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“Moonlight Serenade” an event presented by Notre Dame de la Mer Parish: The 18-piece Cape Shore Jazz Orchestra will perform, Saturday, Aug. 24 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the St. Ann Church Hall.  Tickets, $20 (advance) or $25 at the door.  For tickets or information call Peggy, 609-675-0942.

The Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, annual 50/50 raffle tickets are now available, purchase Monday-Friday during regular business hours at the parish office, 200 Tuckahoe Rd, Marmora. Tickets will also be available at the gift card tables after Mass. A maximum of $12,500 will go to 5 lucky people based on the sale of all 6,250 tickets. The winners will be announced at the 9th annual feast day of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Aug. 14. The Mass, Blessing of the Sea and the festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and will include a BBQ, music and fun for the whole family, at the Strathmere Beach @ East Williams Road in Strathmere. All are welcome to attend. Any questions, call the parish office, 609-390-0664.

Sister Theresa Kelly, FMA, formerly of Atlantic City, will celebrate her 60th anniversary as a Salesian Sister on Sunday, July 14.  Mary Help of Christians Society will be running a bus to enable family and friends to join with Sister Theresa in the celebration.  For more details and information, call Marcia, 609-641-4634.

Notre Dame De la Mer music ministry will present the 4th Annual Dinner Theater Cabaret Style, directed by Jon Delgado, music director, featuring the Notre Dame De la Mer Summer Players, at Cape Trinity Early Learning Center, 2901 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood, Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20, doors open at 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, doors open at 3 p.m.  Dinner will be a home cooked meal with dessert. BYOB. Cost is $27 per person. Call Jude, 609-972-9051 or Mary Jane, 609-780-3754 for reservations. Seating is limited.

Let Jesus Reign as the King of your family: “I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored” — Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary. To accept Jesus’ invitation for Enthronement of His Sacred Heart in your home contact Patricia Felker, 856-256-1564 or PSFelker@gmail.com

South Jersey Cursillo, a movement within the Catholic Church is celebrating 50 years of making a friend, being a friend and bringing our friends to Christ in an intense experience. We meet once a month to encourage each other in our walk with Christ.  All are welcome. For more info call Kate, 856-468-4356.


Knights of Columbus Rev. Francis P. Araneo Chapter, family and friends outing, Aug. 17 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Discovery House, 3730 Richards Ave., Mullican Twp. Food games, Irish band from 2-4 p.m. Advance tickets only: adults/$10, children 5-12/$5. Information call Joe Corbo, 609-476-4195.

The Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, annual 50/50 raffle tickets are now available, purchase Monday-Friday during regular business hours at the parish office, 200 Tuckahoe Rd, Marmora. Tickets will also be available at the gift card tables after Mass. A maximum of $12,500 will go to 5 lucky people based on the sale of all 6,250 tickets. The winners will be announced at the 9th annual feast day of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Aug. 14. The Mass, Blessing of the Sea and the festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and will include a BBQ, music and fun for the whole family, at the Strathmere Beach @ East Williams Road in Strathmere. All are welcome to attend. Any questions, call the parish office, 609-390-0664.

The Johnny Gaudreau Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held Friday, July 26, at the Running Deer Country Club in Pittsgrove, to provide families with financial need and the opportunity to give their sons and daughters a Gloucester Catholic High School education. All proceeds directly fund scholarships and tuition assistance. For more info contact Pat Murphy at pmurphy@gchsrams.org

St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish Weekly Bingo, every Thursday. Doors open 5:30 p.m., bingo at 7 p.m., Corpus Christi Church Hall, 369 Georgetown Rd., Carneys Point. For more information: 856-299-3833 www.saintgabrielarchangel.org

Bingo at St. Peter in Merchantville, Wednesdays, doors will open at 5:30 p.m., food will be available for purchase; Bingo will start at 7 p.m., 15 games including a progressive jackpot; Pastors Hall, located below the church. For more info call 856-663-1373.

St. Stephen Parish, Pennsauken and Knights of Columbus Council 3512, working together to build “Prayer Pavers to Our Lady.” Order forms after weekend Masses or online at www.StStephensPennsauken.com For more information, contact Michael Ciarrocca, 856-425-4799 or Ciarrocca@juno.com

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Progressive Bingo Wednesdays at 100 South Ave., Lindenwold, and Wednesdays and Fridays at 55 Warwick Road, Stratford, doors open 5:30 p.m. Call 856-783-3088.

The Christ Child Society, North Cape May, needs new cribs, other baby furniture and clothing and layettes for babies in need and coats and hats to help children in need in the community. Items go directly to the children through local agencies. Monetary donations of any amount are greatly appreciated, payable to the Christ Child Society, PO Box 882, North Cape May, NJ 08204 or for more information, call 609-602-7682.

