Why do Catholics genuflect in a Church?

07-30-2017Weekly Reflection

Court etiquette says we should show this respect to our King, pledging him our service. It is easy to “go through the motions” as Catholics, and one of the easiest gestures to forget the meaning of is the genuflection.

Often we will find ourselves mindlessly walking into church, finding a pew and kneeling quickly on one knee before sitting down. We sometimes do it so much without thinking that when we walk down the aisle of a movie theater we end up genuflecting before we sit down for the show! So why do Catholics genuflect when they walk into a church?


The Gold Box in a Catholic Church

07-23-2017Weekly Reflection

The gold box in a Catholic Church is sacred, set apart for a very special purpose.

One of the primary and most distinctive fixtures of any Catholic church is a box or cabinet, typically made of gold placed in the front and center of a church. The exact shape varies, but you will most often find a red vigil lamp lighted next to it.

As Catholics, we call the box a tabernacle and it contains the “holy of holies,” Jesus present in the Eucharist.


A Warm Welcome to Our New Pastor

07-09-2017Weekly Reflection

We are pleased to welcome our new Pastor, Father Kenneth Brighenti to St. Magdalen de Pazzi. He arrives from Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD., where he servedon assignment from the Diocese of Metuchen asDirector of Pastoral Field Education and Vice Rector.

He was ordained on May 28, 1988 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Metuchen. Since his ordination, he served as Parochial Vicar in four parishes in our diocese from 1988 - 2000. He became Pastor of St. Ann in Raritan in 2000 where he remained for nine years.


In Gratitude for Fr. Tim Christy

06-25-2017Weekly ReflectionSt Magdalen de Pazzi Parish Community

So many of us could share a particular moment when Fr. Tim offered wordsof prayer, encouragement in times of difficulty, or spiritual guidance whichhas influenced our faith. The parish community of St Magdalen’s has beenblessed to have a pastor with such wisdom and faith in God.

With a strong devotion to our Mother Mary and a heart for evangelization,Fr Tim has modeled in his own life what it means to trust in the Holy Spirit.As pastor, Fr Tim has echoed the words of Benedict XVI by developing avibrant parish that embraces the richness of Catholic Tradition and encourages discipleship for evangelization.


My new position: Vicar for Evangelization and Communications for the Diocese of Metuchen

05-07-2017Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family,

This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, which is commonly called "Good Shepherd Sunday." The Church always reads from St. John's gospel account of Jesus describing his relationship to us, His flock, as a shepherd who guides his sheep. The image of the Good Shepherd also describes the nature of leadership in our Church. Our bishops and priests are called by Jesus to be the clear voice of the Good Shepherd guiding the life of the local Church.

Today I write to tell you that our chief shepherd, Bishop James Checchio, is re-assigning me from pastor of St. Magdalen de Pazzi, to a new role of leadership in our diocese of Metuchen; Vicar for Evangelization and Communications. This is a portion of Bishop Checchio's formal announcement this past week at the Chancery:


Merry Christmas

12-25-2016Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

I am so happy that you joined us for the celebration of Christ's birth. I understand that many of you may be visiting. For some of you this may be a renewal, a moment that has brought you back to church. What ever the reason or where ever you may be on your faith journey I want you to know you are always welcome here at St Magdalen's.

There are so many wonderful staff and ministry leadership that are always eager to listen and spend time with those who are seeking more for their faith. Please let us know how we may be part of your journey.


Fiscal Statement

12-18-2016Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

I present you with last year’s fiscal statement for our parish operations. It shows ashortfall due to a number of factors. One reason is that we had some capital expenditures that will not be needed again for the foreseeable future, but it was primarily due to a drop in our ordinary income from Sunday collections. We, like almost all of the parishes in central New Jersey, are experiencing a dramatic downturn inregular Church attendance. With the decline in attendance fewer people are contributing and some due to life circumstances need to contribute less.


An epidemic in Hunterdon County

10-09-2016Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

In my homily this weekend I spoke about an epidemic in Hunterdon County Did you know that Hunterdon County Heroin overdosesreported in 2015 rose 333% compared to 2014!

Remember what the lepers said today in the gospel reading? "Jesus, Master." They recognized Jesus Christ as their Master, the one who can relieve them of their suffering. My prayer and works with people who are addicted is the hope that they can turn away from the current 'master' in their lives, addiction, and turn towards thereal 'Master' in life, Jesus Christ.


Father Mauricio's First Mass

06-05-2016Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family,

This past weekend was a high point for our parish and for our diocese. Bishop Checchio ordained three men to the priesthood of Jesus Christ, one of them, Father Mauricio Tabera who has served as a transitional deacon here at St. Magdalen's. It has been a great joy for me and our whole community to get to know him, support him and pray for him along the last steps of his journey to the priesthood.


Celebrating the Priestly Ordination of Edwin Mauricio Tabera Vasquez

05-15-2016Weekly ReflectionDeacon Mauricio

What are the few moments/decisions/events that you relied on the Holy Spirit to guide you?

The Holy Spirit is a gift that we all receive first at baptism, second at confirmation and then He is also   present within the Church in each one of the Sacraments.  Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He told His disciples that He would send one who would teach and guide all those who believe in Him. Jesus’ promise was fulfilled less than two weeks later when the Holy Spirit descended upon the believers at Pentecost.


Opportunities to grow in faith

03-27-2016Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

"The Gospel joy which enlivens the community of disciples is a missionary joy."
— Pope Francis - 'Evangelli Gaudium'

Easter is a wonderful time in our lives to be renewed in Christ and the love that God has for each of us. I am so glad you were able to be with us at such a special time within our Liturgical calendar.

I pray that it has set your hearts anew and provided an opportunity to draw closer to Christ. Our parish provides many opportunities for you to consider ways for growth and participation in your faith.

These next few pages are only a few of the many ways and please never hesitate to contact us.

In Christ, Fr. Tim Christy

Lenten Adoration

01-28-2016Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

As remarkable as it seems, the holy season of Lent is just around the corner. Lent traditionally brings us increased focus on our relationship with God. Traditionally the Church speaks about an increase of "prayer, fasting and almsgiving," as means to allowing God's grace to transform us.

We cannot make ourselves holy. Rather, surrendering to God wherever we recognize His promptings puts on the road to holiness. Prayer is counseled by all the great saints as the avenue to holiness. Yet, for many people the idea of prayer is mysterious and off putting. After saying some words of thanksgiving and asking God for what we need is where prayer stops. It is of course very important to thank God for His gifts, protection and care. Gratitude is the basis of every prayer. The scripture reminds us over and again that God wants to hear our petitions. It is good and right to ask Him even for what we may think is small and insignificant things. Yet, the real intimacy that we yearn for is much deeper. St. Augustine reminded us so long ago that "You have made us for yourself O Lord, and our hearts a re restless until they rest in thee." How do we grow in our desire for that union?


Finding Clarity at Christmas

12-20-2015Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

4K Ultra HD TV's displays 4x the resolution of Full HD

It seems that each year around Christmas TV manufacturers come out with technology to make picture quality clearer. This year's newest and greatest being 4K Ultra HD. Their hope is to bring you the best quality picture to improve your experience of television. It is most likely the best time to introduce new technology because people are seeking to find the perfect present and willing to sacrifice a little more during Christmas.