January 20, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window


I waited to write this View.  It is Monday morning, January 14, and we are not going to Atlanta.  While many prayers were lifted up on behalf of and for ‘Saint Nick’ – the ‘miracle’ run has ended.  But much like the Philadelphia Eagles, I believe our parishioners are still the reigning champions.  For last year we began as a parish family what I hope to be a constant tradition and expression of faith:


Our hope again is to cover 100 yards of a football field with boxes of cereal  from one End Zone to another.  Each box will be measured as the equivalent of one yard.  Last year we collected 120 boxes for the Saint Casimir Thrift Shop and over 600 boxes for Church of the Resurrection Food Pantry.  While New Orleans may lay claim to the moniker, ‘The Saints’, I believe your generosity reflects who truly wears this title.  I thank you for your generosity on behalf of our sisters and brothers.

I invite you to bring a box of healthy cereal to the Food Pantry containers located in the Church of the Resurrection and to the foyer of the Church of Saint Casimir over the weekends of Sunday, January 27 and Sunday, February 3, 2018, or to the Thrift Shop during regular business hours. Thank you for your unceasing goodness, 

Fr. Pete


New Orleans may lay claim to the moniker, ‘The Saints’, I believe your generosity reflects who truly wears this title.  I thank you for your generosity on behalf of our sisters and brothers.

I invite you to bring a box of healthy cereal to the Food Pantry containers located in the Church of the Resurrection and to the foyer of the Church of Saint Casimir over the weekends of Sunday, January 27 and Sunday, February 3, 2018, or to the Thrift Shop during regular business hours. Thank you for your unceasing goodness, 

                Fr. Pete

January 13, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

The Obelisk in St Peter’s Square

In St. Peter’s Square, in Rome, there stands an ancient Egyptian obelisk – a single block of granite in the shape of the Washington monument, almost 100 feet high and weighing 330 tons.

  • It is the oldest obelisk in Rome, dating from about 2500 BC.
  • At that time it had been erected as a monument to the Pharaoh, and it watched over two thousand years of Egyptian history – the longest reigning empire in history.
  • It stood there when Abraham was called, when Joseph was viceroy of Egypt, when Moses led his people out of Egypt.

At the time of Christ, soon after these Magi came to worship him, the Roman Emperor Caligula brought it to Rome as a sign of Rome’s superiority to conquered Egypt.

  • There it stood for four more centuries, a symbol of the Roman Empire, the largest empire in human history.
  • A golden urn with Julius Caesar’s ashes was placed on it.
  • It stood in the arena where St. Peter himself was martyred, along with hundreds of other early Christians.
  • Then the barbarians invaded Rome, and in the Middle Ages it fell.
  • Ivy grew around it. It was half-buried near the old Basilica.

The Church converted the barbarians, and when a new Christian culture emerged and flourished, and St. Peter’s Basilica was rebuilt and expanded, Pope Sixtus V had the obelisk re-erected in 1585 AD. in the center of the plaza.

  • No longer is it a reminder of the long-perished empires of Egypt, Rome and the barbarian hoards.
  • Now it is topped with a bronze cross, and inside that bronze cross is a small fragment of the true cross, the cross on which Christ, conquering his Kingdom, was crucified.
  • Now it serves the universal Kingdom that will have no end, the Kingdom of Jesus.

January 6, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

“Where is one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”(Matthew 2:2)

Many of us have heard of the twelve days of Christmas, but know little about its meaning. It is a season that begins on December 25 and ends on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany (the 12th day). But, my experience is that by the time the end of the Christmas season arrives on the 12th day, we have moved on. The stores have put away the Christmas items and replaced them with Valentine’s Day. What is left to say? Christ is born. The presents are given.

But the church lingers. To whom has Christ been given? The feast of the Epiphany answers that question. It celebrates the arrival of the wise men from the East. They have come to see the king and worship him. What are forei

gners doing looking for a Jewish King? Don’t they have a king of their own? Don’t they have their own nation and culture and customs to occupy their time? The child Jesus bursts the limits of culture. He is not a king of a particular people or a particular time. He is the king of the ages who receives from all the nations of the world their gifts and worship. This is the concluding thought of Christmas. Christ is not ours. He belongs to the world. The feast of Epiphany pushes the church out into the world on mission, a mission to bring the King of the world to the world.

Epiphany means “to show” or “to make known”, and the Feast of the Epiphany reminds us that not only is Christ made known to us, but that He is made known through us, the church. He is made known to the world. We don’t just hear the story, we become part of the story. We are His light and bear His image wherever we go. It isn’t our own light that shines but we are witnesses to the true light, reflecting God’s glory. Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
2018 was a grace-filled year for our Parish Family of Saint Maximilian Kolbe. It was filled with a sacramental life that touched so many, we experienced new growth in new ministries, and we revived and celebrated wonderful parish traditions. My prayer is that in the year of grace 2019, we will ever more joyfully embrace our part of the story to proclaim the presence of Christ that we have discovered in our parish family. May He push us into the world that so desperately seeks His peace as instruments of His mercy and love.

