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Church Crisis

By |May 25th, 2019|

In a previous bulletin column, I mentioned that Pope Francis had gathered bishops from all over the world in February for a conference on the sexual abuse crisis.  This month, Pope Francis has followed this up with the first Church-wide law requiring the reporting of clergy sexual abuse.  This includes accountability for bishops who commit or cover up abuse.  The law was issued in a document (a “motu proprio”) entitled You Are the Light of the World, which goes into effect on June 1st.  The full text of the letter can be found here.

The Pope has given all bishops’ conferences a year to create the offices and procedures necessary to enforce this law.  In the United States, this task will be taken up by the U.S. bishops’ at their next meeting in June.  I think that the response of the U.S. bishops to Pope Francis’ letter is particularly helpful, so I’m including part of it below.  The full text can be found here.

“… Pope Francis ordered a worldwide response to the evil of sexual abuse. It calls for the establishment of easily accessible reporting systems, clear standards for the pastoral support of victims and their families, timeliness and thoroughness of investigations, whistleblower protection for those making allegations, and active involvement of the laity. It also leaves latitude for national bishops’ conferences, such as the USCCB, to specify still more to account for their local circumstances. We receive … You Are the Light of the World as a blessing that will empower the Church everywhere to bring predators to justice, no matter what rank they hold in the Church. It also permits the Church the time and opportunity to bring spiritual healing …
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Good Shepherd Sunday

By |May 11th, 2019|

Today, the 4th Sunday of Easter, is typically referred to as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” When we hear the Gospel in which Jesus describes Himself as the “Good Shepherd” who lays down His life for His sheep, the Church also asks us to remember the vocation of priesthood, which Jesus left to the Church so that His sheep would never be without a shepherd.

It may seem a little self-serving for me to write a bulletin column about the vocation of the priesthood, but it’s also a little sobering in this day and age, when over the past year the sins of priests have been particularly on display.  These sins have caused deep wounds not only to those directly victimized, but also to all the faithful.  They’ve also caused some to even question the priesthood itself, wondering if perhaps the priesthood is somehow fundamentally broken.

In talking about the priesthood on this Good Shepherd Sunday, a few things come to mind.  First of all, I can testify firsthand that being a priest is an incredible life.  It’s challenging, just like any vocation, but the blessings outweigh the challenges every single day.  As a parish priest, I’m so blessed to be able to preside at the sacraments and to be a part of my parishioners’ lives.  We priests get a window into the faith of our parishioners which strengthens our own faith in countless ways.  I wouldn’t trade being a priest for any other life, and I know that most of my brother priests feel exactly the same way.

I can also attest that there is a lot of reason to feel hopeful about the future of the priesthood.  As you’ve read about the horrible scandals reported in the news, […]

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Time and Talent

By |May 7th, 2019|

Fillable 2019 Time and Talent FormGreetings in Christ our King! Thank you for considering how God is calling you to be a good steward of your time and talent.

Stewardship is awareness that our resources of time, talent, and treasure are gifts from God. It is an essential part of our Christian mission, giving back to God the gifts that we have been given, through service and ministry to our community. Your time and talent helps keep our parish alive, healthy and thriving.

Please take a moment to download and read our 2019 Ministry Directory This Directory will briefly describe all the ministry opportunities available in our community while also highlighting those ministries that are new or that are in greatest need of new volunteers.  Once you have discerned the ways that God has called you to share your time and talent, please complete   2019 Time and Talent Form and return it by dropping it off at the rectory office or placing it in the offertory basket.  

If you have any questions, please contact the parish office (574)272-3113. 

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New Addition

By |May 4th, 2019|

Construction on our new addition will begin soon!  Our architect, contractor and Building Committee have been hard at work making all sorts of final design decisions, and we’re on schedule to begin construction on Monday, June 10th.  Here are some details that will help you prepare:

Shortly after construction begins, we will close down the drive behind the church and school for the duration of the project. Our contractor will put a chain link fence around that area, and this will serve as the staging area.
We will also lose a significant amount of our green space, both to the staging area and to site/drainage work. There will be some green space remaining on the north end of the lot, and the playground will remain open.  These two areas will not, however be connected for the entire length of the project.
Early in the construction (July-August 2019), some drainage work will be required in the parking lot in front of the school (i.e. the South Entrance to the church). Some of this lot will need to be closed for approximately a month, but it will be reopened in August before the start of the 2019-20 school year.
The Parish Picnic and Brewfest will also look a little different this year. We’re still having these events – and they will still be just as much fun! – but we’ll need to make a lot of logistical changes because of the construction.  We’ll give you information on these throughout the summer.
There will be some scheduled shutdowns in electricity, water and heating/cooling, but these shouldn’t have any affect on parish events.

Also, I want to make sure to let you know that our Official Groundbreaking Ceremony will take […]

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

By |April 29th, 2019|

You may be aware that our pre-K through second grade schoolchildren attend a program called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) weekly.  In the prepared environment of the Atrium (on the north side of the church basement), they hear and meditate upon Scripture, the Liturgy, and Salvation History in small (but rich!) portions, often guided by three-dimensional materials.  Trained volunteer catechists use a Montessori approach to help the children deepen their personal relationship with God, providing tangible resources with which the children can pray, study, and practice their Catholic faith now and for the remainder of their lives.

We’re very fortunate to have this program at Christ the King.  The age-appropriate, hands-on lessons really get the children involved, and the amount that they learn about the Mass is really astonishing.  The children often surprise me with some of the liturgical vocabulary they know, or with some of the observations they make about the Mass.  More than that, though, this program really helps them learn to love the liturgy by making it accessible and helping them to understand what’s happening in the Mass.  It’s a wonderful supplement to our school’s religion curriculum, and I know it’s a very rewarding ministry for all of the adults who assist.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is dependent upon having a healthy stream of volunteers to make this opportunity available to our children, and they are always in need of adults who are willing to serve as catechists.  Christ the King will host a Level I Formation Course on site beginning this July, led by Rachael Myers and Joanie Rymsza.  If you are interested in getting involved with CGS in any capacity, I encourage you to contact Joanie Rymsza at jfrymsza@christthekingonline.org or […]

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Happy Easter!

By |April 20th, 2019|

Happy Easter!  Know of my prayers for all of you – parishioners and visitors – on this most joyful and holy of days, as we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord!  I wish to leave you with the following reflection from Pope Francis (from his 2018 Easter address) as you go forth on this day.  When it comes to Easter messages, I don’t think I could say it any better!

Truly He is risen!

Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter!

 Jesus is risen from the dead!

 This message resounds in the Church the world over, along with the singing of the Alleluia: Jesus is Lord; the Father has raised him and he lives forever in our midst.

Jesus had foretold his death and resurrection using the image of the grain of wheat. He said: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (Jn 12:24). And this is precisely what happened: Jesus, the grain of wheat sowed by God in the furrows of the earth, died, killed by the sin of the world. He remained two days in the tomb; but his death contained God’s love in all its power, released and made manifest on the third day, the day we celebrate today: the Easter of Christ the Lord.

 We Christians believe and know that Christ’s resurrection is the true hope of the world, the hope that does not disappoint. It is the power of the grain of wheat, the power of that love which humbles itself and gives itself to the very end, and thus truly renews the world. This power continues to bear fruit today in the furrows of our history, marked by so many acts of injustice […]

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Holy Week

By |April 13th, 2019|

Holy Week is upon us!  This is the most important week of the liturgical year, so I hope that all of us have plans for how we’re going to take some extra time during this week to be with the Lord and to prepare our hearts for Easter.  In addition to anything you might do individually or as a family, there will be plenty of opportunities here at the parish to observe Holy Week:

The Chrism Mass will take place at St. Matthew’s Cathedral on Monday April 15th at 7:30pm.  This Mass features the blessing of the holy oils that will be used at each parish throughout the coming year.
Extra confession times will be offered on Tuesday April 16th at 7pm, Wednesday April 17th at 6pm, and Thursday April 18th at 9am.
 Our Lenten Reflection Series on the Sorrowful Mysteries will continue this Tuesday April 16th at 7pm in the Holy Cross Chapel.
Morning Prayer will be offered at the church at 8:30am on Thursday April 18th, Friday April 19th and Saturday April 20th.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will kick off the Sacred Triduum liturgies on Thursday April 18th at 7pm.  This Mass commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood, and it will include the Washing of the Feet.  Prayer will continue in front of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the evening, concluding with Night Prayer at 10pm.
Our Good Friday service will begin at 1pm on Friday April 19th, including the veneration of the cross.
 The Easter Vigil will begin at 9pm on Saturday April 20th.  This will include the Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist of our elect who’ve been preparing in the RCIA and RCIC programs.

I look […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |April 6th, 2019|

It’s been over a month since we’ve closed out our capital campaign, so I’ll take this opportunity to give you an update on how things are going, since our building project is moving ahead quickly.

Since the close of our campaign, our biggest priority has been to sign a general contractor to lead the construction effort.  After receiving competitive bids from three companies – and going through the necessary diocesan approval process – I’m happy to report that we have hired Majority Builders as our contractor.  Majority has a great deal of experience with this type of building project, including building on a church/school campus, and we’re really excited to work with them.

To address the questions that I think that most people have:

We fully expect to break ground this June, shortly after school lets out for the summer.
We expect the new facility to be ready for use at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. This is six months earlier than we thought would be possible when I originally presented our plans to you, so this is good news indeed!
Our contract stipulates that the guaranteed maximum cost of the project will be $5 million, just as we presented to you during the campaign.

Between now and groundbreaking this summer, there is much work to be done.  We are in the process of completing the design documents and making a host of decisions about the finer points of the new building.  We’re also making plans on how to handle the disruptions that construction will cause to processes such as school drop-off and pick-up, and to parish events like Brewfest and the Parish Picnic.  Some disruption is normal, but we want to make sure that the […]

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Welcome Desk

By |March 31st, 2019|

Over the past month, you’ve probably noticed the new Welcome Desk in the vestibule.  This desk is manned by volunteers after each Mass, and it’s intended to be an easy place for newcomers, visitors, or anyone else to be greeted by a parishioner or to ask questions about our parish.  We’re grateful that such a large number of parishioners have volunteered to be a part of this ministry.

This is part of a larger effort to focus on hospitality in our parish.  Hospitality is consistently identified as a key ingredient in evangelization; if people feel welcome, they are more likely to return to a parish and participate regularly.  If they feel unwelcome, they often won’t return.  Our Parish Survey from 2017 indicated that parishioners have had mixed experiences of feeling welcome at Christ the King, so our Pastoral Plan has several goals related to hospitality over the next five years.  Teresa Oross from our Pastoral Team has taken on this hospitality initiative, and the Welcome Desk is just the first in a series of initiatives that will take place to integrate newcomers more quickly into our parish community, as well as to strengthen the feeling of community among our existing parishioners.

But to be honest, the people who can do the most to make our parish welcoming are our parishioners!  The experience that visitors have when they come into contact with parishioners will have a big impact on their impression of Christ the King.  There are many ways that we can be friendly, and most of them are really simple.

Say “hello” to people when you see them in the vestibule or the parking lot.
Offer a word of comfort and understanding to a young parent with […]

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From Fr. Steve

By |March 23rd, 2019|

As many of you are aware, Pope Francis met with the heads of all of the local Bishops’ Conferences throughout the world last month to discuss the clergy sex abuse scandal, and the subsequent scandals with how many of these abuses were handled by bishops.  Since I know this issue is very much on people’s minds, I thought that a brief update was in order.

In his speech at the conclusion of this meeting (https://www.pbc2019.org/home), Pope Francis acknowledged that the abuse of children is a problem that exists in every part of the world and is much bigger than just the Catholic Church, but he also agreed that this abuse is particularly atrocious when committed by a representative of the Church.  He also acknowledged the failure of the Church to prevent abuse and to serve victims of abuse in their quest for healing and justice.  He said, “The Church has now become increasingly aware of the need not only to curb the gravest cases of abuse by disciplinary measures and civil and canonical processes, but also to decisively confront the phenomenon both inside and outside the Church. She feels called to combat this evil that strikes at the very heart of her mission, which is to preach the Gospel to the little ones and to protect them from ravenous wolves.”

In order to ensure that none of the participating bishops thought that this scandal does not apply to them, the meeting included testimonies from abuse victims from all over the world.  Many groups were disappointed that no concrete actions were taken at this meeting, but instead the bishops were charged with taking action at the local level.  The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal […]

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