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Religious Education

By |September 7th, 2013|

Dear friends,

For most of my life I have been a parishioner at Christ the King Parish.  I attended Sunday School (CCD) here at Christ the King, received my First Communion and Confirmation here.  I was involved in the Youth Ministry Program (The New Creation), and almost 35 years ago, was married to my wonderful husband in this place that I call home.  For over 25 years, I have been involved with the Religious Education Program as a catechist and Coordinator, a ministry that is very close to my heart.

Today at the 8:45am Mass, we joyfully commission ten parishioners as catechists in the Religious Education Program.  These wonderful people have dedicated themselves to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to the students in our parish that attend public schools and are home schooled.  All of our Catechists have been involved in the Religious Education Program for over 5 years, and we have two catechists that have been involved in the program for more than 30 years!   Five of our Catechists have graduated from the diocesan two year Education for Ministry Program.

Our Catechists are entrusted with the important role of formally presenting the story of faith to our young people in a way that enables them to see and experience faith as a “living reality.”  They teach the doctrines and practices, while exploring the four pillars of the Catholic faith: Creed, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer on an age appropriate level.

We have many opportunities for prayer on Sunday mornings including a Living Rosary and Stations of the Cross.  We also encourage service and stewardship through support of our food pantry and the Women’s Care Center.

Religious Education classes begin September 22nd.  If your child was 4 years old […]

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From Fr. Neil Wack, CSC, Pastor

By |August 31st, 2013|

Hello everyone, and welcome to September!  I know, it snuck up on us faster than ever it seems, but it means we are that much closer to the parish picnic, now two weeks away!   The “field project” (formerly known as “Tripi Lake”) continues, with a third and (hopefully) final seeding a couple of weeks ago.  We’ll be able to put the tent up in the field where the good grass is, so no worries about parking.  It should be a great day to get together as a parish family!  Tickets will be on sale after all of the Masses this weekend.

Last weekend we had a nice example of how good our parishioners are.  I was in my office at about 10:35am when Father Jarrod came in, fully vested for 10:30am Mass, and asked if there was a baptism at that Mass.  I assured him there was not a baptism, then looked through the unfortunate stack of papers on my desk and realized, yes, there is a baptism!  So Mass started a little late, and we had to make a few adjustments, but everyone adjusted without a complaint.  So that was completely my fault, but it was nice to see everyone come together and make sure our newest member was properly baptized and welcomed into the Church, and there was a 25th wedding anniversary blessing, and the vocation chalice was given, and doughnuts were announced, and most importantly, Mass was celebrated.  Whew!

September also means the beginning of the RCIA program.  RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is the process by which interested people can learn more about the Catholic faith and the Catholic Church, and discern if God is calling them to become Catholic.  We […]

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Please Welcome

By |August 24th, 2013|

Greetings Christ the King!

It was an adventurous journey that brought me to serve as your new Director of Youth Ministry.  I did my undergraduate studies at Boston College, but Notre Dame still accepted me into the Echo Program, from which I graduated this past July.  While in Echo, I served in two different parishes in the Diocese of Camden, NJ, where I had the privilege to meet some amazing young men and women, eat some delicious food, and be amazed at the flamboyant styling of some real housewives of New Jersey.

The North East was quite a change of pace for this Midwest girl.  I grew up in Cincinnati with my eight siblings, all of whom are amazing individuals and some of my best friends.   But a change of pace was good, and I learned a lot.  Now I am so grateful to be moving back where people are more relaxed and spaces are more tastefully decorated.

Soon after I left New Jersey, I moved home, finished my degree, got married, went on a honeymoon, and moved to South Bend (whew!).   My husband, Shane, and I are so excited to be settling in South Bend and to be members of Christ the King Parish.  I look forward to meeting you and serving you in many different ways.  Please feel free to reach out to me ( ) with any kind of concern, and know that you are all in my prayers.



