From Father Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |March 6th, 2021|

Since many people have been asking questions regarding the COVID vaccines, I thought it would be prudent to publish the Church’s response in this column.  (We’ve had links to the document appear in the bulletin before, but I want to print some excerpts so that the greatest possible number of people can read what the Church has to say.)  The document I reference was published by the USCCB (and co-authored by our own Bishop Rhoades in his role as the USCCB Chairman for the Committee on Doctrine) to give moral guidance to Catholics about receiving the COVID vaccines and the relationship of these vaccines to cell lines derived from aborted fetuses.  Please see these excerpts below, which should address many questions or concerns you may have:

 

The Holy See… has offered guidance on the question of whether it is morally acceptable to receive a vaccine that has been created with the use of morally compromised cell lines.   Both the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical Academy for Life emphasize the positive moral obligation to do good and in so doing to distance oneself as much as possible from the immoral act of another party such as abortion in order to avoid cooperation with someone else’s evil actions and to avoid giving scandal…Our love of neighbor should lead us to avoid giving scandal, but we cannot omit fulfilling serious obligations such as the prevention of deadly infection and the spread of contagion among those who are vulnerable just to avoid the appearance of scandal.

 

The Holy See points out that there are different degrees of responsibility in cooperating with the evil actions of others. With regard to people involved in the development and production of […]

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From Father Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |March 2nd, 2021|

Lent has begun!  This is an important penitential season where we “step up our game” with 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for the great celebration of Easter.  Hopefully all of us have a plan for how we’re going to make this a meaningful season of prayerful preparation, but if you haven’t got your plan together yet, it’s not too late!  Here are some things we’ll have going on at the parish to help you in your observance of this season.

 

We’ll offer Massat 5:30pm every Monday through Friday during Lent.
There will be many opportunities for confessionduring Lent

¨ Confessions will be offered at 6pm every Wednesday during Lent, in addition to our normal Saturday morning 9am confession time.

¨ We’ll be participating in the diocese’s The Light Is On for You campaign, offering confessions from 6-8pm on Tuesday, March 9th.

¨ Additional confession opportunities will be offered during Holy Week, and we’ll publicize those times when the dates get a little closer.

Our Parish Mission will take place on March 21stthrough the 23rd, at 7pm each night in the church.  We’ve got a terrific lineup of speakers:  on Sunday we’ll have Fr. Tom Jones, former Pastor of Christ the King; on Monday we’ll have Megan Urbaniak, our former Director of Adult Faith Formation; and on Tuesday we’ll have Br. Matt Rehagen, who assists in our school (and the brother of our former Parochial Vicar, Fr. Chris Rehagen).  Each night will also be live streamed, so mark your calendars!
This year’s Fish Frywill be a drive-thru event, with the proceeds going to our sister parish, Corpus Christi in Jalchatra, Bangladesh.
We’ll have a special (free!) Lenten Zoom Bible Study.  Contact Fr. Gil for registration or additional information:  frgil@christthekingonline.org.
We also have prayer resources available in the […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |February 6th, 2021|

As Catholic Schools Week comes to a close, we’d like to give some well-deserved recognition to our school.  First and foremost, we’d like to honor the winner of this year’s Christ the Teacher Award (formerly the Light of Learning Award), 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Kate Helm.  This award is always an honor, but especially in a year like this one, where teaching is even more challenging than usual.  Congratulations, Kate.  You deserve it!

 

We are so blessed at Christ the King to have many outstanding teachers (and instructional aides, administrators and support staff, as well).  I think it’s especially appropriate this year to give these teachers some extra recognition.  The COVID pandemic has certainly affected everyone, but it’s hard to overstate how much it’s affected our teachers.  Teachers have had to change so many things about how they do their job, from how they seat their students, to how they interact with their students, to the assignments and activities that they plan for their students.  If you add in the fact that our teachers are teaching in-class and eLearning students at the same time, you can get an idea of what a challenge this has been.

 

I am so proud of how our teachers have risen to the challenge.  While I know we’re all anxious to get back to a “normal” school year, the dedication and professionalism of our faculty has really shone brightly.  These adaptations have taken a lot of creativity and a lot of extra hours of work, but our teachers have gone above and beyond countless times this year to make our school as healthy and normal an environment as possible for our kids.  I know that the extra blood, sweat and tears that they’ve […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |January 31st, 2021|

This week is Catholic Schools Week, a great time to celebrate the importance of Catholic education in handing down the faith to our young people.  It’s an especially good time to celebrate the many ways that this is being done right here at Christ the King!  So many good things are happening at our school every day.  I hope that all of us are proud of this ministry, whether or not we have kids in the school.

