Christ The King Parish

The Pastor’s Pen

January 19, 2020, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 18th to January 25th – Annual Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity:
Let us pray with Christ that all his disciples be united as one in mind and heart.

Speak up for Life: There are presently two bills before the Massachusetts Legislature- H. 3320 and S1209 which would remove nearly all reasonable restrictions on the practice of abortion in the State. Both would expand access to abortion for all nine months of pregnancy; eliminate requirements for late-term abortions to be performed in hospitals; eliminate the requirement that medical care be provided an infant who survives an attempted abortion; dispense with requirements for consent of parents, guardians, or the Courts for those under 18 who seek an abortion; and expand State funding for abortions.
Please make your voices heard to your legislators in opposition to such extreme unrestricted access to abortion that even infanticide would not be prohibited.

Floral Offerings: In this time between Christmas and Lent, and when we return to Ordinary time again after Easter when the sanctuary may be rather stark but not necessarily so, floral offerings donated in memory or honor of family or friends would be welcome and may be arranged through the parish office. Floral sprays will be ordered at your request from local florists by the office with a donation of $125 per spray and the donation will be noted in the bulletin and in the announcements before Mass.

A Vision to Inspire Us: As we prepare a Strategic Plan for publication we must state for the sake of future planning the purpose of our existence as a community of faith so that we will know what goals to seek and how to prioritize them. The vision for our parish is simply stated but places a challenge to all of us for how it is to be lived:

The purpose of Christ the King Parish is to create a spiritual home in this region of Cape Cod where all the baptized and those being prompted by the Holy Spirit to seek God as revealed by Jesus Christ will feel welcome and will be encouraged to deepen their Christian faith through Catholic traditions and practice. Here all are invited to join together in building up that “temple of living stones”, a vibrant community of believers, whose light can shine before all throughout this locality by our faithful worship, our unwavering witness to Christ, our warm hospitality and our charitable good works.

Next – What is Our Mission?

World Day of the Sick: Each year the Church calls us to show our concern for those contending with any sort of illness by designating a day to pray for them in particular. World Day of the Sick is annually observed on February 11th- the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and will be this year as well. On the Sunday prior to that day, all the Parishes of the Cape Deanery will offer communal celebrations of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Here at Christ the King Parish that will take place on Saturday, February 8th at 3:30 PM prior to the 4 PM Saturday Vigil Mass and again on Sunday Morning beginning at 10 AM prior to the 10:30 Mass. Anywho are contending with illness of any kind serious enough to challenge their faith and confidence in God are invited to register to receive this sacrament; forms are available at the tables at the entrances to the church and should be filled out and returned when you come forward for the anointing so that the sacrament can be recorded as received as is required by Church Law.


January 5, 2020, The Epiphany of the Lord

Christmas Continues: Traditionally the 12 days of Christmas which are counted beginning on December 25th lead up to the grand ” 12th Night” or eve of the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. In more recent times the celebration of the feast has been moved to the nearest Sunday so that more may share in the observance of this pivotal day in the Christmas season. In our own nation, many whose root is Spanish will be anticipating the arrival of the Three Kings who will bear gifts to Christ and presents to young children as well. Other days in the Christian observance of Christmas as a season, rather than a single day, are also appropriate for the exchange of gifts and we would be wise to recover such traditions over and above the commercial interests which insist that we should have had all our shopping done by December the 24th but this is more for their purposes of having a week to assess the bottom line before the end of the month and calendar year.

Epiphany Concert: A Schola of acapella voices will sing classical and traditional carols and hymns of Christmas for one half hour before the beginning of the 5:30 Mass on this Sunday, January 5th as a celebration of Epiphany.

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord: On next Saturday evening at the 4PM Mass and at all Masses on Sunday those who minister in the Parish as lectors, sacristans, servers, ushers, Eucharistic ministers, musicians, cantors, choir members, catechists and ministers of hospitality and charity will be invited to renew their commitment to ministry on this Feast of the Lord’s Baptism as a reminder that all Christian ministry flows from Baptism, and all who are baptized are called to some form of service. .

