Monday - September 18
7:15-8:00PM - Novena to St. Joseph
Tuesday - September 19
6:30-8:00PM - W.I.N.G.S. - Johnson Center
7:00PM - Parish Council - conference room
Wednesday - September 20
10:30-11:30AM - Book of Proverbs - Johnson Center
7:00-8:00PM - First Penance Parents Mtng. - Johnson Center
7:00-9:00PM - Boy scouts - hall
8:00-9:00PM - Folk Choir rehearsal
Thursday - September 21
7:00-9:00PM - ALPHA - hall
Friday - September 22
3:30-5:30PM - Daisies - hall
6:00-8:30PM - Cub Scouts - hall
Sunday - September 24
10:00-11:00AM - Grades 1-6 Religious Education - hall
6:00-7:00PM - Grades 7-10 Religious Education - hall
6:00-7:30PM - Confirmation Program - Johnson Center
All religious education business can be conducted by calling the rectory at (508)
754-5361. In leaving a message just follow th voice mail prompts.
FOR THOSE ENTERING FIRST GRADE
If you are a family with a child entering first grade, please call Sister Ellen Guerin, RSM,
our Director of Religious Education. She will send you a form. If you are not registered
in the parish, please call Monsignor at (508) 754-5361 so he may meet with you and
register you. Parents, please register your sons and daughters. We are trying to build
our class lists and determine the final need for catechists. Please register at this time.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASS - FOR PRE-REGISTERED
GRADES 1-6: Sunday, September 24th at 10:00-11:00AM (hall)
GRADES 7-10: Sunday, September 24th at 6:00-7:00PM (hall)
CONFIRMATION CLASS: Sunday, September 24th at 6:00-7:30PM (Johnson Center)
UPCOMING BAPTISM INFORMATION SESSION
AND DATES FOR BAPTISM:
All baptisms take place at Sunday Mass. There are exceptions made for legitimate
emergencies. To register or for questions, call Msgr. at the rectory.
All parents must participate in the prep sessions, led by our trained team. Our A team,
Monsignor Sullivan, Deacon Mike Chase, Anthony Zamarro, Tony Penny, Mia
McDonald, Kevin Butler, and Carleen Roy-Butler, make the faith-sharing presentations
in our program. Please pray that we will lead more young families to
the Lord, our ultimate goal. Parents whose children are not yet born may participate in
the program if they wish.
Parent Prep Sessions :
One session is required and all Sessions are on Sundays from 1:00-3:30PM in the
Next Preparation sessions: June 11th; July 30; September 17; and November 5, 2017.
Upcoming Baptisms (for prepared parents) at 11:00AM Sunday Masses:
June 25; July 23; July 30; August 20; September 17; October 15; November 12; and
December 10, 2017.
For signups: call Monsignor Sullivan at (508) 754-5361 or email email@example.com.
ADULT CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
For baptized and practicing Catholics who have received First Communion, but not
been confirmed. Contact Deacon Mike Chase at (508) 755-4773 or
ADDITIONAL HELP NEEDED FOR 'MUSTARD SEED' COOKING
The last Wednesday of each month, CTK prepares food for the homeless at the Mustard
Seed. We begin cooking between 3:00 and 3:30PM and finish prep work about 5:30PM.
Food is then transported to Piedmont St. and served there. The loss of some previous
helpers has created a new need for workers to prepare this meal or clean up afterwards.
Please contact Margaret Abboud at (508) 735-7614 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many
NEW ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
Several youngsters have indicated they would like to serve Mass at God's altar. After
school begins, we will begin to train new altar servers. We need you, especially at
4:00PM, 7:30AM, and 11:00AM Masses. Those interested should have received their First
Holy Communion and attend Mass each Sunday. Interested parents should please
contact Monsignor Sullivan by emailing him at email@example.com and he will respond.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT TATNUCK PARK IN WORCESTER
We have parishioners-volunteers who bring Holy Communion to residents at Tatnuck
Park, 340 May Street. However, they are looking for additional volunteers who may wish
to spend some time and/or interact with residents. If you are interested please call
ALPHA COURSE AT CTK - STARTED SEPTEMBER 7th
ALPHA is a simple course in Christian "basics" used throughout he world and will be
offered again at CTK in the fall on Thursday evenings. Dinner will be followed bya DVD
presentation and small group discussion. There will also be a one day get-away retreat
on Saturday midfall. All adults are welcome as we explore basic questions about God's
existence, the purpose of life, Jesus' teachings, and more. More information will be
following. A "Come and See" Dinner will be held in early September from 7:00-9:00PM
and signups for dinner will begin this summer. The 1st presentation, "Is There More to
Life Than This?" will be presented at the dinner. There will be a one day getaway retreat
on Saturday, October 28th, at Assumption College.
