Monday - December 11
Masses 7:00AM & 5:30PM
10:45AM Mass at Jewish Healthcare Center
7:15-8:30PM - St. Augustine Course - Johnson Center
Tuesday - December 12
Masses 7:00AM & 5:30PM
7:00PM - Parish Council - conference room
Wednesday - December 13
Masses 7:00AM & 5:30PM
7:00-8:00PM - Adult Confirmation Class - rectory
7:00-9:00PM - Boy Scouts - hall
7:30-9:30PM - Folk Group
Thursday - December 14
Masses 7:00AM & 5:30PM
4:30-5:30PM - Youth Choir
7:00-8:00PM - CYC Reps/Advisor meeting - conference room
7:45-9:00PM - Festival Choir
Friday - December 15
7:00AM & 9:00AM - Holy Day Mass
3:30-5:30PM - Brownies/Daisies - hall
6:00-8:30PM - Cub Scouts - hall
Saturday - December 16
Evening - CYC Movie Night
Sunday - December 17 - 3rd Sunday Advent
10:00-11:00AM - Religious Education
Deadline for Giving Tree gift dropoff
6:00-7:00PM - Religious Education - Grades 7-10
6:00-7:30PM - Confirmation Class - Johnson Center
All religious education business can be conducted by calling the rectory at (508)
754-5361. In leaving a message just follow the voice mail prompts.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASS
This weekend: Grades 1-6 will meet Sunday, December 10th from 10:00-11:00AM
ALL Grades 7, 8, 9, & 10 will come to church for Advent Evensong Program on
December 10th at 7:00PM.
Next weekend: Grades 1-6 will meet Sunday, December 17, from 10:00-11:00AM; Grades
7-10 will meet on December 17th from 6:0-7:00PM; Confirmation Class will meet on
December 17th from 6:00-7:30PM in Johnson Center and is final Confirmation Class
before Christmas break.
UPCOMING BAPTISM INFORMATION SESSION
AND DATES FOR BAPTISM:
All baptisms take place at Sunday Mass. There are exceptions made for legitimate
emergencies. To register or for questions, call Msgr. at the rectory.
All parents must participate in the prep sessions, led by our trained team. Our A team,
Monsignor Sullivan, Deacon Mike Chase, Anthony Zamarro, Tony Penny, Mia
McDonald, Kevin Butler, and Carleen Roy-Butler, make the faith-sharing presentations
in our program. Please pray that we will lead more young families to
the Lord, our ultimate goal. Parents whose children are not yet born may participate in
the program if they wish.
Parent Prep Sessions :
One session is required and all Sessions are on Sundays from 1:00-3:30PM in the
Next Preparation sessions: January 7th, and February 25th.
Upcoming Baptisms (for prepared parents) at 11:00AM Sunday Masses:
January 14, February 4, and April 1, and 8, 2018.
For signups: call Monsignor Sullivan at (508) 754-5361 or email email@example.com.
ADULT CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
For baptized and practicing Catholics who have received First Communion, but not
been confirmed. Contact Deacon Mike Chase at (508) 755-4773 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. The program meets on Wednesday evenings from
7:00-8:00PM in the rectory on October 25, November 8 & 15, December 13 and January
10. A retreat is scheduled in January. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated
at a Mass on Sunday, February 4th around 3:00PM by Bishop McManus at St. Paul's
Cathedral in Worcester.
ADDITIONAL HELP NEEDED FOR 'MUSTARD SEED' COOKING
The last Wednesday of each month, CTK prepares food for the homeless at the Mustard
Seed. We begin cooking between 3:00 and 3:30PM and finish prep work about 5:30PM.
Food is then transported to Piedmont St. and served there. The loss of some previous
helpers has created a new need for workers to prepare this meal or clean up afterwards.
Please contact Margaret Abboud at (508) 735-7614 or email to email@example.com. Many
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE PROGRAM
BEGAN ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3RD
'Giving Tree' gift cards will be available on Sunday, December 3rd. Gifts need to be
returned on Sunday, December 17th at the latest. Do not wrap gifts or put them in
decorated gift bags. Do not enclose ribbons, bows, or external decorations. This saves
~2000 rolls of wrapping paper. Do not purchase gifts requiring batteries or its batteries
due to environmental hazards they present. Do not include candy, cookies, etc. since
due to possible contamination they can not be distributed.
Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of the Lord - both in His Nativity and His
coming again at the end of time. Too many see this time of year as a part of the
Christmas season, but 'Christmas' doesn't begin until Christmas Eve. Ad vent joy
increases each day and the commercialism that surrounds it should be overcome. We
should strive to keep this season holy. Let us restore it to its proper place in our lives.
