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:READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
"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
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?READ MORE
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.READ MORE
We have been taught it is respectful to open the door for others, to hold the door for others and allow others to pass through first. Our faith is very much the same.
As disciple's of Christ we are called, in and through our baptism, to go forth sharing our faith. We do this in many ways especially with people present in our lives; friends, relatives and even sometimes the stranger. Every time we share our faith we open a door.READ MORE
Magazine racks, internet ads and Pinterest presently are being filled with 'announcements' of wonderful Holiday recipes. Beautiful pictures, flavorful spices and marketing that can make just about anyone desire the perfect Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Once past the emotional nostalgia of the ten second fantasy, when you really start to dive into the recipe, you come to realize that there will be time needed for significant preparation. I have often found myself thinking I have the ingredients needed at home but then find out I don't have the Mullin Spice or Wallsail Spice Blend (now who keeps that as a regular spice in the cabinet!...not me).READ MORE