Reminder: When school is canceled in Mashpee due to winter weather so too is the daily morning Mass. Sunday Mass is rarely if ever canceled but all should use prudent judgment as to the safety of travel on the roads before trying to come out to Mass in severe weather. Please remember to sign up for FLocknote to receive timely cancellation information from the parish and its organizations.


December 29, 2019, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

The Days Of Christmas: The authentic days of Christmas are counted beginning( not ending) on the 25th of December, so this Sunday as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth we are actually on Day 5, The 12th day of Christmas this year will find us celebrating Feast of the Epiphany, but we will not stop there as this year the Christmas Season continues one week beyond the Epiphany to the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January 12th. So please keep your homes decorated and the carols playing right to the end and perhaps recover some traditions of Christmas gatherings and gift-giving that may have occurred before Christmas actually began and celebrate these instead during the proper season itself. These may be much more enjoyable when all the hectic preparations before the 25th of December have subsided and it is possible to savor this season and its true meaning at a slower pace. This is also a way to bear witness to many who know only the cultural and commercial dictates and customs surrounding Christmas, and according to these Christmas is over and its already time to move on to the cards and gifts they are selling for Valentine’s Day!

Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God: Each year the church invites us to end the old calendar year and begin a new one by honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Holy Mother of God. There is certainly no more appropriate way to observe this pivotal moment of transition from past to future as to remember Mary and her blind and humble submission to the will and plan of God. Masses for this Holy Day of Obligation will be celebrated at 4PM on December 31st and at 8:30 and 10:30 AM on January 1st.

Calendars: As these special days in this Holy Season remind us, we as Christians have traditionally marked time and set aside particular days as holy in ways not well understood nor shared by the surrounding culture, even though at times, like Christmas, these are taken up by secular elements in that culture and distorted and exploited for their own purposes. This underscores the importance of Christians protecting the integrity of our celebrations by fully understanding and properly observing them untainted by outside influences. To assist in this effort calendars of the Church Year are provided for your use and will be blessed and made available at all the Masses this weekend; Please take one home!

The Greatest Gifts: The greatest gifts are not things but people especially those whose hearts are open to God and whose faith moves them to acts of charity and service. This describes so many of the people who affiliate with our community of faith here at Christ the King and volunteer their time and talents to so many various aspects of the life of our parish. Each year we honor some of them with various awards not to single them out as above anyone else’s service but as appropriate representatives of the dedication and generosity of so many. Those honored this year include Sally Bold – Marian Medal; Leonard and Diane Pocknett and Royal Guerrero-The Holy Family Award; Mark and Ellen Harris Toomey – The Christ the King Award; Karyl Scrivener-The St Francis of Assisi Award; John McDonald- The St. Jude Award; Karen Mulally-Sweeney – The Queen of All Saints Award. Gratitude is due to these honorees and all who give so much of themselves to build up our community of faith and support, or help to carry out, its good works.


December 22, 2019, Fourth Sunday of Advent

Christmas Begins! The authentic Season of Christmas begins at sunset on Tuesday, December 24th, the eve of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, the first of several feasts that occur during this season. Indeed, Christmas invites us to be reassured that in the person of Jesus, born at Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth, divinity has come to dwell with humanity. Thus the Christmas season is an annual revisiting of all the various manifestations that indicate there is more to Jesus than meets the eye. So Christmas is not only about the babyhood of the Christ Child, or the visit of the Magi, it is about his being lost in the Temple at 12 years old and concludes with his baptism at or about age 30. Of all the traditional decorations for Christmas, perhaps the most appropriately symbolic is that of lights because Jesus is the light that God has sent to brighten the existence of fallen humanity. Thus lights if they are to truly symbolize the coming of Christ as the light of the world should only begin to be illuminated on the evening of the 24th of December and remain so until the feast of the Baptism of the Lord which will fall on January 12th this year. On this Thursday, the 26th, commercial interests will declare that it is “after Christmas” but there could be no greater falsehood than that, so let us take responsibility as Christians to recover our ancient traditions by observing not only the first day but the entire Christmas season fully and authentically because if we don’t, then Christmas will continue to be further distorted in its celebration and convoluted in its meaning by commercial and cultural interests that have nothing to do with Jesus Christ.

