Weekly Adoration

12-31-2017Parish LifeBill and Anne Marie Kelly

Growing up in our respective Catholic parishes in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia and in Philadelphia, PA, we had been exposed to Adoration weekly thanks to our religious sisters who taught us. From time to time afterwards, in the last 50 years, we would take advantage of Adoration opportunities at our Parishes.

When we heard that Father Tim would be having daily Adoration at St Magdalen's we thought that it would be a great opportunity to visit with Our Lord whenever we wanted to, just like we did before. So we would stop in our chapel occasionally and it thrilled us that we were going to begin having Committed Adorers.

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Eucharistic Adoration: New Year’s Resolutions

12-31-2017Eucharistic 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? Consider making Eucharistic Adoration part of your New Year’s resolutions. What we spend our time on reveals what we value. If you desire peace, healing, and fullness of joy then spending time with God will allow you to become fully alive. When we dedicate specific time to prayer we are able to receive the good things God desires to grant us.

Are you open to the unexpected?

12-24-2017AllDarrin Nelson

I was just a few years out of college with an excitement of being a young entrepreneur. A few of us were trying to get into the Import/Export business. We were making some nice business connections and had what appeared to be a strong business model. After the first nine months it was still hard economically and I was trying to decide what direction to take for myself. Then all of all sudden someone appeared in my life that presented something that at the moment seemed unattainable. After asking a few questions it was made very clear to me what were my next steps. His presence changed the course of my life and to this day we remain 'brothers'.

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Eucharistic Adoration: God With Us

12-24-2017Eucharistic Adoration

In Advent the Church prepares for the three comings of Christ. She prepares for Hiscoming 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. Emmanuel means “God is with us” (Matthew1:23). In the Eucharist Jesus is truly ‘God with us’. When Jesus came as a little babyHe was vulnerable and weak; He hid his divinity. In the Eucharist Jesus continues tomake himself vulnerable and weak, and hides both his divinity and his humanity.God came to save us from our sins 2000 years ago, yet He remains in the Eucharistto heal us from the effects of our sin.

How present is Jesus Christ in your life today?

12-17-2017Come Follow MeDarrin Nelson

How was your week? What was it that occupied most of your time this past week? As we continue to move along in Advent is Jesus more present in your life or is it still a struggle with all the other commercial preparations for Christmas?

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Beauty will save the world: Catholic Artisans and the Restoration of the Sacred (Part 2)

12-17-2017Liturgy CornerWinifred Corrigan

Benedict XVI (As Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in a 2002 letter to the Communion and Liberation Movement)

"To admire the icons and the great masterpieces of Christian art in general, leads us on an inner way, a way of overcoming ourselves; thus in this purification of vision that is a purification of the heart, it reveals the beautiful to us, or at least a ray of it. In this way we are brought in to contact with the power of the truth. I have often affirmed my conviction that the true apology of Christian faith, the most convincing demonstration of its truth against every denial, are the saints, and the beauty that the faith has generated. Today, for faith to grow, we must lead ourselves and the persons we meet to encounter the saints and to enter into contact with the Beautiful."

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Eucharistic Adoration: Beholding the Glory of God

12-17-2017Eucharistic Adoration

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. St. Thomas says that on the cross Jesus hid His divinity but in the Eucharist He hides both His divinity and His humanity. It is only through faith that we can look upon the white host and recognize the Lord and giver of life, for "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen"— Hebrews 11:1. May we look upon our God with faith on this Earth so that we may behold Him in His glory in Heaven.

Eucharistic Adoration: Counting Your Blessings

12-10-2017Eucharistic 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 thatHe continues to do. In a special way Eucharistic Adoration is also a prayer ofthanksgiving. When you find it difficult to pray or do not know what to say toGod why not count your blessings? Try to think about the ways God hasblessed you today, in this week, in this year. Once you begin to recognize themany ways God is already blessing you, your heart will overflow with praise.

Beauty will save the world: Catholic Artisans and the Restoration of the Sacred (Part 1)

12-10-2017Liturgy CornerWinifred Corrigan

Does a beautiful Church building matter to Christians? What about adornments like statues, altar rails, decorative pews and such? Stained glass… Stations of the Cross… the placement and design of the Tabernacle… If God is everywhere, especially in the humble and downtrodden, should beauty matter?

A recent article in the UK's Telegraph shares a statistic that should be of interest to Christians: "Around 13 per cent of teenagers said that they decided to become a Christian after a visit to a church or cathedral, according to the figures. The influence of a church building was more significant than attending a youth group, going to a wedding, or speaking to other Christians about their faith."

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“How present is Jesus Christ in your life today?”

12-10-2017Come Follow MeDarrin Nelson

Recently I was with a friend who was talking about all the invitations that he has already received regarding "Christmas parties". He said "Don't get me wrong, I appreciate it but what about Advent?" Such a common point of discussion at this time of year…especially in the Church.

Advent can easily be overlooked by many. People instead are looking to 'prepare' themselves for Christmas parties, buying presents and Christmas Day. Moments and things that will come and then go. They miss out with understanding that Advent is a time within our Liturgical year when we once again can reflect on an 'invitation' that will last forever, a relationship with Jesus.

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Followup: Warning Against Upcoming Fortune Teller Event

12-10-2017Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

I am writing to you as a follow up to the November 26th bulletin letter regarding the fortune teller/medium at Shop Rite of Clinton. I met with Mr. Joseph Colalillo this past week to discuss this matter and was informed that it was not Mr. Colalillo's intentions to go against the Church's teachings or violate the First Commandment, "I am the Lord Your God, you shall have not any strange gods before me." For scheduling purposes, December 8th, The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, worked best in the stores schedule.

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How To Use An Advent Wreath

12-03-2017Weekly Reflection

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

Create (or buy) an Advent wreath

There is no hard and fast rule regarding what an Advent wreath looks like. A traditional wreath contains a circle of evergreen leaves surrounding a set of four candles. There are usually three purple candles and one rose (pink) candle. However, some traditions have four red candles and others contain an extra white candle. For the purposes of this article we will focus on the three purple and one rose.

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Eucharistic Adoration: Interceding for Others

12-03-2017Eucharistic Adoration

There are many forms of prayer. We can offerpraise to God for who He is. We can offer thanksgivingforwhatHehasdone,but wecanalsoprayfor others and make their needs and concerns our own. This is called intercessory prayer. Often intimes of trial or difficulty the only thing we can sayto someone who is struggling is that we will prayfor them. We can place that person on our heartsand then go before Jesus in the Blessed Sacramentand offer Him our hearts. He will hear our prayersand answer them according to what is truly goodfor us and for others.