Next Thursday our parish school will begin a new academic year. In spite of the uncertainty that the pandemic has created in our lives, a new school year always begins with a sense of excitement and hope. As teachers are busy preparing their classrooms, that excitement and hope can be felt. Many protocols have been studied and put in place to do all that we can to protect our students in these unprecedented times. Please pray for our administrators and teachers whose generosity, adaptability and creativity make it possible for students to resume 'in person' learning as the 2020-2021 school year begins. Let us pray for the safety and well-being of students everywhere.
This past week we began the new daily Mass schedule and this Saturday, August 15, which is the Solemnity of Mary's Assumption, the Saturday morning 8:30 a.m. resumes once again. Our weekday Communion Services have also resumed. Copies of the new schedule are available in the church vestibule.
Last week, Archbishop Thompson and the bishops of Indiana, as a precaution, lifted the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass until November 1. While it is not meant to discourage Catholics from participating in Mass, it is meant to protect those who are most vulnerable to the virus. We have seen an increase in the number of people participating in weekend Masses, and we rejoice at the possibility to be together again for the Eucharist and some parish activities. We continue to encourage parishioners to take all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. Hopefully, these important precautions are becoming second nature to us now. We thank Karen Alley for the many hours she has spent sanitizing the pews between Masses. It is a labor of love and we are grateful to Karen.
Plans for updating the church as we mark the 50th anniversary of the building of the present church continue. The actual work has been delayed, but not stopped, by the corona virus. We hope to begin the work early in 2021. This allows us to accommodate several couples whose marriages had to be rescheduled due to the virus. The updating foresees refinishing the pews, new flooring, new kneeler pads and creating a choir space. We are getting closer each week to reaching our goal of raising $300,000 for the updating. Donations for the project can be made through the end of the year.
Let us be especially mindful of our parishioners who reside in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Restrictions on visits continue, but a phone call, a card or a note could be a beautiful reminder to these brothers and sisters of the important place they have in our community of faith and the place they have in our prayers.
In person or virtually-
See you at Mass! Fr. Todd
Outdoor Holy Hour
A wonderful group of young adults is preparing an outdoor Holy Hour at Christ the King to be held on Thursday, August 27, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed and the prayer will include Praise and Worship music and intercessory prayer. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available during the Holy Hour. The evening will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Mark your calendars now and join the parish family in prayer!