New Years

12-30-2012Weekly ReflectionFr. Jack O’Kane

Dear Parishioners,

Merry Christmas! Christmas day is almost a full week ago and for many it may seem like a very distant memory already as the chores of cleaning up the house, returning gifts, taking down decorations and paying the bills kicks in. However, Christmas, like Easter is too big to be limited to just one day so as Catholics we celebrate the Octave of Christmas. Eight days to celebrate the love God has shown to us through the Nativity of His Son. So I say it again, Merry Christmas. Do not allow the secular influences to strip away the joy that the coming of the Savior brings. Do not allow God's saving plan to be swept away as just another day. Hold on to the joy, peace and love that God dispenses through the Christmas season. Be transformed by that love even in the hustle and bustle of daily life; even in the frustrations that this world can bring.

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Merry Christmas!

12-23-2012Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family,

I am happy to be back in Flemington! When I arrived and saw the grounds of the Church all decorated for the season it filled me with a sense of warmth. The familiarity of the buildings, the rectory, the people, it is a great place to call home. It is home because of the spirit of the people here. I appreciate all of your kindness, patience and support while I have been away studying these past few months. But it is really good to be here!!

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Gaudete Sunday

12-16-2012Weekly ReflectionDeacon Mike Bachynsky

Greetings to all with Anticipation and Joy,

So why is Fr. Jack wearing that pink garment today? Well, we would officially call the color "rose" and the outer garment is called a "chasuble," but somehow I like saying Fr. Jack is looking stylish and svelte in pink today! Today is the Third Sunday in Advent and is known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is Latin for "Rejoice." So, you might say to yourself: "Advent should be a happy time since we are getting ready for the coming of the Christ child. Yes! But not only. In addition to being a season of joyful expectation, Advent is also a penitential season like Lent. And Advent has a counterpart Sunday in Lent known as Laetare Sunday where the priest and the deacon wear rose-colored garments. The point of both days is to provide us encouragement as we progress toward the end of each respective penitential season.

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Universality of the Catholic Church

12-09-2012Weekly ReflectionFr. Joseph Kabali

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

First of all, I want to express my sincere thanks to all you for your Faith, Love and Hope in God as revealed by Jesus Christ. Thanks for your prayers, love of the Catholic Church, support of this parish of St. Magdalen, commitment to your families and all the good things you do in your lives. I give thanks to Fr. Tim who received me into his parish on January 5th, 2009 and all of you with whom we participate in the celebration of the Sacraments. Thanks also for your expressions of friendship, hugs, and generosity. I was amazed by the so many invitations I received for Thanksgiving Day. Even if I could not attend all the invitations on such an important day, I treasure and honor the love you have for your priests.

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Advent

12-02-2012Weekly ReflectionFr. Jack O’Kane

Dear Parishioners,

As Advent season is upon us and a new Liturgical year begins we are called by Christ in our Gospel this morning to remain vigilant in waiting for His coming. Advent is a special season in the Church to remind us and to prepare us for the impending coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Year after year, Advent comes and goes and Christmas is celebrated, but do we ever stop and reflect on our preparation for the coming of the Savior of the world?

We probably have a lengthy list of all the preparations we need to make to be ready for December 25. There are gifts to buy, decorations to hang, a tree to trim, cards to send, parties to attend. We go through the same process every year, usually worn out by the immensity of it all. But so often in doing all these things we can forget why we celebrate in the first place. Our world has turned the anticipation of this Holy Night into a frenzy of materialism and secularism. The secular world obscures, veils and distracts from Jesus' birth with politically correct language and its "Happy Holidays" mantras. Jesus Christ is coming and that is infinitely greater than the bargain shopping extravaganza at our favorite mall or outlet.

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