Summer of 2019 MASS SCHEDULE

  Church of the Resurrection

 200 W. Tuckahoe Rd, Marmora, New Jersey

Tuesday to Friday 8:30am Daily Mass

Saturday Evening 4:00pm

Sunday 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am & 5pm

St. Casimir’s Church

304 Clay Street, Woodbine, New Jersey

Monday to Friday 7:30am Daily Mass

Saturday Evening 5:30pm

Sunday: 8:30am

Sunday: 10:30am Spanish Mass

May 19, 2019 – A Message from Monsignor Conahan

My Dear Parishioners,

I have asked to direct a few words to you, to thank you for the last 7 years that I have been privileged to serve you at our parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Where to begin? How to not forget anyone or hurt them because I didn’t mention them? Impossible. And so the words to all of you, especially those who were able to join the celebration, my deep and abiding love! and thanks! I promised myself not to fall in love again with any congregation I might serve. I failed! God is really good! So, from a grateful “retired” priest, to a wonderful, accepting parish family, I say simply—love, thanks, good health and every happiness!


Monsignor Conahan

Happy Mother’s Day

May 12, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

“Lord, thou art hard on mothers: We suffer in their coming and their going.”

In 1916, Padraig Pearse was executed by the British for his role in the Irish Easter uprising.

Pearse was more of a scholar and a poet than he was a warrior. But like many in the fledging rebellion against the British, he had a romantic view of Irish martyrdom.

One of his best-loved poems was about his mother, and as we celebrate Mother’s Day, the words that he attributes to her about his own approaching death might touch every mother’s heart: “Lord, thou art hard on mothers: We suffer in their coming and their going.”

Pearse was prescient in suspecting that he would die young, leaving a mother behind in sorrow. A mother who had given birth to him in pain would be doubly burdened by the pain of his death. Any mother who has experienced a child’s death knows this terrible reality.

But mothers also experience “their going” in other, less heartbreaking but still profound ways. From the moment a child begins to grow in the womb — or we hear that an adoption is imminent — a mother knows that the one who is entering her life is beginning the inevitable journey away from her.

The child of her heart will eventually grow up. Any mom who has cried in the car after leaving her child at the first day of kindergarten or bid farewell to a child in a dorm room at a college far away knows this pain of separation and change.

This is the conundrum of a mother’s vocation — for surely this lifelong and deeply heartfelt commitment can only be called a vocation — is that, even as she holds her child to her heart, she prepares them for independence, for “their going.”

In Pearse’s poem, he imagines his mother saying, “I will speak their names in my own heart, In the long nights; The little names that were familiar once …”

It’s what the vocation of motherhood produces: a heart that always remembers the little names, that always — no matter how old our children are — speaks their names in prayer in the long nights.

This Mother’s Day, is our chance to speak our mother’s names in prayer. And, if she has taken her own “going” and is now in heaven, know that she still speaks our names from her place before the Lord.

Fr. Pete

May 5, 2019- A View from the Rectory Window

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

The view from the rectory window is never more glorious than in May when nature springs [pardon the pun] into life. Of particular beauty is the Shrine to Our Blessed Mother outside my office window.

Here’s a favorite joke: Jesus is taking one of his customary tours around heaven with Saint Peter and notices a few faces who don’t belong and who should clearly be someplace a bit warmer. “What are these people doing here?” Christ asks Peter, who sighs and shrugs and shakes his head in exasperation. “What can I do?” Peter says. “They come to the front door and I turn them away, and then they just go around to the side door, and your mother lets them in.”

That’s Mary. The mother waiting at the door, always willing to let us back in when we’ve been away—forever patient, forever listening, forever untying her apron to dry our tears or take our hand and lead us gently back to her son.

“To Jesus, through Mary,” an old saying goes. Who would not want to make that kind of a journey? As our children conclude another academic year in their CCD program, I believe it is most fitting that we conclude this part of their (and our) journey with our May Crowning. This is a time when we have a chance to reflect on our life’s journey, and on Mary’s meaning in our own lives and in our faith because May is the month of Mary.

During the month of May, in almost every corner of Catholicism, we hold May processions, and recite the Rosary, and pay tribute to the Mother of God, and the Mother of us all. And, in the cycle of the seasons, it only seems natural that May would be the month of the Blessed Mother. It is a time when spring is at its fullest, when the days have lengthened and brightened and the earth begins to push forth new life. What better time to honor and celebrate the woman who brought the very Source of new life to us all.

Saint Max Louis Marie de Montfort, whose personal piety and devotion to Mary still inspires the world, put it simply: “We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor His Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor Him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek—Jesus, her Son.” Which is why so many of us find ourselves ultimately at salvation’s back door—turning to the one we know will never turn us away. After all, as St. Thérèse of Lisieux put it, she is more Mother than Queen. This month, in particular, we remember her as both Mother and Queen—with gratitude, and with boundless love.

I invite you to join us, and in particular, our young women and men who have just made their First Holy Communion for our May Crowning, following the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, May 5,.

Fr. Pete

April 28, 2019 A View from the Rectory Window

Please pray for the young women and men of our parish who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday, May 1:

Brendan Brendan Berns, Owen Nicholas Bishop, Jake Herbert Boyle, Isabella Maria Burke, Andy Michael Castelan-Cortes, Charles Peter Costal, Katherine Joan Crowley, Shannon Helena Donnelly, Christopher Patrick Furey, Carly Rae Abigail Gallagher, Madisyn Anatolia Garreffi, Thomas Francis Germanio, Jr., Treasa Bernadette Hayes, Jack Sebastian Hoag, Abigail Adelaide Inserra, Nicklaus Nicholas Izzi, Leah Elizabeth Japzon, Lauren Grace Knopp, Eamon Michael Lawton, Jose Luke Lopez, Jeffrey Jude MacFarland, Ryan Patrick McBride, Logan Patrick McCaffery, Madeline Nicole Monteleone, Alexander John Morales, Jake John Myers, Owen Edward Nelson, James Daniel Passarella, Alexandra Teresa Payne, Isabella Teresa Pero, Vincent Anthony Povio, Kevin Daniel Quinn, Natalie Nicole Ragan, Shawn Sebastian Repetti, Taylor Ava Robinson, Elizabeth Angela Rodriguez, Sean Benedict Sakers, Justin John Senquiz, Connor Sebastian Smith, Ava Monica Southard, Maeve Brigid Stanford, Easton Joseph Tarves, Jack Christopher Wurtz, Cameron Sebastian Yoa

May we also pray for the young ladies and gentlemen of our Parish who will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 4:

Lucy Adams, Vincent Angelino, Aidan Atkinson, Lola Barry, William Bernhardt, Dominic Borcky, Jon Brasberger, Grady Caywood, Henry Costal, Tallulah Costal, Brayden Crowley, Zachary Cunane, Maeve Daily, Nathan Dempsey, Maecy Dickinson, Finley Edwards, Brecklynn Foley, Mara Galvin, Ryan Hiddemen, Bridget Higgins, Madelyn Kaczmarski, Ryan Kaczmarski, Lily Kilgallon, Joseph Kolimaga, Charlotte LaFerriere, Finnegan Law, Elizabeth Louis, Clara Mashura, Cecilia Mattern, Connor McAfee, Payton McAfee, Nora McMahon, Jacob Millard, Russell Millard, Stefan Millard, Luca Mirone, Alexandra Morales, Lorena Morales, Miles O’Hara, Lillian Phillips, Jackson Picinich, Carolena Polo, Lillian Porreca, Grace Preston, Cali Quinn, Isabella Randazzo, Braden Rementer, Madelyn Saul, Jack Scanlan, Anthony Sementa, Thomas Simon, Sophia Simone, Nicholas Snyder, Kevin Teeney, Joseph Walker, Brody Wilson, Ryleigh Xu

April 21, 2019 – A View From the Rectory

“Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and the other women found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.Suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.“Why do you look for the living among the dead?He is not here, but he has been raised up.”

