Dear Parish Family,
What a joy it is to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus and gather with family, friends and fellow parishioners at Christmas each year! This weekend, as we reflect on the Holy Family (who we are called to imitate within our own families), we especially remember their journeys.
One Christmas when our oldest daughter was not yet two years old and we were expecting our second child, we had to travel on Christmas Eve to visit relatives in Indiana. We left early that morning for Newark Airport, but once on the plane, a computer glitch made the plane late and we missed our connecting flight in Dayton, Ohio. We had to take another flight to Kalamazoo, Michigan, then a bus trip (in a snowstorm) from there to our destination in Indiana – finally arriving around 7:00 pm. With God's grace we were able to avoid "losing it" during this challenging trip and to support and love each other through a very trying experience.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
As we prepare these last few days before Christmas let us keep in mind the big picture…that is, Christmas was never meant to be just a day, but rather a lifestyle. Christ came to change the world, one heart at a time. He came for you and me. We really need Him.
He comes to us every day in so many ways… through the gift of life. We are alive because of God's will. No one is an accident or a mistake. God gives you life because He has chosen to make you and to send His Son to save you.
He comes to us through nature…the world all around us was created by God and is here to point our hearts to the God who fashioned it all. He made it for us as a reflection of His glory.
He comes to us in one another…He gives us other believers so we won't lose our way in times of discouragement and temptation. We need the believing community of the Church to stay centered in God.READ MORE
Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again Rejoice! (Phil 4:4) This Sunday we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, or Joy Sunday and we are filled with great joy because we recognize how close our Savior is. As we move forward through Advent and draw closer to Christmas, one cannot help but notice the parish coming alive in so many ways. Almighty God has blessed St. Magdalen's with grace upon grace. Beginning with the beautiful parish-wide total Consecration to our Blessed Mother in October the Holy Spirit has been alive and active in tremendous ways and many of you have responded with great love and generosity to Almighty God in being open to His Divine Will. It was so readily apparent during Msgr. McGee's talk on Good vs Evil in October, and your generous spirit certainly manifested itself during Thanksgiving with the outpouring of love and donations of time and food to feed anyone and everyone that wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving with the parish.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family;
These past days of Forty Hour devotions were meant to help each of us to hear that call once again and to recognize that the Lord Jesus is persistently and lovingly knocking at the door of our heart for greater access to our lives. I encourage all of us to increase our time of daily prayer.
If at all possible, make daily mass a priority. You will discover the changing power of God's Word at Holy Mass. Make plans for a good and complete confession; our parish Penance service will be next Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 pm. It will not be possible to truly be open to the power of Christmas, unless we examine our hearts and let go of our sinfulness. Perhaps our mediocrity or laziness or greed or lust or perverse anger needs to relinquish to the Bridegroom who the Church cries out "Come Lord Jesus".READ MORE
Dear Parish Family:
There may be too much to say in this letter with Thanksgiving just over, the First Sunday of Advent is upon us and the start of Forty Hours of Eucharistic Devotion. I have been happy to share this bulletin space with our other clergy and staff, who are working hard for the Kingdom of God. We are blessed to have all of them! They want to share with you what is going on from their view of parish life. I think they have been doing that well. This makes our parish life so much richer; having all the gifts and talents of so many people working to advance the mission of Jesus right here in Flemington.
What we are about to celebrate this coming week is the uniting glue of everything we do at St. Magdalen's: We will gather around our Eucharistic Lord and give Him honor, praise and worship. Every activity in our parish comes to a halt in order to provide some intentional time of reflection, prayer, praise and worship of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The more I live my life as a priest and as a man who has decided to follow Christ, the more I realize how important sincere, sustained and open prayer before the Lord really is. Unless I am having a regular conversation with Christ and being united with Him in Holy Communion and going to regular confession, I find my energy waning for all the right things. I too, get distracted by so many demands on my time, deadlines, expectations, and over commitments. When I bring my heart to Him, I find the real reason for my life.READ MORE