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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How Do I Make Coming to Adoration a Routine in My Life?

01-28-2018Eucharistic Adoration

Like any routine or habit we form, we must start somewhere. If you want to start to come to adoration but are unsure of what is expected or how to begin, it is really very simple. Just come. Nothing is expected and the reward is grace. You just have to show up to receive it. Even a few minutes of this loving, silent presence to the Lord is a precious treasure. In this silence, the Lord speaks to us and we are showered with His mercy, love, and graces.

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Thank You!

01-28-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Friends in Christ,

Just a word of gratitude and thanks for all those who made our Christmas celebration so wonderful. First, I would like to thank our priests (visiting and assigned), deacons and seminarian, Andrew. A big thank you to Cheryl Manfredonia and the music ministry and BillyTackett and his decorating crew. The Knights of Columbus for the beautiful display of treeson the circle in the parish.

The Hispanic Community who celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupewith such fervor and devotion. Our devoted staff and volunteers that coordinated, mailings,scheduling and other behind the scenes tasks. Fr. Walter and I are most grateful for all thewine, baked goods, and gifts that you gave us to help celebrate the season with joy. Finally, toyou, our dear parishioners who attended the many Advent programs, and liturgies that indeedmade the season very bright. May our Blessed Lord give you His Peace and Joy in the yearahead.

  • Sincerely in Jesus and Mary,
  • Fr. Brighenti

Staff Change

01-21-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

I am writing to let you know of some changes taking place in the parish. I have been working very closely with the Finance Council to insure our parish is fiscally sound. We will cut back on some of our expenditures to balance our budget. By doing so we will be able to make regular payments to pay down our existing mortgage of $850,000 and make monthly payments to the Diocese toward our 2018 assessment of $216,000.

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Holiness is Ordinary

01-21-2018Weekly ReflectionBr. Elijah Dubeck O.P.

Each year in early to mid-January, the Church’s celebration of Christmas comes to a close, meaning that we now find ourselves in what the English-speaking world calls “Ordinary Time.”The priests return to wearing green vestments; we hear a continuous flow of the Gospel readingsfrom Sunday to Sunday; and hymn choices switch out of holiday mode. Yet, if we were to look ata missal or breviary in Latin or from before the liturgical reforms following Vatican II, we wouldbe hard pressed to find the phrase “Tempus Ordinarium.” The Latin instead reads “Tempus perannum” or “the time during the year.”

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Eucharistic Adoration: The Light of Christ

01-21-2018Eucharistic Adoration

Winter brings darkness, cold, and sometimes a great deal of snow. The lack ofsunlight and the monotony of our days can cause many people to lose hope.Yet Jesus promises to be our light and our salvation. He promises to guide ourpaths and that the darkness will not overcome us. In Eucharistic Adoration wecome before the Lord of Heaven and Earth, the Lord who was not afraid tostand as a light in the darkness. He remains with us to strengthen our hearts topersevere when all appears dark and we feel lost. He remains with His childrento remindthem “Thelightshinesin thedarkness,and thedarknesshasnotovercomeit.”—John1:5

Eucharistic Adoration: If the Angels Could be Jealous...

01-14-2018Eucharistic Adoration

St. Maximillian Kolbe once stated, “If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." This is a profound reality to ponder. Angels who look upon the face of God, who are in Heaven, who cannot suffer,still do not possess the greatest gift which God has given to humanity: the Eucharist.It can often be tempting to forget that the ordinary bread and wine are truly the body and blood of Jesus Christ, yet God is with us. He remains with us and He gives Himself completely to us. Let us rejoice in the greatness and the goodness of our God, acknowledging that while our time on earth may be filled with trials and sufferings, God never asks us to walk alone.

These U.S. saints fought for the dignity of all people.

01-14-2018Liturgy Corner

Each year the feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28 reminds us of the fragility of life and the need to protect it at every stage. Besides treating everyone with dignity and fighting for legislation that reflects that fundamental truth, another powerful way to protect life is by invoking the intercession of the saints.

In particular, there are many saints who fought for the most vulnerable in society during their lifetime and retain that special love in heaven.

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Rosemary in the Life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

01-07-2018Liturgy CornerMargaret Rose Realy

Joseph would have added sprigs of rosemary to the stable’s straw,to protect infant Jesus from bugs.

The purple of Advent and Lent is the color that bookends the life of Jesus. Both holy seasons are penitential, in preparation for the coming of the Christ: the Incarnation, Resurrection and Return. I like the continuity of a colorthat threads its symbolism through our religion. We know by altar linens and chasubles of priests what season weare in, and what prayers will be said. The purple of penitence and preparation, reds of sacrifice, whites of virtue and victory and the green of hope and freedom.

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Eucharistic Adoration: What the Magi Teach Us

01-07-2018Eucharistic Adoration

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. We too must look upon the consecrated host, not as ordinary bread but as the hidden God. Secondly they presented the Lord with gifts, the best of what they had to offer. When we approach the Lord Jesus we must present Him with all that we are and all that we have—our minds, and our hearts. In this way our Lord will continue to manifest His presence to us and through us to all the world.