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.
IS GOD CALLING YOU TO BE A DEACON?
Oscott Seminary have introduced a preparatory year for men discerning a call to the Permanent Diaconate. This is to begin in January 2017 and consists of three overnight stays, January, March and May. The aim of these sessions is to help candidates better understand the reality of a vocation to Holy Orders and to help discern whether this is what God is calling them to. There will be Parish based pastoral elements, spiritual formation and intellectual input given through teaching, seminars and discussions. Wives of prospective candidates will also be supported during these days and are encouraged to attend. Attendance at these days does not commit an individual to beginning the formation program, it is part of the overall selection process. Further information please contact Fr Peter Hart email@example.com as soon as possible.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
begins on Wednesday, 18th January. The Holy Father’s January Intention is for Christian Unity: “That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.”
CAFOD PORTSMOUTH SUPPORTERS’ MEETING
Join us at our next CAFOD Portsmouth Supporters’ Meeting on Saturday 4 February 2017 from 10am- 1.30pm at St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, Popley Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9DX. There will be a special talk on our livelihoods work in Zambia (our Lenten focus) by Mark Chamberlain and a chance to hear an update on all our exciting campaigns from Dan Hale. Please book a place in advance via 01252 329385 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you. Best wishes Lynda Mussell Community Participation Coordinator - CAFOD
A recent spate of thefts have been reported from other parishes in Reading. So please ensure your belongings are kept secure during services. Please report anything suspicious
Since October, a number of people from our Community having been attending the Journey In Faith Group on a Saturday morning from 1030am to 12.00pm here at Christ The King. They are discerning more about becoming Catholics. The aim of these sessions is to provide basic information about our faith and to help them to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Please keep them in your prayers at they continue to discern about been received into the Church at our Easter Vigil in 2017.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS
For a few months representatives from each parish in the Reading Pastoral Area have been meeting with a view to setting up Bereavement Support Groups in each parish to work alongside the Parish Priest. The time surrounding a death is one of the most painful and stressful times in a person’s/family’s life. The support of the Parish community at this time can provide practical help and emotional support and prayer. More information will be available soon on the Bereavement group that we hope to set up at Christ The King.
In a few weeks time, our Candidates for Confirmation will be raising money for a children’s charity: Mary’s meals. They will be doing this as part of their Christian and confirmation formation with regards to the chief corporal works of mercy. They will be raising funds for this charity by having a cake sale for at least 6 weeks after the 6.30p Vigil Mass and the 10.00am Mass. This is also a great opportunity for our parish community to get to know the candidates, to offer them your support and to pray for them. They will be confirmed by Bishop Philip Egan in May 2017. Please support them in their efforts to raise money for this charity. One of the young people and the Catechists will speak more about this on the weekend when the fundraising starts.
ADORATION IN FRONT OF BLESSED SACRAMENT
Dear Parishioners, adoration before Mass during the week days is proving very popular. Just a reminder that this takes place from 8.45am to 9.25am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning. Adoration is a beautiful form of prayer. The CCC says “Prayer is the life of the new heart. It ought to animate us at every moment.” (CCC 2697)
THE DISCOVERY GROUP (Precatechumenate)
Our Discovery Group has its next meeting on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 6.45pm and there after the first Tuesday in every month until June 2017. The Discovery Group is for those who may not yet want to make a commitment to the R.C.I.A but would be supported by the parish community. It is open to those curious about the Catholic Church, lapsed Catholics who want to ease themselves back into a Faith Community.
VOLUNTEER MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE FACILITATORS
Do you believe that healthy relationships are key to healthy families and society? Are you looking to volunteer in a friendly, supportive environment and to make a difference in one of the most foundational areas of society – marriage? Marriage Care is a faith-based organisation that draws on its Catholic Christian tradition and contemporary research to help couples in both good times and bad, providing marriage preparation and relationship counselling services for couples across England and Wales. Our centre in Reading and the surrounding area is currently looking for Marriage Preparation Course Facilitators to present and facilitate marriage preparation days for engaged couples (training for the role is provided). More information www.marriagecare.org.uk email email@example.com
INVITATION FROM BISHOP PHILIP
Bishop Philip would like to invite all recently engaged couples you to a special St. Valentine’s Day Breakfast & blessing at St John’s Cathedral Portsmouth on Saturday, 11th February 2017, beginning at 9.15 am and finishing at 11.45 am. If you need further details and a form please enquire at the Office.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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