St. Magdalen de Pazzi

05-26-2013Weekly ReflectionDolores Wright

Dear Parish Family,

In his homily last weekend Father Tim spoke about this being the age of the New Pentecost, the time for New Evangelization. We are called to use our history and culture to bring the message of Christ to the world. The early church fathers preached and wrote about the faith; in the Middle Ages the power of the printed word and art were used, and today the media opens up a whole new way to evangelize. The Church has always taught the Truth and has produced saints in every age. What can we learn about evangelization from our patroness, St. Magdalen de Pazzi, whose feast day we celebrate this weekend on Saturday, May 25?

I must admit that I had never heard of St. Magdalen until I became a member of this parish. And yet, if you visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, she is one of five saints honored at the Carmelite altar, along with the more well-known St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. The first national church constructed for Italians in the United States was in Philadelphia in 1857 and was dedicated by Saint John Neumann to St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi. So who was this saint, and how did history and culture affect her life?

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The Holy Spirit

05-19-2013Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

It's good to be home. As I have mentioned before there is nothing like celebrating Mass, the central mystery of our faith, with people that we have forged a spiritual bond in our lives. I certainly have missed celebrating with you every week and am so happy to be present again in the parish. Please keep me and the whole parish in prayer as we enter into a time of discernment and prayer and transition these next weeks.

This week end we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost: the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. The first reading today from the Acts of the Apostles demonstrates the power of God changing people's lives. The timid and fearful, the ordinary and simple, people from all walks of life and from every nation are made bold with the coming of the Holy Spirit. Influenced by the prompting of the Spirit they began to witness in ways that would have been unthinkable prior to Pentecost. From that humble beginning a new age dawned: the age of the Church. We still live in the age of the Church. We are waiting in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus Christ. In the meantime, we do not sit idle. We have a mission entrusted to us.

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First Holy Communion

05-12-2013Weekly ReflectionFr. Jack O’Kane

Dear Parishioners,

With the end of CCD a week and a half ago, summer quickly approaching and the Easter season drawing to a close, it seems the parish is already beginning to slow down. The summer months are typically less busy at the parish. There are fewer ministries that are active. The choir takes a break for the summer. Mass attendance begins to drop. The parish begins to slow down but we must ask ourselves "Why?"

While we look forward to vacation from work and school in the summer, we most certainly don't take a vacation from Almighty God. After all, He never takes a vacation from His promises to us. Besides, the months of May and June offer some beautiful opportunities for spiritual growth and devotion. Last week and this week our Second Grade classes received their First Holy Communion and having them make their First Communion at Sunday Mass helps to remind all of us just how essential the Eucharist is to our faith and our salvation. Do you remember your first Communion? The excitement and innocence that we possessed back then is recalled by seeing these children at Mass. I want to thank the parents of these children for honoring their commitment to Almighty God and teaching their children the faith. I want to thank their Catechists, as well as Bridget, Maggie and Marlene for all their hard work in preparing the children.

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