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A Message to our Catechists

Dear Catechists,

We, the parishioners of the parish family of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, thank you. Thank you for your yes to God’s call to share the beauty and wonder of our Catholic Faith. Thank you for the time, effort, and sacrifice you place in teaching others about the faith which you yourselves love.

What is a Catechist? Perhaps it is fitting to start with what a catechist is not. A catechist is not just being a teacher. For you, as catechist, are a living witness to Jesus. Being a catechist is not simply a “side thing,” something you do to “give back” to God. While this is true and good you have also become a primary source of faith education for most of the children and teenagers that come to your classes.

I believe that one of the greater ‘illnesses’ afflicting Catholics today is ignorance of what the Church actually teaches and believes. As a result, the only time many of the children will hear about God and Catholicism will happen when it is coming from your teaching and example.

The Church has developed a well-known Latin adage that states Nemo potest dare quod non habet, that is: you cannot give what you do not have. In order to form others you must form yourselves first in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the truths of the Catholic Faith. In prayer, I encourage you, our catechists, to draw water from the living fountain of Christ’s heart, which in turn sustains us in all of our endeavors.

As catechists you have a beautiful mission. You can inspire a whole generation of Catholics (our children AND their families). Be assured of the prayers of the people of our parish family that you are strengthened by the awareness that the Lord is with you –even when it may feel at times like our children aren’t. To end this letter, I think a beautiful quote from St. Catherine of Siena will suffice: “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze.”

To Mrs. Bross, Miss Lalli, our catechists and aides, may the light of Christ’s love for you and our children be your strength and comfort this new academic year,

Your Grateful Fellow Parishioners.


Anointing of the Sick

The Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Anointing of the Sick

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 2:00pm

Church of the Resurrection, Marmora

We invite all who are ill in body or spirit, those of advanced age, anyone facing surgery and other medical procedures. We welcome the families and caretakers of all attending. We encourage healthcare professionals to gather with us for a blessing. We invite everyone to stay for light refreshments following Mass.


Scam Alert:

On September 11, 2019 a few parishioners received email’s from ‘Rev. Msgr. Peter M. Joyce’ <priest.catholic001@gmail.com> and Monsignor Peter M. Joyce <purehearts@list.ru>. Along with the above emails, a member of the community received a text from #201-500-5674 stating “are you available via text its me Msgr. Peter M. Joyce”, please note none of the above information is related to the parish. 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.


September 8, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

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 invites all our parishioners to come to any or all of the following Tuesday night presentations, from 7:00-8:00pm in the extension of the Church of the Resurrection.


RCIA Syllabus 2019-2020

September 24: Introduction: Belief, Faith, Religion

October 1:The Creed, “I Believe in God. . . Creator. . .” -“I believe in one…”

October 8: “And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord” -“I believe in . . . holy. . . ”

October 15:“Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit” -“I believe in . . . apostolic”

October 29:The Holy Catholic Church -The Hierarchy, Mary and the Communion of Saints

November 12:Divine Revelation: Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium

November 19:Salvation History, “The Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting”

December 3:Sacrament of Initiation –Baptism

January 7:Sacrament of Initiation –Confirmation

January 14:Sacraments of Initiation –Eucharist and Mass

January 21:Sacrament of Vocation -Marriage

January 28:Sacrament of Vocation –Holy Orders

February 18:Sacraments of Healing -Reconciliation & Anointing of the Sick

February 25:Sin and Morality, Preparation for Lent

February 26:Ash Wednesday

March 3:Prayer—Liturgy

March 10:Tour of the Church—Sacramentals

March 24:Lenten Penance Service at the Church of the Resurrection

Sacred Triduum

April 09:Holy Thursday-Mass of the Lord’s Supper

April 10:Good Friday-Veneration of the Cross

April 11:Holy Saturday-Easter Vigil


9-1-19 View from the Rectory Window

Where did it go?!

With the unofficial end of summer upon us I invite you to look back on some of the many grace-filled moments in our parish family during the summer of 2019.

While my previous pastoral experience has indicated that many parishes become ‘quieter’ during the summer – I am grateful to say that our parish never skips a beat. In particular I thank the ‘extended members of our parish family’ who have enriched us through the gifts of the Spirit they bring from their other parishes.

My hope is that during our reunions in the Spring we will look back on the winter with smiles on our faces (much like the ones in the images in this bulletin) and ask; “Where did it go?!” Whether we are departing or remaining, may we remain connected in faith and in prayer.

Fr. Pete



Feast Day Pictures

We made it on the beach for the feast day, sorry to say we couldn’t stay long, the thunder and lighting chased us from the beach. See more pictures at http://saintmaxkolbe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Feast-Day.pdf


UPCOMING EVENTS

Religious Education is offering a mini camp “Exploring God’s Word” for children ages 5 to 10 years of age. Dates: August 26to 30, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. To register visit http://saintmaxkolbe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019-Mini-camp-1.pdf

The parish has reserved seat for December 6, 2019 at Radio City Christmas Spectacular. For more information and registration form visit http://saintmaxkolbe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Radio-City-Music-Hall.pdf


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