August 20, 2010

Faithful Lines / Shirley Vogler Meister

‘Mission Possible’ at Christ the King Parish in Indianapolis

Shirley Vogler MeisterThrough the many years that I have been privileged to write for The Criterion, I have never featured a special event in my parish. I think it is time since my husband, Paul, and I have been members at Christ the King Parish in Indianapolis for more than 50 years.

During that time—especially during the years that our three daughters attended Christ the King School and then Bishop Chatard High School adjacent to the church—we have cherished our parish.

In fact, at one point, a former company that Paul worked for in Chicago asked him to return, and made him an offer we could hardly refuse. Yet we did refuse because we love our parish and school as well as our Indianapolis friends too much to leave!

So, with gratitude, I now share news about an upcoming event at our parish. A parish mission is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night from Sept. 26-29.

Although readers can check the Christ the King Parish Web site——for information about the event, I also cover some details here, especially since some readers do not have computers or Internet access.

The parish mission is open to Christ the King parishioners and anyone else who is interested in participating, especially residents of north side neighborhoods.

The parish office is located at 5884 N. Crittenden Ave., off Kessler Boulevard. The church is located at 1827 Kessler Blvd., E. Drive.

Years ago, there was a TV program called “Mission Impossible.” Those who remember it know that every impossible situation or problem actually was resolved. So, too, the mission at Christ the King Parish will help participants resolve conflicts in their own lives. However, this mission will also help everyone grow in faith.

In a recent parish publication, Kelly Lucas writes about how the leader of our mission, Patty Brooks, once found a note posted on the door of a 96-year-old parishioner, Naomi Bruno, while bringing her Communion. The note read, “Christ the King—Come on in.” That note became the mission theme.

No reservations are needed to enjoy and learn from Father Jim Farrell, who is the director of Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House and the pastor of St. Pius X Parish, both in Indianapolis.

The mission also is an opportunity to get to know our new pastor, Father Stephen Jarrell, while re-learning our Catholic roots.

Parents are encouraged to bring children age 6 or older, but no babysitting will be available on site. Each of the four sessions will last 90 minutes. To get the most from the mission, attending all four nights is recommended. Transportation for those in the church area can be arranged by calling the parish office at 317-255-3666.

In her newsletter article, Kelly Lucas quotes the parish mission leader and organizer, Patty Brooks.

“Our parish truly shines when we all gather to share our many gifts and talents,” Brooks said. “… Each session will be unique, using videos made specifically for the evening.”

Faith symbols help with the message.

Christ the King welcomes you—so please “Come on in!”

(Shirley Vogler Meister, a member of Christ the King Parish in Indianapolis, is a regular columnist for The Criterion.)

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