Monsignor Mike's Desk

Monsignor Mike's Desk - January 14, 2018


We extend our CONGRATULATIONS to our CTK children who celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the very first time this past Thursday. (Their names are listed elsewhere in the bulletin today.)  May they always know of the tender mercy and great love that Jesus has for them.  May they, in turn, learn to follow Jesus in offering forgiveness and hope throughout their lives. 

The recent cold snap has caused some major problems that had to be quickly addressed.  Just a couple of days before school resumed a motor dealing with our boiler system shot craps and had to be replaced.  Also, a water main erupted on our property causing the ice you may have seen on Dartmouth.  It needed to be dug up, extracted, replaced, filled and asphalted back together.  I have some “costly” photos to offer for your viewing pleasure.

Finally, our CTK Annual Giving/90th Anniversary Roof Fund Drive will officially end January 31st.  We are narrowing the gap between donations and the goal.  Another generous parishioner, inspired by the first challenge gift, has stepped up to help us succeed by offering to match whatever else comes in these last two weeks up to $5,000.  There is still time for those of you we have not heard from to step up and be a part of our parish effort to secure our church roof for the next couple of generations.  As has been done for us by those who have gone before, so may we do for those who have yet to come to Christ the King!

Roof Fund Report as of 1/8/18 
GOAL: $200,000
TOTAL TO DATE: $139,982 + $40,900 (from Beyond Sunday) = $180,882

May Christ the King reign in our lives.
Msgr Mike


Monsignor Mike's Desk - December 17, 2017


Last week, Old World Roofing was here applying some stop gap measures to the more seriously compromised parts of our church roof and gutters.  This will get us through the winter until the big project begins sometime in spring.  To recap the project status:

· GOAL:  $200,000
· DONATED AMOUNT:  $52,890  +  $50,000 (CHALLENGE GIFT ACHIEVED) = $143,790 (as of 12/10)
· PERCENTAGE OF CTK PARTICIPATION:  19%  (74/420 CTK households)
· DONATIONS RECEIVED SINCE 12/10:  $6,503 = $150,293  (81/420) = 19% CTK households

Here’s hoping that gifts of gratitude will continue to come to this worthy effort for the parish.

Next Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent AND Christmas Eve.  Do not be confused on this complicated weekend.  The morning Masses are for the 4th Sunday of Advent.  The 5 p.m. Mass next Sunday evening is the first of the Christmas Eve celebrations, with the 10 p.m. Mass to follow.

Is everything in readiness — I don’t mean your shopping your trees and decorations, I mean YOU.  Are you ready, have you taken a moment to be welcoming and inviting of the Lord to be born once again into your life.  Emmanuel means “God is with us”.  What could and what should that mean to you, and what difference can it make in your living, loving, reconciling, hoping, and celebrating?

May Christ the king reign in our lives.
Msgr Mike


Monsignor Mike's Desk - December 10, 2017


As you well know by now, the CTK Annual Giving campaign was given the theme: “90th Anniversary: Happy Birthday to Us”

My intention is to give particular focus to exactly where the annual campaign funds will be allocated each year.  This year, the monies will be designated for the repair and replacement of our 78 year old church/rectory clay tile roof.  In the back of the bulletin are sample photos of some of the problems we have.

The suggested plan is to remove all the tiles on the  church/rectory complex to access the felt underlayment which needs complete replacement.  There may also be need in some places to replace some wood decking that has deteriorated.  It is estimated that up to one third of the tiles would need replacement while the others would be reinstalled.  The copper downspouts and gutters would also be replaced.  And, of course, there is the scaffolding expense. 

The bid will come in two phases:  Phase 1 deals with the west side of the church and the rectory roof, downspouts and gutters.  The cost is $200,000.  Phase 2  will deal with the east side of the church roof and the bell tower.  That will be pending as to the level of success with this year’s campaign.

How is our current campaign going you might ask; here is the latest report.

GOAL: $200,000   DONATIONS TO DATE: $52,890  +  $50,000 matching grant achieved  = $102,890  +  $40,900  BEYOND SUNDAY rebate = $143,790.

In addition, we have submitted a grant application for $50,000 to the Archdiocese “Ensuring Parish Viability“ Fund.  We will receive word as to the reward in January.  To date, 74 CTK households (out of a possible 420) have contributed to this effort – 17% of the parishioners.

This beautiful parish church serves everyone.  I would hope that as we come to the end of the year that we would hear from more of our parishioners.  Depending upon the grant award we still need between $7,000 - $57,000.   Some told me during the “Beyond Sunday” campaign that they would rather see all their donation go directly to the parish – NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!  Given the makeup of our parish and the pride demonstrated, I find it hard to imagine a less than 50% response to this effort.  I urge you to please be an active part of this campaign.

