I am so happy that you joined us for the celebration of Christ's birth. I understand that many of you may be visiting. For some of you this may be a renewal, a moment that has brought you back to church. What ever the reason or where ever you may be on your faith journey I want you to know you are always welcome here at St Magdalen's.
There are so many wonderful staff and ministry leadership that are always eager to listen and spend time with those who are seeking more for their faith. Please let us know how we may be part of your journey.READ MORE
November 20th marked the close of the Year of Mercy. To acknowledge this moment in the Church, Bishop Checchio honored 107 individuals from around the Diocese of Metuchen who exemplified the mercy of Christ in a particular way. Tom Jeffas, a member of St. Magdalen’s Church, was one of those recipients to receive the ‘Disciples of Mercy’ award. Tom was honored for his work with the Hope House and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.READ MORE
In Advent the Church prepares for the three comings of Christ. She prepares for His coming as a little baby atChristmas. She prepares for His coming at the end of time, when He will come to judge the living and the dead.She also prepares for the coming of Christ in the Eucharist. Emmanuel means “God is with us” (Matthew 1:23). Inthe Eucharist Jesus is truly ‘God with us’. When Jesus came as a little baby He was vulnerable and weak; He hidhis divinity. In the Eucharist Jesus continues to make himself vulnerable and weak, and hides both his divinity andhis humanity. God came to save us from our sins 2000 years ago, yet He remains in the Eucharist to heal us fromthe effects of our sin.
Heaven is the place where we shall behold the face of God unveiled. On this Earth we canalso behold the face of God yet only the eyes of faith are able to recognize Him. St. Thomassays that on the cross Jesus hid His divinity but in the Eucharist He hides both His divinityand His humanity. It is only through faith that we can look upon the white host and recognize the Lord and giver of life, for “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen”—Hebrews 11:1. May we look upon our God with faith on thisEarth so that we may behold Him in His glory in Heaven.
On November 19, 2016, over 3000 people from the Diocese of Metuchen joined Bishop Checchio to celebrate the 35th anniversary of our diocese at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Forty people from St. Magdalen's took a bus for the all day trip. The pilgrimage was extra special because it was on the eve of the closing of the 'Year of Mercy'.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family:
I present you with last year’s fiscal statement for our parish operations. It shows ashortfall due to a number of factors. One reason is that we had some capital expenditures that will not be needed again for the foreseeable future, but it was primarily due to a drop in our ordinary income from Sunday collections. We, like almost all of the parishes in central New Jersey, are experiencing a dramatic downturn inregular Church attendance. With the decline in attendance fewer people are contributing and some due to life circumstances need to contribute less.READ MORE
There are many forms of prayer. We can offer praise to God for who He is. We canoffer thanksgiving for what He has done, but we can also pray for others and maketheir needs and concerns our own. This is called intercessory prayer. Often in timesof trial or difficulty the only thing we can say to someone who is struggling is thatwe will pray for them. We can place that person on our hearts and then go beforeJesus in the Blessed Sacrament and offer Him our hearts. He will hear our prayersand answer them according to what is truly good for us and for others.
I was raised Catholic-attending St. Magdalen’s Church when it was still located on Park Avenue. I served as an altar boy and can still remember polishing my shoes in preparation for Sunday Mass. When I was 17, I enlisted in the Navy and at 18 went to Vietnam-I was a hospital corpsman, in the Fleet Marine Force on my 1 tour and a ‘special warfare’ unit in my other 1 and a half tours. My job was to rescue and treat wounded marines, team mates and civilians. I saw some very ugly things in Vietnam—many of which are etched into my memory. I was wounded on three separate occasions, low-crawling through machine gun, rifle fire and artillery-seeking to save the lives of men in my unit. My best friend, a radio operator, was one such person who I was unable to save. Because of the atrocities of combat, I found myself losing faith in God. I asked, “God, why? Why did you take him?” This loss of faith, I have found, is very common in war veterans. As a result, I was away from the Church for more than 30 years. After going through the inpatient PTSD unit at VA Hospital as well as Outpatient I felt a little relief from the nightmares, but my Faith was still lacking.READ MORE
Eucharist means thanksgiving. When we go to Mass we are offeringGod a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for all that He has done forus and all that He continues to do. In a special way Eucharistic Adoration is also a prayer of thanksgiving. When you find it difficult topray or do not know what to say to God why not count your blessings?Try to think about the ways God has blessed you today, in this week, inthis year. Once you begin to recognize the many ways God is alreadyblessing you, your heart will overflow with praise.
So I sat in the back of church, right by the door, and no one noticed me. Curly hair, black pants and boots, blood red lipstick. And still, no one noticed me. Some people made brief eye-contact, but did not recognize me. My entire 8th grade CCD class walked right next to me and no one even looked over. And I thought, "This is how Satan gets the job done. They don't even know I'm here." I was waiting, of course, for the performance of "Back From The Dead: The Last Four Things" to begin, and I was playing the Devil.READ MORE