The end is near! We are coming to the end of our Church Year with the solemn celebration of Christ the King on Sunday, November 25. This feast has special importance for all of us as it is our patronal feast. When our parish was founded in 1939, it was placed under the protection of Christ the King. How privileged we are privileged to bear this name!
We will mark our patronal feast in a very special way this year. At the conclusion of the 11:30 am Sunday Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the altar and will remain there until 5:00 pm. We ask every parishioner and parish family to spend 15 minutes or more in prayer that Sunday afternoon. At 5:00 pm we will gather for Evening Prayer and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Following Benediction we will move to Tuohy Hall for a ‘desert exchange’. Everyone is asked to bring a favorite dessert to share with fellow parishioners. All will be welcome to take an array of desserts home to enjoy following Sunday dinner. The ‘dessert exchange’ is a sign of the good things we share with one another as parishioners of Christ the King. Chief among these ‘good things’ is the treasure of our faith. Let us make our patronal feast a special day for our parish family!
The following Sunday, December 2, is the First Sunday of Advent and our spiritual preparation for Christmas will begin. A beloved Christmas carol tells us that there is ‘no place like home for Christmas.’ This is true for many Catholics who have been away from the Church, but find their way ‘home’ for Christmas Mass. This Advent our Parish Evangelization Team is fostering a special initiative that will help us to make sure that Catholics who have been away from the Church will know just how welcome they are for Christmas – and beyond.
Letters of welcome with the schedule of Christmas Masses will be available in the church vestibule beginning on The Feast of Christ the King. The letters will also offer Catholics who have been away from the Church the opportunity to talk about their situation with a priest, deacon or fellow parishioner on Saturday, December 8. The letters will include a telephone number for folks who would like to schedule another time to meet with a representative of the Church.
As we look forward to welcoming family and friends ‘home for Christmas – and beyond,’ we ask parishioners who know a Catholic who is away from the Church (and we all do) to take a letter, address it, stamp it and mail it to that person. Pray for the person to whom the letter has been mailed throughout the Advent season. There really is no place like home for Christmas! Please help our Evangelization Team to get the word out!
See you at Mass!