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Parish Center Ground Breaking

Bishop Dennis Sullivan celebrated Mass on July 14, 2019 followed by the parish center ground breaking. For more pictures visit
http://saintmaxkolbe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/7.14.19-Ground-Breaking.pdf


Parish Feast Day, August 14, 2019

Name the Banner Contest: Banner Submissions are FLYING in! Please submit your most creative ideas to Father Pete’s parish email: pjoyce@saintmaxkolbe.com or drop off your suggestions to the parish office. All submissions must be 40 characters maximum and submitted in writing by July 28. Please call the parish office at 609-390-0664 if you have any questions.

Here are the details of the Raffle this year: We are limiting the total number of raffle tickets to 6250. Each signed-out packet contains 5 tickets at a cost of $20 per ticket, Total value of each packet: $100 . Total available packets: 1250. Total packets already signed out( as of 7/12):836. Total packets that remain: 414 Your support is appreciated! Packets are available at the raffle table after Mass or in the Parish Office. Packets are due back to the Parish Office by August 3-4. You can also return packets by placing them into the collection baskets at Mass.

Parish Feast Day Wednesday, August 14, 2019 East Williams Avenue, Strathmere Please come out and join our Parish Family at the beach to honor our Patron Saint, Maximilian Kolbe. 5:00 pm: Mass and Blessing of the Sea. We would like to ensure that there is enough food and prizes so please complete the “tear off” at the bottom of this page and drop into the collection basket or bring to the parish office. You can also call the parish office at 609-390-0664 to confirm your attendance on Feast Day. Consider carpooling. You can arrange to meet in one of the church parking lots and drive over together. There will be a shuttle service in Strathmere available to those who need assistance walking to and on the beach. Don’t forget your beach chair or blanket!


Featured in South Jersey Catholic Digital Newsletter

Saint Maximilian Kolbe was recently featured in the South Jersey Catholic, a digital newsletter put out by the Catholic Star Herald. Every week a Church and/or Catholic School in South Jersey is highlighted. Check it out!

It’s summertime at the Jersey Shore and that means the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe goes to the beach. Festivities include Mass for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by the Blessing of the Sea, music, a BBQ with family and friends, events and prizes for our younger family members and the call to 5 lucky winners of the Parish 50/50.  On August 14, we celebrate not only the Feast of the Assumption, but also our 7th Annual Feast Day as the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe who entered into eternal glory on August 14, 1941.   

Each Feast Day over 600 people join together, representing all generations from young children to parents and grandparents, parishioners and the ‘extended family’ of the parish. Passersby are welcome to join in the expression of faith and family and so the crowd grows. A banner plane flies overhead proclaiming to all this expression of the people of God come together.  Frisbees and kites sail through the air and colorful beach chairs canvas the beach as parishioners and visitors share in the activities. No shoes required to participate. People wade in the water as a lifeboat is rowed out by local lifeguards and the pastor blesses the sea and tosses a wreath of tribute to the wonder of God’s creation.  Containers are distributed to collect Holy Water once the water ceremony is complete. The day is finished with the results of a summer long fundraiser that significantly benefits groups such as the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the Parish Thrift Shop and the Parish Food Pantry.

The Feast Day of Saint Maximilian Kolbe sparks the fire of the ongoing mission of the parish that lasts throughout the whole year. It is an energetic and active parish, which finds expression in many actions of corporal and spiritual works of mercy, drawing life from the Sacramental Grace of the Church.   

Some of the organizations that give life and expression to the parish are through the two parish food pantries and the Saint Casimir Thrift Shop. The members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul go in search of those in need and Family Promise ensures that twice a year people find a home in the parish.

The Knights of Columbus, Council 9113 and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary facilitate a great number of fundraisers, food and toy drives for those in need throughout the year.

The Parish Religious Education Program offers CCD classes for pre-K -8th grade and also organizes events and activities for all ages through high school. These events include monthly “peanut butter and jelly nights” that benefit the AC Rescue Mission, Branches, and Catholic Charities. Once a month, Rosaries for the Troops are made and sent to our military overseas. Community service projects are ongoing and youth trips and programs are planned and executed. Vacation Bible School is a big hit in July for both local families and visitors.

