Letter from the Vicar and Notices

From the Vicar…
My dearest sisters and brothers,
Christ the King is a relatively new feast in the Church Calendar. It was introduced by Pope Pius XI in 1925 to remind Christians at the time that their allegiance was to Christ rather than to their earthly rulers.
We need to remember what was happening in 1925. Europe was recovering from World War 1. The war was the result of rampant nationalism. At the end of the war the national boundaries in Europe and in the African colonies were redrawn, with the victors claiming the spoils, the vanquished handing over land and money.
We know where this led: the rise of Fascism and even more nationalist fervour in the nations that had been defeated. In 1925, this took the shape of Mussolini and the Fascist ideology, which would be taken up by Hitler and the Nazis in Germany.
In this, nationhood and race became the governing ideals leading to much misery, suffering, and death. They were ideals of who was in or who was out. Those who were in were safe as long as they bowed down to the state, and those who were out were ejected either by deportation or death. Ideals that were the opposite of Christ’s. It was into this that Christ the King as a feast was introduced. Nearly one hundred years later, the world has changed a great deal. Sort of. Christ the King is about allegiance. In this case, it is about allegiance to the teachings of Jesus. Are we willing to truly follow Christ’s way?
The way of Christ is a way of peace, a way of forgiveness, a way of kindness. It is a way that includes not excludes. It is a way that cares for those who are struggling, not blaming them for their predicament. It is a way that sees that everyone is a child of God, even those we find difficult.
In such ways we find the truth, we hear the gentle whisper of the Spirit, we find the presence of God within us.
Peace be with you all.

Father Chris

Parish Notices

  • Parish financial update for September:
    Income $12,967 Expenditure $19,122 Deficit $6,155
  • Parish Roll: if you are new and would like to have your name added to the roll, see Gloria or fill in the form available at the back of the church. All parishioners are asked to advise Gloria or Bridie of any changes to address or contact details.
  • Vicarage Building Fund Christmas Raffle prepared by the Women’s Fellowship. Tickets on sale today in the hall after Mass. Excellent prizes. Drawn 16 December. Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
    Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
    Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Angelology Group: Thursdays 10:30 am in the Lady Chapel.
  • Oberammergau 2020 information evening: All Souls’ Church, Merivale. 5 December, 7:00 pm. Enquiries to Adrienne (027 5135119).
  • Needlework Group: 4 December at Judith McKaskell’s. Details Ros (322 6078).
  • A Handful of Change—Journeying through Advent: Craufurd Murray.
    Copies available from Fr Craufurd, the parish office or Ecclesia Books for $10.
  • Double knitting or 4 ply wool. Please place in box at the back of the church.
  • Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission every week with your gifts of groceries and other household items.