Christmas Tree Sale

This year, for the first time, St. Magdalen’s will celebrate the Christmas season by illuminating the circle in front of the rectory by erecting beautiful six foot real Christmas trees, decorated with white lights.

Each tree will be available to be memorialized for someone living or deceased, or with a Christmas greeting. The trees will be affixed with a laminated sign containing the name(s) to be memorialized.

On  Friday, December 8th, after Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we will gather outside for a blessing and the lighting of the trees. The trees will be lit each evening from 6pm-midnight until the Feast of the Epiphany in January.

The cost to memorialize one of these beautiful trees will be $200. Up to four families can share a tree and the expense.  This will help cover the cost of the trees, the lighting, and the memorial.

The number of trees is LIMITED, so please reserve early!  Reservation forms will be in the Narthex and the Parish office.

The brilliance of the light of the NEW BORN SAVIOR will shine in Flemington this year in a new and exciting way!

For more information call Tony Petto at 908-625-4021 or the parish office at 908-751-1780

 

Soccer Challenge

The Knights of Columbus are again proud to sponsor their annual soccer challenge for 2017 on Sunday, September 24, 2017.  Please check the KofC3294 website: http://www.kofc3294.org for any weather updates.
 
This event will be held at the St Magdalen de Pazzi Parish Center in Flemington, NJ.   Registration will be from 2:00 to 2:15 PM.   The competition will be held from 2:15 to 3:30 pm.  The competition is open for all boys and girls between the ages of 9 to 14 as of September 1.  Participants compete in separate categories by age and gender.
 
The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions.  International champions are announced by the K of C headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls will compete in their respective age and gender divisions. Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest.  
 
All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation.  Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. 
 
*** REMEMBER to bring a copy of each participant's birth certificate, it is required in order to compete.

 

Daily Prayer for March

All Knights of Council 3294 are requested to faithfully pray once every day starting tomorrow and during the season of Lent.  The time can be of your choosing between noon and 3 pm.  The prayer will change at Easter.
 
Pray aloud or silently as circumstances permit. Try not to miss, but if you can’t make our communal noon to 3 p.m. window, simply pray later or earlier that day.  Use a habit like grace before meals or Eucharistic Adoration as a reminder. As in all things: Keep the Faith.
 
Lent is a time for penitence and personal renewal.  We have chosen for the season verses from Psalm 51.  During Fridays in Lent, make an effort to read Psalm 51 in its entirety.  Meditate with St. Paul as he captures the essential purpose of Lent:  “ … be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”  Eph. 4:23-24.
 
Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness;
in your compassion blot out my offense.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.
 
My offenses truly I know them;
my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
What is evil in your sight I have done.
 
Indeed you love truth in the heart;
then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
O purify me, then I shall be clean;
O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.
 
A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence;
nor deprive me of your Holy Spirit.
 
Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervor sustain me.
That I may teach transgressors your ways;
and sinners may return to you.

 

 

Daily Prayer for February

Worthy Brothers,

 

All Knights of Jubilee Council 3294 to faithfully pray once every day in February, at a time of your choosing, between noon and 3 pm.

Pray aloud or silently as circumstances permit.

Try not to miss, but if you can’t make our communal noon to 3 p.m. window, simply pray later or earlier that day.  Use a habit like grace before meals or Eucharistic Adoration as a reminder. As in all things: Keep the Faith.

 

The second core principle of the Knights of Columbus is Unity.  Let this daily prayer said by us in concert be a powerful witness and support of that unity.

 

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known

that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored thy help or sought thy intercession

was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, 

I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother!

To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions but in thy mercy

hear and answer me.  Amen.

 

Knights of Columbus

Jubillee Council #3294

New 3rd Degree Knights

A Knighthood Degree was held January 6th at St. Joseph's Church.  Matt Weaver and Noah Primiani advanced to the 3rd Degree.  They are pictured with their proud fathers,  From left to right, Kevin Weaver, Matt Weaver, Noah Primiani, Anthony Primiani. 

Theology on Tap

The Knights will be hosting a membership drive at Lone Eagle Brewing on January 26th from 7 PM until 10 PM.  This is an opportunity to learn about the Knights of Columbus and make some new connections at St. Magdalen Church.  Father Timothy Christy will be the guest speaker.

Pizza will be served along with a cash bar.  The event is open to any Catholic man from the surrounding Flemington area.

