The Seeds of Faith

07-31-2016Parish LifeEd Fleming

My grandfather first introduced me to Jesus and planted the seeds of faith. When I was younger I went to Sunday School and I heard the stories yet I did not feel any personal attachment to Jesus or to my faith. I learned about God, but I did not have a relationship with Him. So between the ages of 15-30 I was not part of a church. It was not until I met my wife Barbara, that I was re-introduced to church. She always loved the Lord and her faith helped me to come back to Him. I'm analytical and I seek to know why something is the way it is. Once I returned to church, everything I learned as a child made sense. As an older man, I began to realize how much I needed God, and how I couldn't do anything for myself. There was a peace and comfort in learning about Jesus, He is constant and I need that. He takes care of me. When I ask 'How can I pay this bill?' or 'How am I going to work this out?', He always comes through and takes care of my needs.

When I came here to St. Magdalen's in May of 1999, I felt loved, and accepted. Everyone here is an example, extending the love of Christ to others. Everyone here loves the Lord and wants to do His will and they have shown God to me.

Ed faithfully provides the parish with clean side-walks during the winter and heads our maintenance department.

Finding Strength Through Marriage Ministry

07-24-2016Parish LifeMegan & Daniel Carducci

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them (Matt 18:20)." This scripture passage defines why we chose to get involved with ministries in the parish. Working together with other parishioners allows us to see the light of Christ in each person and inspires us to lead holy Christian lives. Our first child, Joseph Robert (Joey), was born in March, and we want him to know God's love and witness the way other families make God the center of their lives.


Celebrating Our Mother of Perpetual Help

07-17-2016Parish LifeLiezl Millian

The Filipino American Association of St. Magdalen's (FASTMAG) celebrated the feast day of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, on June 26, 2016. It was attended by 13 priests from the Diocese of Metuchen. A Mass was held, followed by a candlelight procession around the block of the Church and a dinner at the parish center. This year marks the 150th jubilee anniversary of being entrusted with the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help by the Redemptorist fathers. This jubilee year marks a moment of grace for all of God's people.


Having Faith like Our Lady

07-10-2016Parish LifeBetty Calle

I grew up in Peru and the faith was very important in my family. My grand-mother was always sick when I was a kid but she still smiled and was faithful to prayer; she translated this to her children. She taught us how to accept suffering with joy.

As a teenager I attended the youth group in my parish, which was run by Salesian priests. Our meetings consisted of: prayer, singing, and catechesis. This strengthened my faith.


Glorifying God Through Flowers

07-03-2016Parish LifeLorenzo Rojas

I grew up in Mexico in a town called Plan de Las Hayas. The patron saint of both our town and our Church was St. Isidore whose feast day is May 15th. We grew a lot of corn and coffee but it would get very dry so we would take the statue of Saint Isidore from the Church and process it around the town to get rain and after the 4th or 5th time it would always rain. Faith has always been important to me—in the community I grew up in and in my family. When I was a kid my grandmother used to tell me that I had to pray every day for the whole world, but especially for priests and nuns. She was charitable to the poor and she would tell me that to do something good for someone else means that God is smiling at you.


Answering God’s Call

06-26-2016Parish Life

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.