The Christian journey takes perseverance. Scripture says that even “the just man falls seven times a day” (Proverbs 24:16). Despite the fact that we seekto avoid sin and to practice virtue, our human nature is prone to weakness.Often we can feel this weakness as a great burden, yet Jesus is there to console us. In Eucharistic Adoration we come into contact with a God whohas made Himself ‘small and weak’ in order to make us strong-- in Him. Wecan come to Jesus with our burdens and ask Him to heal us and to give us Hisgrace to persevere to the end. God does not ask us to be successful but to befaithful. Then we can say with St. Paul, “When I am weak, then I amstrong” (2 Cor 12:10).
On Sunday, November 13th, the 9am Mass was filled with young families who were participating in the first 'Family ALIVE' event. Families with children in 1st or 2nd grade were invited to experience formation together in preparation for the season of Advent.READ MORE
Jesus desires to be near us. What an incredible thought. Not only does He allow Himself tobecome our food, He remains ever-present in the tabernacle. But why does He choose toremain so close to us? The only sufficient answer is love. When two people begin to courtthey like to spend time with one another and learn about the likes and dislikes of the other.Yet there comes a time when love has matured and there is no longer a need for words.There is something profoundly beautiful about a married couple who have said all there isto say and simply wish to abide in the presence of the other. Whether we are beginning inour relationship with Jesus or have walked with Him for a long time—the language of love is silence and the mode in which He communicates this love is in His presence.
The Homebound group is an ongoing ministry in our parish, led by Sr. Pat and Sr. Gloria, for the elderly who are homebound. Drivers bring members on two Fridays a month, September through June, to 9 am Mass. After Mass, fellowship takes place at the Parish Center. Coffee and snacks are shared, followed by a talk, rosary, craft, and lunch, which is generously donated by Harvest Moon restaurant. Volunteers drive the Homebound and help Sr. Pat set-up, take-down, serve coffee and baked goods, assist with the craft, and serve the lunch.READ MORE
In November the Church commemorates the souls of the faithful departed. We recall that while the Souls in Purgatory are suffering in anticipation of their entranceinto Heaven, they can no longer pray for themselves. We are each called to pray forthe dead. In Eucharistic Adoration, we bring our own needs but also the needs ofthose who have gone before us. Praying for the dead is a powerful reminder that thislife is not our final destination. One day we will also need the prayers of thosewhom we have left behind. May we recognize the value of human life and feel compassionate for our brothers and sisters in Purgatory.
I would like to share the life experiences which led me to develop an intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. In 1989 I struggled to deal with the loss of my Dad. I began to search for answers to life's questions, but I looked in the wrong places. I sought after worldly pleasures to fill the void in my heart, eventually hitting rock-bottom. One evening as I was flipping channels, I came across a TV Evangelist.READ MORE
Jesus frequently came into contact with people who were considered ‘unclean’; He met lepers, tax-collectors, and prostitutes. The incredible thing is that once these people encountered Jesus theycould never be the same again. Yet they still ha d to decide whether they wanted to remain in their state of isolation-- an isolation due to either physical or spiritual sickness (sin), or be healed. Thesame dilemma is presented to each of us in Eucharistic Adoration. We approach the holiness of God,and in so doing simultaneously come into contact with our own sinfulness. Like the leper, the taxcollector, and the prostitute we must ask ourselves if we are willing to be changed by Jesus, to seenot only what we are, but who God has created us to be. May the grace which gave the leper thecourage to cry out to Jesus also be ours; may we be reconciled with God our Father.
I grew up in Fanwood, NJ. My mother was into New-Age spiritualties while my father never practiced any faith. There was a Presbyterian Church down the street from my house and although my parents would not attend, I would go every week. Even at the beginning of my journey I was seeking Jesus and a Christian family. I majored in biology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and was married in the Presbyterian Church shortly there-after. My husband was transferred to California for work where we had four children. While in California, I was involved with the Presbyterian Church and was ordained a Deacon. We then were transferred to Virginia where I went through the pain of a divorce. At this time of crisis, I went to a Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia for support and guidance but they had no time for me. Then I began my search for a Church home. I found an Assemblies of God Church which welcomed me. There I immersed myself in Bible Studies and a home group.READ MORE
Prayer can be a mixed bag. Sometimes there is deep joy and peace, other times there is dryness and distraction. Yet God is always teaching us something even if His method ofteaching changes. God’s ways can seem, not only mysterious but also ironic. We see God’ssense of humor most poignantly in the lives of the saints. In Abraham we see a man whowas to be a great nation, yet is called to sacrifice His only son. In St. Therese we see ayoung woman who desired to be a missionary yet died in a cloister. Even in Our Lady, wesee a woman called to be both Virgin and Mother. God transforms us little by little. But often it is not in the way we would choose. God’s ways are not our ways.
