From Fr. Mike Palmer, CSC

By |November 15th, 2019|

In the 3+ years that I’ve been here at Christ the King, I have been blessed to share my life and my life’s work with all of you. However, for the past five years, I have been heavily involved in a ministry that many of you may not know about: the Army Chaplaincy.

I first felt the call to this ministry before I even entered the seminary. While I was in high school, I heard several of my relatives speak about their Army deployments, and they often lamented the scarcity (if not complete absence) of Catholic Chaplains while they were overseas. It broke my heart to imagine so many men and women enduring danger without the aid of Mass, Confession, or spiritual guidance from a priest. As I progressed through the seminary, I learned that Holy Cross has a rich tradition of military chaplains, which began with Fr. William Corby, C.S.C. serving as a Union Chaplain in the Civil War. After much prayer and discussion with the seminary staff, I joined the Army Chaplain Corps in June 2014 and became a full-fledged Army Chaplain in June 2017.

I do not have nearly enough room in this column to describe everything I do as a Chaplain, but it is best summarized by the Chaplain Corps’ mission: to “Bring God to Soldiers, and Soldiers to God.” As a Battalion Chaplain, I travel to a nearby Army Reserve unit once a month and train with the soldiers there for a full weekend (and sometimes longer for field exercises). I have found great joy in celebrating Mass and Confession for Catholics out in the field, as well as providing spiritual guidance for soldiers who may […]

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Annual Bishop Appeal

By |October 12th, 2019|

Our 2019 Annual Bishop Appeal is scheduled for  October 12 & 13!   Our goal this year is $159,766.75. We hope to have 100% participation in this appeal, through prayer and/or pledges. The proceeds from this appeal do a tremendous amount to help our diocese AND our local parish. Any amount over our goal is used by our parish to fund capital expenses. Please prayerfully consider giving whatever you are able for this appeal…if financial resources are tight now, then prayer is a wonderful way to contribute to the appeal. The more we work together as brothers and sisters in Christ, the more we become a true parish, a “family of families” seeking to build the kingdom of God, to love one another as He loves us.

2019 Bishop’s Appeal Pledge Card

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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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Becoming Catholic

By |August 6th, 2018|

Do you or someone you know have questions about Jesus, Pope Francis, Mary, the Saints, Communion or Confession?  Is there a sense that life is a journey, but with no direct path?  Do you or anyone you know want a sense of belonging to a community of people that is welcoming and gathers on a regular basis to share a sacred meal together?

 

If you are asking any of these questions, or perhaps you know someone who has, you or individual in mind is ready to explore the Catholic Church.

 

Please contact Teresa at the rectory if you would like to discuss this more or please attend one our next inquiry sessions on Tuesday, August 14 or Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fr. Jones room, located in the lower level of the church near the elevator area.

 

If you know of a child who is seven years or older and has not been baptized, we have an opportunity for them to explore the Catholic faith, as well, at an developmentally appropriate level. Please call Teresa if you would like to ask more about this opportunity for a child you know.

 

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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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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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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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