“Who would dare to suppose, that you, O God unending, Eternal One, loved me from all time . . . Even though I did not yet exist, You already loved me and precisely because You loved me, O loving God, you brought me forth from nothingness into being. For me you created the heavens strewn with stars, for me the earth, seas, mountains, rivers and so many, many beautiful things on the face of this earth . . .” Saint Maximilian Kolbe
On Thursday, August 14, the third celebration of our Parish Feast Day, I had the privilege to stand in wonder and gratitude as so many parishioners and guests gathered around one Altar to celebrate our shared identity as brothers and sisters in Christ. Like Saint Maximilian Kolbe, I stood in wonder at the privilege which is mine. This moment was a snapshot of the privilege I have each day to witness your generosity and your faith that challenges me to strive all the more to serve our parish family in a manner which is consistent with your sacrifice and efforts.
I take this moment to thank all those who worked so hard to prepare for this day, for those who prayed for this day, and for those who participated in this day. I thank: The Parish Staff, our Pastoral Council, the Social Committee, the Knights of Columbus (Resurrection and Saint Casimir), the Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary, the Parish Nurses, our parish priests who covered the Vigil Masses for the Feast of the Assumption, Agnes Bross for obtaining and donating the Miraculous Medals and for coordinating our youth volunteers, the many volunteers who sold and prepared our 50/50 raffle, John Olansen for building our ticket barrel, Mayor Richard Palombo and the Municipality of Upper Township for providing permissions and assistance, the Upper Township Rescue Squad, the Upper Township lifeguards, Chief Bruce Riordan of the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company and his delegate, our parishioner Joseph Furey, the Strathmere Residents who welcomed us, the New Jersey State Police, Sea Isle Jitney, Dave Caprioni for providing the food, our parishioners and friends for providing the desserts, our youth volunteers, the Tidal Wave Band for providing the music, St. Augustine Prep High School for lending us the stage, Dave Dempsey for providing the plane and banner, and all those who once again prayed the Miraculous Medal seeking Our Lady’s intercession for this celebration. May Saint Maximilian Kolbe intercede for you and all those you love.