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

May 22, 2016 – A View From the Rectory Window


I ask your help.

Each Mass, in the back of Saint Casimir’s and in the gathering area of the Church of the Resurrection, staffed by volunteers, are our gift card tables.  You have seen them.  Perhaps you have walked past them unsure what they are about.

These gift cards work for you and for our parish .

If you purchase through our Parish Gift Card program it is the same as purchasing a gift card from any store or restaurant without any service charge or additional fees incurred by you.  For example, if you purchase a $50 Shoprite gift card, you pay $50 and your gift card is worth $50.  If, at the time of your purchase at Shoprite you use less than the $50, the merchant marks your remaining balance on the card.  No money is lost to you.

Our parish receives a discount when we purchase a larger quantity of gift cards from our local merchants.  Every time you purchase a gift card, the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe receives that small discount.  With your help, it adds up, at no cost to you.

For your convenience, at the Church of the Resurrection, you can use credit cards.  This enables you to get your usual credit card privileges.  The parish is charged a fee for this type of transaction.  For this reason, if you have been purchasing your gift cards with cash or checks we would ask you to continue to do so in this manner.  As we train volunteers, we will be bringing credit card ability to Saint Casimir as well.

Gift cards are sold after every Mass and in the Parish Office each day.

Currently, the merchants who participate in our Gift Card program are the following:

Acme, The Crab Trap, Island Shore Chinese in Marmora, Asian Shore Chinese in Ocean View, L’s Restaurant, Mama Mia’s,  Reflections Hair Salon, Shoprite, Soprano’s and the Tuckahoe Inn.

Mother Teresa famously remarked, “Not all of us can do great things.  But we can do small things with great love.”  Your participation in this little effort of ours’ enables our parish to continue to do many things with great love.  Please help me in this regard.

I thank you for all you already do for so many and I thank you in advance for considering my request.

Fr. Pete

May 15, 2016 – A View from the Rectory Window

””width="240"           Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,

           That my thoughts may all be holy.

            Act in me, O Holy Spirit

            That my work too, may be holy.

            Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,

             That I love but what is holy.

             Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,

              To defend all that is holy.

              Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,

              That I always may be holy.  Amen.

                                               -St. Augustine

 Welcome Bishop Sullivan!

On Wednesday, May 18, at 5:00pm, the Parish family of Saint Maximilian Kolbe joyfully welcomes and thanks Bishop Dennis Sullivan for conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation on the following students:

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis reminds us that the Sacrament of Confirmation, “Unites us more firmly to Christ…it strengthens our relationship with the Church and it gives us a special strength from the Holy Spirit to defend the faith and confess the name of Christ in our mission of bearing daily witness to Christ and his love.”

For those to be confirmed, I offer Pope Francis’ encouragement that they would “thank the Lord for the grace of our confirmation,” and “that, filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, we may always mirror Christ’s presence in our relations with others, our openness to those in need, and our living witness to the Gospel message of joy and peace.”

Father Pete




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May 1, 2016 – A View from the Rectory Window

This weekend, on Saturday, April 30, sixty-one young ladies and gentlemen received their First Holy Communion.

As we prepare for this beautiful moment in the life of our parish, I am reminded of a story that is told of a particular census taker who went to the home of a rather poor family in the mountains of West Virginia to gather information.  He asked the mother how many dependents she had.  She began, “Well, there is Rosie, and Billy, and Lewella, Susie, Harry, and Jeffrey. There’s Johnny, and Harvey, and our dog, Willie.”  It was then that the census taker interrupted her and said:  “No, ma’am, that’s not necessary.  I only need the humans.”   “Ah,” she said. “Well, there is Rosie, and Billy, and Lewella, Susie, Harry, and Jeffrey, Johnny, and Harvey, and….”  But, once again, the census taker interrupted her.  Slightly exasperated, he said, “No, ma’am, you don’t seem to understand. I don’t need their names, I just need the numbers.”  To which the old woman replied, “But I don’t know them by numbers.  I only know them by name.”

For these children and their families:

Ryan Bacon, Ryan Baldwin, Anne Bernier, Lilyana Beningo, Meghan Berns, Drake Brogan, Fischer Brogan, Connor Cannaday, Abbey Cappelletti, Nathan Collins, Jacob Collo, Jordan Costantino, Domenico Cuce, Adalyn DeAngelis, Anthony DeFranco, Nicholas DeFranco, Grace DeNardo, Leah Drewnowski, Luke Finnegan, Addisyn Fisher, Brendan Gallagher, Daniel Gardner, Logan Hayes, Sean Hoag, Lillian Horner, Jona Lord Hudgins, Mia Kaczmarski, Jonah Larkin, Angel Lopez-Marin, Alexander McCormick, Erin McMahon, Manuel Morales, Jackson Mulford, Taylor Mulford, Julianne Nagle, Gwendolyn O’Hara, Briana Ortiz, Luke Passarella, Sophia Pero, Rainey Puerta, Molly Quinn, Piper Quinn, Joseph Raab, Hilarie Ragan, Mason Raucci, Charles Reich, Grace Rossetto, Garrett Sampson, Finn Sarian, Michael Scanlan, Caitlyn Schaffer, Emma Schulke, Audrey Simon, Jada Smith, Natalie Stoltz, Thomas Walkup, Jeffrey Warren, John Williams, Kyle Williams, Paige Wontroba, Liam Zintner

I ask you to pray that Jesus the good shepherd who knows his sheep by name, fill them with His life and His love each and every time they receive Him in Holy Communion.

I am grateful to their parents, our catechists, Mr. Thomas Maguire and the faculty of Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School, Mrs. Wurtz and Mrs. Bross for all their efforts in preparing these, our children, for this wondrous day in their lives.

After your own reception of the body of the Lord, I invite you to join us:

* This weekend, Sunday, May 1, following the 9:30 Mass, with our First Holy Communicants, for the May Crowning at the Shrine of the Blessed Mother at the Church of the Resurrection.

* Following the May Crowning, for hospitality in the parish pavilion.

Fr. Pete


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Sunday, May 1, 2016 Father Pete invited the First Communion Class to the 9:30 am Mass. During the Mass Father Pete asked all the children to join him in preparing the altar and viewing the consecration of the bread and wine. At the end of Mass the children were invited back to the altar and to Saint Mary’s statue for her crowning.

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House of Charity Bishop’s Annual Appeal

The House of Charity —Bishop’s Annual Appeal seeks to raise funds to provide care, respect, justice, peace and dignity for every soul in the Diocese of Camden.  We ask that you prayerfully consider how this annual program provides solace, support and grace to thousands of your brothers and sisters in Christ and give, generously, in support of the 2016 House of Charity—Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

Your support ensures the vitality of essential Diocesan ministries and programs that sustain the healing, teaching and redemptive Presence of Jesus Christ through the Diocese of Camden.
To those who have donated, Thank You for your generous gift.
For information on making a donation, call the parish office, 390-0664. Pledge cards are available there, and in the gathering areas of the churches.
You can also donate at the House of Charity Website with your credit card at https://16042.thankyou4caring.org/HOC2016_Donations
Remember to select St. Maximilian Kolbe as the parish to receive credit towards our House of Charity goal.




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