Christ The King Parish

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August 18, 2019, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Annual “We Are Family” Annual Appeal has begun. As we prepare to mark the 30th Anniversary of the parish complex in November, let us all discern how we might be able to contribute to this year’s appeal!

Farewell and Best Wishes: This weekend at the 5:30 Mass, we bid farewell to those in our parish who are heading off to college for the first time. They will receive a special blessing and a bible to take with them as they begin this new chapter in our lives. May we, as a parish family, hold all of the college students in our parish in prayer. We look forward to their return during semester breaks!

Summer Raffle: With Labor Day just two weeks away, so is our drawing for our Summer Raffle! Tickets are $20 each, or 3 for $50. Our grand prize is $5,000 cash, with 13 other cash prizes too! Proceeds go to benefit the many ministries in our parish community, who work so hard throughout the year to enrich the life of this vibrant community of faith. Through this raffle, our ministries can continue to function and flourish. Chances may be purchased at the doors after weekend Masses or through the Parish Office. And yes, we take credit cards! Drawing will be held on September 1 after the 10:30 Mass. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Golf Tournament: The Christ the King Classic Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held in just three weeks on September 9th. The extensive charitable work accomplished through the parish with the assistance of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Knights of Columbus is dependent upon the funds raised through this annual event. Those who love to golf are encouraged to participate and those who don’t golf might consider helping by being sponsors of this event. Brochures with further information are available at the entrances to the church.

Holy Land: There are still spaces available to join Fr. Healey on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land! This 12 day pilgrimage will be February 10-12, 2020. This is truly the trip of a lifetime – to walls in the footsteps of Jesus. The cost is $3899, which includes round trip air from Boston, hotels, breakfast and dinner, sightseeing, and much more. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office.


August 11 2019 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: During this coming week, we observe a Holy Day of Obligation as we join the universal church in celebrating Mary’s entrance, body and soul, into heaven as a sign of what is in store for all the faithful. We also join the local church that is the Diocese of Fall River of which we are a part in celebrating our patronal feast. On this holy day, our collection will be for the Matthew 25 Fund, which supports our parish Food Pantry and enables us to assist those in need through the work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Masses to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption will be celebrated:

Wednesday, August 14th – 4PM
Thursday, August 15th – 8:30 AM, 5:30 PM

Summer Speaker: The second and final speaker this summer will be Keaton Douglas of the “I THIRST” initiative for addiction recovery sponsored by the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity.

The talk is entitled BREAKING THE CHAINS: DISCERNING OUR DISTRACTIONS, ATTACHMENTS AND ADDICTIONS WHICH KEEP US FROM INTIMACY WITH GOD. In this talk Ms. Douglas will clarify the role of spirituality at the root of addiction and in recovery from it. All are invited and encouraged to attend this Thursday evening, August 15th at 7PM to be further informed on a most timely topic as few of us are untouched by the challenge of addiction.

Ms. Douglas will also conduct a workshop entitled: ADDICTION: A TRUE SPIRITUAL MALADY on Saturday, August 17th at 9 AM for those who are interested in further exploration of this topic. Participants will come to understand the totality of the disease on the mind, body, and spirit of the afflicted, the effects on the family and friends, and the necessary role that the Church must play in becoming a resource for those suffering from addictions and their families.

Golfing for Good: The Christ the King Classic Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held just short of a month from now on September 9th. The extensive charitable work accomplished through the parish with the assistance of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Knights of Columbus is dependent upon the funds raised through this annual event. Those who love to golf are encouraged to participate and those who don’t golf might consider helping by being sponsors of this event. Brochures with further information are available at the entrances to the church.

Join Us to Wish Our Young People Well! Next Sunday, August 18th at the 5:30 PM Mass, we will have the annual Blessing of Our Recent High School Graduates and Presentation of Bibles. As our young parishioners prepare to head back to college, those heading to college for the first time will receive a special blessing and a Bible at the 5:30 PM Mass, next Sunday, August 18th. All are welcome to attend to wish our college-bound parishioners well and thank them for their service to our parish community!


