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January 23, 2022, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
That All May Be One (Believing in the Real Presence): As the annual Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity continues now until the 25th of this month it is neither completely truthful nor helpful to dismiss the significant differences that still remain between Catholics and Protestants as if these are of no consequence by saying: “We are really all the same”. Sadly, that is an oversimplification that does not actually ring true, and while we certainly have much in common as believers in Jesus Christ sharing the same scriptures and professing the same Nicene Creed, still we remain divided over some important matters. Indeed disagreements still remain on issues such as Magisterium (teaching authority), the role of Scared Scripture and that of Tradition, the role of Grace in Justification, the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints, and above all the nature of the sacraments most especially the Eucharist.
While progress toward greater unity continues through discussions on many of these differences, yet it remains impossible for Catholics to compromise on our belief in the Eucharist in order to accommodate the more widely held understandings of many Protestants. We hold to the doctrine of Transubstantiation, i.e., that at the consecration of the Mass the elements of bread and wine, while not changed in appearance, are actually changed in substance such that these do truly become the body and blood, of Jesus Christ. This doctrine was clearly articulated beginning in the 11th Century became widely accepted in the 12th and was finally refined in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century. Yet it was not anew understanding as it was faithful to the long-standing and easily traceable belief in the Eucharist that comes to us from the Apostolic Age, as clearly witnessed in the writings of St. Paul and in the early Fathers of the Church in the early Second Century. In contrast, at the time of the Reformation in the 16th Century, Martin Luther expressed a slightly different view labeled by some as Consubstantiation in which the Body and Blood of Christ is understood to surround the elements of bread and wine but doesn’t actually change them; thus Christ is understood to be spiritually present but not physically so. While this view is perhaps not as far from the authentic Catholic understanding as has evolved since the Reformation, it is a change that has led now to the more prevalent position among Protestant denominations that the celebration of “The Lord’s Supper” is a commemoration of Christ’s death and resurrection, but the elements of bread and wine are merely symbolic. Along with the Orthodox Churches of the East, we as Catholics insist that we must remain true to the faith that comes to us from the Apostles who were closest to Christ and missioned by him to hand on ( tradition) his teachings. So we must continue to do what he has asked us to do in his memory believing that he is truly and fully present to us in the Eucharist just as he promised to be . It isn’t just that we must stick to our way versus their way, but that in accord with Christ’s own words as found in the gospel we believe that unless we eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood we cannot have life within us. Of all the Seven Sacraments, it is our understanding that the Eucharist is the Sacrament of Sacraments in that it stands at the very center of the others and makes clear to us their deeper meaning and purpose.
Ultimately the Eucharist is the Church’s whole treasure as it is the means by which the Lord himself is most fully present and thus enables us to “remain in him.” The Eucharist is the most efficacious way in which Christ continually sanctifies us so as to fit us for life with him forever in God’s Kingdom. So during a week of prayer for greater Christian unity, we must pray that we will never falter in our belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and that those Christians who have wavered in their understanding will return to the original belief which their brothers and sisters in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches have held from the very beginning and on which we can never compromise.
Mark Your Calendars: Please circle February 27th on your calendar and plan to participate in the synodal process as it will take place in our parish with a dialogue session centered around some essential questions that members of the Church throughout the world are being asked to contemplate and address.
The packet of questions is available at the entrances of the Church and those who desire to participate in the synodal dialogue session are asked to obtain these questions in advance in order to spend some time in prayerfully responding to them and so preparing to share your insights with those of other parishioners. The dialogue will take place in the parish hall after the 10:30 AM Mass on February 27th.
January 16, 2022, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
From Bishop Da Cunha: As the number of new daily COVID cases increase and concern over the Omicron variant grows, we are reminded of the need to provide as safe an environment for worship as possible for our faithful people. The Diocese of Fall River continues to strongly encourage all parishioners to wear a mask while attending Mass or any other liturgical celebration unless unable to do so because of a medical condition or under the age of 2. This is particularly important for anyone with a weakened immune system; anyone at risk for severe disease because of age or underlying medical condition; or anyone in a household with someone having these conditions with or with someone who is unvaccinated. The recent surge in virus transmission in many places is a clear indication that the pandemic has not passed, and continued vigilance is required. Parishioners are asked to please keep in mind the need for a collective commitment to the overall good of the parish community
From Fr. Healey: At no other time during the nearly 22 months of this pandemic have I been personally acquainted with so many people who have contracted the Corona Virus thus attesting to the truth that even here on Cape Cod the number of cases is presently increasing daily. Public Health Officials believe that this present surge has not yet reached its peak and will probably do so within these next two weeks. Not all who are infected are experiencing merely mild symptoms, but some are becoming more seriously ill, and some must be hospitalized. In spite of what some may wish to believe, the numbers of those infected, seriously ill, hospitalized and dying due to COVID and its complications do not lie; this is a situation that deserves our most serious attention and very careful response. So as Christian people called to love more than to fear, let us take every reasonable precaution available to us to be good stewards of our own wellbeing and most especially that of others in these challenging times. If we can get vaccinated or boosted, let us do so without delay, and let us use effective face coverings if we are not prohibited from doing so, especially when gathered indoors in crowds as we are when coming to Mass.
Acting in Sync with a Synodal Church: Over the next 6 weeks, various groups of the parish will be encouraged to hold dialogue sessions in regard to the themes selected by Pope Francis for the worldwide synod which are: Communion, Participation, and Mission. On February 27th following the 10:30 Mass in the Parish Hall, all parishioners are invited to a general session to dialogue in regard to the same themes so that an opportunity to do so will be given to all who wish to participate in the synodal process. Our Holy Father wants us to talk with one another about our faith and its practice in the Church and to allow the issues and concerns that resonate in common from all levels and corners of the worldwide church to be brought to a special gathering of bishops in Rome in 2023. Participation in the dialogue sessions here in our own parish will be enhanced if those who wish to participate would take a copy of some questions that might guide your reflections and prayerfully contemplate these before gathering to dialogue with others. The questions are available in printed form at the entrances of the church and will also be available on our parish website. As it would not be hospitable of the parish to invite you to this general session on February 27th which will begin at 11:45 AM and continue into the early afternoon without offering a light lunch; , It would be greatly appreciated if you would use the form provided to indicate your intention to attend in advance so that adequate provisions will be available!
Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity: Although the present pandemic will continue to prevent many interdenominational gatherings, the days from January 18th to the 25th are designated each year as a special time of prayer for the increasing unity of all who are baptized into our Lord, Jesus Christ, whose high priestly prayer expressed his great hope that we would all become and ever remain one! Thus it is imperative that we pray and act to heal the sad divisions that still separate us as Christians and remain an obstacle to our bearing more effective witness to the Gospel. The theme of the Octave this year relates to the Star of Bethlehem that led the Magi to worship Christ and was chosen by the Middle East Council of Churches because the Epiphany or “Theophany” of Christ is a prominent emphasis in theology and spirituality among Christians of that region and thus is a gift which they offer to all Christians throughout the world. On Wednesday, January 19th at 12 PM EDT, an Ecumenical Service incorporating the theme will be hosted by the Graymoor Ecumenical Institute and will be broadcast via Facebook and will remain online for viewing at any other time during the annual Octave.
January 9, 2022, The Baptism of the Lord
The End of the Christmas Season: As we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord we conclude the authentic Season of Christmas, which is the one defined according to Christian rather than cultural traditions. At the Lord’s baptism, the question that had loomed large in regard to his identity during the hidden years at Nazareth is finally answered definitively: Jesus is the beloved Son of God! Emerging from the obscurity of those first three decades, Jesus comes upon the scene and by his teaching and his miraculous powers reveals that he is the “anointed one of God “ which in Hebrew is “Messiah” and in Greek is “Christ.” His baptism signals a transition to his public ministry and all the attention he will gain by his startling words and his mighty deeds as he leaves a quiet life behind and accepts a much more difficult one in that it will eventually lead to his rejection by religious authorities and ultimately to his execution. So as we transition from the Season of Christmas to Ordinary Time perhaps we are being invited once again to leave our comfort zones especially as regards bearing witness to Jesus before others. May the Lord who emerged from peaceful Nazareth to eventually end up in contentious Jerusalem, accompany us on our mission to proclaim him. Let us accept the challenging truth that an authentically Christian life which is inaugurated at our own Baptism is never meant to remain a hidden life but one in which we are called to proclaim the gospel in our particular circumstances through our words and actions and to do so without hesitation or fear no matter the cost to us. So let us renew our baptismal promises and count on the Lord’s grace to give us the courage and strength we need to carry out the tasks that he is asking us to accomplish here and now.
Time to Think In Sync with the Synod: Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, is inviting the Church throughout the world on every level beginning with the parish to participate in a synod the aim of which is to make us a more authentically synodal church. The very word synod implies walking together on the same road and the themes that the Holy Father is asking every member of the church to focus on are three: Communion, Participation, and Mission. You are encouraged to contemplate these themes, that is, to think about them prayerfully, seeking to discover and articulate what these could mean in our own community of faith as well as the wider church. There will be opportunities provided to talk with and listen to other parishioners with the hope of fostering deeper communion among us and a fuller engagement in the Christian life and mission of the Church. Two of our parishioners, Don Frederico and Janet Trask, have generously agreed to be the liaisons between the committee coordinating the synodal process at the diocesan level and our parish. Please be attentive for further announcements from them of invitations to actively participate is the synodal process. In the meantime, you are invited to pray the traditional prayer which has often been used at Synods and Councils and which was used to open each session of the Second Vatican Council, it is known as the Adsumus Sancte Spiritus which are the words with which it begins in Latin.
