Monsignor Mike's Desk - November 19, 2017

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As we enter into this Thanksgiving week I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to you, reflecting on what I observe:  your love for CTK, your faithfulness to its mission, your generous and welcoming spirit, your care for one another, your joy evident in the many gatherings we attend, your commitment to our neighborhood and to University City.

These are gifts that are rich and inviting, lifegiving and positive.  We must not take them for granted.  So, as we approach Thanksgiving we have much to be grateful for and to build upon.  The first 90 years of life in this parish have laid a firm foundation for us to continue building up the Kingdom of God in the heart of University City.  May we be the heart of the community as we celebrate the opportunities and the gifts which God has entrusted to us for the furthering of His Kingdom.

Please join us for 9:00 a.m. Mass on Thanksgiving Day as we take a moment to give glory to God for all that is and all that shall be.

Next, we have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our 90 year heritage with the “Mass Mob” and birthday party on the Solemnity of Christ the King, Sunday, November 26, at the 10:00 a.m. mass.  Bishop Michael Sheridan, Fr Tim Foley, and Fr John Ditenhafer (if his health allows), all of our former living pastors, will join us.  Sr Rosella and other Sisters of Mercy hope to be in attendance.  Mark Reynoso and former choir members and school teachers have also been invited.   Call your former parishioner neighbors and invite them back for the celebration.

Together, we will celebrate Christ the King reigning in our lives!

Thanksgiving blessings,
Msgr Mike

Monsignor Mike's Desk - October 29, 2017

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We now have the look and feel of the autumn season upon us.  With its arrival , be reminded of two special days this week:

  • November 1, Solemnity of All Saints, a holy day of obligation.  Masses that day will be celebrated at  6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 pm
  • November 2, All Souls’ Day.  Masses will be at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  This is a special time to pray for the departed members of our family, friends, and community.

Every year at this time, Christ the King has traditionally held its Annual Giving Appeal.  We did not do this last year due to the Beyond Sunday campaign that was underway.  This year, we are putting a theme on our Annual Giving Appeal – Happy 90th Birthday To Us – as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the parish back in 1927.

In short order you will be receiving a “birthday/donation” card for this appeal.  The money will go to the repair of the roof that will commence in the spring, provided we have the money.  We have a grant request in with the Archdiocese to assist us.  A generous parish family has offered a “challenge grant” of $50,000.  They will match dollar for dollar up to $50,000.  What a great gesture, a wonderful incentive for us, and a great assist to realizing the funds needed to have the roof work done.  Please plan now to participate in this CTK Annual Giving as it will be applied to remedy our most pressing need  --  the church and rectory roof.

On November 26, the Solemnity of Christ the King, please plan on joining us for a grand celebration of the 90th birthday of our parish at the 10:00 a.m. Mass.  Former pastor and current bishop of Colorado Springs, the Most Reverend Michael Sheridan, will be our principal celebrant.  The former pastors and associates of the parish, along with the Religious Sisters of Mercy, will be invited to join us in the celebration. 

This Mass will be a featured “Mass Mob” in the Saint Louis Review, inviting former parishioners and friends to join in the festivities.  There will be a reception with food and drink and photos and artifacts from the parish archives to enjoy afterwards.  It will be a grand occasion and I hope that many of you will be part of the festivities.

May Christ the King reign in our lives.
Msgr Mike

Monsignor Mike's Desk - October 22, 2017

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Last weekend we celebrated the Anointing of the sick with 32 of our fellow parishioners at our Masses.  If you have a family member or neighbor who is homebound and would like to be anointed, receive Holy Communion, and/or celebrate Reconciliation do not hesitate to inform me.  I would be more than happy to make a home visitation.

The feast days of All Saints Day, November 1 (a holy day of obligation) and All Souls Day, November 2 are just around the corner.  I would remind you of an age old tradition in the Church that I would encourage you to exercise which is having Masses offered on behalf of your beloved deceased family members and friends. 

The process is quite simple.  Contact Karen, our parish secretary, or myself and give us the names of those you wish to have a Mass(es) offered and a preferred date/time, if you have one.  There is a suggested offering of $5 per Mass (but any offering is acceptable).  The intention/time/date is always published in the bulletin the week of the Mass celebration. Praying for the dead is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy for us; the Mass is the central focus of prayer within our Catholic tradition.  A reminder that it is always a thoughtful and spiritual gift to have a Mass celebrated for someone you know who loses a loved one.  Masses are also offered for other circumstances as well: in Thanksgiving, for a birthday, an anniversary, etc.  Envelopes are available at the doors of the church for your convenience.

Finally, it is also fitting to visit the graves of your beloved deceased on or around All Souls Day.  It is an especially good time to bring children to a gravesite and tell them stories of your beloved deceased and the gratitude you have for having had them in your life.  Help them to see that sadness and loss can give way to thanksgiving and joy for the gift they were to you in this life.

May Christ the King reign in our lives.
Msgr Mike

Monsignor Mike's Desk

How can it be that October is already upon us!?  May the cool of the autumn days soon be with us and the beauty of the changing earth remind us of the blessings of beauty that refuse to be disrupted by the human condition.

This week, three particular celebrations are on the church calendar and give us pause to pray and reflect:

  • Oct 2, The Holy Guardian Angels – They remind us of God’s love, care, and protection for us and our invitation to do the same for one another in the name of the Lord.
  • Oct 4, St Francis of Assisi – His simple life and prayer was, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith, where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.  O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”  Maybe we can all dedicate ourselves to this prayer, especially in this month.
  • Oct 7, Our Lady of the Rosary – If you haven’t prayed the rosary in a while, dust it off and contemplate the joyful, sorrowful, glorious, and luminous mysteries of life that Mary reflected upon.  These mysteries are part and parcel of all of our lives.  Joining our prayers with Mary we might draw comfort, gain insight, and be strengthened in our daily life of faith.

Last week, the bulletin carried Archbishop Carlson’s letter about the invitation to support the collection that assists the program of training for the Permanent Diaconate.  We are thrice blessed with Deacons Ray Kiely, Dave Dille and, most recently, Joe Daugherty.  As we have been so blessed, may our support of this program allow such blessings to touch other parishes with deacons of faithful service and deep faith.

May Christ the King reign in our lives.
Msgr Mike