READ the Bible: Read the parables of The Fig Tree, The Man Going on a Long Journey,
The Faithful and Wicked Stewards, and the Ten Virgins in the 24th and 25th chapters of
St. Matthew Gospel. And, think of the Saint who embodies the spirit of the Season, St.
John the Baptist. Offer prayers to him and consider the message of this voice who said,
"Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his path."
TRADITIONS: Advent candles, Jesse Trees, Christmas cribs and Advent calendars can
all be used. Consider the custom of Christkindl (Christ Child). It embraces doing acts of
charity for each member of the family secretly each day. Learn more about it online.
ADVENT CONFESSION TIMES
Confession times: each Saturday from 2:45-3:45Pm
Wednesday, December 20th, Thursday, December 21st, and Friday, December 22nd
from 3:00-4:00PM and 7:00-8:00PM. Or call for a private confession time.
ADVENT EVENSONG, SUNDAY DECEMBER 10TH FROM 6:00-7:00PM
Evensong is a wonderful event that features the singing of psalms and reading of the
scripture. It is not a Mass. Evensong is one of the most beautiful and contemplative
liturgies and will offer a wonderful opportunity to focus on the significance of Advent.
Through prayers, psalms, and hymns, the Church urges us to slow down and prepare
for the gift of God born anew in our hearts. All Grades 7-10 Religious Education classes
will participate that night in lieu of classes and hopefully their parents will also attend.
ADVENT WEEKDAY EVENING MASS
Christ the King will again be offering weekday 5:30PM evening Masses along with
7:00AM Mass due Advent. The only exceptions in the schedule are Thursday, December
7th and Friday, December 8th due to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. On
December 7th, evening Mass will be at 7:00PM and on December 8th, it will be at
6:00PM. No 5:30PM Mass will be celebrated on these days.
ADVENT WREATH LIGHTING
Next weekend we will resume a wonderful tradition - lighting of the Advent wreath at the
beginning of all our weekend liturgies. It symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of
Advent. The ring of evergreens symbolizes the love of God,which has no beginning and
no end. As we move closer to Christmas, additional candles are lit showing the
brightness of the expected one, Jesus Christ.
ADVENT PRAYER PROGRAM AT MARIE ANNE CENTER
A ministry of Sisters of St. Anne, the Marie Anne Center, located at St. Bernard Church,
228 Lincoln St., is offering an Advent Prayer Program on Tuesday mornings from
10:00-11:30AM. Programs dates are December 5th, 12th, and 19th. For more information,
call (508) 736-6986.
Parking on Beaconsfield Road
A polite neighbor called to suggest how difficult it was to turn onto the street if cars are
parked on both sides due to the narrowness. We suggest parking be restricted to one
side only. Thank you for your consideration.
OPPOSITION TO PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE FOR MA
If you are opposed to this practice in Massachusetts, we urge you to contact
Representative John Mahoney (617) 722-2460 firstname.lastname@example.org or Sen.
Harriet Chandler (617) 722-1544 email@example.com.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT TATNUCK PARK IN WORCESTER
We have parishioners-volunteers who bring Holy Communion to residents at Tatnuck
Park, 340 May Street. However, they are looking for additional volunteers who may wish
to spend some time and/or interact with residents. If you are interested please call.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN CTK PARISH?
Please contact Monsignor Sullivan at (508) 754-5361 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He will respond to you.
UPCOMING CURSILLO WEEKENDS
Cursillo or "short course in Christianity" is an uplifting and educational experience. A
team of lay people and clergy who deliver organized talks and discussions facilitates
the weekend. Our final 2017 date for Women is Oct. 12-15 and the next date for Men is
Feb. 22-25, 2018. They are held at Immaculate Conception Spiritual Renewal Center in
Putnam, CT. For more information please contact Sue Leighton at (508) 278-3155 or
BECOME A JHC HOSPICE VOLUNTEER
Become a "Life Enhancing Volunteer" because you will be offered free initial training,
ongoing support with continuing education and can be assured of finding comfort and
intrinsic rewards as a visitor in the Jewish Healthcare Center's hospice program.
Contact Harriet Katz, program supervisor, at (508) 713-0564 or email at
email@example.com. Website: jhchospice.com.
INTERESTED IN JOINING CTK KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
If you are interested in becoming a Knight, please contact Deacon Joe
Baniukiewicz at (508) 753-5019 or Dick Lane at (508) 757-1066; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check the parish bulleting for meeting dates and locations.
TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND MASS
1. God asked us to make one day holy. One day to inspire, strengthen, and guide us.
2. Jesus gave us the gift of Himself. We are doing what Jesus asked of us at the
3. We need to be part of a community. Recognize that you are not alone.
4. God has a special message for us. God speaks to us through the readings,
homily, and prayers.
5. We need to talk to God. If we are in a relationship with God, we need to take
time talk to Him.
Following the proclamation of the parable of "The Sower", Monsignor suggested
the following books for spiritual reading. Here are some suggestions for your reading
1) The Holy Bible. Nothing is better for Christian reading than the sacred scriptures
themselves. If you want, start with the shortest (16 chapters), Mark's Gospel. It may be
read in a single sitting, ~3 hours. St. Matthew's Gospel is the longest and most quoted.
Of the many translations available, The new American Bible (used here weekly) is very
2) Conversion stories. a) Emilie Griffin's Turning: Reflection on the Experience of
Conversion, describes personal and others stories of conversion in the 20th
century. b) A Testimonial to Grace by Avery Dulles, SJ (son of John Foster Dulles).
3) Lives of the Saints. a) Father James Martin's My Life with the Saints
who describes how saints helped him with pride, sickness, boredom, and a lack
of courage. b) Father Ronald Knox's Captive Flames, a collection of his sermons to
4) Catholic Thinking. a) Father Robert Barron's narrative collection of the video
content for Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of Faith. b) Peter Kreeft's Fundamentals
of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics.
5) Heather King, spiritual writer's works:
Parched (a difficult life of alcoholism, etc. before conversion);
Redeemed: A Spiritual Misfit Stumbles Toward God, Marginal Sanity, and the
Peace that Passes All Understanding
Shirt of Flames: A Year with Saint Therese of Liseux
6) Patrick Leigh Fermor: describes a walk across Europe to Constantinople and
other world travels:
A Time of Gifts
Between the Woods and the Water
The Broken Road
A Time to Keep Silence
READING RECOMMENDED BY FATHER REIDY:
The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin , a 2006 book on prayer based on the works
and lives of St. Augustine DeSales, and Therese of Lisieux.
Also, Pope Saint John Paul II's 2000 Apostolic Letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte which
challenges all Christians to "put out into the deep" and start afresh by deepening our
spiritual lives through "contemplation of the face of Christ." It is at the Vatican website
(Novo Millennio Ineuntes) available online.
WHY GO TO CONFESSION?
Sin is a fact of life. We all fall prey to sin. Some sins are called venial, because they
weaken the life if grace and make it more likely that a person will fall into mortal (serious)
sin - the kind of sin which because of its gravity, extinguishes the life of grace. But all
sin separates us from God.
Jesus wants to free us from sin and give us the life of grace. The first step along
that path is to make a good, sincere confession of our sins. Even if it has been a long
time since a person last went to confession, there's no reason to be afraid. Discover
Christ's mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation! Your Christmas will be a better one for
having gone to confession.
PRAYERFULLY RECITE THE GLORIA, THE NICENE
CREED, AND THE LORD'S PRAYER
At all Sunday Masses we recite (or sing) the Gloria, the Nicene Creed, and the
Lord's Prayer. Every phrase has meaning and depth and when recited, we should do so
prayerfully and reflectively.
THANK YOU FOR RETURNING BABY BOTTLES!!
The Women's Guild has again distributed baby bottles in support of Visitation House,
offering a warm environment for young mothers and their children, born and unborn.
On November 18th we learned that the returns from Christ the King have thus far
amounted to an amazing $7001.00 and some bottles are yet to be returned. If you haven't
returned them please drop them off at the rectory or in the collection. Thank you to the
Women's Guild members who coordinate this effort each year and thanks to all who
participated in this annual program.
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR RETIRED RELIGIOUS
A special second collection will be held on Dec. 9th and 10th to support our senior
Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who spent years working in
Catholic schools, hospitals, and agencies - often for little, if any, pay. Their sacrifices
leave their religious communities without adequate savings for retirement and eldercare.
Your gift to the Religious Retirement Fund collection helps provide prescription
medications, nursing care, and more. Show your appreciation for those who made a
positive difference in so many lives. Please give generously to those who have give a
CYC BASKETBALL SIGN-UPS DEC. 10TH AT NOON
anyone wishing to play CYC basketball must signup on Dec.10th at noon in the foyer of
the church. Cost: $80 ($70 to play plus $10 CYC dues). Checks must be made payable to
Christ the King CYC. Eligible players must be at least in the 09th grade and are either
members of the CYC or join the CTK CYC. Those who play varsity BB are not eligible to
play CYC BB. If you have any questions, please email Paul Franco at
email@example.com or call/text him at (508) 272-5927.
