Messages From Fr. Anthony Smith

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October is Respect Life Month. Today inserted in the bulletin is letter signed by all the bishops of Connecticut. I encourage you to take some time to read this very important letter.

The battle to uphold the dignity of life continues in our time. As Catholic we stand on the front line of that battle and our voice must continue to be heard. We speak for the most vulnerable, the unborn, the sick and the elderly. Our stand on life cuts across all ages and all stages of life. All races, all creeds, all nationalities, all levels of socioeconomic status, born and unborn are created in the image and likeness of God and possess an inherent dignity. When the dignity of human life is not upheld we see a deterioration in all parts of society.

During this Respect Life Month I encourage you to let your voice be heard for life. Together we can have a very powerful voice and together we can make a profound change in our culture. Our voice can enact laws, change hearts and offer support and comfort to those who feel they have no voice. Together we can make a difference in a person’s life who is struggling with an unplanned pregnancy through organizations like Carolyn’s Place. Together we can create a culture of life by adhering to our founding principles of the right to life, liberty and happiness. Together we can seek and restore justice for any one life that is not given due respect.

Find your voice and seek to create a culture that respects all life.

We live in a country where we have many choices. This is a blessing, but it can also be a source of angst as we ponder the many choices in life. Have you ever found yourself in the isle of a grocery store faced with an endless selection of items unable to make a decision? Or perhaps as a child we were given the choice of countless flavors at an ice cream parlor and we were overwhelmed by the choices. As an adult we need to make many choices that will have a substantial impact on our lives and our society. The choice of college or university we attend, the direction of our career, where we will live, are all major decision we have made or will need to make. Then there are health issues that come with a whole set of new choices. And in less than a month we will need to choose at the voting booth, a decision that will chart the course of our nation for many years. These decisions can often cause anxiety and that anxiety can create indecision. Life is a series of choices and decisions.

How do we make a good decision? Certainly knowledge is essential. We need to get as much information about the issue that is calling for a decision. The more we are informed the better we can discern. But even with all the knowledge we possess decisions can still be very difficult and still be a source of angst. This is when we must ask the question; ‘Lord what is your Will? Ultimately we will find peace when we align our wills with God in our decision. Choices in life must be discerned by reason and by prayer. It is through prayer that we appeal to God’s wisdom and there can be no greater variable in our choice. This will require humility, courage and an openness to His guidance. In a concrete way we find His guidance in the teaching of the Catholic faith. Our Church has discerned many of the issues we will need to make under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Church’s teaching will help us make, not only an informed decisions, but one that is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes that guidance may go against our desires, but in the end we know that we will find peace when our decision is aligned with God’s Will. As people of faith we cannot exclude prayer in our discernment. The stakes are too high in many cases. When we have discerned well with reason, knowledge and, most importantly prayer, we then must trust that our Lord will be with us on the pathway we travel.

We are now in week 12 of open public Sunday Masses in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Each week our numbers fluctuate a bit, but our attendance is steadily increasing. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your cooperation in adhering to the protocols set forth by the state and the Archdioceses of Hartford. The wearing of masks, social distancing, not being able to join in singing have changed our experience of Mass. Sitting through Mass with the mask on is not easy, but you still come and you have been so generous in your constant support. We can’t thank you enough.

I would also like to thank all our parishioners who are unable to come at this time, but join us online. Before Mass I like to peak at the screen to seen the number of people who are joining us via Facebook and to view their words of greetings. We are so glad to see so many logging on to participate in the Mass at home. We will continue to provide this option during the pandemic.

We can’t ignore the negative effects of this pandemic. Many have struggled with the isolation caused by social distancing. The elderly and those who have underlying health issues are particularly vulnerable to the effects of isolation. I ask for your help in our mission to bring Christ to our parishioners. Please contact us if you know someone who might be struggling with isolation, feel disconnected from the parish or may not have access to the online Mass. Currently we do not have Eucharistic ministers visiting the homebound, but Fr Zacharias, myself or one of our deacons, will be glad to pay a visit. A phone call or just a visit may make all the difference in the world.

Message/ Reflection  from Fr. Anthony Smith

I’ve been reading Matthew Kelly’s book ‘Rediscover the Saints’.  In one particular chapter he focuses on St Mary Mackillop, a saint who was not afraid to speak her mind. The focus was on recognizing truth in our lives. He begins the chapter with this subtitle; ‘How coachable are you?’ This sentence made me think about my own life and ask that question of myself; ‘how coachable am I?’  Or another way of putting it, ‘how open am I to constructive critiscm and suggestions?’  I don’t think anyone enjoys criticism, but truthfully criticism can make us pause and reflect upon ourselves and even motivate us to make changes in our life.  When someone is honest and straightforward with us, we have an objective view of ourselves and with this view we have the ability to change and make improvements.  ‘Champions love coaching’ Kelly writes. In other words those who aspire to be great in life must be open to some form of coaching.  Coaching requires honesty. If a premier athlete closes themselves off to coaching and correction and even criticism they will fail to improve.

How open am I to criticism? I admit, I struggle with criticism, coaching and uninvited suggestions at times.  This is a form of pride and it is a weakness.  Perhaps that is why this chapter was significant for me.  We sometimes confuse constructive criticism and coaching as an affront to out competence.  Rather we should look at it as an opportunity to grow and improve.  The road to become a champion is paved with our openness to coaching.

Our faith journey requires coaching.  We can sometimes view the lessons we find in scripture and the teaching of the Church difficult to accept. And we find it even more difficult to be on the receiving end of fraternal correction in our lives when it comes to how we live our life. In our culture today we don’t take moral correction well and we sometimes fail to seek spiritual coaching.  We sometimes become an island onto ourselves when it comes to determining our spiritual and moral character. We must ask, ‘what is the purpose of this correction and the lessons we find in our faith?’  The answer is holiness, reaching our full spiritual and moral potential as the person we were created to be.  The Church is called to help the people of God find their full potential as disciples and this requires coaching and, at times, correction.  When we put pride aside and open our heart and minds in humility we can find an opportunity to be the ‘best version of ourselves’ to borrow a term from Kelly. 

We can sometimes overlook the great gifts our Catholic faith provides. Among those gifts are the great models of faith and discipleship we encounter both in Scripture and in those lives that are recognized as saints. Why are these role models so important for us? They manifest the human potential in all of us.

Recognizing our potential is exciting and it can ignite a passion for living. At times in our life we can fail to recognize there is a potential lying deep within us that just needs to be tapped into. The means to open the door to our potential is found in our faith and seeking holiness. Unfortunately there exists many voices in our world that tell us holiness is not possible or it is not even desirable. But if we consider holiness as a path to finding and reaching our full potential through our relationship with Christ, then life can take on a whole new meaning and holiness is something that is greatly desired.

We can simply look to the saints who reached their potential by living a holy life. These saints are people like you and me who encounter the same challenges and temptations you and I experience. As a youth St Francis lived a life of leisure, enjoying his material possessions and spending his time at parties. Remaining in that life of dissipation would have ended in a meaningless life. Instead he found his true self and his great potential when he turned his life to Christ. He gave away all his worldly goods and let Christ fill him with grace and through that grace his life changed the world.

Mother Teresa was a person of great humility. She lived a simple austere life of prayer and work, but in her great faith she found joy in her calling, and she was passionate about showing the world that the lives of the poor, sick and dying were beautiful lives because they were loved by God. Her simple mission did not go unnoticed by the world. Realizing her powerful potential for service and self-giving literally changed the world in which she lived.

God has put within us the potential to live a great life. We just need to recognize that we possess great potential. We reach our ultimate potential through faith and the will to live a holy life. When we humble ourselves before our Lord, spend time in prayer, seeking His Will, we will recognize the potential that lies within. Finding our potential requires imagining the possibilities in life and acknowledging that through faith all things are possible. Finding our potential also requires optimism. We need the virtue of hope we find in optimism when we face the obstacles to reaching our potential. Ultimately we need Christ who will lead us to the life we are called to live.

Your life is destined for greatness. Allow our Lord to reveal your potential.

