Evangelization and Adult Catechesis

The Commission for Evangelization & Catechesis of Adults at St. Magdalen’s is building missionary disciples to “ignite a fire in the heart of our world”* here in Flemington.  We focus on creating opportunities for parishioners to discern how they can effectively live their vocation and spread the gospel.  We do this by providing innovative ways to invite adults into an intimate and ever-growing relationship with Jesus through adult faith formation and sharing, scripture study, conferences, prayer and reflection.

Please prayerfully consider sharing your gifts and talents in one of the ministries listed below. To learn more including what training is provided for each ministry, contact the ministry leader.

* The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis (n 271); Bishop James Checchio’s Pastoral Letter, March 2, 2017

The following is a list of current opportunities.  New ministries continually emerge as the Holy Spirit moves and leads us into fuller maturity and empowers us to put His gifts to use.  Perhaps God is calling YOU to volunteer or begin a new work in His kingdom right here and now.  Dan Amabile is the leader of the commission and can be reached at (732) 610-9541 or danamabile@yahoo.com.

Adult Confirmation

Leaders support and help facilitate a six-session review of the teachings of the Catholic Church to prepare adults, who are already baptized and have received Eucharist, for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation. For more information, please contact Dolores Wright at (908) 782-1359 or doloreswright2@gmail.com.

Baptism Ministry

For those who wish to register a child or children to receive the graces of this important sacrament, an introductory meeting is arranged.  Through that dialogue and discovery, we discuss with you the appropriate process and planning.  If you are considering having your child baptized, please contact Carmela Kinney at (908) 782-2922 ext. 1723 or ckinney@stmagdalen.org.

Bible Study

The Bible Study Ministry at St. Magdalen’s is a vibrant and focused group that meets on Sunday evenings, Monday mornings, and some Thursday evenings throughout the year, primarily in the Fall and Spring.  The focus of study for each semester is based upon the interests of parishioners and the general need to provide a comprehensive program.  Study is aimed at personal transformation, enhancing your experience of Sunday Mass liturgy, as well as calling forth and nurturing your gifts as a member of the Body of Christ.  For more information, please contact Mary Bachynsky at (908) 788-0992.

ChristLife

The ChristLife evangelization process is a proven method of igniting the new evangelization by providing teaching and small group discussion to bring people into a closer relationship with Jesus – to make “missionary disciples” at the parish level.  ChristLife makes missionary disciples by helping people discover Jesus Christ personally, follow Him in their daily lives as Catholic disciples, and share Him with others.  Please visit our parish website for more information or contact Deacon Dave Urcinas at durcinas@gmail.com.

Cursillo

Cursillo is a worldwide apostolic evangelical Catholic lay movement run by the Metuchen Diocese.  We are happy to have the diocesan Lay Director here as a parishioner!  Cursillo grows one person at a time by "making a friend, being a friend, and bringing that friend to Christ".  The movement includes weekend retreats and an annual national gathering called “National Encounter”.  For more information, please contact Lucille Hess at lucillejoy@comcast.net or (908) 788-5988.

Emmaus Men’s Group

Named for the gospel story of the risen Jesus walking alongside two of his followers on the road to Emmaus, our group of men is deeply devoted to having Jesus “open our eyes”.  The group meets every other Friday from 6:30 – 8:00 AM in the Mt. Carmel room and includes committed followers of Christ from all backgrounds.  Gatherings are informal and include prayer, song, and thought-provoking discussions of the week’s Gospel reading.  For more information, please contact Dan Amabile at danamabile@yahoo.com or (732) 610-9541.

