June 26, 2016 – A View from the Rectory Window

Today, as I write, the first day of summer commences in a few hours.  I was thinking about the expression ‘summer break.’

I am not so sure.

Happily, in our parish family, much is still happening:

Goodbye Deacon Arnaldo Santos.  I sadly acknowledge Deacon Santos’ new assignment to the parish of Saint Gabriel the Archangel, Carneys Point.  At the same time, I recognize how this new assignment will be a great use of Deacon Santos’ immeasurable gifts and talents.  Deacon Arnaldo we are richer in so many ways for your time with us, you will be greatly missed and will be in the prayers of our parish family.

Welcome Father Peter Idler to our parish family as Part Time Parochial Vicar for Hispanic Ministry.  Fr. Idler comes to us from Saint Joachim, Bellmawr and Saint Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights.  I have known Fr. Idler to be a faithful, genuine and zealous priest.  Let us pray for Father Idler and his ministry among us.

Welcome visiting missionary, Father John Berchmans.  Father Berchmans will arrive the weekend of July 9/10 and speak about the programs, needs and concerns of his home Diocese of Kottar in Southern India.

‘33 Days to Merciful Love’ is being prepared in earnest.  Please do not miss out on an opportunity to experience this great occasion of grace in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.  While 33 Days to Morning Glory focused on four different saints, this retreat will consider St. Thérèse of Lisieux (‘The Little Flower’).  We will learn from this “Doctor of the Church”, how to follow her  ‘Little Way’ to Merciful love.

Vacation Bible School registrations are still being taken.  This year our young people will learn, “Jesus is the one who lights our way and gives hope for each new day.http://saintmaxkolbe.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/VBS-Registration-16.pdf

Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish Feast on August 14 will have an ‘Olympic’ theme.  Preparations are being made to make this event memorable.

Our Parish Raffle has already collected $7,685 in our goal to $100,000.  Have you thought about what you would do with your $10,000 in winnings?

RCIA classes are forming.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, please contact the parish office, 390-0664.

. . . and yes, there is much more coming this summer – so stay tuned.  Summer ‘break’ in the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe?  Happily, “No!”

Thanks for all you do for our parish family.

God bless,

Father Pete