Followup: Warning Against Upcoming Fortune Teller Event

12-10-2017Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

I am writing to you as a follow up to the November 26th bulletin letter regarding the fortune teller/medium at Shop Rite of Clinton. I met with Mr. Joseph Colalillo this past week to discuss this matter and was informed that it was not Mr. Colalillo's intentions to go against the Church's teachings or violate the First Commandment, "I am the Lord Your God, you shall have not any strange gods before me." For scheduling purposes, December 8th, The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, worked best in the stores schedule.

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How To Use An Advent Wreath

12-03-2017Weekly Reflection

Advent wreaths are a Christian tradition with roots in 16th-century Germany. They are seen both in churches and in homes and are an excellent way to prepare for the celebration of Christmas. Here is a step-by-step introduction to the practice and how to implement it in your home.

Create (or buy) an Advent wreath

There is no hard and fast rule regarding what an Advent wreath looks like. A traditional wreath contains a circle of evergreen leaves surrounding a set of four candles. There are usually three purple candles and one rose (pink) candle. However, some traditions have four red candles and others contain an extra white candle. For the purposes of this article we will focus on the three purple and one rose.

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Warning Against Upcoming Fortune Teller Event

11-26-2017Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Friends in Christ,

It has come to my attention, from a devout parishioner, that there will be a fortune teller sponsored by Shop Rite of Clinton on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of all days! I think this is more than coincidence but a truly gross act of anti-Catholicism. Going to mediums, fortune tellers and playing with Ouija boards are a direct opposition to our faith and a grave matter for confession. As your pastor, I would be remiss not to warn of the severity of such a thing.

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Upcoming Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

11-19-2017Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Friends in Christ,

I would like to thank Fr. Walter and his committee for the organizing a wonderful fiesta in on honor of Our Lady of Columbia. Along with the bilingual celebration of Holy Mass in which many priests concelebrated, there altar was festoon with flowers and a beautiful image of our lady was decorated. Afterwards, the children and teenagers performed local dances from their homeland, and the parish center was turned into a spectacular hall for merriment. Along with the priests, sisters and deacons there countless people who came to celebrate. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our unity as Catholics, and diversity with different ethnic flavors.

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Projects around the Parish

11-12-2017Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

I would like to give you an update on some of the maintenance projects we are doing in the parish. First, we are addressing the roofing needs at the Parish Office and gym. They are flat roofs which causes all sorts of problems. Also, the roofs are quite old and there are deep cracks in them. The company placed a fresh coat of tar and silicone, and with regular maintenance the roofs might not have to be replaced for another 8 years. Our cost was $19,600.00 for the lower roof and $16,500.00 for the upper. This is a significant saving to the parish, since a new roof at the Parish Office and gym could easily cost over a $150,000.00. We are replacing the roof at Hope House at a cost of $4,600.

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The Tabernacle with Adoring Angels

11-05-2017Weekly Reflection

The Ark of the Covenant was a kind of chest, measuring two cubits and a half in length, a cubit and a half in breadth, and a cubit and a halfin height. Made of setim wood (an incorruptible acacia), it was overlaidwithin and without with the purest gold, and a golden crown or rim ran around it. At the four corners, very likely towards the upper part, four golden rings had been cast; through them passed two bars of setim wood overlaid with gold, to carry the Ark. These two bars were to remain always in the rings, even when the Ark had been placed in the temple of Solomon. The cover of the Ark, termed the"propitiatory" (the corresponding Hebrew means both "cover" and "that which makes propitious"), was likewise of the purest gold. Upon it had been placed two cherubim of beaten gold, looking towards each other, and spreading their wings so that both sides of the propitiatory were covered. It is worth noting that this is the only exception to the law forbiddingthe Israelites to make carved images, an exception so much the more harmless to the faith of the Israelites ina spiritual God because the Ark was regularly to be kept behind the veil of the sanctuary.

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Do ghosts really exist?

10-29-2017Weekly ReflectionFr. Michael Kerper

an excerpt from A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask by Fr. Michael Kerper

Dear Father Kerper: It seems like there is a lot of evidence that there are ghosts that haunt people's homes. Do ghosts really exist?

Thanks very much for your question about the reality of ghosts. Some people, of course, would brush it off as a silly thing to ask, but it actually leads us to consider anew two key Christian beliefs: first, that every human person is a communion of body (matter) and soul (spirit); and second, that human life continues forever after bodily death, first as a bodiless soul, and eventually as a resurrected human being with body and soul reunited. To put your question differently: can these bodiless souls – ghosts – appear and intervene in our lives?

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Thank You!!

10-01-2017Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

I would like to thank all who have made my Installation as Pastor a truly wonderful event. First, my thanks go to Almighty God, who never ceases to amaze me in my vocation as priest. In the past 29 years of my priesthood He has led me to many different apostolates and duties. Second, I would like to thank his Excellency, Bishop James Chechio for taking time out of his busy schedule and my brother priests who came to celebrate the installation. Third, thanks go to my mother and sister and family who drove from Connecticut to be here. They were quite impressed with the parish and parishioners of St. Magdalen. Next, I would like to thank the staff of St. Magdalen's, the music ministry, office staff, gardening and flower arranging volunteers. Everyone coming together was a true blessing. Finally, I would like to thank all of you for being so welcoming to me over the past three months. Truly, I feel right at home with the good people of St. Magdalen. May God be praised and I look forward to serving you as your pastor. Please continue to keep me in your prayers.

Reverend Kenneth D. Brighenti

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Welcome Rev. James Platania

09-03-2017Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

I am pleased to announce that we will be having a weekend assistant, Rev. James Platania at our Parish beginning on September 3rd. Reverend Platanis currently is an Assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange.

He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Paterson in 2013. Since his Ordination he has served as an Advisor to the Seminarians at Immaculate Conception Seminar y and also ser ved in campus ministr y at St. John's University in Rome Italy.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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