Knights of Columbus District 53 Free Throw Contest


Council 3512 Honors Brothers with 125 years of combined service

Knights of Columbus Council 3512 recently honored 3 brothers with Lifetime Achievement Awards for 125 combined years of service. Bob Maronski joined the Council in 1961, Al Munda joined in 1983, and Larry in 1987. All three have held nearly Office, are still active in their Parishes and still make every Council event. Their wisdom and experience serve as role models to everyone. They bring great credit upon themselves, their Parishes and the Knights of Columbus.

About Immaculate Conception Council 3512 Immaculate Conception Council 3512, chartered on May 6, 1952 embodies the Knights of Columbus principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month in the Rectory basement of Mary, Queen of all Saints, Camden Ave., Pennsauken, NJ.

About the Knights of Columbus The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Rev. Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it has developed into a fraternal society dedicated to charitable services and promoting Catholicism. There are over 1.9 million members around the world. http://www.kofc.org

Knights of Columbus Council 1910 Second In Nation In Membership Quota

Bridgeton, NJ – Liberty Council 1910 celebrated its 100th anniversary in July 2018 with a bold plan for membership, setting a goal of 24 members in one year. That may have seemed unrealistic at the time considering membership had been lagging the previous three years. But Liberty Council 1910 not only reached its goal, it smashed it. Liberty Council has 30 new members since last July, putting 1910 second in the nation over their membership quota set by Supreme. “I am tickled pink,” said Father Matthew Weber, the pastor at Parish of the Holy Cross who is also a Knight. ”I am almost speechless over how this has turned out. It’s taken off far beyond my expectations, and I think that is wonderful.” Father Matthew thinks the reasons for the explosion in membership is due to the men of 1910 reaching out to other prospective members, promoting 1910 through the church bulletin and social media, increasing activities involving 1910 and collaborating with other groups at Holy Cross to achieve goals and serve the parish community. For example, 1910 collaborated with the Altar-Rosary Society on a diaper and baby wipe drive for new mothers at Good Counsel Homes – collecting 2,701 diapers and 800 baby wipes – and with the Catholic War Vets for a successful blood drive. “I think a parish is healthier when groups work together instead of being parallel,” Father Matthew said. “I think it creates a mentality that we are all in this together. It fosters unity and a chance to get to know one another. To build bridges within the parish.” Also helping promote interest is Father Matthew’s idea of designating the hall of one of Holy Cross’s churches – Saint Michael’s in Cedarville – as 1910’s permanent headquarters. The men of 1910 have put their stamp on it by hanging the original charter, photos and the 1910 banner on the wall. The members have also painted, cleaned and waxed the floor, and devoted a wall to remembering the unborn lost to abortion with white crosses on a black background. Liberty Council 1910 adopted the slogan that was discussed at a Grand Knights training in June by the state’s membership chairman: “Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes.” Things have certainly changed for the better for Liberty Council 1910. About Liberty Council 1910 Liberty Council 1910, chartered on July 14, 1918, is made up of a diverse group of men dedicated to serving the community of the Parish of the Holy Cross. We are guided by our principles of charity, unity and fraternity. Meetings are held at Saint Michael’s Church in Cedarville on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. About the Knights of Columbus The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it has developed into a fraternal society dedicated to providing charitable services and promoting Catholicism. There are over 1.9 million members around the world http://www.kofc.org

Summer Mass Schedule 2019

Click on above link to view Shore Parishes Summer 2019 Mass Schedule

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land February 2020

Bishop Dennis Sullivan and Father Robert Hughes are leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land departing from Newark, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 and returning Feb. 22. Visit all of the sites important to our Catholic Faith from Mount Carmel and the Sea of Galilee to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The estimated cost is $3989/pp/do from Newark, includes roundtrip airfare, all airport taxes and fuel surcharges, eight nights at centrally located first class hotels, airport transfers, transportation by air-conditioned motor coach, breakfast daily, dinner with wine daily, professional Catholic guides, all admissions per itinerary, Mass and spiritual activities daily, luggage handling (1 bag), flight bag and portfolio of travel documents. Not included are lunches, tips to guide and driver, and optional travel insurance. Optional post-tour to Assisi and Rome also available, $1299/pp. For more information or to reserve contact anna.summers@camdendiocese.org or call 856-583-2807.

Catholic Star Herald printing schedule

The Catholic Star Herald will not be published on June 28. The next issue will be dated July 5.

