This weekend we welcome Fr. Joseph Cox from Saint Meinrad Archabbey to Christ the King for a ‘Saint Meinrad Sunday’. We all owe the monks of Saint Meinrad a tremendous debt of gratitude because the education of future priests has been one of the primary ministries of the monks at Saint Meinrad since the founding of their monastery in southern Indiana in 1857. The vast majority of our diocesan priests who serve the Archdiocese of Indianapolis have been educated and formed at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.
Periodically we host a ‘Saint Meinrad Sunday’ so that we might be kept abreast of the developments at Saint Meinrad and remember to pray for and support the monks and our future priests who are currently studying at Saint Meinrad. Among these seminarians is Michael Prakasam who has made Christ the King his home parish while studying at Saint Meinrad. Michael will be with us for Holy Week.
There will be no second collection this weekend, but each parish household should receive a mailing form Saint Meinrad with information about the ministries of the monks and opportunities to support that ministry. Saint Meinrad is certainly a worthy recipient of our charitable giving. Welcome Fr. Joseph!
Next weekend Fr. Eric Augenstein, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, will preside at the weekend Masses. Fr. Eric visits parishes throughout the year to remind us that we all have role to play in praying for and supporting vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life. When Fr. Eric was ordained in 2004, he was assigned to the Richmond Catholic Community and for three years I had the privilege of ministering with him in the three parishes of Richmond and came to appreciate his many gifts. Fr. Eric’s presence among us next weekend is a reminder to pray for him and the important ministry that has been entrusted to his hands. He will remind us that we are called to in create an environment in our homes and parishes in which vocations are promoted and cultivated. Pope Saint John Paul II once said that the health of a parish community can be gaged by the vocations it gives the Church. May Christ the King be fertile ground for vocations!
I will be away from the parish March 3-13 as I join a group of friends from Saint Mark Parish for a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal and the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. You will be in my prayers during the pilgrimage with special prayers for all at Christ the King who are sick or infirmed when I am at Lourdes.
See you at Mass again –soon!