August 20, 2017 A View from the Rectory Window

August 13, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window


“He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4)

Recently, I was forwarded the attached pictures of the Dougherty girls:

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”“ (2Cor 9:7)

After hearing from their parents, I found out that the ingenuity for the Lemonade stand and its intended beneficiary came, without prompting, from these young ladies.

Of note, some of you who attend the 5p.m., Sunday evening Mass, may recall that the very first ‘fundraiser’ associated with the new parish center was initiated by a group off CCD students who undertook a bake sale to raise money for the new parish center. Again, I found out from their catechists that this bake sale came about through the inventiveness of these young women and men (n.b., it was a sellout).

As we have heard it often said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In the above picture I find admirably reflected one of the central themes of our parish capital campaign – ‘Equal sacrifice, not equal giving.’

These enterprising young ladies and gentlemen affirmed a firmly held belief of mine that our young people want to be part of something one, true, good and beautiful. In my interaction with those who hold the present and future of our parish family in their resolve, I have discovered anew the need, desire and longing that each of us has to grow. When allowed to surface, this desire for holiness gives the most eloquent of testimonies that Christ is present in the world, and at work in us.

Fr. Pete



















August 6, 2017 A View from the Rectory Window

My experience has been that the summer is a weird time in the life of a parish. During the summer, parishioners usually take week long vacations or shoot off for weekend getaways (even though we are the weekend getaway). Church attendance among the ‘regulars’ may grow sparse every now and then even though this is hidden due to the influx of the extended family who join us each summer. Admittedly, summertime has a different rhythm than other parts of the year. Here is the danger; it becomes very easy to let parish and personal spiritual life, as well as faith and mission, vacation during the summer months.

My hope is that at the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe we have provided an occasion for spiritual growth and greater awareness of the mission entrusted to us by God. While some parishes may slim down the schedule for church life during the summer, clearly this is not the case for our parish family. But, even if you do not choose to be part of our parish’s ongoing works for the needy, the nights of reflection and Mission, Feasts and Fishing,   Bible School and prayer groups, I am confident that the summer can still be a powerful season of grace and growth.

For example, I find we move and breathe in a culture that champions busyness. Many people treat crowded schedules and rushed conditions as evidence of importance. Sadly, this is often done to the detriment of our own personal devotion and rest. It is very easy to delude oneself into thinking that one is experiencing intimacy with God by virtue of one’s busyness for Him. In reality, this can distract us from the presence of God’s life and grace in our individual story, what He seeks to do for us. While, I will always encourage you to share in the life and rhythms of our parish family, trusting that these offerings will bring us closer to God and His people, I can also see how if we utilize the rhythm of summer to slow down and claim that time for personal discipleship with Our Lord, that we might grow in the life of God’s grace.

In the down times of summer – find them or make them, perhaps work through a few books of the Bible, visit FORMED, find ways to breathe in and enjoy the goodness of summer while praying and thinking about your life and your relationship with Jesus. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31)

This summer may your souls find rest.

Fr. Pete


Feast Day

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Is a Holy Day of Obligation, Tuesday, August 15 

Mass Schedule

Monday, August 14

Saint Casimir Church-7:00pm Vigil

Resurrection Church-5:30pm (on the beach)

The Feast Day mass on the beach will fulfill your obligation.


Tuesday, August 15

Saint Casimir Church-7:30am

Resurrection Church-8:30am & 7:00pm



Spiritual Retreat Day

Retreat Day – Spiritual Formation
You are the Potter We are the Clay

Presenter: Mary Neary

God has created us for a purpose. Learn ways to discover and develop your gifts and talents to achieve and reach your greatest potential. This retreat is open to all.

DATE: Saturday, August 12, 2017

TIME: 9:00am to noon

Continental breakfast will be provided.
Location: St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish (COTR EXT)

                   200 Tuckahoe Rd

                   Marmora, NJ 08223    



Registration form: Retreat Day Bulletin

Online Giving

In keeping up with technology, the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe now offers Online Giving. This service is safe and secure. Our purpose is to provide you with an added convenience.

We extend this service so that you now have the option to manage your contributions online or with your offering envelopes. Online Giving is very easy to use and requires no special knowledge other than how to access the Internet.

To register for online giving visit  https://osvonlinegiving.com/4368

 You can give to our special collections in addition to regular offerings. You can choose to do a One Time Gift or a special remembrance, or you can set up regularly scheduled contributions that are withdrawn on the date you specify in the system. Even if you typically use your offering envelopes, you may wish to contribute online to a particular collection. You can make changes at any time. You can see reports on your contribution history and generate tax statements at each year’s end. It’s easy and it’s convenient!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office staff at (609) 390-0664  for assistance.

In the future you will find our online giving on the top menu bar or go into our Home bar of our website.

Let’s go fishing with Father Pete

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