Welcome to Christ The King in Whitley, Reading
Peace be with you!
We hope you find us an open and welcoming community. Over the years the shape and make up of the community has extended to include a wonderful diversity of backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and age; which means that our congregation in one sense demonstrates the universal love of Christ the King.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT
During the Fridays of Lent, stations of the Cross at 7pm. Also called the Way of the Cross in which people pray and meditate on the stages of the suffering and death of Jesus. 31st March – Stations led by Confirmation group. Friday 7th April – Stations led by altar servers.
READING THE READINGS DURING LENT
This group will read through the following Sunday readings, followed by discussion. All welcome.
Next meeting: Wednesdays, Wed 15th March, from 7.30 - 9 pm.
Where: 491 Basingstoke Rd. Contact: Theresa Conlon (9868113).
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION AND PRAYERS FOR PETITIONS AND THANKSGIVNG
During the week days of Lent, there is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 8.45am to 9.25am followed by our Mass at 9.30am. Eucharistic Adoration is also about thanking God for His Redemptive love, to intensify a personal relationship with Christ, to pray with him for the Church and the world and to seek His strength for the journey of discipleship
TRAINING FOR READERS AT MASS (REGULAR AND NEW)
There will be a mandatory parish training day for new volunteers and existing readers on Saturday 25TH March from 10.30am to 11.30am with the commissioning of all readers at the Vigil Mass on the 1st April and the 10.00am Mass on the 2nd April 2017
24 HOURS OF PRAYER: FRIDAY 24th March 10AM - SATURDAY 25TH MARCH 9AM, CLOSING MASS
Christ The King is sharing the 24 Hours of prayer with the parish of St. John Bosco as in previous years. This 24 hours of prayer allows us, along with Catholic communities throughout the world, to join with Pope Francis in a time of prayer and penance. Christ The King parishoners along with Fr. Pat are asked to pray and lead adoration between 10pm (Mass at 12 Midnight) until 3am. Please put these dates in your diary and more information will be available this coming weekend.
LENT APPEAL FOR READING’S FOODBANK
During the season of Lent parishioners might like to make donations of food to Readifood. Readifood deliver emergency food supplies to families and individuals who are struggling. During Lent, there will be a collection of tinned food. Currently the greatest need is for Tinned vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes, fruit, soup, ready meals (eg minced beef, chicken casserole). Please no out of date food
WALKING THE CAMINO
Taking place on 13th – 20th September 2017. Flight: Stanstead – Santiago. 30+ people: For new & former walkers, 20 – 25km per day. Thousands of people do this walk every year, the most famous pilgrimage after Jerusalem & Rome. Fr. Pat Madden and Margot Spooner did the walk a number of years ago and it was a intense spiritual experience. Highly recommended!! Info evening on Thu 9th Feb in St James RG1 3FD at 7.30pm.
Please continue to support, our Candidates for Confirmation who for the next number of weeks will be raising money for a children’s charity: Mary’s meals. The candidates will be doing this as part of their Christian and confirmation formation with regards to the chief corporal works of mercy (Matthew 25:35-40). Last weekend they started their fundraising and have so far nearly raised £200. Please pray for them as we are blessed to have these young disciples in our parish. Please continue to support them in their efforts to raise money for this charity while also enjoying community fellowship along with a cake/biscuit and refreshments. You can find out more about this charity at www.marymeals.org.uk
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT
Dear parishioners, their will be Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent at CTK. The stations will start at 7pm. Also called the Way of the Cross in which people pray and meditate on the stages of the suffering and death of Jesus. The stations will be lead by the following groups: 17th March – P.P.C, 24TH March – First Holy Communion, 31st March – Confirmation group
THE DISCOVERY GROUP (Precatechumenate)
Our Discovery Group has its next meeting Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at 6.45pm. There will be no meeting in April. The title for our discussion on Tuesday 2nd May is “Reflection on Easter and what it means?” The Discovery Group is for the unbaptised and Catholics who may have lapsed and are thinking about coming back. For more information please speak to Fr. Pat (0118 931 4469, Pam Newman (07534 317807) or Marino Palladino . (07763823033). A warm welcome awaits you!
Marriage Preparation Facilitators & Head of Centre are needed. Please visit for more details www.marriagecare.org.uk
SHARING BOOKS WITH CHILDREN
Christ the King school/parish, working with Caritas Portsmouth, is planning a scheme to share books with children, and we need your help. If you have any children’s books in good condition please leave them in the box at the back of our church. If you would like to get involved please contact, Mr. John Cosgrove, head of Christ the King School on Head@ChristTheKing.Reading.sch.uk
ENGLISH MARTYRS PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 23rd to 28th July 2017
If you would like to join parishioners from English Martyrs on this pilgrimage please contact Judith on email@example.com or via 07830 144 165 for a booking form and more information. Please see poster for more information.
Are you being called?
Jesus calls each of us to follow Him, along a variety of different paths. He continues to call men and women, young and old; rich and poor; labourers, professionals, students to serve him in a variety of different ways.
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Please pray for the sick and housebound in our parish and local community.
“Our Lady of the sick, Pray for them”
Please pray for all who are mourning the loss of loved ones.
May God comfort them in their sadness and they be reassured that they will be resting in the arms of our blessed Lord, Jesus.
How to become a Catholic?
I am not baptised (christened) but deep within me there is a sense that I am being drawn to something beyond myself and my present experience.
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