Catholic Charities Food Drive
Each month, Christ the King conducts a food drive. The Shop for the Hungry program began in September 2014 and has been a great success!
This is not an ordinary food drive; rather we target specific items that are in most need by the hungry of Topeka. We work with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas to determine each month what their greatest needs are. They already receive donated items from government agencies and store, so we fill in with what they do not already have. In our first year, we have collected over 4,000 grocery bags of food! Hundreds of hungry Topekans are fed through the generosity of CTK parishioners. However, it seems the more we supply, the higher the demand. All of the food donated is distributed to hungry families in Topeka but they never have enough!
Typically the first weekend of the month, volunteers will hand you a brown paper grocery bag as you exit Mass. Stapled to the bag is a grocery list of the items in most need that week. We have a Catholic Charities truck parked in front of church the following weekend before all Masses for you to return your donation.
Please help this very worthwhile cause by picking up a bag and shopping for the hungry. Even better, please consider volunteering to pass out bags after Mass, or collecting donations at the truck before Mass. Contact Fred Biesemeyer, 478-3147, to assist with the Food Drive.
Let’s Help Meal
These volunteers meet once a month to prepare and serve a meal to the needy. Volunteers are divided into groups: those who prepare the meal and those who serve it. Contact Linda Mehrtens, 256-2192 or Patsy Rush, 271-5936 .
The bishops of the United States established the national collections to support the Church's works of social justice, evangelization and education, both domestically and around the globe. Jesus reminds us that the two greatest commandments are to love God with our whole heart, our whole mind, and our whole soul; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The national collections offer us an opportunity to help our neighbors in the light of the Gospel. In doing so, we act as faithful stewards of the gifts God has given us.
The following is a list of the collections that Christ the King participates in.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. You are essential to its success. Your generous donations will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes.
The Collection for the Church in Latin America is assessing the impact to church structures including parishes, schools, and diocesan offices. The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America intends to make emergency grants for church reconstruction in Ecuador from the earthquake in 2016.
The USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe funds projects in 28 countries to build the pastoral capacity of the Church and to rebuild and restore the faith in these countries. The funds collected in the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe are used to support seminaries, youth ministry, social service programs, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation, and Catholic communications projects.
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal primarily supports home mission dioceses, that is, those dioceses in the United States that are unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship, and service without outside help. It may also give grants to other dioceses in the U.S. for particular projects, and to organizations and religious communities engaged in missionary work.
Through Internet, social networks, television, radio, and print, the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) helps the Church spread the Gospel message through the media locally and nationally.Half of all donations to the CCC collected in your diocese stay in your diocese to support your local communications needs, such as radio and television programming and diocesan publications.
The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, D.C., is the national university of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1887, CUA offers students an excellent education in a faith-filled atmosphere that is grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition. The Collection for The Catholic University of America underwrites scholarships to assist financially deserving students in completing their education at CUA in over 50 disciplines.
By Baptism, all Catholics are called to participate in the mission of the Church, called to share their faith as missionaries. World Mission Sunday gathers support for the pastoral and evangelizing programs and needs of more than 1,150 mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and remote regions of Latin America. The funds gathered on World Mission Sunday are distributed in the pope's name by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith—a Pontifical Mission Society.
This collection benefits the Archdiocese for Military Services, which provides pastoral services for members of the armed forces and their families. The Archdiocese for the Military Collection is held once every three years. The next collection will take place in November 2016.
The Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) distributes grants to religious institutes for the retirement needs of senior religious priests, brothers, and sisters. The fund also helps religious institutes plan and manage their retirement needs and programs.
Since 1884, proceeds from the Black and Indian Missions Collection (BIM) are distributed as grants to dioceses supporting and strengthening evangelization programs, which would otherwise be in danger of disappearing among the Black, American Indian, Eskimo, and Aleute communities of the United States.
The Collection for the Holy Land, in the words of Paul VI is "not only for the Holy Places but above all for those pastoral, charitable, educational, and social works which the Church supports in the Holy Land for the welfare of their Christian brethren and of the local communities." The Holy Land collection is taken up in most parishes on Good Friday.
In July 2015, Christ the King Church and School partnered together to establish an exchange program with a small Catholic School in a small fishing village in Infanta, Quezon. There was also an outreach program established with a small indigenous tribe-Agta. This tribe has one of the oldest cultures in the Philippines. It dates back to 3000 years ago. Our mission is to provide educational opportunities to children kindergarten through 12th grade.