On December 8, 1875, the German ship the Deutschland sank in the North Sea, off the English coast.Among the 157 passengers who perished were five Franciscan sisters traveling to Missouri to take up new teaching missions.The young nuns sacrificed their own lives so that others might be rescued.According to one account, the sisters remained below deck as the ship sank.As the water rose around them, they clasped hands and were heard praying, “O Christ, O Christ, come quickly!”

The Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was profoundly moved by the story and wrote a poem about the tragedy, “The Wreck of the Deutschland”, which he dedicated to the five Franciscans.He saw in their deaths a parallel to the suffering of Christ.Hopkins concludes the poem with this line:

“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us . . .”

For some of us who live ‘down the shore,’ we would recognize that the word “easter” is a nautical term.It means steering a craft toward the east, into the light.

“Let Him easter in us.”

Easter as a verb—as something we think, something we feel, something we do.

“Let Him easter in us” that we may live our lives in the light of His compassion and peace, His justice and forgiveness.

“Let Him easter in us” that we may be a humble servant like Him, a healer like Him, a teacher like Him, a foot washer like Him.

“Let Him easter in us” that we may bear our crosses for one another as He bore his cross for us.

“Let Him easter in us” that we may, at the end of our voyage, “easter” in Him.

Throughout the forty days of Lent we have been steering our lives toward the light, trying to shake the darkness, the doubts, the burdens of living, the heaviness of hearts.My hope and prayer is that the next 50 days of Easter may be a way of living, a way of loving, a way of seeing and hearing and understanding.May this Easter not just mark a milestone in the life of the Gospel Jesus, but may this Easter mark our lives with the compassion, humility and joy of the Risen One.

May the joy and the hope and the Promise of Easter be yours,

Fr. Pete

April 14, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

Holy Week: May your experience of Holy Week bring you to the joy of Easter.


Palm Sunday Joy: Last year, celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting “hosanna” in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following his example of outreach to the poor and suffering.

The crowd that shouted “hosanna” as Jesus entered Jerusalem included all those for whom Jesus was a source of joy, those he healed and forgave, and those he welcomed after they had been excluded from society. But others were irritated by Jesus and tried to silence his followers, the pope said. In the same way, people today will try to silence young people who continue to follow Jesus, because “a joyful young person is hard to manipulate.”

“There are many ways to silence young people and make them invisible,” the pope said. There are “many ways to anesthetize them, to make them keep quiet, ask nothing, question nothing. There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive.” Pope Francis asked the young people “not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?”

The Gospel also demonstrates how the joy Jesus awakened in some is “a source of anger and irritation for others,” Pope Francis said, and the same is true today. Pope Francis told the young people gathered in the square that in the face of such attempts to demolish hope, kill dreams and suppress joy, Christians must look to Christ’s cross and “let ourselves be challenged by his final cry. He died crying out his love for each of us: young and old, saints and sinners, the people of his times and of our own.”


Summer Masses at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School: After repeated efforts, we were unable to identify priests to assist with the Summer Mass Schedule. For this reason, Masses will not be celebrated at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School this summer. If we are able in the future to identify priests to assist with our Mass schedule, we will reinstate these Masses. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause some in our parish family. Let us pray that young men will hear and respond with joy and courage to serve the Church as her priests.


Groundbreaking: With the Pavilion gone, we have begun test borings for the new parish/community center. I guess we can call it an ‘unofficial’ groundbreaking.

Be assured of my prayers for you. Please pray for me,

Fr. Pete

2019 Vacation Bible School

We invite our parish families to join us for Vacation Bible School, dates July 22 to 26, 2019.

To register visit


If you need more information or would like to help please contact the religious education office at 609-390-2203.



On February 25, a few parishioners received an email from fr.monsignor.peter.joyce.pastor@gmail.com, and in the past Msgr.pjoyce@gmail.com asking for help in purchasing iTunes cards for someone in the hospital or asking for a favor. This is a scam and you should delete this immediately! Father Pete and the staff would never solicit anyone for money, gifts or otherwise in this manner.  Please call the parish office if you have any questions at 609-390-0664.

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