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Christ the King

Christ the King

23 November 2014 – Feast of Christ the King


THIS SUNDAY: ‘Shepherd-King o’er mountain steep, homeward bring the wand’ring sheep.’ This hymn which we will probably sing today captures the readings perfectly: our King is not a cruel tyrant or despot, but a shepherd who loves his flock, who would (and did) give his life for them. Love for the flock means that he will have to judge them, separating the sheep from those who do not belong to him. Coming to the end of the Church’s year leads us to look to our final ending, the homecoming the hymn speaks of. The judgement of the end of time we do not view as a trial or a terror, but as a coming home: look back to the Isaiah reading on the 28th Sunday to see what a homecoming party is offered. All we do is put our lives in order, living just and holy lives, longing for the day of the lord to come. This Youth Sunday, is also a day when we pray for our young people. The retiring collection goes to support those diocesan initiatives which seek to deepen the faith of our young people.


CONFIRMATION 2015: A superb start to this year’s formation session with 21 candidates journeying towards the sacrament of Confirmation. They continue their formation this coming Wednesday 26 November at 5.45pm. Do keep them in your prayers.

EVENING PRAYER: There will be Evening Prayer at 4pm in the Church THIS Sunday to mark the end of the liturgical year. Do come along if you can.


FIRST COMMUNION: Preparation has begun and continues this coming Saturday at 8.45am in our parish hall. The first of the Presentation Masses takes place on Sunday 7 December at 10.30am. You’ll find the details of the dates of the children’s sessions, under ‘your parish’.


DIACONAL STUDENTS: The students are with us again for their day’s formation this coming Saturday, 29 November.


A GOSPEL FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD: On one or two occasions recently, Pope Francis has used his Sunday Angelus to encourage a regular reading of the Gospels. At the beginning of the Synod in October, once again, he asked families to begin a regular, prayerful reading of the Scriptures. For the Feast of Christ the King (THIS Sunday), we will receive a copy of St Mark’s Gospel (in anticipation of the start of the new liturgical year). As Pope Francis says, ‘this is not for the shelf, but to be kept close at hand’. Our parish website will also feature a monthly reflection written by Fr Henry Wansborough OSB. This will accompany our reading of Mark. Please do take the Gospel, keep it close to you so that you can read it, pray it, live it… and read it again!


ADVENT: The Advent Season begins on Sunday 30 November. Each of the Advent Sundays will be marked by the celebration of Evening Prayer at 4.00pm (with the exception of the third Sunday when we have our annual Family Crib Service – 14 December). For the start of Advent, if you would like to bring your Advent wreath from home for a blessing, then please place it near to the wreath in Church next weekend.


PARISH LITURGY GROUP meets again on Tuesday, 25 November at 7pm in the presbytery.


PARISH FORUM GROUP meets on Tuesday, 25 November at 8.05pm in the presbytery.


TRAIDCRAFT TROLLEY: Thanks to your support £200 (including gift aid) has been sent to the CAFOD Ebola Crisis appeal. Fairtrade goods from local shops are stocked on the trolley and there is also the chance of ordering more Traidcraft stock soon. The Christmas catalogue is available on the trolley for any special gifts to be ordered. Please have a word with one of the trolley ‘supervisors’.


CATHEDRAL CALENDARS: One of the initiatives the cathedral has taken is to produce a fundraising calendar featuring some of the churches around the diocese. Please do consider buying one – £10 – as our way of supporting the cathedral in their fundraising. They are beautifully produced. You’ll find them in the narthex. Pop the money in with the newspaper money. We took 20… but there are only 8 left.


DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES 2015 AND LITURGICAL YEARBOOKS are available from the table in the narthex.


ADVENT CALENDARS AND CHRISTMAS CARDS are available from the narthex. It may be a little early, but do please consider buying your cards from the respository; they are not expensive and the profits we make go back into the parish funds.


FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION AND SOUP LUNCH: Friday 5 December. Exposition follows the morning Mass until 12.15pm and that is followed by our regular first Friday soup lunch in the hall. Please do come along.


A CHRISTMAS SUPPORTING THE NEEDY: Every year we seek to reach out to those who are on the streets at Christmas. This year, thinking of the folk around the city centre, you are invited to think about giving a small gift of chocolate, toiletries, gloves, a scarf, a warm hat, or some socks… wrapped for M or F and placed in the box in the Lady Chapel (from next weekend). Do think about what small gift you can give this year!


SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR in our Primary School on Saturday 6 December from 11am until 2pm. Full details in the narthex on the notice board.


REFRESHMENTS: Don’t forget there’s a cuppa in the hall after Mass this Sunday morning.


NEW MASS SETTING: We will start learning the Mass of Christ the Saviour during Advent. Sheets provided.

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