March 4 – Confession will be held on March 4 for all of our Religious Education students who attend class in grades 3-10. We will have four priests present to hear confessions. Our class is held from 6:30pm – 7:45pm and students celebrating confession will report to church right away. Parishioners may come for confession after the students are finished. Please note, the students must attend first.
Ash Wednesday - February 26, 2020 Mass times
Christ the King Parish 12:00 (Noon) and 6:30 pm
Ash Wednesday Masses * Mfld. Deanery
St. John’s / Mfld. * 6:30 am / 8 am / 12:10 pm (service only/confessions to follow) / 6:30 pm
Our Lady of Peace / Mfld. * 8 am / 5:30 pm
Sacred Heart / Mfld. * 8 am / 6 pm
St. Joseph / Stratford * 8:15 am / 4 pm
St. Andrew / Rozellville * 7pm
St. Michael / Hewitt * 6:30 am
St. Kilian / Blenker * 8:30 am
St. Mary /Auburndale * 6:30pm
From the Parochial Administers Desk:
Every time I type those words, it brings a huge smile to my face and lifts up my heart. Not because they repre- sent “being in charge” or I have almost “made it”, but because it is an honor to be able to serve the community of Christ the King. I do not take this responsibility lightly, and at times, yes, it is a bit overwhelming. But it is also a great re- minder to me that I am not here for myself. I am here to serve each of you to the best of my ability. To ultimately be the face of Christ to you, to bring you in closer relationship with our Heavenly Father, his only begotten Son, and with the Holy Spirit in whom he left us after he ascended into Heaven.
As you heard in our Gospel from Matthew, Jesus tells us “but I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil”. Such hard words to live by yet words that set the stage for each of us on our journey with Christ. Many times in life we are faced with decisions that express a life committed to Christ, and we are given countless opportunities to re- spond to those opportunities justly or unjustly. Our choices allow us to “turn the other cheek” or to “pray for those who persecute you”. HARD CHOICES!! But when we are able to do this, we don’t live with resentment, hate in our hearts or revenge that haunts us. We live knowing that people make wrong choices, bad decisions and sometimes those choices affect us. It’s in seeing our humanity, our brokenness that we are able to “turn the other cheek” and to “pray for those who persecute you”.
My friends, the examples Jesus gives us are meant to help us inherit the Kingdom of God. We learn to forgive because we know that ultimately, this short journey on earth will lead to eternal life, either in heaven or in hell. To love is to grow in relationship with Christ, to not love is to separate us from Him.
The examples I have seen from so many of you over this past year and half have been great in love. I have learned much from you and I look forward too many more years of friendships and great experiences. The growth we will share together is a sheer sign of God’s love for each of us! May we each see that presence in our lives and may we each encounter Jesus in all whom we meet.
From the Parochial Administers Desk:
As our Gospel starts out this weekend, “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.’”
You see that was the greatest fear for the Jewish people, that their faith, their traditions that were steeped deep in the Torah, would be threatened by what Jesus was teaching. They weren’t sure if this man could be trusted, so it became much easier to doubt and discount him altogether. Their fear turned to anger, and their anger turned to murder.
This did not deter Jesus in the slightest. He knew his destiny and knew exactly how much time he had. So he kept going... telling us that the smallest inclination leads to the bigger issue (sin). That simply looking at someone may sound ok to us. But then that thought or image is taken home. It’s fantasized about and maybe leads us to act out in other ways. That is what Jesus is warning against. Something so simple and small leading to something not so small, but into sin. The example’s our Lord gives us shows us to think before acting.
In our act of contrition, we say “I firmly resolve with the help of your grace to sin no more an to avoid the near occasion of sin.” This is why we pray these words, so those near occasions of sin are recognized and are easier seen. It is when we can see them that we can then avoid them.
My friends, the lessons of life help us to grow in our faith. We fall, we repent, and we learn from our mistakes to hopefully not commit that same mistakes over and over again. Those lessons help us to mature in our relationship with Christ and become disciples that follow his teachings. He knows we are going to make mistakes, that’s why we have the Sacrament of Reconciliation. That non judgmental opportunity for each of us to unload the extra burden that we don’t need to carry around with us.
