Founded in 2015 as part of the “Faith in Our Future” initiative of the Diocese of Trenton, the Roman Catholic Churches of Toms River (RCCTR) is comprised of leaders and clergy from the four Roman Catholic parishes in Toms River: St. Joseph’s, St. Justin the Martyr, St. Luke’s and St. Maximilian Kolbe. These four parishes serve more than 20,000 registered Catholic families in Toms River, and collaborate to find ways to strengthen our parishes, explore new models of leadership, evangelize, improve Hispanic ministry and expand opportunities for greater efficiency and better stewardship. This collaboration is key to bring greater depth and breadth of services to the community. The mission statement of the RCCTR is, “Leading people to the heart of Jesus where they can experience the beauty of the truth as contained in the Catholic faith.”
Please join RCCTR and Ocean County Right to Life at Ocean County Memorial Park, 1722 Silverton Rd. Toms River for Mass, history of the site, and a flower ceremony. This event will be held on Saturday September 7th at 10:00am. For more info, contact Patti Tardi at 732-678-7367. Bring a chair!
UPCOMING EVENT: The RCCTR will host the free, community-wide “Missing Link Peer Recovery Forum” on Thursday, October 3rd from 6-9pm at St. Luke’s Parish Center. Please CLICK HERE to view the event flyer. Please CLICK HERE to register. This event supports the #SquashtheStigma challenge and will take place just days before October 6th which has been officially adopted as “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day” in New Jersey, helping to bring more focus and participation to prevention, education and awareness.
The Rosary Rally will be held at St Maximilian Parish on October 12, 2019 will Honor the 102nd Anniversary of the Fatima's Miracle of the Sun. Celebration of Holy Mass will begin at 8:00 AM. Rosary rally will begin at 9:15AM with Refreshments to follow in the parish hall
Many Catholic couples are opting to be married outside the Church. How can we encourage them to reconsider so that they will be able to experience the benefits of the Sacrament and the wisdom of inviting God into their marriage? This is a topic for couples who are planning to marry BUT PERHAPS MORE SO it’s a topic for EVERYONE (parents, grandparents, friends, students, co-workers) because almost EVERYONE knows a young couple who have chosen not to marry in the Church. Their reasons vary…but how can we help them re-consider? They will want to know “why” - and we need to be ready with a reasonable and persuasive and encouraging reply. To that extent YOU (yes, you… because all of us are part of the Body of Christ, the Church, and we are Church on mission, to bring good news to our brothers and sisters so that they may share more fully in the blessings of God) are invited. We will help you with the reasons (the “why”) and the “language” to use when these couples cross your path – and you never know – YOU, just might be the reason why they reconsider. 7:00 – 8:00PM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2019 In the Church – See You there. Deacon Gerry
LATEST NEWS: Bereavement Facilitator Training in August 2019 was a success! The RCCTR recently hosted bereavement facilitator training for more than 25 parishioners from the four Catholic parishes in Toms River. Topics included: how we help the grieving; the companion-ing model in bereavement support; grief and mourning; communication skills; and interactive skills training for faith-based ministry services and support groups. With additional facilitators, our parishes will be able to offer extended support groups for those suffering from the loss of a loved one. Please stay tuned to our parish websites for more info on new groups coming soon! Huge thanks to our trainer, Mary Ann Collett, MSW, MA, CLEM, PA, who provides Life Coaching, Pastoral Care, Bereavement Support Groups, Retreats and Workshops.