February 9, 2020 – A View from the Rectory Window

“If anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his Mother, he will not have Christ for his Brother.” — St. Maximilian Kolbe

On September 17, 2019, children of our Parish Religious Education Program joined me in prayer as we asked the intercession of Our Blessed Mother in the construction of our new parish hall. We prayed a Hail Mary and placed a Miraculous Medal in the center of the hall the night before the concrete was poured. We asked Our Lady to grace this new space.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe was a great promoter of the Miraculous Medal. Upon the founding of the Knights of the Immaculata, whose intention was to bring all people under God’s care through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, Saint Maximilian Kolbe chose the Miraculous Medal as the emblem of his new society and was zealous in using it to gain converts.

I encourage you when you are on the campus on the Church of the Resurrection to look to the front doors of our newly named Immaculata Hall. There you will find an image of our Blessed Mother reflected in their windows. I am encouraged to know that the prayers of our children were heard, that Saint Maximilian Kolbe intercedes to Our Lady on our behalf and that those who enter our appropriately named Immaculata Hall will come under Mary’s mantle.

Fr. Pete

Special Collection

This weekend, in response to the recent earthquakes that struck Puerto Rico, Bishop Sullivan has requested that parishes take up a second collection which will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities as they respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care as well as to the long term to rebuild and recover after the widespread destruction. Thank you!


It is moving week at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish! The parish office staff will transition into the Immaculata Hall offices beginning Tuesday, January 28th. Telephone and Internet will be down for part of Tuesday and many of you know it may take a couple of days for any technology glitches to work themselves out. The staff will be working between both buildings moving their office contents. We appreciate your patience as we get settled in.

Offices will be open in Immaculata Hall beginning Wednesday, January 29th. We appreciate your patience as we get settled into the new building.

Immaculata Hall

Immaculata Hall hosted it’s first event for the Rejoice Advent Mediation Group on Wednesday evening. The group attend Mass at Resurrection Church followed by a catered dinner in Immaculata Hall.

On Sunday, January 5, a bi-lingual Mass was celebrated at Saint Casimir to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany and the beginning of National Migration Week.

Following Mass, gifts were given to the children who were present embracing the tradition in many Latin American and European countries that children receive gifts recalling the gifts the 3 kings brought to Baby Jesus.

Parishioners also shared in a Rosca cake or “Kings Cake”. The oval-shaped bread, the “King’s Wreath”, represents the infinite circle (no beginning or end) to God’s love. The crystallized dried fruits that are placed around the bread symbolize the jewels encrusted in the crowns of the three wise men. A hidden Baby Jesus, in the cake recalls when Mary and Joseph had to hide from Herod.

Whoever discovers the Baby Jesus is “King for the Day” but also has to provide the food for the feast day of Candlemas or the Presentation of the Lord on February 2.

Scam Alert:

Today, January 8, 2020 a few parishioners reported that they received email’s from

“Msgr. Peter M. Joyce” [pjoyce.saintmaxkolbe@gmail.com]

In the past parishioners have received emails from

‘Rev. Msgr. Peter M. Joyce’ <priest.catholic001@gmail.com>

‘Monsignor Peter M. Joyce’ <purehearts@list.ru>.

Along with the above emails, a member of the community received a text from

#201-500-5674 stating “are you available, via text its me Msgr. Peter M. Joyce”.

Please note none of the above information is related to the parish. Father Pete and the staff would never solicit anyone for money, gifts or otherwise in this manner. Please call the parish office if you have any questions at 609-390-0664.

December 29, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

I write at the beginning of this New Year to invite you to stick to our strength – Jesus.

I imagine some of you, like me, have made New Year’s resolutions. Among our various resolutions, commitments, hopes and dreams, there is one that I hope we hold in common as the parish family of Saint Maximilian Kolbe; to embrace our mission, which we embody differently, to grow as disciples of Christ who change the world through our witness to His message.

That’s what disciples are. “Discipline” is not punishment or uncomfortable rigor; it’s simply being intentional. It means practicing. A spiritual practice is anything that focuses our awareness and intention on God. If we’re going to be the church, it’s important that we be intentional about being in relationship with Jesus.

I believe that, if people are falling away from their religious practice it is because they are not interested in a religious social club. They’re interested in changing their lives and changing the world. They’re seeking real meaning and purpose. And the way we do this is in a community of people who are intentional about meaning and purpose, intentional about being in relationship with God who is our strength.

I invite you to make a New Year’s Resolution: to join me in the Church of the Resurrection, beginning January 2, from 6pm to 7pm for a First Thursday Adoration and Holy Hour. During this hour, Jesus will be present in the Most Blessed Sacrament upon the Altar. We will pray with the worldwide church Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of Hours. We will spend time in Eucharistic Adoration.

Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”.

During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist. By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, the Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.

In its fullest essence … Eucharistic Adoration is “God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!”

In 2020, may we stick more closely to Christ who is our greatest strength,

Father Pete

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

December 22, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

And so it came to pass that I was asked: what might be on my “unpublished wish list” for this Christmas? So here is my (Previously) Unspoken Wish List for Christmas.

1. For Hands and Hearts and Eyes to be opened to the presence of God, particularly through those who comes to us in need; “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40).

2. That We Persevere despite the constant expressions of disdain for the Catholic Faith that we experience today; “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. ”(James 1:12).

3. For a Return by those who have gone away; “And return to the LORD your God and obey His voice with all your heart and all your soul according to everything I am giving you today, then He will restore you from captivity and have compassion on you and gather you from all the nations to which the LORD your God has scattered you.…” (Deuteronomy 30: 2-3).

4. For Joy; “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9). May you and I find these gifts ‘wrapped’ in the fabric of our lives.


Along the way, you may have noticed that Immaculata Hall will soon be opened in service to our parish family. On my ‘wish list’ is also:

 A multi-media package (Sound, technology, audio visual, etc.) to enhance our experiences.  Kitchen supplies for the much hoped-for celebrations.

 Furniture to serve both staff and parishioners.

 Youth related materials (sporting supplies, technology supplies).

If you haven’t previously had a chance to make a contribution to this legacy moment for our parish family, please contact me at (609) 390-0664. Your gift would be greatly appreciated.


Most importantly, please pray for me daily, as I pray for you, that through my ministry; “God may give you the desire of your heart . . .” (Psalm 20:4).

Father Pete

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