Dear Parish Family,
I am writing this letter the Thursday before Thanksgiving due to the early holiday deadline given by the bulletin company. Although this may not be an easy time for many people due to the storm, financial hardship, family conflicts or loneliness, I pray that you were able to give thanks to our almighty God for that which you have and our Catholic faith. At a recent weekday Mass, Father Joseph preached that we are most happy when we give thanks.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family:
I know it sounds cliché for me to tell you that "time is just flying by!" but that is exactly my experience. Since I have been involved in my full time studies here at Sacred Heart Seminary, it seems like all available time in the day is accounted for. My routine of study, prayer, meals, classes, sleep (never quite enough!) seems to always have me looking to my next deadline and working to meet it. I look up and it is already the next day . . . week . . . month!
I do have all of you on my mind. I pray every day, usually more than once, for you my parish family . . . "watch over them Lord and guide and protect them with your Holy Spirit." And I think of the many events that are going on at home and wish I could be part of them. I am so grateful to Father Jack, Father Joseph, Regina Edersheim and Geoff Stricklin for all of their extra effort and work while I am away. It is truly a generous and collaborative effort for the Kingdom.READ MORE
At 5:30 on the morning after the election I got up to look at my computer screen. I had two things in mind. I wanted to see the election results from the previous night that I couldn’t stay up for, and I wanted to see the readings for the day’s Mass. I quickly scanned the election results; the three states that voted to re-define marriage to include same-sex partners, the legalization in Colorado for “recreational use” of marijuana . . . the tenor of America seems to be radically shifting in a formal way. I felt discouraged. I then read the gospel from St. Luke chapter 14:
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”READ MORE
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
As I type these words, I am anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Presidential Election. I pray that as you read this our religious liberty has been preserved, and that a step has been taken toward fostering and promoting the sanctity of life in our country through the election process. I would like to especially thank all of our Veterans who have helped uphold and protect these rights.
Being the Director of Sacred Music at Saint Magdalen’s, I have the privilege of assisting with an integral part of the liturgy every week. According to the tradition of the Church and reaffirmed at the Second Vatican Council, sacred music is a treasure of immeasurable worth. It is greater than that of any other art form. These are bold words from the Council, considering such sacred art masterpieces as Michelangelo’s Pieta, or the architecture of the Gothic Cathedrals. The music most suited to the liturgy and considered by the Church to be the ideal, is Gregorian chant, followed by sacred polyphony. While sacred music from our tradition is to be fostered and is central to the liturgy, the assembly is also called to full, conscious and active participation. It is the goal of the music ministry at Saint Magdalen’s to meet both of these challenges.READ MORE