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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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From Erika Linsdell

By |June 26th, 2013|

Dear Parishioners,

When we first came to Christ the King 5 years ago, we came to an unknown area with no friends or family, an unknown parish, and led by faith that we were doing what was right.  Very quickly we learned about the long history behind the parish, the brotherhood of the Holy Cross Order, the friendship of the Christ the King family, and the warmth of the Midwest.  In my 5 years as your Director of Liturgy and Music, it has been an honor to be a part of this wonderful community that has welcomed us with open arms, and become our fiends and family. You have made it a joy to come to work every day!  I am extremely grateful to Fr. Neil and the wonderful priests for their guidance and support in my ministry.  To all the liturgical ministers for their dedication and professional manner in their duties; especially for finding their own subs when needed!  To all our gifted cantors who take enough pride in their ministry to meet at all hours of the day just to go over a hymn or psalm.  And to the best choir who continues to give of themselves, both young and old, no matter what is asked of them.  I want to especially thank you, the assembly at Christ the King, for your active participation in the liturgies and the music.  You cannot imagine the joy of hearing your voices lift up to the loft!

As we move on to New York and my family there, I will take a part of Christ the King with me, and believe I will have left a part of me here with you.  May you always have a song […]

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2013-2014 Tuition Option Fees

By |June 24th, 2013|

Tuition Option Fees 13-14

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From Megan Bazler, Director of Adult Faith Formation

By |June 22nd, 2013|

My Soul is Thirsting…

This weekend we pray with the beautiful words of Psalm 63, as we repeat, “My soul is thirsting for you, O God.”  In this short phrase we are invited to consider one of the most basic and human experiences, thirst.  While the Liturgical year isn’t structured around weather, I can’t help but think, what an appropriate image as we begin our summer months.  Months throughout which we will feel the desire to beat the heat with a cool, thirst quenching drink.  I remember as a child the feeling of that first sip of water after a long outdoor game in the summer sun.  I remember my father coming in, hot and sticky from mowing the grass, letting out a sigh of content as he finished his tall glass of ice water.  For a moment our desire is met.  We no longer thirst, and our body is renewed.   However, we all know that this contentment is limited.  We will thirst again.  Christ reminds us that he is the life giving water.  As he talks with a Samaritan Woman at the well, we overhear his explanation that those who drink of his water will never thirst again (John 4).  This is the thirst that our psalmist describes today.  It is a thirst for God, a thirst for true and everlasting love.  It is a thirst that we all share in the very depths of our identity.  However, it is not a thirst that we feel alone, for just as we thirst for a relationship with God, God thirsts for a relationship with us.

We are made to quench our thirst, and we do this in many ways.  One way is through prayer.  The Catechism describes […]

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Kingdom Rock!

By |June 21st, 2013|

Thank you to all of our great volunteers and participants at Vacation Bible School Kingdom Rocks.  Over 100 children participated in our Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School. This years participants were taught to trust in God and stand strong through interactive music, creative crafts, fun games and theatrical retelling of Bible stories.



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From Fr. Neil Wack, CSC

By |June 20th, 2013|

Dear Christ the King Family,


For our 80th anniversary as a parish, we are creating a new Picture Directory!  It will contain color portraits of all of our families, some candid pictures of our activities and updated addresses and phone numbers.  These directories are very helpful in building community for our parish, and they help absent-minded pastors learn everyone’s name better!  We will be using Lifetouch, which is the company we were very happy with 5 years ago for our previous directory.


Each parish family photographed will select a pose for the directory, and receive FREE:    

An 8 x 10 Portrait or 9 Wallets
A Church Directory


For your convenience, you will be able to view your portraits immediately after having them taken. There is NO OBLIGATION; however, you will have the opportunity to order portraits. Please bring your credit card, cash or checkbook.


Lifetouch tells us it might be beneficial to sign up with other families that you are related to, so you can have extended family pictures in addition to your individual family pictures.



1)     Schedule an appointment online at and receive a $10 coupon with your reminder email

2)     Sign up on Sundays at church


Please sign up ASAP to lock in your preferred date.  Plan to be here for about 1 hour.

The photography sessions are here at the church on:


July     31        2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Aug     1          2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Aug     2          2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Aug     3         10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Aug     6          2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Aug     7          2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Aug     8          2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Aug     9          2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Aug     10       10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Aug     13        2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Aug     14        2:00 pm – […]

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Parish Clean Up Day June 15th

By |June 11th, 2013|

Grab your rake and gloves!  We will have our annual clean up day on Saturday, June 15th at 9am.  All are parishioners are welcome to join as we pull weeds, trim bushes, and prepare our grounds for the summer months! Lunch will be provided by the parish.

Families are also encouraged to adopt an area of the church grounds.  This would include caring for and maintaining this area throughout the year.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Mike Selsor, Business Manager at Christ the King.

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From Fr. Neil Wack, CSC

By |June 8th, 2013|

Last weekend we had a second collection for the tornado victims in Oklahoma, and the response was really wonderful.  Thank you all for your generosity.  God-willing we rarely have to do these types of second collections, but the response from the parish is always outstanding.

We are collecting many résumés for our pastoral team position, and starting to solicit for the liturgy and music position.  I will be asking parishioners to help with the interviewing process to make sure we get a broad spectrum of opinions and feedback.  We will keep searching until we find the right people for our pastoral team, and for our parish community.  That may require some patience on everyone’s part, which seems to be so easy for everyone but me!  Please keep the whole hiring process in your prayers.

As I write this bulletin column, the schoolchildren are outside for “field day”, running around, playing games, and listening to music.  I think I’m finally of the age where I want to lean my head out of the office window and yell “Turn down that music!”  Just another step toward saying exactly what my parents used to say!  Actually, it’s really great to hear all of the kids having such a great time, as it’s a reminder of the blessing our school is for us, and how much joy the school community brings.  Let us pray that we may all find some time for rest and relaxation this summer, never forgetting to put the Lord first in all things (especially on His day).

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From Fr. Neil Wack, CSC, Pastor

By |June 1st, 2013|

Today we celebrate the most precious gift we can receive, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, commonly called “Corpus Christi Sunday.”  The Eucharist is commonly called the “source and summit of our faith”, and so indeed it is.  All that we are comes from the Body of Christ, which is what we long to be in the world.  It is the Food we need for our journey of faith.  Today, as always, we give thanks to God for breaking His Body on the cross, so that we may be fed and sustained by Him.

Good news…We have a new receptionist!  There were many good candidates to choose from, so I am grateful to the members of the search committee, and to all those who interviewed with us.  Please stop by and welcome Deanna “Dee” Rogers.  She has been in the office this past week getting used to everything, and we are excited to have her on our team.  We also have hired Kelly Kielton, a housekeeper for the rectory offices and residence.  Kelly will be here a couple of times each week.

There will be more comings and goings this summer…we have started our search for a new pastoral team member, who will be responsible for youth ministry as well as parishioners who are homebound or in nursing homes.  That person will be a pastoral team member just like Megan Bazler, with primary ministries but also helping to foster our parish life in other wonderful and varied ways.  Father Jarrod Waugh is getting ready for his new assignment in the Holy Cross vocations office, so he will move to an “in residence” status here as he continues to be a priestly presence for […]

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