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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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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From Megan Bazler, Director of Adult Faith Formation

By |June 22nd, 2013|

My Soul is Thirsting…

This weekend we pray with the beautiful words of Psalm 63, as we repeat, “My soul is thirsting for you, O God.”  In this short phrase we are invited to consider one of the most basic and human experiences, thirst.  While the Liturgical year isn’t structured around weather, I can’t help but think, what an appropriate image as we begin our summer months.  Months throughout which we will feel the desire to beat the heat with a cool, thirst quenching drink.  I remember as a child the feeling of that first sip of water after a long outdoor game in the summer sun.  I remember my father coming in, hot and sticky from mowing the grass, letting out a sigh of content as he finished his tall glass of ice water.  For a moment our desire is met.  We no longer thirst, and our body is renewed.   However, we all know that this contentment is limited.  We will thirst again.  Christ reminds us that he is the life giving water.  As he talks with a Samaritan Woman at the well, we overhear his explanation that those who drink of his water will never thirst again (John 4).  This is the thirst that our psalmist describes today.  It is a thirst for God, a thirst for true and everlasting love.  It is a thirst that we all share in the very depths of our identity.  However, it is not a thirst that we feel alone, for just as we thirst for a relationship with God, God thirsts for a relationship with us.

We are made to quench our thirst, and we do this in many ways.  One way is through prayer.  The Catechism describes […]

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NEW Parish Pictorial Directory

By |June 11th, 2013|

Dear Church Family,
We are excited to announce that we have requested the services of Lifetouch Church Directories to prepare our Pictorial Directory.  It will contain color portraits of all the families, some candid pictures of our activities and updated addresses and phone numbers.
 
Each family photographed will select a pose for the directory, and receive FREE:   

An 8 x 10 Portrait or 9 Wallets

A Church Directory

For your convenience, you will be able to view your portraits within minutes from having
them taken. There is NO OBLIGATION , however, you will have the opportunity to order portraits. Please bring your credit card, cash or checkbook.
 
Do you know all fellow members by name? Are there families whom you do not know? We feel that this full color Church Pictorial Directory will help you to know each other and build stronger unity and closer fellowship. This Directory also serves as a very important outreach ministry tool.
 
If you are a generational family e.g. Grandparents, daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, consider signing up together and having a generations picture taken along with your individual family pictures. You can also bring your musical instrument, sports paraphernalia, or a pet to reflect your personality in the photo.
 
All friends of the church are welcome & will receive the complimentary 8×10 but only our church family will receive the directory.  So invite other family members or friends for photos.
 
SIGN UP TWO CONVENIENT WAYS
1)      Schedule an appointment online at the church website and receive a $10 coupon on your reminder email
2)      Sign up on Sundays at church
 
Please sign up ASAP to lock in your preferred date.  Plan to be here for about 1 hour.
The photography sessions are here at the church on:
 
July      31        2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug      1          […]

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Congratulations to our Education for Ministry Graduates 2013

By |May 24th, 2013|

Congratulations to Christine Kelley, Laurie Kirkman, Martha Suter and Theresa Weishaar, who graduated on May 22nd  from the Diocesan Education for Ministry two year course.   Education for Ministry is a two-year program offering a rich foundation in the study of Catholic Theology.  This program is intended for those participating in various  ministries in the diocese, such as  Catholic School teachers, parish catechists, Directors of Religious Education, Coordinators of Religious Education, Youth Ministers and RCIA Team Members, as well as home-schooling parents. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive Diocesan Certification in Catechetical Leadership.

 

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