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, Make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path or partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
To all who helped us to properly celebrate the Christmas Season as a parish: those who donated for flowers; those who arranged the plants in the sanctuary and those who watered them; those who helped with other decorations especially the K of C members who decorated the exterior of the church and set up the manger; the musicians and singers who enhance our liturgies with their talents; the liturgical ministers who served our liturgies including ushers, sacristans, servers, master of ceremonies, lectors, Special Ministers of Holy Communion and clergy; and as always, the parish staff who work behind the scenes to help make all things happen!
To the Knights of Columbus, the Vincentians, and all parishioners who through their generosity to the Giving Tree enabled the parish to help over one hundred households in the local community to have a fuller celebration of Christmas. Each family was given gift cards to Walmart as a means to acquire a gift for each of their children and an additional card was given so that the makings of a holiday dinner could also be afforded. We especially thank the caseworkers in our parish ministry to those in need who under the direction of Deborah Journalist did the challenging work of vetting those who benefitted from the Giving Tree effort and assisted in the distribution of gift cards and other gifts. Thanks, as ever, go to those who support our Matthew 25 Fund which supports the CTK Food Pantry, and all the volunteers who staff the Pantry each week for also assuring that many of these same households who are experiencing food insecurity, not only at the holidays but throughout the year, will have enough to eat. May all be blessed in turn many times over for their generosity to their neighbors in need!
January 2, 2022, The feast of the Epiphany
Bringing Our Gifts to Christ: The account of the visit of the Magi to the Christ-child is proclaimed on the feast of the Epiphany, and the presentation of their gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh is recounted. This response on the part of the Magi to the immeasurably generous gift of God in sending his son as redeemer of the world sets an example to be imitated by all believers. What return can we make to the Lord for all that he has done for us? The answer is to place our best gifts at the feet of his son who came to dwell among us and who has saved us at the cost of his own life. So on the feast of the Epiphany, we might all pause and take an accounting of our own generosity to the Lord who is infinitely generous to us. The best gifts we have to offer are not found in stores, catalogs, or online, but rather the gifts that are most precious to us and best represent us which include our time, our talent, and our treasure. So today we must note with gratitude all who support the parish and its charitable good works with their faithful and generous donations which enable the parish to continue to be present here in Mashpee, and to carry out its good works especially on behalf of those in need. . Beyond the monetary support that is given, it should be noted that many here in Christ the King parish also volunteer their time and effort, their skills and talents to parish ministries be these liturgical, catechetical, practical or charitable and to its organizations that provide opportunities for social interaction as well as contribute to the good of the parish. So today is a day to be mindful of all the generosity that is being returned to Christ right here in our midst and trust that God who inspires such goodness will be the one, who never outdone in generosity, will justly reward it as well.
On Gift Giving: The Epiphany is a traditional day to exchange gifts in the Christmas Season and maybe an even more appropriate time to do so than December 25th! Yet when we hear that phrase “exchange gifts” many whose approaches to the Christmas season is more secular than religious may tend to think of making exchanges of gifts they received but did not appreciate. Consumer research reveals that one out of every two people will dislike something they received at Christmas and these gifts will be either be exchanged or returned for credit, re-gifted, donated, or sadly just thrown away. On average 16 Billion dollars worth of unwanted Christmas gifts just ends up in landfills in the U.S. each year! As Christians, this should disturb us because it is a waste of resources that could have been spent to alleviate the stress of people who are desperately in need of more adequate housing, clothing, transportation, or who struggle to pay medical or utility bills and also pay for groceries. Such conspicuous consumption and careless waste while so many people suffer from material poverty is truly a desecration of the authentic meaning and observance of Christmas. If we are buying costly rather than simple gifts for people who need nothing, and many discard what they are given, wouldn’t it be far better to give them something simple and donate the rest of what we may have spent on them to charity in their honor? Maybe it’s past time for Christians to reclaim the Season of Christmas and redefine it in accord with customs that are more consistent with the gospel!
The Baptism of the Lord: The Season of Christmas will continue now through to next Sunday when we conclude it with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This final feast of the authentic season of Christmas recalls the pivotal moment when Jesus submits to baptism by his cousin John and leaves his hidden years at Nazareth behind to begin his public ministry. This then is an appropriate occasion on which to contemplate the meaning of our own baptism and its inherent call to ministry. Thus, next weekend we will invite those who are involved in the various ministries in our parish to come forward to the altar step and renew their commitment to service and receive a blessing. This includes those involved in the many liturgical, catechetical, pastoral, and charitable works which characterize our community of faith as Christian. The renewal and commitment will take place at each of the Masses.
Will You Become Engaged This Year?: Our formation in the faith, the deepening of our knowledge of it, and our efforts to rekindle our enthusiasm to actively practice it are serious responsibilities that we accept at baptism and confirmation. In these still uncertain times when large group gatherings are not always prudent, instead of in-person adult formation classes, you are invited to ENGAGE in ongoing formation through this very valuable online resource. The parish subscribes to WORD ON FIRE, an enlightening and inspiring website that offers presentations on many topics that are helpful to the ongoing formation of contemporary Catholics. Among our New Year’s resolutions let us commit ourselves to further growth in our faith and use the valuable tool of ENGAGE to help us accomplish this goal. To access this service simply text CTKCAPECOD to 84576 or visit CTKCAPECOD.FLOCKNOTE.COM.
(Further information is available on the flyer which has been inserted into the Bulletin this week or available at the entrances of the Church)
Sunday, December 26th – Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth ( 2nd Day of Christmas)
Two special blessings will take place today, the Blessing of Families at the conclusion of the Intercessory Prayers and the Blessing of Calendars at the end of Mass. Please take a calendar home with you, this is unlike the secular calendar, in that it contains all the Seasons and Feasts that we are invited to observe as Christians in order to make time holy in the days of the new year.
The Solemnity of Mary the Holy Mother of God December – (8th Day of Christmas) New Year’s Eve and Day:
Masses: Friday, December 31st – 4 PM
Saturday, January 1st- 8:30 AM (First Saturday)
Let us begin 2022 in the best manner by coming to Mass, and praying through the intercession of Mary, for blessings of peace, health, and happiness in the new year.
Christmas: It Has Only Just Begun: Those whose Christmas Trees have been up since Thanksgiving will be planning to take them down in the course of the next week, but that is the sad consequence of following secular and commercial influences about what Christmas is, and how it is to be celebrated. Christmas is a season and not just a day, and one that belongs to the Church more than to any culture or society, so the Church has the right to define Christmas and prescribe how it is properly celebrated.
In the Church, Calendar Christmas has just begun with the celebration of the Solemnity of the Lord’s Nativity which began the evening of December 24th and will continue now through to the Feast of the Lord’s baptism of January 9th this year. The season isn’t merely about Christ’s birth, but about the Mystery of the Incarnation, the truth that God has humbled himself to become human in the person of Jesus, and so it is the season during which we revisit the preliminary signs which point to the true identity of Jesus as Messiah which occurred before his public ministry. Because the Mystery of the incarnation is about divine life and light entering into the darkness of this world, lights are an essential symbol of what Christmas is all about, and so should be kept lit at least through to January 9th, if not February 2nd, which is 40 days after December 25th, and the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
If the wider culture does not understand these essential aspects of Christmas, we have only ourselves as Christians to blame because far too many of us have yielded to the culture’s customs of a Holiday Season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day rather than observing our own liturgical calendar.
Again, we will “keep Christ in Christmas”, not merely by insisting that Christ have a place along with Santa Claus in the celebration on December 25th, but rather by correcting our understanding of Christmas as a season, waiting to observe it until it truly begins on the evening of December 24th and keeping it alive until it truly ends on the feast of the Lord’s baptism. !
Observing Christmas according to the Church Calendar:
(December 25th to January 1st is the Octave of Christmas during which eight days are observed as if only one day) .
Sunday, January 2nd- The Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord (9th day)
Monday, January 3rd- Christmas Weekday (10th Day)
Tuesday, January 4th – Memorial of St . Elizabeth Ann Seton (11th day)
Wednesday, January 5th – Memorial of St. John Neumann (12th Day/Night- remember Shakespeare?)
Thursday, January 6th – Christmas Weekday ( Traditional Day of the Epiphany)
Friday, January 7th – Christmas Weekday ( First Friday)
Saturday, January 8th- Christmas Weekday
Sunday, January 9th, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Christmas ends – Ordinary Time begins
(numbers of the traditional 12 days of Christmas have been included as a correction to contemporary distortions by secular and commercial influences)
WE ARE FAMILY CAMPAIGN: We have not yet reached our goal of $300,000 dollars but are inching closer! The importance of reaching this goal is that we must replace major parts of our air-conditioning system that cools the church and the parish hall before the season of warm weather returns to New England in late Spring 2022! Great gratitude is expressed to those 461 households of the parish who have already helped push our total above $200, 000! So we ask those households that have not yet contributed to please do their part so that together we may accomplish this necessary maintenance update. A couple from the parish who have already generously contributed is now offering to match the next $25,000 dollars in contributions! So now is an especially good time to give, not only because it may help with your taxes but knowing that each dollar you donate will in a sense be doubled by this most generous offer and the parish will be able to accomplish this essential work!
