"Ordinary Time"

06-28-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

The Catholic Church has entered the “Ordinary Time” in our Liturgical calendar, but it is far from ordinary. We have been challenged these last few months, but Jesus reminds us to remember that he is always with us even during challenging times. In today’s readings, he tells us to take up our cross and follow and love him above all others. What better way to show our love but by attending Mass and receiving the body of Christ. It is wonderful to be able to see our parishioners returning to the Church for the celebration of the Holy Mass.

The Bishop was very clear that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass will remain in effect until further notice. It is not a sin, in any way to not attend Mass especially if you are elderly or have underlining conditions where it is necessary for you to keep the Stay at Home Orders. The decision regarding whether to attend Mass is left to the individual. If you or someone in your household is ill, especially with a fever or flu like symptoms please do not enter the Church.

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Welcome Back!

06-21-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

Welcome back!! Last weekend we reopened our Church for the first time since this pandemic closed our parishes back in March. It felt wonderful to see the parishioners back in Church. We continue to follow the guidelines set by the Governor of NJ and hope soon that we all can return to our churches to celebrate the action of the Eucharist, to hear the scriptures proclaimed and to offer our lives in bread and wine.

The Bishop was very clear that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass will remain in effect until further notice. It is not a sin, in any way to not attend Mass especially if you are elderly or have underlining conditions where it is necessary for you to keep the Stay at Home Orders. The decision regarding whether to attend Mass is left to the individual. If you or someone in your household is ill, especially with a fever or flu like symptoms please do not enter the Church.

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Reopening of Church

06-18-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

Today we celebrate The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Feast of Corpus Christi, also known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, is a Catholic liturgical solemnity celebrating the Real Presence of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the elements of the Eucharist. We have much to celebrate today as we are able to receive the Most Holy Body of Jesus in a public Mass inside our Church.

Beginning this weekend, June 13/14, we have received the directives from the State of NJ and the Diocese of Metuchen that we may return to public Masses. Thank be to God! We will also begin weekday Mass at 8:00 am. The Bishop was very clear that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass will remain in effect until further notice. It is not a sin, in any way to not attend Mass especially if you are elderly or have underlining conditions where it is necessary for you to keep the Stay at Home Orders. The decision regarding whether to attend Mass is left to the individual. If you or someone in your household is ill, especially with a fever or flu like symptoms please do not enter the Church.

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Trinity Sunday

06-07-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

Today we celebrate The Most Holy Trinity. The Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and life...the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them" (CCC 234). The three Persons of the Holy Trinity are distinct but not separate. Each has it’s own name because each is a distinct Person: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. While three persons, there is only one divine intellect and one divine will, which all three Persons share equally. This means what the Father knows, the Son and the Spirit know . What one Person wills, all three wills. The Holy Trinity is the greatest mystery of the Christian religion.

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Greetings

05-31-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

It is hard to believe that it has been fifty days since Easter Sunday. Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. The authority that Christ gave his Apostles through the Holy Spirit extends through the bishops today. The Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church. In fact, St. Augustine said that the Holy Spirit was the soul of the Church. Just as the soul gives life to the body, so also the Spirit gives life to the Church. Let us pray to the Holy Spirit and ask for patience and guidance as we continue to navigate through this pandemic.

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Mass Updates

05-24-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

Today we celebrate The Feast of the Ascension, the elevation of Christ into Heaven by His own power in presence of His disciples. Jesus reminds the apostles that he will always be with them, through his Spirit. We can easily see that he says the same to us, especially during this difficult time. Being reassured of his abiding presence and love can only motivate us to continue to live in faith and hope, as he invites us to celebrate this presence with each other, even if we do it from a distance.

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Greetings from Father Ken

05-17-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

As we continue the Easter Season, we are reminded by the Lord that he is the way to the Father, he is the truth of the Father’s love, and he is the life made real for us. This is not just what we believe, it is also a reassurance during this time of COVID-19. We need assurance that all is well, despite the different and difficult situation we are experiencing. There has to be someone who offers us something different, a ray of hope at a time like this. It is Jesus who stands with us, reminding us that he is present in and through us. He invites us to reflect that presence in who we are and how we interact with one another. While this Easter Season has been most unusual for all of us, a time to reflect more deeply on the resurrection and its impact and effect in our lives. We will continue to live-stream the Mass every day at 8:00 am until we can all gather together in the Church for Mass.

Eucharistic Adoration is also available every day for you to come and pray silently, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please remember that we are to follow social distancing while in the Church.

