Tuesday, November 24th, 7:OO PM ~ Thursday, November 26th, 8:30 AM
Winter Cannot Stop Charity: As reported before, the volunteers who organize and staff the weekly Food Pantry, many of them parishioners and many among them members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, have continued throughout this pandemic to carry out their important weekly work for those in the wider community who are in need of food for themselves and their families. For reasons of everyone’s health and safety in this pandemic, those who rely on the pantry for help cannot be allowed to enter the building and so groceries have to be delivered to them outside while they remain in their vehicles. To protect our volunteers from the cold of December, January, and February, an awning with zippered openings and side panels has been ordered which with the help of two milk house heaters should help to alleviate some of the challenges that the winter chill may present to the pantry workers. The rather extensive awning will cost the parish $24,000, and gratitude is extended to the CTK Conference of St. Vincent de Paul for contributing $5000 to help alleviate the parish of this expense. The remainder of the cost must be covered by the parish Building and Grounds Account which is funded mainly by the annual WE ARE FAMILY CAMPAIGN and other donations. Any who wish to contribute to the $19,000 remaining cost of the awning are encouraged to do so by giving to the CTK B & G account and noting “Awning” in the memo line, or by clicking DONATE NOW you can give online, and choose the “Building & Grounds” fund to donate to the awning. Your generosity to the parish, especially in these unusual circumstances, is greatly appreciated.
Masses at Christmas: Bishop Da Cunha, recognizing the importance of family and religious customs among Catholic people at Christmas, and concerned about large gatherings in this time of the pandemic, is allowing the parishes of the Diocese of Fall River to begin the celebration of Christmas with Mass at 2:00 PM on Christmas Eve. As at this time people are encouraged to be in their homes by 10 PM, the schedule of Masses at Christ the King Parish on Christmas Eve will be at 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 6:00 PM. Reservations are asked in advance so that we may prevent the potential problem of overcrowding at any of the Christmas Masses during this pandemic which could only jeopardize the health and safety of those in attendance. On Christmas Day Masses will be held at 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM. As Masses on Christmas Day, especially the earliest are traditionally not well attended, it is suggested that this option be considered especially by those not traveling or entertaining company on Christmas morning; advanced reservations are also being asked for the Masses of Christmas Day. If reservations reveal Masses to be filled, an additional Mass will be added on Christmas morning at 10:00 AM. Because Christmas in the Church’s tradition is not only a day but an entire season, and the day is not only a day but an Octave of eight days, the Bishop reminds all Catholics, especially those most vulnerable during this pandemic that participating in Mass during the Octave is also participating in a Christmas Mass, and may be the safest option for those most at risk at this time. The Octave of Christmas extends beyond the 25th of December and includes all the days up to and including January 1st when it concludes with the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Let us all be grateful to Bishop da Cunha for his concern for the safety of us all at this challenging time and for the flexibility he is allowing in the celebration of Christmas in order to protect us. An online reservation system for the Christmas Masses of December 24th and 25th will be operational beginning on Monday, November 30th, reservations made by phone will begin to be taken on that day as well during regular office hours.
As you visit our site, you will see that we are a vibrant parish offering many opportunities for people to live out their Catholic Christian faith. There are activities and organizations for people of every age and almost every interest. We have a food pantry, a library, and a thrift shop. We have a very active St. Vincent de Paul Society, numerous educational opportunities, social gatherings, and liturgical ministries, and that is just the tip of the iceberg! Our Mass schedule can be found in the footer, along with our location and mailing address. For office hours go to; About-Masses-Office Hours-Directions. We would love to have you join us as we listen to God’s Word and share in the Eucharist.
You can join the parish by setting up a time to come to the office. If you are registering online, go to New Member Registration, fill out the form, and hit “submit”. Someone from the parish will call you to extend a welcome. If you have any questions or comments, please go to “contact us”; all submissions go directly to the parish office.
If you live on Cape Cod for only part of the year, you are welcome to join the parish and participate in the various organizations for as long as you are here.
Rev. Edward J. Healey, Pastor
The Roman Catholic Community of Christ the King Parish has as its purpose: The providing of spiritual nourishment and enrichment to its members through the Holy Spirit, in harmony with the Second Vatican Council; and the offer of welcome to all. This is accomplished by celebrating the sacraments, preaching the Gospel by word and example, and instructing in the truths of the faith. We strive to be present in a spirit of prayer and service to those in need using the talents and gifts of our individual members. We are life~affirming stewards of God’s creation striving to build the Body of Christ.
During the Advent Season as we prepare to receive the coming of our Lord at Christmas, we have the opportunity to show God’s love in giving to others who are in need during this season. Especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, your love and generosity can help make for an exciting Christmas for the children and families in our community who have been impacted.
Christmas trees are placed in the church’s entrance on which envelopes are hung. If you would like to donate so that we may purchase a gift for a child in need, please take an envelope and try to return it to one of our collection baskets by December 15th.
It is also possible to donate via our Online Giving by clicking DONATE NOW you can give online by selecting the “Giving Tree” fund. Many families in need are counting on us to help make Christmas morning a happy one for their children, so, as in the past, your generosity is greatly appreciated yet again at this time.
COVID 19 Precautions: In this time of the pandemic, sacrifices must be made in order to preserve our own health and wellbeing and that of others; therefore masks must be worn in the congregation, and efforts to keep an adequate distance from others outside of one’s own household must be made. Allowing adequate space for social distancing, the present capacity of the church is about 125 people. Fortunately, but sadly at the same time, we have never exceeded that number at any one weekend Mass during the Summer season so have suspended the requirement that reservations be made to attend Mass in advance as we move into Fall. However, should the present situation with the pandemic continue until the end of this year, reservations will be asked in advance to attend the Masses of Christmas. At this time, only the volunteers who serve the weekly Food Pantry are permitted to meet in the Parish Hall, further direction from the Chancery Office has been requested as regards the meetings of parish groups and outside organizations in parish facilities. Your patience and understanding with all these precautionary measures are deeply appreciated.
Communion for Those Connecting by Live-Stream: Those refraining from mixing with larger groups of people and thus not attending Mass but connecting with its celebration thanks to the Live Stream are encouraged to come between 3 PM and 5 PM on Sunday afternoons to complete their Sunday worship by receiving the Eucharist in a manner that is simple and brief thus with a significant reduction of risk to one’s health in this time of the pandemic. In regard to those who are truly homebound by age or infirmity and who would not be able to come to the Church even briefly on Sunday afternoons, while at this time we cannot send a Special Minister of Holy Communion into your homes who is unrelated to you, a member of your household or a neighbor with whom you already have regular contact who is Catholic can be deputized to serve as a Special Minister of Holy Communion to bring the sacrament to you on Sundays during this pandemic. The parish must be informed in advance to deputize the minister and a pyx, which is a small container specifically for the purpose of carrying the Holy Eucharist outside of the Church will be needed; please call the parish office for further information and to arrange for this to happen.
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