I was in a meeting this past week and the priest I was meeting with said something very simple, but for some reason it seemed to hit me as quite profound. To paraphrase he said there is no power in this world great than our Lord Jesus Christ. Deep down I have always known this but to hear it in a time when you are faced with many challenges and uncertainties and even when we might be experiencing some fear and anxiety this truth is a great source of comfort. Fear can sometimes manifest in our lives when we feel we are alone in our struggles in life. Believing Christ is right there in the mix with us and is more powerful than any force in this world can be a great source of courage and peace. If we truly believe Christ walks with us through life then we really do not have anything to fear at all. But knowing Christ is present and that he is ultimately in control takes faith.

Peter experienced that moment of faith when he sees Jesus walking toward them in the boat. In a moment of complete abandonment to faith Peter heeds the call of Jesus to get out of the boast and come to him on the water. Peter finds himself so focused on Christ that he is drawn to our Lord and no law of nature could prevent him. There is no fear and no doubt. Then his focused is broken by the waves and the wind. In that moment fear pours into his being and he begins to sink. Peter calls out ‘Lord save me’. Before he goes under Jesus reaches down and grabs Peter, pulls him up and says ‘why did you doubt?’ That is a question we need to ask ourselves. Why do we doubt? Why do we take our focus off Christ?

It is simple to fall into the same temptation Peter experienced. Committing ourselves to faith can be difficult because it means letting go of what we are accustomed to hold onto. Jesus comes to conquer our fears by his presence. He says over and over again, ‘do not be afraid.’ Do not be afraid to put yourself in the hands of Christ. Do not be afraid to put complete trust in our Lord. Do not be afraid of any force or evil in this world for Christ is with us and there is no power in this world greater than our Lord. Fear not, he is with you. Trust in him. When you find it difficult to hold on to faith simply say the prayer Peter said in his moment of fear, Lord, save me.’

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

When Jesus hears about the death of John the Baptist his reaction is to go off by himself. Perhaps we can all relate to his feelings. No doubt Jesus’ humanity felt the pain that we all feel at the loss of a loved one. Like Jesus we may just want to go off by ourselves, at times, and be alone in our sorrow, in our thoughts, and in our prayers. Jesus’ reaction to the news of John the Baptist manifests the true humanity he shares with you and me. His divinity would not negate his human experience. Jesus experienced all that we experienced. It’s easier to come to know someone when they share the same experiences in life that we share. Perhaps this is why it is so important for us to hear that Jesus experienced very human emotions and struggles. We find this in the account of the raising of Lazarus. We hear that Jesus wept. He weeps for his friend as you and I would.

In the Gospel today Jesus doesn’t get very far in his quest for solitude. He doesn’t even get a chance to put his feet on dry land and have some alone time. The crowds track him down. Here we find another very human emotion – ‘When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them.’

Jesus calls us to a personal relationship with him. Coming to know Christ can sometimes be a challenge in our spiritual life. We focus on the miracles, the great words of wisdom we find in the parables, the teaching with authority, the need for repentance, the sacraments he institutes and ultimately his passion, death and resurrection. Perhaps we fail to focus on the simple moments when he reveals his humanity. It is in that humanity that we can make an instant connection. It is in his humanity that he shares our life experiences and knows the challenges we experience each day, the sorrows in life, and also the moments of great joy. Through his humanity he leads us to his divinity and builds the bridge between God and His people. God the Father sends His Son into the world to join humanity, not to be separate from us, and in that inseparable bond he lifts us up to know God. In that bond we find God who knows us through and through. In Jesus we encounter God whose heart is moved with pity for us when we are in need. Through Jesus we encounter God who so desires to heal us in every way, God who desires to give us in abundance and, at the end of his earthly life, we find God loving us so much that he lays down his life for us. Jesus is someone we can relate to, but more importantly, he is one we can come to know and love for he became one of us so that we could come to know him. And when we come to know Jesus we know the Father, for they are One and we can’t help but worship Him and find joy in His love.

Mother Teresa is well known for her quotes of wisdom. Often she focuses on the significance of doing small acts of love. If you search the web for quotes from Mother Teresa you will find many quotes similar to this one:

“Small things done with great love will change the world.” (azquotes.com)

In the Gospel today Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a tiny mustard seed that when sown in the field becomes the ‘largest of plants’. The message both Jesus and Mother Teresa are making is clear – our actions, no matter how small, can have a profound impact on the lives of others and in our world. Collectively our acts of love can literally change the world. And if changing the world requires small acts of love we all have the power within ourselves to make this world a better place.

