It is 91 degrees, hot and humid as I look out from the air conditioned view from the rectory window. The sight I see is quite remarkable – mountains, snow, ice and mountain climbers dressed for a frigid climate. And best of all, 70 of our youngsters running around in shorts and flip flops. Oh the sights you see from the rectory window during Vacation Bible School!
Tonight the parking lot will be filled again with cars as will every room in the church, pavilion and rectory for the completion of the first full week of our parish retreat ‘33 Days to Glory’. A different group of ‘youngsters’ will be on the campus preparing themselves for our Marian Consecration during our parish feast day celebrations.
Speaking of our Parish Feast, perhaps you have heard that we will not be celebrating on the beach in Strathmere. For our yearlong parishioners and for those who belong to the ‘extended family’, I trust you recognize the logic (after discussion with many officials) of not attempting travel and parking on a Friday night in the summer. I look forward to our return to the beach in Strathmere in years to come.
This year we will celebrate our parish feast day, on August 14, 5pm–9pm, on the campus of the Church of the Resurrection. Preliminary plans show:
5-5:45pm Mass in the Church of the Resurrection
5:45-6pm Marian Consecration before the Shrine of the Blessed Mother
6-8pm Dining, entertainment and fun for our youngsters
7pm First and subsequent Parish 50/50 Raffle draws
7:30pm Movie under the stars (bring your own beach chair and/or blanket)
Please sign up after all Masses or call the office (609) 390-0664 if you are planning to attend, and if you will bring a light dessert.
While we anticipate crowds for our parish feast, I do not think we will be competing with those who will be with Pope Francis for Mass on September 27. While awaiting guidance from the diocese, I thought it might be helpful, as you have heard at our weekend Masses, to determine if there is an interest from our parishioners to contract a bus. By the time you read this, I will know if there is sufficient interest and I will keep you informed of our efforts to facilitate this.
Regarding the 50/50 Raffle, I am confident we can reach the goal of $100,000.00. If you have successfully found people to buy into the raffle, I ask you to return your raffle envelopes through the collection baskets at Mass or to the parish office. My thinking is, as soon as the raffle prize grows, so will the enthusiasm to be part of this great prize.
As always, I remain grateful for all that you do to make our parish so wonderfully vibrant and faithful. May our Blessed Mother and Saint Maximilian Kolbe pray for us.
Our Feast Day Celebration takes place Friday, August 14, 2015
Church of the Resurrection, Marmora
The Knights of Columbus will be in charge of directing parking here at Resurrection Church.
5:00pm Mass-Church of the Resurrection followed by 33 Days to Morning Glory Consecration at the Blessed Virgin Mary Shrine.
6:00pm Dinner– Featured will be hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ pulled pork and sides
Dessert—we are asking you to bring a treat to share, pre-cut finger foods please (cookies, brownies, cupcakes etc.)
DJ—music and dancing
Youth Activities to include—A bouncy house, photo booth, a movie and more!!
7:00pm 50/50 Parish Raffle Drawing
7:30pm Movie-Please bring chairs and/or blankets if you are planning on staying for the movie!
Please sign-up for our Parish Feast Day Celebration after all Masses or by calling the Parish Office, 390-0664. The caterer requires a head count to ensure that we have enough food for all!!
Finger Food Desserts are needed for our Parish Feast Day Celebration. If you can provide a dessert, please indicate yes with a check mark at sign-ups.
Interestingly, the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams reflected on our nation’s historic resolution of liberty, saying it should be “celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty…from one end of the continent to the other; from this time forward forever…” To celebrate our nation’s birth properly requires serious reflection about the source of our freedom, our country’s place in the world, and the necessary sacrifices of a free people.
Yet, celebration also includes the joyous revelries of parades, picnics, ball games, and, of course, fireworks. American humorist, Erma Bombeck once penned, “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family pictures where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets “iffy,” and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
Indeed, we have every reason to celebrate with fervor and frivolity.And, we should. Despite all of our afflictions, people still run to this country and not from it. Observing what’s right about America can be a good step toward righting what’s wrong.
Happy Fourth of July, enjoy, be safe and watch out for the nuns . . .
A state trooper sees a vehicle on the interstate doing 24 miles per hour so he pulls the car over to make sure everything is alright. When he approaches the driver he discovers it is a nun. He asks, “Excuse me sister, but is everything okay?” She replies, “Yes officer. We’re just fine. Was I doing something wrong?” The officer says, “Well sister you were traveling well under the speed limit and I was worried that something might be wrong with your vehicle or something.” “But officer,” the nun interrupts, “I saw a sign there about a mile back that said 24, and I know I wasn’t going any faster than that.” Chuckling, the trooper says, “Sister, that was a state highway route marker, this is State Route 24, not the speed limit. The speed limit signs have a MPH at the bottom.” “Oh, now don’t I feel foolish!” replied the nun turning red. “That’s ok, but please try to be more careful, I would hate to see you get hurt” finished the officer. Then as he turns to say good-bye to the nuns in the back seat, he notices for the first time that they are trembling violently and quite pale. “Sister what is wrong with your friends? Can I give you an escort to the hospital?” “Oh, no, they’re alright. We just turned off of Route 135.”