August 4, 2019, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

CHRIST THE KING PARISH – est. 1984
Proclaiming the kingship of Jesus Christ and promoting God’s reign
through faithful WORSHIP, unwavering WITNESS and charitable WORKS
in Mashpee, Cotuit, Marstons Mills and surrounding towns for 35 years!

Welcome Bishop da Cunha & The Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher – This weekend at the 10:30 Mass, we welcome back to Christ the King, Bishop Edgar da Cunha and the Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. We are once again very pleased to host the Knights and Ladies for their Annual Summer Mass and Luncheon, celebrated by Bishop Edgar da Cunha. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem is a lay order that generously provides for the needs of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Christian activities in the Holy Land. So, let us show our welcome and support to our Bishop and to the Knights and Ladies, and continue to pray for the work that they do for the Holy Land.

Mark Your Calendars Please:

August 15th – Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Holy Day of Obligation –Masses at 4 PM on August 14th, and at 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM on the Holy Day itself. The collection taken up at these Masses will benefit the Matthew 25 Fund which enables the Parish to operate a Food Pantry which is staffed by many volunteers and managed by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Matthew 25 Fund will also be the beneficiary of the funds raised by The Christ the King Annual Golf Tournament which will be held on September 9th at the Willowbend Country Club, Mashpee. Sponsorship forms and Team Sign-up Forms are available at the entrances of the Church or through the parish office. There are many good reasons for golf but none better than golfing for good! The good in this instance is supporting the Parish Food Pantry which feeds hundreds each week but which costs thousands to operate throughout the year. The Annual Golf Tournament is the major fundraiser to support this charity and other good works on behalf of the needy in this local area carried out by the Knights of Columbus and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul; so please sign up to sponsor or to play for good!

August 15th – 7 PM: Summer Speaker Series: Keaton Douglas will discuss addiction as a spiritual malady and spirituality as a healing force to liberate any who are trapped in its web. Certainly, there are few of us who haven’t been touched by addiction in some form or another, so this talk is relevant and thus should be of interest to all of us.


July 28, 2019, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Feast of St. Martha: July 29th is the feast of St. Martha of Bethany about whom we heard in the gospel last Sunday’s gospel. Martha, Mary, and Lazarus were friends and followers of Jesus who often offered hospitality to Jesus and his disciples when they traveling from Galilee to visit Jerusalem during the annual Jewish feasts. Martha is certainly the patron saint of any of us who find ourselves tasked with the cleaning, arranging, cooking, grilling and serving in order to be hospitable to guests. As we heard last Sunday, Jesus didn’t readily side with Martha in her complaint about Mary sitting down to listen to him rather than help in the kitchen, however, in another gospel passage he asks the question “who is greater, the one who sits at the table or the one who must serve? Jesus then identifies himself with those who serve and asks all who follow him to willingly and generously take the same role. So whenever we are working at the stove, the grill the sink, etc., preparing for guests or cleaning up after them – let us remember we are following in some wonderful footsteps those not only of Martha but also of Jesus himself.

Mark Your Calendars Please:

August 15th – Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Masses at 4 PM on August 14th, and at 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM on the Holy Day itself. The collection taken up at these Masses will benefit the Matthew 25 Fund which enables the Parish to operate a Food Pantry which is staffed by many volunteers and managed by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Matthew 25 Fund will also be the beneficiary of the funds raised by The Christ the King Annual Golf Tournament which will be held on September 9th at the Willowbend Country Club, Mashpee. Sponsorship forms and Team Sign- up Forms are available at the entrances of the Church or through the parish office. There are many good reasons for golf but none better than golfing for good. The good in this instance is supporting the Parish Food Pantry which feeds hundreds each week but which costs thousands to operate throughout the year. The Annual Golf Tournament is the major fundraiser to support this charity and other good works on behalf of the needy in this local area carried out by the Knights of Columbus and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul; So please sign up to sponsor or to play for good!

