March 5th Notes

Rite of Election: Tonight our catechumens and candidates, who have been gathering regularly in our RCIA sessions since September, will pledge their intention to join the Catholic Church at the Rite of Election at the Cathedral. Catechumens are those who have never been baptized. Candidates are baptized, non-Catholic Christians. Both groups will meet the Archbishop tonight and, afterwards, our catechumens will sign their names in the Book of the Elect. From this day forward, they will no longer be known as catechumens and candidates but as the “elect.” Please pray for these good men and women who are journeying toward full communion with us.

 

Fr. Catania’s Story & Mass: Fr. Jason Catania, our part-time parish parochial vicar, invites you to a special presentation and Q&A about his transition from Episcopalian priest to Catholic priest. Learn about, and actually experience, his community’s unique and beautiful liturgy. All are invited to attend Tuesday, March 21. Presentation: 6 p.m. (Parish Center); Special Mass of the Personal Ordinariate: 7 p.m. (CtK Church); Refreshments: 8 p.m. (Parish Center)

 

Meatless Fridays: All Catholics 14 years of age and older are required to give up meat every Friday in Lent as a sacrificial penance.

 

St. Patrick’s Day & Meat: While the Catholic Church prohibits eating meat on Fridays during Lent, Archbishop George Lucas is dispensing Catholics in the Archdiocese of Omaha from this observance for St. Patrick’s Day, citing the tradition of having meals of corned beef and cabbage.  However, those choosing to eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day are required to abstain from meat on Saturday, March 18.

 

Thursday Confessions: As part of The Light is On campaign to renew participation in the beautiful sacrament of Reconciliation, we, along with other parishes in the city, will offer the Sacrament of Confession from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the church on the Thursdays of Lent: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6. Please take advantage of the gift of Jesus’ mercy at these special times.

 

 40 Days for Life: March 1 – April 9 you are invited to join other Christians for 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood and the Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska (Christ the King’s date and time TBD), and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. Please join us in prayer!

 

2018 Pilgrimage to Italy w/ Frs. Cook & Zoucha: You are invited to attend a pilgrimage to the holy sites in Rome, Assisi, and Siena, Italy with Frs. Cook and Zoucha next year, June 12-21, 2018. The pilgrimage is organized and professionally led by ChiRho Euro with whom Fr. Cook has worked twice before. Stay in Assisi and Rome. Pilgrimages with Frs. Cook and Zoucha are playful, friendly, informative, and prayerful. To learn more about the pilgrimage, please contact the Christ the King parish office (402) 391-3606 and/or attend a brief informational meeting on Tuesday, March 7th at 7 p.m. in the Christ the King Parish Center, 654 S. 86 St., Omaha.

 

Fr. Boyd Away at Conference: Fr. Boyd will be away from the parish to attend classes March 6-10. He’ll utilize the training he receives to help us as a parish provide greater counsel and spiritual assistance to those suffering from the impact of pornography.