Here is a weblink to a brief You Tube that captures the flavor of ALPHA:
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN CTK PARISH?
Please contact Monsignor Sullivan at (508) 754-5361 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He will respond to you.
UPCOMING CURSILLO WEEKENDS
Cursillo or "short course in Christianity" is an uplifting and educational experience. A
team of lay people and clergy who deliver organized talks and discussions facilitates
the weekend. Our final 2017 date for Women is Oct. 12-15 and the next date for Men is
Feb. 22-25, 2018. They are held at Immaculate Conception Spiritual Renewal Center in
Putnam, CT. For more information please contact Sue Leighton at (508) 278-3155 or
BECOME A JHC HOSPICE VOLUNTEER
Become a "Life Enhancing Volunteer" because you will be offered free initial training,
ongoing support with continuing education and can be assured of finding comfort and
intrinsic rewards as a visitor in the Jewish Healthcare Center's hospice program.
Contact Harriet Katz, program supervisor, at (508) 713-0564 or email at
email@example.com. Website: jhchospice.com.
INTERESTED IN JOINING CTK KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
If you are interested in becoming a Knight, please contact Deacon Joe
Baniukiewicz at (508) 753-5019 or Dick Lane at (508) 757-1066; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check the parish bulleting for meeting dates and locations.
CONFIRMATION INTERVIEWS FINISHED!
If you have not been interviewed please call Monsignor Sullivan at (508) 754-5361 to
schedule an interview.
TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND MASS
1. God asked us to make one day holy. One day to inspire, strengthen, and guide us.
2. Jesus gave us the gift of Himself. We are doing what Jesus asked of us at the
3. We need to be part of a community. Recognize that you are not alone.
4. God has a special message for us. God speaks to us through the readings,
homily, and prayers.
5. We need to talk to God. If we are in a relationship with God, we need to take
time talk to Him.
Following the proclamation of the parable of "The Sower", Monsignor suggested
the following books for spiritual reading. Here are some suggestions for your reading
1) The Holy Bible. Nothing is better for Christian reading than the sacred scriptures
themselves. If you want, start with the shortest (16 chapters), Mark's Gospel. It may be
read in a single sitting, ~3 hours. St. Matthew's Gospel is the longest and most quoted.
Of the many translations available, The new American Bible (used here weekly) is very
2) Conversion stories. a) Emilie Griffin's Turning: Reflection on the Experience of
Conversion, describes personal and others stories of conversion in the 20th
century. b) A Testimonial to Grace by Avery Dulles, SJ (son of John Foster Dulles).
3) Lives of the Saints. a) Father James Martin's My Life with the Saints
who describes how saints helped him with pride, sickness, boredom, and a lack
of courage. b) Father Ronald Knox's Captive Flames, a collection of his sermons to
4) Catholic Thinking. a) Father Robert Barron's narrative collection of the video
content for Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of Faith. b) Peter Kreeft's Fundamentals
of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics.
5) Heather King, spiritual writer's works:
Parched (a difficult life of alcoholism, etc. before conversion);
Redeemed: A Spiritual Misfit Stumbles Toward God, Marginal Sanity, and the
Peace that Passes All Understanding
Shirt of Flames: A Year with Saint Therese of Liseux
6) Patrick Leigh Fermor: describes a walk across Europe to Constantinople and
other world travels:
A Time of Gifts
Between the Woods and the Water
The Broken Road
A Time to Keep Silence
SUMMER READING RECOMMENDED BY FATHER REIDY:
The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin , a 2006 book on prayer based on the works
and lives of St. Augustine DeSales, and Therese of Lisieux.
