Thought for the Week
The Feast of Christ the King – Closes our Church Year. This Sunday we come to the end of this Liturgical year, and as always, we look to the future; the ultimate future when Jesus will return in glory for the final judgement. The church calls this Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, a feast on which we celebrate God's Kingdom - God's rule. Pope Pius XI established this feast in 1925 at a time when fascism was on the rise and the world was about to experience Hitler and Mussolini. How different Christ's rule is from the ruthless governance of these men. Although these tyrants were not King's, they reigned in ruthlessness and cruelty. And, even in death, still have the power to make the world shudder in fear. Will it happen again to us? We could easily ask as so much horror abounds in war torn areas of our world at present. Jesus Christ is the only just authority. With today’s feast the church honours Christ as the King of the Universe by enthroning Him in our hearts and allowing Him to take control of our lives. This feast challenges us to see Christ the King in everyone, especially those whom our society considers the least important, and to treat each person with love, mercy and compassion as Jesus did. A unique King with a unique Kingdom, Jesus Christ still lives as King, in thousands of human hearts. The cross is his throne and the Sermon on the Mount is his rule of law. His citizens need obey only one law: “Love others as I have loved you" (John 15: 12). That is why the preface in today’s Mass describes Jesus’ Kingdom as "a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace." In such a kingdom we are all children of God. Fr David
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We are keen to enrol and train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.
We urgently need volunteers for church cleaning, Web Committee, Youth Initiative Group and drivers for meals on wheels.
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