PASTORAL AREA PENITENTIAL SERVICE WITH BISHOP DECLAN AT CHRIST THE KING
Our pastoral area Lenten Penitential Service with Bishop Declan Lang will be on Wednesday 20th March starts at 7.00pm in our Church. It will be a wonderful opportunity for us to join the Bishop and other priests, and people of the deanery to celebrate God’s mercy through the Sacrament of Penance. Bishop Declan will be the principal celebrant.
MORE FOR LENT
Stations of the Cross- Every Friday during Lent 10.30 AM AND 7.00PM starting this Friday 16 February.
The Lent Encounter
Stuart Ford, who spent a year in Salisbury parish as a seminarian, and who now works for the Bible Society, has edited and contributed to a series of Lenten devotions called:
The Lent Encounter: where is Jesus in the Old Testament? Take a journey through the Old Testament this Lent to find the answer.
Sign up for free at: https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/resources/the-lent-encounter-sign-up/
and you’ll receive a free daily devotion from Ash Wednesday to Easter.
“As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst.
He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants
only the chance to love you.” (St. Teresa of Calcutta)
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:
First Holy Communion is a wonderful moment in a child’s life and represents a sign of growth in the knowledge and love of God for each and every child. Parents who bring their child or children for First Holy Communion are fulfilling the vow they made publicly at their child’s baptism some years before to be the “first and best teachers of their child in the ways of faith”. Now they are more actively fulfilling this vow. The celebration of First Holy Communion each year is primarily a Parish Community Celebration. There is great expectation that the family are full practising members of the community and that they regularly come to Mass. On this understanding, the parish will provide all the necessary help to parents and children, particularly those children not attending Catholic schools. The support from parents for this and other elements of the course cannot be emphasised enough. No child will be denied First Holy Communion; however, children who miss two or at most three sessions will have missed key catechesis. In such cases and after discussion with catechists and parents, the parish priest may remove a child
from the course and invite parents to reapply for the following year. Sports events, parties and other such competing attractions must come second to First Holy Communion preparation and the regular attendance of Mass during the First Holy Communion year.
First Communion Class Schedule:
Sunday Sunday 3rd March at 12.15pm Sunday 10th March at 12.15pm Sunday 17th March at 12.15pm Sunday 14th April at 12.15pm, Sunday 21st April at 12.15pm, Sunday 28th April at 12.15pm Sunday 5th May at 12.15pm and Sunday 12th May at 12.15pm, First Holy Communion Mass on Sunday 19th May at 12.30pm
PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES:
The Society of Our Lady of Lourdes (SOLL) are pleased to announce that their annual pilgrimage of the sick to Lourdes will be on the 24th to the 31st May 2019. SOLL seeks to ensure that sick pilgrims are offered an opportunity to travel to Lourdes, minimising the barriers of disability and finance. Applications are now open. Please think if there is someone in the parish who SOLL can help. Applications are also welcomed for volunteer helpers, carers, nurses, doctors and priests! For further information, please contact SOLL on 0208 8489833 or www.soll-lourdes.com or call your parish contact, Sacha Blanchard on 07768 622880
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:
This year’s Word Day of Prayer, prepared by the women of Palestine, is being held at Christ The King, Amesbury on Friday 1st of march at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome, women, men and children. Please come and join our fellow
Christians in this ecumenical service. It is all the more important particularly this year with all the trouble in this region of the world. Please keep the people of Palestine and Israel in your special prayers.
PARISH CONTRIBUTIONS AND GENEROSITY
A big thank you for all your generous donations, which are greatly appreciated. If anyone would like to transfer to standing order or bank transfer, this would help to simplify our banking procedure. The Parish bank details are: Name: Christ the King Church, Amesbury, Bank: NatWest Account number 66286638 and Sort code-52-10-03.
If you wish to remember the Parish in your Will, further information is available from the Parish Office.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY at Christ the King is at 11am Mass.
The liturgy is for children in Year 3 and below, please note children younger than school age need to be accompanied by an adult.
PRAY FOR VOCATIONS
Please do all you can to encourage priestly and religious vocations. Your prayers and support make a difference.
Please remember in your prayers those who recently died and for all the deceased members of our family and parish, the souls in purgatory and those who died in service of our country. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. Amen. Please pray for God’s grace for those who are ill: Please also pray for an increase in vocations, especially in our diocese and our country.
CONFESSIONS/SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
In the Sacrament of Penance, the love and mercy of the Lord Jesus is made manifest in the forgiveness of sins, thereby reconciling the penitent with God and with his Church. Confession is every Saturday from 5.00pm-5.40pm or by appointment.
REST IN PEACE
May those who have died enter into the mercy of God and the joy of the Kingdom.
VISITS TO THE SICK
If you cannot come to church because of illness, please be sure that we are notified so that we might minister to you either at home, hospital, or nursing home or in any care facility. Because of confidentiality issues, we cannot come to you unless requested to do so by you or your family.
NEW TO THE AREA.
We look forward to personally meeting you. Please take time after Mass or whenever you may be present for parish activities to introduce yourself to the members of the parish and the parish priest.
NOT BEEN ACTIVE.
If you are inactive in the practice of your Catholic faith, we encourage you to return. If you would like to speak with someone on the parish priest, please do not hesitate to contact the parish priest or any one of the parish team members.
RECEIVING THE SACRAMENTS.
If a previous marriage has kept you from receiving the Sacraments, we invite you to contact one of the priests or deacons. In most cases we can work with you toward a favourable solution so that you can again receive the
Sacraments of the Church.
HELP NEEDED AT WEEKEND MASSES
Have you ever considered assisting at weekend Masses by serving as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Sacristan, Usher, or Altar Server? We need more volunteers serving in all these positions. Please consider lending your talents! Training for all these ministries is available, and there is always a priest or our Liturgical or parish team leaders, present on the weekends for questions or concerns. Requirements (with the exception of Altar Servers) are that you are a fully initiated Catholic and have completed your training and background check through the Diocese. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like to learn more about each of these ministries, please contact Father Saji.
Christ The King Church is in need of an organist and/or pianist who could fill-in as needed. If you would like to contribute to this most important ministry, please contact Father Saji Mathew