From the Pastor's Desk

07-29-2018Parish LifeFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that my mother has been diagnosed with a serious heart condition. She is scheduled for a test next week, once the results have come back, my sister and I will know her options. In the meantime, I will be driving back and forth to Connecticut more frequently to help my sister with the care of my mother. It is because of this, my availability to attend ministry meetings or schedule appointments in a timely fashion may not occur.

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An Examination of Conscience for Venial Sins

07-15-2018Weekly Reflection

OK. So, you receive regular spiritual direction, you frequent the sacraments, you fast and pray and spend time in adoration. You attend daily Mass, or at least more often than just Sunday Mass (and Holy Days of Obligation). You're not committing mortal sin. You confess your venial sins during regular confession. At times, you feel like what's the use? I'm not really a great sinner … anymore. Why am I going through the motions?

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Why Were the Divine Praises Originally Prayed, and When Are They Prayed During Adoration?

07-15-2018Eucharistic Adoration

The Divine Praises were originally prayed as a prayer of reparation for blasphemy and profane language. It is a sequence of acclamations blessing God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and all the angels and saints. The prayer was composed by a Jesuit priest, Luigi Felici, in 1797. The Divine Praises are traditionally recited following Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. They are prayed by the priest (or deacon) and worshippers before Jesus Eucharistic (contained in the Consecrated Host) is returned to the tabernacle following Adoration.

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Can I Pray to Our Blessed Mother While I am Before the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration?

07-08-2018Eucharistic Adoration

In his book, 21 Ways to Worship: A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration, Vinny Flynn reminds us that devotion to Our BlessedMother is very appropriate during Eucharistic Adoration because She leads us to Jesus always!

From his encyclical, The Church of the Eucharist, #57, Saint Pope John Paul II writes, “If the Church and the Eucharist areinseparably united, the same can be said of Mary and the Eucharist.” Our Lady is always at the side of Jesus in the Eucharist.

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How Will Your Life Change When You Go To Eucharistic Adoration

07-08-2018Weekly ReflectionGarrett Johnson

from catholic-link.org/why-do-you-go-to-eucharistic-adoration

In the spirit of Pope Francis’ call to come together as one community before the Holy Sacrament, we would like to offer this video, released by the USCCB,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txuaN5FXgW8 that is a collection of shorttestimonies on why people attend Eucharistic Adoration.

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Current Parish Projects

07-01-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

I would like to give you an update on work that is being done around the St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Parish. Like your homes, our property needs constant upkeep in order that the buildings are safe and secure for the future. I thank you for your patience as we continue to do projects around the campus. Here are some of the projects we are currently working on:

Rectory: restoring, all window sills, eaves and dormers over the garage. Victorian houses are beautiful, but high maintenance. Every so often the trim has to be repaired and painted. Fortunately, the portico is in fine shape so there is no need of any restoration. However, it was discovered that the dormers on the garage were damaged due to weather over the years. Along with filling in the seams of the trim, windows and replacing the dormers, all were primed and are being painted. The project began with a thorough power washing. This was done to see the extent of the work that was needed. The whole project costs about $11,500.00. Hopefully, it won't have to be done for another ten years.

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Eucharistic Adoration: Counting Your Blessings

07-01-2018Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharist means thanksgiving. When we go to Mass we are offering God a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for all that He has done for us and all that He continues to do. In a special way Eucharistic Adoration is also a prayer of thanksgiving. When you find it difficult to pray or do not know what to say to God why not count your blessings? Try to think about the ways God has blessed you today, in this week, in this year. Once you begin to recognize the many ways God is already blessing you, your hear t will overflow with praise.

Changes to Daily Mass Schedule in July

06-17-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

I would like to explain some changes that will take place in the month of July in the daily Mass schedule. Father Walter will be taking his vacation and will be gone the entire month of July. That being said it will only leave the parish with one priest, after much discussion and prayer, I have decided to not have the 7:00 am weekday Mass during July. We will only have the 9:00 am daily Mass. The weekend Masses will remain on the same schedule. This change will be effective July 1-July 31. The normal schedule resumes on August 1st. The Spanish 7:30 pm Mass on Wednesday nights will also be cancelled for the month of July.

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What Short Prayers Could I Pray When I Come to Pray Before the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration?

06-17-2018Eucharistic Adoration

When you come for a visit with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament you could use the following two prayers at the beginning of your visit. The third prayer could be prayed before you leave.

