Deacon Michael has met with his bishop and his ordination to the priesthood has been set for Sunday, October 18. The ordination will take place at the cathedral in Palayamkottai. Deacon Michael's First Mass will be celebrated the following day in his parish church in his hometown. We rejoice with Deacon Michael and his family and are united in prayer asking God to richly bless his priestly ministry.
This past Tuesday the plans for the updating of our parish church were approved by the Archdiocesan Art and Architecture Committee. They will now be sent to Archbishop Thompson for final approval. The Art and Architecture Committee suggested moving the baptismal font from the sanctuary to the step right below the sanctuary and the updated drawings in the narthex reflect this change. The earlier panoramic view of the church did not show the spaces created for wheelchairs and handicapped seating. The new drawings reflect the six places in the back of church that will accommodate wheelchairs and parishioners with walkers. The church will seat 506 people which was especially important to the Art and Architecture Committee as the number of weekend Masses will inevitably decrease in the coming years with the scarcity of priests.
Many thanks to those who continue to make the updating possible through gifts to the 50th Anniversary Fund.
Thursday, September 24, a group of young adults will once again host a Holy Hour at Christ the King from 7:00 . - 8:00 pm. The Holy Hour will take place on the lawn outside the Adoration Chapel and will include Praise and Worship music and the possibility to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and the family and join other parishioners in an hour of prayer and adoration.
The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments has released a document entitled, "Let Us Return to the Eucharist with Joy." The document invites Catholics, who have been away from personal participation in Mass due to the pandemic, to return to the faithful celebration of Sunday Mass as soon as circumstances allow. We have seen a gradual increase in Mass attendance each weekend and look forward to that day when we will all be together again. We will continue to offer the 8:00 am Sunday Mass outdoors as long as weather permits. Bring a lawn chair - and a sweater to Mass!
See you at Mass!