We can often feel powerless in the face of great challenges and adversity in our community and in our world. This feeling of powerlessness can cause us to give up on our responsibility and duty to build up the kingdom of God and leave it to others. We don’t need to be in a position of power and influence to make a difference and to manifest the kingdom of God here and now. All we need to know is that we have the power to love. Using that power in small acts of love will have a powerful impact. These small acts of love are the seed that can grow into something large and beautiful.

Changing the world through love must begin within ourselves. We must recognize the potential we possess for love. This love will inspire us to act and even the smallest act can be life changing for someone.

Recently I was in line at a drive-up waiting to purchase my morning coffee. As usual I was in a rush and had a busy day ahead. As I got to the window the attendant informed me that the car in front of me paid for my coffee. I was overwhelmed by the kindness and it began my day with an incredibly positive experience. That set the tone for my whole day. It was a small, anonymous act of kindness that had a profound impact on me. It was small but powerful.

Don’t underestimate the power of kindness, a smile, an offer to pray for someone, helping someone in need, respect, courtesy or forgiveness. The number of small acts of love are endless and they can be as simple as saying ‘hello’ to a stranger as you pass them on the street. The kingdom of God is manifested through you and me and very often in very small ways.

Welcome back!!  We are so pleased to be able to open our doors to our parishioners for Sunday Mass. We’ve missed you over these past few months.  As we begin the gather changes in the way we celebrate liturgies are inevitable, but the presence of our Lord in the Eucharist remains constant.  We also recognize that not everyone will be ready to gather in a public setting and many should not until we have a better control of COVID-19. For those unable to return we will continue to livestream our Mass.   We will work to keep those safe who do attend.

This weekend we also celebrate Independence Day.  It is a time to give thanks for the great courage of our founders who signed their name to the Declaration of Independence 244 years ago.  Through the years our country has endured many wars, many economic downturns and many struggles with establishing our identity, but what we find in the Declaration of Independence remains unchanged: Than all are endowed by God with unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  As we celebrate our country’s birth perhaps we can take some time to focus on what unites us as Americans and offer prayers for our country that we may uphold the unalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for all people.

Last Sunday we returned to ordinary time in our liturgical calendar. I have to admit that I look forward to this season. The joy of the Easter season and the solemnities of Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi are truly wonderful celebrations in our Church but there is something about slowing down and getting back to a normal routine.  Post Easter Ordinary Time also coincides with the beginning of summer and as I get older I enjoy summer more and more.

Calling this time “ordinary’, however seems like a contradiction in terms this year. What is ordinary about our life today? A pandemic has claimed the lives of over 100,000 people and shutdown our world for weeks.  In the midst of adapting to this pandemic many families are left with worries about their jobs and about the future. And there is social change. The senseless and tragic death of George Floyd has sounded the call to root out the scourge of injustice wherever it occurs. ‘Ordinary’ does not describe the summer of 2020.

We live in a restless world where change, whether good or bad, and unforeseen challenges will always be with us. There will be some periods when life seems calm and ‘normal’ but throughout life we will all be required to constantly adapt to a new normal. 

In the midst of a constantly changing world we need a stable foundation.  Without stability our lives can become very fragile. We can be swept away by the tides of strife or the winds of change. But if we have a stable foundation we can withstand the storms in life and adapt to the  ebb and flow of the tides

Stability can be found in strong family ties, and in long held friendships, but even these foundations can be shaken at times.  We need a solid unmoving base that we can return to again and again. Our foundation is faith. Faith in an unchanging God whose message is constant.  The message stays the same no matter what happens in our world or in our personal lives.  The message is love – that we are loved and are called to Love God and love our neighbor. The message is mercy – God’s great mercy that redeemed all mankind. The message is joy – that we are destined to experience joy. The message is peace – peace in our world and peace in our hearts. The message is hope – the virtue that overcomes all despair.