Faith Groups

This new ministry is a way for you to find and develop closer, Christ-based relationships with other parishioners.  In a large parish like ours, it’s easy to feel a bit “disconnected” or only see other believers briefly before or after Mass.  By joining or leading a small group, you’ll be able to “go deep” with others like you, who are trying to put Jesus first in every aspect of their lives.  It’s easier said than done, and we need each other to strengthen, inspire and challenge us!  Typically these meet every other week, depending on that group’s makeup and schedules.  Using Scripture and other spiritual readings, at every small group session, you’ll have an opportunity to fellowship with your brothers and sister, share your faith, and pray together.  If you’d like more information, please contact Jonathan Hosler at (908) 672-7610 or jphosler@gmail.com.

Intercessory Prayer

St. Magdalen’s Intercessory Prayer Ministry meets the second Monday night of the month to pray for the needs of our parish. We pray exclusively for the ministries and work of St. Magdalen. This includes prayer for our Clergy, religious and lay workers as they labor for the Kingdom work of our Parish. An off-shoot of this ministry is our intercessory prayer with individuals after the 9:00 am & 10:30 am Masses.  For more information, please contact Wolfgang Schmid at Wolfgang@surplog.com.

Marriage Ministry

The Marriage Ministry exists to support and encourage the married couples of the parish in living out their marriages in a manner that is in accord with sacred scripture, the Church’s teaching of sacramental marriage, and the parish’s mission.  A core team of married couples – of varied marriage experience – seeks to deepen their own marital relationships as well as to plan and present marriage enrichment events and activities for the parish.  For more information, please contact Deacon Stephen and Rosemary Kern at (908) 782-4447 or kernfamille78@gmail.com.

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

This ministry provides NFP instruction, guidance, support and inspiration to married and engaged couples to live Christ's teaching for married love. NFP helps couples learn about their shared fertility and how to plan for their family size in a way that is unitive and respectful of the need to be open to life.

Not to be confused with the "Rhythm Method", NFP is a modern, scientific and reliable approach to family planning, and is 98 percent effective while being fully consistent with the Church's moral teaching.  NFP is taught in a series of four classes scheduled 5 weeks apart, with each class lasting approximately two to three hours.

For more information, please contact Deacon Stephen and Rosemary Kern at (908) 782-4447 or kernfamille78@gmail.com.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA Program is the evangelizing process for welcoming new members into the Catholic Church.  It is meant for those who are not baptized, those who are baptized in another Christian Church, or those who are baptized Catholic but who have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

Candidates meet with the RCIA team in the Spiritual Formation Center on Sunday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.  The meetings are divided into two parts:

  • Breaking Open the Word (study of Sunday Scripture readings)
  • Study of Religious Beliefs and Traditions. 

For more information, please contact Dolores Wright at (908) 782-1359 or doloreswright2@gmail.com.

Senior Citizens Ministry

This ministry exists to provide a sense of belonging and camaraderie for seniors who find themselves alone and may be seeking ways to become more active in their church and community.  We organize the trips, social events, and educational programs.  All seniors are welcome – widows, widowers, divorced, single, and married seniors who wish to become more active.  Those interested in joining our group please contact Mary Eyles at meyles@embarqmail.com or via phone (908) 788-4182.

Women of Grace

Women of Grace is a Catholic apostolate whose mission is to transform the world one woman at a time, by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity. This is done through the Foundational Study "Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life". This study takes a multi-media approach to dig deeply into Catholic teaching using the "Full of Grace" study text, Sacred Scripture, the Catechism, citations from Vatican II and other Magisterial documents, as well as biographies of 16 Catholic women saints. Women of Grace presents the Blessed Virgin Mary as the exemplar of all women. 

Women of Grace is offered twice a month, with two sessions being offered: one in the morning and one in the evening.  For more information, please contact Jennie Stanbro at (908) 892-3559 or jenniestanbro@gmail.com.

Young Adult Ministry

This ministry recently re-launched here at St. Magdalen’s.  It will feature social events and activities designed to build faith and friendships here in the parish. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 35 (single, married, or divorced) and looking for a great way to build community with others your age who are walking the road of discipleship, please email Colleen Wolters at
flemingtonyoungadults@gmail.com.