As Pope John XXIII said, “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”
I believe we can learn much about ‘real’ fatherhood from our biblical tradition.
Abraham is counted as the father of faith and is revered in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The word “faith” is an important component to remember because it means trust in God and being able to rely on that which is dependable.
Abraham trusted God’s assurance that his children would become a great nation. The promise came at a point when he and his wife, Sarah, were elderly and childless. And yet Abraham believed that God could do what was foretold to him. He went forward in confidence that God could accomplish, through him, a benefit for all of the world.
Joseph of Galilee is an exemplary father in the Bible. He married Mary, despite the unusual circumstances of her pregnancy. He dared to be unconventional because he trusted that God was working through her and him. He was a righteous man who dared to take on the roles of husband and foster father. And as refugees from danger, after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, it is clear that he protected his family by going beyond what was familiar, to find a safe haven.
Another father that captures the imagination is a man called Jairus. We read about him in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke. He was a man of importance whose daughter was dying. He came to Jesus, fell at his feet and begged Jesus to help his child. The actions of Jairus revealed his character. He trusted that God could help. It didn’t matter that Jairus had wealth and prestige, he humbled himself for the sake of his daughter.
One more example is of a father who had two sons, one of whom went astray. This is, of course, the story told by Jesus of the prodigal son. The father in the parable teaches his two sons powerful lessons of love: the one who went astray discovered that his father’s care came to him even when he had run away from it and the other who struggled to understand such extravagant love in the face of his brother’s failures and his own fidelity. The father in the story, like God, never gave up on either of his children.
To our fathers, who have taught us trust, who have protected us, who have humbled themselves for us, and who have exemplified love –
Thank You and Happy Father’s Day,
All You Can Eat Family Breakfast is being held this weekend, Sunday, June21 in Saint Casimir Lower Church Woodbine, NJ from 8:00am to 11:30am. Enjoy scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, creamed chipped beef on toast, home fried potatoes, fruit salad, coffee, tea, and orange juice.
Cost $7 for adults, $3 for children. (Sponsored by the St. Casimir KOC Council 14291)
*Blood Pressure assessment by our Parish Nurses will be available
“The soul offers to the Immaculate Mother Mary its own acts of love as her complete and exclusive property, since it understands that the Immaculate then offers to Jesus these acts as if they were her own, which means that she offers them without stain, immaculate; Jesus, then, offers them to the Father.”
― St. Maximilian Kolbe, Let Yourself Be Led by the Immaculate
I invite each and every one of you to join us for a parish retreat entitled, “33 Days to Morning Glory” which will conclude on August 14, the Feast Day of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.
The retreat we will follow has been crafted under the inspiration of Father Michael Gaitley, author of the popular book “Consoling the Heart of Jesus.” I believe it can be an extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration under the guidance of four saints devoted to Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Saint Pope John Paul II. Father Gaitley masterfully summarizes their teaching, making it easy for us to grasp, and simple enough for us to put into practice. More specifically, he weaves their thought into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. So, if you’ve been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you’re simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, “33 Days to Morning Glory” is the perfect retreat to make. I am confident that under Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s prayers and those of Our Blessed Mother, unmeasured heavenly graces will be granted to all who participate and upon our parish family.
Beginning Monday, July 13, and for five consecutive Monday’s (July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10) we will gather in the pavilion at the Church of the Resurrection from 7:00pm to 8:30pm to watch a presentation by Fr. Michael Gaitley. During this time, we will also enter into smaller groups to reflect upon our own spiritual journey during the preceding week. The culmination of this retreat will be a consecration to the Blessed Mother by those who have entered into this experience on the occasion of our parish feast day celebration.
I look forward to praying with you during this special time. Let us be confident that our Immaculate Mother Mary and Saint Maximilian Kolbe pray for us and will pray with us.
It is commencement season. I have been to several. Perhaps this is why I hear in this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus’ commencement speech in the great commission, as he sends His followers to the ends of the earth to preach the gospel and establish His kingdom saying;
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
We discover our identity in todays world, through this commissioning of these first followers. And the moment we become more pre-occupied with ourselves and our own agenda, and less aware of the injured and the hurting, this identity is lost.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis reminds us, “The times talk to us of so much poverty in the world and this is a scandal. Poverty in the world is a scandal. In a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone, it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many children without an education, so many poor persons. Poverty today is a cry.” The question becomes how do we respond to this cry?
I am reminded of the words in a letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King from a Birmingham jail in 1963, “We will have to repent in this generation not only for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
Jesus demands that we not allow ourselves to close our eyes or deafen our ears to the cries of pain all around us, nor must we allow ourselves to become like Pontius Pilate and wash our hands of our own responsibility.
The Gospel today, and in essence all the commencement speeches we hear, will remind us that the Spirit of the Lord is upon us, and He has anointed us to preach good news to the poor, proclaim freedom to the captives, bring recovery of sight to the blind, free the oppressed and declare a year of favor for the Lord.
Yes, sometimes the cry of the poor can seem overwhelming and so I close with the words of a simple woman who was of little stature but great significance – Mother Teresa:
“People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Love them anyway. When you do good, they will accuse you of egoism and ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will make false friends and real enemies. Be successful anyway. The good that you do will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Sincerity and openness make you vulnerable. Be sincere and open anyway. What you build up over years of work can be destroyed. Build anyway. Your help is really needed, but people may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world your best, and it will knock your teeth out. Give the world your best anyway.”
Saint Maximilian Kolbe
This photograph was recently featured in the Ocean City Sentinel.
It appears to show Father Pete attending an event, but we think he may have misplaced his speech or showed up on the wrong day…
What do you think? What is he saying?
We invite the parish to submit their own thoughts in the form of a caption to email@example.com or on the parish FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/StMaximilianKolbeParishMarmoraNj?ref=hl
The parish office will select their favorite, and feature it in an upcoming bulletin.
HAVE FUN!!! BE CREATIVE!!
Church of the Resurrection
200 West Tuckahoe Road
Marmora, NJ 08223
Daily Mass 8:30am, Mon.-Fri.
Sunday 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00 am, 5:00pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm to 6pm
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament First Friday of every month 9am to 4:30pm with Benediction
Saint Casimir Church
304 Clay Street Woodbine, NJ 08270
Daily Mass 7:30am, Mon.-Fri.
10:30am Communion Service (Hispanic)
Confession - Saturday 5:15pm
(Third weekend in May to Second weekend in September)
Bishop McHugh Regional School 2221 Route 9 South Ocean View (CMCH), NJ 08210
Saturday 4:00pm Sunday 10:00am
Confession - Saturday 3:30pm