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Daily Mass, March 31, 2020


March 28, 2020 – The View from the Rectory Window

It’s much quieter outside the rectory window. This past Sunday was the first time in over twenty years that I have celebrated a ‘private’ Mass. You were greatly missed by me – yes, absence makes the heart grow fonder, but even when we are together I am mindful of how greatly inspired I am by your faithful and devout presence to our parish celebrations of the Holy Mass.

I had a rough start with social media as I attempted to live-stream the Sunday Mass on Facebook. Hopefully, by the time of your reading, I will have gotten a better handle on the technology and you will join me (via social media) for weekday and weekend Masses.

From our Catholic point of view, one of the more direct consequence of the restrictions currently being imposed to fight the spread of the virus is the inability to get to Mass on Sunday. Moreover, it’s happening during Lent, and there’s the very real prospect that many Catholics may be forced to watch Holy Week liturgies on TV or their computers rather than attending in person and receiving the Eucharist.

In light of the restrictions, many pastors and theologians have suggested this may be a good time to dust off the traditional concept of “spiritual communion,” meaning a sort of participation in the Mass and the Eucharist for people who, for one reason or another, either can’t go to church or who are barred from receiving the Eucharist if they do.

In a nutshell, the idea is that the desire to receive the Eucharist is a grace in itself, and, if one offers up that desire in prayer to God, it can become an occasion for even greater grace and spiritual growth. Italian Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, a former Vatican official and accomplished Church historian, has recommended the following prayer to people who aren’t able to receive the Eucharist:

“My Jesus, I believe that you’re present in the Holy Sacrament. I love You above all else, and I desire You in my soul. As long as I can’t receive You sacramentally, at least enter spiritually into my soul.” (brief pause to unite oneself with Jesus)

“Since you’ve come, I embrace you and unite my entire self with You; don’t let me ever separate myself from You.”

I offer you this prayer and the assurance that every Mass I celebrate I lift you and those you love to Our Gracious and Merciful Father. My prayer at Mass will be, like the one I have proposed; “I embrace You, My Lord and the people of our parish family and I unite myself with You and them; don’t let me ever separate myself from YOU and these your people.”

Fr. Pete


Daily Prayer

Father Pete invites you to say this with him at Mass each day.



The Pope to broadcast and stream from Saint Peter’s Square tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, March 27, 2020, you are invited to participate in a special prayer of the Holy Father taking place in Saint Peter’s Square. The Pope will broadcast and be streamed on the website of Vatican News http://www.vaticannews.va at 1:00PM(EDT- our time). The Holy Father will grant to all participants the Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing. Please tune in.


Urgent Food Pantry News

Food Pantry News

Thank you for your continued support of our food pantries. During this time, it is difficult for all of us to find all the items we are accustomed to for our home cabinets and pantries. Yet we will be OK through this challenging time. With your help, we as a parish family will provide for those that have much less than we do.
All donations are gratefully accepted. We in are in immediate need of, milk, eggs and canned meats such as chicken, tuna fish and spam, baked beans, mac’n cheese, canned fruit, sliced bread. We also need toilet paper and dish detergent. Any non expired food items would be greatly appreciated!

There will be tables set up outside the entrance to the Church of the Resurrection Monday-Friday(9:00-5:00pm) for food and paper product donations. There will also be a table set outside of the Thrift Shop at Saint Casimir on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9:00-12:00pm. Please call Saint Casimir first if dropping donations of food at 609-861-5992. Please do not donate clothes or furniture at this time.
Thank you for all of your help!


“Reverse Virus” at the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe


Father Pete is asking that the parishioners of Saint Maximilian Kolbe participate in a “reverse virus” to combat the current Covid 19 virus by communicating with each other via phone, text, email,Skype, Face time, etc on a regular basis. Isolation is not natural to any of us, so this is the time to connect,keeping social distancing in place but still being a part of each others lives. Father Pete would like us to connect with 3, 10 or more of our parish family on a regular basis. Talk about the day, pray, start a book or movie club, exchange recipes, do a crossword puzzle together. The possibilities are endless!
Father Pete also wants everyone to know, that although the parish office is closed per the Diocese and the State of NJ, all of you are welcome to call the parish office if you need to speak to the staff or Father Pete. We will be checking our messages regularly and will get back to you as soon as possible. 609-390-0664. We’ve got this together!


