This weekend with great joy we welcome Archbishop Charles Thompson to Christ the King! Archbishop Thompson was installed as the seventh Archbishop of Indianapolis on July 28, 2017. He is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Archbishop Thompson studied at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in southern Indiana and was ordained to the priesthood in 1987. After serving in many different positions in the Archdiocese of Louisville, he was appointed the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Evansville by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011 where he served until his appointment by Pope Francis as our Archbishop. Welcome Archbishop Thompson!
We also welcome Fr. Steve Jarrell home to Christ the King as he concelebrates the Mass with Archbishop Thompson. Fr. Steve is always a welcome presence and we are delighted that he will be our special guest and speaker at the upcoming King’s Court Mass and Luncheon on Tuesday, February 13. Fr. Steve will share with us his early experiences of retirement and the ministries in which he is involved.
A very special thank you to all who helped make our Christmas celebrations at Christ the King the beautiful and prayerful expression of faith that they have been. Thank you to the Arts and Environment Committee for transforming the church from the simplicity of Advent into the splendor of Christmas in record time. Thank you to the choirs and musicians who helped us raise our minds and hearts to God in glorious song and thank you to all the servers and liturgical ministers who fulfilled their roles with generosity during the many special celebrations of the Christmas season.
One of the wonderful gifts our parish received in 2017 was the gift of Seminarian Michael Prakasam. Michael is studying at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and is from the Diocese of Palayamkottai in Tamilnadu India. He will be ordained to the priesthood in 2020. While studying in the United States, Christ the King has been chosen as Michael’s home parish. He spent the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with us and has been a very visible, active and joyful presence in the parish. We look forward to welcoming him home to Christ the King during Holy Week and Easter and, in the meantime, promise him our prayers. God bless you, Michael!
Please keep in mind the three New Year’s resolutions we propose for our parish community in 2018: 1) Be on time for Mass; 2) Make a weekly visit to the Blessed Sacrament; 3) Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the beginning of this New Year of Grace. Happy New Year!
See you at Mass!