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As always, there’s a lot going on at the parish these days.  School has begun, and this weekend we celebrate Brewfest and the Parish Picnic.  It’s a great time of year and makes me feel grateful to be a part of such a vibrant parish.

This year we also have a few extra things happening on the personnel front.  First of all, two of our Pastoral Team members – Jessica Bush and Megan Urbaniak – will both be on maternity leave early in 2018.  It will certainly be an adjustment to have two team members gone at the same time (especially during Lent), so don’t be surprised if we make a few adjustments to our usual Lenten timelines in order to make sure we handle things as smoothly as possible during their leaves.  Most importantly, keep Jessica & Connor and Megan & Mike and their babies in your prayers over these next several months.

Also this year, we are happy to welcome an intern from Notre Dame’s Sacred Music Program.  Ryan Peteraf will be joining us for this school year to assist Jessica with music and liturgy.  Ryan is a student from Philadelphia whose concentration is in Conducting and who also sings and plays piano and organ, so we’re excited to have him with us.  He’ll assist with the school choir and with weekend Masses, as well as other assorted parish functions.  He will join us on the last weekend of August and will remain with us through May, so please join me in welcoming him to our community.

Finally, we are also blessed with the addition of a permanent deacon to our community.  Deacon Joe Dietz is from the Archdiocese of Cleveland but moved to South Bend after he retired last year.  You’ve probably seen him around Christ the King already, but Deacon Joe will start assuming some more formal responsibilities around the parish.  Beginning soon, he will start to be active in Eucharistic ministry to the homebound, RCIA and marriage enrichment. He’ll also start assisting at Masses beginning the weekend of August 26 and 27th.


We are very grateful to Jessica, Megan, Ryan, Deacon Joe and all members of the Pastoral Team for all of the time and work that they put into building our parish community.  Please keep them in your prayers during the exciting transitions ahead!