Capital Campaign Progress Report

By |February 15th, 2019|

Our Faith, Our Families, Our Future
Progress Report
Thank you for supporting the Our Faith, Our Families, Our Future Campaign at Christ the King Catholic Church! The results of the campaign confirm our commitment as a community and our desire to continue our mission. Your support through your prayers and financial gift are greatly appreciated. I am grateful to each of you for our participation and support. This campaign is about the future of our parish and our families. As we continue our journey of Faith, let us always depend on each other, in Christ.

May the Lord’s blessing be on you and your family.Sincerely in Christ,​Rev. Stephen Lacroix, CSC
 

Campaign Summary

Our results from the Our Faith, Our Families, Our Future Campaign were encouraging. We were able to raise $5,120,137.33 with each family’s help. 639 families participated in the program with an average gift of $8,012.73. We have already collected over $2.5 million, so it is important for each family to fulfill your pledge so we can continue the many projects we hope to complete.
 

Results of the Our Faith, Our Families, Our Future Campaign

We have now reached the end of the active phase of our Capital Campaign. Thank you for your generosity. Some of you may still be praying about your decision to give and at what level might be appropriate for you and your family. We do understand this can be a difficult process. Please know we can accept additional gifts and pledges any time you are ready to make a commitment. Just contact the parish office and we will be pleased to assist you.

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |January 19th, 2019|

Today we’re very blessed to celebrate the feast day of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of Holy Cross.  (A “Blessed” is someone who is one step away from being declared a saint.)  It’s not often that his feast falls on a Sunday, so this year we get to share it with the whole parish.

Basil Moreau was born in France in 1799 and was ordained shortly after the French Revolution.  It was a turbulent time for the country, especially the Catholic Church.  The Church had been suppressed during the Revolution, and a large number of the clergy had been exiled or killed.  This also had serious impacts on education in general, as the Church had run a large number of schools, especially in rural areas.  As Fr. Moreau began his priesthood, he faced a generation who had been deprived of proper education and who had very little education in the faith.

Fr. Moreau responded to this situation by forming a group of “auxiliary priests”, who traveled around the countryside giving parish missions to re-evangelize the people.  Soon he was asked to take charge of a newly-formed group of teaching brothers who were being sent to re-found parish schools, and in 1838 he combined the priests and brothers into the Congregation of Holy Cross.  Holy Cross is the religious community to which Fr. Michael, Fr. Mike and I belong; and the religious community that has staffed Christ the King ever since we were founded in 1933.

I think that Fr. Moreau is an especially inspiring figure for us because the world in which he lived looked a lot like ours in many ways.  He lived in a country that had been very religious at one time, but which had become very secular.  He lived in a culture that had […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |December 15th, 2018|

While the news headlines regarding the scandals in the Church has died down for now, it’s important for you to know that this doesn’t mean that the issue is being ignored.  The U.S. Bishops met last month, and putting in new protocols to deal with abuse allegations was at the top of their agenda. Their original hope was to vote on new standards of conduct for Bishops, as well as on the creation of a new commission to review complaints against Bishops for violating these standards.  Their agenda also included proposals for a third-party reporting mechanism, as well as protocols for Bishops who have resigned or were removed because of abuse.

Unfortunately, the Vatican requested that the Bishops postpone their vote until after February.  The Pope is calling a meeting in February for the presidents of all the Bishops Conferences throughout the world, and he indicated that he wants these types of protocols to be consistent across the world.  He also wants to make sure that these proposals conform with canon law.

The Bishops expressed disappointment with this request.  The President of the Conference said that “We have accepted it with disappointment…We have not lessened in any of our resolve for actions. We are going to work intensely on these items of action. We can’t vote on them totally, but clarify them, get them more intensely canonically well, so that Rome will see that. We’re going to keep pushing and moving until we get to a point where they become action.”

I had hoped that there would be something more definite to report to you after the November meeting, but I think it’s important for you to know that concrete actions are being discussed at the highest levels […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |October 20th, 2018|

As most of you are hopefully aware, October has been designated as “Respect Life Month”.  It’s a month where we pay attention in a special way to the dignity and beauty of human life.  Unfortunately, we’re reminded on a daily basis that all human life is not valued in our culture.  We all know the hot-button political issues — abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment – that remind us how little some lives are valued.  The need for a conversion of our culture is clear.  There’s a lot to pray for.

