May 8, 2022

Announced Masses: May 14 - May 22

Saturday 5:00 PM Peter & Katherine Viggiani Carol & Al Olivieri
Sunday 9:00 AM Mary Maloney Eileen & Paul Kurppe
  11:00 AM Fr. Joseph Dietz David Impastato & Family
Monday 8:00 AM Stephen Wanner Sr. Flo
Tuesday 8:00 AM Intentions of Ita Yager Duignan Family
Wednesday 8:00 AM Michael Olivieri LiMarzi Family
Thursday 8:00 AM John Daly Duignan Family
Friday 8:00 AM Connie Jenkins Denise Perrigino
Saturday 5:00 PM Allan Twehues Kringas Family
Sunday 9:00 AM Dorothy Newshan Anne & Karl Muenzinger
  11:00 AM Fr. John’s Anniversary Mass  

PRAY FOR THE SICK: Helen Dunican, James McCary, John Petry, Carl Schmidt, Mike Urban, Sr. Danielle Baran C.R., Nancy Letizia, Joyce Carroll, Chris Batton, and Nijole Raskys.

God dwells wherever we let God in.
—Ancient Jewish saying

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
—Emile Zola

Parish Calendar

May 17 (Tues.) 7:00 p.m. Confirmation — Bishop Walsh
May 21 (Sat.)   Men’s AA – 7:45-8:45 & 9:00-10:00 a.m.
May 22 (Sun.) 11:00 a.m. Fr. John Vigilanti’s 50th Anniversary of Ordination Mass followed by Brunch at SHCC (reservations required)
May 26 (Thur.) 8:00 a.m. Ascension of the Lord

LOVE ONE ANOTHER: Although we are five full weeks into the celebration of Easter, today’s readings focus on newness. Our Easter food leftovers may be long gone, but the readings insist on every moment’s freshness in the risen Jesus. The Acts of the Apostles depicts Paul and Barnabas reflecting on all the innovative work that God has done with them. They have traveled hundreds of miles, introducing faith in Jesus Christ to all who listen, even Gentiles. For the dutiful Jewish scholar Paul, preaching to Gentiles is a completely unique development. Jesus calls Paul, and us, not to be afraid of new challenges: as John the Evangelist reports in Revelation, Jesus promises to “make all things new.” In the Gospel reading, Jesus even gives us a new commandment. The Hebrew Scriptures overflow with commandments, but Jesus knows we need one more, perfect mission: “love one another.”

CHILDREN’S MEMORIAL MASS will be held on Saturday, June 4th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1377 E. Main St., Shrub Oak, NY. It is their 29th Annual Children’s Memorial Mass where you join together to bear one another’s burdens and pray to God for comfort, strength and renewal. If your child’s name has never been submitted for inclusion in the Memorial Mass, please call our parish office at 914-528-3547. Light refreshments after the Mass

THE MAGDALENE’S STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS: Archways, the quarterly magazine of the archdiocese, has chosen to profile the stained-glass windows of the Magdalene in their future issue. We beat out a number of other parishes that were under consideration. A little publicity never hurts.

CARDINAL’S APPEAL 2022: Every gift counts! You may fill out an envelope or go to: Please be sure to make out your check to the Cardinal’s Appeal. As of May 6, we have 112 participants who have pledged $72,651. Our goal is $59,000. Thank you to all who have donated to the Appeal!

50th GOLDEN JUBILEE WEDDING MASS will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, celebrant. This mass is for couples in the Archdiocese of New York celebrating 50 years of marriage during 2022. All those who wish to attend need to contact their parish secretary to register. All couples will receive a commemorative certificate. Couples who are unable to attend the Mass can request a certificate through their parish. Registration will close May 16, 2022.

May 10, 2022

Dear Parishioners:
With a very busy weekend behind us, we now look forward to several weeks of baptisms and weddings, with Confirmation as a highlight for our 8th graders on Tuesday, the 17th.

1. Last weekend’s attendance: 5pm, 87; 9am, 90; 11am, 132. Live stream: 135 households watched live, 50 households watched later.

2. During the past week I have been plagued with respiratory congestion. It created a slight interruption during Sunday’s First Communion at the 11am and the cancellation of morning mass on Monday and Tuesday. My Covid tests were negative. Whether I have seasonal allergies or picked up a respiratory virus is yet to be determined.

3. Still no word from the diocese about how things will look here at the Magdalene after June 30th. Communication is a two-way street. The diocese solicited the thoughts and ideas of parishioners in the recent Synod meetings, but has failed to communicate with us when asked about the future of the Magdalene. What’s the big secret?

4. Netflix has changed its production date to May 23rd. They will be using the parish hall to hold cast and crew not needed on the set.

5. Yesterday I celebrated the funeral at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scarsdale of my grade school classmate. Each year he would contact me on my birthday. How many men do you know would send birthday wishes?? He lived in the Chicago area and called me two days before he died. He wanted me to promise him that I would do his funeral. He left a wife of 50 years and a son. Some friendships and bonds last a lifetime.