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Palm Sunday of Lent – April 14, 2019

One Day A Week, One Week a Year: This simple principle provides an answer to the age-old question posed by the psalmist on behalf of us all: “What must I do to make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me”. Indeed, how do we thank God for the gift of life in all its wonder, a life that we are privileged to enjoy now, one that because of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ we are invited to continue living for all eternity? All we can give in return is the solemn promise not to forget what God in his great love is doing for us in Jesus Christ, and not to fail to join with others to give thanks for it! So that is why we worship each Sunday because we as human people are forgetful people, who, unless we discipline ourselves to join with the baptized on Sunday each week to remember and give thanks, would quickly be tempted to neglect to do so. Sadly, we see this to be more and more the case in these days where people are quick to defend the failure to worship as no failure at all as a person can still be “a good person” without going to church. Perhaps so, but maybe it’s not just a matter of being a good person, rather, it’s a matter of being a true disciple of Jesus Christ, humbly ordering your mind and heart in accord with that truth, and for that, then we are called to weekly worship for as long as we are able to render it. Yet one week out of the year rightly belongs to God as well, the week during which we solemnly recall the events by which we have been saved, the week called “holy” but made so only by our response to the invitation to pause from business as usual, in order to remember and to give thanks for the total and complete self-offering of Jesus Christ to the Father on the cross, rendering perfect obedience as the antidote to our repeated disobedience! So, let us make the days of the coming week what they are supposed to be, which is holy by prayerful contemplation in our homes and whole-hearted worship with the community of faith – in particular during the phase of the week we call the Sacred Triduum, which begins on Holy Thursday and concludes at the close of the day on Easter Sunday.

The Fruits of our Lenten Self-Sacrifice: Lent officially ends at sunset on Holy Thursday thus that is the time we bring the fruits of our self-denial to church so that these can be gathered with those of others so as to become a blessing to others in need. As a parish, we have committed ourselves to bless the local poor through our Matthew 25 Fund which enables the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to operate our Food Pantry and to address real situations of need among our neighbors in the larger community. We also join with the Church in the United States in supporting Catholic Relief Services which provides for the poor throughout the world in our name as the Catholic people of the United States. Finally, we have once again committed ourselves to continue to assist with the construction of adequate housing in El Tablon, Guatemala, a situation personally known to our parishioner, Dr. Nick Matas, who continues to travel there to monitor the progress our help has made possible. Therefore, each parishioner is urged to bring that which they are prepared to offer for 40 days of sacrifice in an envelope which if undesignated will be divided evenly among these charities, or if you prefer, you may designate the amounts you wish to give to each and these will be respected in the distribution.
So, as we begin our solemn commemoration of Christ’s life-giving sacrifice, may our participation be made more meaningful as we offer our own in union with His!

A Word of Thanks: I left here on March 11th thinking I was going to Italy, and indeed I did go there, but upon my return, I also ended up taking a quite unexpected trip to the land of the very ill. I want to thank all the priests, deacons and the parish staff who did extra duty during my hospitalization for pneumonia, they gave me peace of mind that the parish would be cared for in my absence, and they have been extremely generous in seeing that this was a reality. I am also deeply touched and grateful for all the cards, enrollments and offer of prayers for my healing that so many parishioners have sent; sometimes we have to go through something unwanted to realize anew how we are greatly blessed, and that is how I feel as I serve here at Christ the King, greatly blessed to serve among tremendously loving, faithful and dedicated people.


Fifth Sunday of Lent – April 7, 2019

PASSIONTIDE: Today on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, we begin Passiontide – the final two weeks of Lent. During this time, we prepare ourselves in a more solemn and prayerful way to enter into the solemn celebration of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. Next Sunday on Palm Sunday, we will read from the Passion according to Saint Luke, and on Good Friday, the Passion according to Saint John. Now more than ever let us make the final push to ready ourselves by fasting, prayer, and good works to prepare for Holy Week!

STATIONS AND A SIMPLE SUPPER – FRIDAY, APRIL 12: On this final Friday of Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 5 PM in the Main Church, and immediately following, a simple meatless meal will be served in the Parish Hall. As Fridays in Lent are a day of abstinence from meat and a day recommended for fasting, we are invited to do that in solidarity together at this meal, and the free-will offering requested is intended to cover the cost of the meal, with the remainder going to our three charities designated to benefit from our almsgiving this Lent: Matthew 25, Catholic Relief Services, and the El Tablon Housing Project of Food for the Poor.

ONE WEEK A YEAR: For the tremendous gifts of time and eternity we are asked to make a return to the Giver! Six days of the week are ours for work, study, commerce, sports, entertainment, and chores, but one belongs to the Lord who gives us life and the time to live it and so on that day we devote our time to worship, recreation and rest. Recreation is an activity that restores us rather than depletes us; it is never an activity from a “business as usual” kind of day! Fifty-one weeks of the year are ours but one is marked out as belonging to the Lord who has purchased endless life for us with the gift of his own life. So if we haven’t done so already, let us mark our calendars now and eliminate all unnecessary commitments from Sunday, April 14th to Sunday, April 21st so that through communal worship, fasting, personal prayer, sacred silence, scripture, and spiritual reading we may make that week in reality what it is called: HOLY! These are the most beautiful liturgies of the year – please join us!