Thank You: At the 10:30 Mass last Sunday people were asked to consider taking the envelopes from the Giving Tree such that none would be left following that Mass, and that was indeed the case! Thanks to all who have taken envelopes at that Mass or any other throughout the season of Advent, as you return them your generosity is certainly making a huge difference in the lives of those in need in our local community. This spirit of giving without a thought of receiving in return is the authentic spirit of Christmas and it certainly abounds here at Christ the King Parish!

Feast of the Holy Family: On next weekend the Blessing of Families will take place at all Masses as an appropriate way to highlight the Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Additionally, the calendars that are given to assist us in observing the Feasts and Season of the Church Year will be blessed and made available to be taken home.

Keep In Touch: Don’t forget to sign-up for FLOCK NOTE an inexpensive and efficient means by which the parish may contact parishioners with messages sent to your phone or email for weather cancellations, meeting and other reminders, and important announcements. Simply go online to ctkcapecod.flocknote.com or text CTKCAPECOD to 84576


December 15, 2019, Third Sunday of Advent

What Are We Waiting For? Advent is a short but important season of waiting and preparation but what is it that we are waiting for, Christmas? Yes, but that is not quite an adequate answer, for although we are preparing to celebrate Christmas now from the 17th of December to the 24th, it is not Christmas alone or mainly that for which we are waiting. The annual feast and season of Christmas should serve as a reminder of the faithfulness of God to His promise to send a savior as fulfilled in the birth in time of Christ His Son. The Advent Saints such as Zechariah and Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Simeon and Anna, Joseph and Mary, were all among the faithful remnant in their day who had not given up hope, even though many others had, of seeing the day of the Messiah, and so at Christmas, we rejoice with them at being privileged to see and to welcome Christ at His first coming. Their example of how to wait is meant to inspire us to imitate them in their steadfast faith, their trust in God’s word, and their patient endurance, as we await the last act in salvation history, the promise that Christ will return again, but not as a child in a manger this time, but in glory and power as judge of the world at its end. So on Gaudete Sunday as Advent starts to move toward its end we are encouraged to honestly ask ourselves how much focus we have been putting on the second and final coming of Christ and how seriously we are preparing ourselves to meet Him should He return in gory in our day. If instead of prayerful preparation Advent has seen us carried away on the cultural current of many distractions in late November and December, we would do well to recall that the Prophet Isaiah urged the people before Christ’s first appearance to go to the desert in order to ready themselves to greet the Messiah. Such advice is relevant to us still because the desert which we can create for ourselves through time set aside for solitude, scripture reading, prayer, self-examination, and reconciliation, is the type of preparation most suitable for an encounter with Christ as he comes among us still in sacramental mystery and will one day return in glory; maybe even before the end of our own lifetime!

Messiah Sing-Along: Come listen or better yet sing along with familiar excerpts from this musical masterpiece by G. F. Handel so appropriate to this time in our Liturgical Year. Gather in St. Jude Chapel at 1 PM next Sunday, December 22nd for what should prove to be a spiritually uplifting experience in the midst of what can otherwise be a very hectic time; Please, note the change in time to 1 PM.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: On next Saturday, December 21st, confessions will be heard from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, this is an additional opportunity to observe Advent as a season of spiritual preparation for the celebration of Christmas.

