June 7, 2015 – A View from the Rectory Window


“The soul offers to the Immaculate Mother Mary its own acts of love as her complete and exclusive property, since it understands that the Immaculate then offers to Jesus these acts as if they were her own, which means that she offers them without stain, immaculate; Jesus, then, offers them to the Father.”

                                                                                           ― St. Maximilian Kolbe, Let Yourself Be Led by the Immaculate

I invite each and every one of you to join us for a parish retreat entitled, “33 Days to Morning Glory” which will conclude on August 14, the Feast Day of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

The retreat we will follow has been crafted under the inspiration of Father Michael Gaitley, author of the popular book “Consoling the Heart of Jesus.” I believe it can be an extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration under the guidance of four saints devoted to Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Saint Pope John Paul II. Father Gaitley masterfully summarizes their teaching, making it easy for us to grasp, and simple enough for us to put into practice. More specifically, he weaves their thought into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. So, if you’ve been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you’re simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, “33 Days to Morning Glory” is the perfect retreat to make. I am confident that under Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s prayers and those of Our Blessed Mother, unmeasured heavenly graces will be granted to all who participate and upon our parish family.

Beginning Monday, July 13, and for five consecutive Monday’s (July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10) we will gather in the pavilion at the Church of the Resurrection from 7:00pm to 8:30pm to watch a presentation by Fr. Michael Gaitley. During this time, we will also enter into smaller groups to reflect upon our own spiritual journey during the preceding week. The culmination of this retreat will be a consecration to the Blessed Mother by those who have entered into this experience on the occasion of our parish feast day celebration.

I look forward to praying with you during this special time. Let us be confident that our Immaculate Mother Mary and Saint Maximilian Kolbe pray for us and will pray with us.

Fr. Pete