Today we celebrate the patronal feast of our parish, Christ the King! Please help us mark this special day as we invite every parish family to spend 15 minutes in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the main altar of the church from the conclusion of the 11:30 am Mass until 5:00 pm. At that time, we will gather for Evening Prayer and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. There may be parishioners who are not familiar with this beautiful devotion that is Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and today’s feast would be a wonderful opportunity to experience it.
Following Evening Prayer and Benediction there will be a Dessert Exchange in Tuohy Hall. Bring a favorite dessert to share. The Feast of Christ the King also marks the end of the Church Year. We conclude the year by professing that Jesus is King of the Universe. Next Sunday a new Church Year begins with the First Sunday of Advent. It is the beginning of our spiritual preparation for Christmas. We all know how quickly the four weeks of Advent will pass and how busy they will be!
It is important that we have a plan in place to make sure that we don’t miss the spiritual preparation for Christmas that is at the heart of Advent Season. Many people use Advent as a time to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In addition to the regularly scheduled time on Saturday afternoons, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available at Christ the King on the First, Third and Fourth Sundays of Advent from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm On the Second Sunday of Advent, December 9, the North Deanery will hold its Advent Penance Service at Saint Luke beginning at 2:00 pm At least ten priests will be available to celebrate the sacrament on that Sunday. Priests will also be available at Saint Luke on Monday, December 10, and Tuesday, December 11, beginning at 7:00 pm
Participating in a daily Mass during Advent would be an additional way of preparing our hearts for Christmas. Praying the rosary as a family on the Mondays or Saturdays of Advent as we refl ect on the Joyful Mysteries would help us reflect on the events we celebrate at Christmas. Remembering the children of Haiti, participating in the Giving Tree, bringing hats and gloves to be distributed by Catholic Charities and remembering the needs of the food pantries as we do our weekly shopping would all be ways to help us keep the true meaning of this most special season of the year.
See you at Mass!