December 19, 2021, Fourth Sunday of Advent
Advent’s Change in Focus: Since the first Sunday of Advent through to this past Thursday, Advent has invited us to focus on the final event in Salvation History, the return of Christ in Glory at the end of all time. In these last seven days of Advent, we are invited to refocus our attention on the approaching celebration of Christmas, which is a commemoration of the first coming of Christ. Remembering the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies of a Redeemer, yet one who to the surprise of many arrives among us as a vulnerable infant in a manger in Bethlehem serves to remind us that God keeps his promises but in some rather unexpected ways! Thus beyond the sentimentality evoked by the babyhood of Jesus or the many other customs which may be traditionally observed, we are invited to prepare for Christmas by prayerfully contemplating Christ’s presence among us even now, perhaps still coming in rather unexpected ways.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: As Advent enters its fourth and final week and preparations for the celebration of Christmas escalate, let us not overlook the spiritual aspects of preparation which in addition to prayer and scripture reading, might also include an examination of conscience and celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation., An additional opportunity to experience this sacrament is available on Monday, December 20, from 3 PM to 6 PM in the Church.
The First Week of the Season of Christmas: The Octave ( Eight Days Observed as if One )
December 24th – Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord
December 25th – Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord.
December 26th – Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph
December 27th- Feast of St. John the Evangelist
December 28th – Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs
December 29th – 5th Day Within the Octave of the Nativity
December 30 – 6th Day Within the Octave of the Nativity
December 31St -7th Day Within the Octave of the Nativity
January 1st – Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
(The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord)
Please Don’t Say “After Christmas” too Soon! : In less than a week from now Christmas will have begun, but unlike the majority of people who will consider Christmas to be over after December 25th, let us remember that Christmas is a season, not merely a day, and the Christmas Season did not begin at Thanksgiving, it begins on Christmas Eve.! The 12 days of Christmas are not about shopping days in preparation for the 25th, but rather the days of Christmas from the 25th of December to the traditional day of the Epiphany on January 6th! During this brief but important annual season of the Church Year we celebrate the great mystery of the Incarnation, As we move through the days and feasts of the Christmas Season we revisit the early indications that Jesus, born at Bethlehem, raised at Nazareth, and baptized by John the Baptist is indeed the promised Messiah, the divine Son of God sent among us as promised to save us. So in spite of the focus of many of the familiar carols, beyond the Solemnity of the Lord’s Nativity which opens the season on December 25th, Christmas is not limited to the celebration of the birth and infancy of Jesus but encompasses the first three decades of his life until he emerges from these “hidden years” at about age 30 to embrace his three-year public ministry. The Gospel of John reminds us that in the Christ event divine light has entered the world’s darkness thus one of the primary symbols of the Christmas Season is light. Of course, some have had their homes decorated with lights since Thanksgiving or earlier and are ready by New Year’s Day to put it all away until next year. Yet to do so is to follow a secular calendar and to yield to a cultural distortion of this holy season and to undermine its true character. The authentic Christmas Season will end this year on January 9th, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, so let us keep the lights shining in the winter darkness until then as a reminder to all that we know that the only true light to be found in this world’s darkness is Jesus Christ!
December 12, 2021, Third Sunday of Advent
DECEMBER 12th: Today we find ourselves observing the Third Sunday of Advent or “Gaudete” Sunday, (make yourself joyful) but if we do not yet have our shopping completed or our cards written for Christmas it may not be an optimal day to rejoice! Yet this is also a very special day because it is the anniversary of the miracle of Guadalupe which occurred on December 12, 1531, in Mexico City. Juan Diego, a catechumen studying the Christian faith had encountered a heavenly woman who asked him to request that the bishop build a chapel in her honor on a particular site known as the hill of Tepeyac. When this humble indigenous man approached the bishop and explained his vision and related what the beautiful lady was asking, the bishop demanded to see a sign that would move him to fulfill this request. The sign came when in another apparition the heavenly lady instructed Juan Diego to gather roses he saw blooming on the hill, even in December, and to gather those in his time and go to present them to the bishop. When in the bishop’s residence Juan Diego opened his cloak and the roses fell to the floor an image of the Virgin Mary herself began to appear on the Tilma. Here are some interesting facts about the mysterious now known as that of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
• The image is proven to not be painted by human hands
• The image and fabric have miraculously lasted in the original condition for nearly 500 years yet the weak cactus fiber, of which the tilma was made, should have decomposed within 15-20 years of being woven
• No natural or animal mineral colorings, or paint, are found on the image
• The image itself is iridescent, and cannot be produced by hand
• Mary stands on a crescent moon, the same crescent moon that was in the sky on the day of her apparition
• Mary’s mantle is a constellation map, the same constellations that were in the sky as on the day of her apparition
• The constellations tell the story of the Gospel with the arrangement of “Leo” in the womb of “Virgo”
• Our Lady’s garment is a topographic map of the geographic location of her apparition
• On Mary’s neck is a small black cross, identifying her with the Catholic missionary priests
• Over her womb on her dress is a four-petal flower—the Aztec symbol of life and divinity
• In the image Mary is “clothed with the sun” with “the moon at her feet” as described in Revelation 12:1
• The eyes on the image have the refractory characteristics of human eyes
• In Mary’s eyes, when magnified by a powerful microscope, are seen the images of the witnesses present at the tilma’s unveiling, including Juan Diego and the bishop
• In spite of the variable climate in which the image is displayed, the body image is always 98.6 degrees!
The image and its symbols were easily “read” by the indigenous people who understood it to mean that the woman of the image was sent by one who is much more powerful than the gods whom they had worshipped and so became the catalyst for thousands of conversions to Christianity among them.
Additional Opportunity for Confession: The sacrament of Penance will be available from 3 PM to 6 PM in the Church on Monday, December 20th. As Advent is a season of self-examination and ongoing conversion it is the most appropriate time to celebrate this sacrament.
OUR GOAL: The WE ARE FAMILY CAMPAIGN is moving toward its conclusion at the end of this calendar year. It is this annual collection that most recently provided the funds with which the roofs of all buildings were replaced, and previously the parking lot was repaved. The proceeds from this year’s collection must, among other projects, be relied upon to replace the chillers of the air-conditioning system in this complex before next season. This work is estimated to cost over $ 300,000 dollars and if we are unable to raise this amount and commit to this work soon we may be having some rather uncomfortable days in church next summer! The gratitude of all in the parish is due to those 435 households which have already generously contributed $189,114 but we will need the participation of all the registered households of the parish, and those not registered but who call Christ the King their spiritual home, if we are to meet our goal.
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR RECONCILIATION: Realizing that the confessions scheduled on Saturday afternoons are not always convenient for people, an additional time will be available on Monday, December 20th from 3 PM to 6 PM in the Church for those who wish to complete their Advent observance by experiencing the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the Season of Christmas.
December 5, 2021, Second Sunday of Advent
Schedule of Christmas Masses
December 24th/25th – Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord: Vigil Masses at 4 PM. 6 PM and 10 PM
Masses during the day at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM –
December 25th/26th – Feast of the Holy Family: No Vigil Mass on Saturday December 25th,
Masses on Sunday at 8:30, 10:30, and 5:30PM
(The Blessing of Families and blessing and distribution of Church Calendars will take place at the Masses on Sunday December 26th. )
The Octave of Christmas Beginning with the Vigil Masses on December 24th and continuing through to the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God on January 1st is the Octave of Christmas. This implies that once the celebration of the Major Feast begins it does not truly end until the eighth day. Thus every Mass including the weekday Masses between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day are Masses of Christmas. This should be kept in mind by those hesitant to expose themselves to larger gatherings of people during this ongoing and perhaps presently intensifying pandemic, as there are opportunities to participate in Mass and receive Holy Communion in observance of Christmas at potentially much less crowded times during the Octave.
