Once again, we have turned the page of our calendar and we enter a very special season of the year. It is a season of gratitude. At this time of the year when the harvest is collected and in this month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving, we take stock of the bountiful blessings we enjoy.
For us at Christ the King, the month of November also holds our patronal feast, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. We will celebrate this feast on the weekend of November 23-24. Our parish community is one of God’s special blessings to us. It is our spiritual home. We are grateful for our parish and for all of our fellow parishioners.
Some parishioners are life-long, even charter, members of the parish. We are grateful for the wisdom and the continuity of our history that they are for us. These parishioners have witnessed the parish grow from the original parish church in the basement of the rectory to the white wooden church to our present church which is now on the cusp of marking 50 years of sheltering the parish family.
Other parishioners, like little June Ardelean Seib and Xavier Mays Boggess, who were baptized last weekend, are our newest members. As they begin the great adventure of life and discipleship, they are a sign of hope for us as the faith is passed on and lived from generation to generation. The high school Confirmation candidates who last Sunday began the journey that will lead to the Sacrament of Confirmation and their full initiation into the life of the Church next April, are also a reason for hope and gratitude.
During the past year we have been blessed with the addition of many new families to the parish. The vast majority of these families are young families who bring with them energy and enthusiasm which we welcome and treasure. They also bring experiences from other parishes and new ideas to enrich us as Christ the King. Each family that registers in the parish is a gift from God. We have been given many such gifts and we are grateful!
Our Adoration Committee has prepared a beautiful prayer that we will pray at all of our parish Masses during the month of November in preparation for the Feast of Christ the King. The principal Mass on the weekend of November 23-24, will be the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 23. The Mass will be followed by a parish-wide pitch-in and program in Tuohy Hall. It will be a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate and the strengthen the bonds we share as members of Christ the King. Watch the bulletin for details.
See you at Mass where the gratitude begins!