This past February, Sister Mary Veronica of the Cross, O.P. made her Solemn Profession at the Dominican monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Summit, New Jersey, but Sr. Veronica's journey did not begin in a cloistered monastery but with-in the walls of St. Magdalen's Church. Her family has been part of the parish community for three generations. Her parents, Ray and Bertha Gessner brought their daughter to be baptized at St. Magdalen's at its former location on Park Avenue, as an infant. Veronica participated in the 'Moms and Tots' playgroup sponsored at the Church and attended the St. Magdalen's Pre-school. Veronica's faith was enriched by the life of the parish through summer bible camps, youth group, and by participating in two parish sponsored trips to World Youth Day in both Toronto, Canada and Cologne, Germany.READ MORE
Below is a short meditation you could take with you and pray when you come for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Start by sitting or kneeling. Close your eyes or look deeply into the Blessed Sacrament before you. Repeat the Name of Jesus quietly in your heart again and again.READ MORE
Have you ever felt that the burdens of the world were crushing you? That is exactly how I felt over the last four years until I was introduced to Christ -life. The anxiety that I was feeling because of my very stressful and overwhelming job were wreaking havoc on me. I couldn't sleep, I was fearful all the time and my Type 1 Diabetes was spiraling because of all the anxiety. I had a serious breakdown one evening leaving a late meeting and knew that things had to change. So, I turned to God. Although I felt that I was faithful, I did not feel that I had a real relationship with God. So I prayed.READ MORE
When you come for a visit with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament you could use the following two prayers at the beginning of your visit. The third prayer could be prayed before you leave.
Prayer of Adoration
I adore you Jesus, true God, and true man, present in the holy Eucharist, kneeling before you and united in spirit with all the faithful on earth and all the saints in heaven. In gratitude for so great a blessing, I love you with all my heart, for you are worthy of all praise and adoration. Lord Jesus Christ, may I never offend you with my lack of love. May your Eucharistic presence refresh me in body and soul. Mary, Mother of the Eucharistic Lord, pray for me and obtain for me a greater love for Jesus. Amen.
The Second of the Two Eucharistic Miracles of Lanciano, Italy:
God our Father longs to increase our faith in His Son's Eucharistic Presence still here on earth. There are many miracles of the Eucharist in Church history. One such miracle took place in Lanciano, Italy. This town's history is closely related to the crucifixion of Jesus.READ MORE
Here is the First of the Two Eucharistic Miracles of Lanciano, Italy:
God our Father longs to increase our faith in His Son's Eucharistic Presence still here on earth. There are many miracles of the Eucharist in Church history. One such miracle took place in Lanciano, Italy. This town's history is closely related to the crucifixion of Jesus.
In John's Gospel it says: The soldiers therefore came; and they broke the legs of the first, and of the other that was crucified with him. But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side, and immediately there came out blood and water. And he that saw it, has given testimony; and his testimony is true; that you may also believe. For these things were done, that the scripture might be fulfilled: "You shall not break a bone of him." And again another scripture said: "They shall look on him whom they pierced." John 19:32-37READ MORE
I grew up in a Catholic family and attended a school run by Franciscan sisters. These sisters instilled in me the desire to love God, through their witness. I would always see them praying their rosary or making a visit to the Church during lunch time. Their love for Jesus stirred in me the desire to love Him more deeply. The Archdiocese of New York had a custom of inviting two children from each Catholic school to wear the habit of the religious community which taught them. I was one of the children whom the sisters chose.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
This past weekend was a high point for our parish and for our diocese. Bishop Checchio ordained three men to the priesthood of Jesus Christ, one of them, Father Mauricio Tabera who has served as a transitional deacon here at St. Magdalen's. It has been a great joy for me and our whole community to get to know him, support him and pray for him along the last steps of his journey to the priesthood.READ MORE