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.
WANTED NEW VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE AS EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION AT MASS
Our Sunday Masses require more people who are in good standing with the Church to help with the distribution of the Sacred Host and Chalice. We would like to ask you to consider being of service to our community in this important ministry. Training for new volunteers from all of the parishes in Reading is on Saturday, 25th February, from 9.30am- 1.30pm in St William of York Church, Upper Redlands Road, RG1 5JT, led by Fr John O’Shea. May we ask you to complete the application form which is at the back of the church and submit it to Fr. Pat for approval before 20th February. The training programme for the morning is on the noticeboard.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE, IRELAND
Fully escorted St Patrick’s Week Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 13th March 2017. £599 per person sharing. Price includes flights with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 5 nights’ in newly refurbished Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £50. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia anytime on 07740 175557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL
Please, intensify prayers for Bamenda, Cameroon, where talks between the Government and the negotiating parties stalled last week and the English speaking Regions have now been cut off from Internet Connectivity and heavily militarized. Schools have been shut in that part of the country since November 21 last year.
GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
If you would like to receive Holy Communion whilst you are in hospital, you need to tell the ward staff. The RC Chaplaincy will then visit you.
CAMP FOR BOYS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL AGE
JThis year Fr Mark Hogan will again be leading a camp for boys of secondary school age at St Cassian’s, Kintbury, from Sunday, 23rd – Saturday, 29th July. There will be plenty of sport, outings, competitions and fun and games to ensure that boys will have a fantastic few days. This will continue to take place within the context of the celebration of the Catholic Faith, including daily Mass and morning prayer. The cost of the camp is £200 (though full and part bursaries may be available). To find out more or to reserve a place, please contact c/o Mr and Mrs Mulkerns, 23 Pardown, East Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG23 7DY or email@example.com
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
There are a number of people who are currently are attending our 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. Usually those who are been prepared are supported in special ceremonies in the months leading up to their becoming Catholics in their local church and the cathedral. Please keep them in your prayers at they continue to discern about been received into full communion with the Catholic Church at our Easter Vigil in 2017.
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
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.
Marriage Preparation Facilitators & Head of Centre are needed. Please visit for more details www.marriagecare.org.uk
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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