June 30, 2019 – A View from the Rectory Window

The ‘dog days’ of summer are upon us. However, in the Parish Family of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, there is little time to rest:

On Sunday, July 14, Bishop Sullivan will preside at the 9:30am Mass at the Church of the Resurrection. Following Mass, I invite you to join us along with civil and religious officials and members of the press to celebrate the Groundbreaking of our new parish/community center. Hospitality will follow.

On Monday, July 22,many of our young men and women will “Roar” at our week long Vacation Bible School. There is still time to register! Please call the parish office to let us know if you are planning to attend.

On July 23, our three week Parish Mission commences. This year the theme is, “A Mission –A People the Joy of the Gospel.” Donna Britt will again lead us to reflect upon how we might respond to the Lord’s commission to proclaim the Gospel to all the nations. Please sign up after Mass this weekend or call the parish office (609) 390-0664 to let us know if you are planning to attend.

On August 14, we celebrate our 7th Annual Feast Day as the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe on Strathmere Beach, East Williams Road. Mass and Blessing of the Sea begin at 5:00pm. Food, music, prizes and gifts to follow. If you have participated in past years then you know, and if you have not then this is your chance to experience one of the most wonderful days of the year in the life of our parish family. To ensure we have enough food, please sign up using the convenient tear-off in next week’s bulletin (July 6-7), after Mass or call the parish office to let us know if you are planning to attend.

Leading up to the Parish Feast Day on August 14 is our Parish 50/50.Last year, 5 winners won over $9000.00. Could this be your year? Some tickets are still available.

What message should the banner plane proclaim this year about the tradition and hopes of our Parish Family? Please submit your most creative ideas to Father Pete’s parish email: pjoyce@saintmaxkolbe.com or drop off your suggestions to the parish office. All submissions must be 40 characters maximum and submitted in writing by July 28.

On September 18-22, parishioners from Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish will join a Mission Trip to the Texas Border: McAllen, Texasin collaboration with Catholic Charities. This mission trip is intended to organize Solidarity Pilgrimages to the Texas/Mexico Border throughout 2019 to give Catholics in the six-county area of South Jersey the opportunity to better understand and explore the Church’s teachings on refugees and migrants. Pilgrims will learn first-hand about the complexities of immigration and will grow in their understanding of key concepts of Catholic Social teaching, such as global solidarity, subsidiarity, dignity of the person, rights and responsibilities.Here is a link for more information: https://catholiccharitiescamden.org/stj-pilgrimages/. Only 12 spots are available to our parishioners and 4 are already taken. If you are interested in participating in this mission trip I encourage you to call the parish office as soon as possible as we must submit the names to the diocese by July 10.

Thank you for all you do for our parish family. May Saint Maximilian Kolbe Pray for us,

Fr. Pete