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State of the Parish September 2019

STATE OF THE PARISH HOMILY CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC CHURCH September 29, 2019. Last June I began a new tradition. Every June I will offer you my annual report on the status of our parish.  However, it is the end of September.  The reason I delayed the state of the parish is so I could have final financial numbers to give you, and so I had a better understanding of the situation with the renovation of the main church. Like last year, this report includes where the church is financially at the end of this fiscal year 2018-2019, our accomplishments this past year, and a little about what to expect for our next fiscal year. THE NUMBERS: Last year I stood before you with a discouraging picture of the financial situation for the parish. However, this year I stand before you with good news, but still being very cautious moving ahead.  We need to be prudent and more than ever we need to keep up our financial giving. Let me begin with the good news. One of the church’s biggest ministries, our school, was budgeted for $79 thousand this past year and ended up only being $42 thousand.  This good news was the result of a lot of hard work to stay in budget at the school.  We budgeted according to the number of students enrolled and we staffed better according to our needs. We need to remember the parish has the obligation to support our youth through our school ministry However, we need to...

St. Michael’s Day Festival 9/28

St. Michael’s Day Festival:  St. Michael Catholic Church in Van Buren invites you to their St. Michael’s Day Community Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Church festival will include games, a raffle, silent auction, food (prices will vary) and much more! All proceeds benefit the St. Michael’s Expansion of Church Facilities and Programs. Admission is free!  The raffle prices for this year will be: 1st – $2,500.00, 2nd – $1,000.00. Tickets are $20 for the whole sheet of 15 tickets or only $2.00 each. Drawing will be Sept. 28, 2019 at St. Michael’s Day Community Festival.

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass Schedule

There will be three opportunities for masses to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Vigil – Wednesday, August 14 6PM in the Church (English) Thursday, August 15 8:10 AM in the Church (English) and 7PM in the Church (Spanish).

Class Lists 2019 – 2020 School Year

Class lists for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year are now available. Bulger 18-MOS O’Connor 2 YR Balleza 3 YR Merrell 3 YR Clifton 4 YR Miller 4 YR Pulley 4 YR Kindergarten First Grade Second Grade Third Grade Fourth Grade Fifth Grade Sixth Grade    

Help St. Anne’s Society

You can help support the St. Anne’s Society in the following ways: PLAY BINGO! – Every Monday evening at IC’s Parish Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm. For $15 you can play 17 games with bonus games that can pay up to $500. POOR BOX – Poor boxes are located at Christ the King, Immaculate Conception and St. Boniface Churches. We ask families to give one dollar a week to the poor box. ST. VERONICA’S CLOSET – Each week items needed are printed in the bulletin and can be left in the boxes by the exits of the church or at the Church Office. The closet is in need of the following: Deodorant for Men and Women, Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotion, Shaving Cream, Toilet Paper, Laundry Detergent and Feminine hygiene products.

Financial Peace University

Planning for the future is hard when you’re still paying for the past! Listen—there’s a better way! Join our Financial Peace University group, and we’ll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future . . . together! Interested? Join me at Christ the King Catholic Parish starting August 4, 2019. Coordinator is Scott Barr.  The group will meet Sunday at 10:00 -11:30 AM in the Parish Center from August 4 -September 29, 2019 Cost of the class is $109. That amount is refundable at the end of the course or can be a donation to CTK. Scholarships may be available.  Contact Scott for more information. To register, visit: www.FPU.com/1093982

Pastor’s Notes July 3, 2019

Religious Formation Director I am pleased to announce Cindy Barr is our new director for religious formation. She will start  this coming Monday July 8, 2019. I am very happy for Cindy to join the staff of Christ the King. Please welcome Cindy to this new ministry. Fr. Juan  

Mrs. Myndi Keyton Announced as Principal

Christ the King Catholic School is proud to announce Mrs. Myndi Keyton as the new principal. Myndi has been at Christ the King Catholic School for 19 years teaching kindergarten, second, fifth, and sixth grades. She has her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Arkansas Tech University and is certified for preK-6th with middle school endorsements in English, Social Studies, and Science.  Mrs. Keyton is also certified in Apple Connections OG in 3D for dyslexia and Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) for English language learners. She currently serves on the ISPD Steering Committee for Fort Smith Catholic Schools and the Trust and Endowment Committee for Christ the King. She has served as the CTK Student Council Sponsor, the cheerleading sponsor, Religion committee chair, curriculum committee chair, CTK PTO Secretary, Vice President, and President. She also served for two years on the board of the Crisis Center in Fort Smith. Before coming to CTK, Mrs. Keyton developed, implemented, and taught a domestic violence prevention curriculum to junior high and high school students, law enforcement officers and judges through the Crisis Center. Mrs. Keyton and her husband, Kris, have been parishioners of CTK for 25 years. They have four boys: Jacob (28), Skip (23), Sam (18), and Levi (14) who are all CTK graduates. Mrs. Keyton loves to read, travel, and spend time with her dogs: Loki, Lili, and Chewy. Mrs. Keyton said “Christ the King holds a very special place in my life. I believe that the strong faith filled foundation provided by CTK prepares children...

Sunday 6/23 Solemnity of Corpus Christi

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to “Body of Christ.” This feast originated in France in the midthirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast. This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus’ suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist. At every Mass our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church. The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to...

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