with ‘sweet surprise’ from never-dreamed-of-places.