Solemnity of Christ the King
Pope Pius XI instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925. The Feast of Christ the King was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning, when the Feast was most needed. In fact, it is still needed today, as these problems have not vanished, but instead have worsened.
Today individualism has been embraced to such an extreme, that for many, the only authority is the individual self. The idea of Christ as ruler is rejected in such a strongly individualistic system. Though many balk at the idea of kings and queens, believing them to be oppressive, these individuals miss the point: Christ’s kingship is one of humility and service.
Jesus said: You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them…But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to become great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:42-45).
Jesus knew the oppressive nature of secular kings, and in contrast to them, He connected His role as King to humble service, and commanded His followers to be servants as well. When we celebrate Christ as King, we are not celebrating an oppressive ruler, but one willing to die for humanity and whose “loving-kindness endures forever.” Christ is the king that gives us true freedom, freedom in Him. Thus we must never forget that Christ radically redefined and transformed the concept of kingship.
The earliest Christians identified Jesus with the predicted Messiah of the Jews. The Jewish word “messiah,” and the Greek word “Christ,” both mean “anointed one,” and came to refer to the expected king who would deliver Israel from the hands of the Romans. Christians believe that Jesus is this expected Messiah who came to free all people. He came to free us and the world from sin and death. Thus the king of the Jews, and of the cosmos, is king of all and of the world to come…
(edited from http://www.churchyear.net/ctksunday.html via http://christthekingparish.blogspot.ca/2012/11/the-solemnity-of-christ-king-our-parish.html)
A special meeting of all MINISTRY LEADERS/COORDINATORS,
(ie. Lector/Eucharistic Minister Coordinator, Collection Counter Coordinator, event coordinator, etc.), and the volunteer screening committee will take place on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss with you the volunteer screening program and to review/edit the volunteer position descriptions that apply to you. This is a very important meeting! If you are unable to attend, please notify Sandra at the church office as soon as possible!
A Special refresher/preparatory session for Altar Servers
All altar servers are required to attend a special refresher/preparatory session on Saturday, December 8th at 10:00 a.m. in the church. Parents, please contact the office and let Sandra know as soon as possible, if your child(ren) are unable to attend!
As in previous years, during the months preceding the great ‘Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord’, Right to Life Christmas Cards and Campaign Life fruitcakes will be on sale in the vestibule after Saturday and Sunday Masses starting November 18th. One of the most important fundraisers Campaign Life Catholic does each year, is the sale of the delicious Christmas cakes. This helps to continue the work for the unborn, the elderly and the disabled, supporting life at every stage.
◊ Large cakes $24.00 ◊ small cakes $16.00 ◊ cards $8/10 pk.
Zelma: 416-762-2528 Ann 416-769-9749
St. Vincent De Paul Society ‘Christmas Star Program’
Once again this year, the St. Vincent De Paul Society will be displaying a Christmas Tree in our Church, with dangling stars. Each star represents a gift that can be purchased for either a teen, (gift card), or family, (food gift card). Please take a star, and return it, with the appropriate gift card to one of our St. Vincent De Paul representatives, (donation box holders), after masses, no later than December 9th. Gift cards can be purchased at any major department store or pharmacy. Food gift cards can be purchased at all major grocery stores.
Thank you for giving to those in our community who are less fortunate!
THE YEAR OF FAITH CATHOLICISM -THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME By Rev. Robert E. Barron
During this Year of Faith, we will be presenting this compelling film series on Catholicism which takes us on a global journey, deep into our Catholic faith.
All parishioners are invited to deepen their faith journey by joining us in the Parish Hall on Wednesday evenings, November 28th, December 5th & December 12th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!
PLEASE JOIN US!
2013 SUNDAY MISSALS
New Missals for the coming Liturgical Year are now on sale after all Masses. The cost is only $5.00 each.