Fr. Richard Tartaglia of St. Mary's Catholic Church
By Loci B. Lenar
(April 05, 2010) - Almost twenty years have passed since I began my initial search for a spiritual director. I expected the process to be straight forward and simple; however, it became rather challenging. The most important element in my mind at the time was to find someone that could understand and relate to my spiritual circumstances.
Since 1991, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has revealed his spiritual presence in my life through signs and wonders. I believe it's extremely important for anyone experiencing the presence of God to have a priest to analyze the spiritual events as well as to discuss the meaning of God's plan and purpose in your life.
Have you ever tried looking for the appropriate medical specialist before making a final decision? Perhaps you found someone and then later decided to switch because you were not satisfied with the outcome? The comparison can be made with the clergy, because they serve the Lord and help provide guidance for dealing with everyday journeys of life here on earth.
Fr. Richard Tartaglia is my spiritual director/confessor for over fifteen years. However, before making that decision, it was a hit and miss process with a few other priest. In hindsight, it was the appropriate choice. Fr. Richard is not only a skillful spiritual counselor, but I also consider him as a friend.
Fr. Richard is one of several priests at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, which is located on Myers Avenue and Route 46 in Denville, New Jetrsey. Saint Mary's Prep is also part of the parish and provides Catholic education from kindergarten through 8th grade.
Frankly, I admit, it's a delight to sit down and engage in dialogue with Fr. Richard about Christianity and our Catholic faith, and then suddenly without warning, we switch topics to baseball!
Fr. Richard's desk and walls have more New York Yankees memorabilia than the Cooperstown Museum! I am in awe of his widespread collection of baseball souvenirs. And candidly, I must say, why not enjoy the game of baseball through collectibles? It's fun entertainment for all ages and families. In my opinion, he's the NY Yankees number one fan in the tri-state area. I am quite certain that he is happy about the 2010 major league baseball season finally getting started, especially with the game played between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, April 4th, in Fenway Park. What an exciting rivalry for the Yankees and Boston fans!
Almost everyone at St. Mary's parish is aware of his love for God and baseball.
His work in helping parishioners at St. Mary's and celebrating Holy Mass is appreciated by many and by no means forgotten. As a gesture of thanks, baseball collectibles are common gifts given by parishioners for his thoughtful support and kindness.
He has numerous baseballs with some signed by Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson. He has a plaque of Derek Jeter breaking Lou Gehrig's team record in 2009 for hits by a Yankee. A photo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hangs on the wall with a plaque of newcomer pitchers, C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.
If time would allow, you could spend hours discussing baseball with Fr. Richard, but because of his busy schedule, God's work prevails. When it comes to faith, he's a walking encyclopedia of church doctrine and a model priest for all. God has gifted Fr. Richard with an open mind and heart to address and discern matters of spiritual importance related to the Catholic church.
More than fifteen years ago, one of the most important matters in my life was my request to receive the Anointing of the Sick, a healing Sacrament of the Catholic Church. Because of an on-going heart condition known as Atrial Fibrillation and continued bouts with headaches, it was God's spiritual remedy for treating my medical condition. Through daily prayer and recitation of the rosary, the Blessed Mother guided me to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for God's perfect timing in blessing me with His healing grace.
After requesting church assistance, I was anointed with oil by Fr. Richard with the healing sacrament. The Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of the Catholic Church that any priest from any parish can administer to anyone in need of God's healing. Graces associated with the Catholic Sacrament include physical, spiritual and emotional healing. I thank our Lord for healing me through this sacrament and directing me to Saint Mary's Parish.
With the blessings and grace of God, I was healed of my heart arrhythmia. The medical condition is treated with Lanoxin, a cardiac medicine. However, I've not used the medication for over fifteen years. I was treated by my family physician, Dr. Gilbert Mandel of Denville Associates of Internal Medicine for the medical disorder. The medical group is located on Pocono Road, Denville, NJ. Additionally, I was healed from years of suffering painful headaches after countless visits to medical specialists with treatments that went to no avail. With the power of prayer and the Anointing of the Sick, God's healing grace cured me. The sacrament is administered through the Catholic church.
In James 5:14-15 the following is noted: "Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven."
It is my hope that by reading my testimony, God the Father would bless you with His grace in using the various sacraments of the Catholic church and lead you back to celebrating the Mass.
May Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you on the pathway to salvation and healing!
Written by Claire Furia Smith in a warm, friend-to-friend style, Catholicism: Now I Get It! is a refreshing guide for rediscovering the doctrine, truths, and deep satisfaction in your faith that may have never quite "clicked."
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent that leads to Easter. During this time we fast, pray and prepare for a spiritual renewal of our soul.
Additionally, all prayer requests are shared with Fr. Richard Tartaglia of St. Mary's Church, Myers Avenue, Denville, New Jersey, USA. (Your email address will remain confidential).
Mr. Lenar has arranged with Fr. Richard to have Prayer Requests prayed for at St. Mary's Church every Monday morning during Holy Hour Adoration, which is held between 8:30 and 9:30 AM. Requests are also prayed for every Third Thursday of each month during the evening prayer service held for peace at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Loci B. Lenar is a parishioner at St. Mary's Parish and will hand deliver all prayer requests to Fr. Richard.
