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Hospitality at Christ the King

By |February 28th, 2013|

“Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.” (Hebrews 13:2)
 

Calling all Men, Women, and Families! Do you enjoy welcoming others to Mass? Is hospitality a central part of your faith and family life? Then please consider joining us Sunday, March 17th @1:45pm for our Ministers of Hospitality Lunch and Training.

 

Hospitality is our opportunity to share Christ’s love with everyone who enters our doors.  It is our call as bearers of the Gospel to welcome everyone as a child of God and a member of our own body.  We are looking for people of all ages (even families with children can do this ministry together) who are committed to being the smiling and welcoming faces of our worshiping community.

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Becoming People of Prayer

By |February 26th, 2013|

Please join us every Sunday Afternoon during Lent from 4-5pm in the Holy Cross Chapel for our Lenten Series on Prayer, “Becoming People of Prayer”.

Perhaps one of the most common mistakes we can make as Christians is having an overly idealized understanding of what prayer is.  We think that if we are not have mystical experiences of close encounters with God we must be doing something wrong.  This Lent we would like to try to break this misconception and explore some of the beautiful prayer practices within the tradition of our Church. 

Please join us every week as we first discuss a different facet or practice of prayer and then engage in that prayer together. 

Becoming People of Prayer
Lent 2013

Feb. 17th: “What is Prayer” Explore the nature and tradition of Prayer in the Christian life.
Feb. 24th: “Modern Asceticism” Join Deacon Jarrod as he discusses how the traditions of Fasting, Praying, and Giving Alms are central to our call as Catholics.
March 3rd: “Praying with the Church in the Time of Transition” Join Megan as she discusses the importance of the Church’s life of prayer in the face of transition.
March 10th: “Lectio Divina: Praying with God’s Word” Join Megan again as together we engage the scriptures in this beautiful and ancient contemplative prayer.
March 17th: “Ignatian Spirituality” Explore and experience the contemplative and imaginative prayer of Ignatius of Loyola with Fr. Steve Lacroix.
March 24th: “Taize Prayer” Don’t miss the chance to begin your Holy Week with the meditative and musical prayer of Taize.

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Lenten Resources

By |February 26th, 2013|

It is amazing that we already find ourselves in the second week of Lent!  Perhaps some of us are feeling confident that our Lenten prayer and practices are challenging and forming us into radical bearers of the Gospel.  Others, may find themselves floundering with their promises, while still others have yet to find a form of prayer or reflection that they can commit to this Lenten Season. 

Wherever you find yourself, some of these Lenten Resources may be perfect for you.  So resolve to take a few moments each day this Lent to grow deeper in faith and love of our God. 

I Breviary – A perfect way to pray the Liturgy of Hours (the prayer of the Universal Church) every day from the convenience of your own digital device!

USCCB Lenten Resources – From family prayer resources to reflections on weekly scripture, this page has anything you need to enter into the Season. 

Family Rosary- Helpful and creative ideas for parents looking for ways to pray as a family. 

Lenten Resources/Readings – This website is full of weekly and daily reflections, readings and activities! 

Renew Int. Blog- Even if you aren’t a part of an ARISE community, this is a reflective and prayerful blog for you!

30 Day Online Retreat with Blessed Basil Moreau- This is a wonderful online resource that provides all you need to experience a beautiful online retreat just a few minutes each day from the comfort of your own home.

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Prayer for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

By |February 26th, 2013|

Join us this Thursday, Feb. 28th as our community holds Pope Benedict XVI, the Cardinal Electors, and the entire Church in our prayers as our Holy Father officially resigns from the office of the Papacy.

We join our hearts and voices in prayer with the universal Church through Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, communal prayer of the Rosary and Benediction.

Scheduled Time of Prayer for Feb. 28th:
8:30am- Daily Mass
9am-1pm- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
1pm- Rosary in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament
1:30pm- Benediction

As we pray for our leaders and out community, we take comfort in the beautiful and humble example of our Holy Father who says, “In this certainty let us go forward, confident in the victory of God, sure of the truth, of beauty and of love.” 

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Year of Faith Speaker Series Part Four: “The Liturgy, Source and Summit”

By |January 8th, 2013|

Year of Faith Speaker Series: “The Liturgy”
Join us THIS SUNDAY, January 13th at 6:30pm in the Holy Cross Chapel for our Year of Faith Speaker Series!

We welcome Noel Terranova, a rector at Notre Dame, who will share with us his insights on what the Council teaches about the way our church prays. Noel has a background in both pastoral ministry and the study of liturgy. This will be an opportunity to dive into the Council’s document on the liturgy with questions like:

What are the roles of the priests, deacons, and laity during the Mass?
How important is the participation in Mass to a life of faith?
What is “Full, Active and Conscious Participation?”

Our evening will conclude with a chance to continue the conversation over light refreshments.

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Year of Faith Speaker Series “Liturgy: The Source and Summit”

By |January 8th, 2013|

Year of Faith Speaker Series: “The Liturgy”
Join us THIS SUNDAY, January 13th at 6:30pm in the Holy Cross Chapel for our Year of Faith Speaker Series!

