The Mission of St. Mary Magdalen Parish
St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Parish is a Eucharistic community
that places God first in
all things and comes together to love as Christ loves and serve as Christ serves.
St. Mary Magdalen Parish values . . .
- Community – a welcoming spirit and genuine inclusion into our diverse parish family
- Eucharist – as the center of our faith, celebrated through creative, vibrant and diverse liturgies
- Faith Formation – life-long learners committed to Catholic education from childhood through adulthood
- Family – nurturing, empowering and supporting strong families in today’s world
- Stewardship – a grateful response of sacrificial generosity for all God has given us
- Witnessing and Evangelizing – living the Gospel by sharing and teaching our faith through conversion of mind and heart and reconciliation with God and one another
The Vision of St. Mary Magdalen Parish
“My soul finds rest in God alone.” (Psalm 62:1)
Welcome to St. Mary Magdalen Catholic community! We are a prayerful people, a holy people,
rooted in Christ and centered on the Eucharist. Every step we take, every action we make is dedicated
to praising and thanking God. You will notice how we do this by our fruits – all our Masses and
ministries are overflowing, as members arrive early to catch-up on each other’s lives, support one
another with life’s challenges and welcome newcomers and first-time visitors into our parish family.
The Eucharistic celebration, enhanced by the music, lectoring, homilies and service – all aspects of
our liturgies, nourishes our members for the coming week and challenge us to live out our call to be
disciples in the modern world. We continue to pray at all times, for St. Mary Magdalen is known within
Central Florida as the Community of Prayer.
We are like a garden, with a variety of flowers, plants and trees, each one unique and diverse; yet
together we make a beautiful and unified flowering arboretum. We are many viable and accountable
ministries that work together toward our common mission. We are a people of varied languages
celebrating the Love of God. We integrate the strengths and talents of each of our members to
build a parish that is a life-long “faith center.” This means that the parish is the gathering
space of our lives where we enjoy our relationship with God and one another. At our core is
the promotion of our faith, including the use of modern technology to communicate Christ’s message.
Each of our members is on fire with the faith and we are not afraid to share it with you (using
words only when necessary)! We give of our time, talent and treasure with selfless stewardship
to support our parish, to improve others lives and by doing so, improve our own.
The Mass never ends, it is lived as each member brings Christ to everyone we meet. In our quest
to be Sacrament to one another – to be the presence of God, we focus on acting justly with our
families, with our neighbors, with our fellow parishioners, with our co-workers and with all
people we meet. We also care for those with greater needs beyond these family boundaries –
to the hungry, homeless, lonely, suffering, oppressed and persecuted in our neighborhood, our
nation and the world. We are a safe haven for those who seek refuge. We treasure our faith
in union with the people of God. We love God, walking in all His ways, obeying His commands,
holding fast to Him and serving Him with all of our heart, our soul, our strength and our mind.
We invite you to be a partner with us to complete God’s mission –