July 26, 2015 – A View from the Rectory Window

It is 91 degrees, hot and humid as I look out from the air conditioned view from the rectory window. The sight I see is quite remarkable – mountains, snow, ice and mountain climbers dressed for a frigid climate. And best of all, 70 of our youngsters running around in shorts and flip flops. Oh the sights you see from the rectory window during Vacation Bible School!

Tonight the parking lot will be filled again with cars as will every room in the church, pavilion and rectory for the completion of the first full week of our parish retreat ‘33 Days to Glory’. A different group of ‘youngsters’ will be on the campus preparing themselves for our Marian Consecration during our parish feast day celebrations.

Speaking of our Parish Feast, perhaps you have heard that we will not be celebrating on the beach in Strathmere. For our yearlong parishioners and for those who belong to the ‘extended family’, I trust you recognize the logic (after discussion with many officials) of not attempting travel and parking on a Friday night in the summer. I look forward to our return to the beach in Strathmere in years to come.

This year we will celebrate our parish feast day, on August 14, 5pm–9pm, on the campus of the Church of the Resurrection. Preliminary plans show:

5-5:45pm        Mass in the Church of the Resurrection

5:45-6pm         Marian Consecration before the Shrine of the Blessed Mother

6-8pm               Dining, entertainment and fun for our youngsters

7pm                    First and subsequent Parish 50/50 Raffle draws

7:30pm             Movie under the stars (bring your own beach chair and/or blanket)

Please sign up after all Masses or call the office (609) 390-0664 if you are planning to attend, and if you will bring a light dessert.

While we anticipate crowds for our parish feast, I do not think we will be competing with those who will be with Pope Francis for Mass on September 27. While awaiting guidance from the diocese, I thought it might be helpful, as you have heard at our weekend Masses, to determine if there is an interest from our parishioners to contract a bus. By the time you read this, I will know if there is sufficient interest and I will keep you informed of our efforts to facilitate this.

Regarding the 50/50 Raffle, I am confident we can reach the goal of $100,000.00. If you have successfully found people to buy into the raffle, I ask you to return your raffle envelopes through the collection baskets at Mass or to the parish office. My thinking is, as soon as the raffle prize grows, so will the enthusiasm to be part of this great prize.

As always, I remain grateful for all that you do to make our parish so wonderfully vibrant and faithful. May our Blessed Mother and Saint Maximilian Kolbe pray for us.

Fr. Pete