June 17, 2018 A View from the Rectory Window

June 10, 2018 – A View from the Pew

Now that we have cushions on the pews at the Church of the Resurrection, perhaps you’re reading this in church. Congratulations. You just might be prolonging your life. According to the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine attending church every week can add two to three years to your life.

Regular exercise — which does not include all the standing, sitting and kneeling we do during Mass, sorry — can add up to five years. Using cholesterol lowering drugs can add two and a half to three and a half years.

All things considered, church is cheaper, and — though others may disagree — a lot easier to handle.

No one is quite sure why weekly churchgoing seems to help you live longer. It may be that church attendance makes you happier and more at peace. (And that’s in spite of all those cell phones ringing during the homily — and the gentle but insistent nudging of the usher waving the collection basket under your nose.) It may be that church gives the faithful a sense of community and belonging; people who have a support network tend to fare better than those who try to muddle through life on their own.

And then again, it may just be good for you.

By attending church every week, the parishioner lets the heart and the head spend at least one hour a week in quiet conversation with God. The worries of the world are lifted up. Petitions are offered. Old truths are retaught.

Prayer and meditation help center the soul. The spirit is, at least for a brief moment, refreshed and renewed. Sometimes, that makes all the difference.

Cynics, of course, are already sneering. They argue that other factors are really at play here. Religious people are less likely to smoke or engage in high-risk behavior. They’re more likely to see a doctor regularly, and more apt to follow his advice. (What are the Ten Commandments, after all, if not the Ultimate Doctor’s Orders? Following those is probably good training for other things in life, too.)

The author of this study, Daniel Hall, is an Episcopal priest, so he may be a bit biased. He admits as much — but still contends that there is something to his study, and something that merits more attention.

Who knows? Maybe the best prescription for longer life is much simpler than we realize.

Just take two Masses and call me in the morning,

Fr. Pete

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Online Giving

In keeping up with technology, the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe now offers Online Giving. This service is safe and secure. Our purpose is to provide you with an added convenience.

We extend this service so that you now have the option to manage your contributions online or with your offering envelopes. Online Giving is very easy to use and requires no special knowledge other than how to access the Internet.

To register for online giving visit  https://osvonlinegiving.com/4368

 You can give to our special collections in addition to regular offerings. You can choose to do a One Time Gift or a special remembrance, or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system. Even if you typically use your offering envelopes, you may wish to contribute online to a particular collection. You can make changes at any time. You can see reports on your contribution history and generate tax statements at each year’s end. It’s easy and it’s convenient!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office staff at (609) 390-0664  for assistance.

In the future you will find our online giving on the top menu bar or go into our Home bar of our website.




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