So when we look at our lives, we should see that we are not the same person we were just last year at this time. We see those small areas in our lives that have opened us up to be more, to give more, and to be that face of Jesus to others.
Have a blessed week,
Holy Names Society Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Sunday-March 8th with serving from 8am until noon. There will also be a “Raffle Item Table” as in previous years. If you would like to make a item donation, to be raffled off, please contact Dan McNeely by Sunday-March 1st so he can set up appropriate tables to display raffle items.
There is a request to the men of the parish to give of their time and talent in all stages of preparation for this event on Saturday-March 7th and than on Sunday set-up, serving, cooking on grills in kitchen and clean-up after. Please consider calling Todd Rueth to let him know you can be counted on to lend a helping hand. Let’s makes this a very successful fundraiser, as we have done in past years.
From the Pope
Back in November, Pope Francis blessed a project that he dubbed the “Palace of the Poor,” a refurbished Calasanziane convent dating back to the early 1800s. The palace still carries the name of the Roman family that built it centuries ago: Palazzo Migliori – “Palace of the Best.”
When the nuns and the young mothers they cared for moved to other facilities, Pope Francis personally directed his Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, to turn it into a refuge where the homeless and poor of Rome can sleep, eat, and learn.
In need of “Ministers of Holy Communion” at all Mass times. Fr. Barry is extending an invitation to those who would like to become new Ministers of Holy Communion. Please consider serving in this ministry and to call the parish office, if you wish to be a part of this rewarding ministry. Your names will be submitted to the Diocesan office before becoming commissioned and after approval is given, you will receive instruction. Thank you.
From the Parochial Administers Desk:
After my first week in my new official position I have to say that I am very proud to be here at Christ the King. My excitement to serve you leads way also to fear. Please know that as I learn my new role, there will be mistakes made. I am relying heavily on our councils and the support of my brother priests as well as the Vicar for Clergy in La Crosse for this advice and guidance when questions arise. I will not jump into anything without doing the proper re- search and due diligence, weighing the positive and negative toward the growth and well being of Christ the King Parish and community.
Now for the update on the current capital campaign. We have had $42,365.00 pledged for Phase I (the building of the rectory) and we are still calculating Phase II monies (money to replenish our savings account over the next three
The current rectory was listed in early January and an offer was made last week. We countered the original offer and the future buyer accepted. The diocese, through protocol, was sent the bid and the bishop approved the sale. We should close on the house in March, at which time Judy and the parish office items will move to the Seaton Center in a classroom. The fifth-grade class is the smallest so they will be meet in the conference room for the remaining year.
The final plans are being drafted, and a contractor will be chosen after the final bids come in. This should be in the next few weeks. The original five builders have been brought down to three, Greg Brock, Henry Aumann, and John
As our Gospel passage from Matthew tells us this weekend, “you are the salt of the earth”. This passage is a well-known one taken from the Sermon on the Mount, a sort of spiritual pep-talk early in Matthew’s Gospel. The verses we just heard come only a few lines after the Beatitudes, that challenging blueprint for a God-centered life spoken so eloquently by our Lord. And by using images of salt and light Jesus is trying to make sure his listeners understand the profound impact they can have on the world, the city we live in, and the parish we worship at.
My friends, I know we have a bright future ahead of us, and as we unite to make this parish grow I promise you that I will do everything in my power to be here for you, to support you, administer the Sacraments to you, and help you grow closer in relationship to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
May God Bless your week, Your brother in Christ,
Sunday: 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM
Saturday: 4:00 PM
**New daily Mass schedule starting 1/27 **
Wed - Thurs - Fri: 8:00 AM
Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 AM
Saturday: 3:15 - 3:45 PM
Tues - Wed - Thurs: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
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Welcome to Christ the King Catholic Church! Ever since 1938 this parish has been assisting souls in their quest for deeper union with God. Our mission statement is essentially found in the stained glass window above the main altar: “For Christ our King.” Insofar as God made us and we belong to Him, we have come to... Read More