RETREAT FOR JUDGES AND LAWYERS
St. Thomas More Society is sponsoring a retreat for members of the bar and bench at
St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer on February 23-25. It begins after work Friday and ends
midday on Sunday. To register or for ore details, contact Fr. Richard F. Reidy at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 929-4345. Space is for 11 participants with
registration deadline on December 1st.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Can you spare a few hours a week volunteering with patients at the end of life?
Notre Dame Hospice is looking for kind, compassionate people. Volunteers can wheel
patients around, sit with them and talk, read the newspaper or books to them, play
games, do puzzles or sit quietly and hold their hands or pray with them. Spend time
with those who are often lonely or frightened. ND Hospice is also looking for
volunteers to help in their office with secretarial or office work. To help, please contact
Linda Corby, Volunteer Coordinator at (508) 852-5505 or at
MARCH FOR LIFE REGISTRATION
the 45th annual March for Life in Washington DC is on Friday, January 19th. Buses will
leave St. Paul's Cathedral on Thursday, January 18th from 7:30PM Respect for Life
Mass. Travel will be to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Friday
morning Mass followed by the March for Life at noon. Buses return approximately
1:00AM Saturday morning, January 20th. Cost is $75 each by December 31st and %90
thereafter. For more information and to register go to
www.worcesterdiocese.org/respect-life or contact Respect for Life Office at (508-
929-4311) or email email@example.com. If you are able to help but not attend,
donations are appreciated.
"VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES"
Our parish needs new volunteers to support our social activities, such as the
Italian Night and other future events. Please consider joining in the fun of building up
our community. If you would like to join us, please email Janet Rauktis, chair of the
Parish Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE -
Monsignor may be contacted to "bless" a good but non-sacramental marriage.
Why not give him a call at (508) 754-5361.
ARE YOU DIVORCED AND THOUGHT ABOUT ANNULMENT?
In all parishes there are persons who are divorced and have thought about
"Ecclesiastical annulment." There are many misconceptions about it. Annulments are
given in many cases for 2 reasons: 1) to offer people a measure of healing after a difficult
relationship has ended with divorce and 2) to enable a person to enter into a new valid
sacramental marriage, where possible.
Monsignor understands an important part of his ministry is to assist parishioners,
confidentially and respectfully in these matters. Annulment cases are then referred to
the Diocesan Marriage tribunal.
Anyone should feel free to contact Monsignor at the rectory for an appointment
(508) 754-5361. Enabling reception of the sacraments is an important pastoral priority.
THE SIX 'PRECEPTS' OF THE CHURCH:
1. To attend Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation
2. To confess our sins at least once a year
3. To receive Holy Communion at least once a year, during Easter Season
4. To keep holy the Holy Days of Obligation
5. To observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence from meat
6. To provide for the material needs of the Church, each according to his or her abilities.
ACCESS TO POPE FRANCIS' HOMILIES
Visit the diocesan website, worcesterdiocese.org, and click on Pope Francis in the US or
in Cuba for access to each talk and homily. YouTube videos are also posted of Masses
and addresses by the Vatican Television.
'SHARING OUR BLESSINGS'
Electronic giving - there will be an opportunity for parishioners to make their donations
through electronic giving. There will be explanations and a trouble-free enrollment. It
will benefit both you and the parish. We hope all parishioners will seriously consider the
advantages of electronic giving.
LITURGICAL DUTIES WILL NOT BE IN THE BULLETIN
This will allow for more space to list parish events. If you have lost your schedule,
please contact Mindy at (508) 754-5361. The parish website will, however, continue to
include a monthly listing on the home page and a weekly liturgical duties page.
Catholic Charities is providing citizenship classes at 10 Hammond St. on Thursdays
from 6:00-8:00PM or Fridays from 9:00-11:00AM. Registration is ongoing. Immigration
counseling and application assistance are also available. For information call Maddy
Hennessey at (508) 860-2261.
PARENTS OF GAY CHILDREN
Would you like a congenial opportunity to share your experiences and/or discuss
whatever is on your mind about raising or being a parent of a gay child? You are always
welcome to all Patrick and/or Christine Derr (508) 688-2598 or Roger and/or Joyce
Dubuque at (508) 791-5421. They will be happy to meet with you.