Planning Ahead: Masses, as we open the authentic Christmas Season with the celebration of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord on December 24th and December 25th, will be: Vigil Masses at 4 PM – Church; 4:15 PM in the Parish Hall followed by the Christmas Pageant; 6 PM and 10 PM. Masses on Christmas Day at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM. Please consider coming to Mass on Christmas Day when they are less crowded than those on Christmas Eve, especially the Masses at 4 and 4:15 PM.

The Jericho Group: A fraternal gathering of men of faith: The founding members of the group have had an organizational meeting and are inviting other men of the parish and beyond who wish to deepen their faith and enrich their spirituality to consider participating in the group. Dinner will be hosted on Thursday, January 16th at 6 PM in the Rectory, men who wish to take part should give their name to the parish office by January 9th.


December 8, 2019, Second Sunday of Advent

Advent: December 1st to December 24th/ Christmas December 25th to January 12th

Keep Christ in the Advent- Christmas Seasons by keeping the Advent -Christmas Seasons
according to Christian tradition rather than a cultural/ commercial calendar

Feasts of Advent: Immaculate Conception- Observed December 9th – Patroness of the U.SA.; Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12th – Patroness of the Americas

Feasts Of Christmas: Nativity of the Lord – December 25th; St. Stephen, 1st Martyr- December 26th, St. John the Evangelist-December 27th; Holy Innocents-December 28th; Holy Family–December 29th; Mary the Holy Mother of God-January 1st, The Epiphany of the Lord-January 6th; The Baptism of the Lord- January 12th.

The celebration of Christmas should not be started before the evening of the 24th of December and never be limited to just the 25th of December as that is really only the first rather than the last day of Christmas in the Christian calendar. All the days from the 25th of December to the 12th of January, and in particular the feasts that fall in this true season of Christmas, lend themselves to gatherings of family and friends for meals and gift-giving. The Feast of the Holy Family is a day appropriate for family gatherings; the 1st of January is an appropriate day to honor mothers as we celebrate Mary’s motherhood, and gift-giving is even more appropriate on the feast of the Epiphany than on that of the Nativity. (Christmas shopping after the 25th of December is often a better deal than Black Friday too!) Let us try to rediscover the patient waiting that should characterize Advent now and plan to fully celebrate the true season of Christmas from Christmas eve until January 12th this year.

Giving Tree(s) Trees are located at each of the entrances to the church with envelopes which may be taken and returned with a donation by Sunday, December 15th, so that the parish may assist local families in need to have a merrier Christmas than their own limited resources could provide, especially for their children. Your gifts may be given in honor of a family member or perhaps a friend who has everything they need; cards to send to those you wish to honor by your donation are available upon request through the parish office.

Jericho Group for Men: An organizational meeting will be held on Monday evening December 9th to form a group focused on men’s spirituality which is an often neglected but essential aspect of the life of our Catholic faith communities. The meeting will be held at 7 PM in the parish office, all men of the parish and their friends from elsewhere are welcome to come and discuss ideas for this Jericho Group. The name of the group appropriately recalls the life-changing encounter that Zaccheus was privileged to have with Jesus when the Lord visited that ancient city on his way to Jerusalem.

Messiah Sing: Bring your voice or just your listening ears to the St. Jude Chapel at 2 PM on Sunday, December 22nd as we sing along or listen to the more well-known excerpts from the MESSIAH, a masterpiece by G.F. Handel and one most appropriate to the message of the Advent- Christmas Season.

Keeping in Touch: As winter sets in now with the first snowfall this past week we will realize that we are often in need of reaching those who participate in Weekday Mass or in so many other organizations and activities to either affirm that Mass is being celebrated or that a class, meeting or activity is still being held or if necessary to cancel these. FLOCKNOTE is a means of doing this, and much more because all who are registered can be readily reached by email or text message in a most timely way. An insert in the current weekly bulletin provides instructions for how to register so that the parish may get in touch with you with important messages through this communication system specially designed for churches.


