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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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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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