Father Samuel Martin and Father Nathaniel Kuhn and the staff here at Christ the King Parish wish to extend a “Blessed Easter” to you and your families!
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While sacramentals were present from the very beginnings of the Church, we do not have any compilation of sacramentals until the fifth century. At that time, the Roman Church began putting together all of the liturgical texts of the priest into a single volume called the “sacramentary.” This included, besides the text for celebrating Mass, “the prayers [a bishop] wants at the consecration of a church and many exorcisms, blessings, and consecrations that are now inserted in the Pontifical and Ritual.”
This type of liturgical book was generally used up until the middle ages, when the Rituale Romanum was introduced that separated the prayers at Mass from the various sacramental blessings. During the middle ages each diocese had their own Ritualand so there lacked any uniformity. That is why the Pope Paul V instituted the Rituale Romanum in 1614 that was meant to be used broadly throughout the Church. This book was then revised in 1752 and contained “a large collection of blessings for various objects.”
REMINDER to Parishioners * 24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration – 2016 -First Friday – April 1 through April 2, 2016 ** Starting at 9 am on Friday an ending at 9 am on Saturday) Note: There will be a prayer petition book placed out the week prior to our First Friday Eucharistic Adoration. Anyone wishing to have petitions offered during Adoration may enter their petition into the book and they will be prayed for. Attention: Church doors are locked @ 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. if you are coming to pray during this time please knock on door (under carport) 5 minutes before the start of each hour and you will be let in by person already inside of church
Divine Mercy Sunday April 3, 2016 Christ the King Parish, Spencer
1 p.m. * Eucharistic Adoration
1:15 pm * Year of Mercy Presentation by Fr. Nathaniel Kuhn
1:45 pm * Confession heard by Fr . Martin & Fr. Kuhn
2:30 * Chaplet of Divine Mercy
2:50 pm * Benediction
Please join us in this afternoon of prayer !
On the weekend of April 2 and 3, 2016 * 2016 Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Annual collection will take place. The ladies for our Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW) will be taking up a second collection at all weekend masses. Proceeds are used for spirituality days, education, conventions, workshops, leadership training, support, and charitable works that take place during the upcoming year throughout the Diocese of La Crosse.
* Evenings of Recollection * Eucharistic Adoration and Reflection * Meditations in honor of the “Year of Mercy” led by Father Samuel Martin * Evenings will alternate between the parishes of St.. John’s / Mfld and Christ the King / Spencer . Time: 6:30 pm-8 pm . on April 7, 2016 @ Christ the King Theme: Poverty, Chastity and Obedience
Mark your calendars: Annual Father / Son Breakfast will be hosted by the Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW) on Sunday-April 10, 2016 after the 8 a.m. mass. Grandfathers, fathers, sons, godfathers and men who have given guidance to our families are extended an invitation to come to the dining hall of church and enjoy breakfast, after mass. We look forward to seeing you on this Sunday morning.
Youth Rummage Sale May 12 & 13 the youth will be holding a rummage sale at St. John’s in the Columbia Rm. You are invited to donate your gently used items by bringing them during office hours to St. John’s rel. ed. Office on Wed afternoon, May 11 from 3-6pm or Thur., May 12 from noon -3pm. You are also invited to come purchase items from this sale to support our youth. Sale times are Thurs., May 12, 3-6pm and Fri., May 13, 8am-5pm St. John's school Columbia Room 307 N. Walnut Ave. For more info. please contact Mr. Dan Kitzhaber.
Support Pilgrims preparing for World Youth Day Pilgrimage 2016. There are adults and youth from our parish attending “World Youth Day” from July 19th thru August 4. To raise monies for this trip there is : “Italian Date Night Dinner” offering a menu typical of Rome and its environs. Friday-April 1, 2016 * 6 p.m. Social with 6:30 pm dinner @ Schuh Hall of St. John the Baptist Church in Mfld. Advanced ticket sales only : cost per person $40.00 To purchase tickets or for more information please contact Dan Kitzhaber @ 715-389-4989 – Ext. 3
During the Protestant Reformation, sacramentals were one of the first things the Reformers abandoned. The Reformers sought to have a church that was more centered on the Bible and so took great lengths to eliminate anything “extra.” However, as we will see, sacramentals are far from “extra” and not only have roots in Sacred Scripture, but have a long history that dates back to the very beginnings of the Church.
While sacramentals are, strictly speaking, instituted by the Church, they all have a common foundation in Sacred Scripture. In fact, in the updated Book of Blessings we read how the first part of every blessing is to have passage from Scripture. This is meant “to ensure that the blessing is a genuine sacred sign, deriving its meaning and effectiveness from God’s word that is proclaimed.” Even in theRoman Ritual we see echoes of events in Salvation History embedded in the prayers of blessing. The Church has always been mindful to not institute a sacramental without some sort of biblical basis. To help illustrate this reality, I will go through a few examples.
Holy Week Masses @ Christ the King Parish
Holy Thursday-March 24, 2016 * Mass @ 8 p.m.
Good Friday-March 25, 2016 * Service @ 1 p.m.
Holy Saturday-March 26, 2016 * Mass @ 8 p.m.
Easter Sunday-March 27, 2016 Mass @ 8 a.m. and Mass @ 10 a.m.
Holy Thursday– March 24 -” Washing of the Feet” 12 participants are needed in order for this to take place
Holy Thursday– March 24 - Eucharistic Adoration after 8 p.m. mass until midnight
Divine Mercy Sunday - April 3rd: Christ the King will offer a Divine Mercy Sunday presentation beginning with Eucharistic Adoration at 1pm. Father Kuhn will speak on the Year of Mercy at 1:15pm. Both Fr. Martin and Fr. Kuhn will hear Confessions at 1:45pm followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 2:30pm and Benediction at 2:50pm.
*Evenings of Recollection* Eucharistic Adoration and Reflection * Meditations in honor of the “Year of Mercy” led by Father Samuel Martin * Evenings will alternate between the parishes of St.. John’s / Mfld and Christ the King / Spencer . Time: 6:30 pm-8 pm . on April 7, 2016 @ Christ the King Theme: Poverty, Chastity and Obedience
Ministry Participants: The ministry schedule will be worked on for May / June / July / August 2016 . Please let parish office know if you will stepping down from your ministry position so the next ministry schedule can be adjusted properly.. Deadline is: Monday - April 11 @ Noon … ** There is a need of participants in the ministries of lector / servers/ crucifix bearers / Ushers at weekend masses. Please consider using your time and talent to help out at these masses. There are reference guides, in the sacristy, that help you to prepare for the weekend masses. If you have any questions about a particular ministry do not hesitate to ask Father Martin or one of the ministry participants who are in that particular ministry that you have a interest in. If you would like to be a Minister of Holy Communion please talk to Father Martin as there is certain protocol for this ministry.
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 from Our Pastor
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