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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


Five Ways to Prepare for Mass

09-30-2018Weekly ReflectionPhilip Koslowski

Do you find yourself “going through the motions” at Mass? I know how easy it is to attend Mass and feel entirely disconnected from what is going on. To counteract that tendency, I have tried numerous aids over the years and discovered 5 ways that help me prepare for Mass.


Rediscovering Beauty in the Sacred

09-23-2018Weekly ReflectionJames Day

The three transcendentals—truth, beauty, and goodness—were ideals once harmoniously integrated in the Catholic worldview not only in the transmission of the faith but also in the arts: literature, art, music, architecture, poetry, and sculpture. The expression of the wonder of God in art through so many artists across time, encouraged by the great patron of the arts, the Church, to lift humanity’s gaze beyond the mundane has been widely lost in the modern age.


Praying Amid Scandal

09-16-2018Weekly ReflectionJoseph Martin Hagan, O.P.

How do we pray amid Church scandals? One helpful way is to return to the basics: The Our Father. For this meditation, I’ll look to the various parts of the prayer in reverse order.

Deliver us from evil — Father, you alone are holy. You alone are pure. The evil within your Church overwhelms me. It is too much for me to understand, let alone overcome. Please purify your beloved Bride, beginning with my own heart.


The Church has Antidotes

09-09-2018Weekly ReflectionTom Hoopes

Prevalent aspects of our culture are very dangerous psychologically. But the Church has antidotes. By Tom Hoopes

Suicide is not a problem mainly of the wealthy celebrity suicides that make the news. Nor is it limited to those suffering from depression or ongoing mental illness, as author Elizabeth Scalia points out. As multi-faceted and complex as the epidemic is, there was a study two years ago that is still worth pondering. Stat,istically for one group, suicide is a “vanishing phenomenon,” according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In a study of nurses, “among the 6,999 Catholic women who said they attended Mass more than once a week, there was not a single suicide.”


Answering New Ideas on Cremation

09-02-2018Weekly ReflectionMichelle Arnold

A fire department was dispatched recently after reports of heavy smoke in National City, California, not far from Catholic Answers headquarters. The first responders discovered that the smoke came from a local crematorium and contained human cremains. A furnace door had not been properly secured during a cremation, and the deceased’s remains ended up becoming pollution over the city.

Mishaps of this type are fortunately rare, but we often receive questions about how to respond to situations in which family members or friends treat the remains of deceased loved ones in ways not in keeping with the Church’s requirements for fit disposition of the human body. A few recent examples: