March 23

03-24-2020Pastor's Liturigical CornerRev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD

How To Do The Stations of the Cross At Home
www.getfed.com/do-stations-of-the-cross-at-home-6658

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic
press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2020/03/20/200320c.html

History of Pandemics
www.visualcapitalist.com/history-of-pandemics-deadliest

Fr. John Pietropaoli provides inspiration and 5 practical tips to stay close to Jesus during this time of uncertainty.
www.facebook.com/637116133/posts/10157167500706134

Diocese of Metuchen Facebook page
www.facebook.com/145175512331883/posts/1457956804387074

Corona Virus Changes for the Church

03-22-2020Weekly ReflectionFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

Facing the rapidly evolving Corona Virus pandemic, I would like to inform you of some of the things we as a parish will be doing to be proactive as we navigate our way through this period of time. The Bishop has announced that all Masses will be suspended until April 3. Masses may resume on April 4th, however, this is a ever changing situation. We will keep you informed of the latest updates.

The Church will remain open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during that time.

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How do I make a Holy Hour?

03-22-2020Eucharistic Adoration

The most important thing to realize about making a private Holy Hour is that we don’t have to do anything out of the ordinary. We don’t have to say any particular prayers, or read, or sing, or anything else. All we have to do is be present to the One who is present to us. We are present in body and with our hearts. We come to the Blessed Sacrament in a loving awareness of who is present. We can just be silently present without analyzing, thinking, or saying prayers with our lips. Even a few minutes of this loving, silent presence to the Lord is a precious treasure. In this silence, the Lord speaks to us and we are showered with His mercy, love, and graces. If after an initial period of silent adoration we feel a desire to pray, or read, or write, we simply do so as we feel led each moment. Many people read scripture, spiritual leaflets, or spiritual books. Many also pray the Rosary or traditional prayers.*

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Why we should take St Joseph as our role model this Lent

03-15-2020Weekly Reflection

Just like Christ's foster father, we can draw strength from the Lord if we deny ourselves worldly pleasures

Catholics know that 19 March is the Feast of St Joseph. Fewer, perhaps, are aware that the entire month of March is dedicated to the Most Chaste Heart.

That seems a bit odd, doesn’t it? March is dominated by the Lenten fast, which is itself a preparation for Eastertide. According to tradition, Our Lord’s foster-father didn’t live to see his public ministry. In fact, it was necessary that St Joseph pass from this life before Christ could reveal Himself. Only then would Jesus become head of the royal House of David – both God and King by birthright.

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Q & A

03-01-2020Eucharistic Adoration

“Come to Me all you who are weary…” Matthew 11:28

How Can I Make Better Use of My Time this Lenten Season?

Consider visiting a nearby church in the area of your work or come to St. Magdalen’s during the day or after work. Spend a few quiet minutes before the Tabernacle.

"The Sacred species reserved in the Tabernacle is to be adored because Christ is substantially present!” Imagine, time alone WITH Jesus!! What better use of anyone’s time, even if only for a short while?

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