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Mary of Magdala

Mary of Magdala Celebrations 2019

FutureChurch will be focusing our celebrations on sharing the good news of her leadership and authority with Catholics of all ages, especially in Catholic schools where knowledge of Mary of Magdala is not well known.  

Resources: FutureChurch will develop a packet with everything you need to celebrate the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala this year. Including:

  • Information about our theme, "Lifting Up Voices that Challenge"
  • Ways to celebrate
  • Celebration planning guide
  • A fully adaptable prayer service
  • Ideas and projects for lifting up voices that challenge

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Mary Magdala Celebrations in your state



Our St. Mary of Magdala Catholic Community celebration will be Sunday, July 21, at 5 pm, at the Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd St. Indianapolis, IN., 46208. It will include Mass, followed by a pitch-in indoor picnic. Fried chicken, drinks, and dinnerware provided. Contact Pastor, Helen Weber-McReynolds, RCWP, at hwmcreynolds@outlook.com for more information.


New York


Sunday July 21, 2019 at 4PM
St. Joseph University Church Community Room (AC)
3269 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

Homilist: Eleanor Ash      Music: Gloria McLaughlin


Special July series on Mary Magdalene
Sundays in The Mary Chapel
July 14, July 21, July 28

Who was Mary of Magdala and how has her story been told over the centuries? How can we learn from this Apostle to the Apostles to spread the good news? Rita Houlihan, founder of the Reclaim Magdalene Project, will share her extensive research with us; Lizzie Berne DeGear will walk with us through the scriptural accounts of MM; and The Women Who Stayed will celebrate a liturgy on the eve of her Feast Day.

Come to one session or come to all three!

Sunday, July 14th: Who is Mary Magdalene? Key Facts and Powerful Images from the 1st through 21st Centuries. Topics include “How was Mary Magdalene transformed from the 3rd century Apostle of the Apostles to the 6th century penitent prostitute?”

Sunday, July 21st: Mary of Magdala in Scripture and Liturgy. We will look at every place in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John where Mary of Magdala appears. This will prepare us to enter into a liturgy in honor of Mary Magdalene led by the Women Who Stayed.

Sunday, July 28th: Evangalization inspired by the Magdalene. Putting this knowledge of Mary Magdalene to use, we will learn how to spread the good news about the first person commissioned by the resurrected Christ, and let her inspire our own unique witness in the world.

Registration is encouraged, but drop-ins welcome. To register email XavierBibleStudy@gmail.com

For reading material see www.ReclaimMagdalene.org

Sponsored by Xavier Bible Study & The Women Who Stayed



Celebrate the Feast of Mary of Magdala in Cincinnati on July 31, 2019 at 7pm. 
Contact debrose@futurechurch.org to learn more.  


FutureChurch's Annual Mary of Magdala Celebration
FutureChurch will celebrate the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala on July 30, 2019 at 6:30pm. Our theme this year is Celebrating Voices that Challenge. Please join us at River's Edge (3430 Rocky River Drive | Cleveland, OH 44111) for a prayer service, remarks from Gina Messina, Ph.D. and refreshments. Click here to RSVP.



Mary Magdala Wisdom Circle 
Date: Monday, July 22nd 
Time: 7 PM to 9PM 
Place: The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House: 4836 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213More info: We will be studying Mary Magdalene's apostolic legacy and how her critical role in the Gospel narrative can give us insight and wisdom into our own spiritual path. 

Contact:  Brian Nuckols

Email: brianjnuckols@gmail.com 

Phone: 470-263-5725 



Mary of Magdala is perhaps the most maligned and misunderstood figure in early Christianity. In Christian art and hagiography, Mary has been romanticized, allegorized, and mythologized beyond recognition. Since the fourth century, she has been portrayed as a prostitute and public sinner who, after encountering Jesus, repented and spent the rest of her life in private prayer and penitence. Paintings, some little more than pious pornography, reinforce the mistaken belief that sexuality, especially female sexuality, is shameful, sinful, and worthy of repentance. Yet the actual biblical account of Mary of Magdala paints a far different portrait than that of the bare-breasted reformed harlot of Renaissance art.

In fact, Mary of Magdala was one of Jesus’ most influential apostles—and she was not a prostitute, said Distinguished Professor of Theology Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus on April 14. Mary kept vigil at the cross throughout Jesus’ crucifixion, discovered the empty tomb after Jesus’ resurrection, and was then commissioned to “go and tell” the good news.

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