If activity is a sign of life, Christ the King is very much alive! Our Haiti Project, “Bridge to Bois de Lance” has officially begun. Our goal is to help provide a nutritious lunch daily for 350 students at two elementary schools in Bois de Lance. Extra copies of the blue flier that explains the program are available in the vestibule of the church and at the church office. Our goal is to invite every parish household to participate in this project whether it means a one-time gift of $1.00 for one student’s lunch or a week or month or even a year of lunches for a student. The project is an on-going project and gifts can be made throughout the year. A week of lunches to a student in Boise de Lance would be a wonderful Christmas gift for that person on our Christmas list who has everything. Special cards for this purpose will be available in time for Christmas. I extend the gratitude of the parish to Barb Gushrowski and her team for all their efforts to get the project off the ground and to Thomas Hirschfeld for sharing his love for the children of Bois de Lance in his talk at all of the Masses on the weekend of November 5-6.
This past weekend we also officially kicked-off the annual United Catholic Appeal. The United Catholic Appeal helps fund the ministries of the Archdiocese that are beyond the scope of any single parish. These ‘shared ministries’ benefit all of the parishes and institutions of the Archdiocese. Our participation in the United Catholic Appeal is a sign of belonging to a larger Church and a sign of support for the ministries of our Archdiocese. Thank you to all who returned a pledge card at the Masses last weekend. Pledges can continue to be made and placed in the Sunday offering basket or brought to the Parish Office. To watch the 2017 UCA Appeal video go to www.ctk-indy.org/uca. This website will also track our parish’s efforts to reach the goal assigned to Christ the King for this year’s appeal.
This past week forty-one of our CTK high school youth participated in the National Catholic Youth Conference. This biannual event brings together 20,000 Catholic youth from around the country for a celebration of faith. It is an experience that leaves a lasting impact on those who participate and we are grateful to our Youth Minister, Ann Collins, and the adults who served as chaperones for making this experience possible for our youth. Thank you also to all who contributed to the special collection earlier this year to help offset the costs of the NCYC for our youth.
This year we will introduce an anticipation Mass for Thanksgiving Day at Christ the King. The Mass will be celebrated at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22. The Thanksgiving Day Mass will be celebrated at 7:15 am on Thanksgiving Day. The anticipation Mass will help us celebrate Thanksgiving together as a parish family and also make it possible for parishioners to participate in the Drumstick Dash on Thanksgiving morning. Please plan on giving thanks to the One who is the giver of every good gift at the anticipation Mass on Wednesday or the early morning Mass on Thanksgiving Day.
See you at Mass!