November 17, 2019, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Annual Mass of Remembrance: This weekend at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass we will celebrate a special Mass for all members of our parish who have died between November 1st, 20i8 and October 31st, 2019. This is proper during November which from the feast of ALL Souls to the day of Thanksgiving is set aside each year as a special time to remember the faithful departed in our prayers. This year the names of 92 parishioners will be prayerfully presented to God asking that in His mercy He welcomes them into the light and peace of His eternal kingdom. This Mass is also a time for us to deepen our appreciation of the truth that we are all on the same road together and need one another’s assistance to get where ultimately we all would like to go which is heaven. Thus offering prayers for others, even those whom we do not personally know is a fitting sacrifice and an act of faith against that unknown but certain day when own names are in this book that there will be fellow believers who care enough to pause and to pray for us by name as well.

30th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church: Next week is the patronal feast of our parish, the annual Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Thirty years ago on this same feast, our Church and parish complex was blessed and dedicated. Many spiritual blessings have been enjoyed over the past three decades because of the presence of Christ the King Church, its parish complex and campus, so we will celebrate these blessings as we especially observe this anniversary at the 4 PM Mass next Saturday and again at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass. All are invited to the Hall following the 10:30 Mass.

Bible Study; A study of the Fourth Gospel continues after the 10:30 AM, and again after the 5:30 PM Mass this Sunday, all are welcome to attend.

Counting our Blessings (aware of those who have less): With the fast-approaching annual celebration of Thanksgiving, we take time to pause and appreciate the many blessings that we enjoy. As Christians, we cannot properly give thanks for our abundance without also being mindful of those who struggle to make ends meet and to show our willingness to share our gifts with them. Grocery Bags and more importantly a list of items needed by our Food Pantry to provide for those in need at Thanksgiving have been distributed
and parishioners are asked to fill those bags or any grocery bag with these items and return them by the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Also at the Thanksgiving Masses on Tuesday evening, November 26th at 7 PM or on Thanksgiving day at either 8:30 or 10 AM, during the offertory procession present all will be invited to come forward with a non-perishable food item and/or a monetary gift for those in need.

Jericho Group(s) A man named Zaccheus had a personal encounter with Jesus in Jericho and thereafter his life was forever changed. Men are being invited to this same encounter through participation in a group that seeks to meet their unique spiritual needs. An informational gathering will be held on Monday evening December 9th in the downstairs of the parish office at 7 PM. Men, 21 years of age or older, are encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss the specifics of forming these groups with the intent of gathering men regularly to share and strengthen their Christian faith.


November 10, 2019, Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Happy Veteran’s Day: We gratefully remember all veterans in our prayers this weekend especially those who served during the war and those who incurred disabling injuries to their bodies, minds, or spirits during their time in the armed forces. Let us pray that veterans will be given the respect and gratitude they deserve and justly receive the support and care they may need. We invite all, most especially our veterans and their families, to the blessing of the tree which has been planted in their honor by the members of The Catholic Women’s Club immediately following the 10:30 AM Mass.

The Season of Giving: While some can shop until they drop and enjoy every minute of it, for others shopping is a tedious chore especially during the holiday season, searching for gifts for people on the list who truly need nothing! We have two options to help you out!

Give the gift of helping others in the name of someone you love through our “MATTHEW 25 FUND”, our source of funding the charitable works at Christ the King. This fund helps St. Vincent de Paul Society in operating our Parish Food Pantry, as well as meeting the basic needs for shelter and clothing. It also funds our GIVING TREE program which helps to make Christmas a lot merrier for families whose resources are stretched or limited. As well as funding the good works carried out by the Knights of Columbus in providing toys for children at Christmas and/or winter coats to keep them warm. If this option works for you Make Checks payable to “Mathew 25 Fund” Mail to Christ the King Parish PO Box 1800, Mashpee, MA 02649. A special card will be given to you to send to your loved ones, letting them know you are honoring them with the true spirit of Christmas.