You can add your prayer request directly to our web page at the following link: Prayer Requests
We recommend reciting The Miracle Prayer, composed by Fr. Peter M. Rookey. The Lord has gifted the International Compassion Ministry with a grace of healing.
Invoke the help of Angels
"Make friends with the angels, who, though invisible, are always with you. ... Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs." So encouraged St. Francis de Sales.
Through a spiritual locution Loci B. Lenar received on September 14, 2009, Jesus called for everyone to "pray for divine protection." The locution from Jesus was a result of Mr. Lenar's visit to the Church of Saint Michael in Netcong, New Jersey.
In June of 2010, Jesus again reminded Mr. Lenar of the importance of the message. After prayerful discernment, Mr. Lenar said, "The Lord's plan is to mitigate and extinguish violence throughout the world in order to usher in an era of peace."
Fr. Richard Tartaglia and Mr. Lenar on Radio Maria!
If you missed listening to Fr. Tartaglia and Loci B. Lenar on Radio Maria, not to worry, we've posted a recording of the program on the homepage of our website!
Fr. Tartaglia and Mr. Lenar of St. Mary's Parish (Denville, NJ) were guest speakers on the Catholic radio show, Sacred Treasures on Monday, May 7, 2012.
Sacred Treasures is hosted by Kathie Duggan and is broadcasted live on Monday's by Radio Maria, US, between the hours of 2:00-3:00 PM (Central Time), and 3:00-4:00 PM (Eastern Time). Tune in by visiting the following link: http://radiomaria.us/sacred-treasures/
God the Father, we join together in prayer and petition heaven for divine intervention to mitigate earthquakes and natural disasters throughout the world.
We invoke the powerful name of Jesus to calm the storms of time and to bring forth a millennium of peace and tranquility.
We pray to the Virgin Mary to interecede on behalf of Humanity for God's hand of mercy to bless us with divine protection.
We ask this and thank thee in the name of Jesus. Amen
I wrote the prayer in 2010 as a result of the earthquake in Haiti.
The Lord inspired me to compose a prayer in order to petition God to mitigate earthquakes and disasters while I was praying for the victims and families of Haiti.
Please join in by reciting the prayer daily.
Thank you very much for your thoughtful prayer support.
-Loci B. Lenar
Angelic Tails: True Stories of Heavenly Canine Companions
This new book is by author Joan Wester Anderson, renown for writing books on angelic visitations and miracles.
The following excerpt is from Loyola Press: Angelic Tails is a collection of down-to-earth true stories from ordinary people who believe that God has graced their lives through heavenly canine companions. Each of the 30 stories challenges readers to reconsider their conception of angels—from the story of a former Air Force colonel whose golden retrievers served as his heavenly helpers in the Colorado wilderness to the account of St. John Bosco, who, for more than 30 years, was protected by an angelic dog as he walked the dangerous city streets. In the end, for all who see through the eyes of faith, this book is evidence that God can use even muddy paws and cold noses to fulfill his purposes in our world.
For additional information, please visit the following link: Loyola Press
In August of 2005, a Cross of Light appeared for the first time on Mr. Lenar's backyard fence in Mine Hill, New Jersey, USA. The same bright cross has subsequently appeared every year from 2005 to 2013 during Lent and Holy Week. Loci Lenar says that Fr. Richard Tartaglia has confirmed this phenonmena by visiting his home several times and photographing the sign in 2012 and 2013.
While traveling through the town of Netcong, located in Morris County, NJ, I stopped into The Church of St. Michael to say some prayers and snapped photographs of the beautiful display of stained glass windows and statues. Remarkably, the image of Archangel Michael shows a colorful rainbow that appeared while photographing the statue. To read the inspirational story and to view the photograph, please visit Miraculous Signs of Archangel Michael.
Visitors at the World Apostolate of Fatima (USA), witness the Miracle of the Sun on October 18, 2009 during televised service of One World Praying for Life and Peace. To read story and to view additional photographs of the event, please visit the following link: Miracle at Fatima Shrine
Miracle of the Sun
On October 13, 2008, some visitors at the National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary were blest to witness the Miracle of the Sun. To read the complete story, please visit the following link: Visitors Witness Miracle
Miracle of the Sun: A Spiritual Visitation of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
"The Spirit of the Lord was present and imparted a prophetic vision of our world blessed in peace." -Loci B. Lenar
For additional details about the revelation and to read about Loci Lenar's spiritual encounter with the Lord, please visit the following link: Lenar's Personal Testimony.
Miracle of the Sun: Rays of God's Light
During a visit to the National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, I photographed Rays of God's Light inside the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Remarkably, the light is flowing through a stained glass window, which is a depiction of the Miracle of the Sun, witnessed by 70,000 people in Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917. The Catholic shrine is located on the grounds of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA. To view image, please visit the following link: Rays of God's Light
If you enjoy stories about angels, please do read Angels in the Barn on our website. Caught by an Angel is another wonderful story and is posted on our blog. Both pieces are written by Joan Wester Anderson. She is renowned for writing inspirational stories connected to angelic visitations. Her book "Where Angels Walk" was on the New York Times Bestseller List.