Good Morning from Christ the King

By |March 23rd, 2020|

Greetings, Christ the King parishioners!  We hope you all are doing well as you adjust to this new routine.  Know that we miss you and pray for you daily.


Be careful!  There are “bad actors” (as our tech company likes to call them) out there who are using this crisis to send out spoof emails, hoping that you’ll be less watchful about clicking on harmful links.  Please be sure you trust the sender before clicking on any hyperlinks or attachments.  Any email from Christ the King will come from an address ending in  If an email seems suspicious, email one of the clergy and we can tell you if it’s legitimate.
By popular demand, today we’ll start following our noon Angelus with Mass instead of just a Gospel reflection!

Parish Novena:  Our parish-wide novena continues!  Go to and scroll down to Day 3.
Curious as to how other parish families are dealing with the shutdown?  Check out this message from the Gaspers:
Prayer Resource for the Day:  Our diocese’s Office of Family Life is keeping an updated posting of “quarantine resources” for families’ spiritual and practical wellbeing;—Quarantine-Resources–.html?soid=1118124188939&aid=kGPpAYAybgQ
Prayer Intention for the Day:  For our parishioners who are homebound or who live in assisted living or nursing homes.
Suggested Act of Kindness for the Day:  Thank someone for something you might have otherwise overlooked.

Have you missed previous videos or reflections?  Go to the Christ the King Youtube Channel: (or search for “Christ the King Parish – South Bend” on Youtube)

Let’s keep praying for one another until we can be together again.

Sincerely in Christ our King,
The Pastoral Team at Christ the King Parish

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Good Morning from Christ the King (March 21)

By |March 21st, 2020|

Greetings, Christ the King families!  We hope you all are doing well as you adjust to this new routine.  Know that we miss you and pray for you daily.


Don’t forget that we will send out a video of this Sunday’s Mass on Sunday at 9am so that you can pray with us at home.
Please be aware that Martin’s and other grocers are offering reserved shopping hours for senior citizens:
Do you know a family or individual with needs that parishioners could meet?  Email Fr. Steve, Fr. Mike or Deacon Gil, and we’ll do our best to arrange help for them.

Parish Novena:  Our parish-wide novena continues!  Go to and scroll down to Day 2.
Dealing with anxiety?  Here’s a short video from our School Counselor, Nicole Taulbee, with some suggestions:
Prayer Resource for the Day:  You can find the readings for daily Mass at, or by emailing a request to 
Prayer Intention for the Day:  Medical workers and others who are working long hours to try and keep the public safe.
Suggested Act of Kindness for the Day:  Use this time to forgive one person or let go of one grudge you’ve been holding onto.

Sincerely in Christ our King,
The Pastoral Team at Christ the King Parish

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From Deacon Gil Stoy, CSC

By |March 21st, 2020|

Over the centuries our Church has produced a great wealth of wisdom and teachings. While many Catholics are introduced to this tradition during their time in Catholic Schools, once Catholics leave it can be difficult to know where to go in order to continue to develop our knowledge of our faith. With that in mind, I’d like to share a few of the online resources I have found to be accessible, orthodox, and inspiring ways to encounter the riches our Church has to offer.

Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire: Bishop Barron and his team post weekly homilies as well as videos and articles on faith and culture. Over the years, Bishop Barron has discussed a huge number of issues, from interpreting the Bible to movie reviews to engaging with current events. His material is thoughtful, thought provoking, and consistently orthodox.

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Fr. Mike Schmitz is from the Diocese of Duluth and wears many hats. He is a nationally known Catholic speaker and shares weekly videos on YouTube through Ascension Presents. He addresses questions and gives practical advice on how to life the Christian Life and grow in virtue. (, search “Ascension Presents”)

McGrath Institute for Church Life: The Institute for Church Life comes from the University of Notre Dame and provides a number of resources that can be helpful, thought provoking, and engage in a deeper and more scholarly way some of the issues and challenges of the Church in the modern world. Their articles tend to be more academic but may be a great resource for someone who wants dive a little deeper into the thinking of the Church. Their journal is a great resource.

The Bible Project: I’ve mentioned this resource before. […]

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Good Morning from Christ the King

By |March 21st, 2020|

Click here to receive today’s Angelus and Scripture reflection:
Today, Deacon Gil offers a meditation on the parable of the two men praying in the Temple. Let us always remember to be humble and contrite when we lift up our prayers to God.
Remember to join us on our YouTube channel every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM to celebrate Sunday Mass together!

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |March 18th, 2020|

It goes without saying that everyone is facing an awful lot of challenges in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  Many people have had many different reactions, but it seems like “unprecedented” is a word that keeps coming up in conversation.  Old or young, we’ve never been through anything like this, and that is very unsettling.

Whenever anything is that jarring, there’s a spiritual dimension to it.  Yes, we’re wondering how we will keep our loved ones healthy, and how we’ll manage a whole host of logistical issues.  But we also wonder how we can persevere through this without losing hope.  Perhaps we’re even wondering how we can be a source of hope and strength to others.

