Praying Amid Scandal

09-16-2018Weekly ReflectionJoseph Martin Hagan, O.P.

How do we pray amid Church scandals? One helpful way is to return to the basics: The Our Father. For this meditation, I’ll look to the various parts of the prayer in reverse order.

Deliver us from evil — Father, you alone are holy. You alone are pure. The evil within your Church overwhelms me. It is too much for me to understand, let alone overcome. Please purify your beloved Bride, beginning with my own heart.

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The Church has Antidotes

09-09-2018Weekly ReflectionTom Hoopes

Prevalent aspects of our culture are very dangerous psychologically. But the Church has antidotes. By Tom Hoopes

Suicide is not a problem mainly of the wealthy celebrity suicides that make the news. Nor is it limited to those suffering from depression or ongoing mental illness, as author Elizabeth Scalia points out. As multi-faceted and complex as the epidemic is, there was a study two years ago that is still worth pondering. Stat,istically for one group, suicide is a “vanishing phenomenon,” according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In a study of nurses, “among the 6,999 Catholic women who said they attended Mass more than once a week, there was not a single suicide.”

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Answering New Ideas on Cremation

09-02-2018Weekly ReflectionMichelle Arnold

A fire department was dispatched recently after reports of heavy smoke in National City, California, not far from Catholic Answers headquarters. The first responders discovered that the smoke came from a local crematorium and contained human cremains. A furnace door had not been properly secured during a cremation, and the deceased’s remains ended up becoming pollution over the city.

Mishaps of this type are fortunately rare, but we often receive questions about how to respond to situations in which family members or friends treat the remains of deceased loved ones in ways not in keeping with the Church’s requirements for fit disposition of the human body. A few recent examples:

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Sanctuary Floor Renovation/The Church is Holy in its Origin

08-26-2018Weekly ReflectionFr. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

I would like to give you an update on the renovation of the Sanctuary floors in the Church. The work will begin around September 4th and will last for a few weeks. We will continue to have our Masses here at our Church. Our Funeral Masses will be at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Three Bridges. They have so graciously given us permission to have our Funeral Masses there while we are under construction. Our clergy, deacons and liturgical ministers will travel to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on those days.

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Cosmic Origins

08-19-2018Weekly Reflection

Seton Hall faculty members, Father Joseph Laracy and Father James Platania, served as lecturers at the "Magi Project Summer Seminar 2018" hosted by the Collegium Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. The seminar's theme was "Cosmic Origins" and focused on questions including: How do the Big Bang Theory and Genesis fit together and can one believe in the modern physical mechanics of an inflationary Universe and also in God?

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The Integrity of Human Love (Part 2)

08-12-2018Weekly ReflectionDavid S. Crawford

THE TWO MEANINGS OF THE MARITAL ACT

With this background, we can now better understand Humanae Vitae’s central teaching: that each and every conjugal act must be “open” to new life. This teaching does not mean that spouses must always have the express purpose of conceiving a child when they come together. Nor does it imply a lack of “openness” when, through no action of their own, conception cannot occur, such as during an infertile period of a woman’s cycle. Nor does it mean that spouses cannot, for serious reasons, consciously limit their marital acts to such times of infertility, as through natural family planning.

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The Integrity of Human Love (Part 1) by David S. Crawford

08-05-2018Weekly ReflectionDavid S. Crawford

As a convert, I am sometimes asked what brought me into the Catholic faith. Conversion cannot be reduced to a simple formula, but the answer for me, at least in part, was being deeply struck and attracted by the truth and beauty of the Church’s understanding of marriage. We often hear that the Church’s teachings on marriage and sex drive people away, but this certainly not my own response as a husband and father.

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An Examination of Conscience for Venial Sins

07-15-2018Weekly Reflection

OK. So, you receive regular spiritual direction, you frequent the sacraments, you fast and pray and spend time in adoration. You attend daily Mass, or at least more often than just Sunday Mass (and Holy Days of Obligation). You're not committing mortal sin. You confess your venial sins during regular confession. At times, you feel like what's the use? I'm not really a great sinner … anymore. Why am I going through the motions?

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How Will Your Life Change When You Go To Eucharistic Adoration

07-08-2018Weekly ReflectionGarrett Johnson

from catholic-link.org/why-do-you-go-to-eucharistic-adoration

In the spirit of Pope Francis’ call to come together as one community before the Holy Sacrament, we would like to offer this video, released by the USCCB,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txuaN5FXgW8 that is a collection of shorttestimonies on why people attend Eucharistic Adoration.

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Current Parish Projects

07-01-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

I would like to give you an update on work that is being done around the St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Parish. Like your homes, our property needs constant upkeep in order that the buildings are safe and secure for the future. I thank you for your patience as we continue to do projects around the campus. Here are some of the projects we are currently working on:

Rectory: restoring, all window sills, eaves and dormers over the garage. Victorian houses are beautiful, but high maintenance. Every so often the trim has to be repaired and painted. Fortunately, the portico is in fine shape so there is no need of any restoration. However, it was discovered that the dormers on the garage were damaged due to weather over the years. Along with filling in the seams of the trim, windows and replacing the dormers, all were primed and are being painted. The project began with a thorough power washing. This was done to see the extent of the work that was needed. The whole project costs about $11,500.00. Hopefully, it won't have to be done for another ten years.

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