Trip to Sight and Sound, Samson

Samson picture

Sight and Sound                                   

November 11, 2016 

Adults $110.00

Children (2-12) $70

Departure 1:00pm St Maximilian Kolbe Parking lot (COTR)

Dinner 4:00pm

Show 6:30pm

Please click on the link to print out the registration form: http://saintmaxkolbe.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Sight-and-Sound-Samson-1.pdf



October 23, 2016 – A View from the Rectory Window



“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32)

As I write, there is a hole in the roof of the Church of the Resurrection.  I am hopeful that by the time this bulletin is sent to the publisher the hole will be topped by a steeple.

Perhaps this is a good time to consider the purpose and the value of the steeples on our parish churches.

Originally, the steeple was intended to make the church visible from any part of a town, clearly there for all to see and be reminded of the Church’s importance in their lives.  Steeples also housed bells that were used for a variety of functions, both secular and religious.  Bells let clergy members know when to perform certain ceremonies, when to fast and when to pray.  Townspeople were informed of services as well as potential dangers, such as an approaching army or a fire.  The height of the steeple essentially allowed the bells within it to transmit sound loudly and clearly to all parts of the town, ensuring effective communication.  The steeple also often acted as a lantern to light the town and the center of the church.

Of course, the main symbolic purpose of the steeple is related to the nature of a church itself as a symbol of the divine and place of worship for the faithful.  One thought is that the vertical lines of the steeple helped to visually enhance the lines of the church, directing the viewers’ eyes vertically to the heavens and to God and thus, help to keep us in a heavenly frame of mind coming into worship.  The steeple is meant to act like a hand, reaching into the sky to touch the heavens themselves.  As with many other        religious structures, the steeple is built high to remind   followers of how the religious order goes beyond the    everyday reality of the earth, and shares something with the transcendent.

In a history class in college I once heard that the tallest buildings in the community were what the community valued the most.  For centuries, in most cities, it was the church steeple that was tallest.  Today, in most cities, the tallest buildings are reserved for banks and businesses, reflecting what we value the most in these cities but it also reflects who has the most money.

May our steeples reflect the place of God in the lives of our parishioners and for all who pass our way.

Fr. Pete

The 3 1/2 Stories of Christmas


Father Pete’s Classes


Adult Faith Formation

Syllabus 2016-2017

November 8:               The Holy Catholic Church – The Hierarchy, Mary and the Communion of Saints.

November 15:             Divine Revelation: Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium

November 22:             Salvation History, “The Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting.”

November 29:             Sacrament of Initiation – Baptism

December 6:                Sacrament of Initiations – Confirmation

December 20:              Sacrament of Initiation – Eucharist and Mass

January 10:                  Sacrament of Vocation – Marriage

January 17:                  Sacrament of Vocation – Holy Orders

January 24:                  Sacrament of Healing – Anointing of the Sick

February 7:                  Sacrament of Healing – Reconciliation

February 28:                Sin and Morality, Preparation for Lent

March 7:                      Prayer – Liturgy

March 21:                    Tour of the Church – Sacramental’s


Sacred Triduum

March 1 – Ash Wednesday

April 13 – Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

April 14 – Good Friday – Veneration of the Cross

April 15 – Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil


Preparations for new steeple are progressing at Resurrection

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