A huge thank you to the people of Christ the King for your tremendous generosity to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The special collection that was taken up to assist the victims of the hurricane went over $10,000.00! Thank you for your compassion and solidarity. Saint Paul referred to the Church as the Body of Christ and he told us that when one part of the body suffers, all suffer. When one part of the body rejoices, all rejoice. Thank you for being and living this understanding of what it means to be Church! In the midst of the terrible suffering caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, we pray that the concern and solidarity of parishes like Christ the King throughout the country will be a source of comfort and joy to those who have suffered the effects of the hurricanes.
For many months Christ the King has been discerning ways to join with St. Matthew Parish in caring for that part of the Body of Christ that is in Haiti. The result of prayer and discernment led us to commit ourselves to join in this ministry of charity. The official roll out of this new ministry in our parish will take place on the weekend of November 4-5. We have been asked to care for 350 children in one of the two elementary schools in Bois de Lance, Haiti, by providing them with lunch as often as possible. Our hope is that each member of Christ the King will be a part of this ministry whether that is by offering one meal for one child once a year or by providing a meal for a child for the entire year. If we each do what we can do, we will witness the miracle of the loaves and fishes in which the needs of all are met. Stay tuned for more about what will now be known as ‘Bridge to Bois de Lance.’ We offer a very special thank you to parishioner Barbara Gushrowski and to her steering committee who are bringing this ministry to birth and to parishioner Thomas Hirschfeld who was our very own ‘man on the ground’ in Bois de Lance during his recent trip there. We are one body!
Thank you also to all who are donating blood through our parish blood drive this weekend. It truly is the gift of life. Thank you for sharing the gift!
This past week I received a letter from Archbishop Thompson with the official appointment as pastor of Christ the King Parish. Archbishop Thompson has asked to visit the parish in the near future and I know that he will find a warm welcome here as I have found.
See you at Mass!