We welcome Noel Terranova, a rector at Notre Dame, who will share with us his insights on what the Council teaches about the way our church prays. Noel has a background in both pastoral ministry and the study of liturgy. This will be an opportunity to dive into the Council’s document on the liturgy with questions like:

What are the roles of the priests, deacons, and laity during the Mass?
How important is the participation in Mass to a life of faith?
What is “Full, Active and Conscious Participation?”

Our evening will conclude with a chance to continue the conversation over light refreshments.

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Much Awaited Messiah!

By |December 22nd, 2012|

This week we hear Luke’s portrayal of the visitation of Mary and Elizabeth. On this fourth week of Advent we are called to pray with two women who knew well what it was like to expect a highly anticipated Child. Mary and Elizabeth were both in the midst of surprising and joyful pregnancies. Elizabeth conceived after she and her husband Zechariah had been unable to have a child their entire lives. In fact, as Luke points out, Elizabeth was beyond natural child bearing years. We also know of the incredible nature of Mary’s pregnancy as she carried the Child of God, conceived through the Holy Spirit. In a very tangible way, God had touched the lives of these two women and as this story unfolds they are both waiting to meet these great gifts that God has granted them. I can’t imagine a better image for waiting than these two women who embody the hopeful expectation of meeting a new child who would change their lives forever.
As we pray with this beautiful passage I would just like to take a few minutes to talk about each character in turn. First let us turn to John. Even as an infant in his mother’s womb John knew that his Lord was near and he rejoiced! I imagine a small child unable to contain their excitement and jumping for joy. We also hear of Elizabeth who was not only aware of the ways that God had already moved in her own life, but she seemed to be on the lookout for God’s continual presence. Like the prophets of the Old Testament Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit. She is a character of wisdom and prophecy as […]

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Controlled Burn

By |December 19th, 2012|

Fire. I have always been mesmerized by fire. It is such a wild yet useful thing. It produces life giving heat. It provides a way to cook food, making meat and things that would be otherwise dangerous and inedible, edible sources of nutrients and energy. Fire can refine fine materials, removing impurities. Yet we are all well aware that fire can also be destructive. This summer I watched anxiously as Colorado once again battled the ravaging wild fire that destroyed everything in its path. This fire did not distinguish between precious memories and excess material possessions. It did not decipher between worthy or unworthy, good or bad. It merely destroyed everything. It was the perfect exemplification of fire beyond any human control. It was completely untamed.
As I was watching the news and reading stories of families removed from their houses, I came across an interesting article that described the valiant efforts of the many fire fighters who fought the flames every day. One technique fire fighters will use to control the spreading of the wild fires is most remarkable. These fire fighters will actually fight fire with fire. They begin a “controlled” burn in the path of the wild fire, hoping to remove any excess trees, leaves, buildings, anything that could act as fuel to a fire before extinguishing their controlled fire. They destroy a small area in order to stop the destruction of the memories and lives of so many others.
In many ways I think this is a great image for our readings today. We hear that John the Baptist is calling for a radical change of heart and lifestyle. He seems to be saying that if we really repent of our lives of […]

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Praying with the O Antiphons!

By |December 17th, 2012|

Today the Church begins praying the “O Antiphons” at the conclusion of every day. These beautiful antiphons invoke the titles of the highly awaited Messiah. Praying these antiphons individually or as a family is a wonderful way to prepare these final days of Advent! Check out the USCCB Website for the complete list of these Antiphons, as a Church we proclaim, “O Come Emmanuel!”

O Antiphons – USCCB

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The Dawn Approaches

By |December 17th, 2012|

This Sunday our Church sees the world through rose colored glasses!  For one Sunday the deep purples of Advent are exchanged for bright rose.  We light the rose color candle on the Advent wreath and rejoice.  It is Gaudete (the Latin word for “rejoice”) Sunday.  It is a time amidst the preparation and anticipation of Advent that we pause to rejoice in the Lord.  It is a moment when we pause to take joy in the fact that we are approaching the dawn, and it is no mistake that the color rose mimics the beautiful colors that streak the sky just before the sun peaks over the horizon.  We are reminded that we are also standing at the dawning of the new day, and that Christ has promised to come in glory.

At first glance it may be interesting to hear this gospel reading from Luke on this Sunday of rejoicing.  John the Baptist leaves high expectations for those who come to repent.  He proclaims that a just judge is coming to “clear the threshing floor” to rid the world of the excess caused by sin and evil.  He doesn’t cloak these words with any kind of message of comfort.  In many ways he seems to be presenting the cold hard facts.  Jesus is coming.  We must repent and prepare.

When I hear these challenging words, I am reminded of those who have come before us marked by faith and proclaiming the Gospel with their lives.  I am reminded of St. Francis who gave everything away in order that his entire live might proclaim the glory of God.  I am reminded of Mother Teresa and Dorothy Day who lived in the midst of those who experienced the […]

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