We are adapting to the challenges of reopening in the midst of a pandemic and all are to be commended for their patience and cooperation with the changes we must endure at this time in order to prevent an outbreak of infections by the Corona Virus which could be traceable to gatherings in church. Our ushers are doing extra duty to assure that hands are sanitized, masks are worn, and safe distances are maintained in the seating arrangement. As the pew rails must be sanitized after all Masses it is impractical to permit seating all over the church as time is of the essence in completing the necessary cleaning between most of the Masses. We thank those who remain afterward to help with the sanitizing, and we ask the continued understanding and patience as you are directed where to sit at Mass by an usher. Some have asked why those in the sanctuary do not wear masks and the answer is that this is in accord with the guidelines given to us by the Bishop’s Office but that is why the number of ministers in the sanctuary is limited and a shield is prescribed when communion is distributed.
At this time we have completed some necessary adaptations to the Reconciliation Room so Confessions may resume there on Saturday afternoons from 2:45 to 3:30 PM and no appointment is necessary. At this time, the parish office has reopened but other than Masses no other regular meetings or church activities are permitted until further notice. Please continue to call to reserve a place at Mass as our maximum capacity is now limited to 120 people per Mass. For those who are not ready to return to Mass for any reason, you may receive communion on Sunday’s 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
While the 4 PM, the 8:30 AM, and the 10:30 AM Masses are inching toward the limit, there is much more room at the 7:00 AM and the 5:30 PM Mass on Sundays. Daily Mass is held at 8:30 AM on weekdays and on the First Saturday of the Month, but reservations are not required in advance to participate on weekdays.
Stewardship: As a result of the pandemic which continues unabated many members of our parish are still not yet comfortable coming out to Mass on weekends and are still joining in our worship on weekends and weekdays through the LIVE STREAM. With a limited number of people able to be present in the church, and the prohibition against passing the collection plate during Mass, there is the real potential to become financially strapped as a parish should this continue indefinitely. That is, except for the encouraging response from members of the parish who continue to be faithful in their support. Each day the mail brings contributions and others come through the mail slot in the door of the parish office, and then there are those placed in the baskets at the entrances of the church. Many parishioners have discovered the possibility of giving online through our website and are doing so on a regular basis. We must all be very grateful to those who take their responsibilities to be good stewards of the parish so very seriously and have been moved to faithful generosity; let us pray that they will be blessed in turn by God who is never outdone in generosity!
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.
First Holy Communion – Group 1
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Since 1942, the Catholic Appeal has helped people in all phases of life throughout the Diocese of Fall River, which spans from Mansfield, Easton and the Alleboro’s, through the Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford areas, and extends all the way to Cape Cod and the Islands.
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