Religious Ed Director Farewell, St. Joseph Altar

R. E. Director Farewell: It is with great sadness that I inform you of Ann Warner’s decision to retire from the position of Director of Religious Education here at Christ the King. I have greatly enjoyed working with Ann and have always appreciated her zeal and care for the catechists and children in our program, her organizational diligence and planning, her industriousness, and her abundant love of God. She will be greatly missed and hard to replace. Ann will continue to work as our R.E. Director through June. In the meantime, I will be advertising for the position. Please pray for Ann and her family in gratitude for her years of service.

 

A Word from our Religious Education Director

Dear Christ the King Parishioners,

After much serious thought and prayer, I have decided to conclude my ministry as the Religious Education Administrator at the conclusion of this school year. As our family has recently been blessed with two grandchildren, my husband and I know that this is the time to focus on our beloved children and their growing families.

The last nine years have been a tremendous blessing to me in serving in this ministry. I have loved sharing my faith and witnessing the Catholic beliefs and teachings that the faith-filled catechists have shared in their words and lives with the children and their families. Let me just say, Christ the King has fantastic catechists and evangelists! How fortunate I have been to work with them and witness their love and devotion for the children, their faith and their apostolate.

How honored I have been in having the incredible privilege to work with the families who have children preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion each year. Watching the little ones receive the Eucharist for the first time is always an awe-inspiring moment. I will always treasure those occasions.

It has been such an overwhelming pleasure working with Father Stillmunks, who hired me, Bishop Hanefeldt, before his promotion to the hinterlands, and for the last two years with Father Cook. I have always been supported in my ministry and have loved working with and for these holy men. I thank them for all of the opportunities and support they have always given me!

Christ the King Religious Education, School, and Parish will always have a special place in my heart and in my prayers. I hope you will from time to time think of me and say a prayer for my family and me, too. Please accept my sincere appreciation for your commitment and devotion to the religious education of our children. How blessed I have been and how grateful I will always be!

 

With great affection,

Ann Warner

 

St. Joseph Altar Festivities: Christ the King Church is again hosting a St. Joseph Altar, a devotional event that inspires souls and benefits the poor. How can you and your friends and co-workers take part? There are multiple aspects to the festivities and you can register on Sign-up Genius to donate foods, assist in the luncheon, deliver foods to the poor, etc., at goo.gl/RSbO4f.

 Decorative Breads and Pastries: First, this is an opportunity to strut your baking skills, all for the Lord! You can make breads, cookies, cakes, and pastries that are made in the shape of the cross, carpenter’s tools, lambs, lilies, flowers, and other creative Christian symbols. These beautiful creations will be displayed before the statue of St. Joseph in the church from 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 19th, through 1 p.m. on Monday, March 20th. Come and marvel at the creativity of fellow parishioners and bakers.

 

Special Mass and Traditional Tupa-Tupa Ceremony: In honor of St. Joe, we’ll also have our school Mass at a different, special time of 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 20th. All children of the parish who are in second grade or younger are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Saint to participate in the brief and fun “Tupa-Tupa” ceremony after the Mass in which the children reenact the Holy Family’s travels to Bethlehem. The devotions in the church conclude with a blessing of the St. Joseph Altar.

 

Food for the Poor: The St. Joseph Altar is also more than a day to create Christian baked goods, it is also a day in which we care for the poor. In addition to the decorative breads, we are also accepting packaged breads, pastries, cakes, sealed sweets, and fresh fruit. These latter items will all be hand-delivered to the homeless shelters and sites for aging seniors in Omaha. All food items, whether decorative or packaged, should be dropped off upon the designated tables of the northeast church hallway between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 19th.

 

Free-Will Pasta Lunch to Benefit the Poor: Lastly, we encourage everyone to attend our free-will luncheon between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the CtK Parish Center on March 20th. Enjoy the flavorful and authentic dishes associated with the St. Joseph Altar that began in Sicily: pasta and delicious, meatless marinara sauce; special soup; fresh bread, salad, and dessert. All of the free-will offerings from the luncheon will go towards our parish’s outreach to the poor, especially those needing help with rent, utilities, lodging, food and clothing, etc. Rather than spend your lunch break at a restaurant on Monday, March 20th, bring your colleagues and coworkers to Christ the King! It’s a fantastic way in Lent to help the poor and to evangelize through the goodness of food.