Intercessory Prayer

11-24-2019Eucharistic Adoration

There are many forms of prayer. We can offer praise to God for who He is. We can offer thanksgiving for what He has done, but we can also pray for others and make their needs and concerns our own. This is called intercessory prayer. Often in times of trial or difficulty the only thing we can say to someone who is struggling is that we will pray for them. We can place that person on our hearts and then go before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and offer Him our hearts. He will hear our prayers and answer them according to what is truly good for us and for others.

Collection and Finances

11-17-2019Weekly Reflection

We want to share some of the procedures and levels of oversight put in place at St Magdalen Church. At no time do the Clergy come in contact with the Offertory collection.

  • Ushers place collection directly into the safe where there are three or more present.
  • At a secure location, the collection is counted by one of the four rotating counting teams. Each team has four or more members. Each team must have three or more present during the count.
  • A “Collection Tally Sheet”, a Diocesan requirement, is completed for each collection. Counting team members sign this required document. The amount on this document is published in the parish bulletin. These Collection Tally Sheets are kept on file and have been reviewed by the Diocese during audits.
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Praying for the Dead

11-10-2019Eucharistic Adoration

“Have mercy on me, God in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense.” (Psalm 51:3)

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 entrance into Heaven, they can no longer pray for themselves. We are each called to pray for the dead. In Eucharistic Adoration, we bring our own needs but also the needs of those who have gone before us. Praying for the dead is a powerful reminder that this life is not our final destination. One day we will also need the prayers of those whom we have left behind. May we recognize the value of human life and feel compassionate for our brothers and sisters in Purgatory.

Come let the Lord love you. Come be with the Lord.

The 12 Promises in Daily Life

08-11-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Friends in Christ,

Now that we have the historical and theological basis for devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I would like to demonstrate how this practice can affect ordinary family life. I recently read about a deadly tornado outbreak on May 31, 1985. It affected parts of Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada. Eighty nine people died and more than 1,000 were injured; the damage was estimated over $600 million. In today’s cost of living situation it would be in the billions. A bombed out-battle-field was how one local weather service described the borough of Wheatland, PA.

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Obeying His Will

08-04-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My dear friends in Christ,

Last week we read about the 12 promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to those who keep 9 consecutive First Fridays. As with all of God’s graces, these promises are contingent on our obeying His Will for us through prayer, the sacraments, reading and studying about our faith, and listening to His Holy Spirit. This is not as difficult as it may sound. What it involves after all, is trying our best to live a good life pleasing to God, in obedience to Him, and sharing His love with others!

Think also of those parables in the Gospels in which Jesus spoke approvingly of the good and faithful servants who served their master diligently and thus were rewarded when he returned (Matt 24:45-47 and 25:14-30 ).

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Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

07-28-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

My dear friends in Christ,

Last week, I fondly remembered the beautiful devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as a way of consecrated family life under His mantle. This week I would like to print for you the Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our Lord Jesus Christ made these twelve promises to those who honor His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun, whom he called “the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart” and the Heiress “of all Its treasures”, in the 1670’s. They show us how much He cherishes this devotion.

Considering that the blood that redeemed us at Calvary came from His Sacred Heart and that so much love and light still exude from it, we can easily understand why! These promises were revealed in one of many private revelations that Jesus gave St. Margaret Mary. Our Lord promised the following:

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Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

07-21-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

As a child in Catholic grammar school, First Fridays devoted to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was a monthly religious obligations that instilled religious fervor. We sang this beautiful Hymn, “Sweet Heart of Jesus we implore. O make us love thee more and more.

On the words “Jesus” and “love” the melody reaches to the top of the octave and stays there. Even forty years ago “Sweet Heart of Jesus” was a relic of pre-conciliar Catholicism. You wouldn’t have heard it in most parishes, though my pastor resisted the Cultural Revolution that was supposed to accompany the liturgical changes.

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How "active participation" can be something other than what you're thinking.

07-14-2019Liturgy CornerKatrina Fernandez

Hello, Katrina. My question for you is about actively participating at Mass. Is it still considered "participating" if I can't fully concentrate on the readings or the homily? My two daughters are 3 and 8 months and I'm usually pretty distracted with making sure they don't get too loud and fussy and disturb others around us. Some Sundays I completely miss all the readings and even the homily. I wonder if I should just wait until they're older to come to Mass so that I can concentrate and actually participate. Is it considered participating at Mass if I am barely mentally present?

Yes, you're still participating in the Mass! In fact, I would even argue that some "participation" starts the minute you wake up and make the decision to attend Mass. I remember the level of determination and will it required just to get out of the house with a small child, never mind the sheer Olympic feat required to even find a moment to shower, dress, and pack a diaper bag.

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Welcome Rev. Marinelli / Adoration Chapel Update

07-14-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. Kenneth Brighenti

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we welcome Reverend Matthew Marinelli to our parish. Father Matthew was ordained at St. Francis Cathedral on Saturday, June 24th. Father Marinelli, a Phillipsburg native, earned a bachelor's degree in philosophical theology from Seton Hall University, South Orange. While studying for a master's degree in divinity at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pa., he undertook a diaconate assignment in a small Pittsburgh parish. "They had a small Spanish community there which was super loving, devout and hospitable," said Father Marinelli. As a seminarian, Reverend Marinelli participated in a pastoral language immersion program in Bolivia. He also worked a summer assignment in the Hispanic community of Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Perth Amboy. Father Matthew said he is greatly anticipating engaging in the lives of parishioners and forming the deep bonds that come with serving in a parish. "I most look forward to being in people's lives," said Father Marinelli.

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Eucharistic Adoration: The Light of Christ

07-14-2019Eucharistic Adoration

Winter brings darkness, cold, and sometimes a great deal of snow. The lack of sunlight and the monotony of our days can cause many people to lose hope. Yet Jesus promises to be our light and our salvation. He promises to guide our paths and that the darkness will not overcome us. In Eucharistic Adoration we come before the Lord of Heaven and Earth, the Lord who was not afraid to stand as a light in the darkness. He remains with us to strengthen our hearts to persevere when all appears dark and we feel lost. He remains with His children to remind them "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."—John 1:5

Church Renovation Update

07-07-2019Weekly ReflectionFather Kenneth Brighenti

My Dear Parishioners,

I would like to give you an update on the renovations of the Church. We will resume the installation of the tile in the Church in the next week or two to replace the carpet. The cost of the tile was generously given to the Church by several parishioners.

It is through the generosity of the Rob & Maria Bacino and Insight Private Advisors that we will begin work on the pews and kneelers after the flooring is completed. The pews will be sanded, re-stained and the worn kneelers will be replaced. We are very grateful to the Bacino’s for this generous donation.

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Answering New Ideas on Cremation

07-07-2019Liturgy CornerMichelle Arnold

A fire department was dispatched recently after reports of heavy smoke in National City, California, not far from Catholic Answers headquarters. The first responders discovered that the smoke came from a local crematorium and contained human cremains. A furnace door had not been properly secured during a cremation, and the deceased’s remains ended up becoming pollution over the city.

Mishaps of this type are fortunately rare, but we often receive questions about how to respond to situations in which family members or friends treat the remains of deceased loved ones in ways not in keeping with the Church’s requirements for fit disposition of the human body. A few recent examples:

• A man wanted to know if he and his wife could keep their baby son’s cremains in their home until they relocated to another state at some future point.

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