I would like to thank you for continuing to exercise caution during the current surge in the pandemic. Last weekend, with the exception of a couple of folks everyone was masked. If you feel you are very vulnerable, you can continue to attend mass online, and come for drive through Communion from 11.30am to 12 noon. (10:10am at St. Stephen). At CTK you can also attend mass, sitting on the church patio, and we will distribute Communion to those outside. The daily mass which is attended by 30-40 people, provides opportunities to practice social distancing and wear masks. Thank you for your understanding.
Christ the King’s Religious Education Program is slated to kick off at the end of September for students grade 1 through 6. In addition, 7th and 8th Grade students are invited and encouraged to be part of the Junior High School Youth Group that meets on Tuesday evenings. We are very pleased to have pre-registered 155 children in our program thus far. I would like to thank Deacon John and his team for working hard to make Religious Education possible this year. (To access Faith Formation registration, click here.)
While we are anxious to begin our new year, our primary concern is always the health and safety of your children. So, at Bishop Barber’s direction, all catechists and students will be required to wear face masks while indoors. In addition, because of health concerns, we will not be offering snacks for the children this year. We may revisit this issue if conditions change, but we will keep you apprised before we make any changes.
One of the new offerings this year for Religious Education will be a Sunday class schedule, in addition to our traditional Monday through Wednesday classes. Sunday class meetings, from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM, will allow families to attend the 9:00 AM Mass, before classes begin. Our 11:30 AM dismissal will also allow children playing in the CYO Sports program to attend class and still be at their games on time. Almost 30% of students who pre-registered opted for the Sunday schedule, so we’re optimistic that this will be a good program for them.
Our Monday through Wednesday classes will meet from 3:30 until 5:00 PM. As we have experienced in prior years, this timing has allowed parents to drop off their little ones in time for class and to pick them up when class is dismissed. We will be providing details for dropping off and picking up children.
While we have been blessed to have volunteer catechists for most of our planned classes, we are still in need of a few more teachers. We have one more class position to fill, but we are always in need of teachers who can fill in as substitutes when other teachers have planned absences or become ill unexpectedly. So, please prayerfully consider how you can fill the catechist roll for the coming school year. Volunteer catechists make the Religious Education of our children possible, and we thank you for considering to join the team.
On the 22nd of August, Fr. Mark Watson will be celebrating 25 years as a priest. Mark is the son of parishioner, Gwen Watson who is one of the pillars of Social Justice at CTK. Fr. Mark works as a Pastor in Louisiana. I am planning to attend his Jubilee celebrations with Fr. Brian Timoney. If some of you would like to send him a card, kindly drop them off at the parish office in the coming days.