Gratitude and Thanks

04-30-2017Parish LifeTom Jeffas

As physical director of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, I would like to express my sincere thanks to St. Magdalen’s 8th grade CCD class for their tremendous Lenten food drive. As a result of your endeavors, our pantry has never been so well-stocked with much needed products that our 84 families receive on a weekly to monthly basis. I would be remiss if I did not express my gratitude to everyone at the Office of Religious Education who worked extremely hard to bring this project to fruition: Bridget, Maggie, Jennifer, Michele, and Billy. Last but not least, my heartfelt thanks to the parents of these CCD participants who made this last year’s Lenten food drive a truly wonderful success.


Theology on Tap

04-09-2017Parish LifeKevin Shanoski

My name is Kevin Shanoski. I am the Financial Secretary for the Knights of Columbus Jubilee Council and a 23 year parishioner of St Magdalen's. Recently, as part of our annual membership drive we hosted a Theology on Tap event at the Lone Eagle Brewery here in Flemington. It was a very successful evening filled with laughs, comradery and insights into our lives as Catholic men and prayer offered by our brother Knight Fr. Antony. This event brought more new Knights to our council than our prior membership drives. It also brought back many Knights we have not seen for a while. Beer and theological reflection apparently go together as well as beer and pizza, which we had too.


Project Hope House 2017

03-19-2017Parish Life

St. Magdalen's 7th and 8th grade Confirmation students are again sponsoring "Project Hope House"; an effort to collect groceries and basic toiletries for Hope House, our parish's hub for social outreach, which support over 85 families. Please join our students in this corporal work of mercy by taking a purple reusable grocery bag and filling it up with items found on the grocery list inside. Return the bag in the narthex in the wooden bins. Thoughts from our 8th grade students on why Project Hope House is important for our parish:

"It is important to give and help others because it not only will benefit their lives, but will brighten up your spirit, making you feel better about yourself."—Alex Simone


The Lord’s Supper

03-12-2017Parish LifeThe Lord’s Supper Ministry

The Lord’s Supper ministry was originally formed in 1989 to provide wholesome meals to the Ozanam Men’s Shelter in New Brunswick and to a few needy people in our community. When the shelter was no longer in need of food, the ministry was expanded in Flemington and the surrounding townships. Since its inception, there have been many dedicated volunteers to serve in the Lord’s Supper ministry. At present, there are approximately 60 parishioners who serve as shoppers, head cooks, assistant cooks, salad and desert makers, and drivers. The meals are prepared in the Parish Center kitchen, assembled and delivered by this group on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. The number of meals served is usually between 60-70. Through the years, a very efficient scheduling and communication system has been developed so participants are well informed. The nature of this ministry provides varied opportunities for participants to help by shopping, cooking, baking, or driving.


Recognizing Jesus in Those We Serve

02-12-2017Parish LifeSr. Faustina

Before coming to St. Magdalen’s I had always been a teacher, but now God is asking me to try something new. The first week I was at Hope House I felt I was in the middle of a whirlwind; I had no idea what God was asking of me! I was so nervous; I could not even sleep. Finally, I just told the Lord, “Jesus I don’t know what to do, you have to help me.” He did. He guides me and He gives me people to help when I do not know the answers myself. I really love the work I do here, even more than I loved teaching.


Reflections on the March for Life

02-05-2017Parish LifeJennifer Prickel

Every year thousands of pilgrims gather and peacefully protest one of the greatest atrocities against humankind,abortion. Buses from churches, towns, and universities gather to not only ‘march for life’ but to pray and peacefullywitness to the dignity of every human person from conception to natural death. I was one of over 100 pilgrimswho traveled from St. Magdalen’s Church last Friday, January 29th to pray and to witness to the goodness of humanlife. We began the day prayerfully, attending Mass at 6amand then traveled by bus to our nation’s capital. We prayed the rosary on the way up to Washington and stopped at the Golden Corral for dinner to feast and debrief about what wehad experienced during the march.


Experiencing the Lord in Youth Ministry

01-29-2017Parish Life

The St. Magdalen’s Youth Ministry sponsored a Fall retreat this past November for all high school students. Over 35 youth from our parish participated in prayer, fellowship, and instruction. When Michele Beckman, the Coordinator of Youth Ministry, asked the participants to describe their experience, they had this to say:


Prayer “Buddies” Across the Ages Make for a Special Christmas

01-22-2017Parish LifeMonika Szmul

An 8th grade CCD class led by Mrs. Vizzoni and Mrs. Metcalf is doing a very unconventional form of stewardship for Confirmation this year: becoming prayer buddies with St. Magdalen’s homebound members. Since September, each has exchanged notes introducing him or herself, and each are encouraged to pray daily for his/her prayer “buddy.” As well, the students are baking cupcakes and cookies for the seniors to enjoy at their bi-weekly homebound meetings.


Knights of Columbus: Faithful Brothers

01-15-2017Parish LifeBill Foster

I became involved in the Knights of Columbus through a friend, who knew I was looking for a way to give back to our Parish community. Once I joined, I discovered an organization that not only gives back, but does so much more. Our Council holds an annual blood drive, donates winter coats to needy children, raises funds for children with special needs, provides meals and toys to families at Christmas, and provides other support to our parish. We also support each other in times of need. Our Order was founded in 1882 to support widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died. We continue that mission to this day, giving time to support Knights and their families, and providing a top-rated insurance program available only to members.


Making a Pilgrimage

01-01-2017Parish LifeBarb Urcinas

In the early morning of Saturday, November 19, I joined 40 other people for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America and one of the ten largest churches in the world. On this pilgrimage we joined representatives from other parishes in our diocese to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of our Diocese of Metuchen. We would also have a final chance to walk through the ‘Holy Door’ before it closed, with the ending of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. A pilgrimage is very different from a bus trip, although the mode of transportation might be the same. On a pilgrimage, the destination of the trip is a religious site; pilgrims travel there to receive special graces from God. We traveled to the Basilica to invoke God’s Mercy for ourselves and our diocese.


A Pilgrimage of Mercy

12-18-2016Parish LifeMonika Szmul

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'.


Lessons from “Back from the Dead”

12-04-2016Parish LifeLaura Wierzbicki

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.