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Parish Diary 2014

 

November 2014

 

Baptisms

Join us in celebrating with Abdula and Thérèse Douiri, the baptism of Eli Joseph - WELCOME to our parish family !

Join us in celebrating with Tina and Andy Harbord the baptism of Claire Lilly - WELCOME to our parish family!


 

October 2014

 

Mass of Commitment for the First Holy Communion 2015

First Holy Communion is a time to celebrate an important stage in your children’s spiritual development as Catholic Christians.

The Church and the School will work together in preparing the children for their 1st Holy Communion.   

The parents of the children also have an important part to play in encouraging an active role in the programme and educating their children in the ways of faith and its practice.
It will also be an opportunity to learn more about and grow in your own faith.

Parents and children are expected to attend all sessions throughout the programme.  The FHC sessions are held once a month at 3:30pm in the church hall or the school.

Please keep all of these children and their Catechists in your prayers.

 


 

Gonsalves Family Baptismal & 1st Holy Communion Joy! 

Reena was Baptised on her 1st birthday and her brother Royston received his First Holy Communion during the Sunday Mass on the 26th October 2014 at Christ The King.

Here you see Remedios Gonsalves and Sacramenta Gonsalves along taking part in the celebration of Baptism and First Holy Communion for their children. Reena Gonsalves  was baptised into the catholic faith and Royston Gonsalves who received the Body and Blood for the very first time.  They went on to celebrate with a party for family and friends.

Our Congratulations go to all  of the family.



FEAST OF OUR LADY OF VAILKANNI:

FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS, THE PARISH COMMUNITY OF CHRIST THE KING HAS CELEBRATED THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF VALLANKANNI. WE ARE VERY BLESSED TO HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF GOAN PARISHONERS WHO ENRICH OUR PARISH COMMUNITY WITH THEIR IMMENSE FAITH AND WITNESS. THE PARISH COMMUNITY OF CHRIST THE KING CELEBRATED THE FEAST OUR LADY OF VAILKANNI. THIS PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE IS KNOW AT THE “LOURDES OF THE EAST” AND IS LOCATED ON THE SHORES OF THE BAY OF BENGAL IN TAMIL NADU WHICH IS IN GOA, INDIA. IN GOA, THE CELEBRATION OF OUR LADY OF VAILANKANNI LASTS FOR NINE DAYS AND DRAWS MORE THAT A MILLION AND A HALF PILGRIMS.


 

September 2014

WALKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

 Pilgrimage from Reading Saturday, 13th – 20th September 2014. 20 people led by Fr Pat Madden and Fr Paul Martin. Flight to Santiago, one week, 20 -25 kilometres per day. Information evening 14th February in St James Church, 7.30pm.

About The Camino de Santiago

The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain owes its origin to the discovery, in what is now Galicia, of the tomb of the Apostle James the Great sometime early in the 9th century. It probably achieved its greatest popularity in the 12th century, when it came to rival Rome and Jerusalem as goals of Christian pilgrimage, and though it declined thereafter, it has never been entirely forgotten. In recent years it has seen a renewed surge of interest, and in 1987 it was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.

Thousands of people do this walk every year. The most famous pilgrimage after Jerusalem and Rome. Special connection with Reading Abbey and St James. Information from Fr John 957 4171 Email: stjames@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

Click here for more about the Confraternity of St James


 

August 2014

Goodbye Father George

We would like to thank Father George for his unfailing willingness to put his hand to anything in the parish and for his great sense of humour. Father George has enriched our parish community with his Spiritual and kind nature. He has won the hearts of our parishioner’s and will be missed by us all.

Father Pat and Christ the King parishioners would like to wish him well in his new parish.



 

With Joy We Welcome Fr Pat, home from Africa

 

Click here to appreciate Fr Pat's wonderful and blessed experience


 

July 2014

 

The Leavers Mass

The Leavers Mass on Thursday 24th July in CTK Church took place in a packed church. The school was there and also lots of family and friends – so many that many shared the organ loft with the organist.

 Year 6 gave the readings and sang the verses for the psalm to which the school sang the refrain. The singing of all the hymns during the Mass was excellent. A Mass that Year 6 Leavers will always remember.


 

CTK Parish Community Fun Day

The weather was beautiful and the food brought by everyone who came to share was lovely. Danny Apap supplied the music and there was Face Painting, Hook the Duck, Raffles and lots of games on the school field. Fr Pat cut the Fun Day cake made by one of our parishioners Clare McCauley and enjoyed by all. It was a really good afternoon.


 

June 2014

 

First Holy Communion Day 22nd June 2014  1pm

19 children received the Body and Blood of Christ for the very first time along with their families. 
After Mass the children enjoyed refreshments in the Church hall.

First Holy Communion Day 29th June 2014  1pm

Sunday 29th June 1pm 14 more children also receivd Body and Blood of Christ for the very first time and again had refreshments afterwards.


  
Please pray for all 34 children receiving  Holy Communion.

Sunday 6th July 10.00am. 

All 34 children will come together to celebrate with a Mass of thanksgiving. 
They will then enjoy together a thanksgiving party along with their families and parishioners. 


 

First Holy Communion Fun day

This was held at Christ the King school.  

Father George, Catechists and the 1st Holy Communion candidates took part in a variety of activities which enabled the children to understand the importance of reconciliation and what it means to them as individuals.  

After taking part in practice confessions the children went on to release balloons signifying the release of their sins.