August 15th –7 PM: Summer Speaker Series: Keaton Douglas will discuss addiction as a spiritual malady and spirituality as a healing force to liberate any who are trapped in its web. Certainly, there are few of us who haven’t been touched by addiction in some form or another, so this talk is relevant and thus should be of interest to all of us.


July 21, 2019, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

CHRIST THE KING PARISH- est. 1984
Proclaiming the kingship of Jesus Christ and promoting God’s reign
through faithful WORSHIP., unwavering WITNESS and charitable WORKS
in Mashpee, Cotuit, Marstons Mills and surrounding towns for 35 years!

Continuing Formation: In some ways, faith is simple in that fundamentally requires believing in God whom we cannot see. Yet even the church itself says that we would be foolish to do so unless faith in God is reasonable. Therefore we are meant to use our intellectual powers to search out and examine the evidence for a Supreme Being, and we are not alone in this endeavor as many great minds throughout history have done the same and concluded that believing in God’s existence is far from foolish. Yet as Christians we believe that out of love God has not only set the universe in motion but wishes to reveal himself especially to human beings, made in His own image and likeness, who are the crowning glory of all His creation. So while God communicates to us through creation he also speaks to us even more explicitly through his interventions in human history which are recorded in the sacred scriptures and ultimately through the Word Made Flesh, Jesus of Nazareth, who is the Christ or Divine Messiah. In order to know God better then we must know Jesus Christ, and we learn about Jesus through the Gospels and the other New Testament writings. Having offered and completed an overview of the entire Bible in the recent past we might do well now to focus specifically on the writings of the New Testament in order to search them out for deeper insights into the person and life of Jesus, his teachings and his expectations of those whom he calls as his disciples. To this end, we will begin a new Bible Study in the Fall using the resources of Ascension Press to better understand The Gospel of St. John. Please attend to the information which will be forthcoming in the bulletin and online about the program; suggestions as to when and where the sessions are to be held in order to facilitate your participation are welcome at this time. In preparation for the study, it is recommended that the Gospel of John be read in its entirety.

Stewardship: Soon we will begin our annual collection which is an essential yearly fundraising effort for the financial well being of our parish. The contributions from this collection go exclusively to our

Building and Grounds Account: Rather than our regular operations account and are earmarked for the larger capital expenses that we face in the upkeep of our parish complex and campus. As we observe the 35th anniversary of the establishment of our parish we also prepare to mark the 30th anniversary of the dedication of our new church on the Feast of Christ the King in November. While 30 years old may seem young to us yet in regard to buildings and grounds anyone who owns a home knows that isn’t really the case. As we have seen in this past year as our parking lot needed to be resurfaced and a failed boiler had to be replaced things are wearing out and breaking down and repair and replacement often come at great expense. The annual collection last year did not cover the entire cost of the resurfacing of the parking lot and the replacement of the boiler and so we had to dip into savings that are kept on deposit with the Diocesan Chancery in order to cover these expenses. Yet we probably could have easily covered those costs and still had some funds in reserve for the next challenge if every registered household in our parish had contributed their fair share to the annual collection. What is a fair share? That is a question that can only be answered before God by each household in light of their own resources, but no household should ever excuse themselves lightly from participating in what must be a community-wide effort. There are some consistently and amazingly generous parishioners of Christ the King Parish to whom we all owe a great debt of gratitude for all they are willing to give for the upkeep of our parish which is to the benefit of all of us. Yet even more than our gratitude each member of the parish owes them their own commitment to cooperate with them in contributing as generously as they possibly can for the present and long term good of the parish. Our annual collection effort is called the WE ARE FAMILY CAMPAIGN and appropriately so for if we as a family of faith are to not only survive but to thrive then we must all be willing to do our part, so let us prepare for this campaign by asking the Holy Spirit to move us all to respond generously.

