01-27-2019Eucharistic Adoration

In the beatitudes Jesus reveals that those who are clean of heart will be able to see God. Purity is a requirement to behold God both in Heaven and on Earth. Yet what does it mean to be clean of heart?

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The Light of Christ

01-20-2019Eucharistic Adoration

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear?”— Psalm 27:1

Winter brings darkness, cold, and sometimes a great deal of snow. The lack of sunlight and the monotony of our days can cause many people to lose hope.

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Mass Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts while at Mass

01-13-2019Liturgy CornerPosted by: Catholicsay.com

Fast: It doesn't even really feel like a fast anymore since its just an hour. The Church requires every communicant to begin preparing to receive Jesus by observing an hour fast (from food) unless they're aged or sick. Won't really cost much to give this little to receive God into your soul would it?

Come early, recollect yourself: Sometime ago I asked on our Facebook page "When is one late for Mass" some said with confidence "When they come later than the Sign of the Cross". I disappointed them by reminding them that the Mass actually begins with the procession. I usually advise people to make effort to be in Church at least 10-15 minutes before the actual time in order to have some time to pray and recollect; to begin the Mass in the right spirit. When it becomes a habit to arrive late, it ceases to be a real celebration for the person, and if it becomes a habit (especially Sundays) it begins to become sinful.

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What the Magi Teach Us

01-06-2019Eucharistic Adoration

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.”—Jeremiah 29:13 Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Epiphany—the manifestation of Jesus as the Christ or ‘Anointed one of God’ to all the world. The Magi teach us a great deal about how we ought to approach Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration. First, they approached with faith, recognizing that this was no ordinary child but rather the Son of God.

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2018 Parish Updates

01-06-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

Many of you have admired all the wonderful projects that have been completed at St. Mary Magdalen's this past year. This is due to the generosity of people like you who have donated towards certain items or projects. Our Church and Parish Center could have never been worked on without your generosity. In addition we had fundraisers such as plant sale, bird house sale, Trivia night (proceeds that we used towards the church) and Bag Bingo, which helped Our Lady of Hope House. Many other items have been given over the past 1½ year ranging from sanctuary chairs, missal stand and sanctuary lamp to new altar cloths and dalmatics and our beautiful Sanctuary Angels.

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New Year Resolutions

12-30-2018Eucharistic Adoration

Every New Year’s we make resolutions to quit bad habits and to live healthier lifestyles. At base these resolutions can be good since they reveal a dissatisfaction with mediocrity and a desire to experience abundant life. But why not make a resolution which is not only good for you physically but also spiritually?

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Adoration Chapel Update

12-23-2018Weekly Reflection Rev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

I have an update on the Permanent Adoration Chapel plans. Our architect, Mr. Peter Cucci has drafted the plans for three contractors to bid. I have just received all three of the required bids. I submitted them to the Diocese Board of Consultors for them to choose the contractor. So we are pleasantly movingly along with this project. We have collected $125,000.00. to date. I will certainly let you know if we are in need of more money to complete the project. May our Eucharistic Lord and King, bless each and every family for your continued devotion and generosity in this special project.

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God with Us

12-23-2018Eucharistic Adoration

“She will bear a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus for He will save His people from their sins.”—Matthew 1:21 In Advent the Church prepares for the three comings of Christ. She prepares for His coming as a little baby at Christmas. She prepares for His coming at the end of time when He will come to judge the living and the dead. She also prepares for the coming of Christ in the Eucharist.

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What Have Some of Our Holy Fathers Said About the Eucharist?

12-09-2018Eucharistic Adoration

“Come to Me all you who are weary…” Matthew 11:28 Saint Pope John Paul II said: Closeness to Christ in silence and contemplation does not distance us from our contemporaries but, on the contrary, makes us attentive and open to human joy and distress and broadens our heart on a global scale. It unites us with our brothers and sisters in humanity…through adoration, the Christian mysteriously contributes to the radical transformation of the world and to the sowing of the Gospel.

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How To Use An Advent Wreath

12-02-2018Liturgy Corner

Advent wreaths are a Christian tradition with roots in 16th-century Ger-many. 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.

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Beholding the Glory of God

12-02-2018Eucharistic Adoration

“No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.”—1 COR 2:9 Heaven is the place where we shall behold the face of God unveiled. On this Earth we can also behold the face of God yet only the eyes of faith are able to recognize Him.

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Interceding for Others

11-25-2018Eucharistic Adoration

“Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he knows my name.”—Psalm 91:14 There are many forms of prayer. We can offer praise to God for who He is. We can offer thanksgiving for what He has done, but we can also pray for others and make their needs and concerns our own. This is called intercessory prayer.

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Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by St. Gertrude the Great

11-11-2018Liturgy Corner

According to tradition, St. Gertrude the Great was told by Our Lord that the following prayer, each time she piously recited it, would release 1,000 souls from their suffering in purgatory:

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Why do we offer Mass for the Dead?

10-28-2018Weekly ReflectionFr. William Saunders

The offering of Mass for the repose of the soul of the faithful departed is linked with our belief in Purgatory. We believe that if a person has died fundamentally believing in God but with venial sins and the hurt caused by sin, then God in His divine love and mercy will first purify the soul. After this purification has been completed, the soul will have the holiness and purity needed to share in the beatific vision in heaven. While each individual stands judgment before the Lord and must render an account of his life, the communion of the Church shared on this earth continues, except for those souls dammed to hell.

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