UPDATE ON LES ANGLAIS TWINNING
There are now over 600 students in school and they are supported by 7 full time
teachers, one per grade. There are 4 kitchen workers who prepare and serve one hot
meal each day.
Our dedicated website www.ctk-haiti.com is now up and running. You can find out more
information there. A full report on the "Recent Disbursements" is also on the website.
See photos of new kitchen construction.
The newly assigned pastor is Father Wilson Exantus, O.M.I. We are praying for him.
Our Haitian twinning Project Committee: Deacon Mike Chase, Molly Chase, Ann
Cummings, Tom Flynn, Sue Flynn, Fred Rushton, Pat Rushton, Kathleen Kirk, Kathleen
Gadbois, Maryann Nalbandian, Bonnie McCrea, and John Stevens. There are many
wonderful photos at our designated website www.ctk-haiti.com.
RELIEF FOR THE HAITIAN PEOPLE
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which brought some much destruction to Haiti,
particularly the Diocese of Les Cayes (our covenant Diocese) and the area of Les Anglais
to which we are covenanted, the Parish Council, Finance Committee and parish
committee for our Haitian Twinning have decided to send $2000 to a special Haitian relief
effort. This is in response to Bishop McManus' appeal for this relief, requested by
Cardinal Chibly Langois, archbishop of Les Cayes. In addition, if any individual would
like to make a personal donation, you can send a check to: Haitian Relief, Diocese of
Worcester, 49 Elm St., Worcester, MA, 01609. Checks so be made out to "R.C. Bishop of
Worcester" with Haitian Relief on the memo line. An electric donation page may be found
Monsignor Sullivan has uploaded recently received photos of the terrible damage to the
school and parish church to the website www.ctk-haiti.com.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SENIOR EMPLOYMENT
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester administers a Senior Employment
Program that provides training opportunities for unemployed, low income residents of
Worcester and Franklin Counties who are 55 years old or older. We are currently
enrolling new participants at this time. It assigns qualified individuals known as "senior
aides" to various training sites that are located at non-profit organizations or
government organizations. They are asked to perform a variety of responsibilities
including clerical and administrative functions, maintenance work, library support, etc.
depending on their interests. Participants are paid $9 and hour for 20 hour weeks. Call
Catholic Charities at (508) 798-0191 for information.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT CATHOLIC CHARITIES:
Catholic Charities Home Care Program is looking for aides to care for individuals in the
Blackstone Valley area and Southbridge area. Aides provide light housekeeping, laundry,
shopping, and personal care. We offer paid training and a schedule to meet your needs.
We are also hiring a per diem, registered nurse to supervise aides in the towns
surrounding Southbridge. Please call Catholic Charities at (800) 649-4364 for more
Marriage is about beautiful weddings, romance, love, and candlelight anniversary
dinners, but marriage is also about dirty laundry, confrontations, balancing budgets and
hanging in there with teens. Retrouvaille is a program designed to provide help and
support to married couples who are undergoing difficulties in their relationship, for those
who are hurting in brokeness and loneliness. It has also proven helpful to those couples
who are separated or divorced. Although it is Catholic in origin, couples from all or no
faith traditions are welcome to attend. It begins the weekend of January 12-14, 2018. For
more information, contact John and Christine at (508) 271-7155 or email questions to
email@example.com. All inquiries are confidential.
Our Parish W.I.N.G.S. group is now on Facebook. Join our group at WINGS at CTK to
make contact with other Women in God's Spirit.
For more information contact Catherine Doyle at (508) 340-6532 or
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
MUSIC DIRECTOR'S DESK INFORMATION
REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE
If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church,
please believe in the possibility of hope and healing. The Church encourages you to
come forward. You may meet with Bishop McManus or his delegate, Mrs. Frances J.
Nugent, Director of the Diocesan Office of Healing and Prevention (49 Elm St., Worcester,
01609; (508) 929-4363). It is the policy and practice of the Diocese to respond promptly
and with compassion to all reports of misconduct. Moreover, the Diocese will
immediately report the abuse to the office of the District Attorney. You may always report
instances of abuse directly to law enforcement authorities as well.
PARISH CENSUS - SIZE OF OUR PARISH
An important parish initiative should be undertaken to reach out to the inactive families.
This is part of what the Church believes is essential to its mission: evangelization.
