Celebrating the Priestly Ordination of Edwin Mauricio Tabera Vasquez

05-15-2016Pastor's LetterDeacon 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.

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Opportunities to grow in faith

03-27-2016Pastor's LetterFr. 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

01-28-2016Pastor's LetterFr. 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?

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Finding Clarity at Christmas

12-20-2015Pastor's LetterFr. 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.

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Open this Door so Others May Walk Through It

11-29-2015Pastor's Letter

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.

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1/2 teaspoon of Desire - 1cup of Devotional Prayer

11-15-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

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).

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How I Encounter Christ

10-18-2015Pastor's LetterSr. Pat

Over the past several years at St. Magdalen’s many graces and blessings have come to me. Two or three years ago I was feeling burdened and came into church and looking at the Crucifix I said to the Lord, “This is too hard”! In my heart I heard Jesus say, “So you think this was easy!” My eyes filled with tears and I told the Lord I was sorry for complaining. What a grace moment that was!

My ministry at Hope House has many needs. One day after Mass a man gave me some money. He said he had prayed to St. Joseph and his prayer was answered so this was to help someone. That day a woman parishioner came needing money to buy a TV for her husband who was in a nursing home. The Lord knew and had already provided for it!

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October is Respect Life Month

10-11-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family,

There are many competing voices about what "dignity" really means.

October is designated by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to be a time specially dedicated to "Respect for all Life." Central to being a follower of Jesus is to promote the dignity of every person. This is obviously a great challenge in our day for lots of reasons. There are many competing voices about what "dignity" really means like, both at the earliest stages of life in the womb and also at the vulnerable end stages of life during old age or terminal illness. As followers of Jesus we have a unique and life giving message that we must never grow tired or be bullied about being silent; namely that every life has meaning and value.

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Encounter Jesus

09-27-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

September is a time of transformation. Every year at this time, we come back from our summer vacations and our church is reinvigorated. Children return to their formation classes and our parish becomes a center of activity for our families, a place of encounter. This year is no different. In September, the Universal Church emphasizes the importance of family as The World Meeting of Families takes place in Philadelphia from September 23rd - 27th.

We eagerly await the message that Pope Francis will have for us in his homily during the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27th. What will the Pope have to say at the culmination of the World Meeting of Families? We know that our families are domestic churches, centers evangelization and encounter which mirror the Parish family, or the Church. Pope Francis recently said that "families and parishes are the two places where we encounter, in every age, that communion of love which has its ultimate source in God. Just as our families are domestic churches, our parishes are called to be welcoming families."

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Encountering Christ

09-22-2015Pastor's LetterDan Amabile

From the earliest time I can remember, I have been going to church and hungering for a relationship with God. My parents diligently took me to Sunday services in the Presbyterian Church and I came to know and love the Lord in a very personal way. My desire to understand Him and His word drove me to intense Bible study and ultimately to pursue a degree in Theology. I've continued to feel His presence in so many ways throughout my life... The same Jesus I encountered as a young boy is the one who comforted Karen and me when our son Jack was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of two. He has been with us through many sorrows and challenges and also in our greatest joys and realization of dreams throughout the years.

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