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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |December 15th, 2018|

While the news headlines regarding the scandals in the Church has died down for now, it’s important for you to know that this doesn’t mean that the issue is being ignored.  The U.S. Bishops met last month, and putting in new protocols to deal with abuse allegations was at the top of their agenda. Their original hope was to vote on new standards of conduct for Bishops, as well as on the creation of a new commission to review complaints against Bishops for violating these standards.  Their agenda also included proposals for a third-party reporting mechanism, as well as protocols for Bishops who have resigned or were removed because of abuse.

Unfortunately, the Vatican requested that the Bishops postpone their vote until after February.  The Pope is calling a meeting in February for the presidents of all the Bishops Conferences throughout the world, and he indicated that he wants these types of protocols to be consistent across the world.  He also wants to make sure that these proposals conform with canon law.

The Bishops expressed disappointment with this request.  The President of the Conference said that “We have accepted it with disappointment…We have not lessened in any of our resolve for actions. We are going to work intensely on these items of action. We can’t vote on them totally, but clarify them, get them more intensely canonically well, so that Rome will see that. We’re going to keep pushing and moving until we get to a point where they become action.”

I had hoped that there would be something more definite to report to you after the November meeting, but I think it’s important for you to know that concrete actions are being discussed at the highest levels […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |October 20th, 2018|

As most of you are hopefully aware, October has been designated as “Respect Life Month”.  It’s a month where we pay attention in a special way to the dignity and beauty of human life.  Unfortunately, we’re reminded on a daily basis that all human life is not valued in our culture.  We all know the hot-button political issues — abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment – that remind us how little some lives are valued.  The need for a conversion of our culture is clear.  There’s a lot to pray for.

 

One of the reasons that Respect Life Month is such a beautiful observance is that it reminds us that all of these different issues are not separate and distinct, but rather are all related.  They are all symptoms of a common sickness, and that sickness is a lack of respect for the dignity of human life.  As Catholics, we believe in what has been described as a “consistent ethic of life”.  That means that we are called to view each human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death, as a precious gift created in the image and likeness of God.  The same respect for human life that shapes our opposition to abortion and euthanasia must also shape how we view issues like war, poverty, health care and immigration.  We honor and respect all human life, from the very first moment until the very last, and at every moment in between.

 

There are many ways that we are called to challenge our culture’s disregard for human life here in our local community.  First and foremost, of course, is the proposed abortion clinic that is trying to move into South Bend.  We also have many […]

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Holy Day of Obligation Assumption

By |July 27th, 2018|

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |January 20th, 2018|

This week’s column will summarize the feedback that the parish survey yielded regarding music.  Music often tends to attract the most comments and impassioned responses when people talk about liturgy, and our parish survey was no exception!  Jessica and I are very grateful that so many people offered honest and constructive comments in this section.  Here’s a summary of your answers.  (Answers were on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Strongly Disagree and 5 being Strongly Agree.)

 

Our cantors are well-prepared and do an effective job leading the congregation in song: 3.9
Our musicians (piano, organ, choir) are well prepared and do an effective job leading the congregation in song:  3.9
I like the hymns we sing at Mass: 3.3
I am able to sing along with most of the songs and responses we use at Mass: 3.7
Most people around me sing at Mass: 3.0
I can hear and understand the music clearly: 3.9
Cantors are easy to hear when they are singing in the front of the church (the ambo and cantor stand): 4.1
Cantors are easy to hear when they are singing from the choir loft: 3.7
The two antiphons sung at Mass (one before the opening hymn and one before Communion) add to the liturgy:  3.4
The choir adds to the beauty of the liturgy: 4.0
Overall, the music at Christ the King helps me to pray better during Mass: 3.4

 

The most frequent comments suggested that the music overall has too somber of a feel (88 comments to this effect), whether due to the selection of songs or the tempo at which they are played.  The other most frequent comment (made by 83 people) regarded the song selection […]

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End of Year Tax Statement Request Form

By |December 19th, 2017|

If you would like to request an End of the Year Tax Statement for 2017, please complete this form and return to the parish office via the offertory collection, email or mail it to the parish office, attention Linda Fitzpatrick.

Please note that all school parents will receive their end of year statement through the school communication folder.

End of Year Statement Request form 2017

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |December 31st, 2016|

January 1, 2017

 

Happy New Year!  This is a time when many of us make New Year’s resolutions, and I hope that we always include resolutions related to practice of the faith and to our relationship with Christ. At the beginning of last year, Pope Francis offered ten suggestions to Vatican employees* that seem like really good New Year’s resolutions, so I thought I’d share them with you here:

 

“Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”

 

“Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of all your time, attention and love.”

 

“Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.”

 

“Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity and worldly decadence.”

 

“Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.”

 

“Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord.”

 

“Be careful of envy, lust, hatred and negative feelings that devour our interior peace and transform us into destroyed and destructive people.”

 

“Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness that leads to existential euthanasia; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.”

 

“Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker … the elderly, the […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |December 10th, 2016|

December 11, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

In today’s bulletin, you’ll find a summary of our year-end financial statements.  First and foremost, thank you for your generous stewardship.  Your support allows our parish not only to function but also to thrive, so hopefully this brief summary gives you a better idea of how your contributions are being used.  Our fiscal year ended on June 30, 2016, but I wanted to wait until the statements were finalized and reviewed by the Finance Council before publishing this information to the parish.  Please take a brief moment to look through the insert in today’s bulletin.

