Sanctuary Floor Renovation/The Church is Holy in its Origin

08-26-2018Weekly ReflectionFr. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

I would like to give you an update on the renovation of the Sanctuary floors in the Church. The work will begin around September 4th and will last for a few weeks. We will continue to have our Masses here at our Church. Our Funeral Masses will be at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Three Bridges. They have so graciously given us permission to have our Funeral Masses there while we are under construction. Our clergy, deacons and liturgical ministers will travel to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on those days.


Cosmic Origins

08-19-2018Weekly Reflection

Seton Hall faculty members, Father Joseph Laracy and Father James Platania, served as lecturers at the "Magi Project Summer Seminar 2018" hosted by the Collegium Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. The seminar's theme was "Cosmic Origins" and focused on questions including: How do the Big Bang Theory and Genesis fit together and can one believe in the modern physical mechanics of an inflationary Universe and also in God?


The Integrity of Human Love (Part 2)

08-12-2018Weekly ReflectionDavid S. Crawford


With this background, we can now better understand Humanae Vitae’s central teaching: that each and every conjugal act must be “open” to new life. This teaching does not mean that spouses must always have the express purpose of conceiving a child when they come together. Nor does it imply a lack of “openness” when, through no action of their own, conception cannot occur, such as during an infertile period of a woman’s cycle. Nor does it mean that spouses cannot, for serious reasons, consciously limit their marital acts to such times of infertility, as through natural family planning.


The Integrity of Human Love (Part 1) by David S. Crawford

08-05-2018Weekly ReflectionDavid S. Crawford

As a convert, I am sometimes asked what brought me into the Catholic faith. Conversion cannot be reduced to a simple formula, but the answer for me, at least in part, was being deeply struck and attracted by the truth and beauty of the Church’s understanding of marriage. We often hear that the Church’s teachings on marriage and sex drive people away, but this certainly not my own response as a husband and father.


From the Pastor's Desk

07-29-2018Parish LifeFather Brighenti

Dear Parish Family,

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that my mother has been diagnosed with a serious heart condition. She is scheduled for a test next week, once the results have come back, my sister and I will know her options. In the meantime, I will be driving back and forth to Connecticut more frequently to help my sister with the care of my mother. It is because of this, my availability to attend ministry meetings or schedule appointments in a timely fashion may not occur.


An Examination of Conscience for Venial Sins

07-15-2018Weekly Reflection

OK. So, you receive regular spiritual direction, you frequent the sacraments, you fast and pray and spend time in adoration. You attend daily Mass, or at least more often than just Sunday Mass (and Holy Days of Obligation). You're not committing mortal sin. You confess your venial sins during regular confession. At times, you feel like what's the use? I'm not really a great sinner … anymore. Why am I going through the motions?


Why Were the Divine Praises Originally Prayed, and When Are They Prayed During Adoration?

07-15-2018Eucharistic Adoration

The Divine Praises were originally prayed as a prayer of reparation for blasphemy and profane language. It is a sequence of acclamations blessing God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and all the angels and saints. The prayer was composed by a Jesuit priest, Luigi Felici, in 1797. The Divine Praises are traditionally recited following Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. They are prayed by the priest (or deacon) and worshippers before Jesus Eucharistic (contained in the Consecrated Host) is returned to the tabernacle following Adoration.


Can I Pray to Our Blessed Mother While I am Before the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration?

07-08-2018Eucharistic Adoration

In his book, 21 Ways to Worship: A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration, Vinny Flynn reminds us that devotion to Our BlessedMother is very appropriate during Eucharistic Adoration because She leads us to Jesus always!

From his encyclical, The Church of the Eucharist, #57, Saint Pope John Paul II writes, “If the Church and the Eucharist areinseparably united, the same can be said of Mary and the Eucharist.” Our Lady is always at the side of Jesus in the Eucharist.


How Will Your Life Change When You Go To Eucharistic Adoration

07-08-2018Weekly ReflectionGarrett Johnson


In the spirit of Pope Francis’ call to come together as one community before the Holy Sacrament, we would like to offer this video, released by the USCCB, that is a collection of shorttestimonies on why people attend Eucharistic Adoration.


Current Parish Projects

07-01-2018Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

I would like to give you an update on work that is being done around the St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Parish. Like your homes, our property needs constant upkeep in order that the buildings are safe and secure for the future. I thank you for your patience as we continue to do projects around the campus. Here are some of the projects we are currently working on:

Rectory: restoring, all window sills, eaves and dormers over the garage. Victorian houses are beautiful, but high maintenance. Every so often the trim has to be repaired and painted. Fortunately, the portico is in fine shape so there is no need of any restoration. However, it was discovered that the dormers on the garage were damaged due to weather over the years. Along with filling in the seams of the trim, windows and replacing the dormers, all were primed and are being painted. The project began with a thorough power washing. This was done to see the extent of the work that was needed. The whole project costs about $11,500.00. Hopefully, it won't have to be done for another ten years.


Eucharistic Adoration: Counting Your Blessings

07-01-2018Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharist means thanksgiving. When we go to Mass we are offering God a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for all that He has done for us and all that He continues to do. In a special way Eucharistic Adoration is also a prayer of thanksgiving. When you find it difficult to pray 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, in this year. Once you begin to recognize the many ways God is already blessing you, your hear t will overflow with praise.