August 18, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

I thank Pastoral Council members Jacquie Olansen, George Dudzek and Marie Zelinski for their invaluable service to our parish family. I also thank one of our youth representatives Chris George who is now off to college. Thank you to Josh Barnes and Mary Grace Jamison for continuing as youth representatives to the Pastoral Council. As you are aware, the Pastoral Council has one third of its members rotate off after serving a three-year term. The purpose is to keep the Pastoral Council energized with fresh ideas and fresh perspectives.

The present Pastoral Council was instrumental in assisting with much of the direction of our parochial life this past year. We have all shared in and participated in much of the work that their guidance has enabled. You can read about these efforts in greater detail in the Pastoral Council Minutes found on our parish website at http://saintmaxkolbe.com/parish-council-minutes/

I consider the Pastoral Council to be an integral element in the life and direction of our parish, and I trust that I have always sought to act in accord with their guidance. I now invite anyone willing to serve a three-year term on the Pastoral Council to come to a Discernment Meeting on Thursday, September 12 at 7pm in the Church of the Resurrection Extension. At this meeting, three new members for the Pastoral Council will be identified.

This will also be a working Pastoral Council meeting and all parishioners are welcome to bring their own questions, observations and recommendations.

I thank Georgette Costello, Anita McMahon, Jose Santiago, Tim O’Shea, Bill Zipparo, Ab Vallese, Elizabeth Crowley, Josh Barnes and Mary Grace Jamison for their continued generosity to our parish.

Please consider this essential work of our parish.


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Sometimes being Catholic is challenging. I have found that it is more difficult when we do not understand the richness that underlies our Faith Tradition.

Today, I invite you to consider joining me, beginning in September, for an opportunity to grow in an awareness of the beauty of our Catholic Faith through a consideration of a variety of topics. For some, these ‘classes’ are part of the Catholic Church’s way of initiating new members into the faith and for others it is an opportunity to strengthen the faith of those who are seeking to grow in their relationship with God. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (commonly known as R.C.I.A.), will also help adults become familiar with Catholic teachings and practices, get acquainted with people of the parish, and get involved in service within the parish or the wider community.

It is an opportunity:

** For those who have not been baptized.

** For those who have been baptized, but have little affiliation with, and/or training in the Catholic religion.

** For those Catholics and others who want to learn and ask questions about the Catholic faith.

** For those who are searching.

Through weekly gatherings, Tuesday from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, those attending gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Catholic faith, tradition, rituals, and prayer life. I ask you to consider joining us this year and to consider inviting others. Please check a future bulletin for a schedule to be posted.

The first gathering in our parish is for information and inquiry, not commitment. It will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at Resurrection Church. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call and we will try to answer any questions you may have.

Fr. Pete