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Christ the King

Christ the King

25 November 2012 – The Feast of Christ the King – Thirty fourth week of the Year (B)

THIS SUNDAY: Every time we complete the cycle of the liturgical year, there is a seamless blending into the new year: so, just as this week we hear of the King who is to come, next week, we begin a New Year and the Season of Advent by more meditation on the end of time, and the One who is to come again, as he once came among us. This feast affirms that Christ is King, that he is Judge, that he is Ruler of the kings of the earth. By his own words we know that this is true, as he stands before Pilate and says, “Yes, I am a king.” But his kingship is different: it is not of the same kind as earthly kings, whose empires fade and pass away. His kingship is eternal, and holy until the end of time. Through his love for us, we share in this sovereignty – this holiness – as priests and kings who “serve his God and Father”. We end our year in simple, awe-filled praise of the One who is, who was, and who is to come – the Almighty. Alleluia! Amen!

VESPERS FOR CHRIST THE KING: At the end of the Church’s year we celebrate sung Evening Prayer – this Sunday – Sunday 25 November at 4.00pm. Do come along if you can next Sunday afternoon.

YOUTH SUNDAY: This feast of Christ the King is designated as a day of prayer for our young people. There is a retiring collection at all Masses this weekend for the work of our diocesan youth ministry. Please do support all that is happening for our young people in our diocese as best you can. Next Sunday,  we take the retiring collection for the poor parishes in the diocese… and that’s the last one of the year!

RETIRED PRIESTS: Some of the retired priests of the diocese will be joining the Bishop here at St B’s for their annual lunch preceded by Mass in our church at 11.30am on Monday. Do come and make them welcome if you can.

THIS IS OUR FAITH: Our little series for the Year of Faith continues to journey through the Apostles’ Creed to help us understand what it is that we live and we seek to hand on to others. The next session takes place here in our parish hall on Tuesday 4 December – I believe in Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary. Do come along if you can. Jane Critten will be leading this evening for us… and if you bring your copy of the Catechism (if you have one) or can read up beforehand… all the better. Refreshments from 7.00pm and we begin at 7.30pm. If you cannot come along to these evening sessions, do still try to make something of the Year of Faith.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION: The next session for our young people journey towards Confirmation is Wednesday 5 December, 5.30pm in the Hall. The group will begin with a little time of prayer in the church before heading into the hall for their prep session. Keep them in your prayers.

EXPLORING THE DOCUMENTS OF VATICAN II: Professor Gavin D’Costa from Bristol University began his series this last Thursday, exploring what happened at the Council. He draws us together again on 17 Jan, 14 Mar, 16 May, 11 Jul at 7.30pm in the Apostle Room at the Cathedral. As a parish we will follow that up here with a Café-style reflection both upon the documents and Gavin’s input. If you want to take part in those then come along on our Wednesday evenings (7.30pm) – and they are open to all: beginning on 12 December, and then 20 Feb, 24 April, 12 June, 24 July. If you want to read the documents (and its great to have this done beforehand) then download them from the Vatican website –

DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES AND YEAR BOOKS: The new editions of these diocesan publications are available from the narthex: £6 (liturgical yearbook) £5 (directories). Please put money in with newspaper money.

FIRST COMMUNION: It was good to see parents of twenty three youngsters who want to begin their preparation for First Communion. The prep begins with the Mass of Presentation on Sunday 9 December at the 10.30am Mass. The children will be presented to our parish community and they will be presented with the preparation books. There is still time to enrol your children on this coming year’s course if you have yet to do so… as long as it is before the end of this month.

THE SEASON OF ADVENT: We begin our prayerful preparation for Christmas next Sunday at the start of a new year in the life of the Church. Now’s the time to pick up your Advent calendars and candles whilst they are in the repository. There will be Vespers and Benediction each Advent Sunday (2, 9, 16 Dec) and our Family Crib service is taking place on Sunday 23 December at 3.30pm. Do make a note of the dates in your diary. If you need advanced warning so as to plan then there will be Mass at 6.30pm on Christmas Eve, Mass at midnight on Christmas Eve, Mass at 8.30am and 10.30am on Christmas Day. If you would like the Advent wreath from home blessed, bring it to Mass next Sunday and place in beneath the Church wreath.

AMPLIUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT takes place on Saturday, 1 December at Counterslip Baptist Church starting at 7.30pm.  The Salvation Army Band and the Community Choir will be taking part. Mince pies and refreshments to follow.  Retiring collection for the Christian Ministries to the Homeless.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE HOMELESS: As we have done in previous years, there is an opportunity to reach out to the homeless in our city with simple gifts – warm socks, gloves, hat and scarf, toiletries or chocolates. If you would kindly wrap them clearly identifying whether they are for a man or woman they will be taken either to the Julian Trust or to the Centre down at St Nick’s looking after refugees and asylum seekers. The box will be put in the Lady Chapel for next week.

ADVENT PENITENITAL: As well as many opportunities through Advent for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, there will be a parish Advent Penitential (hopefully in Taize format) on Tuesday 11 December at 7.00pm. Make a note in your diaries.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS: Vernon Gerald Lovell and Simone Francoise Watts both died recently. We keep them, all those who have died, and those who mourn, in our prayers at this time. May they rest in peace.

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