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Our mission is “To connect people to God and one another and to spread the kingdom of God.” Our vision is to see and realize God’s reign of righteousness, justice, and peace in the world. Together, we hope to make a lasting difference in our lives, in our community, and in our world.

Staff Information

Rev. Stephen M. Piga
In Memorium: Rev. Francis E. Santitoro
Founding Pastor – 1985

Assistant to the Pastor:
Josephine Micciulla

Stanley Kwiatek 
Thomas C. Yondolino

Carol Petrocelli

Music Director:
Mr. Tarcisio Pono

Business Administrator:
Nisha Maharaj-McFarlane

Mass Schedule

Mass Schedule

Saturday, 4:00 pm
Sunday, 7:00, 9:00, 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

Tuesday & Saturday 7:00 am
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 8:30 am

Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm & Saturday, 3:00 – 3:45 pm

First Sunday of the month

Contact parish priest one year in advance.

October 6th, 8:30 am mass will be a communion service. 

Ways to Honor a Loved One



A Commemorative Leaf on our Memorial Trees is a beautiful way to create a lasting memory for loved ones. 

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Commemorative Engraved Bricks

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A Commemorative Brick in our Devotional Room is a great way to create a lasting memory for loved ones. Messages can be for any occasion including memorials for deceased, anniversary, birthday celebrations, or just a special message.

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Candle Rooms


A votive candle or prayer candles are placed before a statue of Jesus or of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saints intended to be burnt as an offering in an act of Christian prayer.
We offer Monthly, Annual Vigil Candles along with Special Intentions.

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Rosary Garden


Our Rosary Garden is by the pond and Blessed Mary’s outdoor statue. The rosary is made up of bricks in the ground that can be memorialized.

We are also offering the opportunity to purchase and memorialize the only upright Memorial Stone that will be at the top of the Rosary Garden. It will be engraved and keep in mind that the Rosary Garden bricks are limited.

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Mass Cards & Special Intentions


Mass Cards symbolize the prayers the worshipper is offering for him or herself, or for other people. We offer Multiple Intention and Individual Mass Cards for special intentions to remember a loved one or someone who is sick or has passed away.

We also offer and post in our weekly bulletin special intentions of someone you would like to remember through the Bread and Wine used at our Masses, Altar and Sanctuary Candles and weekly beautiful Altar Flower arrangements.

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Dedication Tree


Honor a relative, a loved one, or a special friend, death of a loved one or member of your community by dedicating a tree in their name. It might be used to commemorate a significant beginning or ending or a special occasion. Many people have planted trees to celebrate an anniversary, a birth or a significant change. Dedicated Trees are a unique and thoughtful way to celebrate life and love while making a meaningful contribution to the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Community.

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — Various Catholic agencies are collecting donations to aid with the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, as people flee to escape Russian bombing and shelling. Here are some places to donate. This list is not exhaustive.

The international Caritas confederation is collecting funds to help Caritas Ukraine. In the United States, that is through Catholic Relief Services. Internationally, you can donate through Caritas Internationalis.

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia also has a link to donate.

Two pontifical agencies also are taking donations for Ukraine: Catholic Near East Welfare Association and Aid to the Church in Need. Internationally, Aid to the Church can be reached here.

The Knights of Columbus launched the Ukraine Solidarity Fund for humanitarian needs in Ukraine and through refugee sites in Poland.

Donations can also be made to Jesuit Refugee Service to support the agency’s work with those forced to flee conflict in Europe.

The Salesians also are accepting donations to help refugees.



Offerings at Francis House of Prayer

Trenton Diocesan Spiritual Center and Retreat House

84 Walnford Road  •  Allentown, NJ 08501

609-877-0509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please check www.FHOP.org for dates, registration, directions and for our other offerings!

All programs will be offered online and in-person unless otherwise indicated.