2017 DIOCESAN PEW COUNT
Our attendance at Mass was the following:
4:00PM - 189 (2016=134); 7:30AM - 132 (2016=133); 9:00AM - 267 (2016=193); 11:00AM -
348 (2016=230). The total number of parishioners attending last weekend was 934
(2016=690; 2015=805; 2014=918; 2013=927; 2012=837; and 2011=848). There are 2,280
registered parishioners and 802 families.
LARGE PRINT MISSALETTES ARE AVAILABLE
The parish has obtained 10 large print missalettes, which are available for us for use
during Mass. These are for those who find the text too small in their 'Gather' hymnals.
They will not necessarily have the same music we sing at Mass, but will have the same
readings. They are found at the stained glass window on the church's west side. Please
return them to the same place following Mass so others may use them.
DID YOU KNOW?
TAKE THE CHILD SAFETY QUIZ.
Parents, guardians, and adults who care for children face constant challenges when
trying to help keep children safe in today's fast paced world. The National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers an easy-to-use safety resource to help
address these challenges. NCMEC's website has practical information that will help keep
children from harm. It also features an interactive quiz on child safety designed for
adults and children. To take the quiz, click on "Child Safety" at www.missingkids.com.
You may also call Frances Nugent, Director of the Diocesan Office for Healing and
Prevention at (508) 929-4363.
ITEMS LEFT IN CHURCH
Recently there have been many items,such as scarves, glasses, umbrellas, etc. left in the
church. If you are missing any please come to the rectory weekdays from 9:00AM to
4:00PM to pick them up. Thank you.
JEWISH HEALTHCARE CENTER
Rev. John Pastor, the interdenominational chaplain there requests used or new rosaries.
His supply is exhausted. If you would like to donate any used or new rosaries
(inexpensive), you could drop them off at the rectory and we will get them to the JHC.
PLEASE USE CARE WITH
BELONGINGS IN YOUR CAR
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN SIGHT of a passerby if at all possible (e.g.
GPS, cell phones, money etc.). If you see something suspicious please report the matter
to the rectory at once.
PRAYERS FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN
Please keep in your prayers all those currently serving in our military.
Lord, Hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them
and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this
in the name of Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour.
Our Ministry to the Sick: Going to the Hospital -
Extending ourselves pastorally to those who are ill (whether they are in the hospital, a
skilled nursing or rehab center or at home) is always the centerpiece of the vibrant
Msgr. Sullivan would be honored to support you and your family during times of illness.
Each day we call, St. Vincent's Hospital and both campuses of UMass Hospital to see if
any of our parishioners are patients there so that we can bring Holy Communion and
some words of cheer to them. However because of privacy laws the hospitals cannot
give us patient names UNLESS patients SPECIFY that they belong to Christ the King
Parish when they are admitted. Feel free to call the Rectory to advise us that you are
about to enter the hospital so that we can stop by to see you. Also, if you have a loved
one in a local rehab, nursing home or assisted living center (such as Fairlawn Hospital),
please let us know so that we can include them on our visits. Oftentimes, you are the
only person who can tell us what we need to know. So, please don't hesitate. We are
never so busy that we can't make these pastoral visits a priority.
DOES NO ONE GO TO UMASS OR UMASS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL? No parishioners are
ever listed there, which can't be the case. Please call the rectory if a loved one is
hospitalized. It is the only way we can make a visit there.
AVAILABLE IN OUR NEW LENDING LIBRARY
Through the generosity of a parishioner, our parish now owns 5 complete sets of the
new evangelization program, 'Catholicism'. Parishioners may borrow the DVDs, for a
brief time and watch them at home. You will need to come to the parish office to take a
DVD (one at a time). Each has 2 films on it.
The programs are on: 1) the identity of Jesus, 2) the teaching of Jesus, 3) the existence
of God, 4) the role of Mary, 5) the mission of Ss. Peter and Paul, 6)the union of Christ and
the Church, 7) the Eucharist, 8) the Communion of saints, 9) the Holy Spirit, and 10)
Judgment, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory
COME TO DAILY MASS:
At our weekly Masses we daily celebrate the lives of the saints. All are welcome at our
daily Mass at Monday thru Friday: 7:00AM and 8:00AM & 4:00PM on Saturday. It is a
wonderful way to begin the day. Our Masses this week are in celebration of: the Feast of
St. Damasus I, Pope (Monday); Our Lady of Guadalupe (Tuesday); St. Lucy, Virgin and
Martyr (Wednesday); St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church (Thursday).
