September 10, 2023

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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If you are a parent, grandparent or caregiver and will be attending CK School's first Parent University session on Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30 pm, please register here.

The Alzheimer's Support Group will meet Wednesday, September 13th at 5:30pm in the Garden Room.

Parishioners are encouraged to

DYK? Anyone is invited to our OCIA classes to learn more about Catholicism or just brush up on their faith. Our second OCIA class is Tuesday, September 12th, from 6:30-8:30pm and our topic will be "Longing for God: Our Search for God and God’s Plan for Humanity."

Everyone is welcome to attend the Mass of Remembrance at 6pm on Friday, September 15th at St. Francis of Assisi. The Mass is in remembrance of those lost to suicide. People who have experienced the loss of someone to suicide are invited to attend and celebrate their loved one’s life.

All sixth grade boys attending the Confirmation retreat on Saturday, September 23rd must be registered by Monday, September 11th. More details and registration information here.

Today We Celebrate Mary's Birthday!

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary on its traditional fixed date of September 8, nine months after the December 8 celebration of her Immaculate Conception as the child of Saints Joachim and Anne.

The circumstances of the Virgin Mary's infancy and early life are not directly recorded in the Bible, but other documents and traditions describing the circumstances of her birth are cited by some of the earliest Christian writers from the first centuries of the Church.

Saint Augustine described the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary as an event of cosmic and historic significance, and an appropriate prelude to the birth of Jesus Christ. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley,” he said.

Register by Monday for Marriage in His Image Dinner

"Matthew 25" is New School Service Initiative

This year CK School is starting an exciting new service project called Matthew 25. Each month they will collect resources for a different organization that focuses on a particular phase of human life, from birth to adulthood. 

In September they are collecting for Infant Crisis Services, including formula, diapers, soy formula, wipes, baby bottles, sippy cups, and baby shampoo. If you feel inclined to help our students, you may drop off items in the box outside of the parish office. Financial donations are also welcomed!

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - Cantatas of J.S. Bach

This week, the parish choir resumes singing at the 10 AM Sunday Mass. The first anthem we sing this season is ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,’ from Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life), BWV 147. This was one of the first cantatas Bach wrote as the Cantor at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, where he worked from 1723 until his death in 1750. The cantatas of Bach are multi-movement works combining a choir, vocal soloists, organ, and orchestra, including both scriptural text and poetry relating to the readings for the Sunday service. Most are around 20 minutes in length. Bach was required to write cantatas each week while in Lepizig, and of the 500 or so that he wrote, about 200 remain today. 

The tune from this particular movement comes from the German composer Johann Schop, and was first published in 1642. In 1661, Martin Janus wrote a new 16-verse text to fit the tune, called ‘Jesu, meiner Seelen Wonne’ (Jesus, my soul’s bliss). More verses would be added by the time Bach encountered the text. On a related note- as the population of Lutheran Germany in the generations before Bach was mostly illiterate, the faith was taught through the singing of hymns. This resulted in very long hymns, which, despite their length, would be memorized and sung in the home. Bach chose stanzas 6 and 17 for the ‘Jesu, Joy’ movement.

Great music can be reinvented time and time again, across genres and generations. Here’s a reworking of Jesu, Joy by Jon Batiste for jazz band:

- David Anderson, Music Director

Become an OCIA Sponsor

One important part of becoming Catholic that dates back to the very beginnings of the Church is sponsorship. In the early Church, Christians who were already baptized and confirmed in the faith would sponsor other individuals on their Christian faith journey. They would share the Good News of Jesus Christ by teaching them about Jesus' life, death and resurrection - taking them to church, answering questions and witnessing to these seekers the life of Christ. 

We are currently looking for sponsors with a variety of spiritual gifts to support those currently enrolling in OCIA. Sponsors attend class with students, meet or talk with them to answer questions and walk with them on their journey of faith. While we will not be able to use everyone who expresses interest this year, our hope is to develop a database of those interested.

I'm Interested in Becoming a Sponsor

Flu Shot Clinic: October 1 & 2

Christ the King will host an immunization clinic on Sunday and Monday, October 1st and 2nd for Flu, 65+ Flu, Pneumonia, Tdap, Shingles and COVID vaccinations. Vitamin B-12 also available for $20, due at time of service. Be sure to bring your health insurance card. Sign up early to get the best time slot!

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CK News

You can watch new episodes of the CK News each Friday during the school year. These videos are brought to you by our talented students as they discuss life here at Christ the King. Enjoy this week's episode here!

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