Discerning the Priesthood: Be Not Afraid


Perhaps priesthood has crossed your mind, but fear pushes the idea away:


USCCB: Moderna’s and Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccines ethically preferable to Johnson & Johnson’s


The statement was signed by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend and Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, who head the USCCB committees on doctrine and pro-life activities, respectively.


Points to Consider on the Use of COVID-19 Vaccines


The NCBC recognizes an ethical hierarchy among COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines that do not use abortion-derived cell lines in any phase of design, manufacture or testing are the best ethical choice if they are reasonably available, safe, and effective.


Discerning the Priesthood: Gaining Peace Through Prayer


Is God calling me to be a priest? How can I know for sure? What's the best way to make a decision like this?


Discerning the Priesthood: The Most Important Decision You will Ever Make


If you were about to make one decision that would dramatically impact the rest of your life, how would you go about it?


New Jersey’s Phased Approach to COVID-19 Vaccination: Phase 1A


Updated December 28, 2020
New Jersey is using a phased approach to COVID-19 vaccination to ensure that limited vaccines are distributed in a fair and equitable manner. Phase 1A started December 15, 2020. During 2021, additional people will become eligible to receive vaccination in New Jersey.


Letter from Bishop Checchio on the International Day of Human Fraternity


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you may know, the Holy Father is participating in a virtual meeting today with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, with the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and other leaders, marking the first-ever International Day of Human Fraternity. The meeting can be viewed by visiting the Vatican News website.


Overview for Re-Starting Mass Inside the Church

06-26-2020NewsRev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD
  1. We have reopened the Church in Phase 2.
  2. There will be a limited number of parishioners that can attend Mass inside the Church.
  3. Mass schedule will be:
    Saturday: 5:00pm (Vigil Mass)
    Sunday: 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm (Spanish)
  4. The 9:00am and 1:30pm Masses will continue to be available for everyone to view on Facebook.
  5. Please note that the restrooms will be closed until further notice and you will not be able to use them.

Parish Update

06-01-2020NewsRev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD

Dear Parish Family,

At Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Parish as throughout our diocese, the Church will be without public Mass. Father Brighenti, Father Matt and Father Trigilio will be saying the Masses privately to fulfill the Mass Obligations. Daily a Mass will be celebrated by our priests so many will hopefully participate through live streaming. We are encouraged to make a Spiritual Communion opening our hearts so the Lord can commune with us. He is waiting; He is still stretching out his arms from the Cross!

Our Church doors will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily and on Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Praying in large groups, however, should be avoided. In all situations, participants should be encouraged to observe social distancing practices, recommending 6 feet of space between participants. The Church is open so that we can come on our own initiative on our own schedule to pray silently to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, to pray the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Stations of the Cross, etc.