Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

07-28-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My dear friends in Christ,

Last week, I fondly remembered the beautiful devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as a way of consecrated family life under His mantle. This week I would like to print for you the Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our Lord Jesus Christ made these twelve promises to those who honor His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun, whom he called “the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart” and the Heiress “of all Its treasures”, in the 1670’s. They show us how much He cherishes this devotion.

Considering that the blood that redeemed us at Calvary came from His Sacred Heart and that so much love and light still exude from it, we can easily understand why! These promises were revealed in one of many private revelations that Jesus gave St. Margaret Mary. Our Lord promised the following:

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Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

07-21-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

As a child in Catholic grammar school, First Fridays devoted to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was a monthly religious obligations that instilled religious fervor. We sang this beautiful Hymn, “Sweet Heart of Jesus we implore. O make us love thee more and more.

On the words “Jesus” and “love” the melody reaches to the top of the octave and stays there. Even forty years ago “Sweet Heart of Jesus” was a relic of pre-conciliar Catholicism. You wouldn’t have heard it in most parishes, though my pastor resisted the Cultural Revolution that was supposed to accompany the liturgical changes.

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Welcome Rev. Marinelli / Adoration Chapel Update

07-14-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we welcome Reverend Matthew Marinelli to our parish. Father Matthew was ordained at St. Francis Cathedral on Saturday, June 24th. Father Marinelli, a Phillipsburg native, earned a bachelor's degree in philosophical theology from Seton Hall University, South Orange. While studying for a master's degree in divinity at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pa., he undertook a diaconate assignment in a small Pittsburgh parish. "They had a small Spanish community there which was super loving, devout and hospitable," said Father Marinelli. As a seminarian, Reverend Marinelli participated in a pastoral language immersion program in Bolivia. He also worked a summer assignment in the Hispanic community of Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Perth Amboy. Father Matthew said he is greatly anticipating engaging in the lives of parishioners and forming the deep bonds that come with serving in a parish. "I most look forward to being in people's lives," said Father Marinelli.

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Church Renovation Update

07-07-2019Weekly ReflectionFather Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

I would like to give you an update on the renovations of the Church. We will resume the installation of the tile in the Church in the next week or two to replace the carpet. The cost of the tile was generously given to the Church by several parishioners.

It is through the generosity of the Rob & Maria Bacino and Insight Private Advisors that we will begin work on the pews and kneelers after the flooring is completed. The pews will be sanded, re-stained and the worn kneelers will be replaced. We are very grateful to the Bacino’s for this generous donation.

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Parish Staff Changes

06-30-2019Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

I would like to share some news regarding some staff changes to our parish. Father Walter has been assigned by the Bishop to Holy Name Parish in New Brunswick. Father will be the Parochial Vicar and will be serving the 3 parishes that make up The Holy Name Parish effective July 8th. We thank Father Walter for the three years that he has served our parish. We will have a farewell reception on Sunday, July 7th at the Noon Mass. Please join us as we extend our best wishes for Father Walter in his new parishes.

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A Special Thank You

05-12-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

I would like acknowledge the many people and ministries that made our Easter Masses extra special this year. Father Miller and Father Trigilio, who celebrated the Triduum; Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Father Walter, his Grace Archbishop John Meyers who attended Holy Thursday Mass and added dignity to our Liturgy. Our four Deacons, our Seminarian David Keyes who served as MC. The wonderful music led by Cheryl Manfredonia and all our choirs. Mrs. Dolores Wright who is the RCIA Ministry Leader and her team, who did an excellent job preparing the candidates for the Initiation Sacraments. Our Liturgical Environment team led by Bill Tackett and JoAnn Fisher who did a beautiful job decorating the inside and outside of the Church and grounds. The Boy Scouts and Squires who helped the gardeners clean up the parish grounds. The High School Altar Servers who served during the Triduum. Meghan Luu and Ginnie Heller for their delicious meal and desserts for our Holy Thursday dinner. The Knights of Columbus Honor Guard who served at the Holy Thursday Mass. The Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre. And the many, many others that made this possible.