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May 10 Update

05-10-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

I hope that all of you are taking care of yourselves and your families and are all well. It is easy to become discouraged, frightened or even anxious about Covid-19. But Jesus reminds us that he is present to us and with us, We always have to look for what is positive and hopeful in all of this, or else we give in to the doom and gloom, Think of what Jesus offers us to help us, His presence in the Word reassures us of his presence in our lives. Since we cannot gather as a community in the church, consider reading and reflecting on the Word as a family. Connect to the live streaming of the 8:00 am & 12:00 pm (Spanish) Sunday Mass to help you. It always helps families in times of difficulty to pray together, in whatever way works for you. It is important for all of us to be connected to the Lord and to one another at this time. All of us are in this together, and together we will survive it. But we cannot do this without the connection to the Lord, who reminds us of his abiding presence and love.

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May 3 Update

05-03-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

I pray that you are you and your families are all well. As we are all now living in strange and unsettling times, we as community of the faithful and followers of Christ are truly called at this time to trust in the Lord. This is not easy with many falling ill, at home with no community events and especially not being able to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist. Beginning on May 2nd through May 10, we will begin the Novena to Our Lady in times of Pestilence with May Crowning on the last day. We all need to keep praying, to call on the Blessed Mother, Mary and all the saints for help, guidance and fortitude.

Join us each day for daily live stream Mass at 8:00 am by visiting our website or on our Facebook page. Eucharistic Adoration is also available every day for you to come and pray silently, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please remember that we are to follow social distancing while in the Church.

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Stay Close Spiritually

04-26-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

I pray you are well and getting through these stressful and challenging times. It is unprecedented for all of us, we might be feeling a loss by the inability to attend Mass. Here are some simple suggestions for staying close spiritually while maintaining a safe and respectful social distance: Begin each day with prayer. Ask Jesus to stay close to you and to all your family and friends. Attend Mass and other prayers and devotions virtually. Make a spiritual communion. Many opportunities are available each day at St. Magdalen’s. We offer daily Mass at 8:00 am each day and Eucharistic Adoration is also available every day. Participation in the life of the Church can help us feel more closely connected with God and with each other.

You can view our Mass daily by going to our website. It also has great resources and our bulletin with great liturgical articles, information, and more . Our Church doors are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily and on Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. For you to come and pray silently. We will be having Eucharistic Adoration during these times, please remember that we are to follow social distancing while in the Church.

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Divine Mercy

04-19-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

Today the Easter Octave concludes with the Second Sunday of Easter called Divine Mercy Sunday. During his revelations to Saint Faustina on Divine Mercy, Jesus asked on many occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. On April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina named this Second Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday. May we remember this important Sunday to realize anew what Christ’s new life has done for us. This celebration is not about a private revelation, rather Jesus’ words to St. Faustina about His merciful heart supports what the Church has always professed and which she seeks to remind the world of once again; namely God’s goodness and love for sinners. Faustina wrote that Jesus promised that all who recite this chaplet at the hour of death or in the presence of the dying will receive great mercy. Faustina also stated that Jesus promised that anything can be obtained with this prayer if it is compatible with His will. May we pray for God’s protection and realize an end to the threat of this disease.

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Easter Greeting

04-13-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Easter. Although this is a different Easter then what we are accustomed to, this is a time to remember and know how deeply God loves us; and the extent to which He has been willing to go to save us.

Next Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. May we remember this important Sunday to realize anew what Christ’s new life has done for us. This celebration is not about a private revelation that took place in Poland, rather Jesus’ words to St. Faustina about His merciful heart supports what the Church has always professed and which she seeks to remind the world of once again; namely God’s goodness and love for sinners. I encourage you to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, you can find it in this bulletin. Faustina wrote that Jesus promised that all who recite this chaplet at the hour of death or in the presence of the dying will receive great mercy. Faustina also stated that Jesus promised that anything can be obtained with this prayer if it is compatible with His will. May we pray for God’s protection and realize an end to the threat of this disease.

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Holy Week

04-05-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

As Holy Week approaches, our parish as well as all the parishes in our Diocese will be without Easter and Holy Week public Masses . Father Brighenti, Father Matt and Father Trigilio will be celebrating the Masses live as we have been in the last week or so. You may view the Mass on our website or by going to our Facebook page.

Holy Week will begin on Palm Sunday with Mass at 8:00 am and 12:00 pm (Spanish) and it will conclude on Easter Sunday, with Mass at 8:00 am and 12:00 pm (Spanish). There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter. The faithful are granted a dispensation from abstaining from meat on Fridays for the rest of Lent, except Good Friday which is universal law and a day of fasting and abstaining from meat.

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