Building a Family of Faith in Jesus Christ
through Catholic Worship, Education & Charity
We, the faithful of St. Mary Magdalen Parish,
are a Catholic, Christian Community committed to the gospel message
that Jesus Christ is our Savior. Therefore, our mission is to spread the
Good News of Salvation. We strive to accomplish this mission by;
welcoming all to be a part of our worshiping community through
prayer and the Eucharistic celebration and the other sacraments;
witnessing to the Truth in word and deed, by teaching
and proclaiming God's Word; loving our brothers and sisters;
healing those in need; serving the poor. We pray to the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit through the intercession of Mary,
our Mother and Saint Mary Magdalen, to grace and guide us.
"At the name of Jesus
every knee will bow,
of those who are in heaven and on earth and
under the earth."
"For everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me,
but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last."
'For I was hungry, and you
gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger,
and you invited Me in;
ABOUT OUR PATRON SAINT
Feast Day • July 22
Faithful to the wish of Pope Francis, a new decree issued has bumped the liturgical celebration honoring St. Mary Magdalen from a memorial to a feast, putting her on par with the apostles.
The reason, according to Archbishop Arthur Roche, is that she “has the honor to be the first witness of the Lord’s resurrection.” Calling Mary Magdalene “an example and model for all women in the Church,” the archbishop said she had a special mission, to which the new rank of feast does justice.
Now, after being elevated to the level of a feast, the celebration bears a more significant weight.
As the first person to see the empty tomb, to hear the truth about the Lord’s resurrection from Jesus himself, and as the first person to announce this message to the apostles, Mary “is an example of a true and authentic evangelizer.” Pope Francis’ decision to elevate her memorial to a feast during the Jubilee of Mercy, he said, was done in order to emphasize the importance of this woman, “who so loved Christ and was so greatly loved by Christ.” Archbishop Roche hailed her as “the Apostle to the Apostles”—a phrase coined by St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Mary Magdalen, the archbishop said, “Announces to the apostles what in turn they will announce to the whole world.”