Happy Easter! I extend this greeting to you in the name of Fr. Bonke, our seminarians Michael Prakasam and David Langford and the staff of our parish and school. Easter is the very reason for all that we do at Christ the King each and every day. The good news of Jesus’ victory over the grave was met by the early Christians with the word, “Alleluia!” Alleluia is a Hebrew word which literally means, “Praise the Lord!” On this Easter Sunday let the Alleluia’s resound!
The event that forever changed the history of the world on that first Easter morning is too big, too profound and too important to celebrate in just one day. The Church wisely gives us an entire season to take it all in. The week following Easter is called the ‘octave’ of Easter and, in the mind of the Church, is one long, continuous celebration of Easter Sunday. This is followed by the six weeks of the Easter Season, culminating in the great Feast of Pentecost.
Next Saturday twenty-six children of our community will receive Jesus in the great Sacrament of the Eucharist for the very first time. We share in their joy and excitement and pray that their friendship with Jesus will grow throughout their lives. We thank Mrs. Flaten, our Director of Faith Formation, and catechists, Mrs. Fillenwarth, Mrs. Schubert, Miss Cooke and Miss Christoff, for walking with the children on their journey to the their First Holy Communion. Congratulations, First Communicants!
Next Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday and will be a day of special celebration for our parish community as we welcome Michael Prakasam home to Christ the King. Michael will be ordained a deacon by Archbishop Thompson on Saturday, April 27, at Saint Meinrad Seminary. He will then return to CTK on Sunday, April 28, and the 11:30 am Mass will be a special Mass of Thanksgiving. “Deacon Michael” will exercise his ministry as a deacon and preach at that Mass for the very first time. The Mass will be followed by a reception in Deacon Michael’s honor in Tuohy Hall. Please plan on joining in thanking God for the gift of Michael’s vocation and wishing him well as he continues his preparation for ordination to the priesthood in the summer of 2020.
At this time we also prepare to say goodbye to Seminarian David Langford as he graduates from Marian University and completes his formation at Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary. During this past year, David has been assigned to Christ the King for pastoral ministry and has been a welcome member of our RCIA team. David, with the encouragement of his seminary formators, has discerned God’s call to the priesthood and will continue his studies next fall at Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. We extend our gratitude to David for his presence among us this year and wish him the very best as he continues his seminary formation. God bless you, David!
See you at Mass! Alleluia! Alleluia!