From that perspective, perhaps it’s providential that this is all happening during Lent.  Without over-spiritualizing this crisis or making light of the suffering many are going through, perhaps one way to persevere lies in our traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  So let me offer this for your reflection:

¨ Prayer:  There are a whole lot of opportunities for prayer that none of us anticipated a month or two ago.  If you find yourself with a little extra time on your hands, perhaps you can use some of that for prayer.  If your family is spending more time together in closer quarters than usual, then perhaps you can pray a family rosary, or go to the Bishops’ web site ( to pray together with the readings for Sunday Mass.  There’s no shortage of intentions to pray for.  Pray for those who are sick and those who have lost a loved one.  Pray for world leaders to make good decisions, and for health care workers who are putting in long hours.  Pray […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |March 14th, 2020|

Deacon Gil is away this weekend on his pre-ordination retreat, and that gives me the perfect opportunity to make a plug for his upcoming ordination to the priesthood!  All of you are invited to attend:

Deacon Gil’s Ordination to the Priesthood on Saturday April 18, 2020 at 2:00pm at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the Notre Dame campus (with a reception to follow in the Main Building)
Fr. Gil’s first Mass, celebrated right here at Christ the King on Sunday April 19, 2020 at 12:15pm (with a reception to follow in the church basement)

If you’ve never been to an ordination Mass before, it’s a pretty incredible liturgy, as Bishop Rhoades will use the ancient symbol of the laying on of hands to ordain Deacon Gil and his three classmates.  I won’t give away too many of the details here, but if you talk to any parishioners who have witnessed an ordination Mass, I’m positive they will tell you it’s a very moving experience.

I know that we all feel very blessed by Deacon Gil’s presence.  I also know he feels blessed to be at Christ the King.  We have seen a steady stream of deacons at Christ the King over the years (including myself), and that’s a real testament to all of you.  Simply put, it means that the superiors in Holy Cross recognize that this is a great parish for someone to learn how to be a priest, and that is largely due to our parishioners.  Never underestimate your role in forming new priests into good and holy priests; you certainly did that for me!

I hope you’re able to join us for these beautiful Masses, so mark your calendars!

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |February 28th, 2020|

Over the past few weeks, I hope you’ve seen the announcement in the bulletin about the scheduled power outage that will take place this week.    Just to make sure everyone knows:


(Sorry for the all-caps announcement, but I need to make sure everyone sees it!)   This power outage is a planned part of our construction schedule, and we’ve had enough notice to be able to prepare well ahead of time.  Here are some things you’ll need to know:

¨ We will still have Mass at 8:30am and 5:30pm throughout the week.  However, our Masses will be candlelit and unheated, so we encourage our weekday Mass-goers to go to another parish for Mass this week.

¨ 6:00pm Confessions will be canceled on Wednesday March 4th.

¨ Eucharistic Adoration will be canceled on Friday March 6th.

¨ No Stations of the Cross on March 6th.

¨ The Parish Office will be closed all week.

¨ There will be no SCRIP sales this week.

¨ We will not schedule anyone for the Casserole Program or Pack-a-Lunch Ministry for this week.

¨ Calls to the Parish Office will be redirected to the school.  However, you won’t be able to leave a voice mail for any Pastoral Team members that week.  We encourage you to use email instead.

¨ For any medical emergencies requiring the immediate attention of a priest, a priest may be reached any time, day or night, by calling the sacramental emergency line directly:  (574) 273-6709

¨ To see how individual meetings and ministries might be affected during that week, please contact the head of that ministry.

¨ The school will still have power and will only be minimally affected.  A separate communication has gone out to school families via the weekly school […]

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From Deacon Joe Dietz

By |February 9th, 2020|

Happy Valentine’s Day. I want to thank Fr. Steve for the opportunity to prepare the bulletin column this week.  As the only married member of the clergy staff here at Christ the King, I am here to tell you I have the perfect Valentine’s Day present for you to give your spouse.   My lovely wife Mary has been my valentine for 43 years now (we’ve been married for 41 but of course being each other’s valentine is one of things that got us to the altar), and what I want to tell you about is something that has made this past year one of our best.  That is the “Marriage in Christ” (MIC) program – a program that we are offering here at Christ the King Parish in March.   Someone suggested that Mary and I attend this program when it was offered at Little Flower Parish last year in order to evaluate bringing it here to CTK, and so we did.

You know it’s funny, but having been married for as long as we have, you wouldn’t think a marriage enrichment program would have had anything new to teach us, but the truth is we learned some things at MIC that we would have benefited from early on in our marriage, plus we were reminded of some really cool things that we had forgotten.  For some reason, when couples hear about a marriage enrichment program being offered at the church, they think it’s a marriage repair program, and they shy away because their marriage is doing fine.  But with MIC, that just isn’t the case, it provides a tune up for marriages that are doing well as well as a tool for those that might need […]

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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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