Happy Fourth of July! As we celebrate the birth of our country, we pray that peace will be restored and that all people will enjoy the benefits our country affords. Please remember the opportunities for prayer that are available to us on this Fourth of July. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am at Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, the rosary will be prayed at Christ the King at noon and the Adoration Chapel is available throughout the day for prayer.
I share some summer updates.
The daily Mass schedule will continue throughout the summer. Mass is celebrated each day, Monday through Friday at 8:30 am. With the beginning of the new school year in August, there will be some adjustments to the daily Mass schedule and the Communion Services. These changes will be announced soon.
The Parish Office will reopen this Monday. July 6, 2021. Office hours during the month of July will be 9:00 am. - 1:00 pm. The staff continues to be available by telephone for those who prefer to do business from home.
The planned renovations to the church will be postponed until January-February. The architect has continued working on the plans for creating a choir space and updating the sanctuary and the plans will be presented to the Archdiocesan Office of Worship for approval this summer. By postponing the actual renovation, we are able to reschedule some of the weddings that have been affected by the pandemic. It also gives us an additional three months to raise the funds for the renovation. Thank you to everyone who has made a gift to the Anniversary Fund to date. Our goal is $300,000.00 and we are close!
Deacon Michael continues to be a gift to us at Christ the King. His ordination to the priesthood in India was originally scheduled for July 27th, but, unfortunately, has been postponed to a later date because of the pandemic. We anxiously await the resumption of international flights so that Michael can return to India and a new date can be set for his ordination. Please keep Deacon Michael in prayer and let him know how grateful we are for his presence among us at Christ the King.
Dave Thompson has been busy directing the summer cleaning of the school in preparation for a new school year. We are grateful to the crew that is carefully cleaning and sanitizing the classrooms as we look forward to the new school year. Mr. Seib has been carefully studying the 44 pages of protocols that have been established by the State of Indiana detailing all that must be done to reopen the school in a way that will safeguard the health of the students, their families and the staff of our school. Thank you, and God bless you, Mr. Seib!
Finally, not a week has gone by during these past weeks in which new parishioners have not registered in the parish. We extend a welcome to these new members and thank them for throwing their lot in with us during these most unusual of times. Welcome to Christ the King!
See you at Mass!