December 31st/January 1st: Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God: Vigil Mass on Friday at 4PM, Mass during the day at 8:30AM
January 1st/2nd: The Epiphany of the Lord: Vigil Mass on Saturday at 4PM, Masses on Sunday at 8:30AM, 10:30AM and 5:30PM
January 8th/9th: The Baptism of the Lord: (Conclusion of the Season of Christmas) Vigil Mass on Saturday at 4PM, Masses on Sunday at 8:30AM, 10:30AM and 5:30PM
( Holy Water for home use will be blessed and available at all Masses on the Feast of the Lord’s Baptism)
The Marian Medal: On this Sunday, December 5th at 3PM , Bishop Da Cunha will preside at a special ceremony in the Cathedral Church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Fall River during which he will bless the Marian Medals and award them to those laity who have been nominated from their parishes for their dedicated service to the Church. While it is always challenging to select one person from among so many who give of themselves so generously here at Christ the King Parish, Michael Kondracki, who serves as head usher, has been chosen to receive the Marian Medal this year. Mike is always dedicated to his work in the parish but has been even more so during the more difficult days of this pandemic. When we were allowed to reopen the Church after the initial shut down Mike was on the spot making sure that ushers would be present to welcome those who chose to return and to follow protocols in place to help keep people safe while assembled in the church. For the past two summers, Mike has served not only the 5:30 PM Mass as is his usual custom but has also come to the 7 AM Mass each Sunday to be sure that all was in order and would run smoothly. It is Mike who looks with a critical eye at conditions and situations that may be a threat to safety or good order and sees that these are addressed. Mike also takes care to see that the AED System is always functional and thus ready to assist if necessary should it be needed in a cardiac emergency. The wreaths that are on each door throughout the Advent and Christmas Seasons are acquired and placed there by Mike who sees that they are adorned with purple for the first four weeks of Advent and then red for the season of Christmas. Mike Kondracki is clearly a representative example of the generous service of the laity that is ever needed in the church and found in abundance here at Christ the King parish, so let us congratulate Mike as deserving of this special recognition for his dedication to our parish.
Immaculately Conceived: O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us! On Wednesday of this coming week, the Catholic Church in the United States will observe the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a holy day of obligation. It is under this particular title that the Blessed Virgin is the Patroness of our nation and so we are called to assist at Mass and to pray in particular for the greater wellbeing of our country and the continued conversion of the secular culture that is becoming predominant in the United States. The ongoing erosion of any semblance of unity in our nation and the palpable tension between members of different political parties which lasts long after any election campaign is over is a situation that calls for our prayers. Reasonable compromise among the members of Congress seems to be much more difficult to achieve in these times and thus progress on matters of importance to all cannot help but be impeded. This is a situation that will not be healed without the help of grace so let us join together on this holy day to pray for the nation, its leaders, and its citizens, asking the intercession of the sinless Virgin Mary to help bring about the changes of mind and heart that will enable us to continue advancing as a nation by fostering a renewed climate of mutual respect and cooperation at every level of our national life in service of the common and greater good of all.
Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Vigil at 4 PM Tuesday, December 7th, and Masses at 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM on Wednesday, December 8th.
November 28, 2021, First Sunday of Advent
Don’t Forget to Observe Advent: Advent is the brief season with which we begin a new liturgical year during which we are appropriately reminded that we must always be about preparing for the coming of the Lord. Sadly, due to strong cultural and obviously commercial influences, the “coming of the Lord” is largely misinterpreted as referring mainly to the birth of Christ as celebrated at Christmas. Thus, we even hear pious and well-intentioned catechists and clergy saying things like “We are preparing to greet Baby Jesus.” Yet the truth is that Jesus already came once as a baby at Bethlehem, and it is very unlikely that this that is how he will return again! So the emphasis during the first three weeks of Advent is not on Christmas but on the coming of Christ in glory at the end of time. During Advent, we look back to be inspired by the example of the prophets and the faithful remnant of Israel who did not neglect to prepare themselves for the first coming of the Messiah. We are urged to try to follow their example in our own day by trying to remain vigilant for the return of Christ, but this time when he comes in power as judge of the living and the dead. Advent naturally leads us to the celebration of the Mystery of the Incarnation in the annual observance of Christmas which much more than a single day is actually a season which brings us from the celebration of the nativity of Christ at Bethlehem to the celebration of his baptism at about age 30. Christmas as a season invites us to revisit all the early manifestations that point to the truth that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed the Word Made Flesh the one anointed by God as Savior. Christmas then is celebrated as a reassurance that God who promised the coming of a Messiah has been true to His word, so we can trust that our anticipation of the return of Christ in glory is not in vain because ultimately this divine promise will also be fulfilled. Because we do not know when we must meet Christ upon his return in glory, we are wise to be alert and ever ready to greet him. Advent then, when overshadowed if not completely ignored by an all too early start to the celebration of Christmas is lost to our own spiritual peril! So let us keep the decorations in the boxes, for now, the lights and candles out of the windows, and the Christmas carols silent until at least the 17th of December. Instead, let us focus on what we would do if we knew we were going to have to give an accounting of ourselves to Jesus any day now, and so perhaps make an examination of conscience and a good confession; pray more and read scripture; fast on one or two days per week by taking only one meal; abstain from meat on Fridays and maybe even Wednesdays too!. Let us be reminded by the purple of Advent that this is supposed to be a sober time of penance similar to the days of Lent. So let us save the holiday parties for the real season of Christmas from December 24th to January 9th, and before that let us try some silence before the singing, some fasting before the feasting, some contemplation before the celebration!
The Giving Tree: Encouraged as we are to think of others less fortunate than ourselves at this time of year, the annual Giving Tree is an opportunity to help enhance the experience of Christmas for those whose resources are quite limited. By taking an envelope from one of the trees on the perimeter of the church and returning it with a monetary donation by December 19th you will enable the parish to provide gift cards to families in need so that they can purchase food for their holiday tables and gifts for their children. Donations of any amount are most welcome.
Pray For Life! On December 1st, the Supreme Court of the United States will begin considering ruling in a case that could limit access to abortion after the 15th week of pregnancy thus eroding the absolute right to an abortion at any stage of pregnancy as promoted and protected by Roe v. Wade. Advances in embryology since that original ruling which legalized abortion and permitted largely unrestricted access to it reveal the astonishing degree of advancement of human life in the womb even in the fourth month of pregnancy which was not well known nor appreciated a half-century ago. So let us pray that the justices will rule for life in this case by reasonably restricting abortion to the earliest stages of pregnancy. In addition to prayers to be offered at the morning Mass on this coming Wednesday, a period of Eucharistic Adoration will follow until noon in solidarity with other parishes throughout the United States where people of faith will be joining in prayer in hopes that the Court will revise its earlier rulings for the greater protection of human life.
Give the Gift of Life: If you are not yet vaccinated and there is no serious medical reason to decline the opportunity, then, get vaccinated! If you are already fully vaccinated, get a booster! Wear a mask indoors where crowds are gathered! We are Catholic Christians who are called to be prolife in all ways and to accept whatever sacrifices may be necessary to promote and protect the common good! Let us bear witness to our faith and the moral principles that it promotes by doing whatever we can do to be good stewards of our life and health and that of others in this ongoing pandemic especially as cases increase once again!!
Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Patroness of the U.S.A:
Tuesday, December 7th at 4 PM,
Wednesday, December 8th, 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM
November 21, 2021, The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING: This annual feast celebrated on the final Sunday of the Year of Grace is the patronal feast day of our parish and is the day on which we mark the anniversary of the dedication of our church and parish complex now 32 years ago. Under more normal circumstances this would be an occasion to gather all our volunteers and to recognize the generous service of various parishioners to our parish, but as the pandemic continues it is not yet prudent to hold what is usually a rather large gathering. So on this feast day, as your pastor, I would want to especially thank all of those, who continue to step forward to help to see that our parish is doing whatever it can do. Even in these still quite unusual times. So I invite all of the members of the parish to join me in expressing gratitude to our deacons, ushers, lectors, sacristans, Special Ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers, cantors, musicians, wedding coordinators, garden ministry members, pastoral care, and bereavement ministers, members of the Ministry of Hope, parish nurses, RCIA Team members, catechists, librarians, coordinators of the Jericho Group and Walking with Purpose, Pro-Life Committee members, Food Pantry and Thrift Shop volunteers, members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, caseworkers for those in need, members of the Knights of Columbus, and Catholic Women’s Club, leaders of our 50+ Club, Scout and Youth Ministry leaders, and all who respond so readily when requested to help with parish mailings and various other tasks by our staff. A special thanks to Bud Breault who continues to volunteer many hours of his time to assist me in managing the business of this parish which is often complex and Diane Davis who volunteers her accounting expertise to manage the Matthew 25 Account and assist in analyzing and reporting our parish finances. Lastly, those who are not volunteers but who still need to be recognized for working above and beyond the hours for which they are paid include all of our dedicated parish staff. So as always the number to be thanked is substantial and the hundreds of hours of service given could not be accurately counted still the generosity with which the time and talent of so many is shared to benefit our parish and the many aspects of our life as a community of faith needs to be recognized and the great gratitude of the entire parish expressed to all who give so much.
ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO THEM, O LORD: As we approach the annual celebration of the harvest at Thanksgiving we bring to a close the days of special remembrance which we keep each year in November for the faithful departed. We have put the names of those who died between November 1st of last year through October 31st of this year in a Book of Remembrance and celebrated an annual Mass in their memory. On the altar, we have placed the names of others who are precious to the parishioners who submitted them and remembered them in a Mass each week. Like so many things, these long-standing customs are not observed as religiously as they once were, but these are noble Catholic traditions that are worth preserving. Indeed, before the frivolity of the “holiday season” begins in full, we are invited to observe the death of nature taking place all around us and find in it a sobering reminder of the inevitability of our own demise as well. Yet at the same time, we are asked to remember those who once walked among us but who have now gone before us in faith and prayerfully request that they will be gathered into God’s final harvest. As we do so, we are asked to trust that the church on earth and in heaven will in turn be praying the same for us one day too!
NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD!: As the annual celebration of Thanksgiving approaches in our nation we might be left to wonder what this day could mean to those who have no faith? Is this simply an annual occasion to indulge in a larger than usual meal? Truly, this day should be an annual occasion to take stock of the real blessings that we enjoy and then to express gratitude to the one responsible for giving us all these good gifts. If we have shelter, food, and clothing, then we might begin by giving thanks that we enjoy the essentials required to live securely and with dignity. Yet we cannot stop there, we need to acknowledge those greater gifts of life, health, love, faith, family, and friends which give meaning and purpose to life, and are capable of bringing us much contentment, peace, and joy. So to whom other than God would we direct our thanks on this occasion and always for such great gifts? Even in the company of family and friends, it is possible to find ourselves to be a faithful remnant among those who have largely forgotten just who it is to whom our thanks are due. So let us bear witness on this coming Thursday, as we are ever called to do, by acknowledging with gratitude the providence of God on which we are all utterly dependent. We will be effective in doing so by not taking a morsel of food at whatever table we may find ourselves seated until offering a prayer of praise and gratitude to God even if we have to bow our heads and whisper it alone in silence!
Parish Family Mass of Thanksgiving: Tuesday, November 23rd at 7 PM
Mass on Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 25th at 8:30 AM
Offertory Gifts: As it is only right that as we count our many blessings we also remain mindful of those who have less and that we would happily make some effort to assist them in their need. Thus, all in attendance at the Thanksgiving Masses on either Tuesday evening or Thursday morning are asked to bring a nonperishable food item, or a gift card to a local grocery store or a monetary donation to present during the offertory procession.
November 14, 2021, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Remember The Faithful Departed: Our brothers and sisters in faith who have died should not fear becoming “the dead long-forgotten” for we owe them a remembrance in our prayers and Masses always, but especially in this month of November. In our hemisphere, this is the month of the final harvest and so we are asked to think of the end of the world and the fate of all people who have been privileged to live in it. Not all will be gathered into the next world, but those who are found pleasing to God will be invited to the endless life he promises. So let us pray that the souls of our deceased loved ones and fellow believers will be purified and welcomed into God’s kingdom. As we remember and pray for them let us be comforted by the assurance that they will in turn pray for us when we too depart this world, asking that we too will be made worthy of life in the world to come.
Mass of Thanksgiving: On Tuesday evening, November 23rd at 7 PM all are invited to participate in our annual Mass in anticipation of Thanksgiving. As we enjoy the gifts we should not forget to express our gratitude to the giver, who ultimately is God who is the source of every true blessing. As is our custom on this occasion all will be welcome to participate in the procession at the presentation rite by bringing up their own offering of a nonperishable food item, a grocery store gift card, or a monetary donation to benefit those who are served by CTK Food Pantry, Please plan to attend this Mass or the Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 8:30 AM during which the participation by all in the offertory procession will also be welcomed.
Pray for Vocations: Traditionally, November is the month in which we remember the faithful departed in our prayer, but also as the church moves toward the conclusion of its year, it is a time to pray for vocations especially to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. Indeed at the threshold of another year of grace, we recognize our great need to have among us those whose lives will bear witness to the need of all of us to put Christ more and more at the very center of our lives. Inappropriately, many have had the tendency to view our ordained ministers and consecrated religious more in terms of their function than in terms of their witness, and so have jumped to conclusions about how to increase numbers that are often quite off the mark. A true vocation is a call to lay down one’s life in imitation of Jesus for the good of his people the Church. Priests and consecrated religious are called to do that by forgoing even the joys of family life, yet the witness offered by a permanent deacon who juggles the demands of family and professional life with those also of ordained ministry is also a powerful witness of the self-sacrifice that is at the very core of ordained ministry and consecrated life. So we are running short of vocations in the contemporary world when ironically we need their witness more than ever. In a world where individualism and its consequent self-centeredness is becoming the spirit of the age, we need more people who, in contrast, will selflessly give their lives to bear witness to a far greater kingdom than any of this present world. This is a kingdom to which we are invited to belong by baptism and for which we are prepared by the preaching of the Word, the celebration of the sacraments, and works of charity. While the pursuit of this kingdom may be ignored or devalued by many in an increasingly secular age, it is the only kingdom that will endure and so it is ignored to the peril of those who would do so. So let us join in prayer for those who have already answered the call to give their lives to Christ that they will persevere in their calling in spite of the challenges presented in the climate of the present day. Let us pray especially for our own seminarians Matthew Laird and Christopher Hughes that they will be strengthened by God’s grace and the support of God’s people as they move ever closer to ordination to the priesthood, and also for David Laird and Richard Fish as they respond to the call to be ordained as permanent deacons. Let offer prayers for those among us who are also being called, as surely some are, that they will overcome any hesitation and have the courage and generosity of heart to respond readily. Let us also pray that no one who steps forward to embrace a vocation that will require them to live a celibate life as a priest, a consecrated religious, or voluntarily as an unmarried deacon will ever have to hear from family, friends, or members of the church that they are “wasting their lives” when in truth they may be preserving not only their own lives but those of many others as well for life eternal!
November 7, 2021, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
DON’T MISS THIS PRESENTATION: On Thursday, November 18th, the Catholic Schools Alliance has invited the well-known scientist and priest, Fr. Robert Spitzer, S. J. to give a presentation on a very timely and important topic -the scientific evidence for God! This talk by this well-known speaker will undoubtedly be of interest to everyone who cares about the relevance of faith in this increasingly secular age, but it is especially important for our young people of middle school and high school age. So, all are invited and it is to be presented free of charge at the Bishop Connolly High School at 7 PM a week from this coming Thursday. Those who plan to attend are asked to email the Catholic Schools Alliance at email@example.com or call 508-687-7301
THE LAST THINGS: As the days of the Church Year move closer to their conclusion, November is the month during which our attention is called to the last things; the end of the world for each of us as individuals in death, and the end of all time. The scripture readings during this month often reflect this theme, as do our customs of remembering the souls of the faithful departed in a particular way in our personal prayers and in public Masses. The 34th or last Sunday in the Liturgical Year is observed as the Feast of Christ the King, reflecting our belief that ultimately the world as we know it will pass away but the reign of God will eternally endure. In the Apostles Creed, we state our belief in the “resurrection of the body and life everlasting” reminding us that after the final judgment the bodies of the righteous will be raised and reunited with their souls to live forever in the new creation. This distinctly Christian belief in bodily resurrection is rooted in the resurrection of Christ himself from the dead and is underscored in the doctrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary who prefigures the final destiny of Christ’s body, the church, to be united with him in endless risen glory. It is because of these beliefs in the final things that Christians have traditionally shown great respect to the bodies of their deceased brothers and sisters in faith. It was the early Christians in Rome who coined the term cemetery meaning “sleeping place” in contrast to the pagans who placed the remains of their deceased in a necropolis which translates “city of the dead” The difference is subtle but important; the pagan dead were now seen as permanent citizens of the city of the dead, while Christians saw death, not as something final but only temporary and their bodies destined to be reawakened, raised, and glorified on the last day. For these reasons, Christians insisted on the importance of proper burial of the faithful preferably with other members of the faithful and so other means of the final disposition of the body were seen as unacceptable. The Church has a long memory and so it understands that cremation in the West reemerged in the era of the Enlightenment as a deliberate rejection of Christian belief in the resurrection of the body and for that reason, it was prohibited by the Church. In more recent times cremation has been allowed so long as it is not chosen as a deliberate denial of Christian beliefs. Thus, now we can rightly say that cremation is permitted but not preferred by the Church as the final disposition of the bodies of the faithful. Thus, when not impractical or prohibited by cost to do so, cremation is supposed to be just that, final disposition of the body as is burial, thus it is more proper that cremation follow the celebration of the Church’s funeral rites rather than precede them. Whether cremation precedes or follows the rites the cremains is to be shown respect similar to that which is given to a body and so should also be buried or entombed and the resting place properly marked. The Church’s caution in permitting wider use of cremation for the bodies of the faithful is proving to be well-founded as cremains are now sometimes being divided up and distributed among family members, placed in lockets and worn as jewelry, kept at home on mantles or in closets, or being scattered in all sorts of places by many different means. All these practices are completely inconsistent with authentic Christian belief in the resurrection and long-standing Christian customs of showing proper respect for the remains of the body which was in life nothing less than a temple of the Holy Spirit! If, as St Paul reminds us, in life and in death we are called to be the Lord’s, then let us take extra care that the funeral plans we make for ourselves or for our loved ones clearly bear witness to what we as Christians are called to believe!
MASS OF REMEMBRANCE: On next Sunday, November 14th, at !0:30 AM the parish will celebrate a Mass during which those parishioners who have died since November 1st last year will be prayerfully remembered by name. This is a Mass to which all are invited because it is an opportunity to “pay it forward” in that in pausing to remember and pray for those now gone before us in faith we trust that when our names are also in that book, as inevitably they will be one day, that the church will pause to prayerfully remember us as well. So, let us all join in this prescribed spiritual work of mercy of remembering and praying for our deceased brothers and sisters.
