The Diocese of Metuchen, NJ has made arrangements for bus transportation to the Papal Mass on September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia from various locations throughout the diocese. A number of parishes/groups are also running bus trips to the Papal Mass (check with your parish). The Papal Mass is scheduled for 4:00 pm on Benjamin Franklin Boulevard, Philadelphia. Once we have a clear picture of the number of people who want to participate from each site, we will assign bus coordinators and send confirmation materials with precise details. Prayer and reflection resources will also be provided to enable pilgrims to share a common experience as the Diocesan Church in preparation for and on the day of this special event.
The round trip bus reservation and pilgrimage package will be $55. per person. Each participant is responsible for their own meal costs on that day and also any train/shuttle expenses from the parking lot to the event site and back. Pilgrims should be physically fit and prepared to walk several miles. Reservations for bus seats are limited and will be accepted on a “first-come first-served” basis. For those interested in reserving a bus seat, you may do so starting on July 8, 2015 using the preferred online method by visiting: www.diometuchen.org/WMOF
You may also register via phone by calling 732-562-1990 ext. 1543 during the hours of 10am -1 pm, Monday thru Friday starting on July 8, 2015. All payments will be by credit card only. Space is limited. There will be no refunds. Once the seats are filled, a waiting list will be formed. All participants must make payment and agree to the Trip Terms and Conditions before reservations will be confirmed. Additional details regarding the Pilgrimage will be sent out at the end of the summer.
Bus Trip Pick-Up Locations:
* Immaculate Conception, Annandale
* St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Bridgewater
* St. Bartholomew, East Brunswick
* St. Cecelia, Iselin
* St. Augustine of Canterbury, Kendall Park
* St. Thomas the Apostle, Old Bridge
* St. John Neumann Center, Piscataway
* St. John Neumann Center, Piscataway
* Our Lady of the Mount, Warren
* St. Joseph, Washington
Thank you Sr. Ruth Bolarte I. H. M., Director for the above information.
Schedule: 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America
Here is the schedule for Pope Francis’ September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America as released by the Vatican on June 30, 2015. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.
tuesday, september 22 (washington, dc)
- 4:00 p.m. Arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews
wednesday, sePtember 23 (washington, dc)
- 9:15 a.m. Welcome ceremony and meeting with President Obama at the White House
- 11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew’s Cathedral
- 4:15 p.m. Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
thursday, september 24 (washington, dc, new york city)
- 9:20 a.m. Address to Joint Session of the United States Congress
- 11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
- 4:00 p.m. Depart from Joint Base Andrews
- 5:00 p.m. Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport
- 6:45 p.m. Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (NEW YORK CITY)
- 8:30 a.m. Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly
- 11:30 a.m. Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
- 4:00 p.m. Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
- 6:00 p.m. Mass at Madison Square Garden
- Tickets will not be sold and they will be extremely limited. Tickets will be primarily distributed to parishes within the Archdiocese of New York, with a limited number distributed to the other dioceses in New York State. Other Catholic organizations and institutions throughout the archdiocese of New York will also receive tickets, who will then extend invitations to their members. You can contact your own diocesan chancery office after July 1 for more information. There will be no tickets available publicly through any other means, if you live in New York, we suggest that you reach out to your parish after July 1.
saturday, september 26 (new york city, philadELphia)
- 8:40 a.m. Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport
- 9:30 a.m. Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia
- 10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
- 4:45 p.m. Visit to Independence Mall
- 7:30 p.m. Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway
sunday, September 27 (philadelphia)
- 9:15 a.m. Meeting with bishops at at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
- 11:00 a.m. Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
- 4:00 p.m. Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- 7:00 p.m. Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation
- 8:00 p.m. Departure for Rome
The India Sri Lanka Catholic Apostolate’s Rosary Rally took off to a flying start with mother nature providing us with a nice sunny day to celebrate our Blessed Virgin Mary’s Rosary Rally, despite there being a very severe thunderstorm and rain the previous evening.
St. John Neumann Church was the perfect picturesque location for this unique event, put together for the 1st time through the Apostolate, a brilliant suggestion in hindsight by our Director and leader Fr. Anthony Arockiadoss. We thought the Rosary rally would certainly set the stage to promote the recital of the daily rosary amongst families and participants. It was about six months back that this thought was put into action. The Apostolate Secretaries worked tirelessly to ensure that this event had the participation and enthusiasm to make it a success. Fast forward six months later to May 17, 2015, the Secretaries arrive promptly at 12 noon and started in earnest to get things organized for the congregation arriving at 2pm. Pastor of the church, Fr. Abraham Orapankal, gave us a warm and gracious welcome. He was most kind and generous in opening up his Parish Church, including the kitchen and beautiful lawns for our use. The Rosary rally started promptly at 2pm.
