Dear St. Magdalen Parish Family,
My name is Alicia Worden and I was asked to share the journey that has led me to where I am now as a parishioner at St. Magdalen's, creating and renovating linens and tapestries for the church.
At an early age, I found a love for art and pursued a BFA in Fashion Design at Syracuse University and continued my education at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I worked in New York City for eleven years in the fashion industry where I learned so much. After my husband and I had our two daughters, I started sewing costumes for a ballet school in Lambertville, NJ. I am now very busy as the Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for the same ballet school and its associated professional ballet company.READ MORE
"The Memorare is a prayer that effectively expressed Mother Teresa's trust in the power of Mary's intercession as the mediatr ix of all graces," explained Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity, who was postulator for Mother Teresa's sainthood cause. "It flowed from the love and confidence she had in Mary and was a simple way to present her petitions to her."
Mother Teresa saw it as an effective prayer because of her own experiences. "On numerous occasions she prayed the Memorare for various needs," he said, "and the speedy response she received inspired her with ever greater confidence to have recourse to Mary with the words of the Memorare. "She often resorted to what's called her "Flying Novena." Father Kolodiejchuk explained, "It consisted of nine Memorares, which she would pray as the need arose or a difficulty presented itself. She definitely inspired the same devotion in her sisters, but also in others."READ MORE
Habits and routines form and shape our experiences and our lives. These habits will help you make going to Mass more than a habit. Going to Mass is the ultimate form of prayer and should be a spiritual encounter with Christ.
I invite you to reconsider your Mass routines in order to more fully understand and appreciate the gift of the Mass. These practical tips will help us recognize Jesus at Mass, give God the sacrifice of our praise, and become what we receive in the Eucharist for our lives and for the life of the world.
St. John Vianney once said, "If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy."READ MORE
When it comes to concerns for our health and the health of our loved ones, we should always turn to prayer. We pray for disease prevention, for physical healing, and for peace of soul while enduring physical suffering. Fortunately, there seems to be a special saint for just about every illness and health concern we can think of!
The saints are great aids to us in our time of need and help guide us to greater love for Christ through our crosses and trials, especially when it comes to our health. Here is a list of both popular and not-so-well-known saints to invoke for common ailments:READ MORE
God always honors someone who persistently and patiently offers up their failings to Him and humbly asks for help. Confession is like cleaning and redressing a wound. The wound may not heal immediately, but it is never going to heal at all if it is not regularly cleaned and carefully re- dressed. Over time, the repeated cleaning and care for the wound eventually heals it. For years, I mentioned my poor drinking habits in Confession nearly every time I went. I was at a loss to know how to fix my addiction. But I knew I had to mention it each time. Eventually, I was given an amazing moment of grace and I haven't touched alcohol again. The next time I went to Confession I was stunned. I didn't need to mention it! Looking back, I could see how God had worked with me and through me, even when I was in despair at ever being healed.READ MORE
As Catholics, we are required to go to Confession once a year, but why stop there? We know Confession can be daunting or difficult, and there might be many reasons why you don’t want to go. However, regular Confession, whether it be monthly, every two weeks,or weekly, doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, it is life changing and life giving! Here we share 11 amazing things that happen whenyou go to Confession more often.READ MORE
No one wants to be known as a gossip, yet who among us has never gossiped? It's tempting. It is so tempting in fact, that we can convince ourselves that we were not really gossiping.
Take the gossip test below to determine if you qualify as a gossip. If you answer yes to any of the 10 statements below, you have gossiped. Then read on for powerful reasons never to do it again.
Jesus asked, through St. Faustina, that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy, to begin on Good Friday. In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:
"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy...On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."READ MORE
Hello, Katrina. My question for you is about actively participating at Mass. Is it still considered “participating” ifI can’t fully concentrate on the readings or the homily? My two daughters are 3 and 8 months and I’m usuallypretty distracted with making sure they don’t get too loud and fussy and disturb others around us. Some SundaysI completely miss all the readings and even the homily. I wonder if I should just wait until they’re older to cometo Mass so that I can concentrate and actually participate. Is it considered participating at Mass if I am barely mentally present?READ MORE
My Dear Friends in Christ,
It has come to my attention, from a devout parishioner, that there will be a master tarot reader, medium and Reiki masterat a local salon in Flemington. Going to mediums, fortune tellers and playing with Ouija boards are a direct opposition toour faith and a grave matter for confession. As your pastor, I would be remiss not to warn of the severity of such athing. Please pray for the conversion of this medium who is attempting to contact the dead and that the salon would decline to sponsor this event. The Pontifical Committee on Family has warned us that Reiki is not a practice that we shouldas Catholics be participating in. As Catholics, we pray for the dead, that they rest in peace, that their time in purgatory isshort. We do not conjure up their spirits.READ MORE
My Dear Parishioners,
With the good weather this past week we were able to address some things around our campus. First, the white pine trees in back of the rectory. The trees were over grown, and causing a lack of sun to the hedges. In addition, they have a tendency to blight when they reach a certain age. Therefore we had them cut down in order to improve visibility and hopefully prepare a proper spot for a little prayer garden in honor of St. Therese. This could be a great Eagle Scout project.READ MORE