Also, Pope Saint John Paul II's 2000 Apostolic Letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte which
challenges all Christians to "put out into the deep" and start afresh by deepening our
spiritual lives through "contemplation of the face of Christ." It is at the Vatican website
(Novo Millennio Ineuntes) available online.
WHY GO TO CONFESSION?
Sin is a fact of life. We all fall prey to sin. Some sins are called venial, because they
weaken the life if grace and make it more likely that a person will fall into mortal (serious)
sin - the kind of sin which because of its gravity, extinguishes the life of grace. But all
sin separates us from God.
Jesus wants to free us from sin and give us the life of grace. The first step along
that path is to make a good, sincere confession of our sins. Even if it has been a long
time since a person last went to confession, there's no reason to be afraid. Discover
Christ's mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation! Your Christmas will be a better one for
having gone to confession.
PRAYERFULLY RECITE THE GLORIA, THE NICENE
CREED, AND THE LORD'S PRAYER
At all Sunday Masses we recite (or sing) the Gloria, the Nicene Creed, and the
Lord's Prayer. Every phrase has meaning and depth and when recited, we should do so
prayerfully and reflectively.
SPIRITUAL SUPPORT FOR THOSE WITH CANCER
The American Cancer Society reports 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed
with cancer in their lifetime. People who put their faith to work before, during and after
cancer treatment are more likely to be optimistic because they believe God has a
purpose for them. St. Vincent Cancer and Wellness Center offers a support group
dedicated to the spiritual and sacramental support that the Catholic faith can provide. A
monthly meeting is held on th first Thursday of each month at 11:30AM with Mass in the
chapel at noon at the SVH Cancer Center at 1 Eaton Place. Faith sharing begins at noon.
It takes place on the Garden (lowest) level of the Center. Validating parking is adjacent
to the Center. For more information contact Sr. Paula Kelleher or Msgr. Peter Beaulieu at
(508) 363-6246. Sessions occur on Sept. 7th, Oct. 5th, Nov. 2nd and Dec. 7th.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Can you spare a few hours a week volunteering with patients at the end of life?
Notre Dame Hospice is looking for kind, compassionate people. Volunteers can wheel
patients around, sit with them and talk, read the newspaper or books to them, play
games, do puzzles or sit quietly and hold their hands or pray with them. Spend time
with those who are often lonely or frightened. ND Hospice is also looking for
volunteers to help in their office with secretarial or office work. To help, please contact
Linda Corby, Volunteer Coordinator at (508) 852-5505 or at
"VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES"
Our parish needs new volunteers to support our social activities, such as the
Italian Night and other future events. Please consider joining in the fun of building up
our community. If you would like to join us, please email Janet Rauktis, chair of the
Parish Council, at email@example.com.
CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE -
Monsignor may be contacted to "bless" a good but non-sacramental marriage.
Why not give him a call at (508) 754-5361.
ARE YOU DIVORCED AND THOUGHT ABOUT ANNULMENT?
In all parishes there are persons who are divorced and have thought about
"Ecclesiastical annulment." There are many misconceptions about it. Annulments are
given in many cases for 2 reasons: 1) to offer people a measure of healing after a difficult
relationship has ended with divorce and 2) to enable a person to enter into a new valid
sacramental marriage, where possible.
Monsignor understands an important part of his ministry is to assist parishioners,
confidentially and respectfully in these matters. Annulment cases are then referred to
the Diocesan Marriage tribunal.
Anyone should feel free to contact Monsignor at the rectory for an appointment
(508) 754-5361. Enabling reception of the sacraments is an important pastoral priority.
THE SIX 'PRECEPTS' OF THE CHURCH:
1. To attend Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation
2. To confess our sins at least once a year
3. To receive Holy Communion at least once a year, during Easter Season
4. To keep holy the Holy Days of Obligation
5. To observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence from meat
6. To provide for the material needs of the Church, each according to his or her abilities.
ACCESS TO POPE FRANCIS' HOMILIES
Visit the diocesan website, worcesterdiocese.org, and click on Pope Francis in the US or
in Cuba for access to each talk and homily. YouTube videos are also posted of Masses
and addresses by the Vatican Television.
