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New members needed for Christ the King Parish Advisory Council

Three new council members are needed for Christ the King Parish Advisory Council this year (June 2023). This form should be signed by the proposer and the nominee and returned to the Parish Office (email or post in the mailbox to the right of the main door of the Parish Centre)  on or before Sunday 18 June 2023.

Download nomination form (Microsoft Word version)

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An election to take place as necessary at the Masses on 1/2 July 2023.

The Ascension: Behold the man here too

Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, while a bloodthirsty crowd clamoured for his crucifixion. Pilate simply wanted to release Jesus, but the mob pressure was strong, so he had Jesus flogged as a punishment, hoping that would satisfy the crowd and show that Jesus was helpless. He brought the battered and bloodied Jesus before the mob and said, ‘Behold the man!’

Jesus is the image of God on earth. But he is also the image of man, what humankind is supposed to be. The devil and his powers want to tear down the image of God in man. The evil in the world loves to mock us and say, ‘Look, here is what man is good for. Here is man. Disfigured. Bloodied. His only crown is that of cruel thorns. He is good only for the discard heap.’ How often in our films and stories this is the way humanity is portrayed. We look at image after image of man humiliated. Man in the gutter, searching and groping blindly for meaning, and finding only despair. Man acting like an animal. Man helpless before his lusts. Man violent and destroying. Materialists tell us we are nothing but a speck in an indifferent universe.  

This is where the ascension is so important. Jesus is the one man who lived out perfectly the image of God in a human being. The final picture we have of Jesus is not the battered, rejected, disgraced Jesus. It is the triumphant, radiant Jesus ascending into heaven. ‘Behold the man’ must be said not only before the crucifixion. It must be said at the ascension. Look, there is man, man as he was meant to be, going to communion with God. There is man, meant to reign in heaven, restored in glory, the very image of the eternal God. So Pope Benedict taught that to truly understand what people are, you have to look not just where we came from and where we wallow and slop now, you have to consider where we can go in Christ. Our destiny in Jesus is to be in communion, in glory and harmony, in loving dominion over a flourishing earth, restored to a glorious destiny. The ascension is the guarantee, the down payment on all God is going to do to restore his redeemed race. Behold the man! If we are in Christ, we are meant for heaven. We are bound for glory. Our destiny is not the gutter; it is the mansions of the high king where we will live as his sons and daughters.

Based on “Seven Things to Like About the Ascension” by Gerrit Scott Dawson

I did sit and eat…

This Sunday in Mass we hear the wonderful story of the Road to Emmaus. I was reminded of the much-loved poem called ‘Love III’ by George Herbert, the great 17th century poet, born in Montgomery in Wales. Like the disciples, the poet is drawn in by love/God/Jesus until the truth is revealed through a meal. In this season we are drawn from Easter through the Ascension to Pentecost and beyond to Corpus Christi, the feast of the Eucharist. Take time with the poem – it’s 400 years old – and put yourself into it as the ‘I’ or ‘me’…  If you like it, try Herbert’s ‘The Collar’.

And by the way, if you find yourself in Salisbury perhaps to visit the cathedral, I recommend a stroll across the water-meadows, painted so often by Constable, to the little village church at Bemerton, where Herbert was vicar.

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lacked any thing.

A guest, I answered, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?

Truth Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
My dear, then I will serve.

You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
So I did sit and eat.

Fr Matthew

Change of mass time at Christ the King

 From Sunday 30 April the time of morning Mass will change from 9am to 9.30am to make it easier for parishioners, old and young, including bus service users, to get to Mass.   It will also facilitate the provision of children’s liturgy.
We hope this will also help those who haven’t resumed regular Mass attendance post-pandemic.  The change will be reviewed by the Parish Advisory Council in July.  

Children’s liturgy at Christ the King

Children’s Liturgy at Christ the King will start Sunday 30 April at 9.30am Mass and be held each Sunday in the school term, apart from Sundays when there is a family Mass. It is intended for primary school children (reception upwards).  Children will be called forward at the start of Mass and taken to the Parish Centre by the catechists.  They will celebrate the liturgy of the word and undertake a related activity before coming back to rejoin their families at the offertory. 
Parents are asked not to accompany their children to the liturgy unless their child has a special need or requires settling in.  

Help fundraising efforts towards new facilities for the children of Christ the King school with a vote!

Our school, Christ the King, is raising money for a new playground area for nursery and reception. Would you mind voting for us via the link below in the Asda Green Tokens local fundraising scheme? 💚

There are only 3 more weeks to vote for Asda Green tokens, for the school to be awarded a donation of £500.
Please take a minute to vote for Christ the King and confirm your vote via email.

And please help us share the link below with as many people as you can.
Thank you in advance.