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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