'SHARING OUR BLESSINGS'
Electronic giving - there will be an opportunity for parishioners to make their donations
through electronic giving. There will be explanations and a trouble-free enrollment. It
will benefit both you and the parish. We hope all parishioners will seriously consider the
advantages of electronic giving.
LITURGICAL DUTIES WILL NOT BE IN THE BULLETIN
This will allow for more space to list parish events. If you have lost your schedule,
please contact Mindy at (508) 754-5361. The parish website will, however, continue to
include a monthly listing on the home page and a weekly liturgical duties page.
Catholic Charities is providing citizenship classes at 10 Hammond St. on Thursdays
from 6:00-8:00PM or Fridays from 9:00-11:00AM. Registration is ongoing. Immigration
counseling and application assistance are also available. For information call Maddy
Hennessey at (508) 860-2261.
PARENTS OF GAY CHILDREN
Would you like a congenial opportunity to share your experiences and/or discuss
whatever is on your mind about raising or being a parent of a gay child? You are always
welcome to all Patrick and/or Christine Derr (508) 688-2598 or Roger and/or Joyce
Dubuque at (508) 791-5421. They will be happy to meet with you.
UPDATE ON LES ANGLAIS TWINNING
There are now over 600 students in school and they are supported by 7 full time
teachers, one per grade. There are 4 kitchen workers who prepare and serve one hot
meal each day.
Our dedicated website www.ctk-haiti.com is now up and running. You can find out more
information there. A full report on the "Recent Disbursements" is also on the website.
See photos of new kitchen construction.
The newly assigned pastor is Father Wilson Exantus, O.M.I. We are praying for him.
HAITI TWINNING STEERING COMMITTEE
Our Haitian twinning Project Committee: Deacon Mike Chase, Molly Chase, Ann
Cummings, Tom Flynn, Sue Flynn, Fred Rushton, Pat Rushton, Kathleen Kirk, Kathleen
Gadbois, Maryann Nalbandian, Bonnie McCrea, and John Stevens. There are many
wonderful photos at our designated website www.ctk-haiti.com.
RELIEF FOR THE HAITIAN PEOPLE
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which brought some much destruction to Haiti,
particularly the Diocese of Les Cayes (our covenant Diocese) and the area of Les Anglais
to which we are covenanted, the Parish Council, Finance Committee and parish
committee for our Haitian Twinning have decided to send $2000 to a special Haitian relief
effort. This is in response to Bishop McManus' appeal for this relief, requested by
Cardinal Chibly Langois, archbishop of Les Cayes. In addition, if any individual would
like to make a personal donation, you can send a check to: Haitian Relief, Diocese of
Worcester, 49 Elm St., Worcester, MA, 01609. Checks so be made out to "R.C. Bishop of
Worcester" with Haitian Relief on the memo line. An electric donation page may be found
Monsignor Sullivan has uploaded recently received photos of the terrible damage to the
school and parish church to the website www.ctk-haiti.com.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SENIOR EMPLOYMENT
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester administers a Senior Employment
Program that provides training opportunities for unemployed, low income residents of
Worcester and Franklin Counties who are 55 years old or older. We are currently
enrolling new participants at this time. It assigns qualified individuals known as "senior
aides" to various training sites that are located at non-profit organizations or
government organizations. They are asked to perform a variety of responsibilities
including clerical and administrative functions, maintenance work, library support, etc.
depending on their interests. Participants are paid $9 and hour for 20 hour weeks. Call
Catholic Charities at (508) 798-0191 for information.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT CATHOLIC CHARITIES:
Catholic Charities Home Care Program is looking for aides to care for individuals in the
Blackstone Valley area and Southbridge area. Aides provide light housekeeping, laundry,
shopping, and personal care. We offer paid training and a schedule to meet your needs.
We are also hiring a per diem, registered nurse to supervise aides in the towns
surrounding Southbridge. Please call Catholic Charities at (800) 649-4364 for more
WINGS - Late Summer Session - Continues
Our Parish W.I.N.G.S. group is now on Facebook. Join our group at WINGS at CTK to
make contact with other Women in God's Spirit.
