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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |March 29th, 2020|

It is strange to write this bulletin column knowing that almost no one will read it in print.  We’re about a week-and-a-half into our parish closure, and I think most of us would say that this is unlike anything we’ve experienced before.  For many of our parishioners who work in health care, they are working overtime at a breakneck pace.  For others, they are largely confined to their homes.  Either way, I doubt there are any of us who haven’t been seriously affected; every one of us certainly has an extra cross to carry this Lent.

And yet, even with all of the distress that the Cross carries, I’ve been in a privileged position to see this ordeal bring out a lot of good in us.  So many people have let me know how painful it is to be deprived of the Mass, and as painful as that is, it’s also been inspiring to see the deep love that so many of you have for the Mass and the Eucharist.  It’s a powerful reminder to me that when I’m praying my Mass in private each day, that I’m praying it with and for each of you who can’t join me in person.

I’ve also witnessed an awful lot of good in different exchanges I’ve had with parishioners who have dealt with this crisis in some powerful ways.  We have parishioners who have set routines of daily prayer with their spouse or family, far beyond what they’d ever done before.  We have parishioners who are reaching out to others who might be alone or anxious.  We have parishioners who’ve searched for creative ways to help other people, even with the restrictions we have on our movement.  We have […]

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Good Morning from Christ the King

By |March 23rd, 2020|

Greetings, Christ the King parishioners!  We hope you all are doing well as you adjust to this new routine.  Know that we miss you and pray for you daily.

Updates:  

Be careful!  There are “bad actors” (as our tech company likes to call them) out there who are using this crisis to send out spoof emails, hoping that you’ll be less watchful about clicking on harmful links.  Please be sure you trust the sender before clicking on any hyperlinks or attachments.  Any email from Christ the King will come from an address ending in christthekingonline.org.  If an email seems suspicious, email one of the clergy and we can tell you if it’s legitimate.
By popular demand, today we’ll start following our noon Angelus with Mass instead of just a Gospel reflection!

Parish Novena:  Our parish-wide novena continues!  Go to https://www.praymorenovenas.com/pandemic-novena and scroll down to Day 3.
Curious as to how other parish families are dealing with the shutdown?  Check out this message from the Gaspers:  https://youtu.be/MRC6jk9K-tw
Prayer Resource for the Day:  Our diocese’s Office of Family Life is keeping an updated posting of “quarantine resources” for families’ spiritual and practical wellbeing;  https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Cancelled-Events—Quarantine-Resources–.html?soid=1118124188939&aid=kGPpAYAybgQ
Prayer Intention for the Day:  For our parishioners who are homebound or who live in assisted living or nursing homes.
Suggested Act of Kindness for the Day:  Thank someone for something you might have otherwise overlooked.

Have you missed previous videos or reflections?  Go to the Christ the King Youtube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkqv918ak5sglBo-JlVUbBQ (or search for “Christ the King Parish – South Bend” on Youtube)

Let’s keep praying for one another until we can be together again.

Sincerely in Christ our King,
The Pastoral Team at Christ the King Parish

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Good Morning from Christ the King (March 21)

By |March 21st, 2020|

Greetings, Christ the King families!  We hope you all are doing well as you adjust to this new routine.  Know that we miss you and pray for you daily.

Updates:  

Don’t forget that we will send out a video of this Sunday’s Mass on Sunday at 9am so that you can pray with us at home.
Please be aware that Martin’s and other grocers are offering reserved shopping hours for senior citizens:  https://www.wndu.com/content/news/Martins-dedicates-certain-morning-hours-to-seniors-568909261.html
Do you know a family or individual with needs that parishioners could meet?  Email Fr. Steve, Fr. Mike or Deacon Gil, and we’ll do our best to arrange help for them.

Parish Novena:  Our parish-wide novena continues!  Go to https://www.praymorenovenas.com/pandemic-novena and scroll down to Day 2.
Dealing with anxiety?  Here’s a short video from our School Counselor, Nicole Taulbee, with some suggestions: https://youtu.be/fDWV49qGdVk
Prayer Resource for the Day:  You can find the readings for daily Mass at usccb.org, or by emailing a request to dailyreadings@usccb.org. 
Prayer Intention for the Day:  Medical workers and others who are working long hours to try and keep the public safe.
Suggested Act of Kindness for the Day:  Use this time to forgive one person or let go of one grudge you’ve been holding onto.

Sincerely in Christ our King,
The Pastoral Team at Christ the King Parish

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Good Morning from Christ the King

By |March 21st, 2020|

Click here to receive today’s Angelus and Scripture reflection: https://youtu.be/D79b6rvOHjw
Today, Deacon Gil offers a meditation on the parable of the two men praying in the Temple. Let us always remember to be humble and contrite when we lift up our prayers to God.
Remember to join us on our YouTube channel every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM to celebrate Sunday Mass together!

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Angelus and Gospel Reflection (March 20)

By |March 20th, 2020|

In today’s Angelus and Gospel reflection, Fr. Mike speaks about the importance of encouraging our fellow Catholics in the practice of our faith, especially in the way Christ encourages the scribe who is seeking holiness in today’s Gospel (Mark 12:28-34). Let us always seek to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength!

Please remember to share our new YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkqv918ak5sglBo-JlVUbBQ) with friends and family; we will continually be posting Sunday Masses, daily reflections, prayer resources, and more throughout the upcoming weeks and months!  

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Daily Angelus/Reflection from Christ the King (March 19th)

By |March 19th, 2020|

On this Solemnity of Saint Joseph, we are happy to announce that every day at noon, our parish clergy will be praying the Angelus with us and then offering a brief reflection on the Scriptures of the day!
Click here to view today’s video by Fr. Steve on the brand-new CTK YouTube channel.

Although we cannot physically gather together, our community is still united by Christ in our faith and love of God!

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |March 18th, 2020|

It goes without saying that everyone is facing an awful lot of challenges in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  Many people have had many different reactions, but it seems like “unprecedented” is a word that keeps coming up in conversation.  Old or young, we’ve never been through anything like this, and that is very unsettling.

Whenever anything is that jarring, there’s a spiritual dimension to it.  Yes, we’re wondering how we will keep our loved ones healthy, and how we’ll manage a whole host of logistical issues.  But we also wonder how we can persevere through this without losing hope.  Perhaps we’re even wondering how we can be a source of hope and strength to others.

From that perspective, perhaps it’s providential that this is all happening during Lent.  Without over-spiritualizing this crisis or making light of the suffering many are going through, perhaps one way to persevere lies in our traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  So let me offer this for your reflection:

¨ Prayer:  There are a whole lot of opportunities for prayer that none of us anticipated a month or two ago.  If you find yourself with a little extra time on your hands, perhaps you can use some of that for prayer.  If your family is spending more time together in closer quarters than usual, then perhaps you can pray a family rosary, or go to the Bishops’ web site (usccb.org) to pray together with the readings for Sunday Mass.  There’s no shortage of intentions to pray for.  Pray for those who are sick and those who have lost a loved one.  Pray for world leaders to make good decisions, and for health care workers who are putting in long hours.  Pray […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |March 14th, 2020|

Deacon Gil is away this weekend on his pre-ordination retreat, and that gives me the perfect opportunity to make a plug for his upcoming ordination to the priesthood!  All of you are invited to attend:

Deacon Gil’s Ordination to the Priesthood on Saturday April 18, 2020 at 2:00pm at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the Notre Dame campus (with a reception to follow in the Main Building)
Fr. Gil’s first Mass, celebrated right here at Christ the King on Sunday April 19, 2020 at 12:15pm (with a reception to follow in the church basement)

If you’ve never been to an ordination Mass before, it’s a pretty incredible liturgy, as Bishop Rhoades will use the ancient symbol of the laying on of hands to ordain Deacon Gil and his three classmates.  I won’t give away too many of the details here, but if you talk to any parishioners who have witnessed an ordination Mass, I’m positive they will tell you it’s a very moving experience.

I know that we all feel very blessed by Deacon Gil’s presence.  I also know he feels blessed to be at Christ the King.  We have seen a steady stream of deacons at Christ the King over the years (including myself), and that’s a real testament to all of you.  Simply put, it means that the superiors in Holy Cross recognize that this is a great parish for someone to learn how to be a priest, and that is largely due to our parishioners.  Never underestimate your role in forming new priests into good and holy priests; you certainly did that for me!

I hope you’re able to join us for these beautiful Masses, so mark your calendars!

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |February 28th, 2020|

Over the past few weeks, I hope you’ve seen the announcement in the bulletin about the scheduled power outage that will take place this week.    Just to make sure everyone knows:

THE CHURCH AND THE RECTORY WILL BE WITHOUT POWER THIS WEEK (MONDAY, MARCH 2ND THROUGH FRIDAY MARCH 6TH).

(Sorry for the all-caps announcement, but I need to make sure everyone sees it!)   This power outage is a planned part of our construction schedule, and we’ve had enough notice to be able to prepare well ahead of time.  Here are some things you’ll need to know:

¨ We will still have Mass at 8:30am and 5:30pm throughout the week.  However, our Masses will be candlelit and unheated, so we encourage our weekday Mass-goers to go to another parish for Mass this week.

¨ 6:00pm Confessions will be canceled on Wednesday March 4th.

¨ Eucharistic Adoration will be canceled on Friday March 6th.

¨ No Stations of the Cross on March 6th.

¨ The Parish Office will be closed all week.

¨ There will be no SCRIP sales this week.

¨ We will not schedule anyone for the Casserole Program or Pack-a-Lunch Ministry for this week.

¨ Calls to the Parish Office will be redirected to the school.  However, you won’t be able to leave a voice mail for any Pastoral Team members that week.  We encourage you to use email instead.

¨ For any medical emergencies requiring the immediate attention of a priest, a priest may be reached any time, day or night, by calling the sacramental emergency line directly:  (574) 273-6709

¨ To see how individual meetings and ministries might be affected during that week, please contact the head of that ministry.

¨ The school will still have power and will only be minimally affected.  A separate communication has gone out to school families via the weekly school […]

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Lent is Upon Us

By |February 20th, 2020|

The season of Lent is upon us once again.  This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of our 40(ish) days of preparation for Easter.  It’s a time where we’re called to up our game, committing to additional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, so that our souls are as fully prepared as possible to rejoice in the Resurrection of Our Lord.

As always, Christ the King will offer many different ways to help you out with your prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Here are some things you might consider adding to your Lenten schedule:

Weekday Masses: Extra weekday Masses will be offered at 5:30pm Monday through Friday throughout Lent
Confession: In addition to our regular Saturday 9am confessions, confessions will be available:

Every Wednesday at 6pm
On Tuesday March 10th from 6pm to 8pm as part of the “The Light Is On for You” campaign
At the Parish Penance Service on Tuesday March 31st at 7pm
During the Tuesday of Holy Week (April 7th) at 7pm and Wednesday of Holy Week (April 8th) at 6pm

Stations of the Cross will be celebrated every Friday during Lent at noon and 7pm
Our annual Fish Fry will take place on Friday March 13th from 4:30pm to 7pm, benefiting our sister parish in Bangladesh
A special Lenten Bible Study will be offered this year on Tuesday evening beginning March 3rd at 7pm.
A Taize Prayer Service, which is a beautiful evening of meditative sung prayer, will be offered on Sunday April 5th at 7pm.
Prayer Materials are available in the vestibule for you to take home for personal use

I also encourage you to talk to each other.  Ask people whose faith you admire how they celebrate this season; I know that other […]

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