May Christ the King reign in our lives.

Msgr Mike


Monsignor Mike's Desk - December 3, 2017



What a birthday celebration/Mass Mob we experienced last Sunday!  If you were here last Sunday no explanation is necessary; if you were not, no explanation is possible.  The spirit of faith, community, reunion, and celebration were on grand display.

We are grateful to Bishop Michael Sheridan for presiding at the liturgy, and to Father Tim Foley for being present.  Fr Ditenhafer would have liked to have been there but his health prevented him from doing so.  Sister Rosella, who served here for 40 years, and a couple of other SIsters of Mercy joined in the celebration.  We were honored to have University City Mayor Shelly Welsch present and grateful for the proclamation issued in honor of the parish.

The song and music were outstanding, the grade school kids’ artwork that adorned the program was magnificent.  The deacons, ushers/greeters, servers, lectors, Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, art and environment of the sanctuary all added to the joyful and profound ceremonies.

The MRC was a beehive of reunion, visitation, and memory all the while enjoying the reception food and drink.  The grade school ambassadors gave many a tour to the curious and those reminiscing. 

The bulletins over the past several weeks helped prepare us for the celebration with many photos of people, times and scenarios that helped us progress to this point.  Last week’s bulletin was a definite “keeper” with the many photos of days gone by.  The “birthday card” annual giving card and matching yard banner were very attractive and appealing as they conveyed our need as well as our celebration.

Thank you, one and all, who volunteered to make this a celebration for the ages.  Many of our guests who faithfully attend “mass mobs” praised our efforts, prayer, welcoming community spirit, and joy.

It was truly a moment of pride, celebration, and gratitude to Christ our King for the gift of faith and all good gifts.

May Christ the King reign in our lives!

Msgr Mike


Monsignor Mike's Desk - November 26, 2017


Welcome, one and all, to the 90th birthday celebration of Christ the King parish!

Thank you to our former pastors, Fr John Ditenhafer, Bishop Michael Sheridan, and Fr Tim Foley for joining us for Mass on this wonderful day.

I received notes of Congratulations and best wishes from former associates Fr Jay Hughes, Fr John Deeken, and Fr Rich Coerver who are unable to be with us this day.

The Religious Sisters of Mercy, who served this parish for so many years, are present with us today.  

We welcome former parishioners, visitors to our parish, and our present parish family, all who gather together this day to give honor and glory to God for the faith filled and dynamic presence of our parish in the life of University City.

Be grateful and be joyful for all that we celebrate this day.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad. . . ALLELUIA!

May Christ the King continue to reign in our lives. . . now and forever, AMEN!
Msgr Mike Turek, pastor


Monsignor Mike's Desk - November 19, 2017


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


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


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


Monsignor Mike's Desk

Please continue to pray for our Deacon Dave Dille.  He recently had a doctor’s appointment and his recovery is going very slowly and his fractures are more extensive than originally diagnosed.  His recovery time will be prolonged.  We miss your joyful presence here, Deacon Dave!

The 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal has officially closed its books.  With over 47,000 households across the Archdiocese participating, the Appeal realized more than $15 million in gifts and pledges, the most it has ever raised . . . AND, even in the midst of the Beyond Sunday campaign!  A review of our Christ the King response to the ACA is as follows:

Published Goal:  $42,375    Challenge Goal (2016 total): $67,919      CTK 2017 Actual: $61,291

New Donor Goal:  21    CTK Actual:  32               % 2016 Participation: 36%       % CTK 2017:  38%

A HUGE thank you to Mike and Cathy O’Neill for their superb job in chairing this effort on behalf of our parish.  We are very grateful for your leadership.

MARK YOUIR CALENDAR FOR NOVEMBER 26!  That Sunday is the Solemnity of our patronal feast -- Christ the King.  Not only that, but this year is the 90th birthday of our parish, founded in 1927.  We hope to fittingly honor and celebrate the blessings that have been ours for these past 90 years.  At the 10:00 a.m. Mass that Sunday we will have a “Mass Mob”, inviting former parishioners and friends of CTK to join us for the birthday celebration.  In addition:

  • We will receive coverage in the St Louis Review with an article about the parish
  • We have invited former pastor and current bishop of Colorado Springs, +Michael Sheridan to be the primary celebrant, with invitations extended also to former pastors Fathers John Ditenhafer and Tim Foley, and former associates who served here.
  • We will have archival photos and memorabilia over the preceding weeks in the bulletin
  • We will dedicate our Annual Giving drive to this birthday event in order to raise funds to replace the gutters, downspouts, and roofing that is original and in need of replacement (we will even provide photos of leaks and deterioration!)

All in all, it should be a great event for a grand and venerable parish we hold so dear.

May Christ the King reign in our lives.
Msgr Mike