For more information contact Catherine Doyle at (508) 340-6532 or
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
It will meet on Tuesday, August 29th, September 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from
6:30-8:00PM in the Johnson Center. Based on Father Michael Gaitley's DVD series:
Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told. Come learn and discuss the
transformative message of St. Faustina, the prophetic witness of St. Maximillian Kolbe
and the world-changing papacy of Pope St. John Paul II. The book is available online or
at Boucher's Catholic Book Store, but isn't necessary for the course. All women are
MUSIC DIRECTOR'S DESK INFORMATION
REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE
If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church,
please believe in the possibility of hope and healing. The Church encourages you to
come forward. You may meet with Bishop McManus or his delegate, Mrs. Frances J.
Nugent, Director of the Diocesan Office of Healing and Prevention (49 Elm St., Worcester,
01609; (508) 929-4363). It is the policy and practice of the Diocese to respond promptly
and with compassion to all reports of misconduct. Moreover, the Diocese will
immediately report the abuse to the office of the District Attorney. You may always report
instances of abuse directly to law enforcement authorities as well.
PARISH CENSUS - SIZE OF OUR PARISH
Our parish has 875 families registered. An important parish initiative should be
undertaken to reach out to the inactive families for this is part of what the Church
believes is essential to its mission: evangelization.
PARISH OFFERTORY ENVELOPES
Every parishioner has an obligation to support the life of the parish and the greater
Church. Increasingly in every parish, the expenses of the many are borne by the few.
For years many registered parishioners who receive mailed offertory envelopes never
actually use them. Many do not actually worship here at all. To help scale back on our
rising printing and mailing costs (thousands of dollars), we will now discontinue
sending envelopes to those who do not use them. If a parishioner wishes to begin to use
them, they can be reinstated. The parishioner is still a member of the parish even if no
envelope is sent. Offertory from last weekend:
Mass Stipends: $50.00
Religious Education Registration: $440.00
Confirmation Registration: $40.00
Hurricane Harvey: $10,303.00
Catholic School Appeal: $20.00
Eastern Europe: $5.00
Funeral Stipend: $300.00
TOTAL = $21,800.00
PLEASE 'MAKE UP' YOUR SUMMER ENVELOPES
Many parishioners will be away this summer, but we hope you will 'make up' your
Offertory envelopes for the weeks or months you are away. This will enable the parish to
meet its fiscal obligations. Thank you for your goodness.
LARGE PRINT MISSALETTES ARE AVAILABLE
The parish has obtained 10 large print missalettes, which are available for us for use
during Mass. These are for those who find the text too small in their 'Gather' hymnals.
They will not necessarily have the same music we sing at Mass, but will have the same
readings. They are found at the stained glass window on the church's west side. Please
return them to the same place following Mass so others may use them.
DID YOU KNOW?
TAKE THE CHILD SAFETY QUIZ.
Parents, guardians, and adults who care for children face constant challenges when
trying to help keep children safe in today's fast paced world. The National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers an easy-to-use safety resource to help
address these challenges. NCMEC's website has practical information that will help keep
children from harm. It also features an interactive quiz on child safety designed for
adults and children. To take the quiz, click on "Child Safety" at www.missingkids.com.
You may also call Frances Nugent, Director of the Diocesan Office for Healing and
Prevention at (508) 929-4363.
ITEMS LEFT IN CHURCH
Recently there have been many items,such as scarves, glasses, umbrellas, etc. left in the
church. If you are missing any please come to the rectory weekdays from 9:00AM to
4:00PM to pick them up. Thank you.
JEWISH HEALTHCARE CENTER
Rev. John Pastor, the interdenominational chaplain there requests used or new rosaries.
His supply is exhausted. If you would like to donate any used or new rosaries
(inexpensive), you could drop them off at the rectory and we will get them to the JHC.
PLEASE USE CARE WITH
BELONGINGS IN YOUR CAR
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN SIGHT of a passerby if at all possible (e.g.
GPS, cell phones, money etc.). If you see something suspicious please report the matter
to the rectory at once.
PRAYERS FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN
Please keep in your prayers all those currently serving in our military.
Lord, Hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them
and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this
in the name of Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour.