Saint Maximilian’s ‘Mosaic(Making Our Souls Alive in Christ) is an organization made up of women who share fellowship and mission every month, the Prayer Shawl Ministry, the Parish Nurse Ministry and “Praying for our Adult Sons and Daughters” are other groups that bring people and their talents together.

The Parish also has several prayer groups including First Friday Eucharistic Devotion, the Miraculous Medal Novena every Tuesday, daily and weekly Rosary groups, charismatic prayer and bible studies on Monday nights and Thursday mornings. Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish provides time and space for support groups such as AA and Nar-Anon 12 step programs.

A quick look at the Parish Bulletin and Parish Web Site; saintmaxkolbe.com will give a full list of parish ministries. These communications along with our FaceBook page present many other expressions of faith and fellowship each week.

The parishioners, the friends and those assisted by the Catholic Community of Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit at all times and coincidentally at times to the lure of the beach.


June 30, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

The ‘dog days’ of summer are upon us. However, in the Parish Family of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, there is little time to rest:

On Sunday, July 14, Bishop Sullivan will preside at the 9:30am Mass at the Church of the Resurrection. Following Mass, I invite you to join us along with civil and religious officials and members of the press to celebrate the Groundbreaking of our new parish/community center. Hospitality will follow.

On Monday, July 22,many of our young men and women will “Roar” at our week long Vacation Bible School. There is still time to register! Please call the parish office to let us know if you are planning to attend.

On July 23, our three week Parish Mission commences. This year the theme is, “A Mission –A People the Joy of the Gospel.” Donna Britt will again lead us to reflect upon how we might respond to the Lord’s commission to proclaim the Gospel to all the nations. Please sign up after Mass this weekend or call the parish office (609) 390-0664 to let us know if you are planning to attend.

On August 14, we celebrate our 7th Annual Feast Day as the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe on Strathmere Beach, East Williams Road. Mass and Blessing of the Sea begin at 5:00pm. Food, music, prizes and gifts to follow. If you have participated in past years then you know, and if you have not then this is your chance to experience one of the most wonderful days of the year in the life of our parish family. To ensure we have enough food, please sign up using the convenient tear-off in next week’s bulletin (July 6-7), after Mass or call the parish office to let us know if you are planning to attend.

Leading up to the Parish Feast Day on August 14 is our Parish 50/50.Last year, 5 winners won over $9000.00. Could this be your year? Some tickets are still available.

What message should the banner plane proclaim this year about the tradition and hopes of our Parish Family? Please submit your most creative ideas to Father Pete’s parish email: pjoyce@saintmaxkolbe.com or drop off your suggestions to the parish office. All submissions must be 40 characters maximum and submitted in writing by July 28.

On September 18-22, parishioners from Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish will join a Mission Trip to the Texas Border: McAllen, Texasin collaboration with Catholic Charities. This mission trip is intended to organize Solidarity Pilgrimages to the Texas/Mexico Border throughout 2019 to give Catholics in the six-county area of South Jersey the opportunity to better understand and explore the Church’s teachings on refugees and migrants. Pilgrims will learn first-hand about the complexities of immigration and will grow in their understanding of key concepts of Catholic Social teaching, such as global solidarity, subsidiarity, dignity of the person, rights and responsibilities.Here is a link for more information: https://catholiccharitiescamden.org/stj-pilgrimages/. Only 12 spots are available to our parishioners and 4 are already taken. If you are interested in participating in this mission trip I encourage you to call the parish office as soon as possible as we must submit the names to the diocese by July 10.

Thank you for all you do for our parish family. May Saint Maximilian Kolbe Pray for us,

Fr. Pete


Check out this cool video of the ground prep for the Parish Center

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16PjVHvFK8MApHYUL0zkri4X8ty7ejg4_/view


Save the Date


Upcoming Special Events. Save the Date

Summer Mission on July 23 & 30 and August 6, 2019 Church of the Resurrection from 7-8:30 pm. Please note these are revised dates. Please mark your calendar.

7th Annual Feast Day as the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe on August 14, 2019 Strathmere Beach @ East Williams Rd. Mass and Blessing of the Sea begin at 5:00 pm

Name the Banner Contest: What should the banner say this year about the tradition and hopes of our Parish Family? Please submit your most creative ideas to Father Pete’s parish email: pjoyce@saintmaxkolbe.com or drop off your suggestions to the parish office. All submissions must be 40 characters maximum and submitted in writing by July 28. Please call the parish office at 609-390-0664 if you have any questions.