Our parish is in good shape financially.  We continue to be debt-free, and our balance in savings and endowment has grown during the fiscal year.  As you can see, the church side of our operations continues to run a surplus, which helps us to fund the school.  The school is the largest ministry in the parish, and we depend on the support of the entire parish in order to maintain this vibrant ministry.  Therefore, the church contributes a considerable subsidy to the school each year, which allows us to offer a discounted tuition rate for parishioners.  Your generous support of our educational ministry is greatly appreciated and allows more of our parishioners to give their children a Catholic education.  It’s a big investment, but it’s one of the most important investments we can make for the future of our Church.

We have also worked hard to contain expenses.  We have a long-term facility plan that has allowed us to keep our physical plant in good shape, while spacing out major capital expenses so that they don’t cause too great a shock to our budget.

I’ve also included a couple of […]

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From Fr. Neil Wack, CSC

By |September 21st, 2013|

September 22, 2013

THANK YOU to all who helped make our picnic a wonderful parish event.  We had over 50 volunteers that did an outstanding job of doing just about everything that needed to be done.  Linda Fitzpatrick and Mike Selsor handled all of the coordinating efforts, and things went very smoothly because of them.  My biggest job was eating corn and sausage, and “supervising” all the hard work going on around me.   Thanks to Bob Heiderman, Kyle Pope and Danny Fleming for running the climbing wall all day, and to Matt Dhoore and the Clay Fire Department who gave demonstrations and wowed the kids.  My only regret is I forgot to get a souvenir fire helmet of my own!  We had a great crowd despite the rainy, overcast weather, with people coming from as far away as Bavaria and as close as the rectory to sample our food and fellowship.  I’m looking forward to next year already!

There isn’t too much to update you all on regarding the parish happenings…there are many faith formation events that are starting up.  The various councils and boards are meeting in the school and in the parish, and (so far) there isn’t anything extraordinary to report.  I am excited to be part of the Christian Action Commission to find ways that we can follow the Lord’s mandate to “serve, rather than be served.”  There are many opportunities for every parishioner to take part in some form of service to God.  I firmly believe we can all do at least one hour per month of service.  Depending on where you are in life, that may mean an extra hour in prayer for people around the world, or it could mean becoming […]

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From Fr. Neil Wack, csc

By |September 14th, 2013|

Well, it’s finally here.  Our annual picnic Mass!  I must admit my mouth is watering a bit in anticipation of the corn and sausage to come!  As I write this column (9pm on Tuesday night) it’s a cool 85 degrees outside.  But “they” say it will be partly cloudy and 74 degrees on Sunday.  That sounds like great picnic weather to me!  And since we’re Christian, we don’t believe in superstition or luck so no worries about jinxing the day.  I hope everyone has an enjoyable time at the picnic…it’s somewhat of a family reunion for us, or at least a family reception.  It is truly wonderful to be a part of this parish family.

Today is the Solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrows.  Since this is the principle feast day of the Congregation of Holy Cross, we have been given permission to celebrate this Mass instead of the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time.  It may seem odd to have such a day as our feast day, where we celebrate our religious family as we recall the seven sorrows of Mary, but it’s a reminder of what is always before us: the joy of the cross.  Mary knew there would be great sorrow in her life when she and Joseph presented Jesus in the temple.  Simeon was there, and told her “you yourself a sword will pierce”, foreshadowing the seven sorrows she would experience.  (This scene and Mary’s sorrowful heart are beautifully depicted in our stained glass windows.)

Last week Pope Francis said “But Jesus does not want to delude anyone. He knows well what awaits him at Jerusalem, what way the Father wants him to go. It is the way of the cross, for the sacrifice […]

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Please Welcome Conner Stigner, Director of Liturgy and Music

By |September 14th, 2013|

Hello Christ the King!

I would like to introduce myself as your new Director of Liturgy and Music! Needless to say, I am absolutely elated to have been selected for this position, and cannot express what a joy it is to be “home” at Christ the King.

In this time of transition, I have had an  opportunity to start out the school year with the children’s choir. There has already been a hefty growth in both size and spirit. I am looking forward to the coming year with them. In October, I will be inviting the entire school choir to sing, on a bi-weekly basis, for the 5:00 Vigil Mass.

The adult choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday October 9th from 7-9pm. There is no need to read music! All are welcome! For the time being, the adult choir will sing for the 10:30 Mass only. Although much of the music used will remain the same, the overall feeling of our Liturgies will slightly change. The organ will be taking a larger place of prominence. However, we will still sing much of the contemporary music we all know and love, with some added sacred music thrown in along the way.

In addition to the choirs, there is room for everyone to serve at any capacity in the wonderful ministry. This includes guitars, strings, anything! We will also need a core group of parishioners for the Art and Environment committee. It is never too early to start planning upcoming feasts and even Christmas! Over the next year, I hope to build a strong and versatile music ministry here at Christ the King. If you have any questions, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me!

Thank you […]

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