Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Today, on the feast of St. Mary Magdalene and also the feast day of our parish, on behalf of the priests, deacon and the staff, I want to wish all the parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene a joyful and blessed feast day!
We are all very familiar with the moving story of Mary Magdalene on the first Easter Sunday morning. She deeply loved Jesus and while still in mourning of Jesus’ death, He appeared to her and called her by her name. After that personal encounter of the Risen Christ she didn’t keep that Easter joy to herself but shared it with the disciples, I have seen the Lord.
Like Mary Magdalene, each of us are called by God by name.
We were called at the moment of conception and once again through our baptism. And throughout our life, we are called every day to encounter and to re-encounter Jesus personally through his Words, the Sacraments and our life’s events.
I pray as pastor, and I hope you do as well, that, in the words of St. John Paul II, “If you have met Christ, proclaim it to the world.” We do this by actively and fully living our parish’s mission right in our parish and in our family:
“Love Jesus Wholeheartedly,
Love Others Unconditionally,
and Make Disciples Intentionally”
Finally, I want to thank each and every one of you for your past and present important contributions to St. Mary Magdalene. I invite you all to continue to join our groups and ministries, and charitable giving. I will remember you all in my prayers, especially during our feast day Mass.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Philip M. Lam, CRM
Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene
Saint Mary Magdalene,
woman of many sins, who by conversion
became the beloved of Jesus,
thank you for your witness
that Jesus forgives
through the miracle of love.
You, who already possess eternal happiness
in His glorious presence,
please intercede for me, so that someday
I may share in the same everlasting joy.
Saint Mary Magdalen was one of the few who remained with Christ during His agony on the Cross. She visited His tomb with two other women and found it empty. It was to her that our Lord first appeared after His Resurrection. He asked her to announce His Resurrection to the Apostles.