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.
APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ACTION
CCA is a charity that demonstrate God's love by meeting people's practical needs and restoring their self worth. CCA at the top of Northumberland Avenue is very busy in the lead up to Christmas with lots of clothes, gifts, books, toys coming in to the shop. At the moment they are in desperate need of volunteers to help in the shop to serve and to sort out all the gifts before they are put in the shop. CCA would be grateful for any volunteers please to help with this. Please call to CCA if you are interested?
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Confessions at our church from 10.0010.30am on Saturday and 5.30-6.15pm on Saturday or by appointment with Father Pat. Please speak to Father Pat if you are going to hospital and would like to receive Holy Communion or the Sacrament of the sick.
ADVENT APPEAL FOR READING’S FOODBANK
Dear Parishioners: this Advent we will be donating food to Reading’s Foodbank. Readifood is Reading’s Foodbank, delivering emergency food supplies to families and individuals who are struggling due to the Economic Recession. During the Sundays in Advent, there will be a collection of tinned food. Collection will take place from this weekend – the first Sunday in advent.. There will be a container placed at the main porch as you enter the church for this purpose. Currently the greatest need is for canned meat and fish, meat pies and tinned potatoes and vegetables.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS
CFor 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.
MASS OF ENROLMENT
At our vigil Mass and 10.00am Mass this weekend our candidates for confirmation in 2017 will be formally enrolled. They with their sponsors and family will request the prayers of their parish community to pray and support them in their discernment process and preparation for Confirmation in May 2017. The celebration of Confirmation will take place at Portsmouth Cathedral. On the weekend of 9th to 11th December they will go on retreat at Cold Ash to be spiritually renewed and inspired to be confident in their decision to become mature disciples for the Lord. Please keep these young people in your prayers and offer them your support and encouragement.
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 6th December 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
GOAN COMMUNITY OF READING
celebrate the Feast of St Francis Xavier on Sat 3rd Dec with a special Mass in St James Church at 12 noon. Followed by a social at South Reading Youth and Community Centre, 252 Northumberland Ave, RG2 7QR. All welcom
SLEEPING BAGS FOR THE HOMELESS IN READING
If anyone has a spare sleeping bag or a one-man tent, the Minster, St Mary the Virgin, in the Butts, just off Gun Street, is collecting these for the HOMELESS in Reading, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday inside the Minster. The weather has turned suddenly colder and this would be very much appreciated. Please put any donations inside the tent in the middle of St Mary’s. These are then being made available to the HOMELESS at the Evening food distribution sessions.
THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULT (R.C.I.A)
This is the process of formation for adults who are seeking admission to the Church through Baptism or who have already been baptised but have not received the other Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the R.C.I.A program please get them to speak with Fr. Pat. Please see our parish website for the dates of all the meetings. Times of meetings up to Christmas are as follows: 5th November, 19th November, 3rd December, 17th December. All meetings in the presbytery from 10.30am to 12.00pm. Please contact, Fr. Pat, for more information on 0118 931 4469 or e-mail at email@example.com
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?
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