Our Ministry to the Sick: Going to the Hospital -
Extending ourselves pastorally to those who are ill (whether they are in the hospital, a
skilled nursing or rehab center or at home) is always the centerpiece of the vibrant
Msgr. Sullivan would be honored to support you and your family during times of illness.
Each day we call, St. Vincent's Hospital and both campuses of UMass Hospital to see if
any of our parishioners are patients there so that we can bring Holy Communion and
some words of cheer to them. However because of privacy laws the hospitals cannot
give us patient names UNLESS patients SPECIFY that they belong to Christ the King
Parish when they are admitted. Feel free to call the Rectory to advise us that you are
about to enter the hospital so that we can stop by to see you. Also, if you have a loved
one in a local rehab, nursing home or assisted living center (such as Fairlawn Hospital),
please let us know so that we can include them on our visits. Oftentimes, you are the
only person who can tell us what we need to know. So, please don't hesitate. We are
never so busy that we can't make these pastoral visits a priority.
DOES NO ONE GO TO UMASS OR UMASS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL? No parishioners are
ever listed there, which can't be the case. Please call the rectory if a loved one is
hospitalized. It is the only way we can make a visit there.
AVAILABLE IN OUR NEW LENDING LIBRARY
Through the generosity of a parishioner, our parish now owns 5 complete sets of the
new evangelization program, 'Catholicism'. Parishioners may borrow the DVDs, for a
brief time and watch them at home. You will need to come to the parish office to take a
DVD (one at a time). Each has 2 films on it.
The programs are on: 1) the identity of Jesus, 2) the teaching of Jesus, 3) the existence
of God, 4) the role of Mary, 5) the mission of Ss. Peter and Paul, 6)the union of Christ and
the Church, 7) the Eucharist, 8) the Communion of saints, 9) the Holy Spirit, and 10)
Judgment, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory
HURRICANE RELIEF APPEAL
Many thanks for your generosity to the special diocesan and national collection last
weekend for the relief of millions of people in Texas and surrounding areas impacted by
Hurricane Harvey. Your donations amounted to $10,888. We are so grateful, as always, for
your goodness and generosity.
DIOCESAN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH
Bishop McManus will celebrate this annual Mass at 3:00PM at St. Paul's Cathedral. It
honors significant anniversaries (i.e. 25th, 50th etc) this year. A light reception follows.
All are welcome. If you wish to attend, pre-register by October 27th so a commemorative
certificate can be prepared for you. Call the Office of Marriage and Family at (508)
929-4311 or go online: www.worcesterdiocese.org/wedding-anniversary-mass.
INTERESTED IN NOTRE DAME ACADEMY?
Students currently in grades 5-8 and their parents are welcome on Sunday, October
22nd, from 2:00-4:00PM for an Open House. Pre-registration is encouraged. Entrance
exam is Saturday, November 4th at 8:30AM. You must pre-register. More information go
to email@example.com or call (508) 757-6200 ext 229. School's website is
COME TO DAILY MASS:
At our weekly Masses we daily celebrate the lives of the saints. All are welcome at our
daily Mass at Monday thru Friday: 7:00AM and 8:00AM & 4:00PM on Saturday. It is a
wonderful way to begin the day. Our Masses this week are in celebration of: St.
Januarius, Bishop and Martyr (Tuesday); Ss. Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest and Paul Chong
Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs (Wednesday); St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
(Thursday); and St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest (Saturday).
UPDATE ON THE ROOFS
There has been much work continuing on our total re-roofing project. Completed are the
rectory, office, and 'Bridge Room.' The last portion to be done is over the Choir Room.
Work has begun on the church itself and should be completed. The roof over the
Johnson Room will come next. We expected the price to not exceed $182,450, but it was
&170,672. It should last 30 years. Thank you for your support.
THANKS FOR PARISH FAMILY PICNIC!
The Social Activities Committee, CYC adults and youths, K of C volunteers, and chef Rob
Campbell put on last Sunday's Parish Family Picnic. It was a wonderful afternoon and "a
goos time was had by all." We thank those who kept this delightful tradition going.
Catholic Charities based at 10 Hammond Street in Worcester offers numerous
immigration services. Call them at (508) 798-0191 for assistance. The services include
family based immigration, citizenship applications, adjustment of status, application for
employment authorization, DNA referrals, and immigration physicals. It is a member of
the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC.