For two weeks in mid-June St. Magdalen’s hosts homeless families in the Family Promise program. Each family has a room in the Spiritual Formation Center. Air mattresses,bedding, and towels are provided. Volunteers greet the families upon arrival, others bring a meal. Youth Group members or volunteer's children spend time with the children and two volunteers sleep over each night. My daughter joined me for my first overnight. We slept well until about 6:50 the next morning when we heard the tap-tap of feet above us going to 7 am Mass. My daughter just wanted to sleep in and my comment to her was to thank God that we have a home to go to and that we will sleep in our own beds again the next night. Just imagine what it is like to move from place to place, to spend a week or two here and then move on again.READ MORE
It all began when Fr. Henry placed those little stewardship cards in the pews. The Church needed ushers,Eucharistic Ministers, etc. One of the options was for Bingo. I signed up. I began coming on Monday nights from 6-11:30pm. My wife, who was pregnant at the time with our second child, was not thrilled at the prospect of my leaving the house for an entire evening.READ MORE
God does nothing unnecessarily. While it is true that we can access God present inour hearts and through our prayer, there is something profoundly necessary aboutEucharistic Adoration. As creatures we need something tangible to ‘hold onto’. Godaccommodates this ‘need’ of the human heart by making Himself the Bread of Life.We gaze upon Him with our human eyes and He gazes back. We can take God intoour hands, into our mouths, and into our hearts. God allows us to interact with Himon our terms. He is truly with us.
Whenever I pray the Joyful Mysteries of the rosary I am aware, not only of the sacred moments which made up the life of Our Lord, but also of my own 'joyful mysteries' with my three daughters. When I meditate upon the Annunciation, I think about being in the doctor's office hearing, yes, I was indeed pregnant! I felt such joy and gratitude that my husband, Robert, and I would soon be entrusted with new life.READ MORE
Every Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:00 pm the St. Therese's room in the Parish Center is filled with an army of knitters and crocheters called the Purly Girls—laughing, socializing, small time of prayer and making something beautiful for God. Several years ago Barbara Assmann and Hilda Rocchetti ran into one another in Michaels craft store getting yarn and the idea to start a knitting group for the parish began.READ MORE
In my homily this weekend I spoke about an epidemic in Hunterdon County Did you know that Hunterdon County Heroin overdosesreported in 2015 rose 333% compared to 2014!
Remember what the lepers said today in the gospel reading? "Jesus, Master." They recognized Jesus Christ as their Master, the one who can relieve them of their suffering. My prayer and works with people who are addicted is the hope that they can turn away from the current 'master' in their lives, addiction, and turn towards thereal 'Master' in life, Jesus Christ.READ MORE
God’s Grace is Enough
Every day we encounter inconvenience, temptation, and the painful recognition ofour own weakness. These struggles can often feel like more than we can bear, sohow can we stay afloat? In Eucharistic Adoration Jesus strengthens us to ‘do battle’and to view the difficulties of daily life as a participation in His Cross. Not only dowe receive the vision to see reality—but also the hope necessary to endure faithfullyto the end. God’s grace is sufficient.
Distractions: Preparing Fertile Ground for the Lord
It is part of our struggle on earth to experience distractions in prayer and even toquestion God’s presence, yet we must be gentle with ourselves. Going over grocery lists, to-do lists, and thinking about what happened the hour before ourprayer time, will happen. Don’t be discouraged, just ask Jesus to help you ‘tokeep your eyes on the road.’ It often happens that when we feel scattered, Godcan use this to ‘scatter the seeds of life’ meaning, He uses our sacrifice of notfeeling like our prayer is ‘working’ to help someone else who is struggling. Wereceive simply by being present, and not just us, but everyone in the world becomes the beneficiaries of our prayer.
So often I forget that my spiritual life, my whole life really, is a battle. A battle that is fought in the spiritual arena and can only be fought with spiritual weapons. For me it is a battle for my mind, and how easily my mind gets distracted! How quick I am to run off to some "good" and even wholesome thing, while leaving the "best" for another day (which often never comes). How easy it is for me to be a Martha, busy about many things. How easy it is for me to get fooled into thinking I can find peace, joy and happiness, even rest and contentment in "other things" or other places rather than at the feet of Jesus. But God never abandons us and He continually provides means and ways for us to walk with Him one such way, for me, has been through my involvement in the ChristLife initiative.READ MORE