Director of Communications

05-24-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

As some of you may know, throughout the past several months, the parish staff and I have prayerfully discerned the need for a Director of Communications at Saint Magdalen's.

This individual will be particularly dedicated to building a tactical delivery plan with a strong focus on communications planning, development and implementation of internal and external communications focused on furthering the church's vision and mission. To that end, I am pleased to introduce to you St. Magdalen's new Director of Communications, Mr. Fred Proulx. Over the next several months, Fred will be visiting the various ministries to introduce himself and become familiarized with our parish family.

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Welcome Deacon Mauricio Tabera

05-17-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

As you may know, following his ordination to the diaconate on Saturday, May 16th, Deacon Mauricio Tabera will be assigned to St. Magdalen's as his home parish while he continues his theology studies and prepares for his priestly ordination, God willing, in the spring of 2016. This week, the deacon-to-be gave an interview to our Director of Communications. I would like to share with you some of his background, how he discerned God's call to the priesthood and how he came to say yes to Christ's invitation to "come and follow me."

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

05-10-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

The Easter Season continues to bring forth new life. We just finished celebrating our parish First Communions, and this weekend we celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. At the center of all of our sacraments is the risen Jesus Christ. He promised to remain with His Church until the end of time for the sake of personal encounter with each of us. This is why He with the Father sent the Holy Spirit into the world.

Confirmation is the completion of Baptism. It was at Baptism that we were reborn of water. We were washed clean of original sin. We were made children of the Father and heirs to the Kingdom of God. The Holy Trinity came to live with us intimately in the depths of our soul. Yet, we still need to be sealed with the Holy Spirit in Confirmation, which empowers us for our Christian mission in this world. Baptism incorporates us into the life of the Church; Confirmation sends us on mission for the sake of the gospel.

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First Holy Communion

04-26-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

This and the following weekend will mark a great milestone in the lives of children in our parish. The Saint Magdalen de Pazzi community will be celebrating with those who have been preparing for weeks to receive, for the first time, Jesus in Holy Communion. For me, this is one of the most satisfying times of parish life as a pastor. It is a joy to be so close to these children and see their awe and wonder for t he sacrament they are encountering. While it is true they may not fully understand everything about the Eucharist, they have been taught the most essential truth: namely, that the bread they eat is not bread, but the very Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. It is a mystery that will engage the rest of their lives and this side of heaven will never fully comprehend it.

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Easter 2015

04-05-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

The dark news of the world can become unbearable.  We become accustomed to hearing so many tragic events from all over the world; in particular the persecution and putting to death of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East.  It is also true that we can become overwhelmed with the darkness of our own lives.  This is why we so desperately need to celebrate Easter!

The world knows joy when we come to know Christ and the life that He gives us from His Resurrection. In the days and weeks ahead, let us take every opportunity to drink in this great truth. The Easter joy is that our deepest longing comes true: goodness overcomes evil.  No force will ultimately be able to stop God’s good providence in our lives.

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Consider coming to our Lenten Mission

02-15-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

This coming week we are called to engage the great season of Lent. Lent is the Church's annual g retreat that we all can go on to seek renewal and to get awakened to what is critically important to our life, our relationship with Jesus and His Church. It is amazing to think that God is not finished with us yet. Not until we take our last breath in this world.

We would do well these days leading up to Ash Wednesday to consider where we are on our spiritual journey. Maybe we realize we have gotten into some bad habits due to some bad thinking or attitudes. We cannot change ourselves by our own strength. No, we need God's grace and a willingness to surrender to His grace, in the same way that Mary our Blessed Mother was willing to surrender to God's will in her life. St. Joseph had to surrender to God's will in his life. He had to trust that God's plan was being worked out as he accepted Mary into his home and welcomed her as his wife and chose to be a father to Jesus. The gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus was obedient to Mary and Joseph, and so grew in age and grace. The Holy Family is a good reminder to us that doing God's will takes place in relationships. The family is frequently the place where we can discover the places that God is calling us to greater holiness. In living out Christian life in the home we discover our need for conversion and to be more generous, patient and present to one another. May our Lenten practices help us to be more of the radiant witness that God calls us to be.

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Merry Christmas

12-23-2014Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

2014 Christmas Message

40 Hours

11-21-2014Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

There may be too much to say in this brief column this week with Thanksgiving right around the corner along with the start of Advent next Sunday. First of all, I have been happy to share this bulletin space with our other clergy and staff, who are working hard for the Kingdom of God. We are blessed to have all of them! They want to share with all of you what is going on from their view of parish life and I think they have been doing that well these past weeks. This makes our parish life so much richer; having all the gifts and talents of so many people all working to advance the mission of Jesus right here in Flemington.

