The Feast of Christ The King Year A
26th November 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch
This Sunday brings the Church’s liturgical year to a
wonderful conclusion. Christ Jesus, King of the
Universe, has conquered death and reigns in eternal glory as our Judge. Those now called to share in
his Kingdom are the ones who have tried to reach
out in love and care to others – for whatever we do
for any one in need, we do as for Christ himself.
In The First Reading, the people of Israel have been
failed by their own self-serving leaders. But the Lord himself now promises to
come as the Shepherd-leader who truly cares for his flock, seeking out the lost,
the injured and the weak. He will also sit in judgement when needed.
The familiar Psalm is full of strength and consolation. Our Shepherd-Lord walks
with us continually, supporting us no matter where life takes us.
The Second Reading tells us that the resurrection of Christ is the starting point
for all to share in eternal life. At the end of time, all things will be subjected to
Christ, and he will surrender the kingdom to the Father. This power of the risen
Christ is the power to give life to every one of us
At the Last Judgement, Christ the King will divide his flock like a shepherd
(Gospel), separating us in accordance with how we have treated
others, especially those in need.
All who have tried to act with the very same care that God
shows us, will take their place in his kingdom.
This week, I might ask the Lord to show me his own face more clearly in each
person that I see, and to help me remember that whatever I do for another, I do
it for my Lord too.
Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds
God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving.
If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have
the ability to understand and receive it.
Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds
Annual Mission Appeal:
Annual Mission Appeal will be taking place on the 18th and 19th Nov. Sr Rose
Mary Harbinson RNDM will be speaking at all the Masses and there will be a
collection after each Mass.
Food Bank at Christmas:
When shopping for Christmas please remember the Penwortham Food
Bank. They need: Tinned meat and fish, corned beef, tuna, hot dogs,
ham, coffee, cereals, tinned fruit, rice pudding, custard, soup. There is a
box in each church. Thank you.
Advent Retreat Days:
Thu 30th Nov 1.00pm - 3.45pm in St O Parish Hall.
Sat 2nd Dec 10.00am - 1.00pm in St T Church Meeting Room.
Each day will be the same - 2 reflections on Advent, time to share with
each other, some silence and an opportunity for Confessions. Tea and
These are for anyone who wants to find some time and space in the midst
of the preparations for Christmas. Fr P will lead the days, Fr M will be
available for confession.
Advent is only 3 weeks this year - so we need to make the most of it!.
Penwortham Churches Together Food Bank require
Volunteers to help: With access to a vehicle to transport food from the
Food Store at St.Teresa’s to Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold
Drive (usually on Monday morning).
To help distribute food on a Friday morning from 9.30am to 12 noon at
Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive, (on a Rota basis). If you
can help in anyway please contact Tony on 747777
St Oswald’s Little Church:
St Oswald’s Little Church: a gentle reminder that the age range we aim to
cater for in Little Church is age 3 up to the end of year six at primary school. We
have a rota of parishioners who lead Little Church and assist the leaders, a few
have had to drop out recently so we would need some new volunteers to help.
We always make sure new recruits work with an experienced leader and your
turn on the rota would be about once a month. Please speak to Fr P or Fr M or
one of the leaders if you can help.
St Teresa’s Christmas Fayre
St Teresa’s Christmas Fayre is on Sun 26th Nov. It will begin at 12.30pm.
Come and enjoy hog roast sandwiches. Visit Santa in his grotto and enjoy
a drink in the pop-up cafe. St Mary Magdalen’s Christmas Coffee
Morning is on Sun 3rd Dec, immediately after the 11.00am Mass. If you
have any goods, especially bottles and unwanted new gifts, please bring
them to church. Thank you.
St Oswald’s School are hosting their Christmas
Fayre on Sun 26th Nov. 12-2. Visit Santa’s grotto with steam train, Christmas
stalls, games and prizes to be won. Magical Christmas Evening at St Mary
Magdalen's School For a fun and magical evening please come at 6pm on Thurs
7th Dec. Father Christmas will be there along with a toy stall, chocobola, raffle,
bottlebola and refreshments. All welcome.them to church. Thank you.