An Encounter with Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

08-23-2015Weekly ReflectionMichael R. Sarno

While we can encounter GOD at many different times in our lives, one memorable encounter for me was in the Sacrament of Reconciliation many years ago. I was in my last year of law school and had been recognizing GOD's pull on my heart to go to Confession. At that point, I hadn't been to Confession for over 10 years. It was a struggle for me to go because it had been so long, and I hadn't been exactly living a life of virtue over that time.

Though I didn't realize it, GOD was gently and patiently leading me to that point through several different circumstances. While I resisted along the way, He kept pursuing me. After several months, I finally, though GOD's grace, went to Confession.


Welcome Fr. Antony

08-16-2015Weekly ReflectionFr. Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family:

I am happy to announce that, as of August 4th, Fr. Antony Arockiadoss joined us at St. Magdalen's as the Associate Pastor. He arrives from St. Bartholomew Church in East Brunswick, where he served as Parochial Vicar. Fr. Antony will be working to assist Fr. Tim in coordinating the Spanish Ministries. He just returned from studying in Mexico, where he has been studying the Spanish language (he also speaks English and French, and has studied Greek).

Fr. Antony was born on the 1st of February, 1976 in the city of Chenai, Tamil Nadu in Southern India, but was raised in Bangalore, Karnataka which is also in the South. At the youthful age of fourteen he joined the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC). He was ordained on the 28th of June, 2003. His favorite saying comes from Tamil, one of the five Indian dialects which Fr. Antony speaks: "Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir" which means "Every country is your own, and all people are your kinsmen."


We Want To Know About Your Encounters with Christ

08-02-2015Weekly ReflectionFred Proulx

One of my tasks as Director of Communications here at Saint Magdalen's is to help us find creative ways of sharing the gospel message. That is why, in bulletin articles over the last two weeks, we have been exploring what it means to have an "encounter" with Christ. An encounter of this kind is truly transformative, calling us out of ourselves and into a deeper connection with Christ and others.

We want to know about your encounters with Christ. Please send a 200-250 word document to me, Fred Proulx, along with your photo, to be shared in upcoming bulletins. My email is We look forward to hearing from you!