 

As with everything else these days, Catholic Schools Week will look a little different this year.  (It feels like I say that a lot these days, doesn’t it?)  Normally we have our Open House today (January 31st).  We not only invite prospective families to tour our school and meet our teachers, but we welcome existing families and even parishioners with no children in the school.  After all, as we always say, the school is the largest ministry of the parish, and so all of our parishioners have a stake in how it’s doing.

 

This year, though, tours will just be with new families by appointment so that we’ll be able to follow all of our protocols regarding social distancing.  However, we encourage you to take the virtual tour of our school, which can be found on the school web site:  https://school.christthekingonline.com/ in order to get the latest on the great things going on in our school.  And also, please continue to spread the word about our school to families you know who may be looking for a school for their children.  Even if they weren’t able to make the Open House today, we would still love to meet them and give them a tour to show them what our school has to […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |January 16th, 2021|

This Wednesday, January 20th, is the feast day of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross.  Holy Cross is the religious community to which Fr. Gil, Deacon Geoff and I belong, and Holy Cross religious have staffed Christ the King ever since we were founded in 1933.  His feast day is a good opportunity to share something about our Holy Cross family with our Christ the King family.

 

Fr. Moreau was born in France during the French Revolution, and he was ordained a priest in the revolution’s aftermath.  This was a tumultuous time for the nation, including the Catholic Church.  The Church had been seriously weakened by the revolution, and so as the Church rebuilt, she was faced with a generation who had received little to no catechism or instruction in the faith.  On top of that, the Church was heavily involved in the French educational system, so the secular education system needed to be rebuilt every bit as much as the religious education system, particularly in rural areas.

 

Fr. Moreau was ordained a diocesan priest for the Diocese of LeMans, and he served as an instructor in the seminary.  During this time, two things happened that led to the founding of Holy Cross.  First of all, he had gathered together a group of “auxiliary priests” who traveled around preaching parish missions in order to try and re-evangelize parishes.  Secondly, he was asked to assume leadership of a group of religious brothers who had been charged with founding parish schools.  In 1837, he brought these two groups together to form the Congregation of Holy Cross, and within a few short years, he was sending Holy Cross missionaries all over the world (including to […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |January 11th, 2021|

Today marks the end of the Christmas season, as we return to Ordinary Time by celebrating the Baptism of the Lord.  While it’s always sad to see the Christmas decorations come down (the church always seems to look its most beautiful during the Christmas season – thanks Art & Environment crew!), we’ll now move forward into Ordinary Time, where our Gospel readings will allow us to enter into the daily ministry of Jesus’ public life.

 

I thought I’d use today’s column to touch on a few loose ends related to our capital campaign and construction project.  We’ve been all moved into our new facility for a few months now, but we’re still continuing to work on a number of smaller items in order to finish the project completely.  We’re also continuing to receive the final invoices from our contractor, so we’ll be able to provide you with a more detailed financial summary once the project is completely closed out.

 

As I’ve mentioned in a previous column, we’ve taken out a bridge loan from the diocese to allow us to pay these bills while we finish collecting our pledges.  Our 3-year campaign will wind up in December 2021, so all of the money we collect on your pledges during 2021 will go towards the payment of the bridge loan.  We expect that the remaining payments will fall a little short of the total bridge loan; as I’ve mentioned in a previous column, we were able to keep cost overruns to a minimum, but there were some that we had to incur.  However, we don’t expect to incur any long-term debt.  The worst-case scenario would be that we cover any difference with money from savings, but my hope is […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |January 3rd, 2021|

Pope Francis has dedicated this year to St. Joseph, and so that seems like a good focus for us all as we begin the new year.  The Pope made this declaration earlier this month in a letter entitled Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), on the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX declaring Joseph “Patron of the Catholic Church.”  Pope Francis said that his intention “to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal”.  It’s a beautiful reflection on the foster father of Christ (and it’s not especially long), so I highly recommend reading the full text at http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco-lettera-ap_20201208_patris-corde.html.