Help Wanted (Needed): Those who are able to lift up to 35lbs are needed to work at our Parish Thrift Shop in Cotuit especially on Friday and Saturday mornings to help move small furnishings and other household items. Although a job at the Thrift Shop doesn’t pay any money yet it has proven to have great benefits in terms of the satisfaction that volunteers feel at successfully raising money for the good of the parish and its charitable works as well as the priceless benefit of coming to know and befriend fellow parishioners. Those interested in helping might stop in at the Thrift Shop when it is open from Tuesday to Saturday and ask to see Mary Daly, its director. Those as strong or more might consider helping to unload the truck containing supplies for the Parish Food Pantry for one-half hour on Tuesday mornings. Many hands make lighter and quicker work and it is also a deeply rewarding experience to know you are making it possible for the parish to help feed people who might otherwise have to go hungry! Please see Deacon Frank Fantasia to express your willingness to help. Those who are able to bend and stretch are also needed to help weed and water potted plants and garden patches on the parish property; kindly leave your name and contact information in the parish office and Janet Trask will contact you!


July 14, 2019, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Go Behind the Headlines; Thursday, July 18 at 7 PM Christ the King Parish Hall: Sr. Erin McDonald, a Sister of St. Joseph, who received her early formation in the faith as a member of Christ the King Parish, will be the first of two presenters in our annual Summer Speaker Series . In her presentation titled WHO ARE THE STRANGERS, WE MUST WELCOME Sr. Erin will take us behind the headlines and beyond the politics of immigration policy to tell us something more about who is coming to our borders and why what they may need and how we as disciples of Jesus Christ might respond. This will not be a talk given by a sociologist, legislator, or political candidate but by a religious sister whose mission is primarily to reveal the compassionate face of Christ to people in a rather desperate situation. So please join in welcoming Sr. Erin back to Christ the King Parish and listen to her as she relates her personal experience in pastoral ministry to refugees and immigrants at our nations’ southern border.

Parish Pastoral Council: The parish council exists to inform and advise the pastor and pastoral staff about the pastoral needs of the parish and to assist in seeing that these needs are met by suggesting strategies that would be effective given the resources available. The council meets four times during the year from September to June but its work is often entrusted to subcommittees or teams which may include parishioners, not on the council who can focus on gathering information, exploring available options and discovering means of addressing the needs and challenges that face our community of faith. In the past year, the council has benefitted greatly from the work of a team charged with creating a strategic plan for the parish and another to explore effective means of outreach to inactive Catholics. The council has also been concerned to improve the safety of all who participate in parish worship, events, programs and organizations and in particular, has focused on increasing security for the young people who come to our religious education programs. To that end, a professional consultant has advised us and created a safety plan that is being implemented beginning with a security camera system in our religious education center that has already been installed.

We are grateful to members Jack Donohue and Joan Levesque whose terms on the council concluded with the June meeting for their generous service. We are happy to welcome Francine Daggett, Terrance Daly, Joseph Powers, and Janet Trask who were elected from among a roster of nine candidates to serve a three-year term on the council beginning in the Fall of 2019. Gratitude is due also to all who were nominated and willing to have their name placed on the ballot, as this is a clear indication of a desire on their part to join in the efforts to make Christ the King Parish the best it can be.

Matthew 25 Fund: This fund is named for the gospel account in which we are invited to see Jesus himself in the people who come to us asking for our help. Matthew 25 is the main means by which our weekly Food Pantry is funded and the assistance with costs for housing, utilities, and transportation is provided to those in true need. As of the end of May, the fund had a balance of $25,299 but owed $17,874.80 to the St. Vincent de Paul Conference which manages and serves our Food Pantry and responds to all requests for other assistance. Thus the Fund’s remaining balance is now dipping below $10,000 and while the needs in summer are often less when compared to the practical assistance requested during the winter months, still the costs of operating our Parish Food Pantry, our top priority in serving those in need, remain about the same. The bulk of the money in the Matthew 25 Fund is raised through the Christ the King Annual Golf Tournament and from proceeds from the Thrift Shop, but also must come from donations through the envelopes provided in the pews or placed in the poor boxes at the entrances to the church or through the memorial cards available in the parish office. So even as we enjoy the beauty of Cape Cod in Summer let us try to be mindful of the needs of the poor in our local community often hidden from our sight but none the less very real.


