Entering into Holy Week

03-25-2018Liturgy CornerCheryl Manfredonia

These are the highest, holiest days celebrated each year by the Church beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. It is called the "Easter Triduum" or Paschal Triduum". We celebrate the great Paschal mystery of Christ's crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

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Why do we watch at the Altar of Repose?

03-25-2018Eucharistic Adoration

This is a night within our spiritual life that cuts through — that resonates beyond all others — the Watch before the Altar of Repose. During this late-night vigil, parishioners are invited to sit with Jesus throughout the night. This vigil is meant to parallel the time when Jesus asked the disciples to keep watch and pray with him as he prayed to God at Gethsemane under the crippling weight of what was going to transpire. In the candlelit silence in the chapel, seasoned with the prayers of generations of believers, sitting before the true presence of Christ, the radiant peace and gravity of Christ's presence is palpable. The time here is markedly different from all others during the church year. This time is not a time to pray for ourselves or for others.

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Novena of Divine Mercy

03-20-2018Weekly Reflection

Jesus asked, through St. Faustina, that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy, to begin on Good Friday. In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:

"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy...On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."

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How do I make a Holy Hour?

03-18-2018Eucharistic AdorationFr. G. Kosicki

The most important thing to realize about making a private Holy Hour is that we don't have to do anything out of the ordinary. We don't have to say any particular prayers, or read, or sing, or anything else. All we have to do is be present to the One who is present to us. We are present in body and with our hearts. We come to the Blessed Sacrament in a loving awareness of who is present.

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Veils over sacred images keep our minds on the promise of Easter

03-18-2018Liturgy Corner

It seems strange that during the most sacred time of year we cover everything that is beautiful in our churches, even the crucifix. Shouldn't we be looking at the painful scene at Calvary while we listen to the Passion narrative on Palm Sunday?

While it may appear counter-intuitive to veil statues and images during the final weeks of Lent, the Church recommends this practice to heighten our senses and build within us a longing for Easter Sunday. It is a tradition that should not only be carried out in our local parish, but can also be a fruitful activity for the "domestic church" to practice.

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Why Should We Come for Eucharistic Adoration?

03-11-2018Eucharistic Adoration

In our daily lives we make plans. We schedule hair appointments every four to six weeks. We make sure we go to the dentist for our six-month cleanings. We set a date and time to meet up with our friends for lunch or dinner or even just a quick cup of coffee.

There are demands on our time that involve our children, our spouses, our families-housework, athletic events, music lessons, preparing meals (planning, cooking, and/or picking up take-out), visiting our elderly parents, caring for a homebound or ill family member. It is true. Every one seems to want a portion of our 24 hours, including time for our own needs like sleeping!

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How "active participation" can be something other than what you're thinking.

03-11-2018Weekly ReflectionKatrina Fernandez

Hello, Katrina. My question for you is about actively participating at Mass. Is it still considered “participating” ifI can’t fully concentrate on the readings or the homily? My two daughters are 3 and 8 months and I’m usuallypretty distracted with making sure they don’t get too loud and fussy and disturb others around us. Some SundaysI completely miss all the readings and even the homily. I wonder if I should just wait until they’re older to cometo Mass so that I can concentrate and actually participate. Is it considered participating at Mass if I am barely mentally present?

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How Can I Make Better Use of My Time this Lenten Season?

03-04-2018Eucharistic Adoration

Consider visiting a nearby church in the area of your work or come to St. Magdalen's during the day or after work. Spend a few quiet minutes before the Tabernacle.

"The Sacred species reserved in the Tabernacle is to be adored because Christ is substantially present!" Imagine,time alone WITH Jesus!! What better use of anyone's time, even if only for a short while?

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Master taroh card read and Reiki master at local salon

03-04-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Friends in Christ,

It has come to my attention, from a devout parishioner, that there will be a master tarot reader, medium and Reiki masterat a local salon in Flemington. Going to mediums, fortune tellers and playing with Ouija boards are a direct opposition toour faith and a grave matter for confession. As your pastor, I would be remiss not to warn of the severity of such athing. Please pray for the conversion of this medium who is attempting to contact the dead and that the salon would decline to sponsor this event. The Pontifical Committee on Family has warned us that Reiki is not a practice that we shouldas Catholics be participating in. As Catholics, we pray for the dead, that they rest in peace, that their time in purgatory isshort. We do not conjure up their spirits.