Live Streaming of Weekday and Weekend Masses Update

Father Pete did a few test runs and now is ready to stream weekday Masses at 8:30am starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24! He will also live stream Saturday Mass at 4:00pm and Sunday Mass at 9:30am from the Church of the Resurrection. Please tune into Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StMaximilianKolbeParishMarmoraNj/ to participate together in these Masses.


We thank Father Leonard Peterson for the following Reflection for March 22, 2020, The 4th Sunday of Lent

Please visit: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032220.cfm to see this weekend’s readings listed below:

Reading I: I Samuel 16: 1b, 6-7, 10-13a
God chooses David, Jesse’s youngest son, to be His anointed one, and Samuel complies. This story also contains an element of fear of Saul.

Reading II: Ephesians 5: 8-14
There is a clear contrast made between Christian and pagan life, in terms of light and darkness.

The Gospel: John 9: 1-41
The essence of the “sixth sign” is not simply that a man’s sight is restored, but that light is given to one who has never had it. The Pharisees ironically illustrate true blindness, not of the eyes but of the heart.

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The poet Ogden Nash definitely displayed his sense of humor when he interpreted a major truth of the Bible when he composed these pithy lines:
How odd
of God
to choose
the Jews.

Lest my purpose of quoting Nash be misconstrued, the word “odd” here simply means “differing in nature from what is ordinary, usual or expected.” Among the other nations existing at the time, God could have made other choices from among the more dominant and sophisticated ones like Egypt, Assyria or Babylon. Instead he chose the Jews, with their relatively insignificant numbers; their odd monotheism, and their demanding ethics. They became, and remain God’s chosen people. We must remember that among their number are Joseph and Mary and Jesus; the Twelve Apostles; and Jesus’ cousin John the Baptist among others.
Within their little nation, the Jews made class distinctions. The religiously educated, such as the Pharisees and Sadducees, were assumed to be holier and therefore superior in many ways to the ordinary folk. Evidence of this appears in the famous Johannine story of the unnamed blind man, read this year in the “A” cycle of Scripture Readings. The story is one of John’s “signs” or miracle stories, all featuring proofs of Jesus’ powers and identity. It also offers us good evidence that God’s choices usually differ from our own. We might never have picked a blind beggar as an example of an evangelist, which he became.
This whole matter of God’s choices at variance with ours is sprinkled so liberally all through both Testaments that we can safely call it a biblical theme. This weekend’s First Reading story of God’s choosing “ruddy and handsome young David, the baby of Jesse’s family” as Saul’s successor. We might well have picked one of the older more experienced sons. The Gospel story is complimentary to this one, as happens by design.
As we listen again to all the trials the stubborn Pharisees put the poor former blind man through without any joy expressed over his healing it becomes obvious who the really blind people are. We get a significant clue as to what we can expect when we choose to respond to our baptism and witness to t Jesus in our very secular culture. Just try explaining to a non-practicing Catholic why you do. Or even the reaction to the same from your own family.
Honest introspection inevitably leads us to conclude how odd of God it is that He chooses us to be His spokespersons. But that’s exactly what He has done. The question arises: what are we going to do about it?
How will we express your belief to various people? At times, will we speak pr be silent, especially when silence is enough? Will you act or not? Will you be careful to think before speaking?
Here is a practical thought from the motivational speaker Tony Robbins. “If you talk about it, it’s a dream; if you envision it, it’s possible; but if you schedule it, then it is real.”


Confessions during this Season of Lent

During the Season of Lent, Father Pete will hear confessions at the Church of the Resurrection as follows:
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm
He will also do confessions by appointment. Please pull up to the church in your car. Father Pete will be doing confessions in the gathering area. When you see a fellow parishioner exit the front door of the church or if the front door to the church is open, the next person may enter. Please stay in your car until it is your turn. Please do not congregate in groups outside the front door as to keep everyone at a safe distance from one another. Father Pete will have time for everyone.


Live Streaming of Daily and Weekend Masses

Good News! Father Pete is looking into live streaming weekday and weekend Masses beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020. We will get back to you with details soon!

Until then you can choose to live stream Mass from the Diocese website:
 https://www.camdendiocese.org/live-stream-mass/


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