July 7, 2019, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

CTK Second Annual Summer Raffle
$11,000 in Prizes – $5,000 GRAND PRIZE
$20 donation for one chance • 3 chances for $50.
Drawing at noon on September 1st.
Proceeds to benefit the clubs and organizations of the parish.

A Word of Welcome to our Summer Visitors: Thank You for taking the time to worship while on vacation. This is a great witness to the importance you place on the practice of your faith and as such, it is a source of inspiration to all of us who make Cape Cod our home year-round. We hope that in the friendly greeting you receive from our ushers as you enter, our willingness to “move-in” to accommodate you in the pew and our warm smiles at the sign of peace you will experience us as a welcoming community of faith and get the unmistakable impression that we are happy you cared to join us. We are grateful for your generosity in the support you give to our collections and fundraisers while among us as it is an essential element of our ability to survive year-round. We also hope that in the care we take to celebrate the liturgy fully, to participate wholeheartedly in the responses, the prayers and the hymns you will leave inspired and wish to return again whenever you find yourselves in this region of the upper Cape on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday. So once again welcome and thank you for choosing Christ the King as your parish while visiting Cape Cod!

Welcome to Fr. Jarek: Fr. Jaroslaw or Jarek (Yah-Reck) Lekarski, a priest of the Diocese of Lowicz (Woe Vich) in Poland is visiting Christ the King Parish for the month of July. For the past year, Fr. Jarek has been serving as the vice-rector of the seminary in his home-diocese and this has afforded him a more predictable summer vacation than when he was serving as a parish priest and thus allows him to return to Cape Cod to which he is no stranger, having spent several summer vacations in the past with Fr. Marek Chmurski. Fr. Carlos Patino and myself when we were previously assigned together in West Harwich. Fr. Jarek will celebrate some weekday and weekend Masses while he is here and he has been assured that he can expect to receive a similar welcome now among the people of Christ the King Parish as he did when visiting Holy Trinity.

Keeping up Electronically: In the past few months we have updated the website for Christ the King Parish and it is now available not only on computer and tablet but also on iPhones as an app; this permits our parishioners, visitors, and friends to remain in touch with us wherever they may roam! This is indeed true as some have recently reported participating in the Sunday Mass through Livestream while on a cruise on which there were no priest-chaplain and others from Myrtle Beach while on vacation there. This also permits parishioners, both year-round and seasonal, to easily donate to the parish “on-line”, There is no real substitute for being here, so as to be in communion with the Body of Christ as well as to receive that Body sacramentally in communion, but we live in a different world today, than that of even 25 years ago and not all can be in the pews here every weekend due to work and travel schedules, so remaining a part of the community of faith through the technology now available is the next best thing to being here. Better yet, no one has to miss the opportunity to do their fair share in contributing to the upkeep of the Church and the support of its programs and personnel because they couldn’t be here when the basket got passed because now it is as easy as going to the website or app and giving online either regularly or on a one-time basis. Through online giving, there are options of how the donation is to be distributed among the first collection, the building fund or second collection, the annual collection, Catholic Charities, or the Matthew 25 Fund which supports the weekly food pantry, managed and staffed by the members of St. Vincent de Paul and the direct assistance they discern should be given to those in need by the parish. For some, online giving may be the preferred way to donate even though they are able to be here on a regular basis and that is indeed acceptable as well; in lieu of placing an envelope in the collection basket when it is passed, we hope to soon have cards available that can be placed instead that will indicate that a donation has been made “on-line”. However you decide to give to the Sunday collections, in the basket or online, thank you for doing so as we need to increase the number of households donating on a regular basis because currently approximately 20% of our registered households are providing 80% of the parish’s financial resources for operations and improvements and the unfairness of that should be obvious to us all!