August 25, 2013 A View from the Beach!

On August 14, wherever we found ourselves, we the parish family of Saint Maximilian Kolbe (and our extended family members who join with us primarily during the summer season), were entrusted anew with the commission to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34).

I thank each and every one of you who has accepted this commission and whose expressions of love, throughout this our first year as a new parish, has revealed to me again and again the enduring presence of God.

For the past week I wrestled with how to express my thanks to all those who made our Feast Day celebration possible. Once be-gun, what happens if I forget someone? I was fearful of inadvertently neglecting anyone. But considering our patron’s words, “Do not forget love”, and recalling that, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18), I thank:

The Parish Staff, our Pastoral Council, Liturgy Committee, Social Committee, the Knights of Columbus (Resurrection and Saint Casimir), the Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary, the Saint Vincent DePaul Society, the Parish Nurses Committee, our parish priests who covered the Vigil Masses for the Feast of the Assumption, Agnes Bross for obtaining and donating the Miraculous Medals and novena prayers and Rosemary Schalek for the Blessed Mother’s wreath. I also thank the many volunteers who sold and prepared our 50/50 raffle, including John Olansen for building our ticket barrel. Thank you to Mayor Richard Palombo and the Municipality of Upper Township for providing permissions, assistance, and a moving proclamation, the Upper Township Rescue Squad, the Upper Township lifeguard’s particularly Dan and Sam Palombo for not throwing me overboard, Chief Bruce Riordan of the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company and his delegate, our parishioner Joseph Furey, the Strathmere residents who welcomed us, the New Jersey State Police, Dave Caprioni for providing the food and our parishioners who provided the desserts, Dave Dempsey for providing the plane and banner, and all those who prayed the Miraculous Medal seeking Our Lady’s intercession for this celebration. For all who had the privilege to be present, the presence and benevolence of our loving God was manifest.

May Saint Maxilimilan Kolbe pray for us.

Monsignor Peter M. Joyce

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