Mission Trip to the Texas Border: McAllen, Texas on September 18-22, 2019 Our parish is looking for 8 pilgrims to join in a massive group effort to help those migrants at our borders in Texas. .Catholic Charities, in collaboration with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Brownsville, and in direct response to Pope Francis’ call to Share the Journey, has been and will continue to organize Solidarity Pilgrimages to the Texas/Mexico Border throughout 2019 to give Catholics in the six-county area of South Jersey the opportunity to better understand and explore the Church’s teachings on refugees and migrants. Pilgrims will learn first-hand about the complexities of immigration and will grow in their understanding of key concepts of Catholic Social teaching, such as global solidarity, subsidiarity, dignity of the person, rights and responsibilities. Please contact the parish office for information on tickets and to reserve your spot. 609-390-0664.


Capital Campaign Ground Prep has begun

To see more photos on preparing the grounds for the Parish Center visit
http://saintmaxkolbe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-PARISH-CENTER-GROUND-CLEARING-HAS-BEGUN.pdf


Deceased members of the Knight of Columbus Resurrection Council 9113 and Msgr. Robert B. Ervin Council will be remembered on June 23, 2019 at the 9:30 am Mass at the Church of the Resurrection. All are welcome to join the Knights of Columbus to honor those who served our community so faithful.

Council 9113

Pasquale J. Antolini 10/26/1988

Orville Ballard 3/23/1990

Paul F. Sides 3/21/1991

Alonzo Bouchard 5/19/1991

Joseph Fleming 6/28/1991

Raymond J. Wellbank 8/14/1991

Paul-Tony Revak 8/21/1991

Edward M. McGinn 7/4/1992

William Gail 3/25/1993

Adolph DeMarco 6/1/1994

Andrew Apicella 11/18/1995

Joseph A. Zaborowski, Sr. 7/15/1996

Joseph F. Quaid 11/1/1996

Rev Msgr James F. Zegers 6/14/1997

Edward C. Getty 2/21/1998

Wayne J. Porreca 3/24/1998

James Fitzpatrick 8/11/1998

Eugene G. Pryor, Jr. 5/14/1999

Francis J. McArdle, Sr. 6/30/2000

John A. Reis 9/25/2000

Michael P. Sabat 12/12/2000

George W. Sokorai 11/25/2001

Alfred G. Benson 3/12/2002

John B. Dwyer 5/14/2002

Robert A. Nicholl 11/16/2002

Harry C. Leinmiller 1/29/2003

Willard McStravick 6/6/2003

Joseph D. DiTroia 8/23/2003

Raymond W. Fox, Sr. 11/30/2003

William C. Arnold 12/13/2003

John W. Amendt 11/24/2004

Frank S. Bixby 6/8/2005

Rev Msgr Joseph C. Downing 7/11/2005

William J. McDermott 6/20/2006

John J. Corish 7/1/2006

Robert D. Cash 2/2/2007

William J. McClory 11/24/2007

Joseph W. Schuchert 1/31/2008

Michael J. Barnes 7/23/2008

Salvatore DeLorenzo 10/10/2008

Richard A. Damato 12/8/2008

Ralph H. Sequella 01/31/2009

John J. Smith 2/8/2010

Bernard Lawlor 9/5/2010

Joseph Hartman. Jr/ 11/5/2011

Frank Lang 10/10/2012

Joseph DeFranco 2/21/2013

William Muller, PDD 2/15/2014

Jeremiah J. Foley 4/24/2014

Edward F. Caffrey 8/5/2014

John E. Bligh 1/8/2016

William J. Cashman 5/18/2016

Anthony Mangino 11/17/2016

Alfred P. Pierce 1/08/2018

Carl Norman 10/8/2018

Joel DeMore 10/9/2018

Dominic Chiango 11/14/2018

Kevin Kehoe 2/10/2019

Theodore J. Kammer 2/26/2019

Council 14291

Raymond Morgan

Dr. Miguel Cortez 4/3/2009

Thomas Doris 6/19/2012

Rev. James Barry, Chaplain 7/21/12

Robert Swartz, PGK 7/9/2014

Peter McDonald 3/19/17

William Zapisek 4/19/17

James Flukey 5/15/17

Richard Miles 6/26/17

Eternal rest grant unto them O’Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.



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