As we begin this feasibility study, I am reminded that “without a vision the people will perish” (Proverbs 29:18). We have experienced significant growth over the past years and now we are called to address the pastoral needs of our divergent parish community by meeting the needs of today and planning for the growth potential of tomorrow.
As I have been privileged to be with you, one challenging question keeps emerging—how can we strengthen our parish life and help more people experience the richness of our Catholic faith? I believe that the proposed parish/community/office center is an integral answer to this question.
As I see it, the proposed parish/community/office center is needed:
- To provide space and opportunity for our parish organizations and groups to enhance and exercise their respective ministries;
- To provide ample space for pastoral functions, such as seasonal liturgies, baptismal, wedding and funeral receptions, retreats;
- To provide open space for the social activities, including annual parish functions, opportunities for learning & training, meeting and gathering space;
- To provide opportunities for the social activities, not only of our parish, but for the entire community of the Upper and Middle Townships of Cape May County.
I believe, by God’s grace, that our parish is uniquely situated in the local community and that this is the opportune time to provide for the needs of today and tomorrow.
A teacher asked one of the boys in her class, “Tommy, can people predict the future with cards?”
His response was, “My mother can.”
The teacher replied, “Really?”
The young boy was quick to explain, “Yes, she takes one look at my report card and tells me what will happen when my father gets home.”
I doubt Tommy’s mother can tell me if, in the future, a parish/community center and parish offices will be part of the ‘view from the rectory window’?
But I know that YOU can. I ask you to participate in our feasibility study this month which will determine in large part the life of our parish family.
In anticipation of the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish Lenten Health Fair this coming March, our Parish Nurse Ministry is conducting a brief survey In the Spirit of Mercy
We ask that you take a moment to print the form and fill it out and return it to the parish office within the next two weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a feasibility study?
A feasibility study is a thorough and detailed assessment of a parish community’s willingness and capacity to move forward with a capital fundraising endeavor.
- Why do we need a feasibility study?
The Diocese of Camden requires any parish that wishes to have a capital campaign to raise funds for major capital improvements to conduct a feasibility study to determine if parishioners are willing and able to support it.
- What types of questions are asked?
Ultimately, the feasibility study tells us who we are as a parish. Topics will include the strengths and weaknesses of the parish and its leadership, receptivity toward the proposed projects, willingness to make a pledge commitment and willingness to volunteer for the campaign.
- Who participates in the feasibility study?
EVERY parish family will be given a chance to participate. Some families will be asked to participate in one-on-one interviews/conversations, some will be asked to participate in focus groups and ALL families will be asked complete a brief in-pew survey during each mass on the weekend of January 28/29.
- Why are some families asked to interview or participate in a focus group?
Families that have been parishioners for a long period of time, who reflect the wide demographic of our parish, or who are involved in ministries are asked to interview or participate in focus groups because they are generally able to provide thorough and detailed information about parish history, current parish issues, and are usually able to properly evaluate necessary leadership potential in a capital campaign.
- Who is conducting the feasibility study?
Ruotolo Associates, a philanthropic consulting firm based in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, with extensive experience working with Catholic organizations in the Diocese of Camden, has been retained to conduct the study. They, along with four other firms submitted proposals that were evaluated by our Parish Council. It was determined that Ruotolo Associates’ methodology best matched the needs of our parish at this time.
- How long will the feasibility study take and will we see the results?
The feasibility study will be conducted in January and February. After the final report is presented, we will publish the results in the bulletin.
Father Pete and Steve Hartsough checking on the sound of the bells, to listen visit St. Maximilian Kolbe FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/StMaximilianKolbeParishMarmoraNj/videos/
Adult Faith Formation
November 8: The Holy Catholic Church – The Hierarchy, Mary and the Communion of Saints.
November 15: Divine Revelation: Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium
November 22: Salvation History, “The Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting.”
November 29: Sacrament of Initiation – Baptism
December 6: Sacrament of Initiations – Confirmation
December 20: Sacrament of Initiation – Eucharist and Mass
January 10: Sacrament of Vocation – Marriage
January 17: Sacrament of Vocation – Holy Orders
January 24: Sacrament of Healing – Anointing of the Sick
February 7: Sacrament of Healing – Reconciliation
February 28: Sin and Morality, Preparation for Lent
March 7: Prayer – Liturgy
March 21: Tour of the Church – Sacramental’s
March 1 – Ash Wednesday
April 13 – Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
April 14 – Good Friday – Veneration of the Cross
April 15 – Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil
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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