The diocesan soccer cup runneth over

Cleats? Check. Fast-paced game play? Check. Passionate fans?  Check. Energetic announcers?  Check. Orange slices? Probably.

The day was characterized by good sportsmanship, but the action was fierce June 15 at the first-ever Camden Diocesan Soccer Cup on the fields of Saint Augustine Prep in Richland, with all-men and all-women squads competing for the top prize. —– Photo by Mike Walsh

The diocesan Soccer Cup, held June 15 on the fields at Saint Augustine Prep in Richland, was the first of its kind in South Jersey, as young adults, their friends, and family engaged in some spirited, but neighborly, competition.

Eight all-boys teams and three all-girls teams, representing various Catholic parishes, took the field for bragging rights on the sunny, breezy day.

“It was a great day of engagement for young adults,” said Greg Coogan, director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Camden.

The happy and and healthy day was born out of the National V Encuentro process, which has aimed to strengthen the Hispanic Catholic Community in the United States. As one of the initiative’s pastoral priorities is increased outreach to young adults, it made perfect sense to organize an event for them around soccer, the most popular sport in the world among Latinos, said Andres Arango, Bishop’s Delegate for Hispanic Ministry and Director of Evangelization.

The goal is evangelization

Pedro Jovel Jr. prepares to kick the ball during the Diocese of Camden’s first-ever Soccer Cup on June 15. Held at Saint Augustine Preparatory School in Richland, the event was sponsored by the Office of Hispanic Ministry and Office of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministries. It grew out of the recent National V Encuentro, which brought together Hispanic Catholics from throughout the country to discuss ways to renew their faith. Both men and women’s teams participated in the Soccer Cup. —– Photo by Mike Walsh

As young adults already in the pews invited their friends to come out and play, “it was an opportunity for participants to engage with their peers and build community in parishes, through a shared, fun experience,” he said.

The eight men’s teams were Los Misionaries, Divine Mercy Parish, Vineland; Wildwoods, Notre Dame de la Mer Parish, Wildwood; Angels, Saint Clare of Assisi Parish, Swedesboro; Los Marianos, Saint Mary of Mount Carmel, Hammonton; AC Saint Monica, Parish of Saint Monica, Atlantic City; Saints, Holy Cross Parish, Bridgeton; Catholic Millennial Ministry, Divine Mercy, Vineland; San Judas, Our Lady of Hope, Blackwood.

The three teams of women were Wildwoods, AC Saint Monica, and Las Misioneras, from Vineland and completed with players from other diocesan church communities.

All competed in the tournament-style play, with non-stop action taking place on two fields simultaneously throughout the day.

One of the women emceeing the day, and calling the action on the field, was Marianela Nunez, field consultant for Latino Enrollment in the Office of Catholic Schools.

Emcees for the day, Claudia Trani-Melgar and Marianela Nuñez, handled the play-by-play of the soccer games such as the one pictured below. —– Photo above by Mike Walsh, below by Jack Walsh

“The soccer cup was proof that the Catholic Church can pray together and have fun. It was a lively event,” she said.

She and Claudia Trani-Melgar, coordinator of Hispanic Ministry at Saint Clare of Assisi Parish, provided lively commentary and more than a few “goaaaaalllllllllls,” in the mold of classic Spanish soccer announcers.

Professional referees kept the game orderly, and coaches guided their teams on the sidelines.

“We prayed and played together,” said Chris Morales, coach of the boys’ team from the Parish of Saint Monica.

For his 20 players, preparation for the tournament began weeks before June 15, he said.

“For about a month, we trained every Monday and Wednesday at the Chelsea Heights field,” Morales said.

AC Saint Monica lost their first game against San Judas, but defeated the Saints in their second match.

He appreciated the “coordination and support for this event” among his fellow parishioners, and the parish pastor, Father Jon Thomas, who, with fellow priests and Bishop Dennis Sullivan, took in the action from the stands. No word on if any had vuvuzelas.

Arango, Coogan and the others on the planning committee for this event are hopeful that the event will continue next year, and possibly include more teams, after the enthusiastic reaction to the day. They also hope the camaraderie fostered on the field leads to fellowship elsewhere, be it in the pews, a diner, or back on the soccer grounds.

“Through soccer, evangelization,” Coogan said.

El torneo diocesano de Fútbol

¿Zapatos para fútbol? Listos. ¿Adrenalina para jugar? Lista. ¿Fanáticos apasionados? Listos. ¿Narradores energéticos? Listos. ¿Palomitas de maíz? Probablemente.

Jugadores, entrenadores, familiares y amigos se reunieron en la Escuela Preparatoria San Agustín en Richland el sábado pasado para la inauguración de la Copa de Fútbol de la Diócesis de Camden, un día lleno de acción, fraternidad y una sana competencia.

