Congratulations to all those who were confirmed this weekend. I am putting out a challenge to you all: We at St. Dominic need you to help us in the various ministries and committees in the parish. I am asking you to think and pray about becoming readers, ministers of communion, ministers of welcome, collection counters or helpers with our children’s liturgy program. Please consider this challenge and invitation. Many thanks to our Confirmation coordinator, Melinda Mayo and all her assistants, Jennifer Van de Coevering, Yolanda Swanson and David Bain. I am indebted to all of you for your dedication to our young people and their preparation for this important sacrament.
Today is the final Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, in the Liturgical Year B. Next Sunday we begin cycle C. The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, a way of life which leaves God out of man's thinking and living and organizes his life as if God did not exist. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ's royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations.
Today's Mass establishes the titles for Christ's royalty over men: 1) Christ is God, the Creator of the universe and hence wields a supreme power over all things; "All things were created by Him"; 2) Christ is our Redeemer, He purchased us by His precious Blood, and made us His property and possession; 3) Christ is Head of the Church, "holding in all things the primacy"; 4) God bestowed upon Christ the nations of the world as His special possession and dominion.
Today's Mass also describes the qualities of Christ's kingdom. This kingdom is: 1) supreme, extending not only to all people but also to their princes and kings; 2) universal, extending to all nations and to all places; 3) eternal, for "The Lord shall sit a King forever"; 4) spiritual, Christ's "kingdom is not of this world".
DATES TO REMEMBER
November 28/29 - Advent 1 and Rite of Enrolment for First Holy Communion candidates
December 2 – 9:15 am - St. Paul Catholic Secondary School Advent Mass
December 5 – after 5pm Mass – Tree lighting with carols and evening with Santa and food in the hall afterward.
December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception – St. Michael’s Cathedral Tour – please refer to the notice in the bulletin
December 9 – 9:15 am – Queen of Heaven & St. Dominic Schools Advent Mass
December 12 – 10am – 2pm – return of the gift cards and refreshments
December 12 and 13 - Christmas bake sale after each Mass - If you would like to bake some Christmas treats for us, please deliver them to the hall on Friday December 11 or the morning of December 12 – Thank you!
December 15–1:30 pm – St. Dominic School full day kindergarten children - Christmas Concert in the church
December 16th – Archdiocesan Day of Confessions 10am – noon, 2pm – 4pm Reconciliation Service 7pm followed by confessions until 9pm
December 17 – 7 pm - Queen of Heaven/St. Dominic Schools Family Advent Mass with refreshments afterwards. December 17 is Pope Francis’ 78th birthday. O Antiphons begin today
December 19 – 10am - Children’s Pageant rehearsal – If you wish a part in the play please attend this rehearsal
December 19 and 20 – Christmas bake sale after each Mass - If you would like to bake some Christmas treats for us, please deliver them to the hall on Friday December 18 or the morning of December 19 – Thank you!
December 20 – 1pm – Today is decorating Sunday in the church. Please come out and help us! Many hands make light work. Refreshment following.
MASSES ON CHRISTMAS EVE – 5pm – Children’s play, 7pm, 9:30pm and 12 Midnight
MASSES ON CHRISTMAS DAY – 9:30am and 11:30am
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT FRIDAY JANUARY 1, 2016, IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION