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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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Parish Retreat

By |March 16th, 2019|

Well, our Parish Retreat is finally here!  Beginning tonight and continuing on Monday and Tuesday (at 7pm each evening), this retreat will be a great opportunity to gather and pray together as a community.  (The Tuesday evening session will conclude with a penance service, where plenty of priests will be available for confessions.)  We’re still pretty early in the season of Lent, so hopefully this is one way for all of us to get our Lenten observances started on the right foot so that this holy season doesn’t pass us by!

Our retreat will feature two terrific speakers who are well known to many of you (and, in fact, related to a good number of you, as well!)

Bishop Bill Wack is a proud 1981 graduate of Christ the King School.   Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1994, he has served in parishes in Colorado Springs, CO and Austin, TX.  He has also worked in the Holy Cross Vocation Office, and he spent six-and-a-half years serving as Director of André House, a House of Hospitality which serves the homeless and poor of Central Phoenix.   On May 29, 2017, His Holiness, Pope Francis, named Father Wack as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.  Bishop Wack was ordained and installed as bishop at the Pensacola Bay Center on August 22, 2017.
Rev. Neil Wack, C.S.C., is also a graduate of Christ the King School and a lifelong parishioner.  Fr. Neil currently serves as an Assistant Provincial for the United States Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross.  (That’s a long way of saying that he’s basically my boss.)  He served here at Christ the King for 10 years, including 8 as Pastor, and he was a […]

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By |March 2nd, 2019|

Lent is starting this week!  Easter comes a little late this year, so hopefully all of us have had time to get ourselves ready for Lent, which is typically a season in which Catholics “step up their game” with acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  I hope all of us have thought of concrete things that we can do to make this season a meaningful time of preparation for the joyous celebration of Easter.  Christ the King will offer many ways to help you in your preparation:

Extra weekday Masses will again be offered at 5:30pm Monday through Friday throughout the season of Lent.
Extra confession times will be offered each Wednesday at 6:00pm, plus some additional times during Holy Week.
Our Parish Mission will take place over three nights (Sunday through Tuesday, March 17th through March 19th). We will be led in prayer by Bishop Bill Wack and Fr. Neil Wack, and the Tuesday night session will conclude with a parish penance service.
Stations of the Cross will be offered every Friday during Lent at noon and at 7:00pm.
Taize Prayer, a beautiful sung prayer service, will take place the evening of Palm Sunday, April 14th.
Friday Night Soup Suppers will take place each Friday at 6:00pm, with a freewill offering benefitting our sister parish, Corpus Christi Parish in Jalchatra, Bangladesh.
Our Annual Fish Fry will take place on March 22nd, with profits also going to Corpus Christi Jalchatra.
Lenten Small Groups will again be formed, with different groups to accommodate different schedules.
Bible Study, offered on Tuesday evenings throughout Lent, is a great way to dive deeper into this season.
Lenten Prayer Materials are available in the vestibule to help you in your […]

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Parish Dinner/Auction

By |February 16th, 2019|

This week’s bulletin column will just be a quick plug for this year’s 4th Parish Dinner/Auction, which will take place this Friday evening.  It should be a really fun time, as well as an important fundraiser for the parish and school.

In the days before the auction, school families were asked to do a number of smaller fundraisers throughout the year.  (Many of you probably still have the wrapping paper in your closets!)  The decision was made to replace all of these smaller fundraisers with one larger one so that we could eliminate the need for constant fundraising (as well as the fatigue that goes with it).  The Dinner/Auction has been very successful, and it’s also proven to be a really fun community-building event.  Another side benefit has been that it’s helped us to avoid the temptation to turn other parish social events into fundraisers.  The success of the Dinner-Auction allows us to price tickets for other events (such as the Parish Picnic, Brewfest and Trivia Night) to break even, thus keeping them affordable.  There’s also a segment of the evening that raises money for direct tuition assistance, which is an important supplement to the state’s voucher program in ensuring that finances don’t prevent any student from the benefits of a Catholic education.

I’m really grateful to all of you who have purchased tickets, sponsorships or advertisements to support the auction.  I’m equally grateful for all of you who have volunteered your time and talent to put this event together.  An event like this takes a ton of work to put together, but so many people have given their time freely.  A special word of thanks goes to our Auction Chair and Co-Chair, Beth Elston and Catherine […]

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Parish Survey

By |January 18th, 2019|

As you recall, we put out a comprehensive Parish Survey back in October of 2017.  As we spent the next several months reporting back the results of that survey, many mentions were made of a strategic plan that was in the works for the parish.  I’m very pleased to announce that today that plan is available on the parish web site for all of you to review!

After we reviewed the feedback you offered in the survey, there were some actions we were able to take right away.  For instance, we began selecting more familiar hymns for Mass, we picked up the tempo, and we changed our process for purifying the vessels during Mass.  We knew that much of your feedback, however, would take longer to implement, so your survey responses became the biggest driver of our strategic plan.

This plan will guide the activities and priorities of our Pastoral Team from 2019 through 2024.  It contains concrete, year-by-year action plans for five key areas of our parish life:

¨ Worship & Liturgy, which is the heart of what we do as a Catholic parish.  This includes Sunday Mass, preaching, music and Art & Environment.

¨ Faith Formation, which seeks to assist all parishioners in deepening their relationship with Christ.  This includes sacramental preparation, Youth Ministry, adult education and other formation opportunities.

¨ Outreach & Evangelization, which puts our faith into action by seeking to serve the material and spiritual needs of those in our community.  This includes communications, community service (Christian Action), ministering to groups within the parish, ministering to non-parishioners and attracting new parishioners.

¨ Hospitality & Community, which aims to build community among parishioners while extending a warm welcome to new faces.  This includes social events, welcoming newcomers and hospitality at Sunday […]

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St. André Bessette

By |January 5th, 2019|

Today (January 6th) is usually the feast day of St. André Bessette, but since it falls on a Sunday this year, Brother André has been bumped this year!  But since he’s such an important figure in the Congregation of Holy Cross – the only canonized saint so far from our community – I thought I’d devote today’s bulletin column to him so that we still remember him on his feast day.
Brother André is a pretty amazing figure.  In many ways, he’s the last person you would ever think would become a saint, because in the eyes of the world there was absolutely nothing special about him.  Brother André was born in Quebec to a humble, working-class family.  His father was killed in a lumberjacking accident when Alfred (his birth name) was quite young, and his mother passed away a few years later.  Alfred went to live with an aunt and uncle.
He was a holy young man, but he struggled to make a living.  Between his lack of education (he was largely illiterate) and his physical frailty (he was baptized immediately upon birth because his family wasn’t sure he was going to survive, and he remained in fragile health for all of his 91 years), he bounced from job to job in factories and farms in Canada and New England.  When he finally asked to be admitted to the Brothers of Holy Cross in Montreal (his pastor sent them a note saying, “I am sending you a saint”), it presented a real conundrum to our community because he couldn’t do anything that our brothers did.  He wasn’t strong enough to perform manual labor, and he wasn’t educated enough to teach.  We came really close to turning […]

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Marriage Enrichment

By |November 4th, 2016|

This Friday we have the second installment of our marriage enrichment series.  The first installment was very well-received, and I’m grateful to Teresa Oross (CTK Director of Sacramental Preparation) and Vincent Nguyen (Holy Cross seminarian) for all the work they’ve put into making this program happen.  Our lives are so busy that I’m glad we’ve been able to create a space for couples to have an evening away to focus on each other and on God’s role in their marriage.  I hope that many of you are able to take advantage of this program.

We all know that families are under a lot of pressure in our culture and face a lot of different challenges.  As a “family of families”, it’s so important for us to keep looking for ways to help strengthen families in our parish and beyond.  Marriage enrichment is certainly one important way of doing that.  We also need to make sure that we’re creating a hospitable environment for our parishioners who are divorced, so that the Church can facilitate their healing and renewal.  (This includes those who have divorced and remarried outside the Church, who also need to know that the parish is still their home and we are still their family.)  Additionally, we need to make sure we are welcoming those who are single so that they, too, feel at home here.

These groups are all certainly on the radar of our Pastoral Team, but this requires more than just parish programs.  Each of us can do our part to build each other up.  It can be as easy as an understanding smile to a young parent struggling with a fussy child; a friendly greeting to someone who’s come to Mass alone; […]

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Interested In Becoming Catholic?

By |September 3rd, 2013|

Or do you know someone who is?  Now is the perfect time to join us for our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) process.  All are welcome to join us on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm in the Computer Room as together, with the RCIA Team and led by Fr. Neil, we explore the beauty and mystery of our Catholic Faith.

The first meeting is Tuesday, September 3rd.  If you are interested in joining (even after this date) please contact Fr. Neil. 


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NEW Parish Pictorial Directory

By |June 11th, 2013|

Dear Church Family,
We are excited to announce that we have requested the services of Lifetouch Church Directories to prepare our Pictorial Directory.  It will contain color portraits of all the families, some candid pictures of our activities and updated addresses and phone numbers.
Each family photographed will select a pose for the directory, and receive FREE:   

An 8 x 10 Portrait or 9 Wallets

A Church Directory

For your convenience, you will be able to view your portraits within minutes from having
them taken. There is NO OBLIGATION , however, you will have the opportunity to order portraits. Please bring your credit card, cash or checkbook.
Do you know all fellow members by name? Are there families whom you do not know? We feel that this full color Church Pictorial Directory will help you to know each other and build stronger unity and closer fellowship. This Directory also serves as a very important outreach ministry tool.
If you are a generational family e.g. Grandparents, daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, consider signing up together and having a generations picture taken along with your individual family pictures. You can also bring your musical instrument, sports paraphernalia, or a pet to reflect your personality in the photo.
All friends of the church are welcome & will receive the complimentary 8×10 but only our church family will receive the directory.  So invite other family members or friends for photos.
1)      Schedule an appointment online at the church website and receive a $10 coupon on your reminder email
2)      Sign up on Sundays at church
Please sign up ASAP to lock in your preferred date.  Plan to be here for about 1 hour.
The photography sessions are here at the church on:
July      31        2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug      1          […]

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Fast for Life

By |March 8th, 2013|

A new “Pledge to Fast” webpage has been developed as part of the U.S. bishops’ Call to Prayer for life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty: www.usccb.org/fast. Those interested in joining can sign up for regular e-mails and can text “FAST” to 99000 for weekly reminders and prayer intentions. The bishops’ call is a wonderful opportunity to live Lent in this Year of Faith with fervent prayer and sacrifice. In particular, as the Supreme Court begins during Holy Week to consider the two most significant marriage cases in the history of our nation, our prayers and sacrifices for the protection of marriage and for our Supreme Court justices are incredibly important. A Facebook event page is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/442449669160647/. Please help spread the word!

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