Abigail Ulbrich


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From Fr. Neil Wack, CSC

By |August 24th, 2013|

School has begun!  What a joy it is to have all of the students, faculty, and administration back for another school year.  Mike Selsor and his crew have done a wonderful job in preparing the grounds and the buildings, and everything is in great shape.  I am grateful we have a very good principal in Steve Hoffman, and the support of all of our parish family.

My thanks to Mike Selsor, Dee Rogers, and all the many volunteers who made the picture directory process go very smoothly.  I know it was a challenge at times, but it will be great to have an updated directory, and one hopefully without a picture of the pastor on a “bad hair day”!  Please note, if you weren’t able to have your picture taken here, you may submit a photo to Dee Rogers.  You can give her a paper copy, but actually an electronic copy will work even better ( Please do this sometime this week so we can move to the next phase of designing the layout with our creativity team.

RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is starting soon.  Each Tuesday night we will gather to learn more about the Catholic faith, and to help folks discern if they are being called to be a Catholic.  I am so excited to be leading this year, with other members of the parish who make up the RCIA team.  I went back and looked at my old RCIA files for exactly how to word this, and found things from my deacon year 10 years ago!  Thankfully our faith hasn’t changed in the last 10 years (or the last 2000 years!), so we’re going to be in good shape.  Please […]

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Save the Date – September 15th Parish Picnic

By |August 16th, 2013|

September 15, 2013
Christ the King Grounds
Adults: $5 per person   Under 17 years old—free
Price includes sausage & corn on the cob,
dessert & beverage
 Mass begins at 12:15pm
Lunch 1:30 PM
Games and Fun to Follow!
Tickets can be purchased through the parish office
Monday—Friday 8:00am—4:30pm






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From Fr. Neil Wack, CSC, Pastor

By |August 10th, 2013|

Hello good people!  Here it is, the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The Picnic Mass is about a month away!  I hope to see you all there, if you are able.  I know there are conflicts with sports and other things, but I’ve found there’s always conflicts no matter what date we pick.  September 15th is the Solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrows, which is a special feast day for the Congregation of Holy Cross.  So if you see a seminarian, priest, sister or brother that day (who is also a CSC) feel free to tell them “Happy feast day!”

This weekend we say goodbye to one of our seminarians, Cathal Kelleher.  It has been a great joy to have Cathal here, only partly because it’s fun trying to tell people how to pronounce his Irish name, but more importantly because he represents the future.  He will be joining twelve other men this week at the Holy Cross Novitiate, located in Cascade, Colorado.  They will be there for a year, discerning God’s will in their lives, learning more about our congregation, and praying a LOT.  Let us keep Cathal, his classmates, and all men and women who are discerning a call to the religious life and the priesthood in our prayers.

Recently I received a wonderful letter from a fellow parishioner.  In part, here’s what it said:

On behalf of our whole family, and particularly our son, I am writing to thank you and the CKS parish community for your constant and supportive prayers for him during his career in the military.   The prayers of the CKS family sustained him during his career, all the intensive training and two deployments; one to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. […]

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From Fr. Neil Wack, CSC

By |August 3rd, 2013|

Happy 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, everyone!  I hope you are still able to enjoy the summer days with a bit of relaxing and reflection, especially in the last week or so where it’s felt more like football weather than middle of the summer weather.  Our school administration returns tomorrow from a well-deserved rest, and with their return comes another indication that the new school year approaches (the start date is August 21st).  Still plenty of time to do the things that we need to do to prepare for the school year, and lots of time for the kids and their parents to still enjoy the summer.  Lots of news to share with you.

We have hired a new pastoral team member for youth ministry and homebound/nursing home care!  Her name is…well, as of today it’s Abigail Ulbrich.  Abigail has had quite a few events in her life…first, she just graduated from the ECHO program at Notre Dame.  Then, she was married this weekend.  And starting August 19th, she will be joining us here at Christ the King.  Stay tuned for a future column where Abigail will introduce herself.  I’m grateful for our interviewing committee’s good work…we had many qualified candidates, and I can’t be more pleased at our final selection.

