Sacred Liturgy and Worship

The Liturgy (Mass) is Jesus’ most precious gift to the Church, where we encounter His very presence in the Eucharist.  Through great attention to detail, the Sacred Liturgy Commission helps ensure every mass is reverent, beautiful; a foretaste of heaven!  There are many ways you can participate in the liturgical ministries for daily mass, weekend masses, Holy Days and special feast days.  Please prayerfully consider sharing your time and talents (and in all ministries, training is provided!)  I encourage you to call each ministry leader for more details and information on how to get involved!  For more information, please contact Cheryl Manfredonia at cmanfredonia@stmagdalen.org.

Altar Servers & Sacristans

Prepare liturgical needs and provide invaluable assistance to the priest at Mass, setting for the community a prayerful example of genuine participation in the liturgy.   Altar service fosters in the server a closer relationship with God which stays with them for the rest of their lives.   This ministry is open to boys and girls who have completed fourth grade, attend Mass regularly, and have a desire to serve God and the church community.   For more information, please contact Lynn Ruezinsky at (908) 782-2922, ext. 1750 or lruezinsky@stmagdalen.org.

Care of the Church

St. Magdalen’s is blessed to have a dedicated group of parishioners who work behind the scenes caring for all the sacred inventory.

Clares (Baptismal Bibs)

A group of individuals who take care of our baptismal garments, making sure they are ready for this sacred first sacrament of the church.  Some sewing skills are beneficial!  We can use your help!  Please contact Alfie Altomare at amaltomare1@yahoo.com.

Lydias (Church Cleaning)

The Lydias tidy up - by dusting, straightening, removing wax from candle stands and tending to the candles in the Narthex.  Tasks are done on a weekday between 11am and 5pm and take about 30 to 60 minutes to complete.   You will be assigned a week to go in and you choose which weekday to serve.  You tidy up only once every 4 to 6 weeks.  Individual orientation will be given and a trial period is offered.  Please contact Fran Holmok at (908) 442-4056 or holmok@comcast.net.

Marthas (Mass Linen Cleaning)

A group of individuals who lovingly wash, iron and fold the small, sacred linen cloths that are used on the altar for Mass.  This is done at your leisure at home.  Instructions and training are provided.  Please call Rosemarie Doremus at (908) 782-7204.

Daily Rosary

Many parishioners are drawn to devotional prayer.   The Daily Rosary is prayed in the church at 8:30am Monday through Friday.  Please call Monika Szmul at (908) 237-1937.

Eucharistic Adoration

The core of our very existence as a Catholic Church, devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is the source and summit of parish life.    St. Magdalen’s is blessed to be continuing its journey toward Perpetual Adoration.  Adoration is held in the Sacred Heart Chapel, located inside the main church entrance to the right from 10am to 11pm Monday – Friday (with a Benediction service Friday evening at 7:30 pm.)  Overnight Adoration takes place from 3pm on Sunday until 7am on Monday, as well as the First Friday of the month overnight until 8 am on Saturday.  To sign up to be a committed adorer, or to be placed on the sub list, please contact Lucille Hess at lucillejoy@comcast.net.

Extraordinary Ministers

It is an honor and blessing to distribute the body and blood of Jesus Christ at weekend liturgies, holy days of obligation, daily mass, and on visits to the homebound, as well as Independence Manor and the hospital.  Interested parishioners receive training and typically serve two times a month.

Mass

Please contact Ronnie Thomas at rthomas442@comcast.net.

Facilities (including Independence Manor)

Please contact Don Anderson at dqanderson1@comcast.net.

Homebound

Please contact Michaele Casey at michaele.casey@comcast.net.

Greeters

Provide a warm welcome and genuine smile to parishioners as they enter church.

Please contact Jayne Gilbert at jayneisabelgilbert@gmail.com.

Knights of the Altar

A great group of boys who form a core of young men in leadership amongst the altar servers and in the parish.  Please contact Anthony Cozzi at acozzi@stmagdalen.org.

Lazarus Ministry (Funeral Ministry)

In collaboration with the Bereavement Ministry, this committee assists parish families in planning a loved one’s funeral mass, are present for the liturgy when able, and ensure the funeral runs smoothly, helping family and friends feel welcome and comfortable.   Please contact Ed Pictroski at ed.pictroski@gmail.com.

Liturgical Environment

Volunteers tend to the changes in adornment of the Sanctuary.  From altar cloths to candles to flowers, these seasonal, and sometimes daily changes, help parishioners become conscious of the various feast days and liturgical seasons.  Please contact Billy Tackett at btackett@stmagdalen.org or Miriam Hennessy atmiriam.henn@yahoo.com.

Music Ministry

Dedicated musicians, choirs, and cantors aim to give God the glory He deserves with the most beautiful, reverent, sacred music we can deliver.  All ages and skill levels are encouraged to become a part of our team; there is a place for everyone who enjoys sacred music; from chant to motets, from the Classical Masters to traditional hymns, from instrumental meditations to Praise & Worship; let’s share our gifts and talents to support our parish’s music program.  Please contact Cheryl Manfredonia at (215) 858-3582 or cmanfredonia@stmagdalen.org.

Readers

Are responsible for proclaiming the Word of God at all Liturgical Celebrations and prayer services.  Through their presence and prayerful and reverent proclamation, the lector can be a powerful instrument of God’s Word coming alive in our liturgies.  Please contact Dolores Wright at doloreswright2@gmail.com.

Rosary Altar Society

Our mission is to praise and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and to secure her patronage by the recitation of the Rosary for the mutual spiritual benefit of all of the members throughout the world.  Our devotion is accomplished by committing ourselves to the imitation of Mary’s virtues and is expressed through participation in monthly Corporate Communion and meditations on the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and celebrating Special Feast Days.  The Rosary Altar Society meets the First Thursday of each month, September through June at 7pm.  Corporate Communion Mass is every the First Sunday of each month at 12 noon Mass.  All women of the Parish are welcome.  Please contact Remy Dixit at (908) 303-3671.

Ushers

Providing seating assistance is only one of the many areas in which these gracious stewards minister to St. Magdalen’s parishioners.  Ushers will manage the collections, coordinate the presentation of the gifts, orchestrate the orderly participation in receiving Holy Communion, and distribute the parish bulletin at the conclusion of Mass.  Please contact Frank Seboria at fseboria@hotmail.com or (908) 303-6017.