Praised be Jesus Christ! This weekend Saint John’s will be rolling out their Mother Streitel Center project. They’re finishing the church basement and it will contain classroom space, the Saint John Paul II Adoration chapel, and a bathroom. I’ll let you know when it’s done so that you can sign up for a weekly hour of Adoration (some of you are already doing this). The projects around Christ the King are basically already done for the year, which is a reason to rejoice. As you know, we did some work on our perennial water issues last fall on the East side of the church. And while it was a significant improvement, we still had some water in the basement as the frost went out. My parents’ home is similar – sometimes it’s as if the building sits on a spring that is irrepressible. Moving right along, two months ago we replaced all of the church siding. In the pro- cess we also did a thorough job of insulating both the walls and the attic – much to the dismay of a bat who decided to attend the 4:00 p.m. Mass one Saturday back in April! This winter the difference will be noticeable, especially for those who are members of the choir. And speaking of the choir, we are at a point in our parish history when the biggest challenges will be to replenish the ranks of parishioners who are actively involved. Some of you sing very well and the Holy Spirit might inspire you to come up and help lead the singing. Others could help us with being a reader (Lector) or an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. If you see a need, please do not be bashful: let me or Deacon Jeff know and we’ll sign you up (you can also call the parish office). Back to parish improvements: we now have a big screen TV in the basement for all of the Packer games this fall. I’m just kidding; by this point in the article I wonder how many people are still reading . . . . The TV is for overflow crowds, such as Christmas, Easter, big funerals, and once in a while the 4:00 p.m. Mass (when 75% of Loyal’s population is present). We’ve been in violation of our fire code at times and this will allow us to send the latecomers to the basement where they can watch and see the Mass just fine. We’ll send someone down with Jesus for Communion too. We also updated our parish sign and it’s both noble and easy to read. As far as future projects, the pews are aging rapidly and we have a plan for replacing them when the time comes. Moreover, our sound system is still working pretty well, but when it dies we have a plan in place to replace it. Thanks to some ob- servant parishioners and an exceptional parish staff, the church and grounds are among the most beautiful in the whole dio- cese. Before I close, I’d like to remind you to welcome and pray for the Sisters who will be coming to lead our summer school from June 11-15th. Many of our young people have never seen a Sister in a religious habit and this will be a real gift for us. The Sisters come to us from Ann Arbor, Michigan and are members of the Dominican order (i.e. formed by Saint Dominic in the 13th century). Because this is our first time hosting the Sisters, we’ll need your prayers so that all will go smoothly. We are planning an evening when you’ll be invited to come and meet the Sisters in person. When I was a kid we had Sisters come every summer to teach us our faith and they did a wonderful job of inspiring us and allowing us to have some fun too. Of course, part of it was just the joy of getting off the farm for a few days – have I ever mentioned how difficult my upbringing was?! Okay, thus ends this “state of the parish” update. Thanks for tuning in.
May God help us to build our faith on the rock of His Son’s sacrifice, so that we will love Him in the Mass!
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Saturday: 3:15 - 3:45 PM
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Friday: 8:30 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