September 25, 2016 – A View from the Rectory Window

One of my favorite elements of the Upper Township Gazette is the section entitled, ‘Travels with the Gazette’.  Perhaps it is time for a new column in our parish bulletin entitled, ‘Travels with SMK’?  For example, recently I invited our parishioners to attach our parish logo to their cars with the expressed purpose of having every car in the parking lot at Shop Rite bearing this symbol.  Not long after, Christian emailed me the following picture with the assurance that he was on his way to Shop Rite.


The next picture might be hard to beat.  No, it is not photoshopped.  Yes, it is our parish logo, brought by our parishioners to the Vatican for the canonization of Saint Teresa of Calcutta!


I welcome any of your pictures from your travels with our symbol.

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “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 25:37-40

How often Father Mark Cavagnaro fed, invited, clothed and visited us in his twelve years as the pastor of the Church of the Resurrection.  How often in his priestly ministry did we recognize the presence of the Lord.  Now I invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 4, 6:30pm in welcoming Father Mark back to Cape May County as  pastor of Saint Brendan the Navigator Parish.  Father Mark will celebrate Mass for us again and light refreshments will follow in the pavilion.  Let us welcome Father Mark recalling the Lord’s words; “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”  Matthew 10:40

A Message from Father Pete

I write to ask you for your assistance to the 2016 Bishop’s Annual House of Charity Appeal.

At the beginning of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invited us to recognize that, “Mercy is the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us…the bridge that connects God to His people, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever.”

When he introduced the 2016 House of Charity Appeal, Bishop Sullivan invited us to see the House of Charity as a way to rediscover the Church’s Works of Mercy.

As you may be aware, the goal for our parish is $100,772.42.  As of September 13, we have received, from approximately 228 donors, pledges in the amount of $89,212.50.

Based on our parish census, this suggests over 1,500 families in our parish have yet to make a contribution to this important effort.

To those who have not, I ask you to prayerfully consider making a pledge to the 2016 Bishop’s Annual House of Charity Appeal.  I ask you to be the ‘bridge’ spoken of in our Holy Father’s invitation.  Thank you,

Fr. Pete

September 11, 2016 – View from the Rectory Window


This weekend we say goodbye to Summer 2016 and to our extended parish family

who shared the gift of their faith and the breadth of their Catholic experience,

particularly during Mass at  Bishop McHugh Regional School ,

Saint Casimir and The Church of the Resurrection.

We thank each of you for prayerfully joining our parish family

 and we wish you a Wintertime filled

with summer memories!

See you in the Spring!


September 4, 2016 – A View From the Rectory Window


Sometimes it is difficult to understand what is happening in our Church.

Today, I invite you to consider joining me, beginning in September, for an opportunity to grow in an awareness of the beauty of our Catholic Faith through a consideration of a variety of topics.  For some, these ‘classes’ are part of the Catholic Church’s way of initiating new members into the faith and for others it is an opportunity to strengthen the faith of those who are seeking to grow in their relationship with God.

It is an opportunity:

  • For those who have not been baptized.
  • For those who have been baptized, but have little affiliation with, and/or training in the Catholic religion.
  • For those Catholics and others who want to learn and ask questions about the Catholic faith.
  • For those who are searching.

Through weekly gatherings, Tuesday from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, those attending gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Catholic faith, tradition, rituals, and prayer life.  I ask you to consider joining us this year and to consider inviting others.

The first gathering in our parish is for information and inquiry, not commitment.  It will take place on Tuesday, September 20 in classroom 2 at Resurrection Church.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call and we will try to answer any questions you may have.

Fr. Pete

August 28, 2016- A View from the Rectory Window


 Parish Council

I thank Pastoral Council members Marge DeFoney, Jacquie Olansen and Annette Sherby for their invaluable   service to our parish family.  As you are aware, the Pastoral Council has one third of its members rotate off after serving a three-year term.  The purpose is to keep the Pastoral Council energized with fresh ideas and fresh perspectives.

