With the passing of Labor Day and the reopening of all of our area schools, the lazy, hazy days of summer are over. Life returns to ‘normal’ for our families and for our parish family of Christ the King.
As our children and youth have returned to school and are once again ‘hitting the books’, it is time for the adults of the parish to do the same. Our formation as disciples of Jesus is a lifelong process and we are blessed with many opportunities to give ourselves to this important work of formation.
We are blessed with opportunities for parish adults to ‘hit the book’ together and that book is, of course, the Bible. The Church’s great scripture scholar, St. Jerome, once said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” A study of the prophets of the Bible is being offered on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. and the same study is offered on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The morning session is a great opportunity for parishioners who do not like to drive at night to participate in a Bible Study. Wednesday evenings “The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study” is being presented from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This is a beautiful introduction to the Bible and the sweep of God’s loving plan of salvation history that the Bible records. The Bible studies take place in the St. Joseph Meeting Room and all are welcome to join us for any or all of the sessions. It’s time for all of us “to hit the book!”
Sunday, October 8, Christ the King School Commission and the Parish Faith Formation Committee will host the first ever ‘Pint Night’. Notre Dame Theologian and author of the book, “Bored Again Catholic,” Tim O’Malley, will join us at the Bier Brewery, 5133 East 65th Street, for a ‘spirited’ discussion of the Mass. The goal of Pint Night is to offer adult parishioners the opportunity to come together to learn about and discuss the Catholic faith in a relaxed social setting. Please mark your calendars for October 8.
Parishioners who are looking to energize their spiritual lives are encouraged to consider participating in an upcoming Cursillo Weekend. Cursillo is a weekend retreat that is similar in some ways to Christ Renews His Parish. Cursillo offers participants a method to continue the experience of spiritual renewal long after the weekend is over. I will serve as the Spiritual Director at the upcoming men’s Cursillo Weekend, October 5-8, and will give one of the talks at the Women’s Weekend, October 19-22. I am happy to speak with anyone who might be interested in making a Cursillo Weekend. Additional information is also available at www.cursillo-cicc.org.
The Book of Ecclesiastes tells us, “There is a time for every purpose.” We thank God for the lazy, hazy days of summer – and we thank God for the opportunities to grow in our faith that are part of this new season of our parish’s life.
See you at Mass!