Category Archives: Christ the King

Feast of Christ the King celebration

On Sunday 26 November, at 9.30 Mass in Christ the King Church, a beautiful celebration of the Feast of Christ the King took place, led by the staff and children of Christ the King Primary School.  The music was delightful; the children carrying out the liturgies did so with confidence and dignity and Fr Andy provided a homily to inspire the children – how we are accompanied by angels whenever we are in the presence of Jesus.  A big thank you to Sue Miles, Headteacher and all the staff who helped make our special feast day such a memorable one. 


Photo of altar at Christ the King church for celebration of the Feast of Christ the King, 2023.

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.

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.  

The most live of all live-streaming

This week the techie people have been installing cameras and stuff for live-streaming in Christ the King. This is partly as a result of the importance given to communications in our Synod discussions. Over the next months we will notice changes also in the newsletter and on the website.

For Fr Andy and me it was a very strange experience back in 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic to celebrate Mass on our own at St Brigid’s. Next it became possible through very helpful parishioners to stream Mass via a personal computer, and then we eventually bought a system for permanent live-streaming. At its busiest we were getting 500 to 600 viewings every Sunday. There were 200 for each Stations of the Cross that year.

Now, although Mass has resumed we still get a good number watching. This would be partly people who are housebound and partly people who do not yet feel comfortable in returning to Mass.

So, a message to each of these groups. First – to the housebound, please remember you are very much part of our communities. Whatever it is that prevents you being with us, you are indeed with us in spirit, and important to us. May we all improve our determination to keep in touch with this. Second to those who have not yet returned – we are missing you! Please be assured that we continue to follow guidelines for the celebration of Mass, that there are areas where those who wish to maintain some distancing can sit – and you can be sure of a warm welcome.

So we continue our Advent journey. The thought occurs to me that throughout the Old Testament God was kind of live-streaming his thought and words, not through cameras and computers but through prophets and kings etc. But eventually, it was clear that best of all was for God to appear “live” as it were, and so that is exactly what happened. It had been good for the people to read about God and study their books in the Bible, but now they could meet Him face to face – in a Baby at Bethlehem! They could eat and drink with Him, listen and talk with him, touch him and be touched by him. And so can we – in the Mass, the Eucharist. It is, after all, the most live of all live-streaming.

Fr Matthew