Dear Parish Family,
I want to share with you that next weekend we will have our Stewardship Expo after all Masses in the Parish Center. This event was previously scheduled in the Fall but postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Our Parish Center which is designated by the Red Cross as an emergency facility was very close to being utilized at that time for our community.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family-
"Look, he's wearing green today!" That's how I was greeted by one senior as I entered Independence Manor a few Sunday's ago for a morning Communion Service. She noticed that my stole was green as is the customary color for Ordinary Time, that is, the longest "season" of the church year, between all of the extraordinary seasons like Christmas and Lent.
And speaking of Christmas and Lent, what a trick the calendar played on us this year! In what seemed like a blink of an eye we quickly moved from the Christmas Season, briefly into Ordinary Time, and now into Lent. I wonder, on my next visit to Independence Manor, will that same senior say "look he's wearing purple today!"READ MORE
Dear Fellow Parishioners:
For those of you who do not know me, I chair the Commission for Evangelization and Adult Catechesis at St. Magdalen's. I am also the wife of Deacon Stephen, and we have three wonderful children, Stephanie, Kevin and Kristen. My previous letter for the bulletin was written just before the arrival of Superstorm Sandy and never made it to the printer! I hope you have all recovered from that storm and pray that you weather all the "storms" that life brings your way.READ MORE
My name is Sr. Pat and I've been privileged to minister at St. Magdalen's Parish for 12 years, five years as the Director of Religious Education and 7 years at Our Lady of Hope House.
Thank you for your generous response to the Thanksgiving Dinner and the Giving Tree at Christmas. During my 7 years at Our Lady of Hope House the number of families being served by the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry has greatly increased from 30 families to 75 families. We count on your generous response to the needs of our brothers and sisters as we continue to buy food each week to supplement the donations. Be assured that your intentions are lifted up in prayer each day in gratitude.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
My name is Sister Barbara. Many of you know me from teaching your child in Religious Education. For the past several years I have had the privilege of preparing my second grade classes for the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist. It is the joy of my heart to help the children to know and love Jesus. At present, they are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Penance on February 4 and 5. They will receive First Holy Communion in May.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family:
Merry Christmas! If you are reading this on the weekend of January 12th and 13th (commemorating the Baptism of the Lord), it is still Christmas time according to the Church calendar. We are the only ones in our neighborhood who still have our house decoration lights on. In fact, I was going to use this edition of In Persona Christy to talk about the Church liturgical calendar. However, having just attended the funeral of Bishop Edward Hughes, the second bishop of our diocese of Metuchen, the Holy Spirit is moving me in a different direction for this letter.READ MORE
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May God bless you and your families on this Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord! I remember growing up that my grandmother, a devout Irish Catholic, refused to take down her Christmas decorations until Epiphany Sunday. When people asked about this, she would respond spiritedly: “It’s still Christmas…so I don’t take them down ‘til Little Christmas and that’s all there is to it!” Grandma wanted to remind everyone that the joy of Jesus’ birth is far too amazing to be limited to one day. May we be filled with the joy of the Christ Child as we continue to celebrate His Nativity!READ MORE
Merry Christmas! Christmas day is almost a full week ago and for many it may seem like a very distant memory already as the chores of cleaning up the house, returning gifts, taking down decorations and paying the bills kicks in. However, Christmas, like Easter is too big to be limited to just one day so as Catholics we celebrate the Octave of Christmas. Eight days to celebrate the love God has shown to us through the Nativity of His Son. So I say it again, Merry Christmas. Do not allow the secular influences to strip away the joy that the coming of the Savior brings. Do not allow God's saving plan to be swept away as just another day. Hold on to the joy, peace and love that God dispenses through the Christmas season. Be transformed by that love even in the hustle and bustle of daily life; even in the frustrations that this world can bring.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
I am happy to be back in Flemington! When I arrived and saw the grounds of the Church all decorated for the season it filled me with a sense of warmth. The familiarity of the buildings, the rectory, the people, it is a great place to call home. It is home because of the spirit of the people here. I appreciate all of your kindness, patience and support while I have been away studying these past few months. But it is really good to be here!!READ MORE
Greetings to all with Anticipation and Joy,
So why is Fr. Jack wearing that pink garment today? Well, we would officially call the color "rose" and the outer garment is called a "chasuble," but somehow I like saying Fr. Jack is looking stylish and svelte in pink today! Today is the Third Sunday in Advent and is known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is Latin for "Rejoice." So, you might say to yourself: "Advent should be a happy time since we are getting ready for the coming of the Christ child. Yes! But not only. In addition to being a season of joyful expectation, Advent is also a penitential season like Lent. And Advent has a counterpart Sunday in Lent known as Laetare Sunday where the priest and the deacon wear rose-colored garments. The point of both days is to provide us encouragement as we progress toward the end of each respective penitential season.READ MORE
Dear Parishioners and Visitors,
First of all, I want to express my sincere thanks to all you for your Faith, Love and Hope in God as revealed by Jesus Christ. Thanks for your prayers, love of the Catholic Church, support of this parish of St. Magdalen, commitment to your families and all the good things you do in your lives. I give thanks to Fr. Tim who received me into his parish on January 5th, 2009 and all of you with whom we participate in the celebration of the Sacraments. Thanks also for your expressions of friendship, hugs, and generosity. I was amazed by the so many invitations I received for Thanksgiving Day. Even if I could not attend all the invitations on such an important day, I treasure and honor the love you have for your priests.READ MORE
As Advent season is upon us and a new Liturgical year begins we are called by Christ in our Gospel this morning to remain vigilant in waiting for His coming. Advent is a special season in the Church to remind us and to prepare us for the impending coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Year after year, Advent comes and goes and Christmas is celebrated, but do we ever stop and reflect on our preparation for the coming of the Savior of the world?
We probably have a lengthy list of all the preparations we need to make to be ready for December 25. There are gifts to buy, decorations to hang, a tree to trim, cards to send, parties to attend. We go through the same process every year, usually worn out by the immensity of it all. But so often in doing all these things we can forget why we celebrate in the first place. Our world has turned the anticipation of this Holy Night into a frenzy of materialism and secularism. The secular world obscures, veils and distracts from Jesus' birth with politically correct language and its "Happy Holidays" mantras. Jesus Christ is coming and that is infinitely greater than the bargain shopping extravaganza at our favorite mall or outlet.READ MORE