REMEMBERING OUR VETERANS: In this month of remembrance, it is also proper to express our gratitude to those who have served our nation and protected our freedoms through the sacrifices they made to serve in the armed forces. It is especially right to remember and honor those who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives while serving in the military conflicts in which our nation has been engaged across its history. Mass on Thursday, November 11th at 8:30 AM will be celebrated in honor of all veterans living and in and memory of all veterans now deceased.
October 31, 2021, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Bonds of Baptism: As the Church moves into the last weeks of its liturgical year our customs and practices in the month of November serve to remind us that we are never alone as members of the Body of Christ. Indeed that Mystical Body which encompasses all who have ever been baptized reaches across time and place as it includes those gone before us as well as those present with us, all united in the goal of getting safely to our ultimate destination which is heaven! We begin this month with our annual remembrance of All the Saints, those canonized or not, who have already arrived where we would all want to be living which is in the light, joy, and peace of God’s eternal kingdom. We trust that the saints, although already in perfect bliss, have in charity not forgotten us and so we count on their prayers and intercession before God for all of us still on the way that we will keep to the course that leads where they are now. On the second day of November, we remember those whom we should not forget throughout this month or ever, the departed faithful who are still in a process of purification from sin necessary to prepare them for the life of heaven. We call this process purgatory, and we support our deceased brothers and sisters with our prayers and sacrifices as they advance toward their most deeply desired goal. As the baptized we are all in this together and we must depend on one another perhaps more than we presently appreciate, so let us devote ourselves to prayerful remembrance of the departed faithful each day in November until our Church year concludes on November 27th. When we are among the departed, as inevitably we will be, let us be assured that we will not be forgotten but given the prayers and support, we may need to reach heaven especially from those whom we have helped to get there with our prayers this November and always.
Feast of All the Saints: Monday, November 1st -Masses at 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM
Remembrance of All the Faithful Departed ( All Souls Day )Tuesday, November 2nd – Mass at 8:30 AM
The Annual Mass of Remembrance: Sunday, November 14th at 10:30 AM – A Mass offered especially for those parishioners who have died between November 1st of last year and October 31st of this year
Book of Remembrance: A Special book listing all those parishioners who have died since November 1st last year to October 31st this year is placed in the sanctuary until the end of the liturgical year on November 27th. As the parish has only records of those whose funerals were held here in this parish, names of those parishioners whose funerals were celebrated elsewhere should be given to the office for inclusion in this memorial listing.
A Weekly Mass for all the Faithful Departed – Offered during November most especially for those whose names are listed in The Book of Remembrance and on the envelopes kept on the altar until the end of the liturgical year.
October 24, 2021, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Pro-Life Month: Some Final Thoughts and Suggested Future Action
As the month of October moves toward its close, there is perhaps no more convincing testimony in support of our need to defend life in the womb without any distinction than that provided by a person who survived an attempted abortion because two nurses with consciences took action to get her emergency medical care.
You would not know it by looking at me today, but in August 1977, I survived a saline infusion abortion; that saline infusion abortion involves injecting a toxic salt solution into the amniotic fluid surrounding the pre-born child. The intent of that toxic salt solution is to scald the child to death from the outside in. For days I soaked in that toxic salt solution, and on the 5th day of the procedure, my biological mother, who was a 19-year-old college student, delivered me after her labor was induced. I should have been delivered dead that day as a successful abortion.
In 2013, I learned through contact with my biological mother’s family that not only was this abortion forced upon her against her will at the age of 19 but also that it was my maternal grandmother, a nurse, who delivered me in this final step of the abortion procedure. Unfortunately, I also learned that when my grandmother realized that the abortion had not succeeded in ending my life, she demanded that I be left to die.
I may never know how exactly the two nurses who were on staff that day found about me, but what I do know is that their willingness to fight for medical care to be provided to me
ultimately sustained my life.
Excerpts from Testimony before Congress by Melissa Ohden – Founder, Abortion Survivors Network
In the near future, Massachusetts Citizens for Life will be gathering signatures for a petition which requests that the State legislature pass a law that would require that if a child is born alive, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, that all reasonable steps in keeping with good medical practice be taken to preserve the life of that child. Currently, under the Roe Act passed by the Massachusetts Legislature last year, a child born alive in spite of an attempted abortion has no legal right to life-sustaining medical care. As we accept the testimony of Mellissa Ohden, or visit the website of her organization and review that of over two hundred others who are alive when it was their mother’s intent that they not be, we should be able to support, without any hesitation, the petition to protect the lives of others whose lives would be in jeopardy under similar circumstances. The signatures will be collected on a weekend after all Masses at a location on the parish grounds; please look for a flyer in the bulletin within the next two weeks and listen for instructions as to when and where the signatures will be collected. Taking the five extra minutes it may cost to go to sign the petition after Mass may help to grant someone else an entire lifetime!
We Are Family-Annual Collection: Thus far 303 households of the approximately 2100 who comprise our parish family have contributed $116,864 to our annual collection. It is hoped that we will raise $350,000 to help replenish our savings after spending this amount to recently replace all the roofs on the parish buildings and to meet the other larger capital expenditures that inevitably arise in our efforts to responsibly maintain the buildings and grounds of our parish complex. The real goal is that all of our registered households, as well as those not formally registered but actively affiliated, would contribute something to this important annual fundraising effort and thus do their fair share as part of this family of faith to help with the costs of keeping up our spiritual home. An unsettling truth of church support, in general, is that 20% of the members provide 80% of the funds needed to operate and maintain church facilities. Christ the King Parish usually does better than that but perhaps not as well as we might, so let us pray that we will defy those statistics through the generosity of all of our households to the WE ARE FAMILY CAMPAIGN this year. The Campaign will continue through to the close of the calendar year, materials needed to participate are always available at the entrances of the Church.
October 17, 2021, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preparing for the Synod of Bishops: At a special Mass at the Vatican on October 10th, Pope Francis inaugurated a two-year preparation process that will culminate in a gathering of bishops from throughout the world in Rome in 2023. The Greek roots of the word synod suggest “sharing the road together” and that is what Pope Francis is asking us as a family of faith to do in a more focused way over the next two years by inviting the church at every level to engage in what the pope calls the “art of encounter” marked by listening and seeking to understand the other. “Every encounter, as we know, calls for an openness, courage, and a willingness to let ourselves be challenged by the presence and stories of others” . “It is a time to look others in the eye and listen to what they have to say, to build rapport, be sensitive to the questions of our sisters and brothers.” In this way, the Christian community may better reflect “the style of God who travels the paths of history and shares in the life of humanity.” The Pope asks every bishop in the world to celebrate the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit and encourage its celebration in every parish as well on the weekend of October 16th and 17th as a way to invoke the Spirit’s inspiration and guidance in this two-year preparation for the Synod of Bishops in 2023. Opportunities for dialogue will follow among individuals, groups, and organizations over the coming months on the parish and diocesan levels to assess what the Spirit may be saying at this time and to discern the directions in which the Spirit may be calling the church so as to prevent us from becoming “ a beautiful museum with a treasured past but little future. “ So let us begin to join in prayer today asking that our encounters and dialogue with one another will bear much good fruit for the success of the Synod of Bishops in 2023.
Points to Ponder: On the weekend of October 3rd the Gospel passage encouraged a discussion of marriage from an authentically Christian perspective as the homily. As several requests have been received that the points made be reiterated, these are included here.
• Marriage “in the Church” is not merely about the setting of a wedding celebration but the understanding of the very nature of the marriage itself in that, as distinct from the contract that is civil marriage, it is a sacrament. As a sacrament more than just a civil contract marriage in the Church is a sacred covenant which is to ever more become a living sign of the unconditional, unending love of God. The sacramental marriage of a Christian man and woman is meant to reflect the marriage of Christ the bridegroom and his bride who is the Church; such a marriage is therefore indissoluble because Christ’s union with his church endures forever. The permanence of marriage is indisputably the very teaching of Jesus himself as seen in the 10th Chapter of the Gospel according to St. Mark.
• The Church has a responsibility to always define, teach and uphold the ideal in all things essential to the Christian life, like marriage while having compassion for those who try but fail to live up to the ideal. Annulments then are the means by which, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Church shows mercy to those Christians whose marriages have failed to become the sacrament these are meant to be.
• While the Church’s ministers are happy to act in the name of the State when couples who wish their marriage in the Church to also be civilly valid, still the Church has no jurisdiction over the legal aspects of marriage, but rather has competence over its sacramental character. Thus civilly valid marriages that fail must seek a remedy through a court of law to obtain a divorce. Yet if a legal divorce itself does not rend the children of a marriage illegitimate, then certainly a Church annulment that discerns only the validity of marriage as a sacrament is not at all concerned with the question of the legitimacy of children. This is misinformation that is very harmful and needs to be challenged when it is being disseminated.
• The Church’s annulment process involves the study of a marriage to determine that there was a “defect of consent” on the part of one or both of the parties to everything that a sacramental marriage entails. This defect has had to be present even on the day that the vows were exchanged and if that is found to be the case then the marriage can be declared null and void as a sacrament in the eyes of the Church. When after studying its circumstances a sacramental marriage is declared by a Church Tribunal to be invalid then both parties are freed to enter another marriage in the Church if that is their desire. The Church, entrusted by Christ himself with the authority to bind and to loose in his name, is competent to declare whether or not the conditions for the valid conferral of a sacrament were present or not at the time of marriage.
