Last summer we updated the parish offices. After twenty-five years of serving the parish community, the offices were in need of updating. Walls were painted, carpeting and flooring was replaced and new ceiling tiles replaced those that over the years had been damaged by a leaking roof.
In the process of moving storage cabinets, we discovered blueprints dating back to 1988 which envisioned major renovations and additions to the church. Those plans called for an enlarged vestibule, installation of skylights, the creation of a choir space and the addition of a kitchen and Fellowship Hall that would seat 150 people for Funeral Meals and parish activities.
While those ambitious plans of Monsignor Sweeney did not come to fruition, it was interesting to note that the area in which we will create a choir space next fall is the exact place where the 1988 plans called for its creation.
This Thursday, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. It is a Holy Day of Obligation for us as Catholics and Masses will be offered at 8:30 am and at 6:00 pm. It is also the official kick-off of our “50th Anniversary Fund.” As we mark the 50th anniversary of the building of the present church, we will spend the year between the Feast of the Assumption 2019 and the celebration of the feast in 2020, raising the funds we will need to embellish and refresh the church in which we are so very privileged to worship.
At the same time that we raise the funds for these improvements to our physical church, we will spend the year reflecting on the spiritual nature of the Church. What does it mean for us to be Catholic? What is the role of the Church in the world today? How does being Catholic affect my everyday life? What does the presence of Christ the King mean for our neighborhood? Among the highlight of this year will be our Mass in the Park, September 22, a very special celebration of our patronal feast, the Feast of Christ the King, November 23, a Parish Mission in 2020 and Forty Hours of Adoration to mark the completion of the renovations on the Feast of Christ the King, 2020.
The goal of this anniversary year is not only to have a renewed parish church, but renewed members of the parish who are living stones in this edifice that has Jesus as its head
May each of us offer what we can to the “50h Anniversary Fund.” Whether it is a monthly gift to the fund or a one-time gift, or a gift designated for one of the particular projects, if we each do what we can, we will have the means we need to embellish our parish church as we mark the 50th year of its existence. More importantly, if we give ourselves to the full and active living of our Catholic faith, we will be renewed as a parish family and more able to fulfill the mission that Jesus entrusts to us.
See you at Mass!