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What is That Story About Saint Clare of Assisi and the Blessed Sacrament Exposed?

02-25-2018Eucharistic Adoration

On a Friday in September of 1240, at the convent of San Damiano in Assisi, Italy, Muslim Crusaders threatened the Poor Clares. Saint Clare defended the sisters with a monstrance. At the time, St. Clare was too ill to walk. St. Clare prostrated herself and prayed to the Eucharistic Lord to protect His handmaids. She had her sisters help her confront the invaders while she held the Blessed Sacrament in a silver and ivory case high in the air.

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You Need These 7 Things to Make This Lent Your Holiest Lent Yet (Part 2)

02-25-2018Liturgy CornerChloe Langer

The beginning of Lent is almost upon us. And while it may seem that you just took down your Christmas tree, before you know it, it will be Ash Wednesday. Lent is time for prayer, fasting and alms-giving. It's time to take a look at how we're doing spiritually and make changes so that we can grow closer to God. But that can be a hard task to go at alone. Want to make this your holiest Lent ever? Father William Casey's latest book, Making a Holy Lent can help tackle areas in our life where we need to grow.

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You Need These 7 Things to Make This Lent Your Holiest Lent Yet (Part 1)

02-18-2018Liturgy CornerChloe Langer

The beginning of Lent is almost upon us. And while it may seem that you just took down your Christmas tree, before you know it, it will be Ash Wednesday. Lent is time for prayer, fasting and alms-giving. It's time to take a look at how we're doing spiritually and make changes so that we can grow closer to God. But that can be a hard task to go at alone. Want to make this your holiest Lent ever? Father William Casey's latest book, Making a Holy Lent can help tackle areas in our life where we need to grow.

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How Can We Be More Attentive to God’s Presence?

02-18-2018Eucharistic Adoration

For most of us it is difficult to rest in God’s presence without distractions even when we set out with the intention of being before Him in prayer to rest in His peace. We can go through our days and seem to forgetGod entirely. We must learn that we cannot be with God unless we fight our way into His presence. We mustbe willing to take on the work of searching for Him.

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Why Church Teachings on Chasity are Undeniably True (Part 2)

02-11-2018Liturgy CornerAnthony Esolen

For virtue is like health. That is something Shakespeare understood quite well, and the feminist critic did not. The typical charge against Prospero is that he has used his magic art to cause Ferdinand to fall in love with Miranda, stealing her freedom from her — "freedom" understood as self-will, autonomy, the spoiled teenager's "I want it!" — but Miranda needs no art to make her wondrous, and when the young people meet, Prospero suggests that the magic is in them: "They are both in either's powers."

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What is it like in an Adoration Chapel?

02-11-2018Eucharistic Adoration

Today, in the United States, there are 644 chapels where Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed twenty-four hours for the adoration of the faithful. There are another 6,605 chapels that have partial adoration hours. St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church is one of these. This is a great blessing for our parish and for each of us individually.

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Recent Changes

02-11-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

With the good weather this past week we were able to address some things around our campus. First, the white pine trees in back of the rectory. The trees were over grown, and causing a lack of sun to the hedges. In addition, they have a tendency to blight when they reach a certain age. Therefore we had them cut down in order to improve visibility and hopefully prepare a proper spot for a little prayer garden in honor of St. Therese. This could be a great Eagle Scout project.

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What are some reasons from the Teachings of the Church for Coming to Eucharistic Adoration? (Part One)

02-04-2018Eucharistic Adoration

You are greatly needed! "The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic Adoration." (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae)

This is a personal invitation from Jesus. "Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love." (Pope John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae)

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Why Church Teachings on Chasity are Undeniably True (Part 1)

02-04-2018Liturgy CornerAnthony Esolen

Many years ago, in one of the standard editions of The Tempest that I had ordered for my students, I read an angry little essay whose proximate target was the mage Prospero, and whose ultimate target was anyone alive, particularly men, who would uphold a view of sexual morality one or two steps higher than, "I get to do what I want." The author inveighed against Prospero's supposed "control" over the sexuality of his daughter Miranda.

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