Prayer of Adoration

I adore you Jesus, true God, and true man, present in the holy Eucharist, kneeling before you and united in spirit with all the faithful on earth and all the saints in heaven. In gratitude for so great a blessing, I love you with all my heart, for you are worthy of all praise and adoration. Lord Jesus Christ, may I never offend you with my lack of love. May your Eucharistic presence refresh me in body and soul. Mary, Mother of the Eucharistic Lord, pray for me and obtain for me a greater love for Jesus. Amen.

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What Are the Two Eucharistic Miracles That Took Place in Lanciano, Italy? (Part Two)

06-10-2018Eucharistic Adoration

God our Father longs to increase our faith in His Son's Eucharistic Presence still here on earth. There are many miracles of the Eucharist in Church history. One such miracle took place in Lanciano, Italy. This town's history is closely related to the crucifixion of Jesus.

In 700 A.D., a Basilian monk was facing a crisis in his vocation because he did not believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. He continued to celebrate the Mass according to sacred tradition, but a profound doubt was growing within him especially at the moment of Consecration. He was filled with guilt as he raised the host and said the sacred prayers. He often prayed hard to be released from his doubt so his vocation could be saved.

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What Are the Two Eucharistic Miracles That Took Place in Lanciano, Italy? (Part One)

06-03-2018Eucharistic Adoration

Here is the First of the Two Eucharistic Miracles of Lanciano, Italy:

God our Father longs to increase our faith in His Son’s Eucharistic Presence still here on earth. There are many miracles of the Eucharist in Church history. One such miracle took place in Lanciano, Italy. This town’s history is closely related to the crucifixion of Jesus.

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Creating Tapestries for the Church

05-20-2018Weekly ReflectionAlicia Worden

Dear St. Magdalen Parish Family,

My name is Alicia Worden and I was asked to share the journey that has led me to where I am now as a parishioner at St. Magdalen's, creating and renovating linens and tapestries for the church.

At an early age, I found a love for art and pursued a BFA in Fashion Design at Syracuse University and continued my education at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I worked in New York City for eleven years in the fashion industry where I learned so much. After my husband and I had our two daughters, I started sewing costumes for a ballet school in Lambertville, NJ. I am now very busy as the Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for the same ballet school and its associated professional ballet company.

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Eucharistic Adoration: How To Pray Like Jesus

05-13-2018Eucharistic Adoration

The book of Genesis describes how God worked for six days, creating the heavens and the earth and how on the seventh day He rested. Likewise, Jesus spent His days ministering to the crowds, feeding the hungry, and healing the sick, yet He drew His strength by frequently taking time to be alone with His Father in prayer. Jesus teaches us that in order to be fruitful in ministry, in order to "be" for others we must first receive love and strength from God our Father in prayer. In Eucharistic Adoration we too can take time to be alone with God—to allow Him to fill us with His strength and His love. The love we give to others is only what we have first received from God. In Adoration we receive the grace necessary to be faithful and fruitful for the Kingdom of God.

Committed to Memorare: Mary’s Prayer Packs Grace-Filled Power

05-13-2018Weekly ReflectionJoseph Pronechen

"The Memorare is a prayer that effectively expressed Mother Teresa's trust in the power of Mary's intercession as the mediatr ix of all graces," explained Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity, who was postulator for Mother Teresa's sainthood cause. "It flowed from the love and confidence she had in Mary and was a simple way to present her petitions to her."

Mother Teresa saw it as an effective prayer because of her own experiences. "On numerous occasions she prayed the Memorare for various needs," he said, "and the speedy response she received inspired her with ever greater confidence to have recourse to Mary with the words of the Memorare. "She often resorted to what's called her "Flying Novena." Father Kolodiejchuk explained, "It consisted of nine Memorares, which she would pray as the need arose or a difficulty presented itself. She definitely inspired the same devotion in her sisters, but also in others."

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7 Things You Can Do To Get The Most Out Of Mass

05-06-2018Weekly ReflectionFather Steve Flynn

Habits and routines form and shape our experiences and our lives. These habits will help you make going to Mass more than a habit. Going to Mass is the ultimate form of prayer and should be a spiritual encounter with Christ.

I invite you to reconsider your Mass routines in order to more fully understand and appreciate the gift of the Mass. These practical tips will help us recognize Jesus at Mass, give God the sacrifice of our praise, and become what we receive in the Eucharist for our lives and for the life of the world.

St. John Vianney once said, "If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy."

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What Does Saint Faustina say about Eucharistic Adoration?

05-06-2018Eucharistic Adoration

Saint Faustina was born in Poland on August 25, 1905 and died in a convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow, Poland on October 5, 1938. She was a young religious with only three years of simple education. At the convent she performed the humblest tasks in the kitchen, garden, or as a porter in humble obedience to the will of God.

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