After a long, but uneventful flight Deacon Michael arrived safely home to India last Sunday. He is quarantining for two weeks at his parents' home and will then meet with his Bishop to plan for his ordination. Deacon Michael has been a great gift to Christ the King. He brought joy and enthusiasm to everyone he met and to all that he did. He was a special gift to me during the long weeks of the 'stay in place' orders. I think I understand how parents feel when sons and daughters go off to college. It is all too quiet at the rectory these days! May God bless Deacon Michael and his service to the Church!
As a parish community, we owe our school administrators, teachers and staff a huge debt of gratitude. The new school year has begun well with a host of protocols in place to protect the students and teachers. In spite of all the obstacles faced, there is a spirit of joy and peace among the 318 students at the school. The good and important work of education is continuing thanks to Mr. Seib's leadership, the creative and tireless work of our teachers and the strong support and cooperation of our school parents. Thank you one and all! Christ the King Catholic School is an important ministry of our parish and we are proud to support our parish school.
Another important ministry of the parish is the RCIA. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the ordinary way in which the Catholic Church introduces herself to people wanting to know about the faith and practices of Catholics. A new season of the RCIA will begin at Christ the King on Tuesday, September 29. Letters of invitation to the RCIA are available in the narthex of the church. If you know someone who has expressed interest in knowing more about the Catholic faith, please send a letter of invitation. As a parish family the RCIA is a work of evangelization which is at the heart of our Church's mission. We all have a role to play in sharing the treasure of our faith with others and inviting and welcoming people into our community of faith. Let us anticipate the beginning of a new season of the RCIA with prayer for those who will participate and with prayer for our parish RCIA Team.
See you at Mass!