Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe

August 14th is the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe.  Our church will celebrate this feast on August 16th.  What better way to celebrate while staying safe than to create your own Polish feast at home?  My husband and I traveled to Poland for our niece’s wedding in 2010 where we fell in love with the people, the country and, of course, the food!  For those of you who are of Polish heritage and those of us who are Polish at heart, I hope you will try one or more recipe or add a tradition to this wonderful feast day. Do you have a Polish tradition or favorite recipe?  Please share it on Facebook and tag St. Max! 

- Cathy Casto, Parishioner

In honor of our parish patron, all are invited to wear red to Mass (whether attending in person or online), on August 15/16. We wear red to honor St. Maximilian, as martyr, as he chose to lay down his life for a fellow prisoner in Auschwitz during World War II.

Family Activity

St. Maximilian Kolbe founded the magazine, The Knight of the Immaculata, to spread devotion to Our Lady and to teach the faithful.  He did not have any money, so he had to find funding to publish the newsletter.  It was not an easy task in the financially struggling nation of Poland.  With the impending threat of not being able to publish the Immaculata, St. Maximilian turned to our Blessed Mother.  Praying before an altar dedicated to her, the saintly man asked Mary for the money he needed to do her work. Lifting up his head from prayer, he saw an envelope on the altar with these words upon it: “For Thee, my Immaculate Mother.” Inside was exactly the amount of money he needed. The work was able to continue.
God fills our days with blessings and unexpected gifts.  Made in His image and likeness, how can we bring unexpected gifts and blessings to the people in our lives?

In honor of St. Max’s feast day and our Blessed Mother, as a family, put together a care package for a neighbor or loved one and leave it for them anonymously, or perhaps place cards of love and support in the mailboxes of others in your neighborhood. May we all be reflections of God’s abundant generosity!  

Consecration Prayer to Mary

By: St. Maximilian Kolbe

O Immaculate, Queen of Heaven and Earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.

If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head,” and “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world. ” Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter, you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O sacred Virgin

R. Give me strength against your enemies