 

One of the reasons that Respect Life Month is such a beautiful observance is that it reminds us that all of these different issues are not separate and distinct, but rather are all related.  They are all symptoms of a common sickness, and that sickness is a lack of respect for the dignity of human life.  As Catholics, we believe in what has been described as a “consistent ethic of life”.  That means that we are called to view each human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death, as a precious gift created in the image and likeness of God.  The same respect for human life that shapes our opposition to abortion and euthanasia must also shape how we view issues like war, poverty, health care and immigration.  We honor and respect all human life, from the very first moment until the very last, and at every moment in between.

 

There are many ways that we are called to challenge our culture’s disregard for human life here in our local community.  First and foremost, of course, is the proposed abortion clinic that is trying to move into South Bend.  We also have many […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |January 20th, 2018|

This week’s column will summarize the feedback that the parish survey yielded regarding music.  Music often tends to attract the most comments and impassioned responses when people talk about liturgy, and our parish survey was no exception!  Jessica and I are very grateful that so many people offered honest and constructive comments in this section.  Here’s a summary of your answers.  (Answers were on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Strongly Disagree and 5 being Strongly Agree.)

 

Our cantors are well-prepared and do an effective job leading the congregation in song: 3.9
Our musicians (piano, organ, choir) are well prepared and do an effective job leading the congregation in song:  3.9
I like the hymns we sing at Mass: 3.3
I am able to sing along with most of the songs and responses we use at Mass: 3.7
Most people around me sing at Mass: 3.0
I can hear and understand the music clearly: 3.9
Cantors are easy to hear when they are singing in the front of the church (the ambo and cantor stand): 4.1
Cantors are easy to hear when they are singing from the choir loft: 3.7
The two antiphons sung at Mass (one before the opening hymn and one before Communion) add to the liturgy:  3.4
The choir adds to the beauty of the liturgy: 4.0
Overall, the music at Christ the King helps me to pray better during Mass: 3.4

 

The most frequent comments suggested that the music overall has too somber of a feel (88 comments to this effect), whether due to the selection of songs or the tempo at which they are played.  The other most frequent comment (made by 83 people) regarded the song selection […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |December 31st, 2016|

January 1, 2017

 

Happy New Year!  This is a time when many of us make New Year’s resolutions, and I hope that we always include resolutions related to practice of the faith and to our relationship with Christ. At the beginning of last year, Pope Francis offered ten suggestions to Vatican employees* that seem like really good New Year’s resolutions, so I thought I’d share them with you here:

 

“Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”

 

“Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of all your time, attention and love.”

 

“Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.”

 

“Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity and worldly decadence.”

 

“Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.”

 

“Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord.”

 

“Be careful of envy, lust, hatred and negative feelings that devour our interior peace and transform us into destroyed and destructive people.”

 

“Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness that leads to existential euthanasia; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.”

 

“Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker … the elderly, the […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |December 10th, 2016|

December 11, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

In today’s bulletin, you’ll find a summary of our year-end financial statements.  First and foremost, thank you for your generous stewardship.  Your support allows our parish not only to function but also to thrive, so hopefully this brief summary gives you a better idea of how your contributions are being used.  Our fiscal year ended on June 30, 2016, but I wanted to wait until the statements were finalized and reviewed by the Finance Council before publishing this information to the parish.  Please take a brief moment to look through the insert in today’s bulletin.

Our parish is in good shape financially.  We continue to be debt-free, and our balance in savings and endowment has grown during the fiscal year.  As you can see, the church side of our operations continues to run a surplus, which helps us to fund the school.  The school is the largest ministry in the parish, and we depend on the support of the entire parish in order to maintain this vibrant ministry.  Therefore, the church contributes a considerable subsidy to the school each year, which allows us to offer a discounted tuition rate for parishioners.  Your generous support of our educational ministry is greatly appreciated and allows more of our parishioners to give their children a Catholic education.  It’s a big investment, but it’s one of the most important investments we can make for the future of our Church.

We have also worked hard to contain expenses.  We have a long-term facility plan that has allowed us to keep our physical plant in good shape, while spacing out major capital expenses so that they don’t cause too great a shock to our budget.

I’ve also included a couple of […]

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From Fr. Steve

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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