Next Sunday we will celebrate the uniting glue of everything we do at St. Magdalen's: We will gather around our Eucharistic Lord and give Him honor, praise and worship. Every activity in our parish is to come to a halt in order to provide some intentional time of reflection, prayer, praise and worship of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The more I live my life as a priest and as a man who has decided to follow Christ with my life, the more I realize how important sincere, sustained and open prayer before the Lord really is. Unless I am having a regular conversation with Christ and being united with Him in Holy Communion and going to regular confession, I find my energy waning for all the right things. I too, get distracted by so many demands on my time, deadlines, expectations and over commitments. When I bring my heart to Him, I find the real reason for my life.

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Important Events this week

10-05-2014Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

This first week end of October is filled with many things happening all at once. From my perspective it looks like most of us are settling into our fall schedules. I want to make several important announcements in this letter today.

First I want to share with you that Father Peter Delimat has told me he has decided to return to his native home of Krakow Poland to minister. He has been with us here since June. While he was only here a short time his good-natured presence at Mass has made a positive impact on many. I take this opportunity to thank him for his service to our parish and to wish him all the best in his continued journey in the priesthood. We will have an opportunity to wish him well and say goodbye as he celebrates the 12:00 Mass next Sunday, October 12. There will be a reception for him in the Narthex of the Church.

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As Disciples We Are All Called to Stewardship

09-28-2014Pastor's Letter

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
—Matthew 5:14-16

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace.
—1 Peter 4:10

Who is a Christian Disciple?
Through our baptism, we are all Christian disciples invited to answer Jesus' call to "Come and follow me."

Our Call to Self-giving
Just as Jesus in obedience to his Father offered his whole self for our salvation, we are called as his disciples to make this same selfgift in the service of others and in thanksgiving to God.

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How can I repay the Lord for all the good done for me? Psalm 116:12

09-21-2014Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family,

Each of us has been abundantly blessed by God the Father with our own unique gifts and talents. When we prayerfully identify our God-given gifts, and then strive to cultivate and share them with others, we glorify the Lord by our lives and become a glowing witness for Christ in the world.

"Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:14-16

Just as God the Father pours himself out for the Son and the Son back to the Father, each of us, created in God's image, has a deep inner desire to share what we have with others. It's how we're made!

There are many active groups, programs, and ministries here at St. Magdalen's that offer you the opportunity to share your time, talent and treasure in the service of others. This is the stewardship way of life and a concrete way to answer Jesus' call to "Come and follow me."

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Humanae Vitae

07-27-2014Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

Greetings from Detroit! My summer courses are half over this past week. While I have missed the slower summer pace at home, the study here has been very fruitful for me. I have had the opportunity to spend longer periods of time in prayer and to re-contact the truth that I am dependent on prayer; I am dependent on God. It also gives me a chance to reflect on important aspects of parish life that can easily get lost in the daily routine of taking care of the business at hand.

This past Friday July 25th was an important anniversary that generally gets little notice. It was the 46th anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, which Pope Paul VI addressed with great clarity the burning question of conscience: "Is it morally acceptable for a married couple, for grave reasons, to contracept in their marriage act?" The prevailing spirit of the age gave a resounding "yes" and at that time there were so many reasons that made it seem so right and logical.

During the 1960's, many social influences converged to make the answer seem obvious. One strong influence was the rise of a new feminism represented by Betty Friedan who advocated that women be freed from the shackles of child bearing in order to take her rightful place alongside men in the workplace. Another influence was the population scare. Some social scientists were warning that the resources of the earth would run out if large families were to continue. Economic questions of how to support large families in a changing society was of equal concern. Another major influence was the development of the birth control pill, which was hailed as a great "medical achievement." However, it was the first "medical" advancement that was not about correcting a bodily system that was malfunctioning, but rather was designed to cause a system that was functioning correctly [the fertility cycle] to malfunction.

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Spiritual Development

07-13-2014Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family,

Greetings from Detroit! As you may remember, part of my continuing education that I began on my academic sabbatical last year requires that I attend summer intensive courses in theology to complete the degree. This summer I am spending four weeks at Sacred Heart Seminary here in lovely Detroit, Michigan. It has been three days since I left, but I miss you already!

During these summer intensive classes, I am joining 12 other priests from around the country and from Africa and India. It is fascinating and fun to hear the experiences, trials and joys of the priesthood in all these places. We all have in common our desire to engage the New Evangelization. It was St. John Paul II who really articulated, almost thirty years ago, what is the new evangelization: "…it is not a new gospel, but rather the eternal gospel message made available to men and women today." He exhorts that it should be "new in ardor, method and expression."

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