With joy we gather this weekend, June 6-7, for the first public celebration of weekend Masses at Christ the King since the now distant weekend of March 14-15. Our parish church has been closed for public worship for eleven long weekends. Virtual Masses have become the norm since that time and will continue to be offered for the foreseeable future. As the church reopens for public Masses, we will implement the social distancing that has become part of our lives.
this will, necessarily, limit the number of people who will be physically present in the church for Mass, but, all the same, we welcome this new beginning.
This coming week, June 8-12, Daily Masses will continue to be celebrated outdoors, Monday through Friday, at 8:30 am. All are welcome! The parish church will be open for personal prayer each day this coming week, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 pm. -3:00 pm and again each evening from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. The Blessed Sacrament is present in the main sanctuary of the church and all are encouraged to make a visit. Bring the family! After using a pew, please leave the kneeler down so that we can perform the necessary sanitizing of the places that have been occupied. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available this coming week in the Cry Room of the church, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.
The resumption of public Masses this weekend coincides with the celebration of Fr. Bonke's 50th Anniversary of Ordination. Father was ordained to the priesthood, June 6, 1970. We join with Fr. Bonke in thanking God for the gift of his priesthood and we are grateful for his faithful and generous service to our parish for the past eighteen years. We look forward to a very festive celebration of Father's jubilee later this year. In the meantime, may he know our gratitude and our joy as he marks this milestone. Happy Anniversary, Fr. Bonke!
As we gather together this weekend, we also acknowledge our sadness at the events that have taken place in our country these past weeks. May 25, George Floyd was publicly executed in Minneapolis by former police officer Derek Chauvin. For eight excruciating minutes videos captured man's inhumanity to man. George Floyd pleaded for his life and called for his mother as Chauvin held him, pinned to the ground, with his knee to his throat. Floyd's death set off nationwide protests that continue to rock the country today. This legitimate protest of brutality has, unfortunately, been hijacked by other forces that have taken the lives and the property of many other innocent people.
We pray that what happened to George Floyd may never again happen in our country. Archbishop Thompson, in his response to the tragic events of May 25th in Minneapolis, has called upon us to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit to lead us to a conversion of hearts so that we may turn away from the grave sin of racism that would make us indifferent to the horrible suffering of others. May this conversion of heart begin with each of us as we recognize and commit ourselves to uphold the God-given dignity of every human being.
In God's love,
Prayer for Police Officers, Firefighters and EMT's
God, our Father, in these turbulent times in which we live, we ask you to extend your protective hand upon police officers, firefighters and EMT's. As they risk their lives in service to your people, may they know your saving presence as they enter situations of danger and hostility. Give them wisdom and prudence in their service to the communities in which they live. Help them to exercise the sacred trust that has been placed in them with compassion and justice for all. Bless their families who share the burden of their service and grant them that peace which surpasses all understanding. May those who daily risk their lives in this way know the respect and gratitude of the communities they serve. We ask this in the name of the One in whose footsteps they walk, Jesus, your Son, Protector of us all. Amen.