As the Drug Epidemic continues to wreak havoc across the Jersey Shore, more and more community groups are pulling together efforts to help those struggling with the disease treatment and a chance at a second life.

St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church of Toms River, and the RCCTR (Roman Catholic Churches of Toms River) are hosting a recovery event named, “Peer Recovery Support: The Missing Link,” which takes place on Thursday, October 3, from 6:00-9:00 pm.

This event is being sponsored by NCADD-NJ (The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) and the MHA (Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc.).

“The drug epidemic continues to be sadly out of control,” St. Luke’s Pastor Father Bob Grodnicki said. “Our hope is that this forum will help shed light on the numerous recovery resources available for individuals struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol and help save many precious lives.”

The event will take place at St. Luke RC Church Parish Center, 1674 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, NJ 08755.

There will be various Ocean and Monmouth County organizations and information tables available to answer questions and provide resources to attendees.

A brief panel discussion will take place at 7:00 pm, after which the panelists will hold discussions with groups of attendees.

Refreshments will be served.

If you are interested in finding out more information about this event, or learning more about the RCCTR, please visit our website at

"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.”

For more information, please visit each of the four parish websites:,,, and

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