Growing up Catholic, I heard Bible stories. Some stories captivated my young imagination – Noah’s Ark comes to mind. Would Noah have organized the animals alphabetically by name, or by size? And most important, whose job was it to clean the Ark? Unfortunately, some details were left out.
Fast forward from my childhood to 10 years ago. I read in the bulletin that St. Magdalen’s was offering a Bible study. I hadn’t studied the Bible since college, and most of those details had long since evaporated. Though I always intended to read the Bible on my own, I never seemed to find time. That first study was The Quick Journey through the Bible, with Jeff Cavins. I really enjoyed it – knowing more of the background of the stories really helped me to make connections with the readings on Sundays.READ MORE
The pipe organ has been a staple of Roman Catholic liturgy for centuries.While fewer and fewer people are able to play this ancient instrument, itsstrong association with Christian worship is undeniable.
The organ has its roots all the way back in the 3rd century BC, invented by a Greek engineer named Ctesibius of Alexandria. At first it was primarily used for secular events, but by the 10th century the instrumentwas introduced into churches. During the Middle Ages it spread throughoutEurope and was recognized as the “the most complex of all mechanicalinstruments developed before the Industrial Revolution.”READ MORE
Adoration can be compared to sun-bathing—wesit, receive, and are changed by simply being inGod’s presence. But what if you are distracted anddon’t feel like the Lord is doing anything for you? This experience of prayer could be compared to spending an overcast day at the beach. It may notseem like you are getting any sun, but if you leaveoff your sun-screen, you will soon feel how wrongyou have been.
God’s ‘rays’, just like those of the sun, still‘touch’ us, even if we cannot perceive them. Ourfeelings are not always in conformity with reality.Even if we experience distraction and restlessness—Godisstillatwork.
When I was a young boy, my parents taught my five siblings and me how to pray. At dinnertime, with all eight of us around the table, we would pray, "Bless us O Lord…" for the gift of the day and the meal we were about to receive. Every night, before bedtime, we would kneel at the side of our beds and recite the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Angel of God prayers. We would end with our own special intentions, praying for our family, friends, and others less fortunate. I'm certain my parents had to pray for the strength at the end of a long day to herd six kids to this nightly ritual. But I am eternally grateful they did. God bless them! Prayer has always been an important part of my life, as it is a source of great strength and encouragement during difficult times, and it provides me with the opportunity to express my profound gratitude for the blessings in my life.READ MORE
Our Feelings and Reality: Adoration can be compared to sun-bathing-we sit, receive, and are changed by simply being in God's presence. But what if you are distracted and don't feel like the Lord is doing anything for you? This experience of prayer could be compared to spending an overcast day at the beach. It may not seem like you are getting any sun, but if you leave off your sun-screen, you will soon feel how wrong you have been.
God's 'rays', just like those of the sun, still 'touch' us, even if we cannot perceive them. Our feelings are not always in conformity with reality. Even if we experience distraction and restlessness God is still at work.
I am pleased to announce that we will be having a weekend assistant, Rev. James Platania at our Parish beginning on September 3rd. Reverend Platanis currently is an Assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange.
He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Paterson in 2013. Since his Ordination he has served as an Advisor to the Seminarians at Immaculate Conception Seminar y and also ser ved in campus ministr y at St. John's University in Rome Italy.READ MORE
I first heard about ChristLife last year when the young adult ministry was ending. Having been raised Catholic and very involved in ministry at St. Magdalen's, I originally thought that ChristLife wasn't for me. However, I had a curiosity inside of me to discover what ChristLife was. I felt called to sign up for it, and I am glad I did.READ MORE