Our lives may seem far from ordinary during this season of Ordinary Time, but our faith assures us that no matter what we may encounter in life Christ is that sure foundation upon which we can form a just world and a fruitful life even in the most challenging of times.

As I look outside today on a warm spring morning the beauty of spring is in full bloom and soon our trees will be giving us some nice cool shade.  In the midst of our current health crisis we still have reason to be thankful for the new life we see growing all around us. Of course we always have reason for thanksgiving in the season of Easter when we are reminded by the resurrection that, through faith, we are called to experience the beauty of new life in Christ.

I have yet another reason to be thankful.  Since the first weekend of suspended Masses at the parish so many of you have been incredibly supportive of our church.  Your continued support both financially and spiritually has been overwhelming.  Many of you have sent notes of appreciation and support which has been extremely encouraging in this very difficult time.  You have also shared your sorrow at the passing of our pastor Fr Hickey.  I want to take this opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ for your continued presence at St Mary Magdalen Church. While we can’t be together physically your presence is still felt and your support helps keep the ministry of the parish going. Your patience has also been appreciated. I know there is a tremendous yearning to receive the sacraments and this time has been very distressing, but you have manifested great kindness and understanding as we navigate the safety of all.  I pray every day this pandemic will loosen its grip on our community and we can safely gather again to celebrate the Eucharist and pray together.  So my friends I say,‘Thank you’.

I am also so very grateful to our staff and clergy at our parish. The parish staff along with or deacons have made sure that all of you have an opportunity to stay connected to the church in many ways.  In the wake of the passing of Fr. Hickey and the restrictions on public Masses, our staff has worked hard to maintain that all important connection through the bulletin, letters, phone calls, Masses online, distribution of palms and food collection.  They have done all the leg work to keep, not only the business end of the parish going, but also the spiritual and social ministry as well.  Thank you!

To our school administration, faculty and staff who, from the very first week our school building was closed, have been online teaching our students and continuing the excellence in Catholic education – I say ‘thank you’.  This has been a tremendous challenge for our teachers who had to quickly adapt to a new way of teaching and they have been innovative, creative and persevering in their work.

Each year when we celebrate the Easter season we give thanks and experience the joy of the resurrection.  This Easter season has been challenging, to say the least, but one to still give great thanks to God for all the blessings manifested through you.  Thank you!

April 21, 2020

I am Fr Anthony Smith, the pastor of St John the Evangelist Church, and I have been asked to be the temporary administrator of St Mary Magdalen Church in the wake of Fr Hickey’s passing. I am humbled to be asked to assist St Mary Magdalen in these very challenging times.  I look forward to meeting with you in the near future.

We are in the midst of very uncertain times. This uncertainty caused us to postpone our Confirmation Mass and I am sure you have been wondering when we can reschedule. Unfortunately this pandemic does not allow us to make definitive dates for previously scheduled events including our Confirmation.  I pray that we are on the back end of this crisis and we can see the end in sight soon.  I will let you know when we can expect to schedule Confirmation as soon as we get directives from the Archdiocese.

I have been in contact with Sherrie Gemmell to get a report on your status of preparation.  She assures me that most of the preparation had been completed prior to this current shutdown.  When we get a firm date and allowed to gather again we will schedule a time to meet and take care of any questions and any unfinished preparation prior to the Confirmation.

Until then please do not hesitate to contact me and our staff at this email or by calling the office (860) 274-1955.  Please be assured of my prayers as we persevere through this challenging time.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr Anthony J. Smith

April 21, 2020

I am Fr Anthony Smith, the pastor of St John the Evangelist Church, and I have been asked to be the temporary administrator of St Mary Magdalen Church in the wake of Fr Hickey’s passing. I am humbled to be asked to assist St Mary Magdalen in these very challenging times.  I look forward to meeting with you in the near future.

