Knights of Columbus
Donating blood is an important life-saving deed. One in three people will need blood sometime during their lives. All are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Donation is a small sacrifice and provides the opportunity to give a part of oneself to save the life of another. Blood Drives are held four times a year after Mass. Donors must be at least 18. You will be asked some basic information and asked to give a brief medical history before donating. Within one hour, you will have helped a person in need.
We provide a hospitality area, where donors can enjoy coffee, juice and homemade baked goods after donating blood. We talk to the donors, get to know each other and share stories. All are welcome to join in the day!
Fatima and Daily Rosary Groups
If you have a devotion to the Blessed Mother, consider praying the Rosary with one of these groups. The devotion is based on the promise Our Lady made to Sister Lucy at Fatima, Portugal on December 10, 1925. Our Lady promised to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, confess, receive Holy Communion, pray the five decades of the Rosary, and keep her company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries with the intention of offering reparations. On a daily basis, a devoted group remains after the 9 am Mass or Prayer Service to pray the Rosary together. Praying the Rosary is the most powerful prayer for peace in our troubled world. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, we encourage you to attend all or even some of the First Saturday Devotions and to pray the Rosary in community or in private.
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Our parish has supported the Flemington Food Pantry for several years. The Food Pantry services eligible citizens of Hunterdon Country as supplemental to other program resources. In addition, this year we have been supporting Readington Area Starfish, a joint effort with Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Whitehouse Station and Readington Township Social Services to provide holiday food to families in need.
Once a month, nonperishable items donated by parishioners, like you, are packed up and transported to the Pantry by members of this ministry. Additionally, there is an annual holiday collection one weekend in mid-November. It is through your generosity that we’ve been able to provide the key items required for families in our community. Because of that generosity, SEAS Food Pantry Ministry has delivered approximately 1,000 bags of groceries to the Flemington Food Pantry in past years.
The bin for the food is located outside the Parish Office. Let us express our gratitude for that we have by sharing with others and providing food for those less fortunate. It is heartwarming to see all the wonderful people who donate! God Bless You!
Kate Burns & Denise Dudzinski
In response to the needs of those less fortunate, this social outreach ministry is a Christmas “Wish List” fulfillment project. Each year we collect gifts for the Ozanam Shelter, Pregnancy Aid Center and the Office for Persons With Disabilities of Metuchen Diocese. We hang their wishes on our Giving Tree and during Advent, all are invited to take the tags and bring the gifts to the church. There we sort and box the donations, and then deliver them in time for Christmas. The needs of those less fortunate have grown over the years, and so has the generous response of our parish. How special that we can make a difference in someone’s life at a time of year when we are grateful for our many blessings. Please consider assisting in the collection, sorting and transport of the gifts. Also, there is an opportunity for a few service hours, creating the tags for the tree. Watch the bulletin for announcements and timing.
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Homebound / Hunterdon Care Center / Hunterdon Medical Center
Military Outreach Group
In May, 2013, the Apostolate for Military and Veteran Families was founded to address the various emotional, spiritual and pastoral needs of those men and women who have defended our country in all branches of military service. As an initiative promoting the goals of the New Evangelization, the Apostolate works in collaboration with partner organizations and established veteran services that seek to heal spiritual wounds and promote the dignity of the person at all levels. Filled with the Spirit of Jesus, WE are his word of encouragement and hope, forgiveness and healing, love and strength to all in need at our moment in history.
Anyone can join our Military Outreach Ministry. You just have to have a willingness to help those who have served so many and sacrificed so much for the freedoms enjoyed in our country. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 P.M. in the Parish Center. Come one, come all! God Bless America!
In early summer, our Ministry awards the James R. McFarland Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $10,000, made possible through the generous contribution of the McFarland family. This scholarship applies to 4-year post secondary colleges and universities for the next academic year. Additional information concerning eligibility, application requirements and award details are available at the following link.
Respect for Life
The Catholic Church teaches that a human life is to be recognized and valued at every stage and respected, protected and cared for at all ages and under all physical conditions. Our goal is to inform our parish families about the resources available at the national, diocesan and parish levels so we can help anyone struggling with the moral dilemmas of contraception, reproductive technologies, abortion, disabilities or end of life issues.
There are numerous ways for you to get involved: prayers and fasting, fundraising, writing and petitioning legislatures, educating our youth, and peaceful demonstrations.
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Soup Kitchen (Elijah’s Promise)
Parishioners at SEAS have supported Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick, NJ, since 1998. The Soup Kitchen serves an average of 300 meals daily to guests, who include mothers with young children, elderly men and women, men and women who are unemployed, others who are working but can’t make ends meet. Guests of the soup kitchen are served in an atmosphere of hospitality and dignity.
About five times a year (in months with a fifth Tuesday), we purchase (at parish expense), prepare, and serve the dinner meal. Some of us gather at the SEAS kitchen on the Saturday before the fifth Tuesday to prepare the meal; others transport the food; still others prep and serve the meal. It provides a wonderful opportunity to use our culinary skills to help others or to join the guests at the Soup Kitchen and see how much they enjoy and appreciate the goodwill extended by so many caring people.