Rosary Altar Society


Sacred Heart Holy Rosary Society Board Members 2023-2025

The Rosary Altar Society of Sacred Heart is dedicated to the praise and honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as to the needs of our parish and certain local charitable organizations.  We host a number of events throughout the year including our September Mum Sale, October Bakeless Cake Sale, Speaker Series in September, November and April, May crowning, Formal Induction of new Members each October, and our Ice Cream Social in June!   Hope you can join us for these events!

2023-25 RAS Executive Board:

Spiritual Advisor:        Rev. Joseph Hlubik

President                      Barbara Turro (732-903-7551)

Vice President             Eileen Rinaldi & Roberta Convery

Secretary                      Mary Glass

Treasurer                     Pat Donovan

Altar Linen Care         Sally McGoey:

About our very dedicated members:

Barbara Turro has been a parishioner at Sacred Heart since 2012.  Barbara and her husband, Jim, (in his 5th year of deaconate training, to be Ordained May 2024!) are married 42 years.   They are blessed with 3 children and 4 grandchildren, who all live out West!

Barbara has been a Lector at SH for 10 years (plus 18 years in NY) and a Eucharistic Minister for 6 years. She has been our Bible Study Facilitator the past 6 years (plus 10 years in NY!) and a Rosary Altar member since 2017.

Professionally, Barb is a Registered Dietitian with 40+ years of experience. She has been a Certified Diabetes Educator for 35+ years. She still works part time.

Barb has also been a Member of the Mantoloking Green Team and Environmental Commission for the past 4 years.  She loves to bike, hike, and swim!

Roberta Convery is originally from North Jersey but became a full-time resident of Mantoloking 10 years ago. Roberta is married to her loving and supportive husband Joe for 52 years! They have been blessed with 2 wonderful sons…4 grandchildren…and a feisty Bichon named Tucker.

Professionally, Roberta was a Registered Nurse for 50 years in all areas of critical care. 10 years ago, she fractured her wrist playing soccer with her grandson, which ended her career in nursing, which she misses very much.   She feels honored to work with the Rosary Altar Board!

Eileen Rinaldi has been a parishioner since 2005, and a long time Rosarian. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY where she attended Catholic Grammar School and High School, and now a resident of Mantoloking Shores.   Eileen is a widow, and the mother of 2 daughters, and grandmother to 5.  Eileen worked as a Secretary until she became a stay-at-home Mom.

Eileen is also the Facilitator of both The Divine Mercy Prayer Group and The Breakfast Club, a Bereavement Group at Sacred Heart. Eileen loves our Church, and participates in daily Mass.

Mary Stockton Glass has been a parishioner at Sacred Heart for 48 years. She is married with 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren. Mary has lived in Bay Head for 48 years, and recently retired from owning/operating the Bay Head Sands Bed & Breakfast for 39 years! She now works part-time at Andi’s in Bay Head. Mary is a former member of the Bay Head Board of Education, the Bay Head Council, and was recently President of the Bay Head Business Association. Mary is presently on the Finance Council, and a Trustee at Sacred Heart.  Mary is also a Lector at Sacred Heart.

Pat Donovan was married in Sacred Heart Church and has been a member for past 50+ years.  She resides with her family in Monterey Beach on the Barrier Island of Toms River on the outskirts of Lavallette where she raised her 4 children. Pat is also blessed with  8 grandchildren, and one great grandchild!   Pat has been an active member of RAS for over 40 years and as Treasurer for the past 14 years.  She cherishes the friendships she has made with her fellow “Rosarians” through the years.  Pat has enjoys participating at the various social occasions and fundraising events to provide assistance to our many charitable organizations.

 Josie Esquivel, our former Rosary Altar President, has been a parishioner at Sacred Heart since 1998 and is a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. She chaired our Centennial Gala in 2013.  She has been a Trustee on the Catholic Charities Trenton board since 2018 and chairs the Strategic Planning and Social Policy Committees. Josie also sits on Catholic Charities Ocean County Board.  She was a Trustee at the Ranney School, where her twins went to school, for 11 years.

Prior to moving to Bay Head, Josie was an equities analyst at Morgan Stanley for six years and at Lehman Bros for eight years covering Textiles, Apparel and Footwear stocks. She was ranked one of the top analysts 12 of those years by Institutional Investor’s All-Star Research Poll. Josie retired from Wall Street in 2001 to be a soccer, basketball, baseball, field hockey, and LAX mom!

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Josie went to the University of Miami and received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1983. Josie has been married to Joseph Murphy since 1993 and they have boy and girl twins.

Officers serve for a two-year term with the exception of the Treasurer who can serve indefinitely. A rose, a name tag, a rosary booklet, a band captain list, a membership list and a copy of the by-Laws are given to each member on induction. Each member is expected to read and become familiar with the by-laws and is encouraged to take an active part in all the activities.

The Rosary Altar Society meets on the third Tuesday in the months of April, May, June, September, October, and November.  Special meetings are called as needed. The Rosary is recited at 6 pm in church followed immediately by Mass and meetings begin at 7pm in the Parish Center. A monthly meeting follows in Msgr. Casey Hall and a social coffee is enjoyed by all.

All women are invited to become members and to share in the many spiritual benefits of the Rosary Altar Society.  Along with annual dues of $10 a year, fund raisers and raffles are held to help pay for the altar breads and other charitable donations. We also take care of the altar cloths and priests’ vestments.

Some but not all activities are:

  • Mid-September – Mum Sale
  • October – Induction of new members and the Area Wide Communion Breakfast hosted by one of ten neighboring parishes each year.
  • December – Christmas Party.
  • May – Crowning of the Blessed Mother and Mass for Living Members.
  • June – Closing Meeting and Feast of the Sacred Heart.

We also participate in the coalition of churches hosting a dinner for the lonely and less fortunate as well as an annual Gift Giving for the clients at Valentine House.