Sunday 20th November 2016 | The Feast of Christ The King

posted Nov 19, 2016, 6:28 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family
This Sunday marks the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Holy Doors in cathedrals and churches all over the world were closed last Sunday or even before that – with the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome being the only one left to be closed today by Pope Francis himself – to symbolically close the Holy Year. 

What a fitting time to close the Holy Year of Mercy, on the last Sunday of the Liturgical Calendar, as the whole Church celebrates the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, or more commonly known as “Christ the King Sunday”. Our Lord Jesus is a merciful king – as shown in today’s Gospel reading - promising Paradise to the repentant thief. What a huge consolation for us all! The Lord will never withhold his mercy to those who ask for it and sincerely repent. 

As we celebrate today Christ the King, let us pray for world leaders and those holding government positions – may they promote justice, peace and equality.
We entrust also to our Lord and King those who were greatly affected by the recent earthquakes. May they be safe and be accorded the help they need. 

Can I ask you to pray also for our RCIA participants who will be presented to the parish next Sunday, 27 November through the Rite of Acceptance and Welcome within the celebration of the Mass in Te Aroha and Morrinsville. May they persevere in answering the call of the Lord to follow him so that they may eventually be part of the Church.

Lastly, we pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Cat Mellow (Paeroa). A Requiem Mass was celebrated for Cat on Saturday, 19 November. May the merciful Lord welcome Cat into his kingdom. AMEN. 

Fr JeLo