This is the time of year when flowers and shrubs are manifesting their beautiful blooms. The beauty reminds us that its First Communion time in the Church. Normally it is a time when excitement builds for our children as they prepare to receive Holy Communion for the very first time.  Unfortunately we are living in a very challenging and uncertain time. As you know, with the current shutdown of all public events, our scheduled First Holy Communion Mass has been postponed.  The uncertainty of this pandemic does not allow us to set a definitive date for this Mass at this time.  I am hoping and praying that we will soon see the end of this health crisis and begin to gather as a faith community once again.  We will need to wait for directives from the Archdiocese before any scheduling of Masses can take place.  When we get word that we can celebrate public Mass we will begin planning for our First Communion Mass.  We will keep you posted when any further information becomes available.

Until then please be assured of my prayers for you and your family as we persevere through this very challenging time.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me or our staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (860) 274-1955.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr Anthony J. Smith

April 15, 2020

In light of the continued assessment of the spread of the coronavirus within Connecticut and Governor Lamont’s Executive Order of April 10th mandating the cancellation of school classes and the extension of closures of non-essential businesses through May 20, 2020, the Archdiocese has deemed it necessary to update the cancellation of public Masses and liturgies that had previously been extended through April 30, 2020. Given the constantly changing landscape, and the decisions of civil authorities in this regard, the cancellation of public Masses and liturgies in the Archdiocese of Hartford (the counties of Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven) will remain in effect until further notice.

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Dear parishioners

Yesterday a letter was sent to all parishes with the directive that confessions have been suspended until further notice due to the growing severity of the pandemic. Archbishop Blair included in his letter the teaching of the Catholic Church (from the Catechism of the Catholic Church) in regards to emergency situations when a penitent is unable to attend the sacrament of confession. Below is the announcement of the suspension and the reference to the Catechism explaining the ability to receive absolution outside of the normal practice of the sacrament in cases of emergencies.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, confessions have continued to be heard in the Archdiocese, and anyone who felt secure in approaching the sacrament has been able to do so. However, the time has now come to suspend publicly scheduled confessions until further notice in light of the growing spread of the virus in Connecticut, which is anticipated to peak in the coming weeks. This is necessary for the protection of both penitents and priests. I repeat once again what is clearly the teaching of the Church as set forth recently by the Apostolic Penitentiary in Rome, as follows:”

“Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452)

Fr Anthony Smith

 

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To St Mary Magdalen Parish and School Community;

It is with a heavy heart to inform you that the Archdiocese of Hartford has notified me the mandate canceling all public Masses has been extended to April 30, 2020.  This mandate extends to all Holy Week and Easter Masses as well.  We will do our best to share the liturgy with you by streaming our Sunday Masses and the liturgies during Holy Week. 

Further information will be sent to you in the coming days regarding other previously scheduled events at our parish and the changes that will need to be made. 

I will continue to celebrate Mass daily and offer up your prayers and intentions during Mass.  I am also available by phone (860) 274-9273 or (860) 274-8836.  Attached is the announcement from the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Together in prayer and faith we will persevere through this time of great challenge.  The day we gather together again in celebration of the Eucharist will be a day of great joy! Until then know you are in my prayers.

Fr Anthony J. Smith

Extension of Closures and Cancellations in the Archdiocese of Hartford

To the community of St Mary Magdalen Parish:

I am Fr. Anthony J. Smith, Pastor of St John the Evangelist Church. First let me express my sincere condolences for the unexpected passing of your pastor Fr Hickey. This past weekend we prayed for Fr Hickey and you, the parishioners, at St John the Evangelist Church. 

Archbishop Blair has asked that I assume the responsibility of temporary administrator of St Mary Magdalen.  This will give me the ability to assure that the financial and administrative activity at St Mary Magdalen continue without interruption.  I am also responsible for the pastoral needs of the parishioners and will do my best to assure the sacraments continue to be available.

We find ourselves in unprecedented times with advent of COVID-19. As a result all the churches in the Archdiocese have canceled all masses, both weekday and weekend Masses, until April 4, 2020.  We will keep St John Church open for individual prayer from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. We invite you to come during those hours for prayer during this challenging time.  We will keep you posted with any directives that come from the archdiocese regarding the pandemic.

I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming weeks as we mourn the loss of Fr Hickey and endure the challenge of the pandemic in which we find ourselves.  Please know I will do my best to be available for you and to serve the community of St Mary Magdalen.

Sincerely in Christ

Rev. Anthony J. Smith

Mass Schedule

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

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