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.

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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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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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Confirmation

By |September 5th, 2013|

When we welcome the Holy Spirit into our hearts and allow him to act, Christ makes himself present in us and takes shape in our lives; through us, it will be he — Christ himself — who prays, forgives, gives hope and consolation, serves the brethren, draws close to the needy and to the least, creates community and sows peace. Think how important this is: by means of the Holy Spirit, Christ himself comes to do all this among us and for us. That is why it is important that children and young people receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. -Pope Francis, Wednesday Audience 1/29/2014

Confirmation preparation at Christ the King Parish begins during the students 7th grade year and continues into the fall of their 8th grade year. Once completing the necessary preparation, Confirmandi  receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the fall of their 8th grade year. Preparation includes catechesis in the classroom, service, a retreat, guidance and formation from the Candidate’s Sponsor, and special events designed to help our students prepare to receive the graces of the Sacrament.  Questions regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation can be addressed by calling Teresa Oross at 272-3113 ext 312.
Confirmation will be celebrated on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

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Interested In Becoming Catholic?

By |September 3rd, 2013|

Or do you know someone who is?  Now is the perfect time to join us for our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) process.  All are welcome to join us on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm in the Computer Room as together, with the RCIA Team and led by Fr. Neil, we explore the beauty and mystery of our Catholic Faith.

The first meeting is Tuesday, September 3rd.  If you are interested in joining (even after this date) please contact Fr. Neil. 

 

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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 (aulbrich@christthekingonline.org ) with any kind of concern, and know that you are all in my prayers.

 

Peace,

Abigail Ulbrich

 

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