On that same subject, we are in the midst of interviewing for the liturgy and music position.  We will take as long as it takes to find the right person for this parish family.  In the meantime, we have a group of accompanists and cantors who have done a great “job” in leading us in song.  In the interim between directors, I have asked for there to be a few changes.  I think it’s important to […]

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Lord teach us how to pray

By |July 27th, 2013|

“Lord teach us to pray…”

As a young girl I remember sitting with my parents at the end of each day and learning to pray.  My parents gently showed me how to fold my hands, how to say the “Hail Mary”, and how to ask God to care for my family and friends.  As I grew, so did my catechesis.  I was taught to really engage the Liturgy, to listen to the gentle voice of God, to fall in love with the God who loves me so dearly.  Today I am reminded of these experiences as Jesus’ disciples turn to him with the request, “Lord, teach us to pray.”  I am encouraged as Jesus not only gives us the words to speak, but also teaches us that God, who is our loving father, will always hear our prayers.  As we hear in our first reading from Genesis, prayer is a powerful thing.  As Abraham advocates for others, we experience the power of thoughtful and intimate prayer. Abraham draws near to the Lord throughout this encounter. Like Abraham we are invited to do the same, to experience an intimate encounter with God who is both perfect power and perfect mercy.

This week, the parish pastoral team and staff had the opportunity to retreat, to draw close to God, as we spent time in discernment and prayer. We discerned how God is calling us to be radical disciples of the Gospel while praying for our parish family and ministries.  This was a truly blessed time, and we are so grateful for your prayers and support.  As our community moves forward with new opportunities and transitions, may we all continue to hold our parish family in prayer, remembering Christ’s promise […]

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From Fr. Neil Wack, CSC, Pastor

By |July 13th, 2013|

Hello good people!  Today is the fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, when we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan in answer to the question “Who is my neighbor?”  That question alone could fuel our prayer for quite a while, and give us some insight into Christ’s call to serve, rather than be served.  When we think too big, however, we can be overwhelmed with the needs of the world, so much so that we aren’t able to do anything.  When we look to our local community of South Bend, Granger, Niles, etc. we see great need among the people with which we walk every day.  In my time as pastor, I have seen wonderful works of service by our parish, and my hope is that in the next three years we can do even better, making it a part of everyone’s life.  For some, that may mean a great deal of time, for others it may be an extra prayer or two.  That is a powerful way that we all become laborers in the field for the harvest of the Lord.

Elsewhere in this bulletin there is a notice about the Habitat for Humanity build on August 3rd.  Every year local faith communities join together to build a house.  This is a great way to “dip your toe in the waters” of service, as the total time commitment is only four hours.  I hope to be there myself, barring some unforeseen duty here at the parish.

Signups for the picture directory continue…if you’ve signed up, thank you!  If you are still contemplating it, please go to our website ( and sign up for it.  It’s a wonderful way to put names to faces in our parish […]

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From Fr. Neil Wack, CSC

By |June 29th, 2013|

Thanks again to everyone who helped with our first “landscaping day”!  I joked during the announcement that it was our first annual weekly landscaping day, but no one laughed!  I think that shows I needed to recharge my batteries a bit, so this past week I had a small retreat and spent time visiting relatives.  A few updates for you:

We are still receiving resumés for our pastoral team positions.  Please keep that process in your prayers, that the Lord send us good people to help our parish family grow in holiness.

The playing field has been seeded, and is going to grow into a beautiful field of grass, I’m sure.  Our picnic Mass is scheduled for September 15th, so I’m hopeful that the field will be ready by then!  If not, we have a contingency plan so we should be just fine (my parents will host it at their house…just kidding!).

We are about a month away from our first sittings for the picture directory!  Please see the bulletin for details on that…and if you can help be a “welcomer” for the days we are taking pictures, let me know.  I’m looking forward to learning some of the names I’ve been missing for the last 8 years, and having new parishioners in there as well.

This weekend we say goodbye to Erika Linsdell, our Director of Liturgy and Music.  Erika has been with us since 2008, and now she is moving on to be closer to her mom in New York.  We wish her all the best, and thank her for her ministry here at Christ the King!



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