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Dear Parish Family,

You have heard me ask that we join together in fasting during the last three weeks of Lent. I want to underscore the urgency of this request.  The practice of fasting has a long and ancient history, but it is rarely done today.  It is more than a coincidence that the decline in fasting corresponds with the decline of our churches.  Fasting can sharpen our spiritual sensitivities, if it is done with an attitude of prayer that is truly seeking God.  We need that.  It’s hard to say no to our bodily appetites, but that is part of what makes fasting so valuable.  We weaken our bodies in order to see the power of God working in us. The Scriptures contain many examples of tremendous breakthroughs of God’s power through fasting. Our parish needs that. Each of us need that. And our Church around the world needs this.  Above is some information about the type of fast we are suggesting.  You can adapt it to your particular needs and situation.

I would like to ask that everyone make one of their intentions for this fast to be the purging and purification of our Church worldwide of all moral, doctrinal, liturgical, and financial corruption.  Let’s see what God can do as we fast and pray together!

In the love of Christ,

-Fr. Tom

Daniel Fast - What is it?

https://www.allaboutprayer.org/daniel-fast.htm

The Daniel Fast: Its Origin

The Daniel Fast is based on verses from the Bible found in Daniel 10:2-3. “At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” These three weeks refer to the observance of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which take place during the first month of the year (Exodus 12:1-20).

Some also may cite the example in Daniel 1:8. However, in this verse Daniel did not want to eat the king’s delicacies because it would have included food that was forbidden by the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 11); to eat it would be defiling his body. Another reason would have been because the king’s meats had probably been dedicated to the false Babylonian idols as was their practice. Daniel believed to do so would have been to acknowledge their idols as deities, against God’s commandments.

The Daniel Fast: Its Purpose

While the Daniel Fast is cleansing your body by omitting certain foods for a limited time, the deeper and true basis of intent is for spiritual connection. The purpose of Christian fasting is to seek a more intimate relationship with God while ridding your physical body of unnatural, self-gratifying food and drink. Your focus is to be on God, not on the fleshly things of the world. Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God.

During the Daniel Fast you will want to concentrate on prayer, Bible study, and reflection. The Daniel Fast is a great way to enter into preparation for growing in the Lord.

If you have a medical condition or are undergoing any medical treatments it is advisable to first consult your physician. You may also want to pray, consult a mature Christian or your pastor before fasting. Remember, fasting should be periodically and for limited days.

The Daniel Fast: The Guidelines

The basic guidelines for the Daniel Fast include eating:

- fruits, nuts
- vegetables
- water only to drink (to flush out toxins) Some say natural fruit juices may be included if they contain no preservatives, sugars, etc., but even those juices should be very limited. Coffee and tea are not permitted.

The Daniel Fast should eliminate all meats, pastries, chips, breads, and fried food. Breads contain yeast, baking powder and so on; those are leavening agents and should be avoided. Leaven is symbolic of sin in certain scriptures (1 Corinthians 5:6-8).

With these things listed, it is concluded that any food having artificial additives, chemicals, or that is processed should be totally avoided during the fast. Fruits and vegetables are the mainstay of the Daniel Fast and can be acceptably prepared in a variety of ways. Many fasting recipes and several cookbooks are designed for the Daniel Fast.

The Daniel Fast is a powerful spiritual discipline. With the coupling of fasting and prayer, one can open themselves to God’s Holy Spirit. Having a sincere desire to seek God, you can come to Him with a contrite and repentant heart and He will minister to you in a powerful way. God’s awesome power is transforming and you will know that with God, all things are possible.

It is important to note that the Bible nowhere commands believers to observe a Daniel fast. As a result, it is a matter of Christian freedom whether to observe a Daniel fast. At the same time, the Bible presents fasting as something that is good, profitable, and beneficial. The book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:2; Acts 14:23). Fasting and prayer are often linked together (Luke 2:37; Luke 5:33).

Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning” (Joel 2:12).

Learn More about Prayer and Fasting!

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A Parish Mission
with Fr. Tom Hickey, Pastor

In a world where increasingly more people are identifying their religion as “none,” Catholics have to face—and answer—the question “Does it matter?” Does it matter who we worship? Does it matter where we worship? Does it matter how we worship? Does it matter if we worship at all? The growing secularization of our world has led to widespread criticism and disdain for religion, the pervasive influence of relativism has reduced truth to a matter of opinion, and the insidious narcissism of our day has yielded gods of our own invention. Our mission will examine how we answer these challenges—first for ourselves, and then for those around us.

Monday evenings, March 25, April 1 & 8
Eucharistic Adoration & Confession - 6pm
Mission begins - 7pm

16 Buckingham St, Oakville, CT 06779

January 31, 2019, Feast of St. John Bosco
 
Dear Parish family,
On Monday of this week at a funeral, I apologized publicly for a great failure on the part of Church.  Many of you heard me say this but were too shocked at what I named as our failure that you didn't hear me say it was our fault.  I blamed no one present, least of all the deceased. 
 

Please support the Pasta Dinner fundraiser for our parish HomeFront Day project. Here are the details:
Date/time: Thursday, April 4, 5pm – 7:00pm
Place: Church Hall, sit down, take-out, or drive-up service
Donation: Adult, $8; Children, 6–12, $6; under 5 free.
Menu: Pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, punch, coffee, tea, water and dessert
Tickets after Masses this weekend or the parish office
Bring your relatives and friends along to enjoy this great dinner. And THANK YOU!

Join the HomeFront Team

On Saturday, May 4th St Mary Magdalen Parish will participate in a HomeFront Project. This year marks the 16th consecutive year that our parish has worked together to assist a homeowner in need. We invite you to join our team, all skill levels are needed, and many tasks need to be done.
To sign up to help your fellow neighbor or if you have questions, please call Judy Begley at 860-274-6472 or Susan Atkins at 860-274-9961.

Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses
Saturday Vigil, 4:00 PM;
Sunday, 8:30 & 10:30 AM
Daily Mass
Monday-Thursday; 8:00 AM Rectory Chapel

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 3:00-3:30 PM Church