• Ultimately, annulments release the parties from their sacred obligation to keep living the vows they made to one another before God which is a matter over which a civil court has no competence whatsoever, thus annulments are not superfluous to divorce if one cares about one’s standing before God, and ultimately one’s salvation.
• While a wonderful means of dealing mercifully with those who could not live the ideals of Christian marriage because they were at the time they entered it incapable of understanding, accepting, or promising to abide by these ideals, at the same time annulments permit us to uphold the teaching of Jesus himself that marriage in him through his Church must be indissoluble.
October 10, 2021, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
WE ARE FAMILY CAMPAIGN: thus far 261 households have contributed $100,444 to our annual collection which is taken up to help fund the larger capital repairs and improvements needed to be made to our parish complex. Our hope is to replace the funds we used from our savings on deposit with the Diocese of Fall River to complete the recent replacement of all the roofs at a cost of $250,000. We must all be grateful to those who have contributed very generously thus far, and it is hoped that every registered household will participate to the best of their ability to help make this campaign a success because we are, as the campaign suggests, all members of the same family of faith who all share in the blessings provided us as a parish and so are asked also to bear our share of the costs in operating and maintaining it.
OCTOBER; PROLIFE MONTH: Please pray for a deeper respect for all human life from natural conception to natural death among all people of our State and Nation.
WRONG CHOICES: As some States seek to tighten controls on terminating a pregnancy after a heartbeat is detectable, unsurprisingly, so too are abortion rights advocates organizing demonstrations against the imposition of such limits. In news coverage, the demonstrators are often seen carrying signs which say “my body, my choice” or heard chanting that same slogan. The problem in asserting such autonomy as regards one’s body is that the premise on which it is based is fundamentally false; the developing child in the womb is not the mother’s body, it is the body of another human being! In this country thankfully we have abolished the right once quite falsely asserted that anyone could claim ownership of another person, thus that principle should apply here as well. Truly, the developing child in the womb is completely dependent on the body of its mother to survive and develop but is undeniably another human being who should have rights of their own, and first and foremost is the right to life itself. In any other situation, most decent people would find it reprehensible to even think that to prevent or to solve a personal problem anyone should have the right to kill another person who is seen as the cause or potential source of that problem; we would rightly accuse them of premeditated murder! Yet because in the earliest stages of life even though their heartbeats can be heard human beings are small and unseen, though morally wrong it has become legally permissible to “get rid of them”. We might ask how at the end that is really all that different from a moral standpoint than murders frequently and infamously committed by members of Organized Crime? What we need to do is to choose to face the truth about the life of the child in the womb so that we might increase our moral sensitivity to the wrongness of abortion. Yet at the same time, we should also be compassionate with the woman who finds herself surprised by an unplanned pregnancy because she is also a victim of untruths that are told to her by the culture in which we are presently living. That culture has taken sex out of its proper context in marriage and tells young people that this is a pleasurable activity in which they are free to engage without consequence with any willing partner, in other words, sex is being promoted as recreation without regard to its ultimate purpose in procreation. Yet what is true in accord with natural law because it is of God will always come to the fore no matter how hard some may try to repress or distort it, therefore far too many young people find themselves in the situation of “accidental parenthood” because the contemporary culture has badly misled them about the purpose of sex. Yet to keep promoting its falsehoods the culture needs agencies like Planned Parenthood to erase any evidence against the lies being told in regard to personal freedoms, but the cost is steep as it comes in nothing less than hundreds of thousands of human life each year. This is the sad situation in which we as a society now find ourselves today, and the only way out is to start telling the truth again even though many do not want to hear it: sex, in the plan of God, is a sacred act between a couple who love one another enough to give their entire lives to one another and thus properly belongs within marriage and new life is the potential consequence of that union. May that truth be proclaimed so as to set many free from making wrong choices with their own bodies so that they will be spared the temptation and ultimately the heartache of making further wrong choices in regard to the bodies of vulnerable others still in the womb.
COLUMBUS DAY: This week let us remember with gratitude the faith, courage and skill that brought Christopher Columbus and those who accompanied him from the Old World to the Americas, thus opening up for all who would follow the possibility of life in a new world of greater freedom and opportunity for prosperity. Let us take care to discover the truth, both the good and the bad, of European colonization here, and without disrespecting the dignity or rights of indigenous peoples who preceded us here, recognize the truth that the evangelization of this new world by first the friars and later the black robes who accompanied the explorers was a blessing of eternal value and consequence. Ultimately, let us all remember that all of us are wanderers and migrants in a world not of our own making where borders beyond the natural are only of our own invention. Thus perhaps we might look less unkindly as many seem to do upon those who in our day are only trying to do what our forebears did in theirs: to discover a place where there is better opportunity to live as human beings most desire and deserve to live, with dignity and the chance to prosper in peace.
October 3, 2021, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Giovanni di Pietro di Bernadone 1181-1226: AKA Francesco the “ Poverello” or “little poor man” –who died on October 3rd at age 44 and became in his relatively short but most unusual life one of the most widely known and beloved saints in all of Christian history. Ironically, St. Francis of Assisi would probably not feel very comfortable in our contemporary culture so concerned with material wealth and comfort, yet he is still loved and admired by many even those who would find his humble manner of living in such stark simplicity rather difficult if not completely impossible to embrace. Yet perhaps we are not meant to live as Francis did, and as he asks his friars minor still to do, but rather, we are invited to accept him as a role model in that by his example he may be able to inspire each of us to better heed the gospel message and live a bit more simply than we already do. The wisdom of his very own words is a sermon that continues to echo down the centuries: “Remember, when you leave this earth you can take nothing with you that you have received, rather only that which you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage!” May our remembering this wisdom helps us to live the precious time we are allotted in this world well!
Blessing of the Animals: As is our tradition on Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Francis(October 4th) we invite you to bring your pets, leashed or caged as is appropriate, to be blessed in honor of this great saint who loved all God’s creatures and found commonality with them as brothers and sisters. The blessing will take place at noon this Sunday, October 3rd, in front of the St. Francis Statue which is located on the right side of the front entrance to the Rectory.
The Command Of Christ: Jesus Christ in his law of love is commanding that we have compassion and when possible we express that in concrete acts of care for those afflicted in body, mind, or spirit. This command then contradicts what is presently being promoted once again in the State of Massachusetts in An Act relative to the end of life options which is currently before both houses of the State Legislature. Taking one’s own life and asking a physician to assist you in doing so by prescribing a lethal cocktail of drugs because you have a terminal illness is immoral in every aspect. We simply do not have the right to take human life, not our own nor anyone else’s! The slippery slope on which we begin a rapid downward slide has already been seen to appear in those places where such unjust laws are passed because the falsely claimed “right to die” with supposed dignity quickly becomes the dreaded indignity of the “duty to die” so as not to be a burden on others by squandering on costly care the inheritance that your survivors hope to receive; nor to overtax the resources of society itself because of the investment in terms of personnel, equipment, and medication your care may require. So please read the insert included in this bulletin and contact your representatives in the State Legislature to register your opposition to these proposals which keep being brought up by those determined to wear the prolife lobby down so as to claim yet another illegitimate right that denigrates the inviolable value of human life and dignity.
September 26, 2021, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
On Truth and Life: Ironically we live in an age of science that is supposed to be an objective search to discover the truth of things, yet at the same time so many falsehoods seem to be created and widely circulated in our contemporary world.. Tragically, this is presently the case surrounding the virus that is the cause of the present pandemic and the vaccines that have been created to stem the tide of infection. Thus, as the pandemic itself is denied by many of the effectiveness or ultimate purpose of vaccinations is questioned or distorted, this results in unnecessary illness, the overtaxing of medical personnel and facilities, and the preventable loss of thousands of human lives. Yet, perhaps this should not be surprising to us, as this has long been the case where human life is the issue, including capital punishment, euthanasia, and in particular, abortion. Indeed when the truth is inconvenient, it is denied or ignored to justify what is always morally wrong which is the taking of human life in any form for any reason. In a recent question and answer session with reporters on his journey back to Rome from Slovakia, when asked about abortion, Pope Francis told the truth quite bluntly: “Whoever commits an abortion, murders,” he said. “Take any book on embryology, those books on medicine, at the third week of conception, many times before a mother even realizes it, all the organs are there, all of them, even their DNA. It is a human life, period, and this human life must be respected; this principle is very clear!” Pope Francis said that those “who don’t understand” this principle must ask themselves whether it is right to kill human life in order to solve a problem. Of course, that is a rhetorical question as there should be only one clear answer to it, which is “No, it is never right to do so! “ Yet sadly the taking of human life is justified by many who ignore the science and try to dehumanize the life in the womb by referring to the developing child as impersonally as possible as “tissue” or by calling this new life “a fetus”. Science, in so far as it is conducted rightly, is never opposed to our Catholic Christian faith because all truth has its origin in God as Creator, and science, therefore, does not replace God but actually only reveals more of the marvels of the infinitely wise mind behind the design of the natural world. We are about to enter the month of October, traditionally a time to emphasize our duty to respect and defend human life from womb to tomb, let us do so by joining Pope Francis in bluntly and unapologetically telling the truth about human life, its sacredness, and inviolability, never hesitating to challenge any mere opinion to the contrary.