RECENT OFFERTORY DONATIONS
The offertory for the last weekend include:
All Saints: $5.00
Mass Stipends: $110.00
Human Development: $9.00
Haiti Twinning: $50.00
Funeral Stipend: $300.00
Religious Retirement: $150.00
Immaculate Conception: $50.00
Our Religious Education: $20.00
New Year's Day: $20.00
TOTAL = $12,706.00
Catholic Charities based at 10 Hammond Street in Worcester offers numerous
immigration services. Call them at (508) 798-0191 for assistance. The services include
family based immigration, citizenship applications, adjustment of status, application for
employment authorization, DNA referrals, and immigration physicals. It is a member of
the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC.
REGULAR MASSES BEGIN AT TATNUCK
PARK & JEWISH HEALTHCARE CENTER
For many years CTK Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have been bringing the
Eucharist to the residents of both facilities. In addition, our Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion will bring the Eucharist to the sick in both residencies.
Monday - December 11th at 10:45AM at Jewish Healthcare Center
NATIONWIDE MASS TIMES
Are you traveling this summer during your vacation?
Need information on Churches in the area and Mass
times? Call- 1- 800-MASSTIMES or log onto
LOST OR MISPLACED YOUR BULLETIN?
Now you can check it out on line
Go to www.seekandfind.com and follow the directions.
UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus has volunteer openings for
Eucharistic Ministers. Duties include administering Communion to Catholic patient's
during their hospital stay. Volunteers' commitment is one day a week for 2-3 hours. Days
available are Tuesday through Sunday with flexible hours. Please contact Kathy Macera,
Coordinator of Volunteer Services at (508) 334-6308 or e-mail at
The Catholic TV Network, America's Catholic Television Network, is now available to
cable and satellite providers in our area. Please help provide this resource by visiting
GetCatholicTV.com to petition your provider.
HELP KEEP OUR PARISH CLEAN AND TIDY
We encourage our parishioners to take a bulletin home each week. After Mass dozens of
bulletins are left in the pews on the floor.
PARENTS: PLEASE ACCOMPANY CHILDREN TO THE RESTROOM.
For the twin purposes of child safety and the cleanliness of our restroom (off the foyer)
the parish council strongly advocates that parents accompany all children to the
restroom. Many now go unaccompanied. A second issue is the cleanliness
and hygiene of that room, which is important for all parishioners. We hope you will do
CHRIST THE KING PRAYER LINE
If you know of someone who needs our prayers and would
like to add them to our Prayer Line, please contact either
Mindy at the rectory (508) 754-5361 or by e-mail at email@example.com or Jeannine
Gemme at (508) 792-1351 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions about the CYC, email to email@example.com. Now is the time to join to
participate in CYC activities (annual retreat, boys basketball, CYC musical, summer
LOW GLUTEN HOLY COMMUNION
Msgr. Sullivan has received a fresh supply of 'low gluten' hosts for those who cannot
tolerate gluten. These low gluten hosts meet the requirements of the Catholic Church for
communion in terms of ingredients and gluten content. The Holy See and the American
Bishops have endorsed certain breads which are low in gluten content. The hosts we
use have a gluten content of less than 0.01%. It is our pleasure to provide bread for the
Body of Christ. It is important for the person requiring this special host to speak to a
priest or deacon prior to Mass so that the priest will consecrate this special host for you.
'THE CONFESSION' OF ST. AUGUSTINE
As part of our adult education program, Msgr. is offering a course on St. Augustine's
Confessions. It is a spiritual autobiography of the author's early life and is considered to
be the greatest Christian work since the New Testament.
The work is a reflection on his early life, sin and entrance into the church. It has 10
autobiographical chapters that participants will study.
The program will begin on November and continue until just before Christmas, following
a break to resume in January and continue until completed. More information to come.
NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH:
You may hear the wonderful homilists' talks already given by going to the website listed
below. We know you'll enjoy them. They are provided by the Witness for Life Committee.
Click on https://witnessforlife.com/media-library/novena/
PREPARATION FOR ADULT
CONFIRMATION, R.C.I.A. AND R.C.I.C.
RCIA (RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS):
A vibrant Catholic parish invites people into the life of Jesus Christ and the Church!
WANT TO BECOME CATHOLIC?
The 'RCIA' is a loving and learning process through which the Church welcomes and
prepares adults for these Sacraments. It's for those who have not been baptized of those
who were but had little practice of the Catholic faith. Also, there are those adults who
were baptized and received the Eucharist but were never confirmed. Some older children
have not been baptized or received Holy Communion as well.
Consider the options for you, your relatives, and your friends! Please invite others to
become a Catholic.
