We are making progress toward completing the boys dormitory as we have collected nearly half of the money needed to complete it. You can see the progress we are making already! This dormitory space keeps the boys from sleeping on classroom floors. As you may remember, we completed the girls dormitory in November.
If you are interested in helping his parish project - donations are tax free!
We are quite excited to announce an anonymous donor has offered to give our parish a generous donation matching each dollar up to $3500 for donations collected by the end of July. If reached, the combined total of $7000 would be almost enough to complete the Boy’s dorm construction! Please help us finish this important project. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Welcome to the new St. Max Twinning Ministry. It is a ministry in which our parish joins with the parish of St. Patrick’s Madera, Soroti, Uganda in this active and on-going faith commitment.
The purpose of this ministry is to bind our parishes together spiritually, culturally and in a mutual sharing of available resources, in Jesus’ name. It involves each of us crossing over into the other cultural, economic, political, linguistic and religious environments.
Why Twin? “Love your neighbor as yourself.” St. Pope John Paul II has written, “Sacred Scripture continually speaks to us of active commitment to our neighbor and demands of us a shared responsibility for all of humanity. This duty is not limited to one’s own family, nation, state, but extends progressively to all… (Centesimus Annus CA, no.51)
Each of us are universal church members of God’s family. We will grow and share our faith journeys together with Our Lord by learning from each others spiritualties, service and worship styles and economic and cultural differences. We will develop unity and solidarity with the people of St. Patrick’s Madera, Soroti, Uganda parish.
St. Patrick’s parish Madera lies in the mid-eastern parts of Uganda in an area governed by Soroti Catholic Diocese. There are three main tribes here, the Iteso who are the majority, the Kumam and a small Bantu group called the Bakenyi. The parish was established in 1914, about the time Christianity was introduced to this area. St. Patrick’s parish has 72 outstations spread out in the villages where most people live.
Fr. Simon Peter has been the pastor of St. Patrick’s Madera parish which has 30,000 parishioners. Of which, 80% live in poverty lacking the basic needs of life: food, shelter, water, education and health care. They get their food mainly from what they cultivate in their gardens. They dig the soil using hand hoes. Most get their water from streams, swamps or boreholes which in most cases are distant from their homes.
The Catholic faith is deeply rooted among the people with about 50% being Catholic and gives them much joy. The rest of the population is shared by the Protestants, Pentecostals and Muslims. Due to the difficulty in transportation, most of the people who live in the outstation are able to attend Mass only when a priest is able to get there, about twice a year. When Mass is celebrated at these outposts, it is a big celebration lasting a few hours. There is a daily Mass and two Masses every Sunday at St. Patrick’s Church.
The parish oversees 19 Catholic primary schools, 2 secondary schools – one of which is Holy Angels, 2 technical institutions, and a primary and secondary school for blind children. Children often walk long distances to get to secondary schools and stay for an extended period of time. They sleep on the school floor. Last year St. Maximilian Kolbe parishioners helped to put up a dormitory for girls, which sleeps 100, at the Holy Angels secondary school. This year plans are underway to put up a boy’s dormitory.
Please join us in prayer and involvement as we begin our Twinning Ministry with St. Patrick’s Madera
Parish Twining is an invitation to live our lives of faith in a spirit of Global Solidarity
Twinning IS About….
– building a mutual relationship
– promoting social justice and peace
– sharing faith journeys in Our Lord
– learning worship styles
– developing joyful friendships in another culture
Twinning is NOT About….
– changing others
– imposing our way of life
– building infrastructure
– fund raising
Through the process of parish twinning, a parish seeks to integrate global concerns into their parish life by developing a faith‐filled relationship with another parish within or outside of the U.S. In many circumstances, a twinning partnership involves a parish in the U.S. twinning with a community organization (e.g., an orphanage), rather than with a church parish. The form that a particular twinning relationship takes depends entirely on the two parishes involved, the creativity and gifts of the members of the two parishes. Establishing the relationship is an evolutionary process involving pastor and parishioners of both parishes. It requires work, dedication and understanding from both parishes – the reward for these efforts is great.The desired twinning relationship is one where, like the Christian community described by St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 12, there is a mutual sharing of gifts within the Body of Christ. We seek to recognize, embrace and nurture a relationship with our twinning partner as a relationship between equals. The mutuality of our twinning relationship requires humbleness. It requires an openness to recognize and accept the gifts that our twinning community has to give to our parish.
For more general information about parish twinning visit the Mission Office Page on the Archdiocesan Website
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Join us for the parish picnic on September 15 at Neiderman Farm!
Join us for a day of fun, fellowship & golf with St. Max Parishioners and Friends! 18 Hole Golf Scramble for men & women of all skill levels on Friday, September 13 beginning at 1:00 PM.
St. Max has a few new bible studies beginning this fall! We hope you can join us for one!
Register now for Boys and Girls Basketball 2019-2020! Registrations are due by September 13, 2019. Practices may begin the first week of November. Regular season runs from December through February.
God bless you! Welcome to St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish! We are so happy that you are here. Register online to join our parish community.
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