Or the gift of our Hymnal Dedication. For 25.00 you can memorialize a loved one who has died or honor someone by dedicating a book in their name. All this can be done through the parish office. We also have cards that can be sent, with a sample bookplate to let your loved ones know they are remembered or honored.

Consider making a list now and starting your holiday shopping right here in the parish and maybe you can end it there as well thus making Christmas a lot less stressful for you and merrier for many in need.

Please, Mark Your Calendars:

Sunday, November 17th at 10:30 AM: Annual Mass of Remembrance for Parishioners Deceased from November 1st, 2018 to October 31st, 2019

Saturday, November 23rd/Sunday, November 24th: Patronal Feast of Christ the King, the opening ceremony to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the dedication of our Church and Parish Complex on Saturday 4 PM Vigil Mass and Sunday 10:30 AM Mass.

Tuesday, November 26th at 7 PM: Annual Family Mass of Thanksgiving – Unraveling and reading of the Scroll of Blessings; a collection of non-perishable food items and donations for the Food Pantry; Blessing of bread for the Thanksgiving Table.

Thursday, November 28th: Thanksgiving Day: Daily Mass at 8:30 AM in the St. Jude Chapel, Special Mass of Thanksgiving at 10 AM in the Main Church with a collection of non-perishable food items and donations for the Food Pantry.

Floral Offerings: On the weekend of November 23rd/24th there will be two floral pieces in the sanctuary and four on the walls beneath the consecration candles to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church. Offerings will be accepted on a first-come/ first-serve basis to donate these pieces in honor or memory of loved ones, friends, original or longtime parishioners. Those in the sanctuary will require an offering t of $200 each while those on the walls will be $100 each. In the future, outside the seasons of Advent/Christmas or Lent/Easter, when flowers are either not allowed or otherwise needed, donations will be accepted for floral pieces in the sanctuary and published n the Bulletin as memorials by arranging this in advance through the parish office.

An Apology Owed: Some 300 households who already contributed to our WE ARE FAMILY CAMPAIGN ended up being included in a second mailing. Technology is wonderful when it works – but not so much when it doesn’t – thanks so much for understanding and as ever for your generosity!


November 3, 2019, Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

November -the Month to Remember and Give Thanks.

Book of Remembrance and Annual Mass of Remembrance: Placed in the sanctuary during November is the Book of Remembrance containing the names of all who have died from November 1st of last year through October 31st of this present year. If a family member has died during this time frame yet their funeral services were held elsewhere, please give their name to the office so that they may be included in this listing of names especially commended to our parish for our prayers. On Sunday, November 17th at the 10:30 Mass we will have our annual Mass of Remembrance and the reading of the names of the recently deceased which are contained in the Book of Remembrance.

Honoring Our Veterans: The Catholic Women’s Club is planting a tree in honor of the members of our parish who have served in the armed forces. The tree and the plaque dedicating it in honor of our veterans will be blessed following the 10:30 AM Mass next Sunday which is Veteran’s Day Weekend, we invite all, but especially our veterans, to join us for the brief ceremony.

30th Anniversary of the Dedication of Christ the King Church: We will be marking three decades since the opening of our church and parish complex with a special observance on the Feast of Christ the King at the Saturday Vigil Mass at 4 PM on November 23rd and at the 10:30 AM Mass on November 24th. Let us all take the opportunity to celebrate our justifiable pride in all that makes our particular “house of the church” and its complex such a beautiful place to gather for worship, to grow in our faith and put it into practice.

Help Wanted

Formation Team: The Parish Council is forming new teams to carry out some important work one of which is the Life-Long Formation Team. Religious Education for the young people in our parish is well organized and carried out in a formal program of catechesis, but formation in faith and doctrine should not stop for any of us at Confirmation as there is too much yet to learn and especially as adults. While we do have programs for adults that meet in the parish, there are other resources available for those who cannot or would not participate in a scheduled class but may wish to participate on-line if aware of the opportunities to do so. So this team would search out, evaluate and recommend such resources and also investigate and recommend other forms of formation for adults. If you have an interest in this area of parish life and would enjoy serving as a member of this team, please give your name to the office.

