This past week Father Jean-Maxene Tristant of Bois de Lance, Haiti visited both Christ the King and Saint Matthew parishes. “Pere Max” spoke at the 10:00 am Mass at Christ the King and expressed his gratitude for our Bridge to Boise de Lance Project by which we provide the funds needed to offer meals every school day for the 421 students of Father’s two parish schools. Parishioners from both parishes who have made mission trips to Bois de Lance have returned with inspiring stories of Fr. Max and his ministry in Haiti. It was wonderful to meet him in person and host him at the rectory. I echo Fr. Max’s gratitude to all who have contributed funds throughout the year to support the lunch program and I hope that Fr. Max’s visit will encourage us to continue to offer this valuable support to the children of Bois de Lance.
Our Evangelization Team is sponsoring an initiative to help us be a more visible presence in the neighborhood in which we live. The Broad Ripple Village Association and the Broad Ripple Kiwanis organize a monthly neighborhood cleanup day on the first Saturday of each month. Saturday, November 2, which is all Souls Day, parishioners are invited to participate in the 8:30 am Mass and then, after coffee and donuts, assemble at the Broad Ripple Firehouse at 6330 Guilford Avenue at 10:00 am to receive an assignment. Gloves, rakes, brooms and buckets will be provided. Parishioners who participate are encouraged to wear Christ the King spirit wear. We hope to see a great contingent of parishioners for November’s Neighborhood Cleanup Day!
This Sunday the Evangelization Team is also hosting a ‘Welcome Breakfast’ for all who have recently registered in the parish. The breakfast will be in the Saint Joseph Meeting Room of the school immediately following the 10:00 am Mass. May all who have chosen to make their spiritual home at Christ the King find a warm welcome among us!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to last weekend’s second collection for our Youth Ministry Program. More than forty of our parish high school students will participate in the upcoming National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC). Proceeds from the second collection will help offset expenses for families who have youth participating in the NCYC. Contributions may continue to be made through November.
See you at Mass!