Revised Reconciliation Session #3 – Practice Session Sunday, January 20 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Tuesday, January 22 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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.

From today’s liturgy we learn: 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. We also learn what His Kingdom will be like: His 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 as King forever"; 4) spiritual, Christ's "kingdom is not of this world". Our common goal is to be with Christ one day in His Kingdom and the lives we lead here and now will determine our presence in the Kingdom later on.

A Prayer to Christ the King

Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You King of the universe. All that has been created has been made for You. Make full use of Your rights over me. I renew the promises I made in Baptism, when I renounced Satan and all his pomps and works, and I promise to live a good Christian life and to do all in my power to procure the triumph of the rights of God and Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer you my efforts in order to obtain that all hearts may acknowledge your Sacred Royalty, and that thus the Kingdom of Your peace may be established throughout the universe.

The program, this year, is by gift cards only. Please take one, or more, of the ornaments from the tree with the store name and amount that you can donate to a family. We have more than 100 families to be helped this year. You will be asked to return the gift cards on December 13 to a member of St. Vincent de Paul in the hall between 10 am and 1 pm. Then please join us for coffee/tea and Christmas treats. As always, I thank you for your generosity.

 The list is now complete for candle lighters during Advent. Thanks to those who volunteered. You will be called up as the procession reaches the front of the church. Please sit near the front for accessibility to the wreath. I am looking forward to this wonderful season!

Trillium Mississauga on the Queensway now has 3 full time Roman Catholic Priests on duty as Chaplains 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Just inform the nursing station if a visit/sacrament is required.

There are a number of tickets for our concert on November 24th at 7:30 pm still available. If you have been to one of our concerts before, you will agree that they are nothing short of spectacular. The variety of musicians and their talents is incredible and should not be missed. If you have not attended a concert in the past I know that you will be wowed from beginning to end! Tickets are available only from the office this weekend and are $25.00. ALL proceeds from the concert are being held aside as we are saving for a new sound system for the church. Hope to see you there!

Looking forward to warmer weather this week and especially, to the concert on Monday night!

Fr. Phil