01980 622 177 or 07412 604880 amesbury.christtheking@cliftondiocese.com

Church Notices:

Temporary Email for contactng Fr Saji: joseph.sajimathew@gmail.com

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE-24TH DECEMBER VIGIL MASS FOR CHRISTMAS (CHILDREN) AT 6.00PM,

24TH DECEMBER CAROL SERVICE AT 11.30PM,

25TH DECEMBER MASS AT 12.00 AM (MIDNIGHT)

25TH DECEMBER-CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES AT 9.30AM AND 11.00AM

RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION): The Sacrament of Confession or Sacrament of Penance is celebrated on Saturdays from 5.00pm- 5:40pm prior to the vigil Mass. Throughout the Advent season, there will be opportunities for Confessions from 6.30pm 7.30pm or by making appointment

UPDATES ON CHRIST THE KING PRIMARY SCHOOL – SOPHIE SHORT:

How wonderful it was for staff and pupils to join the congregation for Mass this week! It was wonderful for them to see how the church has changed forthis season of preparation and notice some of the items we have in school to show we are preparing are also present in the church, further demonstrating the importance of these symbols. We were also thrilled to receive a very generous hamper which will be raffled off by our PTA to help raise vital funds for the school; thank you to all those in the parish who kindly donated items for this. The school term is swiftly drawing to a close and we’d like to remind you of
some special upcoming events, which members of the parish are most welcome to attend: KS1 Nativity – Friday 9th December at KS2 Advent Carol Service – Tuesday 13th December, 6pm (light refreshments from 5pm in the church hall)Thank you to Sharon who has kindly volunteered her time to help us rehearse for these.


CHRISTMAS GIFT CARD PROJECT:

Our Advent Season Gift Card Donations Support our Social Outreach’s Advent-Christmas Gift Card Project. By donating, you will help our parish provide gift cards to needy families at homeless shelters and receiving support from Catholic Charities and low income families locally. You can contribute by donating £25 or any other amount gift cards (any of the super markets) or sending a check for the parish to purchase gift cards on your behalf. On the back of the cheque, please write gift card donation. Please place a card or cheque in an envelope marked Social Outreach Gift Card Project. Place the envelope in the collection basket or deliver to the parish Office or Presbytery. Many of these families were previously homeless and need to conserve their income for rent, food, and other necessities. If you would like to participate, call or email Father Saji. Thank you for your generosity in bringing joy to families during this difficult time of year.


CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY

Venue Christ the King Parish Hall Date SATURDAY 17th December 11am – 2pm Dress Code Fancy dress or Christmasthemed Maximum age 11 (year 6) Please sign up at the back of the church. Thanks to everyone who supported the cake and biscuit sale on Sunday 27th November. Your generosity was amazing. Teenagers will be organising this event supported by Helen James and Sue Winfrey. (Please let Fr. Saji know if you are a teenager who would like to help.)

CHRISTMAS MEMORIALS AND POINSETTIA DONATIONS:

Christmas has always been a time to gather and celebrate the birth of Christ with family and loved ones. During the Advent and Christmas season, we decorate our Church with poinsettias. Their vivid reds and greens call to mind past Christmases and the loved ones who celebrated them with us. You can make a dedication to a loved one with a £10 donation for up to two names (or the name of a group).The names of those you wish to honour will be remembered and prayed for during Christmas season. The funds donated will be used to help offset the cost of fresh flowers and poinsettias to beautify the Church and enrich our worship experience during this season. By presenting a Poinsettia plant to the church to help decorate the Church, you can remember and honour that tradition, even if your family and loved ones can’t be with you at this time. You can either bring in poinsettias or please give your contribution to Ann Larke. Thank you and God bless you!

THE WINNERS OF 200 CLUB for November are: 1st Christine Kinghorn £25, 2nd Luis Fernandes £12 3rd Michelle Smith £10. Many congratulations to the winners. Our grateful thanks go to the organisers.

CHURCH CLEANERS:

THANK YOU. We are very grateful to all who have helped with the cleaning of the Church and the Parish Hall on Thursday. Thank you also to the brass cleaners and for everyone who kindly offers help
with cleaning week after week. Our grateful thanks to everyone who has contributed their time and talent for the glory of God. Your help is invaluable and very much appreciated. May Christ our Saviour bless you all during this Festive Season.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION:

Applications are requested for First Holy Communion and Confirmation in 2023. For First Holy Communion, if your child is in Year 3 or above and for Confirmation Year 9 or above please apply NOW as we will soon be preparing the programmes. You can collect application forms from Father Saji.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

We would once again like to be able to hold our Children’s Liturgy Program during the 11:00 Mass, each week. We’re searching for 4 to 5 adults to rotate Sundays to work with the children, during Mass to explain the Sunday’s liturgy to them in ways they can understand and participate. Interested adults should contact Father Saji Mathew.

RED MISSION BOX:

It is that time of the year to return the Red Mission Boxes. Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries are able to continue their evangelisation work through your valuable contribution. Missio passes on their thanks to all who contributed and continue to care for their Church family around the world.

FOOD BANK

As you can imagine, demand on our local food bank has increased dramatically over the past few weeks. As well as providing for more people, the food bank is receiving fewer donations as people tighten their own belts, and often runs out of the basics that keep people going. Please, if you can, continue your support of the vulnerable in our society. The need this week is for jam/savoury spread, tinned custard, baby food – tins/packets/jars etc. and soup. Thank you.

DONATIONS

A big thank you for all your generous donations, which are greatly appreciated. Should you wish to transfer to standing order or bank transfer, the Parish bank details are: Name: Christ the King Church Amesbury: Natwest Sort Code 52-10-03 Account Number 66286638. If you wish to remember the Parish in your Will, further information is available from the Parish Office.

FLOWER DONATIONS:

Donate a fresh flower arrangement to honour a friend or family member, to remember a loved one, to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or for any reason you wish. Your donated flower arrangements will be remembered in our parish bulletin and a Mass will be offered for their intentions. These two arrangements sit on either side of the tabernacle. For any questions, please call Ann Larke on 07485423471 or email or call Father Saji Thank you very much for helping to beautify our church. God bless you!

COMPANIONS NEEDED TO ACCOMPANY PERSONS IN NEED

Do you have some extra time and would like to help a person in need? Christ the King Parish assists certain needy persons with transportation, shopping, doctor visits, and similar errands. These individuals also often desire socialisation, such as having breakfast or lunch with you, attending parish social events, and so on. The work is rewarding because the helper develops a relationship with the individuals needing assistance. If interested and are willing to be of any help, please email Father Saji. “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit,