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

April 7, 2019 – A View From the Rectory

Tenebrae – Our Lord’s Entombment

Friday, April 19, 2019

7:00pm    Resurrection Church

I have been asked, “What is Tenebrae? What is a Tenebrae service?”

The word Tenebrae is Latin for “shadows” or “darkness.”  It can also be translated as “night” or “death.”  The Tenebrae service is an ancient tradition in Christian history that took place on one of the last three days of Holy Week.

On Good Friday, we will gather in the Church at 7pm as darkness descends to recall the somber events that occurred in Jesus’ life from the exuberant entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through the night of Jesus’ burial on Good Friday.

The most distinctive aspect of the service is the use of several lit candles. The flames of these candles are extinguished one by one as Scripture readings are shared to tell the story of Holy Week.  This gradual descent into gloom is a representation of Jesus’ increasing sorrow as the events of Passion Week unfolded.  After the last verse is read, the last candle is put out, and the room is plunged into darkness.

A loud noise is sounded in the blackness to represent the closing of Christ’s tomb.  At this point, the service ends, and the participants are traditionally expected to leave in contemplative silence.

I encourage you to join us for this beautiful prayer as we prepare to embrace the promise and the joy of Easter anew.

Fr. Pete

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Friday Evening, April 19

Church of the Resurrection

Following Tenebrae at 7:30pm

Saturday Morning, April 20

Saint Casimir Church at 9:30am

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday Weekend, April 13/14, 2019

No Mass changes to weekend schedule

Diocesan Chrism Mass, April 16, 2019

4:00pm             Our Lady of Hope Parish, Blackwood

                           (If attending, please call 390-0664).

Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019

7:00pm Resurrection Church, Holy

Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by Adoration in

the Extension with Reposition at 10pm

Good Friday, April 19, 2019

3:00pm Resurrection Church, Good Friday Service and Veneration of the Cross.

7:00pm Resurrection Church, Tenebrae

Our Lord’s Entombment

Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019

8:00pm Resurrection Church, Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

6:00am Sunrise Mass, East Williams Road Beach, Strathmere

8:00am Resurrection Church Mass

8:30am Saint Casimir Church Mass

9:30am Resurrection Church Mass

10:30am Saint Casimir Church, Spanish Mass

11:00am Resurrection Church Mass


2019 Vacation Bible School

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

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

Upcoming Events

After many years of service to our Parish Community, Monsignor Conahan announces his retirement from active ministry. Please join him as he celebrates a Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish on Sunday, April 7 at 11:00am Church of the Resurrection. Following Mass, all are invited to stay for a lite lunch with finger foods and desserts in the church extension.

March 24, 2019 View From the Rectory Window

THE ANNUAL SEDER DINNER Planned, Sponsored and Presented by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council 9113A Group dedicated to benefiting the parish and community needs. Tuesday, April 9, 6:00pm Church of the Resurrection Extension.

This Seder Dinner gives us an “Evening’s Pause” in our Lenten traditions as we focus on our Jewish roots and the Passover Feast. Imagine leaving Egypt and realizing the bitterness and affliction our Jewish brethren suffered and endured. Discover how the herbs, vegetables, fruits and nuts play a part in the Seder Dinner.

Elaine Geller, from Synagogue, Shirat Hayam will be our facilitator and guest. She will lead us in a traditional Seder which will be interactive, so all of us will have an opportunity to be a part of this special ceremonial event. The Dinner will include a delicious meal and desserts.

Reservations may be made after Masses on March 23/24 and March 30/31, or by calling the Parish Office, 609-390-0664.

Tickets are $20.00 per guest which will be due at the Time of Reservation. There is Limited Seating which will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 1. Checks should be payable to: Women’s Auxiliary-KOC 9113For questions, please call Annamaria Fennekohl at 609-457-5921.

I am told that, when the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in the Orthodox Church, the common practice is for the priest and the penitent to stand together facing an icon of Christ, with the penitent addressing his or her confession to Christ and the priest acting as a witness.

That’s not our practice in the Roman Catholic Church, but I like it nonetheless. It’s a reminder that it is to Jesus Christ that we confess our sins. He, our merciful and loving Savior, like us in all things but sin, is the one who receives our expression of sorrow and readily offers us forgiveness. The priest has a role, of course: he represents the Church and he ministers in the name of Christ –an icon, if you will, of the forgiving Christ. But the priest will always be a very imperfect icon, for he, too, is a sinner; he, too, must himself ask forgiveness as well as offer it to others in the name of Christ.

I believe this should be a source of comfort for us all. For the priest, despite his own sinfulness, is not just “another human being,” but one who acts in persona Christi, in the person of Christ. With faith we believe that when we speaks to the priest, we speak to Christ, and when the priest speaks, the priest speaks on behalf of Christ. When the priest says, “I absolve you,” it is Christ who absolves (Mk 2:10).

Perhaps some may not have gone for five, ten, or more years. Let this Lent be a time to return to the Sacrament! If you are uncertain about how to go to Confession, just ask the priest to help you. You will come out of the Reconciliation room with a lightness and tranquility you can’t imagine. Yes, all of us can tell God we are sorry in our heart. But only the Catholic who confesses regularly has the light hearted joy of hearing through “someone with skin like our own” the comforting words of Jesus, “Your sins are forgiven, go in peace!”

I invite all of you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at our Lenten Parish Penance Service at the Church of the Resurrection on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00pm.

Fr. Pete

March 17, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

Years ago, there was a popular series on CBS called “You Are There,” hosted by Walter Cronkite, where great moments of history were re-created to make viewers feel as though the action were unfolding before their eyes.

You might get a similar sensation if you drop by our churches any Friday evening during Lent [6pm Saint Casimir and 7pm Church of the Resurrection] to participate in one of the most popular, and perennially moving, experiences we have in our parish: the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross offer a profoundly human interpretation of one of Christianity’s oldest devotions.

Each week a different experience of the Stations of the Cross is prayed.

For example, one way is known as “Mary’s Way of the Cross.” While we are praying the stations, we share intimately in a mother’s anguish, heartbreak and pain. It is palpable. From the very first station, we realize that we are about to be taken someplace we’ve never been before. The first station begins with this reflection: “It was early Friday morning when I saw my son. That was the first glimpse I had of him since they took him away….”And our journey begins. We’ve been plunged into another world. Marmora and Woodbine becomes Jerusalem. And we start to feel some small part of what Mary must have gone through. Between each station we sing the “Stabat Mater” (“At the cross her station keeping…”) and work our way through the struggles, the falls, the tears and the torment. Mary becomes our narrator and guide, gently leading us to the place we really don’t want to go, but always reminding us that there was a greater purpose behind every setback, every stumble, and every stab of pain. “I knew it had to be,” she says to us. “And so I walked on, silently.” Adding to the experience—illuminating it—is our own involvement in Christ’s passion and death.

Mary isn’t the only one reliving the climb to Calvary. So are we. “Lord,” we pray, “what pain you endured for me. And what pain your mother went through, seeing her only son die for love of me!” The Stations of the Cross have resonated for hundreds of years—and one reason, I think, is that Christ’s journey is really our journey. His anguish is ours. And as we follow his agony, we are invited to meditate on all the crosses we carry. How we struggle under them. How we fall. How we rise. And how we go on.

As much as it is about our salvation, and Christ’s bottomless love for us, the road to Calvary is also an arduous path through all manner of human suffering and sacrifice. But we take heart in this: Good Friday isn’t the end of the journey. And that simple truth suffuses the Way of the Cross with consolation and hope. Ultimately, “Mary’s Way of the Cross” is the way all of us must travel. And this interpretation of a timeless devotion helps us to realize that—and allows us to feel, for a short time on a cold Friday night, that we aren’t just reading about the passion, or watching it unfold from across the centuries.

I invite you to join me on this journey,

Fr. Pete

March 10, 2019 View from the Rectory Window

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.” (Mt 4:1-2)

What did we do before cell phones?

Once upon a time we waited patiently in line to use a public phone. There were these things called “phone booths” on street corners. Most had doors. You could shut them and quiet the noise and have a civilized conversation (I’m fairly sure all of this is true, because I’ve seen it in grainy black and white movies they show on TCM). Those were the good old days.

Now, each of us is a walking phone booth. We have devices that clip on our belts or fit into a purse. We wear tiny headsets that are almost invisible. We pass people, walking alone on the street, who are having animated conversations with no one in particular. We are constantly sending each other texts or tweets from devices small enough to fit in the palm of our hand. My smartphone sends emails, manages my calendar and even has GPS to help me in case I get lost. It also has games, plays music and does it’s duty as a camera. There’s even an app to help me find my keys.

Maybe all this is a great step forward for the human race. But I’m having a hard time believing it. Since we can do so much, anywhere, anytime, with so little effort, we have forgotten that obscure and much-overlooked virtue: patience. We no longer have to schedule a phone call or wait for the mail; anything can be done whenever it’s convenient. And bit by bit, I fear, we are forgetting some of the most exquisite human emotions.

Things like anticipation. And apprehension. The agonizing worry that goes with waiting. The necessity of biding time. As a result, time has become less meaningful—and we no longer have to wait for the answer to a question or the resolution of a problem. Do it now. We can. And we do.

This has a ripple effect, I believe, that can even touch our lives as Christians. We can become less willing to accommodate another’s imperfections, less able to see the value of someone else’s time. It can even impact how we pray. We can be tempted to fill the periodic moments of silence with chatter. Who has time to converse with God, when there’s a voice or text message on your phone waiting to be answered?

The inconvenient truth is this isn’t how we were made to live. And because communication has become so instantaneous and spontaneous, I think we run the risk of losing a vital part of our humanity. The part that listens and that waits for an answer. The part that anticipates. The part that delays gratification, and satisfaction, and doesn’t demand it immediately.

I know my smartphone has made my life easier in many ways, but I also wish I could give it up for Lent. It would probably be a good spiritual exercise and teach me a few things about myself. It might make me more patient, more tolerant, more accepting. It would certainly give me more time to talk with God and about God.

Fr. Pete



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.

2019 House of Charity

This weekend Father Pete invited all parishioners to consider giving to the House of Charity. If you would like to learn more about the House of Charity, you can listen to Bishop Sullivan’s talk on the House of Charity at http://www.camdendiocese.org/hoc/watch-2019-video/

The House of Charity – Bishop’s Annual Appeal seeks to raise funds to provide care, respect, justice, peace and dignity for every soul in the Diocese of Camden. Support of the 2019 House of Charity – Bishop’s Annual Appeal ensures the vitality of essential Diocesan ministries and programs that sustain the healing, teaching and redemptive Presence of Jesus Christ through the Diocese of Camden.

If you have decide to make a donation to the House of Charity, you can fill out a pledge card and place it in the collection basket at Mass or you can visit the Diocese website at https://16042.thankyou4caring.org/ to make a donation.

Thank you.

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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