Music Ministry

10-27-2013Weekly ReflectionCheryl Madfredonia

Dear Parish Family,

Have you seen the book "Why Catholics Can't Sing"? My thought is that the author never attended mass at St. Magdalen de Pazzi!! Mid-summer, I was blessed to become a part of your parish community as Director of Music and Sacred Liturgy. I have enjoyed hearing you raise your voices in joyful song and praise. Shortly after I arrived, a new parishioner came to me and asked how many music groups or ensembles are there at St. Magdalen's? Well, it took me several weeks to give her an accurate answer, because at every turn a new musician, singer, or choir member would approach me and introduce themselves! Now I can confidently say there is something for everyone, every age, every level of musicality or commitment.

Adult Choir – rehearses every Thursday evening to sing each Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass as well as special events and holy days. The ability to read music is helpful, but not required. If you have a song in your heart, please come and share the joy of singing with us!

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Stewardship

10-20-2013Weekly ReflectionDeacon Michael Bachynsky

Dear Parish Family,

I have lots of questions today…and maybe a few answers. Without peeking, do you remember the last sentence of the Gospel today? Or if you are reading the bulletin prior to Mass, pay attention to that last sentence in Luke's Gospel: "But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" What did Jesus mean by this? One definition of faith is: a belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. Easy question, right? Faith is our belief in God. I'm pretty sure everyone reading this believes in God. But what does that mean? If we say we have faith and believe in God, how does that translate into our daily lives?

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Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

10-13-2013Weekly ReflectionFr. Jack O’Kane

Dear Parishioners,

This past Monday our parish was blessed to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in which several hundred parishioners consecrated their lives to the Blessed Mother. They had prepared with intense prayer, spiritual reading and sacrifice for thirty three days in order to be open to the working of the Holy Spirit. The mass was beautiful and we ask the Blessed Mother to continue to guide these individuals as well as our entire parish into a more intimate relationship with Her Son, Jesus. We pray that Mary will shower St. Magdalen's with grace as we honor her for the month of October.

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Every Life is a Gift!

10-06-2013Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

Life is a gift, pass it on. This weekend we are invited to reflect on the gift of life. Most of the time we forget that life is a gift. It is easy to take life for granted. When health is good, when the job is good, when things seem to be working out…the reality is that discouraging things can come our way quite abruptly, we lose a job, we get a bad diagnosis at the doctor, a loved one dies. These are moments when we become sober and ask the hard questions of what "life is all about." Why am I here? Where am I going? These kinds of questions let us know that life cannot be taken for granted. We need more than things to fulfill us, but rather we need meaning and purpose. These are the things that make life.

The most fundamental proclamation of the Christian faith is that every life is unique and every life has value. The Church never tires of proclaiming the truth that life matters. Even life that is most vulnerable and considered by the wider society as dispensable; the unborn, the aged and the disabled.

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