September 17, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday” – a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people. This year’s theme is “Living as Missionary Disciples.”

Some of my warmest memories these past six years have been spent in our classrooms with our children and catechists. I am grateful to all who are serving and have served the young women and men of our parish family by sharing with them by word and example the wonders and promise of our faith. In a personal way, to every teacher and catechist who has so graciously put up with all my interruptions (you know what I mean) – Thank you.

This catechetical Sunday, I ask you to join me in thanking Mrs. Agnes Bross, Mrs. Mary Wurtz, the faculty of Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School and all those who have extended themselves as catechists, not only this year, but through the many years to Saint Casimir Church, the Church of the Resurrection and the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

To our catechists, one and all, we thank you for responding to a call to share the gift of faith with others, even as you deepen your own faith. While it may appear at first glance that this call may have reached you through a priest, a director of our parish’s religious education program, or through your role as a Catholic school teacher, may you know and be strengthened by the awareness that this calling ultimately comes from God whose Holy Spirit inspires and guides you.

Fr. Pete

September 9, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window

This week, many of our young women and men are going back to school. For me, it is a wonderful time to reunite with the students and families of Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School and our Parish Religious Education Program. For me, the separation anxiety is experienced when our young women and men become absorbed in summer’s rhythms.

Soon, our classrooms will be filled with the energy of catechists and students growing in knowledge of God and His love for us.

It is good to remember that for all of us, the spiritual life is a constant learning experience. We are dealing with the infinite when dealing with God and so, there is always room for growth. We can never say that there is no more to learn on our spiritual journey.

Consider FORMED, a wonderful website made available for everyone in our parish, young and less young, to grow in knowledge and understanding of the treasures of our Catholic Faith. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks, and a great selection of popular ebooks — all just a click away.

It is easy for you to enjoy your subscription to FORMED, to register, go to: Formed.org/home?code=NG32WJ. You can also enjoy great video and audio wherever you go by downloading the FREE FORMED app.
Father Pete

6th Annual Frank Lang Memorial Golf Outing

August 27, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window

This past week my view from the rectory window displayed a wondrous event. Along with me, millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun. The temperature dropped, birds quieted down, crickets chirped and the stars came out in the middle of the day as the line of darkness raced 2,600 miles across the continent in about 90 minutes.

A reminder that we’re all part of something so much larger than ourselves. Perhaps it made us pause. More than one parent was amazed to see teenagers actually look up from their cellphones.

Please find in this View an invitation for everyone to explore the great mystery of our faith and to consider your place in our Catholic Christian Tradition.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (commonly known as the R.C.I.A.), beginning this October, is the normal way in which adults become full, active, participating members of the Catholic Church.

The R.C.I.A. is not just a “convert class”. Yes, many people who may want to join the Catholic Church will find in the R.C.I.A. a path adapted to their particular needs and concerns whether they are coming from another faith tradition or who have had little or no religious experience.

But the most important thing to keep in mind about the R.C.I.A. is this: it is not merely a new way to prepare adults for entrance into the Catholic Church. Rather, the goal of the process is to enable all people a “full, conscious, and active participation” in the Eucharist and in the whole life of the Catholic faith community.

The goal of the R.C.I.A. at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish is to help adults grow in their relationship with God, become familiar with Catholic teachings and practices, get acquainted with people in the parish, and get involved in service within the parish or the wider community.

If you, or anyone you know, would choose to investigate this invitation, I ask you to call the office (609) 390-0664 so that I may make the appropriate preparations.

Fr. Pete

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

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.




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