Christ The King Parish

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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 especially 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/

 


October 20, 2019, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Correcting an Omission: An incomplete listing of the team who coordinated the CTK Golf Classic appeared in the bulletin last week in that the name of Jeanne Dennis was omitted. So again, many thanks to Joe Mooney , Deacon Frank Fantasia, Debbie Journalist, Terry Daly and Jeanne Dennis for the hard work that has led to another successful golf tournament and the raising of $60,000 which is a significant amount of money to fund the charitable works of the parish carried out by the CTK Conference of St. Vincent de Paul and our local council of the Knights of Columbus.

Goodbye Columbus (Day)?: Reflecting on this recent holiday, one is left to wonder about its future fate. From childhood days it is easy to recall singing “In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue” and celebrating the ” founding ” of America by Christopher Columbus from Genoa Italy whose exploration was commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain. As time went on the narrative changed as the truth was finally told that America was founded long before 1492 and thus there were many people e living here already when Columbus unintentionally arrived in his search for other destinations. Indeed as might be expected the immigration of Europeans to the Americas after the “discovery” by Columbus , in particular the Spanish to what we commonly refer to as Latin America, brought with it a clash of cultures and consequent abuses and violence which sadly led to the loss of lives of both indigenous people and newcomers as well. Yet almost simultaneously with Spanish efforts at colonizing there occurred the bitter fracture of the unity of Western Christianity with the Protestant Reformation and the rivalry of European powers to lay claim to, and colonize what was to their perspective “the New World”. Thus we can trace the roots of a persistent “black legend” as the English and Dutch in particular as rivals of the Spanish for territory in the Americas set out to demonize them by characterizing them merely as ruthless, brutal, gold seekers who were also forcing the indigenous peoples to convert to their “false religion” at the point of the sword. Conveniently it was easy to spread these exaggerations because the printing press had recently been invented paralleling the spread of fake news in our day made possible by the coming of social media on the internet. Because the indigenous peoples of the Americas had no written language at that time, unfortunately, we don’t have complete access to their side of the story, but as a largely conquered people, we rightly understand that it was not an acceptable, just or situation for them. Yet while the English and the Dutch were just as capable of excesses as the Spanish in their colonizing activities, that is largely overlooked as is the truth that as early as 1512 Spain was the first and only colonial power in recorded history to pass laws for the protection of indigenous peoples. Indeed, in spite of the unacceptable motives and actions of some of the conquistadors, the Spanish mind and heart were fundamentally Catholic and so unsurprisingly these laws called for humanitarian treatment of the indigenous people. Yet that is perhaps why the black legend kept getting perpetuated in spite of this truth because of the anti-Catholic sentiment of the English and the Dutch. Fast Forward to the 19th Century in the United States and we see the early opposition to Columbus Day coming from nativist “Know-Nothing” Party members who saw the celebration as inappropriately championing the unwelcome arrival of Catholics from Italy and Ireland to a Protestant country and so they wished to stamp it out. What we as Catholics must never regret is the coming of the gospel to the Americas which began with the arrival of Columbus. Perhaps as we go forward the reconciliation in Christ that is promoted by the gospel would call us to do as many of the countries of Latin America have already done which is to celebrate this day neither exclusively as Columbus Day nor indigenous People’s Day but rather as the “Day of Encounter” Such a celebration acknowledges the truth that in spite of some of the troublesome aspects at the beginning we are in the long run better off that the Indigenous and European cultures have met and mixed for we have much to continue learning from one another and ultimately we will be blessed in the process of doing so.


October 13, 2019, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THOSE IN NEED

