Saint Francis once heard God calling him to rebuild his Church. Initially, Francis thought that he was being asked to physically rebuild San Damiano, a small church in Assisi that had fallen into disrepair. Later, Francis understood that the call was to something much greater. God was calling him to spiritually rebuild the universal Church. Saint Francis answered both calls admirably.
I think of Saint Francis as we begin our “50th Anniversary Fund.” With the money that is collected from August 2019 to August 2020, we hope to have the funds to make needed physical repairs and embellishments to our parish church that has served us so well for the past fifty years. At the same time, we pray that this will also be a year of spiritual rebuilding for our parish.
This spiritual rebuilding begins with faithful participation in the Sunday Mass by all the members of Christ the King Parish. The most important activity that takes place in our parish church is the celebration of the Eucharist. It is the source and the summit of our lives as Catholic Christians. Everything we are and everything we do flows from our celebration of the Eucharist. While many parishioners are faithful to Sunday Mass, many, far too many, have failed to take our Sunday obligation and privilege seriously. The recent Mass counts that were taken during the months of May and June revealed that only a third of our registered parishioners are regularly at Mass. Short of illness, age or unforeseen emergency, there simply are no valid excuses for missing Sunday Mass. To miss Mass without a serious reason is a sin against God and against the parish community. For those who have fallen out of the practice, we pray that this will be the year to return to the full, active and conscious participation in Mass that is at the heart of our lives as Catholics.
Speaking of Mass, please mark your calendars for Sunday, September 22nd. We will hold our Mass and Picnic in Broad Ripple Park on that Sunday. It is one of the rare opportunities we have to come together and celebrate Sunday Mass as one parish family. Masses will be celebrated that weekend at the parish on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. for those who cannot attend the Mass in the park. There will be no 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Mass in the parish church that day as Mass will be celebrated in Broad Ripple Park at 11:00 a.m. Mass will be followed by a picnic lunch and games. What a great opportunity to celebrate the life we share as members of Christ the King!
See you at Mass?