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One of the traditions associated with Epiphany is to bless one’s house, and to mark the entrance with blessed chalk. This can be done by gathering the family together in front of the crib-scene or other suitably devotional item, with the head of the house leading the prayer below; or if you would prefer, a priest can perform the blessing – ask Fr Neil or me, we would be more than happy to do so.
Let us pray. O Lord, Almighty God, bless this house that it may become a shelter of health, chastity, self-conquest, humility, goodness, mildness, obedience to the commandments, and thanksgiving to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Upon this house and those who dwell herein may Your blessing remain forever, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
At Mass today we will be blessing the chalk, this is then used to write the inscription over the entrance to the house. The three letters in the middle stand for the names tradition gives to the three wise men (Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar), but also for the Latin Christus Mansionem Benedicat (may Christ bless this house); with the numbers at the beginning and end being this year. Do take some chalk as you leave.
Christmas Mass Times:
4.30pm Children’s Nativity – CTK
6.00pm Children’s Nativity – St Jo’s
6.20pm First Mass of Christmas – St Jo’s
9.00pm First Mass of Christmas – CTK
11.30pm Midnight Mass (Divine Worship) – CTK
10.00am Family Mass of Christmas – St Jo’s
11.00am Family Mass of Christmas – CTK
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY will be this coming Friday 12th October. Envelopes will be available from this Sunday and can be returned over the next couple of weeks.
Sunday 14th is designated as Prison Sunday: We will have a chaplain volunteer Richard giving a brief talk about The chaplaincy’s work in Lewes Prison. We will have a special collection for their work after each mass.
PATCHAM SILVER BAND Saturday 3rd November at 6.45pm at Christ theKing. Tickets £5 and on sale after Sunday mass. Raffle and refreshments. This is a popular event so get your tickets early!
TABLE TOP SALE Saturday 24th November from 10 till 1, Christ the King Hall. Table cost £5. (25% of proceeds will go to Matthew 25 Mission). For booking contact Heather on 01323-734776 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr Thomas Mason, having finished his studies at Oscott, was ordained priest on the 30th June, at the Birmingham Oratory. Fr Thomas joins us to serve the parish and Ordinariate communities both here in Eastbourne and in Chichester.
We welcome Fr Thomas with great joy and look forward to him exercising his ministry amongst us. Please pray for Fr Thomas as he begins his priestly ministry and let us do our best to support and encourage him.
It was with great joy that this year we were able to see 15 young people from the parish complete their confirmation course and be confirmed by Bishop Richard Moth at Our Lady of Ransom alongside a good number of other young people from the deanery.
A big thanks to those who organised the confirmation service and those who provided music and over coming last minute hitches!
Thurday 3rd on the feast of St Philip & James, the bishop inducted Fr Neil as Parish Priest to Christ the King with St Joachim in the presence of Mgr Keith Newton the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
It was truly a wonderful evening with great liturgy and amazing food. There were so many who worked very hard to make this a truly memorable evening. All my thanks and blessings Fr Neil
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.