GOLF TOURNAMENT: Great Gratitude is due to all who participated in the Golf Tournament, and to those who generously sponsored it, and especially to the great team who organized it, headed by Joe Mooney and assisted by Marion Mooney, Deacon Frank Fantasia, Terry Daly, and Debbie Journalist. The Tournament presented a check for $60,000 to be placed in the Matthew 25 Fund to support the ongoing work of St. Vincent de Paul with the Food Pantry and the Needy, and the charitable works organized and carried out by our Knights of Columbus. Other than Holy Day Collections, the Thrift Shop proceeds and contributions to the poor box, this annual tournament is the major fundraiser for the charitable good works carried out in the name of all of us in Christ the King Parish. Let us ask God’s blessings upon all who made the tournament such a success again this year. Let us mark our calendars for next year’s CTK Golf Classic to be held at Willowbend Country Club on September 14th and plan to assist the Committee’s continued success by planning now to participate, sponsor and otherwise support it for the greater good of those in our local community who are in need.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL WALK FOR OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED: Thank you to all who helped organize and staff the walk and all walkers and especially the many generous sponsors. As a chill sets in the air on these Fall nights, we become ever more aware of how some here on Cape Cod have sleepless nights wondering how they are going to keep a roof over their heads as Winter arrives, and others who are already sleeping in cars, or in shelters or outside as they have lost their homes. As your pastor, I am very grateful to those who so generously sponsored me on the day of the walk (which I did complete putting in at least an hour and 15 minutes non-stop). I was sponsored at a lever of $4,600. Thanks also to all who answered my request for help last at the Masses last weekend to bring that total to $5,000. I am happy to say that the goal has been reached and when all is finally tallied will certainly exceed that amount.

CALLED BY NAME: NAME TAG SUNDAY: Next weekend, we will invite all who come to Mass to print their preferred first name, whether their proper name or nickname and a stick-on name tag and to wear it throughout Mass until after you exit the doors. We are called by name by God and we ought to try to call one another by name, but even when we have already been introduced we can easily forget and might be a bit shy to ask someone their name again. This is a simple effort to reduce the amount of anonymity that exists in any large gathering of people but which is not helpful when the people of God must form a community of faith together. Thank you in advance for your willingness to cooperate in this community building exercise which will be repeated at least once more in the late Spring before the influx of summer visitors.

FORMED IN FAITH: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN: SUNDAYS AT 11:30 AM IN ST. JUDE CHAPEL AND AT 6:30 PM IN CLASSROOM A: This gospel is our present focus in our ongoing efforts to provide opportunities for life-long faith formation particularly on the Scriptures which Catholics have often not studied in any depth. Only one session has been held so far and the classes are open to any who would like to attend at any time. The Class will not meet on this Holiday Weekend but will resume next Sunday, October 20th. In the meantime, all are asked to read the prologue and the “Book of Signs” in preparation for upcoming classes.

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a program at our parish that welcomes adults who wish to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. Please contact Tony Agostinelli, the program coordinator, if you wish to have further information on this program . . . 508-685-1545.


October 6, 2019, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Laudate Si ” – An appropriate teaching for the Feast of St. Francis during  Pro-Life Month:  As  on October 4th we remember St. Francis and  observe the entire month as one in which to reflect upon and  promote the sanctity of life, it may be helpful to visit or revisit the letter of Pope Francis which was published in June of 2015.   Entitled “Laudate Si”  or as translated from the original Umbrian dialect “Praise to You” is recognized as the opening line of the Canticle of  All Creation composed by St Francis himself in the 12th Century.  The Pope quotes his saintly namesake because in the Canticle  St Francis called the sun “brother”, the moon “sister” and the earth “mother” as he recognizes a kinship between all that has come forth from God as Creator.  It is a new appreciation of such interrelatedness of all God’s creation that the Pope sees as basic to resolve the multitude of problems that have been created over the past two hundred years as an ever-developing world has become indifferent to the destruction wrought to our planet in the pursuit of economic gains.   The Encyclical, while praised or dismissed on the basis that it is perceived to be about climate change which some would say a Pope has no credentials on which to speak, is much broader really and thoroughly pro-life.   The Pope’s overall message is that climate change is just one of many symptoms of the greater problem which is that many people no longer acknowledge God as the Creator and this has made way for an increasing disrespect for the sacredness of all creation.   If creation isn’t seen as God’s then this can foster an inappropriate and arbitrary human dominion over the earth and all other living things, especially the most vulnerable.  It also encourages a” throwaway culture”  which treats unwanted things as waste including unwanted people such as the unborn, the elderly or the handicapped.     While the Pope praises some aspects of the environmental movement he is not blind to its shortcomings and says that we can’t be genuinely concerned about the protection endangered species if we are not also concerned to protect human embryos as such is morally inconsistent if all of creation is in truth interrelated.    So as we observe this month of  October as pro-life month let us join our Holy Father Francis in appreciating the truth contained in  St. Francis’s  famous poem , recognizing that God made all living things and the environment in which they are intended to live and thrive, so we must do what we can to respect, protect, and defend all  creation as brother, sister, and mother to us.