Ministers to the Homebound: Those no longer able to attend Mass due to advancing age or illness deeply appreciate the opportunity to receive communion at home. Special Ministers of Holy Communion not already doing so are asked to consider also being available for this important ministry outside of Mass as well. Those not yet Special Ministers who would enjoy this ministry are also encouraged to make their desire known to the parish office so that they may receive the necessary approval and training required by the Diocese of Fall River to minister the Holy Eucharist. We request that no one take this ministry on themselves for relatives, friends or neighbors without the proper approval or training or being commissioned by the Community of Faith to carry out this ministry in our name.

Stewardship

Giving Online: The opportunity to make donations to the parish “on-line” is available through our parish website and parish app. As “snowbirds fly” it would be much appreciated if they could continue to support the parish while away for the winter and “on-line” is a very convenient way to do so.


October 27, 2019, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

All Hallows Evening: On this coming Thursday the various costumes will be worn and the Trick or Treaters will be about in many neighborhoods. Salem, Massachusetts will experience its biggest night of the year for tourism as it is viewed (wrongly) as a place of witchcraft and the occult. This observance of the otherworldly on the last night of October has deep roots in history as we know that in pre- Christian times it was seen as the night when the wall between this life and the afterlife was penetrable Yet as the contemporary culture moves more and more toward post- Christian times Halloween has become a catch-all for many things from innocent fun, to pumpkin smashing pranks, to the glorification of many things dark and diabolical. Yet the Christianization of the original pagan observance, while getting increasingly obscured in our times, is still the noblest form of celebration. Indeed in placing the Feast of All the Saints on November 1st, the vigil or evening before was to be a time of prayer for souls in purgatory that they might be released to celebrate the feast of all the blessed in heaven. So then we can better understand the origin of the idea of ghostly visitors coming to the doors of the living on this night to ask not for candy, but prayers. We would do well to uphold that Christian approach to a once pagan celebration, thus beginning in the evening before November 1st to prayerfully remember the departed faithful who may yet be in a state of purification asking that they are admitted to the full presence of God in the company of all the blessed. This then becomes a focus for the rest of November after All Saints Day through to the celebration of Thanksgiving, to remember the dead and assist them in their progress toward heaven with prayers and sacrifices offered on their behalf.

Feast of All the Saints: Masses in observance of this Holy Day of Obligation will be celebrated at 4 PM on October 31st, and at 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM on November 1st.

Book of Remembrance and Annual Mass of Remembrance: Placed in the sanctuary during November is the Book of Remembrance containing the names of all who have died from November 1st of last year through October 31st of this present year. If a family member has died during this time frame yet their funeral services were held elsewhere, please give their name to the office so that they may be included in this listing of names especially commended to our parish for our prayers. On Sunday, November 17th at the 10:30 Mass we will have our annual Mass of Remembrance and the reading of the names of the recently deceased which are contained in the Book of Remembrance.

30th Anniversary of the Dedication of Christ the King Church: We will be marking three decades since the opening of our church and parish complex with a special observance on the Feast of Christ the King at the Saturday Vigil Mass at 4 PM on November 23rd and at the 10:30 AM Mass on November 24th. Let us all take the opportunity to celebrate our justifiable pride in all that makes our particular “house of the church” and its complex such a beautiful place to gather for worship, to grow in our faith and put it into practice.

Bishop da Cunha’s new blog: Did you know that this past Wednesday Bishop da Cunha launched a blog called “Building Faith?” That’s right! With the intent of sharing regularly with the faithful of the Diocese in an easy and increasingly popular way, Bishop da Cunha hopes to post each week on a variety of topics of interest to our community of faith. Read Bishop da Cunha’s blog at www.fallriverdiocese.org/bishops-blog/