Fr. Pete

December 30, 2018 – A View from the Rectory Window

The Chalking of the Doors: An Epiphany Tradition Invitation

Over the years, I have been invited to ask God’s blessings over so many homes. This weekend, I invite you to share in extending this blessing to your home. To do this, after our Epiphany Masses, bags of blessed chalk and a brief prayer will be distributed.

If you’re a Catholic, you may have seen a mysterious series of letters and numbers, looking for all the world like an equation, inscribed in chalk over a doorway. If you don’t know what the chalk is all about, don’t be ashamed. You’re certainly not alone.

Epiphany (Three Kings Day) marks the occasion of a time-honored Christian tradition of “chalking the doors.” The formula for the ritual — adapted for 2019 — is simple: take chalk of any color and write the following above the entrance of your home: 20 + C + M + B + 19.

The letters have two meanings. First, they represent the initials of the Magi — Caspar, Malchior, and Balthazar — who came to visit Jesus in His first home. They also abbreviate the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat: “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and the “20” at the beginning and the “19” at the end mark the year. Taken together, this inscription is performed as a request for Christ to bless those homes so marked and that He stay with those who dwell therein throughout the entire year.

The chalking of the doors is a centuries-old practice throughout the world, though it appears to be somewhat less well-known in the United Sates. It is, however, an easy tradition to adopt, and a great practice whereby we dedicate our year to God from its very outset, asking His blessing on our homes and on all who live, work, or visit them there.

The chalking of the doors of a home encourages Christians to dedicate their life at home to God and to others. Seeing the symbols over our doors can help to remind us, while passing in and out on our daily routines, that our homes and all those who dwell there belong to Christ. It also serves as a reminder of welcoming the Magi gave to Jesus. We should strive to be as welcoming to all who come to our homes to visit us!

While, it is my hope that every vehicle in our community will have our parish symbol affixed, I am even more hopeful that every home will bear this inscription of God’s blessing.

Fr. Pete

December 23, 2018 – A View from the Rectory Window

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.


“In honor of this holy season,” Saint Peter said, “You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.”

The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. “It represents a candle,” he said. “You may pass through the pearly gates,” Saint Peter said.

The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, “They’re bells.” Saint Peter said, “You may pass through the pearly gates.”

The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women’s glasses.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, “And just what do those symbolize?”

The man replied, “They’re Carol’s.”


Inspired by the quick (and inspired) thinking of the last gentleman, I take this occasion to thank you for your presence to our parish family this Christmas and all that this symbolizes.

On behalf of all who serve our parish family, I sincerely hope that our shared remembrance of Christ’s birth brings a renewed sense of the peace and hope to you and those you love. As we celebrate Christmas together, I thank you for your presence and prayers. I extend a special welcome if you are joining us for the first time, if you are visiting from any other places or faith traditions, or if you do not worship with us on a regular basis.

Christmas has a way of bringing to Church individuals and families who, for various reasons, have not been to Mass or the Sacraments for months or years. What a wonderful and grace-filled opportunity to put aside past differences and old habits and begin anew that prayerful relationship with the Lord and His Church community. I extend to all of you an open, grateful heart of welcome.

Just as the shepherds were led to a humble stable in Bethlehem to worship the infant Jesus, I believe that we also have been led to be together at this time and in this place to sing with the angels: Glory to God in the highest and peace to all people on earth! I hope that God’s presence will be made known to you not only today but every day.

Be assured that I and our parish family, pray daily for you, your loved ones and your intentions. May our Lord Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, bless you at this blessed time of hope and grace. May Mary, the Mother of the Child Jesus and our Mother, watch over you and our beloved Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Fr. Pete

Below is the schedule of Father Pete’s presentations on our Catholic Faith.  This is an opportunity for those Catholics who have little training in or affiliation with the Catholic religion.  It is a chance for anyone who wants to learn or ask questions about the Catholic religion.  It is  also for people who are searching.

Father Pete remaining presentations, from 7:00-8:00pm in the extension of the Church of the Resurrection.

RCIA Syllabus 2018-2019

November 13: Divine Revelation: Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium

November 20: Salvation History, “The Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting”

November 27: Sacrament of Initiation – Baptism

December 4: Sacrament of Initiation – Confirmation

January 8: Sacraments of Initiation – Eucharist and Mass

January 15: Sacrament of Vocation – Marriage

January 22: Sacrament of Vocation – Holy Orders

February 5: Sacraments of Healing – Reconciliation & Anointing of the Sick

February 12: Sin and Morality, Preparation for Lent

February 19: Prayer – Liturgy

February 26: Tour of the Church – Sacramentals

 Sacred Triduum

March 6: Ash Wednesday

April 18: Holy Thursday-Mass of the Lord’s Supper

April 19: Good Friday-Veneration of the Cross

April 20: Holy Saturday-Easter Vigil

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.

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