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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.

 

SIGN UP TWO CONVENIENT WAYS

1)     Schedule an appointment online at www.christthekingonline.org 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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Congratulations to our Education for Ministry Graduates 2013

By |May 24th, 2013|

Congratulations to Christine Kelley, Laurie Kirkman, Martha Suter and Theresa Weishaar, who graduated on May 22nd  from the Diocesan Education for Ministry two year course.   Education for Ministry is a two-year program offering a rich foundation in the study of Catholic Theology.  This program is intended for those participating in various  ministries in the diocese, such as  Catholic School teachers, parish catechists, Directors of Religious Education, Coordinators of Religious Education, Youth Ministers and RCIA Team Members, as well as home-schooling parents. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive Diocesan Certification in Catechetical Leadership.

 

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From Fr. Father Neil Wack, CSC

By |May 18th, 2013|

Come Holy Spirit!  This is a simple prayer, and yet it is one that we would do well to repeat often.  Throughout our day there are so many opportunities where we can make the right choice, say the right thing, or turn toward God.  When we invite God the Holy Spirit in, we have the ability to do those good things.  When we go it alone, however, well, we know left to our own devices we don’t stand a chance.  On this Pentecost Sunday we give thanks for the Holy Spirit, who gives us the gifts we need to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, and in closer relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Thank you to all who made our first annual (?) dinner/auction fundraiser such a success!  This event was started to take pressure off of HASA and the Athletic Association, who have done a great job in the past doing most of the work for the school’s fundraising efforts.  It was a very pleasant evening downtown, and we had many people there who don’t have children in our school, but who value our mission.  Our goal has always been to ensure that families who are active in the school can stay in the school, even if there are financial hardships due to the economy, or sickness, or a tragedy in the family.  Your generosity of time, talent, and treasure helps to make our mission possible, helping our children know, love and serve God.  My thanks to all of the committee members who did such a great job organizing this event and doing much of the heavy lifting, especially the week before the fundraiser.  I’m still trying to crunch the numbers, but it’s safe to […]

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From Fr. Jarrod Waugh, CSC

By |May 11th, 2013|

It is beautifully fitting that we as a country celebrate Mother’s Day in the month of May, which is dedicated in a special way to Mary, our Mother. Last week I was privileged to be present for our school’s May Crowning prayer service, in which the statue of Our Lady is crowned with a garland of flowers as a sign of love and devotion from us, her children on earth.

Mothers are, of course, such a precious gift for us, and in their best moments can be icons for us of the way that God loves us. A mother’s love is a reflection of God’s own love for each of us, and the sacrifices great and small, that they make for us help us to learn how to love selflessly.

The Church, too, is often called our Mother, and is usually referred to with feminine pronouns. All of us, who through Baptism were incorporated into the Body of Christ, are also members of the Church who is the Bride of Christ. The Church has been forever united to Jesus, washed in his Blood, and called to join him forever at the Wedding Feast of his Father in Heaven.

We should be so grateful, then, for the abundant blessings of motherhood that God has freely chosen to share with us. First, thanks to those of you who are our earthly mothers or who have been like mothers, for your nurturing and sacrificing for our lives and well-being.  Secondly, we are grateful to Mother Church, who is our home, our family, and the place where we are nourished with the Sacraments, most especially with the Eucharist. And finally, we should show our great love and gratitude to the Blessed Virgin […]

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