“Master it is good that we are here…”

By |February 23rd, 2013|

This week’s Gospel reading is truly one of my favorites as a beautiful depiction of the complexity of humanity.  I can chuckle at Peter’s inability to completely grasp the truth even as he stares Jesus, who is perfect truth, in the face.  It’s a comfort to hear that I am not the only person who dozes off as they attempt to pray, and it’s humbling to realize that Jesus’ response to imperfection is an invitation to deeper participation in God’s revelation.  I can only imagine what it was like standing in the presence of great figures like Moses, Elijah, and Jesus only to be enveloped by the very voice of God.  It’s easy to understand why Peter wants to remain in this heavenly moment.  This is similar to the times that I have heard others describe their desire to remain in the moments of great grace and love in their own lives, the moment that they exchange the sacred vows of marriage, a beautiful sunset, the first time a parent holds a child in their arms.  It is natural to want to freeze these moments, it is even more natural to resist the inevitable change that will occur as the moment passes.  However, we know that this impossible.  Instead we find ourselves like Peter, challenged to realize that the moments of grace that we receive are never meant to keep us stagnant.  They are always to propel us forward to share the Gospel and work towards God’s Kingdom.

Perhaps some of us are feeling a temptation to pitch a tent in the face of the coming transition in our Church.  While it is natural for us to feel the anxiety of the unknown, we are urged […]

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Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty – PRAY FAST ACT

By |February 20th, 2013|

Join the Movement!

For more information on the document from the USCCB, click on the links provided below.  The insert describes the U.S. Bishops’ call to advance a movement for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance and sacrifice.  The insert introduces a nationwide postcard campaign, “Project Life and Liberty” to encourage Congress to make sure that taxpayers are not forced to subsidize abortion, and that Catholic (and other) individuals and institutions are not forced to violate their moral and religious convictions when they provide or purchase health care, or provide assistance to people in need.To join the call to prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty, go to www.usccb.org/life-marriage-liberty.  Pledge to fast on Fridays at www.usccb.org/fast.

To learn more about challenges to religious liberty and conscience rights, go to www.usccb.org/conscience.

To send postcards through Project Life and Liberty, go to www.usccb.org/postcards.

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Dinner with Bishop Rhoades and Members of Dismas House

By |February 13th, 2013|

Recently members of the Christian Action Commission shared a meal with Bishop Kevin Rhoades and residents of  Dismas House.  Parishioners are invited to join members of the Christian Action Commission every other month in preparing and sharing a meal with residents.  If you would be interested in this ministry, please call Linda Fitzpatrick at the parish office for more information.

The South Bend, Indiana, Dismas House was organized through the efforts of a task group of the United Religious Community of St. Joseph County (URC). URC volunteers were involved in a visitation program, Inmate-Outmate, at the IN State Prison in Michigan City, IN. Through their prison ministry they discovered that there was a great need for a safe place for offenders to go upon their release. They were interested in opening a half way house. Carol Gayles, a student from the University of Notre Dame, completed a summer internship at the Nashville Dismas House. She linked the URC task group to the national office of Dismas, Inc.

The task group was impressed with the Dismas House Concept so they worked with the Dismas, Inc. staff and volunteers to open project house in South Bend, IN. The South Bend Dismas House was formed in March 1986 and opened its doors to residents in August 1986. Dismas, Inc., serves as the administrator of the project houses and oversees the payroll, insurance, audit, etc. Project houses share Dismas, Inc.’s 501 (c) (3). At each project house there is a local Advisory Board and Advisory Council. Volunteers and staff from each house are responsible for raising sufficient funds to operate the local project houses.

Opportunities:

Prepare and share a meal with residents
Mentor a resident
“Adopt a Room”
House Maintenance
Provide employment opportunities
Donate clothing, food, furniture
Become a […]

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Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him

By |February 7th, 2013|

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Stewardship – Time and Talent Sign Up Weekend

By |January 26th, 2013|

Time and Talent Commitment Forms

This weekend at all the Masses we will be completing the Time and Talent Commitment form.  If you are unable to complete the form this weekend, please return them via the collection basket, mail or bring it to the parish office by February 4, 2013.  Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to be good stewards of the gifts that God has given you, and to minister to and with your fellow parishioners.

2013 Time and Talent Ministry Booklet

2013 Time and Talent Form

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From Deacon Jarrod Waugh, CSC

By |January 19th, 2013|

It is amazing to me how fast time can fly by, especially in the life of a parish. Sometimes I still feel like I just got here to Christ the King, even though I have been here almost five months. I feel that I am only just starting to feel comfortable with my role as a Deacon at Mass, and realize that my anticipated day of ordination to the Priesthood is less than three months away.  One of my favorite programs which I help with here at the parish is our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults group, and while in some ways we are only beginning to delve into some of the most beautiful aspects of our Catholic faith, they are even one week closer to Baptism than I am to ordination.

 

Our catechumens have been doing great work, and have shown remarkable insight into the life of faith, even though much of what they are learning and praying about is new to them.  Those of you who attend the 10:30am Mass often get to see them as they leave the congregation after the homily to go and reflect more upon the Scriptures.  Their presence at that Mass is a good reminder to that assembly to pray for these people, for their sponsors, catechists and family members, as they prepare to receive the Easter Sacraments. For those of you who do not usually attend the 10:30am Mass, I ask you all to please remember to pray for our catechumens as well.  What they are experiencing in a very tangible way this year should be a reminder to all of us, whether cradle-Catholics or converts ourselves, that we, too, need to consistently renew our dedication to […]

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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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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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Epiphany Celebration at CtK!

By |December 13th, 2012|

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Giving Tree

By |December 1st, 2012|

Giving Tree
The Giving Tree is in the back of church, decorated with medallions.  Many medallions have more than one item listed.  You are invited to take any medallion you wish and purchase any item listed; you need not purchase all of the items. This year there is a great need for children’s boots.  Please consider taking a medallion that has them listed on it.

The Giving Tree is a parish project in which Christmas gifts are bought for those who are less fortunate. Some are families, while others are nursing home residents.  Over the years we have added the Women’s Care Center, Dismas House and St. Margaret’s House to our lists.  These agencies distribute the gifts to the women and children during the holiday season.

Please return your wrapped packages with the tags securely attached on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 15th & 16th.  Do NOT cut the tags in any way. If you would like to be part of this worthwhile project, but aren’t sure you’d be able to shop and/or return the gift on time, monetary donations are most helpful.  Please put any amount you wish in an envelope marked “Giving Tree” and place in the collection basket during any Mass.

If you wish to help with packing and/or delivering Giving Tree gifts, please sign up on sheets in the back of church.

 

 

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