An Encounter with Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

08-23-2015Pastor's LetterMichael R. Sarno

While we can encounter GOD at many different times in our lives, one memorable encounter for me was in the Sacrament of Reconciliation many years ago. I was in my last year of law school and had been recognizing GOD's pull on my heart to go to Confession. At that point, I hadn't been to Confession for over 10 years. It was a struggle for me to go because it had been so long, and I hadn't been exactly living a life of virtue over that time.

Though I didn't realize it, GOD was gently and patiently leading me to that point through several different circumstances. While I resisted along the way, He kept pursuing me. After several months, I finally, though GOD's grace, went to Confession.

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Welcome Fr. Antony

08-16-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

I am happy to announce that, as of August 4th, Fr. Antony Arockiadoss joined us at St. Magdalen's as the Associate Pastor. He arrives from St. Bartholomew Church in East Brunswick, where he served as Parochial Vicar. Fr. Antony will be working to assist Fr. Tim in coordinating the Spanish Ministries. He just returned from studying in Mexico, where he has been studying the Spanish language (he also speaks English and French, and has studied Greek).

Fr. Antony was born on the 1st of February, 1976 in the city of Chenai, Tamil Nadu in Southern India, but was raised in Bangalore, Karnataka which is also in the South. At the youthful age of fourteen he joined the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC). He was ordained on the 28th of June, 2003. His favorite saying comes from Tamil, one of the five Indian dialects which Fr. Antony speaks: "Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir" which means "Every country is your own, and all people are your kinsmen."

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We Want To Know About Your Encounters with Christ

08-02-2015Pastor's LetterFred Proulx

One of my tasks as Director of Communications here at Saint Magdalen's is to help us find creative ways of sharing the gospel message. That is why, in bulletin articles over the last two weeks, we have been exploring what it means to have an "encounter" with Christ. An encounter of this kind is truly transformative, calling us out of ourselves and into a deeper connection with Christ and others.

We want to know about your encounters with Christ. Please send a 200-250 word document to me, Fred Proulx, along with your photo, to be shared in upcoming bulletins. My email is fproulx@stmagdalen.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Fr. Joseph’s farewell words: Relationships are important in life

07-26-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Joseph Kabali

Beloved parishioners of St. Magdalen, staff members and visitors,

Heartfelt greetings and peace!

I came as a stranger six and a half years ago to St. Magdalen's but I leave today as a friend to many people. Allow me to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the journey of faith we have travelled together, sharing the faith of Jesus our Savior. Sincere gratitude for your love, prayers, generosity, care, guidance, patience, meals (especially the carrot cakes), as well as smiling and laughing with me. If someone ever got hurt by my imperfections, I ask for forgiveness. A million thanks to Fr. Tim Christy for many things (he knows them)! I treasure the cordial relationships I have developed with many parishioners and the sweet memories that I keep within my heart. Thanks be to God by whose grace our paths crossed.

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An Encounter with the Divine

07-19-2015Pastor's Letter

What does it mean to have a personal "encounter" with God? How can we be open to this experience? How does it affect us?

Encounter is born from our spiritual hunger for a relationship with God. We need to feel our innate need to be in relationship with the Infinite Mystery. "From the time of our conception, we are called to communion with God. The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 27).

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Wake Up The World: The Family Fully Alive

07-12-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

What does it mean that masculinity and femininity are complementary?
How does God reveal us to ourselves in the image of marriage?
How is the family a place of encounter, a school of holiness, and a way of the cross?

These are the types of questions that were answered at the Wake up the World: The Family Fully Alive presentation series, held in anticipation for September's World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia with Pope Francis. The series, comprised of three nights of presentations and reflections, focused on the goodness of sexual identity, the profundity of marriage, and the dignity of the family.

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Fr. Joseph

06-14-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

I would like to share with you that Fr. Joseph has been assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Bernadette Church in Parlin, New Jersey and will be leaving our parish at the end of next month.

Over the past six years, the contributions that Fr. Joseph has made to St. Magdalen are invaluable. From his compassionate involvement with the Divorce Care ministry to his important task of leading the Spanish ministry, a work of the Spirit that has borne much fruit for the parish. Fr. Joseph has truly personified the mission of St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church. His efforts have led to a more fully integrated yet diverse community. In addition to these ministries, Fr. Joseph has also served the parish through visiting the sick and giving the sacraments to the infirm and dying.  

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New Pastoral Administrator

06-07-2015Pastor's LetterFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

It is my joy to announce to you the hiring of Mr. Darrin Nelson, who joined our parish staff as of June 1st. Darrin will be in the position of Pastoral Administrator and will work collaboratively with me to accomplish the parish goals of evangelization through the administration of the pastoral council, commissions and ministry development.

Darrin comes from a rich background of pastoral experience. After working for 2 years in the Diocese of Metuchen, beginning in 2000 with the office of Youth Ministry, he transitioned to St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman, NJ, where he eventually became the pastoral assistant. He holds a Master of Arts degree in systematic theology from the College of Saint Elizabeth and has worked on diocesan initiatives for ministry development in parishes, including: pastoral ministries, men's ministry, marriage preparation, pastoral council, ethnic diversity, disability ministry, website development, RCIA, liturgical ministry, and bible study.

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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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