My name is Sr. Pat and I've been privileged to minister at St. Magdalen's Parish for 12 years, five years as the Director of Religious Education and 7 years at Our Lady of Hope House.
Thank you for your generous response to the Thanksgiving Dinner and the Giving Tree at Christmas. During my 7 years at Our Lady of Hope House the number of families being served by the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry has greatly increased from 30 families to 75 families. We count on your generous response to the needs of our brothers and sisters as we continue to buy food each week to supplement the donations. Be assured that your intentions are lifted up in prayer each day in gratitude.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
My name is Sister Barbara. Many of you know me from teaching your child in Religious Education. For the past several years I have had the privilege of preparing my second grade classes for the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist. It is the joy of my heart to help the children to know and love Jesus. At present, they are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Penance on February 4 and 5. They will receive First Holy Communion in May.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family:
Merry Christmas! If you are reading this on the weekend of January 12th and 13th (commemorating the Baptism of the Lord), it is still Christmas time according to the Church calendar. We are the only ones in our neighborhood who still have our house decoration lights on. In fact, I was going to use this edition of In Persona Christy to talk about the Church liturgical calendar. However, having just attended the funeral of Bishop Edward Hughes, the second bishop of our diocese of Metuchen, the Holy Spirit is moving me in a different direction for this letter.READ MORE
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May God bless you and your families on this Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord! I remember growing up that my grandmother, a devout Irish Catholic, refused to take down her Christmas decorations until Epiphany Sunday. When people asked about this, she would respond spiritedly: “It’s still Christmas…so I don’t take them down ‘til Little Christmas and that’s all there is to it!” Grandma wanted to remind everyone that the joy of Jesus’ birth is far too amazing to be limited to one day. May we be filled with the joy of the Christ Child as we continue to celebrate His Nativity!READ MORE