REMINDER: 6:30 AM Weekday Mass

Back in the June 11th bulletin I informed you about the possibility of the end of our 6:30 a.m. weekday Masses and, sadly, that day has come. Christ the King has been blessed to have two, three, or even, remarkably, four priests assigned to her during different periods since her inception. Those priestly resources allowed for a myriad of Masses and services through the years. Sadly, the shortage of priests is finally hitting the Archdiocese and now our parish. Currently only Fr. Boyd and I are assigned to Christ the King and we have been informed that we will not be receiving any additional priests in the future. The truth is, with our parish composed of approximately 1,300 registered households, we are blessed to even have two priests. With the decline in active priests and the continuing retirement of aging priests, there will most likely come a day when there will be a sole Priest assigned here to all of Christ the King and her care of patients in nearby hospitals. It is an urgent time to pray for vocations because the lessening of Priests bears direct consequences.

We can no longer sustain three daily weekday Masses long-term with only two of us Priests here. In fact, if you look at all of the other parishes in the metro area, the overwhelming majority of them only offer as many daily weekday Masses as the number of priests assigned to them. This is the norm and is in accord with the Archdiocese’s directives:

As we go through the process of evaluating priestly assignments throughout the diocese, resources will be considered such that a priest not be expected to habitually offer more than one daily Mass, or four holy day/Sunday Masses between the vigil and the actual day. Even with this change, access to the sacraments locally remains rich and convenient.

With only two Priests in the long-term at Christ the King and the lack of available and routine supply help by retired and religious priests, we can only offer two daily weekday Masses moving forward. I consulted with the Pastoral Council last spring about this issue. Following their recommendation, we will continue to offer the 8:15 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. weekday Masses year round because of the needs of our school children at the 8:15 a.m. Mass and the large attendance at our unique, 12:10 p.m. lunchtime Mass. However, while we will continue to celebrate the 6:30 a.m. Mass on Holy Days of Obligation and Ash Wednesday, the final celebration of the 6:30 a.m. weekday Mass will occur on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.

I know this change will be difficult – those who attend weekday Masses do so out of tremendous love and faith – but, fortunately, we are not the only parish in town. No one parish can offer weekday Masses at all the times most convenient for its parishioners – some people prefer early mornings, mid-mornings, lunchtime, evening or even nighttime Masses – but there are 16 other parishes that offer Masses beginning between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Among them, St. Robert, Mary Our Queen, St. Leo, and St. Margaret Mary are fairly close by. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this change.

 

The following metro area parishes have early morning Masses year round, Monday-Friday:

6:20 a.m. - Mary Our Queen (6:20 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. weekday Masses)

6:30 a.m. - St. James (6:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. weekday Masses)

6:30 a.m. - St. Margaret Mary (6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. weekday Masses)

6:30 a.m. - St. Robert Bellarmine (6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekday Masses)

6:30 a.m. - St. Stephen the Martyr (6:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. weekday Masses)

6:40 a.m. - St. Leo the Great (6:40 a.m. and 8 a.m. weekday Masses)

6:45 a.m. - St. Vincent de Paul (6:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. weekday Masses)

6:45 a.m. - St. Wenceslaus (6:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekday Masses)

7 a.m. - Immaculate Conception (Boys Town) (7 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. weekday Masses)

7 a.m. - St. Adalbert (7 a.m. weekday Masses)

7 a.m. - St. Cecilia Cathedral (7 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. weekday Masses)

7 a.m. - St. John Vianney (7 a.m. and 9 a.m. weekday Masses)

7 a.m. - St. Mary (Bellevue) (7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. weekday Masses)

7 a.m. - St. Mary Magdalene (7 a.m., 12:05 a.m., and 5:15 p.m. weekday Masses)

7 a.m. - St. Pius X (7 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekday Masses)

7 a.m. - St. Thomas More (7 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. weekday Masses)

 

- Fr. Damien Cook