Holy Week Triduum

Holy Thursday, Christ the King, 7.30pm
We need volunteers for foot washing please.
We will conclude our liturgy with a watch at the garden of repose in the lady chapel until midnight. Those leaving during this period please do so in silence.

Good Friday, Christ the King, 10.00am
Children’s Holy Week Liturgy
Good Friday, Christ the King, 3.00pm
The Lord’s Passion
Please again at the end of the liturgy leave in silence.

Vigil of Easter, Christ the King, 8.00pm
For those who are able, we begin outside with lighting the New Fire. Those unable to be outside please be seated in the church. It will be dusk and the church will have no lights – please be careful.

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Please Welcome Our New Parish Priest – Fr. Neil Chatfield

After 22 years at Christ the King Catholic Church Fr. Barry Anderson has retired. We are very pleased to welcome our new Parish Priest, Fr. Neil Chatfield, who will be known to many parishioners at both Christ the King in Langley and St. Joachim in Hamden Park.

In the next few weeks and months, while the parishes settle into new routines with Fr. Neil, please make sure that you keep abreast of changes as they are announced in the weekly newsletter. Contact details are included in the newsletter as well as in the About Us web page.

Web Site Changes – Newsletter

The web page formerly called ‘Parish News’ is now replaced with a web page, ‘Newsletter’.

The reason for the change is so the weekly newsletter can be displayed within the web site without having to click on a link for it to display.

This change may be followed by further changes to enhance the ease of use of the web site.

Christmas Services

Sunday, December 24

4.00pm at Christ the King: Christmas Eve at the Crib as we get near to celebrating the birth of Jesus a time of prayer for children

7.00pm at St Joachim: 1st Mass of Christmas

10.00pm at Christ the King: 1st Mass of Christmas

Monday, December 25

10.00am at Christ the King: Mass of Christmas morning

All of the Christmas Offertory collections will be shared equally to support the work of the Sisters of Mercy’s Hospital in Mutomo, Kitui, Kenya and the Infant Jesus Sisters’ School, Nigeria.

Restructuring our Diocese for 2030

In order for us to foster prayer, develop formation, and ensure continuing mission

we must review our Diocesan and Parish life.

This must be carried out at a time when the ratio of priests to people is changing.

This will be challenging for all concerned, and difficult decisions must be made.”

Richard, our Bishop, October 2, 2017

To help us prepare we have been asked to reflect on this situation.

Please take home the sheet you will have received at the end of the Mass on October 14/15, 2017, answer as many questions as you feel able to,

and return them by Sunday, October 29, 2017

In case you didn’t receive the questionnaire, the questions are repeated below and you can print these out and respond.

The Parish of Christ the King and St. Joachim’s Parish Questionnaire – Planning for 2030

At a recent meeting with our Bishop Richard, he reported that by 2030 the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton will have according to current trends, only 50 active priests. This compares with the current number of 92.

The Bishop wants to address this issue now and has asked that a team from each parish assists him in his forward planning by providing a response to the following questions that he has put forward.

1. Given the Mission to which we have all been entrusted, what three things do you think we most need for Mission-effectiveness?

2. What roles in this Mission can be best carried out by the lay-faithful?

3. What factors, do you think, have brought about the present situation

that we are having to address in our Diocese?

4. If we were starting the Diocese today with 25 priests, where would you place them?

5. What roles in this Mission belong to the Priest? How can the Lay- faithful help?

If you would like to talk about any of the questions

please come to the church at Christ the King

on Monday, October 30 @ 7:00pm

Cormac Murphy O’Connor – Funeral Mass, Sept 13

Bishop of Arundel and Brighton 1977 – 2000 

Born on August 24, 1932

Died on September 1, 2017 

Arrangements for his funeral 

The Funeral Mass
 will be at Westminster Cathedral 
on Wednesday, September 13 at 12:00pm. 

Admission is by ticket only.
 An allocation of tickets is being sent to each parish. If you are planning to go please let me know. 

There will be a Memorial Mass at Arundel Cathedral on Sunday, October 1 at 3:00pm.
 Further information about this should be available soon.