Even though Joseph doesn’t speak a word in Scriptures, Pope Francis acknowledges several virtues that he exhibits which are good models for us to follow.  He describes Joseph as

 a “beloved father”, who dedicated his life to serving Jesus and Mary
 a “tender and loving father”, who raised Jesus as his own and was an instrument of the tender love of God
 “an obedient father”, who obeys the voice of the angel who speaks to him in dreams, taking Mary into his home and taking the Holy Family to Egypt to keep them safe from King Herod
 an “accepting father”, who accepted Mary unconditionally into his home and who serves as a model for all, especially in a world where so many women are grossly mistreated
 a “creatively courageous father”, who dealt with difficulties in creative ways in order to care for Jesus and Mary
 a “working father”, who worked hard to make an honest living, and who therefore lifted up the dignity of human labor
 a “father in the shadows”, who dedicated his life to the […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |December 26th, 2020|

Happy New Year (almost…)  Since this is the bulletin that will be out on New Year’s Day, I wanted to leave you with a wish for the new year.  While many of us will be quite happy to see 2020 in the rear-view mirror, I hope that we can all find things to be grateful for from the year that’s ending, as well as to be hopeful for in the year that’s beginning.  Here’s a suggestion offered by the U.S. Bishops for a family prayer to begin the New Year.  I hope that 2021 is filled with blessings for you and all of your loved ones.

Fr. Steve

On New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the household gathers at the table or at the Christmas tree or manger scene. Many people make New Year’s Day a day of prayer for peace.

All make the sign of the cross. The leader begins:

 Let us praise the Lord of days and seasons and years, saying:

Glory to God in the highest!

R/. And peace to his people on earth!

 The leader may use these or similar words to introduce the blessing:

 Our lives are made of days and nights, of seasons and years, for we are part of a universe of suns and moons and planets. We mark ends and we make beginnings and, in all, we praise God for the grace and mercy that fill our days.

 Then the Scripture is read, Book of Genesis 1:14-19:

 

Listen to the words of the Book of Genesis:

 

God said: “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |December 19th, 2020|

As we enter into these final few days before Christmas, I thought it would be appropriate to share this Christmas message from Pope Francis.  Although this was written last year – and who could have ever imagined the year we’ve had since? – it applies every bit as much today.  Merry Christmas to all of you and your loved ones!

 

 

 

 

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1)

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Merry Christmas!

 

From the womb of Mother Church, the incarnate Son of God is born anew this night. His name is Jesus, which means: “God saves”. The Father, eternal and infinite Love, has sent him into the world not to condemn the world but to save it (cf. Jn 3:17). The Father has given him to us with great mercy. He has given him to everyone. He has given him forever. The Son is born, like a small light flickering in the cold and darkness of the night.

 

That Child, born of the Virgin Mary, is the Word of God made flesh. The Word who guided Abraham’s heart and steps towards the promised land, and who continues to draw to himself all those who trust in God’s promises. The Word who led the Hebrews on the journey from slavery to freedom and who continues to call the enslaved in every age, including our own, to come forth from their prisons. He is the Word brighter than the sun, made incarnate in a tiny son of man: Jesus the light of the world.

 

This is why the prophet cries out: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1). There is darkness in human hearts, yet the light of Christ […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |December 12th, 2020|

This weekend we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent.  That means that Christmas is coming soon!  As you might imagine, some things about Christmas Mass will look different this year.  After all, the church is usually packed for Christmas Masses, but our COVID restrictions will only allow us to accommodate a fraction of the usual crowd.  We don’t want to deny anyone the opportunity to go to Mass on Christmas, so our solution is to provide overflow Masses for every Mass on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Here’s what our Mass schedule will look like:

Christmas Eve: 

4pm Mass in the church

4:15pm overflow Masses in the basement, the old gym and the new gym

6pm Mass in the church

6:15pm overflow Mass in the basement

10pm Mass in the church

10:15pm overflow Mass in the basement

Christmas Day: 

9am Mass in the church

9:15am overflow Mass in the basement

11am Mass in the church

11:15am overflow Masses in the basement and the old gym

Because we will need to accommodate such large crowds, we’ll need to ask everyone to be patient.  In particular:

¨ You might not get to attend Mass in your first-choice location; if the church is full, we’ll have hospitality volunteers direct you to the next available overflow Mass.

¨ You might not get to sit in the seat you want; as much as possible we’re going to have hospitality volunteers seat people so that we can accommodate as many people as possible safely in the church.

Therefore, please be flexible!!!!  Whether we’re in the church or an overflow Mass, we should all be grateful that we’re able to celebrate Christmas Mass together as a parish family.  I think that this year we’ve all learned in a special way not to take Mass for granted.  Just know […]

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