From the Parochial Administrators Desk:
In this weekend’s Gospel story from Matthew we see Jesus being transfigured before Peter, James, and John. This, of course, wasn’t their first meeting. They had been following him and listening to him and wondering about him for some time. And that meant that they did know him at some level, did have a few pieces of the puzzle, did have some understanding of who Jesus was. But they didn’t have the whole picture. And Jesus, evidently, felt that the time was right to show them another side of himself, give them a more complete picture, challenge them to accept the deepest realities about him.
This is somewhat the same as what we are going through here at Christ the King. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing myself to Jesus in any stretch of the imagination. What I’m referring to is I’ve been with you now since July of 2018, (mostly as your associate pastor) so you have each gotten to know me at some level. But as my new assignment started January 28, 2020 more is being revealed of my duties here at Christ the King. And upon my arrival as the parochial administrator, new challenges have presented themselves. The first being where will I live and where will I work out of. The majority have agreed we need to move forward as a parish and build a rectory with office space. Builders have been contacted, plans have been drawn up and at the time of this writing, both councils will have been presented the bids, and a builder will be selected. Our hope is that this spring we will begin the building project.
So where are we? To date, 152 families have made pledges for phase 1 (new rectory) or toward phase 2 (rebuilding of our savings account), or both. This total is $68,000 for phase 1 and $ 51,000 for phase 2. With the money on-hand and the sale of the current office/rectory we are able to secure the builder and begin construction, which the diocese has approved. That does not leave much money for the remainder of what will be done after the house is complete. Lawn, sidewalks, window dressings, etc..
I was asked by a parishioner why I am only counting on 200 parishioners (in my initial letter) to help with this project. The reality is that not everyone will be in agreement with the project, others are simply not able to give, but instead offer prayers which are so desperately needed, and others simply don’t feel it necessary. My hope and prayer is that we can reach that 200 family goal and make this project a total success for our Christ the King faith community.
We have asked that all money for phase 1 be received by March 12th so we can place the proper deposits down. If you need longer, but feel called to give to phase 1, please just note that on the pledge card, we in turn will note that on the spreadsheet.
My friends, as we continue to reflect on our readings from this weekend, we see that our relationship with Christ is in constant discovery. We get to know Him, we grow in union with Him, and this develops over time, sometimes a lifetime. But as we get to know him, we discover that trust of Him, that love with Him, and that feeling we are never alone. But every time we go a little deeper, every time we begin to understand a little more, we are enriched, we are transformed, we are drawn deeper into a life of real and lasting meaning and purpose and joy. To know God, in the fullest sense of that word, is to commune with the Divine ... and thereby open up the possibility of entering into a loving relationship with the One who is Love.
These past few months I have seen that love He has for this parish, things have fallen in place, doors have opened, hearts have opened, and we are growing this parish together. If this was not meant to be, none of this would be happening. My prayers during this process has remained the same, “Father, if this is your will, if this is what is suppose to happen, please make it so.” With your continued help, Christ the King will continue to grow and that love will continue to flourish among us.
Blessings for an enriched Lent,