Gifts to the Church → Christ the King
“Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.” Jesus does not make it easy for any of us when He says that. Even those who practice stewardship faithfully, even the best among us, have times when they may turn their back on those in need. The Solemnity that we celebrate today is popularly known as Christ the King.
It is in Church terms relatively new. Instituted in 1921 by Pope Pius XI, it was originally on the last Sunday of October. It was renamed in 1969 by Pope Paul VI and moved to its present date, which is the last Sunday in the liturgical year, the last Sunday before Advent. The edict issued by Pope Pius XI in 1925 was called Quas Primas. It stated “It has long been a custom to give to Christ the metaphorical title of ‘King.’ He is King of Hearts by reason of His ‘charity which exceedeth all knowledge’.”
Today’s readings trace our Lord Jesus Christ from “the shepherd who tends his flock” to the “first fruits” to the “king.” As stewards of His Word, His Kingdom, and His Hope, He invites us to see Him in everyone we see and everyone we encounter so that we can finally hear His glorious declaration, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father.”
Church Renovation Notice
In a joint meeting of the parish Pastoral Council, Finance Council and Buildings and Grounds Committee on November 12, the dates and details for the St. Mary Church renovation were finalized. During this meeting for safety and expediency concerns it was strongly recommended that we move all Masses to Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Virgil during the renovation period. This
period will begin on January 5, 2015 and continue to February 15, 2015. We plan to begin services again at St. Mary’s by Ash Wednesday, February 18.
The weekend Mass times will not change. They will remain on Saturday at 4:00 PM and Sunday at 8:00 AM. Ss. Peter & Paul will continue to have their regular Masses on Saturday at 5:30 PM and Sunday at 9:30 AM. Details for the location of religious education classes during this period have not yet been finalized. We ask for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. Let us all look forward to the beautiful change that will take place!
May God bless you for all you do in supporting the parish through gifts of your time, talent and treasure.
Please remember St. Mary’s with a gift in your will or estate plan.