 


 

May 2014

 

Faith in Action Fair at CTK

Saturday 31st May signed up as a memorable day, a kick off for Faith in Action. The volunteers fair in Christ the King parish witnessed so many responding to the call to live out our faith concretely at the service of our neighbour.



Many people queued up at various designated slots to be briefed and then volunteering to serve others who are in need in their chosen areas in their respective local communities.



This is surely a milestone journey in the faith.


 

News from Fr Pat about his visit and work in Cameroon, Central Africa

Dear Beloved Parishioners and all our community,

Here is my first report since I arrived in Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bamenda, N.W. Region of the Republic of Cameroon, Central Africa.

Prayers and best wishes. Fr. Pat Madden."

“To all the wonderful parishioners of Christ The King in Reading and to all the teachers and pupils of Christ The King school, I send my warmest greetings. Please keep me in your prayers and I hope to have some photo in the next few weeks as it’s not the easiest to get internet access here.”

"I arrived in Bamenda on Wednesday 7th May. I was met at DoualaAirport by Fr. Claytus and then we drove for five hours to Archbishops house in Mancon, Bamenda. I received a very warm welcome from Archbishop Cornelius and Fr. Michael Bibi, the Archbishops secretary. I spent three days in Bishops house and then was assigned to St. Anthony of Pauda, Parish which is North West of Bamenda in a place called Njinikon. Njinikon is the oldest parish in the diocese and the story of how the Catholic Church has grown due to the Faith of these early Christians who also suffered for their Faith is so inspiring. For me it has similarities to the growth of the early church and the power of the Holy Spirit to lead and inspire. 

Since arriving at St Anthony’s parish, it has been a busy schedule as St Anthony s parish is a huge Christian community with about 8 out stations. There is also a number of schools in the parish along with a secondary school. What has been so insightful and inspiring for me is the involvement of so many youth. St Anthony’s parish is a thriving community and to me it seems that the church is the heart of people’s lives. It’s an early start with Mass at 6am. My first morning to celebrate the Mass which was on the Tuesday morning after I arrived was so amazing. I could not believe how full the church was and the majority of people were young people mostly teenagers. The music in church also has been so lively with different harmonies and musical instruments in particular the drums.

On Saturday, the 17th May, we had our confirmation celebration where 150 young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation. The music was lead by the pupils from the local Catholic  School and the choir leader was about 16 years old. The only words that I can describe the music for the Mass were "Heavenly" It was so uplifting and moving and powerfully inspiring. I celebrated Mass the next morning in one of the Out stations and the music again was incredible along with the church heaving with so many people of various ages but the majority was young people. The welcome from the parishioners has been overwhelming and they are also so delighted to have a priest from the Diocese of Portsmouth. They want to know so much about the Diocese of Portsmouth and also about my parish of Christ The King in Reading. My time here in the Diocese of Bamenda continues to be an amazing experience and despite the poverty that I see around me the people here are full of joy and gratitude for what they have. The parish priest here is also called Fr. Claytus and he is a humble and prayerful man who is loved by his parishioners.”

Prayers and best wishes. Fr. Pat Madden."


 

Bamenda Visit

Fr Pat left on Wednesday morning, the 7th May for 6 weeks to work in the Diocese of Bemenda in West Africa until the 18th June.

He asks all parishioners to keep him in their prayers.

 

 

 


 

April 2014

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

On Wednesday of last week we were treated to a thoughtful and prayerful interpretation of the Stations of the Cross led by the children of Mrs Wilkinson’s class. For each station on the way to Jesus’ crucifixion, the children explained what had happened and dramatised the event to show us and then they offered a short prayer.

 


 

February 2014

 

Education Sunday Celebration

On Education Sunday we gave thanks to, God, for Christ The King Roman Catholic Primary School and the wonderful work that takes place there in educating children and handing on the gift of faith to them.  

We pray that as we celebrate the life of our Catholic schools, that schools and parishes will be drawn even closer together and work for the common good of the wider community.

Here you can see the pupils and John Cosgrove, the Head teacher carried Christ the King School Banner and took part in reading the bidding prayers.



Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week


This week (7th-14th February) marks Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) awareness week, something that is very much in mind of Emily McAuley, her brother Louis and her parents James and Claire. Louis has several CHDs and has already had two open heart surgeries at the age of 18 months – with another to come aged 2 followed in time by a heart transplant. Congenital means born with: around 1 in 100 babies are born with CHDs and many sadly die - they are, in fact, the number one killer among birth defects. 

A good place to start if you wish to learn more is Heartline Families (http://www.heartline.org.uk/) – or simply search online for CHD Aware.

Please keep Louis and all 'Heart Families' like ours in your prayers this week and consider wearing something red on the 14th - the symbol of CHD awareness week - Christ the King School are holding a 'wear red day' on Friday.

Thanks a lot and best wishes

Claire, Emily and Louis McAuley and James Denny


 

January 2014

 

New Year Dinner Party 

Yesterday 14th January Christ the King Primary School and the 60’s Plus Club jointly organised New Year dinner party and was well attended 98 in all, the food was prepared by  Mike Earl the Catering Manager at the John Madejski Academy.  The children  of John Madejski Academy also entertained our guests after dinner. The younger children from Christ the king School helped by setting up the tables and jointly with the children from the Academy helped serve the food and drinks.

Many thanks to Mrs. Jenny Clarke, Mike Earl, the Club Committee and all the children from both Schools for a really great afternoon enjoyed by all.


 

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