HOLY WEEK – SACRED TRIDUUM SCHEDULE

PALM SUNDAY – April 13/14: Palms will be blessed and distributed, and the Passion according to St. Luke will be proclaimed at all Masses. The 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday will begin from the Parish Hall, where palms will be blessed and the Palm Sunday Procession will form and move to the Church.

MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK – APRIL 15: Mass – 8:30 AM. Confessions – 3 PM to 6 PM

TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – ARPIL 16: Mass – 8:30 AM & 5:30 PM (Chapel). Contemporary Stations of the Cross Presented by the ECHO Community in the Church – 7:00 PM. A beautiful and moving presentation to add to your Holy Week Journey. All are welcome! (At 4 PM at the Cathedral in Fall River, the Bishop will bless oils and the priests will renew their promises at the Chrism Mass).

WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK, “SPY WEDNESDAY” – APRIL 17: Mass – 8:30 AM

SACRED TRIDUUM

HOLY THURSDAY
No Morning Mass. Lent ends at sunset.
EVENING MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER – 7 PM
With the Washing of the Feet and Procession to the Repository
Adoration of the Eucharist in the Parish Hall: 8:30 – 10 pm; Night Prayer to Follow at 10 pm

GOOD FRIDAY
Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM (Church)
Living Stations of the Cross Presented by Our Youth Ministry – 3 PM
SERVICE OF THE PASSION – 7 PM
With Veneration of the Cross and Distribution of Holy Communion

HOLY SATURDAY
Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM (Church)
No Confessions at 3 PM – No Vigil Mass at 4 PM
SOLEMN VIGIL OF EASTER – 7 PM

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION
MASSES OF EASTER AT 8 AM, 9:30 AM & 11 AM IN THE CHURCH
(Please note special Mass times and no 5:30 Mass!)


Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 31, 2019

EVENING MASSES DURING LENT: On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 PM for those who would like to participate in weekday Masses but whose schedules prevent them from doing so in the morning.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fridays at 4 PM in the St. Jude Chapel.

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE: Arriving now at the Fourth Sunday in Lent, we are invited to celebrate Laetare Sunday, a day to rejoice that our Lenten fasting and self- denial is quickly approaching its end. So, as we celebrate this day, it is a time to redouble our efforts to ensure that those who should benefit from our sacrifices come Holy Thursday will do so!

POOR MAN’S SUPPER: FRIDAY, APRIL 12, following the Stations at 5 PM.
Join in solidarity with those who have less. Free Will Offering accepted to benefit our designated Lenten Charities!

FUTURE PILGRIMAGES: The pilgrimage to Eastern Europe with the primary aim being to attend the PASSION PLAY OF OBERAMMERGAU – will take place from September in 2020 but it is important to sign up now as tickets to the Passion Play, only performed every ten years, are very limited and must be reserved well in advance; brochures and registration forms are available in the office.

If there is sufficient interest, a pilgrimage to the HOLY LAND will be organized for next February or the following year before the start of Lent. As 25 participants would be necessary, kindly indicate your interest by informing the parish office.

LENTEN SCHEDULE AT AREA PARISHES: Please note: there is an error in our published information. There are NO Stations of the Cross scheduled on Fridays at St. Anthony’s Parish. However, “Chowder and Chat” is scheduled at 11:30 AM on Fridays during Lent.


Third Sunday of Lent – March 24, 2019

EVENING MASSES DURING LENT: On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 PM for those who would like to participate in weekday Masses but whose schedules prevent them from doing so in the morning.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fridays at 4 PM in the St. Jude Chapel.

GROWTH IN FAITH: Ongoing formation in the Christian life is a call given to all who are baptized and confirmed because our formal religious education, while providing us with the essentials, cannot teach us everything we could possibly know about Jesus Christ, his Gospel, the Scriptures, and the beliefs, traditions, and practices of the Church. During the Season of Lent, there are opportunities for adults to continue to form themselves in the faith.

SUNDAYS AT 9:30 AM – AND THEN AGAIN AT 4:30 PM – The Mass – by Bishop Robert Barron – led by Fr. Healey – 6 – 45-minute sessions – St. Jude Chapel.

Mondays at 7:00 PM: “Catching Fire -Becoming Flame- A Guide for Spiritual Transformation, a six-part video presentation by Albert Haase, of led by Deacon Robert Lemay – Religious Education Center, Classroom B.

ON-LINE: Many instructional and inspirational materials from Word On Fire – an evangelization website created by Bishop Robert Barron are accessible to Christ the King Parishioners who register with FlockNote by texting CTKCAPECOD to 84576 or going to htttp://ctkcapecod.flocknote.com

FUTURE PILGRIMAGES: The pilgrimage to Eastern Europe with the primary aim being to attend the PASSION PLAY OF OBERAMMERGAU – will take place from September in 2020 but it is important to sign up now as tickets to the Passion Play, only performed every ten years, are very limited and must be reserved well in advance; brochures and registration forms are available in the office. If there is sufficient interest, a pilgrimage to the HOLY LAND will be organized for next February or the following year before the start of Lent. As 25 participants would be necessary, kindly indicate your interest by informing the parish office.

LENTEN SCHEDULE AT AREA PARISHES: Please note there is an error in our published information. There are NO stations of the Cross scheduled on Fridays at St. Anthony’s Parish. However, “Chowder and Chat” is scheduled at 11:30 AM on Fridays during Lent.