 

Basketball Free Throw Challenge 2017

The Knights of Columbus are again proud to sponsor their annual basketball free throw competition for 2017 on Sunday, January 29th. This event will be held in the Parish Center with registration from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM. The competition will be held from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. The competition is open for all boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 as of January 1st. Participants compete in separate categories by age and gender. A copy of each participant’s birth certificate is required. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each age group. Also, winners from our council competition have the opportunity to move on to a district competition, and then regional and state competitions. Refreshments will also be provided.

Please email our Youth Director, Kevin Weaver, at youth@kofc3294.org if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Bishop John Barres of Allentown, Penn., a former collegiate basketball player at Princeton University, is a strong supporter of the Free Throw Championship. He sees the focus and discipline required to achieve athletic excellence as being valuable in the faith formation and character development of young people. In addition, healthy competition helps young people to handle both good fortune and adversity with grace and dignity.  Below is a short video of Bishop Barres discussing the virtues of both the Free Throw Championship and the Soccer Challenge.

 

 

 

 

Daily Prayer for January

The following is our Council's prayer for January, which we ask all Knights of Council 3294 to faithfully pray once every day in January at a time of your choosing between noon and 3 pm.

         

Pray aloud or silently as circumstances permit.

Try not to miss, but if you miss our noon to 3 p.m. window, simply pray later that day.   Use a habit like grace before meals as a reminder. As in all things: Keep the Faith.

 

The second core principle of the Knights of Columbus is Unity.  Let this daily prayer said by us in concert be a powerful witness and support of that unity.

 

At the Savior’s command and informed by divine teaching we dare to say.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the land.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”             (Matt 5:3-10)

and

Lord Jesus make me salt of the earth and a light to the world.

 

In January we commemorate the Baptism of Our Lord, and are thus reminded that through the sacrament of baptism we are made adopted sons of God.  Let us resolve to be true to our spiritual inheritance by living the beatitudes as faithful brothers and imitators of Christ.  For meditative reading on Matthew 5, see “Beatitudes: eight steps to happiness”, by renowned papal preacher, Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap.,  St. Anthony Messenger Press.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Angelus_(painting)

Welcome Our New Brothers

An Admissions Degree was held on Thursday, December 15th, in the Spirtual Formation Center.  We welcomed five new Knights into our Order.

Lorenzo Rojas
Santos Lainez
David Diver
Jose Nicodemo Guerrero
Michael Adamo

Pictured left to right are: John Robben, Michael Slebodnik (PGK), Craig O'Brien (PGK), Anthony Primiani, Kevin Weaver (DGK), Lorenzo Rojas, Santos Lainez, David Diver,  Joe Casey, Jose Nicodemo Guerrero , Michael Adamo, Ray Blazer (PGK), Jim Vargus (PGK), Jay Bohn (PGK), Bill Foster (GK) and Juan Corrales.
 

 

 

Daily Prayer for December

Worthy Brothers:

As a next step in our effort to advance the Spirituality of our Council, below is a suggested prayer for next month.  Please consider joining us in praying faithfully every day in December at 3 PM:

  

Pray aloud or silently as circumstances permit.

Try not to miss, but if you miss our noon to 3 p.m. window, simply pray later that day.   Use a habit like grace before meals as a reminder. As in all things: Keep the Faith.  The second core principle of the Knights of Columbus is Unity.  Let this daily prayer said by us in concert be a powerful witness and support of that unity.

 

Let us pray:

The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

                   And she conceived by the Holy Spirit. 

(Hail Mary full of grace … )

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

                   Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

(Hail Mary full of grace … )

And the Word was made flesh.

                   And dwelt among us.

(Hail Mary full of grace … )

          Pray for us O Holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let us pray:  Pour forth we beseech Thee, O Lord,

Thy grace into our hearts;

That we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son,

was made known by the message of an angel,

may by His Passion and Cross,

be brought to the glory of His Resurrection

through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

and

 

Incline my heart, according to your Will, O God.  

Speed my steps along Your Path, according to your Will, O God. (from Liturgy of the Hours)

 

This prayer “The Angelus” was a fixture of medieval peasant life embodied in the famous painting by Jean-Francois Millet.  It was faithfully prayed at 6 am, noon, and 6 pm when church bells rang and all work stopped.  We pray it during Advent as a reminder that the Incarnation Mystery extends beyond the nativity of Jesus – from Mary’s fiat to His Passion, death and Resurrection.  The Incarnation Mystery is made real and present to us also not just during Christmas season, but every day in the Eucharist.  At some time during the month of December, increase your spirituality by enjoying Handel’s Messiah.

 

 

Vivat Jesus!