Two very important events for our parish community will take place in these days.
This Sunday, September 9, we will gather in church for a Holy Hour of Reparation from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. We will spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament praying for our Church. There will be an opportunity to share prayer as we open our hearts to God and to one another as we grapple with the clerical sex abuse scandal that has impacted us all.
The Body of Christ is wounded and in need of healing. First and foremost, we will pray for peace and healing for all who have suffered at the hands of clergy and other Church ministers. We will pray that our faith be strengthened as we move forward and that the Church will take the necessary actions to ensure that this sad chapter in our history will never repeat itself again. The Holy Hour will allow us to honestly share our feelings and our hopes with one another and with God. Psalm 34 reminds us, “The Lord is close to the broken hearted.”
Next Sunday, September 16th, we will gather at Broad Ripple Park for a Mass and Picnic in the Park at 11:00 a.m. This, too, will afford us the opportunity to come together as a parish community to celebrate the faith we share and strengthen the bonds that unite us. We are here for one another in good times and in bad. Our presence at the Mass and Picnic in the Park will be a gift to the community and a public witness to the strength of our faith especially in these difficult times.
This is the only time you will ever hear me say that I don’t want to see anyone at Mass at Christ the King next weekend. Instead, I hope to see everyone at Broad Ripple Park at 11:00 a.m. Don’t miss this historic occasion for Christ the King. It won’t be complete without you!
See you at Mass – at Broad Ripple Park!