May God bless you in this Easter Season.

Father Brighenti

A Holy Longing

05-05-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

Do you ever feel like you’re not completely satisfied with the way your life is going? Do you feel like you’re doing what you can, you’re striving but something is just missing? The reality is that there is a burning desire in your heart and in mine. It is a “holy longing” for deep meaning, connection, belonging, purpose and joy. At its core, this holy longing is a profound desire to be our best and truest selves and for communion with one another and the loving God who created us. It’s how we’re made. As St. Augustine said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”

We need awakening

Bishop Checchio has called our diocese to embark on a "Year of Awakening" called Lighting Hearts on Fire, where we will prepare to entrust ourselves to the motherly protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and Star of the New Evangelization. This period of intentional prayer and discernment is meant to stir the holy longing within each one of us and prepare our hearts to receive the guidance and supernatural graces God wants to provide us, so that we may more boldly and joyfully follow where He is leading.

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Helping the Local Homeless

03-17-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My dear parishioners,

I would like to address a critical problem that has arisen in the past two weeks. Two men, who appeared to be homeless, have found their way to our parish. In the past, city, police and our parish have tried to help them. One, indeed, has the financial capacity to help himself. The police have told us that they go around from various places until they have to be removed. This past weekend they were removed from the hospital, for causing issues with the nursing staff. They ended up at St. Magdalen. I contacted social services but they could not provide help since one has adequate income. The other gentlemen refused to give any information.

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Lenten Thursday Evening Prayer and University Lecture Series

03-03-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti PhD

My dear Parishioners,

Lent is time to take our spiritual life a bit more seriously. We do this by traditional means of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. In addition to our daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations of the Cross on Friday’s at 7:30pm our parish will be hosting a Parish Lenten Mission from Mar 10-18 nightly at 7:00pm.

Fr. John Trigilio — Mount St. Mary Seminary and University and Fr. Fred Miller—St. Andrew Seminary and Seton Hall University will be conducting the Mission. Additional details are in this week's bulletin.

We will be also hosting a University Lecture series on Thursdays in Lent at 7:00pm. It will consist in celebrating Evening Prayer and then a talk by a prominent theologian. I hope you make every effort and attend.

Sincerely,
Fr. Brighenti

2018 Parish Updates

01-06-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

Many of you have admired all the wonderful projects that have been completed at St. Mary Magdalen's this past year. This is due to the generosity of people like you who have donated towards certain items or projects. Our Church and Parish Center could have never been worked on without your generosity. In addition we had fundraisers such as plant sale, bird house sale, Trivia night (proceeds that we used towards the church) and Bag Bingo, which helped Our Lady of Hope House. Many other items have been given over the past 1½ year ranging from sanctuary chairs, missal stand and sanctuary lamp to new altar cloths and dalmatics and our beautiful Sanctuary Angels.

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Adoration Chapel Update

12-23-2018Weekly Reflection Rev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

I have an update on the Permanent Adoration Chapel plans. Our architect, Mr. Peter Cucci has drafted the plans for three contractors to bid. I have just received all three of the required bids. I submitted them to the Diocese Board of Consultors for them to choose the contractor. So we are pleasantly movingly along with this project. We have collected $125,000.00. to date. I will certainly let you know if we are in need of more money to complete the project. May our Eucharistic Lord and King, bless each and every family for your continued devotion and generosity in this special project.

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Why do we offer Mass for the Dead?

10-28-2018Weekly ReflectionFr. William Saunders

The offering of Mass for the repose of the soul of the faithful departed is linked with our belief in Purgatory. We believe that if a person has died fundamentally believing in God but with venial sins and the hurt caused by sin, then God in His divine love and mercy will first purify the soul. After this purification has been completed, the soul will have the holiness and purity needed to share in the beatific vision in heaven. While each individual stands judgment before the Lord and must render an account of his life, the communion of the Church shared on this earth continues, except for those souls dammed to hell.

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