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.

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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. 

Cormac Murphy O’Connor

Bishop of  Arundel and Brighton 1977 – 2000

Born on August 24, 1932

Died on September 1, 2017

My dear Bishop Richard,

I would be very grateful if you would convey this short message to the priests, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese, of which I as well as you have been privileged to serve as their Bishop. 

At this time, the words I pray every night are never far from my thoughts: “Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit”. 

Please tell them that I am at peace and have no fear of what is to come. I have received many blessings in my life,
especially from my family and friends.
I thank God for the many priests, religious and lay faithful who have helped and sustained me in my Episcopal life.

Nor should I forget the many Anglican and Free Church colleagues whose friendship I have valued very much.

Above all, as I now commend myself to the loving mercy of God, I ask them all to pray for me as I remember and pray for them. 

Fraternally in the Lord, 

+Cormac