REALITY VS. VIRTUAL REALITY  Monday, October 10  9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Anthony De Mello, SJ challenges us to face the truth about happiness and contentment in Rediscovering Life: Awaken to Reality.  Our ego’s belief that we can be happy, only if we have everything to which we are so attached, shadows over the truth.  We do have everything that we need to be happy.  Our unhappiness occurs when we focus on what we do not have rather than on what we have. Donation: $25, includes lunch.  Zoom $20


ZOOM ONLY LOVERS OF THÉRÈSE  4 Tuesdays: Oct. 11, Nov. 15, Dec. 13, Jan. 10  7:00 – 8:00 PM

St. Thérèse of Lisieux witnesses and teaches so much about finding God in the ordinary and promises that holiness is within our reach.  This series will renew your friendship and give you a new understanding of her holiness and wisdom.  We will use The Gospel According to St. Thérèse, by Br. Joseph Schmidt between sessions.  Donation: $50


IN-PERSON ONLY PERSONAL RETREAT DAY  Wednesday, October 12   9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Take a day away from the busyness of your life to rest a while in the Lord and experience God’s presence. Come to Francis House for silence, personal prayer and optional spiritual direction. The day begins and ends with a brief prayer together. Please bring a bag lunch. Donation: $10; $40 with spiritual direction.


Donovan Catholic High School is the premier school of choice in Ocean County. Since 1962, Donovan Catholic has provided a focused, rigorous educational environment encouraging our students to their fullest capabilities. We provide the highest quality education where students excel in academics, athletics, performing and fine arts, gain confidence and succeed in a faith-based, student leadership centered, and safe environment. And Donovan’s unique curriculum offers block scheduling, AP and college credit classes, and flex time, so you can attend club meetings, enjoy extra curricular activities or get some extra help. And if that isn’t enough, Donovan is a great investment in your child’s future. Because last year, Donovan Catholic students were awarded over 22 million dollars in academic scholarships to attend college. And 60 percent of Donovan seniors received at least one merit scholarship that exceeded the cost of tuition at Donovan Catholic High School. But don’t take it from us. See for yourself by scheduling your own personal tour. Meet the faculty and staff, tour the school, participate in classroom activities and have fun. To register, just go to DonovanCatholic.org.
 The Department of Evangelization and Family Life is pleased to announce the 2022 Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing for all couples celebrating a milestone anniversary of their Catholic Marriage. All couples celebrating their 1st, 25th or 50th (or more) anniversary in the 2022 calendar year are invited to attend. Anniversary couples must be validly married in the Catholic Church and registered members of a parish in the Diocese of Trenton.
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The Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing Mass for Mercer and Burlington County Parishes will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 3 pm in the Cathedral of St. Mary in Trenton. The Anniversary Mass for Ocean and Monmouth County Parishes will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 3 pm at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine in Freehold. Registration opens July 1, 2022; DEADLINE for registrations is EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2022.

Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing instructions, registration information and promotional materials for parishes can be found at www.dioceseoftrenton.org/anniversary-blessing-parishes. General information about the 2022 Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing events including online registration for anniversary couples can be found at:


As with last year, couples will be able to register themselves online, and will need to provide their Catholic wedding date along with the name and city of their wedding parish. Couples will also be asked to verify that they are officially registered for their listed home parish; if not they will be instructed to contact their local parish office to register.

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Bishop O’Connell is pleased to share with you his video message encouraging all parishioners to get vaccinated and about a Catholic Charities initiative to assist parishes. While this is not a requirement, getting vaccinated is an act of charity. We are aware that many in the Latino, Hispanic and Black communities have had trouble getting access to the vaccine - even though they have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Catholic Charities is now working to fix those inequities by:

- Helping people in our parishes pre-register for and get vaccines.
- Conducting COVID-19 Testing
- Building a community health worker workforce with community colleges.
- And encouraging people to join the “COVID Community Corps” as volunteers to help others access the vaccine.

Working Together to Stop COVID-19

Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church
130 Saint Maximilian Lane
Toms River, New Jersey 08757

Fax: 732-240-9517
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and closed Fridays.
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