El torneo diocesano de Fútbol, que se llevó a cabo el 15 de junio, en los campos de la Escuela Preparatoria San Agustín en Richland, fue la primera de su tipo en el sur de Nueva Jersey, en la que adultos jóvenes, sus amigos y familiares participaron en una animada y amistosa competencia.

Ocho equipos de hombres y tres equipos de mujeres,  representando a varias parroquias católicas, tomaron los campos para desplazarse durante el día soleado y ventoso.

Las Misioneras, un equipo de mujeres compuesto por miembros de Vineland y complementado con jugadoras de otras comunidades de fe diocesanas, celebra con su trofeo de primer lugar. —– Fotos por Alan M. Dumoff

“Fue un gran día que atrajo a los adultos jóvenes”, dijo Greg Coogan, Director de la Pastoral Juvenil y la Pastoral Universitaria de la Diócesis de Camden.

El día feliz, santo y saludable nació del proceso del V Encuentro Nacional, que tuvo como objetivo fortalecer la Comunidad Católica Hispana en los Estados Unidos. Como una de las

prioridades pastorales de la iniciativa es aumentar el alcance a los adultos jóvenes, tenía mucho sentido organizar un evento para ellos en torno al fútbol, el deporte más popular del mundo entre los Latinos, dijo Andrés Arango, Delegado del Obispo para el Ministerio Hispano y Director de Evangelización.

Adultos jóvenes activos en las parroquias invitaron a sus amigos a salir a jugar, “fue una oportunidad para que los participantes se relacionaran con sus compañeros y formaran comunidad en las parroquias, a través de una experiencia compartida y divertida”, dijo.

Los ocho equipos de hombres fueron Los Misioneros de la Parroquia Divina Misericordia, Vineland; Los Wildwoods de la Parroquia Notre Dame de la Mer, Wildwood; Los Ángeles de la Parroquia Santa Clara de Asís, Swedesboro; Los Marianos de Santa María del Monte Carmelo, Hammonton; Los AC Santa Mónica de la Parroquia Santa Mónica, Atlantic City; Los Santos de la Parroquia Santa Cruz, Bridgeton; Ministerio de Milenios Católicos de la Divina Misericordia, Vineland; Los San Judas de Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza, Blackwood.

Los tres equipos de mujeres fueron Las Wildwoods; Las AC Santa Monica; y Las Misioneras, el cual se formó con jugadoras de Vineland y de otras comunidades parroquiales de la diócesis. Todos compitieron en un torneo de juegos, con acciones sin inte-rrupción, en dos campos simultáneamente a lo largo del día.

Una de las mujeres que asistió y animó durante el evento fue Marianela Núñez, Directora de Campo para la Iniciativa de Inscripción de Latinos, de la Oficina de Escuelas Católicas.

“El torneo de fútbol fue una prueba de que la Iglesia Católica puede orar junta y divertirse. Fue un evento animado”, dijo.

Ella y Claudia Trani-Melgar, Coordinadora del Ministerio Hispano en la Parroquia Santa Clara de Asís, brindaron comentarios enérgicos y unos cuantos “goooools”, imitando a los locutores hispanos del fútbol profesional.

Árbitros profesionales mantuvieron el juego ordenado, y los entrenadores guiaron a sus equipos desde los límites del campo.

“Rezamos y jugamos juntos”, dijo Chris Morales, entrenador del equipo masculino de la parroquia Santa Mónica.

Para sus 20 jugadores, la preparación para el torneo comenzó semanas antes del 15 de junio, dijo.

“Durante aproximadamente un mes, entrenamos todos los lunes y miércoles en el campo de Chelsea Heights”, dijo Morales.

AC Santa Mónica perdió su primer partido contra San Judas, pero derrotó a los Santos en su segundo partido.

Agradeció la “coordinación y el apoyo para este evento” entre sus

compañeros feligreses y el párroco, el Padre Jon Thomas, quien, junto con otros sacerdotes y el Obispo Dennis Sullivan, participó de la acción desde las gradas. Ni una palabra sobre si alguno tuvo vuvuzelas.

Arango, Coogan y los demás miembros del comité de planificación para este evento tienen la esperanza de que el evento continúe el próximo año, y posiblemente incluyan más equipos, después de la reacción entusiasta del día. También esperan que la camaradería fomentada en el campo los impulse a formar una comunidad en otros lugares, ya sea en las bancas de las iglesias, en un restaurante o de vuelta en los campos de fútbol.

“Evangelización a través del fútbol”, dijo Coogan.