by Fr. Todd Riebe
“How are things going at Christ the King?” That’s the question I am asked almost every day by family members, friends, brother priests, and former parishioners.
Five months into my assignment here, I can honestly answer, “Things are great at Christ the King!” At least that’s my take on things. Time continues to fly by and each day I am fortunate to meet new people and learn more about our parish.
When I first arrived in July, I said that my first goal was to learn all that I could about Christ the King to be able to appreciate all that God is doing in our midst. In these first months I have met with many different parish groups who have shared with me so much about the ministries that are taking place in the parish. So much good is being done!
With the Pastoral Council and the parish staff, we are reviewing all of the parish ministries to see which ones are up and running, which ones need a new infusion of life, and which ones may no longer be needed. God has certainly been present and active in our midst, harnessing the energy and the love of so many parishioners who quietly and without fanfare carry out these ministries, day in and day out, in the name of all of us.
It has been a special joy to visit senior parishioners in their homes, to join parish families for dinner, and to meet with parishioners who stop by just to chat. Through these encounters, I continue to grow in appreciation for the love and devotion that the people of Christ the King have for their parish.
Our blessings are many and in this most special season of the year it is good for us to thank God, who is the giver of every good gift, for all that we enjoy as a parish community. We have much for which to be grateful and in this season of giving thanks, I especially thank God for the privilege of serving as the eighth pastor of Christ the King parish.
Together with Fr. Bonke, I wish everyone peace and joy at this most special time of year. And, of course, “See you at Mass!”