8:00am, 5:00pm (vigil)
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm
8:00 am, 7:00 pm;
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 12 noon-7:00 p.m. (except summer)
In his book, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis urged pastors and faithful to "abandon the complacent attitude that says: 'We have always done it this way.' I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization in their respective communities." The call to radical evangelization by our spiritual leader cannot be overemphasized in the context of the realities afoot in Latin America. The recent pew research has stated that Latin America has seen the number of people who identify themselves as Catholic plummet, with more people becoming Protestant or dropping religion altogether. According to USA Today, the shift is dramatic for a region that has long been one of the bastions of Catholicism in the world. With more than 425 million Catholics, Latin America accounts for nearly 40% of the global Catholic population. Through the 1960s, at least 90% of Latin Americans were Catholic, and 84% of people surveyed recently by the Pew Research Center said they were raised Catholic. "While it is too soon to know whether (Pope) Francis can stop or reverse the church's losses in the region, the new survey finds that people who are currently Catholic overwhelmingly view Francis favorably and consider his papacy a major change for the church," the report said. We need to pray each and everyday for the Spirit of Jesus to prevail in our Churches especially in our Church leadership – the spirit of outreach and inclusion.
Christ the King community has been in the forefront of Evangelization and outreach. Just this week, Dress a Child Around the World Ministry dropped off 100 dresses and 25 shorts at St. Isidore meant to be shipped to El Salvador for the poor. The volunteers have completed dress number 4000 this year. This is quite an achievement and on behalf of the parish I would like to thank you for your ministry. I am so grateful that so many of you are engaged in charitable works in our county as well as in the world.
Another piece of great news that intrigued me this week is from the Vatican. The archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St. Peter's Square will include showers where the homeless can wash. Several people living on the streets of Rome or in tents say it is not difficult to find a parish or charity that will give them something to eat, but finding a place to wash is much more difficult. The picture on the left is that of Pope Francis blessing "Jesus the Homeless" sculpture created by Canadian artist Tim Schmalz at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.
This week I met with a group of happy Ushers from our parish. I am so grateful for their ministry. The ushers play a big role as the final gateway to the worship experience: If a parishioner or visitor had a less than positive experience finding their way to the Church, an usher can play a significant role in turning that person’s experience around by helping them find not just the right seat but the right frame of mind. I thanked them for their committed leadership in facilitating a rich spiritual experience at the liturgies especially the Mass.
There will be a healing Mass at the Church next Saturday, November 22 at 10.00 am. Bring relatives and friends from local convalescent homes, especially those who are unable to come. The Anointing of the Sick is meant to be celebrated within the community – with family and friends. A simple reception will follow the Mass. Questions: Sr. Dominic Marie 925-682-2486 ext. 113.
May God bless you in every way.