The present Pastoral Council was instrumental in assisting with much of the direction of our parochial life this past year; such as our Parish Appreciation afternoon at “L’s”, Family Fun Night at Bishop McHugh Regional School, our Parish Mission with Sister Christine Koellhoffer, the Pilgrimage to the Holy Doors in Cape May, our parish retreat entitled “33 days to Merciful Love”, the Feast Day celebration, past and future renovations to our churches and initiatives for pastoral outreach, including budgeting and pastoral planning.  You can read about these efforts in greater detail in the Pastoral Council Minutes found on our parish website.

I consider the Pastoral Council to be an integral element in the life and direction of our parish, and I trust that I have always sought to act in accord with their guidance.  I now invite anyone willing to serve a three-year term on the Pastoral Council to come to a Discernment Meeting on Thursday, September 8 at 7pm in the Church of the Resurrection Extension.  At this meeting, three new members for the Pastoral Council will be identified.

This will also be a working Pastoral Council meeting and all parishioners are welcome to bring their own questions, observations and recommendations


The work of the Pastoral Council is to consider, plan and recommend ways for the parish to accomplish the mission of Christ.  For me, the Pastoral Council is a strategic element of our parish that keeps us focused on our divine purpose.  It is a consultative body that is charged with prayerfully discerning parish needs, setting pastoral priorities, and empowering people to participate in the mission of Christ.  In attempting to foster parish vitality, I work with the Pastoral Council in careful investigation, prayerful consideration and consensual recommendations.

I thank Jodi George, Anita McMahon, Gary Mruz, Linda O’Gorman, Bill Zipparo, and our youth representatives:  Kevin Catanoso, Jared Schiavione and Jason Schiavone for their continued generosity to our parish.


 Please consider this essential work of our parish.

Volunteers Needed

Religious Ed

Two Teachers for Monday Evening at 4:00 pm at still needed for 2016-2017 Classes

Substitute Teachers and Volunteers for other events in the Religious Education are also needed

Our program can always be strengthened.

 Join our religious education faculty as a catechist, assistant catechist, substitute, service team member, youth ministry, vacation bible school volunteer, project team member, or Children’s Liturgy of the Word.

You can make a difference in the faith of others.

If you wish to serve in this ministry in our parish please call Agnes Bross at 390-2203

Trip to Sight and Sound, Samson

Samson picture

Our parish is off to Sight and Sound to see the new show “Samson” please click on the link to print out the registration form: http://saintmaxkolbe.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Sight-and-Sound-Samson-1.pdf





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August 21, 2016 A View from the Rectory Window

It was hot!  And still you came!  I stood in awe of the presence of so many who came to share in this wonderful moment in the life of our Church (the 75th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Maximilian Kolbe) and of our parish (our 5th Parish Feast Day).  While we can do little about the weather, there was still so much we had to pray for and prepare, for 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, Shelly Wurtz for planning, organizing and  running our Olympic events, Joe Mitchell for keeping us informed and on schedule, Agnes Bross for obtaining and donating the elements of the youth raffle, the many volunteers who sold and prepared our 50/50 raffle, our parish families who participated in the Mass, Jack Griffin and the Choir for the music at Mass, those who organized and participated in our “33 Days to Merciful Love” Retreat and Consecration, the Upper Township Rescue Squad and Parish Nurse Ministry, our parishioners and friends for providing the salads and desserts, the McPeak Family for providing Rita’s Water Ice, Dave Dempsey for providing the plane and banner, and once again to all who prayed the Miraculous Medal seeking Our Lady’s intercession for this celebration.

May Saint Maximilian Kolbe intercede for you and all those you love.

Father Pete

Feast bulletin


Update on Patrick

Anj and Patrick have posted an update on Patrick’s progress since we ran his story in the parish bulletin. To view the update please visit their gofundme page at           https://www.gofundme.com/HealingPatrick?viewupdates=1&utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=cta_button&utm_campaign=upd_n

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