WE ARE FAMILY CAMPAIGN: The annual collection has begun and will continue through the close of the calendar year. It is this annual fundraising effort through which we are able to meet some of the larger capital expenses which we incur in the maintenance and improvement of our parish complex and grounds as our operational budget, funded by the weekly collections, does not have the resources to meet these. At this time we have completed the reroofing of the entire parish complex and are hoping to restore to our savings some of the funds used to pay over $245,000 in costs for this major project.
Thus far 177 households have contributed $69,414 which averages out to a gift of $392.00 per household; gratitude is due to all the contributors thus far for their great generosity. It is hoped that all households will do whatever they are able to do to help make this annual collection a success.
Red Mass: The annual Mass celebrated for the legal community will be held on Saturday, October 2nd at
4 PM at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fall River. At this Mass, celebrated by Bishop DaCunha, judges, lawyers, and clerks who serve in the field of law and justice will be commended to the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of St Thomas More who is their patron saint and a model of integrity. Following the Mass, a dinner reception will be held at White’s of Westport. Tickets for the dinner are $50. More information can be obtained from Attorney Michael Harrington at 508-994-5900, or harringtonpc @aol.com
Pastoral Letter: On Friday, September 24th Bishop Da Cunha has issued a pastoral letter to all the faithful, clergy, and religious of the Diocese of Fall River entitled Journeying Together: With Jesus on the Path of Faith and Hope. The letter focuses on three areas: Invitational Witness, Sacramental Living, and Vocational Pathways and the actions that individuals, parishes, and diocesan ministries are invited to take to make the vision of our local church as outlined in the letter more of a reality over the course of the next few years. All are encouraged to read the letter and its accompanying guidebook at: ww.falriverdiocese.org/journeying together.
September 12, 2021, Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Remembrance: On this weekend we remember all of those who so unjustly lost their lives to the terrorist attacks which took place now two decades ago on September 11th, 2001. In New York, 2,750 people, including nearly 400 first responders lost their lives that day, while another 184 perished at the Pentagon in Washington and 40 died as the airliner in which they were passengers or crew crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania indicating that they had fought its hijackers and successfully prevented that plane from reaching its still unknown but certain target in Washington or elsewhere. We should also be aware of the hundreds of others who did not succumb that day, but who have suffered greatly and many who have eventually died over the past twenty years from the residual effects of being exposed to toxic dust and fumes from the collapse of the Twin Towers as they took part in the search and recovery efforts that followed for months thereafter. So much senseless death and destruction, so much grief and pain caused by these still incomprehensibly cruel acts of violence carried out by 19 men sent on a diabolical mission plotted by a well-organized and funded terrorist network. What is still most disturbing is that this incredible evil was carried out in the name of God by radical Islamists who chose to focus on certain passages from the Quran that advocate Jihad rather than those passages that emphasize peace and in the process undermining the goodness not only of their own religion but to some extent further eroding confidence in all “organized religion “. Yet as people of faith who hold to Christ’s teaching of nonviolence, his law of love, and his desire for peace, let us redouble our efforts to be agents of goodness in a still very violent and troubled world. Out of the compassion that must characterize any who call themselves Christian, let us keep foremost in our prayers this weekend the parents, siblings, spouses, and children of all those lost in the terrible tragedy of 9/11 and its aftermath. Let us do our remembering and praying appreciating that emotions know no time; thus, if this infamous event seems like only yesterday to those of us who witnessed it from our television screens on that unforgettable day, we must sympathize all the more deeply with those to whom it meant that someone they loved was never coming home again and who have been bearing the grief of such a deep personal loss for twenty years now.
Raffle Winners: Congratulations to all the winners in the CTK Annual Summer Raffle!
$5000 Patrice & Ken LeBlanc
$2500 Frances C. Tkaczuk
$1000 Virginia Pappalardo
$500 Kenneth Dunn
$500 Sandra Myrick
$250 Bob Franey
$250 Madeline Ambrose
$250 Theresa & Terry Daly
$250 Jack Looney
$100 Bill Chapman
$100 Joanne Kurker
$100 Paul Corkhum
$100 Jan Targgart
$100 Diane Fernandes
Louis Panacione: 11:00 AM A Memorial Mass for Mr. Louis Panacione who passed away during the height of the pandemic and whose Funeral Mass was thus limited to immediate family only, will be held on Tuesday, September 14th at 11 AM, affording an opportunity for members of the parish community who knew Lou as a Eucharistic Minister and frequent daily communicant to join his wife, Janice, and her family, in remembering him and praying for the rest and peace of his soul.
September 5, 2021, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
NOT QUITE BACK TO NORMAL: There was a sense last Spring that as vaccines effective against COVID19 were widely available, accepted, and received that during the Summer of ’21 we would cross the threshold to large-scale immunity and things would get back to as close as possible to normal. Yet as we move toward the Fall that is not really the case as the Delta and other potential variants pose the very real threat of serious illness among those unvaccinated and may cause breakthrough infections even among those who have been fully vaccinated. So in many places, students will be masked as they return to schools, as will many as they go out and about their usual business maintaining social distancing and being careful to frequently sanitize their hands. In our parish, we must ask any who are attending Mass who are unvaccinated to wear a mask, and while not requiring these for those fully vaccinated we are strongly recommending their use at this time with infections still prevalent. Our Religious Education Program will be hybrid, meaning that much of it will still be done online through ZOOM with efforts to hold monthly in-person classes as the pandemic conditions permit. Meetings of parish groups and organizations in the larger classrooms of the parish center will be limited to 12 people or less, masked and maintaining adequate distance and any gatherings larger than 12 must take place in the parish hall with the same precautions required. Communion distributed outside of Mass on Sundays from 11:45 to 1 PM for those for whom it is clearly not yet safe to gather in larger crowds or who are not yet comfortable doing so will continue indefinitely until the hoped-for day that it is truly safe for all to return to normal! While some may wish to criticize what they consider to be my over cautiousness, yet ultimately I must consider it my duty as a pastor to see that our members and visitors are as safe as possible whenever here in the parish for worship, meetings or activities. So as we move into the Fall Season, I must insist on the ongoing implementation of reasonable precautions on the part of all of us as a community of faith whenever we are here at the Christ the King Parish Complex so as to try to prevent any of our gatherings from becoming a likely source of widespread infection.
NOT TOO LATE TO WIN: If you are reading this at the 5:30 PM Mass on Sunday evening, then it is too late to take a chance in the Annual Summer Raffle as the Grand Prize of $5000.00 along with $6000 in other prizes was drawn today at noon. However, t if you are reading this after any of the other Masses this Labor Day Weekend, then you still have the opportunity to purchase a chance or two to be eligible for the drawing. Books of Chances are available at the entrances of the Church; the donation is $20/chance or 3 for $50. Returns may be placed in the mail slot of the Parish Office until 11:45 this morning.
THANKS FOR VISITING: As the Labor Day holiday weekend signals the end of the Summer Vacation Season, and many of our summer visitors return home, a word of thanks is expressed to you for visiting our parish and worshipping with us during your stay here on Cape Cod. We are always inspired by the witness your bear to the importance of the faith and its regular practice as you make the effort to join us at Mass even while on vacation. We thank you too for your generosity to the parish during your time among us which reflects your awareness that what is taken up in the collection during July and August will be helpful in January and February when there will not be many extra people in the pews nor dollars in the basket. Our prayers for continued safety during this pandemic accompany you as you return home, and we look forward to your arrival back here on Cape Cod between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2022!
THE FINAL 7 AM MASS FOR THE SEASON: The additional Sunday Morning Mass at 7 AM added during the Summer Season will cease after this weekend until next Memorial Day Weekend. Gratitude is extended to all who attended that Mass and to the sacristans, ushers, lectors, servers, and ministers who were willing to rise early and come out to help serve at it!
BACK TO SCHOOL: As school bells ring for our young people at this time, perhaps many adults among us may still be in the habit of feeling that a new year of learning begins each September. This then is a good time to consider our own ongoing Christian formation that should not end with Confirmation or graduation from Catholic School but continue throughout our lives. Unfortunately, the unpredictability of the present pandemic still makes it imprudent to schedule more large group in-person gatherings than are absolutely necessary at this time thus the parish is not presently planning any formal adult formation classes or Scripture studies in the Fall. However, the parish will renew its subscription to WORD ON FIRE which allows all parishioners (and visitors) to access many video presentations and clips on a whole variety of topics on which Bishop Robert Barron and his associates speak. Bishop Barron is the foremost Catholic evangelizer of our time, truly the contemporary version of Bishop Fulton Sheehan, and his 10 part series CATHOLICISM might be considered a must viewing for all Catholics. You can share in the CTK Parish subscription to the WORD ON FIRE Website through FLOCKNOTE by texting CTKCAPECOD to 84576 or going to http:/ctkcapecod.flocknote.com.