I continually stand in awe of the many, many parishioners who generously give of their time and talent to make so many wonderful opportunities possible for all of us at Christ the King. This past weekend was a case in point.
The weekend began with the first of our Friday Stations of the Cross. The men of our Saint Joseph’s Men’s Fellowship Groups led us well in this beautiful Lenten devotion. That was immediately followed by the parish’s first Fish Fry that brought parishioners and friends together for a delicious Lenten Meal. Chris and Morgan Duffy and Brant and Shannon Yeskie and their crew, once again, did an amazing job.
By Saturday morning Tuohy Hall was being transformed into a beautiful venue for our Father/ Daughter Dance. An absolutely wonderful group of parish moms provided an enchanting evening for our parish fathers and daughters. The girls sparkled and the dads cleaned up well!
As the Father/Daughter Dance was taking place, parish graduates from the awesome Class of 2018 were enjoying a meal and social time together in the Saint John Bosco Youth Center. Our Youth Minister, Ann Collins, brought the youth together to share memories and reconnect with classmates who are studying in various high schools. It was wonderful to have the Class of 2018 together again at the 5:00 p.m. Mass.
As dads and daughters were dancing the night away and as sounds of laughter flowed from the Saint John Bosco Youth Center, the Tamil Community was arriving to celebrate Mass in the Tamil language in our parish church. Once a month, a group of Catholics living in Indianapolis who are originally from Tamil Nadu, India, join the Tamil priests serving the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for a Mass and devotions at Christ the King. Following the Mass the group gathered in the rectory for food and fellowship. We owe the Tamil community a huge debt of gratitude for the wonderful priests that they are sharing with us in our Archdiocese and we are happy to host them at CTK.
This weekend was also Hospitality Weekend. Cindy Stansberry and the very gracious members of the Hospitality Ministry provided refreshments after all of the Masses. The addition of donuts on Sunday has been a big hit with the children who eagerly look forward to Hospitality Weekend each month! At the same time, Diane Lihota and our newly-energized Our Lady’s Rosary Makers were present at all of the Masses offering free rosaries as we begin the Lenten Season.
Sunday saw the Children’s Choir, under the direction of Melissa Buechler and accompanied by Rose Sterger, singing at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. At the same Mass our recently instituted Children’s Liturgy of the Word made the Gospel come alive for the children of the parish thanks to the wonderful group of Catechists who stepped forward to make this ministry possible.
At the 11:30 a.m. Mass we celebrated the Rite of Sending of the adults preparing to be received into the Catholic Church. That same group joined Cindy Flaten and our RCIA Team at the Cathedral in the afternoon to present our catechumens and candidates to the Archbishop. They are now among ‘the elect’ who have been chosen to celebrate the sacraments of initiation at this year’s Easter Vigil. While all of this was going on, a group of 37 CTK high school students preparing for their Confirmation on May 1 were meeting for a day long retreat at the clubhouse at Louis J. Jenn Park under the direction of Ann Collins, a dedicated group of parishioners and a Retreat Team from Fatima Retreat House.
It takes a parish to be a parish! To all who give time, talent and energy to make all that we do at Christ the King possible, thank you!
See you at Mass!