From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |January 19th, 2019|

Today we’re very blessed to celebrate the feast day of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of Holy Cross.  (A “Blessed” is someone who is one step away from being declared a saint.)  It’s not often that his feast falls on a Sunday, so this year we get to share it with the whole parish.

Basil Moreau was born in France in 1799 and was ordained shortly after the French Revolution.  It was a turbulent time for the country, especially the Catholic Church.  The Church had been suppressed during the Revolution, and a large number of the clergy had been exiled or killed.  This also had serious impacts on education in general, as the Church had run a large number of schools, especially in rural areas.  As Fr. Moreau began his priesthood, he faced a generation who had been deprived of proper education and who had very little education in the faith.

Fr. Moreau responded to this situation by forming a group of “auxiliary priests”, who traveled around the countryside giving parish missions to re-evangelize the people.  Soon he was asked to take charge of a newly-formed group of teaching brothers who were being sent to re-found parish schools, and in 1838 he combined the priests and brothers into the Congregation of Holy Cross.  Holy Cross is the religious community to which Fr. Michael, Fr. Mike and I belong; and the religious community that has staffed Christ the King ever since we were founded in 1933.

I think that Fr. Moreau is an especially inspiring figure for us because the world in which he lived looked a lot like ours in many ways.  He lived in a country that had been very religious at one time, but which had become very secular.  He lived in a culture that had […]

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From Fr. Steve

By |November 4th, 2016|

This Friday we have the second installment of our marriage enrichment series.  The first installment was very well-received, and I’m grateful to Teresa Oross (CTK Director of Sacramental Preparation) and Vincent Nguyen (Holy Cross seminarian) for all the work they’ve put into making this program happen.  Our lives are so busy that I’m glad we’ve been able to create a space for couples to have an evening away to focus on each other and on God’s role in their marriage.  I hope that many of you are able to take advantage of this program.

 

We all know that families are under a lot of pressure in our culture and face a lot of different challenges.  As a “family of families”, it’s so important for us to keep looking for ways to help strengthen families in our parish and beyond.  Marriage enrichment is certainly one important way of doing that.  We also need to make sure that we’re creating a hospitable environment for our parishioners who are divorced, so that the Church can facilitate their healing and renewal.  (This includes those who have divorced and remarried outside the Church, who also need to know that the parish is still their home and we are still their family.)  Additionally, we need to make sure we are welcoming those who are single so that they, too, feel at home here.

 

These groups are all certainly on the radar of our Pastoral Team, but this requires more than just parish programs.  Each of us can do our part to build each other up.  It can be as easy as an understanding smile to a young parent struggling with a fussy child; a friendly greeting to someone who’s come to Mass alone; […]

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Please Click Here for Forms & Info on Back to School!

By |August 16th, 2013|

The back to school picture day/book sale is quickly approaching, Monday August 19th from 7:30 am -3pm.  Attached are the forms that are needed for the  book sale as well as a picture form if ordering online works best.

1.Back to school book sale form

2.Emergency Information

3.Media release form

4.Internet permission form(students will need to sign this)

5. HASA Volunteer form

6. Kings-Club-Enrollment-Forms-2013-2014(after sch0ol care)

7. Picture Day ORDER form

8.Athletic Form(only for grades 5-8)

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

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Women’s Care Center Diaper Drive Sept 29-Oct 8

By |September 25th, 2012|

The goal and mission of the is to help young women with crisis pregnancies look beyond the panic of the moment to choose life for their babies.  In addition to counseling, the centers offer tangible support to these women both during their pregnancies and after the birth of their child.   By participating in ongoing goal counseling, prenatal care and education, and parenting classes, young mothers are able to earn much needed items for themselves and their babies and to learn important parenting skills to help raise their child in a safe and loving environment.

Each parenting class attended earns a mother and father 10 much needed diapers and a coupon to use in the Women’s Care Center Crib Club towards crucial childcare items such as formula.

Last year, 19 Women’s Care Centers served over 18,000 women, helping and counseling over 305 women per day. Hundreds of thousands of diapers were distributed last year to women and children, some of whom depended on the centers to get through what would have otherwise been a day without diapers. South Bend/Mishawaka offices served 4,569 women in 2011, with an average of 85 visits each day, and there were 8,962 parenting class attendees.  The Women’s Care Center served 45% of the pregnant women in St. Joe County.

Please consider donating diapers (any size but size 5 is especially needed), baby wipes, feeding supplies (bottles and nipples, bottle brushes, sippy cups, baby bowls and spoons, and breastfeeding supplies and new clothing to put in the Crib Club.   Donation boxes are located in the vestibule of the church September 29-through October 8th. The Women’s Care Center relies largely upon its volunteers and donors, and always welcomes the support of Christ the King and its parishioners.

The Women’s Care […]

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Official Social Studies Website Link

By |August 30th, 2012|

Please follow this link for all homework, project and news post updates for ALL Middle School Social Studies Posts

https://sites.google.com/site/mrkirschctk/Home

(Note: it is the same link as previous years if you have it saved elsewhere)

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