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From Fr. Gilbrian Stoy, csc

By |March 13th, 2021|

Dear Christ the King,

 

While spring often signals the joy and hope of warm weather and sunny days, in the Congregation of Holy Cross it often signals new assignments and next steps.

 

I write to you to let you know that our Provincial Administration has announced that I will be reassigned beginning this coming summer. Over the course of this past year I have been preparing and submitting applications to doctoral programs in moral theology, and I will begin my studies this coming fall.

 

My time at Christ the King has been a delight. This parish is such a wonderful and faithful community, and I have been blessed to get to know so many good and holy people and families during my time here. It has been an honor to serve you as your priest.

 

I shared with the students at the school how my engraved in my chalice is both the original date of my ordination and the revised date, because that experience has become a part of my story as a priest. I am honored to say that Christ the King isn’t just a part of my story, but also a highlight.

 

I am grateful that I still have a few more months with you all, and I am especially grateful to know that you will continue to have the wonderful guidance and pastoral care of Fr. Steve and Deacon (soon-to-be Fr.) Geoff. Our Provincial has renewed Fr. Steve’s assignment as Pastor at Christ the King for another three years, and Deacon Geoff will continue to serve here at Christ the King as well. So, I know you will continue to be in loving and dedicated hands!

 

Thank you for the wonderful kindness you have shown me and please […]

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From Fr. Mike Palmer, CSC

By |October 24th, 2020|

 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

In July 2016, I arrived at Christ the King straight out of the seminary, wide-eyed and eager to go work in the vineyard. A few months later, as a brand-new deacon, I administered my very first Sacrament by baptizing three young siblings at CTK – talk about a “welcome to Holy Orders” moment! This triple Baptism foreshadowed a common theme during my time here: at every turn, God has surprised me by pouring out more blessings than I could’ve possibly hoped for. And during these past four years, I quickly grew to love the new family that God and Holy Cross sent me to serve – namely, all of you.

When pouring out the waters of Baptism and the sweet anointing of Confirmation, I have seen the Holy Spirit rush upon the very souls of our sons and daughters. In Reconciliation, I have seen Christ’s tender mercy heal impossible wounds and restore light to those in darkness. I have witnessed the radiance of Christ in the beaming eyes of First Communicants and on the joyful faces of a husband and wife being united in Holy Matrimony. And even on the very threshold of death, I have witnessed the triumph of Christ’s eternal hope that conquers all grief and sorrow. Praise God for His everlasting goodness!

I am incredibly grateful for so many people here at CTK. First and foremost, thank you to my brothers in Holy Cross: Fr. Steve, Fr. Michael, Fr. Gil, and Deacon Geoff. Your fraternal love and unwavering support have meant the world to me, especially as I learned how to live out my vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the parish. I could not ask for […]

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Reflection from Deacon Gil Stoy, CSC

By |May 12th, 2020|

One of my responsibilities at Christ the King that gives me great joy is preparing families to celebrate the sacrament of Baptism. It is a privilege to walk with couples during this momentous time in their life and it gives us a chance to unpack the beauty of what baptism does for us. During the baptism session I like to introduce couples to an American Painter called George Tooker. Throughout his life Tooker painted scenes that reflected how often people look like they are together but actually are alone. Whether it be in a bustling subway station or at the BMV, people might happen to be in the same area, but each individual could feel lonely and isolated. One of his most striking paintings is simply called “Landscape with figures” and it shows an entire canvas filled with what looks like and infinite number of office cubicles. Each cubicle has a lone occupant, and each is walled off from each other.

 

We talk use this image to help us reflect on what we mean when we say original sin. Because it is easy to think of original sin as something Adam and Eve did that was so bad, and made God so mad, that somehow he still holds us responsible for what they did.

 

Hopefully it is clear that that would be a very dangerous and cruel notion of who God is. Instead, we talk about how original sin means a breakdown of relationships. Our relationship to God, to each other, to ourselves, and to creation has been distorted because of Adam and Eve’s fall. In some deep way, we are cut off from each other. Communication is harder that it seems like it should be. We […]

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End of Year Tax Statement Request Form

By |December 19th, 2017|

If you would like to request an End of the Year Tax Statement for 2017, please complete this form and return to the parish office via the offertory collection, email or mail it to the parish office, attention Linda Fitzpatrick.

Please note that all school parents will receive their end of year statement through the school communication folder.

End of Year Statement Request form 2017

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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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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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Lord teach us how to pray

By |July 27th, 2013|

“Lord teach us to pray…”

As a young girl I remember sitting with my parents at the end of each day and learning to pray.  My parents gently showed me how to fold my hands, how to say the “Hail Mary”, and how to ask God to care for my family and friends.  As I grew, so did my catechesis.  I was taught to really engage the Liturgy, to listen to the gentle voice of God, to fall in love with the God who loves me so dearly.  Today I am reminded of these experiences as Jesus’ disciples turn to him with the request, “Lord, teach us to pray.”  I am encouraged as Jesus not only gives us the words to speak, but also teaches us that God, who is our loving father, will always hear our prayers.  As we hear in our first reading from Genesis, prayer is a powerful thing.  As Abraham advocates for others, we experience the power of thoughtful and intimate prayer. Abraham draws near to the Lord throughout this encounter. Like Abraham we are invited to do the same, to experience an intimate encounter with God who is both perfect power and perfect mercy.

This week, the parish pastoral team and staff had the opportunity to retreat, to draw close to God, as we spent time in discernment and prayer. We discerned how God is calling us to be radical disciples of the Gospel while praying for our parish family and ministries.  This was a truly blessed time, and we are so grateful for your prayers and support.  As our community moves forward with new opportunities and transitions, may we all continue to hold our parish family in prayer, remembering Christ’s promise […]

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From Erika Linsdell

By |June 26th, 2013|

Dear Parishioners,

When we first came to Christ the King 5 years ago, we came to an unknown area with no friends or family, an unknown parish, and led by faith that we were doing what was right.  Very quickly we learned about the long history behind the parish, the brotherhood of the Holy Cross Order, the friendship of the Christ the King family, and the warmth of the Midwest.  In my 5 years as your Director of Liturgy and Music, it has been an honor to be a part of this wonderful community that has welcomed us with open arms, and become our fiends and family. You have made it a joy to come to work every day!  I am extremely grateful to Fr. Neil and the wonderful priests for their guidance and support in my ministry.  To all the liturgical ministers for their dedication and professional manner in their duties; especially for finding their own subs when needed!  To all our gifted cantors who take enough pride in their ministry to meet at all hours of the day just to go over a hymn or psalm.  And to the best choir who continues to give of themselves, both young and old, no matter what is asked of them.  I want to especially thank you, the assembly at Christ the King, for your active participation in the liturgies and the music.  You cannot imagine the joy of hearing your voices lift up to the loft!

As we move on to New York and my family there, I will take a part of Christ the King with me, and believe I will have left a part of me here with you.  May you always have a song […]

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From Megan Bazler, Director of Adult Faith Formation

By |June 22nd, 2013|

My Soul is Thirsting…

This weekend we pray with the beautiful words of Psalm 63, as we repeat, “My soul is thirsting for you, O God.”  In this short phrase we are invited to consider one of the most basic and human experiences, thirst.  While the Liturgical year isn’t structured around weather, I can’t help but think, what an appropriate image as we begin our summer months.  Months throughout which we will feel the desire to beat the heat with a cool, thirst quenching drink.  I remember as a child the feeling of that first sip of water after a long outdoor game in the summer sun.  I remember my father coming in, hot and sticky from mowing the grass, letting out a sigh of content as he finished his tall glass of ice water.  For a moment our desire is met.  We no longer thirst, and our body is renewed.   However, we all know that this contentment is limited.  We will thirst again.  Christ reminds us that he is the life giving water.  As he talks with a Samaritan Woman at the well, we overhear his explanation that those who drink of his water will never thirst again (John 4).  This is the thirst that our psalmist describes today.  It is a thirst for God, a thirst for true and everlasting love.  It is a thirst that we all share in the very depths of our identity.  However, it is not a thirst that we feel alone, for just as we thirst for a relationship with God, God thirsts for a relationship with us.

We are made to quench our thirst, and we do this in many ways.  One way is through prayer.  The Catechism describes […]

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Congratulations to our Education for Ministry Graduates 2013

By |May 24th, 2013|

Congratulations to Christine Kelley, Laurie Kirkman, Martha Suter and Theresa Weishaar, who graduated on May 22nd  from the Diocesan Education for Ministry two year course.   Education for Ministry is a two-year program offering a rich foundation in the study of Catholic Theology.  This program is intended for those participating in various  ministries in the diocese, such as  Catholic School teachers, parish catechists, Directors of Religious Education, Coordinators of Religious Education, Youth Ministers and RCIA Team Members, as well as home-schooling parents. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive Diocesan Certification in Catechetical Leadership.

 

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