“When will things get back to normal?” That’s been a frequent question ever since the COVID pandemic shut down so many things in March of 2020. In 2021, we’ve thankfully seen many things return to normal here at Christ the King: people have come back to Mass, some activities have resumed and people are reconnecting with fellow parishioners they didn’t see for a long time. There are still some things about parish life that aren’t quite all the way back to normal yet, though. But don’t worry, we’re getting there, and here are a couple of updates in that regard:
Parish Ministries: Many parish ministries still aren’t quite up and running the way they were pre-COVID, but we are excited to be able to reintroduce them soon! As part of the Parish Kickoff that we’ll have on August 21st, we’ll have a Ministry Fair that will reintroduce all sorts of ministries back to our parish. All sorts of ministries will be represented: liturgical ministries, service ministries, social ministries, formation/catechesis ministries, and many more. In order to restart these ministries, we need people! So whether you’re thinking of resuming a ministry in which you were previously involved, or trying something new, I encourage you to go to the Ministry Fair and fill out a Time & Talent Form. (We’ll give Time & Talent instructions on the weekend of the Ministry Fair.) We want things to get back to normal, and we need you to help us get there!
Sacristy: Of course, one of the things that has been out of the ordinary has been the sacristy renovation. We’ve been using the Cry Room as a sacristy ever since the sacristy fire back in February. Right now we’re just waiting on materials, the same type of supply chain issues that all building projects are facing these days. But the new cabinetry for the sacristy is supposed to arrive at the beginning of August, and I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to install the cabinets and move in shortly thereafter. (I’ll give you a more exact date when I have one.) Just know that we’re getting closer, step by step, to that aspect of Mass being back to normal, as well.
Hopefully this answers some of your questions about what lies ahead for us here at Christ the King. And hopefully you’re just as excited as I am about the Ministry Fair and the resumption of parish ministries. After the long, dark winter days of COVID, I’m convinced that there can be a great springtime for the Church, including our parish. I can’t wait to see what the Holy Spirit has in store for us as we emerge from this pandemic with our faith stronger than ever!