Every participant was given the holy rosary that was made available by Fr. Anthony. Opening remarks were given by Fr. Abraham, who welcomed all of us. One of the secretaries, Ronald D’Souza, addressed the gathering and explained the program for the rally. There certainly was a feeling of sanctity as children assembled carried the Crucifix, posters and flowers and took their positions in readiness for the procession. The children from various communities sang hymns as they processed from the Church to the lawns, followed by the rest of the congregation including the two priests, Fr. Abraham and Fr. Anthony. Each community group recited a decade followed by children singing the devotional song Ave Maria. The rosary then concluded with the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At this point the procession made its way back to the Church. There was an added sigh of relief as the congregation enjoyed the welcomed air-conditioned facility, as it was a very hot and a sunny afternoon!
After a short break with cold beverages, people were preparing themselves for the start of Mass, celebrated by Frs. Abraham and Anthony. The cantor and the children’s choir comprised from the Mangalorean Catholic and Tamil Associations, did a fantastic job.
The Organizing Committee comprising the Secretaries of the Apostolate did an outstanding job inspiring and coordinating the proceedings. Their practices bore great fruit as the celebration of the Mass was enhanced in such a wonderful way. The Organizing Committee comprising the Secretaries of the Apostolate did an outstanding job inspiring and coordinating the proceedings.
The readings were presented by representatives from various organizations. Fr. Abraham’s homily was a special one as he spoke about the role of media and how we could use it to our advantage – spiritually and for a better understanding of the word of God. St John Neumann Church has four large monitors and Fr. Abraham made sure he used these monitors all through his homily. Father was very happy with the Flag that the Apostolate put up at the altar of our Blessed Saint Joseph Vaz . He informed us that this great Saint was born in Goa and traveled to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and is popularly known as the Apostle of Ceylon. Fr. Joseph Vaz traveled throughout the island bringing the Eucharist and the sacraments to groups of Catholics. At the time of his death, Fr. Vaz managed to rebuild the Catholic church on the island. On 21 January 1995, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Colombo.
For the offering, there was a line of children who eagerly took up the gifts of fruit, vegetables and other food essentials. The Mass ended with a solemn blessing from both Fr. Abraham and Fr. Anthony.
After Mass the congregation moved from the church to the luscious lawns where the Secretaries and their spouses were ready with refreshments. Hot dogs, samosas, potato chips, tea, coffee and juices were made available to the attendees, which everyone enjoyed. Fr. Abraham then took us for a tour of the beautiful acreage surrounding the church which included a walk down to the river that bordered the grounds.
The rally started to wind down around 5 pm so people could return home at a decent hour.
The event was well attended, with so many of the groups being represented participating in all aspects. There was a great sense of devotion and reverence befitting to our dear Mother Mary. For those that attended, there were blessings in abundance.
Saying the Rosary at the rally was solemn and a testimony of our solidarity as Catholics from different backgrounds and ethnicity coming together as one people in prayer. This Rosary rally has certainly been etched in our memory as a unique spiritual experience. May everyone, and even those who could not attend, be blessed and touched by our Blessed Virgin Mary. Our special thanks to all the children who did an outstanding job all through the event.
Our thanks to Fr. Abraham, Fr. Anthony, the Secretaries and spouses, and to all those who so generously gave of their time, talent and treasure to make this rally an outstanding tribute to our Lord’s precious Mother.
Report by Mr. Felix Menezes – Pictures: Mr. Anton Asoka Ranasinghe – TP Photo Video Media
The multi-cultural ministries of Metuchen Diocese has once again organized a pilgrimage to Basilica of the National Shrine of the immaculate Conception, Washington DC. This pilgrimage is sponsored by the Asian and Pacific Catholic Network (APCN) in collaboration with the USCCB’s Secretariat for Cultural Diversity. A bus with 56 seats is already reserved with discounted price of $30.00 per person.
29 members of Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA participated in 2014 Pilgrimage to Washington DC. Please let us know your intention as soon as possible to reserve your seats. You are free to use your own transportation. Please contact us and reserve your seat before March 31, 2015.
Please contact for reservation:
Shantilal Parmar – 973-338-4186973-338-4186 Rajani Macwan – 908-472-9448908-472-9448
Jagadish Christian – 201-240-6019201-240-6019 Joseph Parmar – 732-855-0596732-855-0596
India & Sri Lanka Apostolate invites for a Rosary Rally followed by Mass for Children. For children by children. Children from in and around New Jersey of different ethnic groups of India and Sri Lanka will participate. This program is exclusively for children as the Rosary, mass, singing, reading and all other important parts are done by children. Please come and join us. Please contact your particular association officials for further details. Please find below the flyer of this event.