More information on Adult Confirmation Course:
Adult Confirmation Prep. - For baptized and practicing Catholics who have received First
Communion but not Confirmation - Contact Deacon Mike Chase at (508)755-4773 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. The program meets on Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00PM
in the rectory scheduled for October 25, November 8 & 15, December 13 and January 10.
A retreat day will be held on January 21st from 2-8PM at Immaculate Conception Spiritual
Retreat Center, 600 Liberty Highway, Putnam, CT. Cost: $35 per candidate and $15 per
sponsor, including evening meal. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at
Mass on February 4th at 3:00PM by Bishop McManus at St. Paul's Cathedral in Worcester.
RCIA - for non-baptized adults; for baptized Christians who wish to become Catholic; for
baptized Catholic adults (without First Communion or Confirmation) CONTACT:
Monsignor Sullivan (508)754-5361; email@example.com
RCIA for Youths - for non-baptized youth (not infants) seeking First Holy Communion
CONTACT: Sister Ellen Guerin, RSM at (508) 754-5361; firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospital and Post-Hospital Informational packets were sent out to parishioners who are
50 years of age and older. The packets are also available at the rectory and are now
online (health care).
Doctors are being urged to talk with patients 55 and older about end-of-life care. Some
may ask you to bring a bright pink MOLST form (Massachusetts Medical Orders for
Life-Sustaining Treatment). Before you sign, talk about its implications beyond what is
on the form. Call Joyce Dubuque at (508) 791-5421 so she can put you in touch with a
Catholic healthcare professional to help you.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel
St. George's Church, 40 Brattle St., Worcester. Please consider being a committed adorer
at the chapel. Call Deacon Archie at (508) 853-816.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
On behalf of the Worcester Veteran's Shelter, the Knights of Columbus Council #12691 at
Christ the King is seeking the following items:
Tee shirts (assorted sizes); briefs (assorted sizes); socks; disposable razors; shaving
cream; toothpaste, toothbrushes; combs; hankies; and bars of soap. These may be left
in the Veteran's donation box in the Church foyer.
'HOPE FOR HOUSING' CARDS AVAILABLE EACH WEEKEND
Twenty-seven Protestant and Catholic parishes participate in the non-profit Hope for
Housing Program in Central MA.
Homelessness has increased by 20% since 2012 with children as the most affected.
Supermarkets and CVS donate 5% of what you spend when you purchase the cards to
prevent homelessness. CTK used to donate $1500 of cards/week during the summer.
Presently it has decreased to only $800. Thanksgiving is an especially important time to
participate both by purchasing cards and by donating 15 minutes of your time as a
volunteer after Mass once a month. Cards are available each Saturday and Sunday before
and after our Masses (in the foyer) are the 'Hope for Housing' food cards.
Here's how they work:
You purchase food gift cards in various amounts of $10 to $100. You use the food cards
for your grocery or CVS shopping. You receive the full face value of the card you
purchase. What you don't spend remains on your card for later use. The supermarket
donates 5% of what you spend to prevent family homelessness. They are available in
$10, $25, and $100 denominations.
Volunteers are needed to sell Hope for Housing grocery cards.
If you can assist please contact Kathy Johnson at (508) 795-1143 or email her at
Monsignor is a notary public. Should any parishioner need to have a document notarized
you are welcome to call upon him. There would be no fee for any notarizations. He is
simply happy to assist you. Just call the rectory.
CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE PROXY
Every adult regardless of age or health should have a Health Care Proxy. Do you have a
Catholic one? You can assure that you and your family receive the most beneficial
physical and spiritual care by completing the Catholic Health Care proxy. Forms are
available in the church vestibule. For any questions, contact Kris Correira at (508)
654-1798 or email@example.com.
MASS INTENTIONS - December 11th to 17th
Monday - December 11
7:00AM Lila McCarthy-Langford (mem.) req. of Gerry McCarthy
Wednesday - December 13
7:00AM Richard Fortier (mem.) req. of family
Friday - December 15
7:00AM M. Charlotte and Joseph Healy (mem.) req. of daughter, Mary Healy, Mary
Terese and Joseph Vigliotti
Saturday - December 16
8:00AM John McNamara (mem.) req. of family
4:00PM The Deceased Members of the Coles, Halloran, and Provencher families
Sunday - December 17
7:30AM The Hines Family
9:00AM Parishioners of CTK
11:00AM Joseph Moran (1st anniv.) req. of family
REST IN PEACE
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Tiber Vas (brother-in-law of Patricia Brackney),
James V. Mitchell (father of Caroline Aboody), and Mary C. Murphy (mother of Kathleen