REGULAR MASSES BEGIN AT TATNUCK
PARK & JEWISH HEALTHCARE CENTER
For many years CTK Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have been bringing the
Eucharist to the residents of both facilities. In addition, our Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion will bring the Eucharist to the sick in both residencies.
PARTNERS IN CHARITY
Diocesan Goal = $5 million; Exceeded by $100,00.
CTK goal: $110,700; actual = $185,299
CTK Families = 880
CTK Donors to date = 43% of parish
This year's theme, was FAITH IN ACTION IS LOVE, is based on compassionate service of
St. Teresa of Kollata. We are very grateful for your goodness in assisting the essential
educational, pastoral and charitable mission of the Diocese.
NEW FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Janet Rauktis was appointed as the new chairman of the Finance Committee. We
congratulate and thank her for assuming this role. Our previous chair, Mrs. Mindy
Tamas, relocated to Westminster. Other members are: Monsignor Sullivan, Dick Oinkes,
Mike Flanagan, and Phil Salmon. Canon law requires each parish have this committee
which meets periodically throughout the year.
NATIONWIDE MASS TIMES
Are you traveling this summer during your vacation?
Need information on Churches in the area and Mass
times? Call- 1- 800-MASSTIMES or log onto
EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS PROGRAM
On Tuesday, Sept. 19th, at 2:00PM at the Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St.,
Catholic Charities Senior Employment Program, together with the US Office of Equal
Employment Opportunities, will be sponsoring a free seminar on employment rights for
individuals age 40 and up, providing information on age discrimination and disabilities.
It will address appropriate job interview questions and how to file a complaint with the
EEOC. All are welcome. Further information contact Susan Maedler at (508) 860-2241.
LOST OR MISPLACED YOUR BULLETIN?
Now you can check it out on line
Go to www.seekandfind.com and follow the directions.
UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus has volunteer openings for
Eucharistic Ministers. Duties include administering Communion to Catholic patient's
during their hospital stay. Volunteers' commitment is one day a week for 2-3 hours. Days
available are Tuesday through Sunday with flexible hours. Please contact Kathy Macera,
Coordinator of Volunteer Services at (508) 334-6308 or e-mail at
The Catholic TV Network, America's Catholic Television Network, is now available to
cable and satellite providers in our area. Please help provide this resource by visiting
GetCatholicTV.com to petition your provider.
HELP KEEP OUR PARISH CLEAN AND TIDY
We encourage our parishioners to take a bulletin home each week. After Mass dozens of
bulletins are left in the pews on the floor.
PARENTS: PLEASE ACCOMPANY CHILDREN TO THE RESTROOM.
For the twin purposes of child safety and the cleanliness of our restroom (off the foyer)
the parish council strongly advocates that parents accompany all children to the
restroom. Many now go unaccompanied. A second issue is the cleanliness
and hygiene of that room, which is important for all parishioners. We hope you will do
CHRIST THE KING PRAYER LINE
If you know of someone who needs our prayers and would
like to add them to our Prayer Line, please contact either
Mindy at the rectory (508) 754-5361 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeannine
Gemme at (508) 792-1351 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Any questions about the CYC, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now is the time to join to
participate in CYC activities (annual retreat, boys basketball, CYC musical, summer
NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2017-2018:
Co-Presidents, seniors: Jori Hiraldo and Sean Thompson; Vice President: Matt Thomas;
Secretary: Tomas Doherty; Treasurer: Kelsey Mansfield; Junior Co-President:
Molly White; Class Representatives: Genna Goggins, Jillian Lang, and Molly Thompson.
Now is the time to join the CYC. All those "higher schoolers'' interested in participating
in CYC activities ( the annual retreat, boys basketball, the CYC musical, summer
volleyball, etc.) will need to be registered with our CYC to participate. You can send an
email now to CTKCYC@gmail.com for registration and to learn about our upcoming
RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION
This is just a reminder that those who receive Holy Communion by having the host
placed in their hands should consume the host immediately, before evening moving
away from the priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Virtually all
who receive Communion are doing this. Communicants should not carry the host away
with them or back to the pew. We bring this matter to the attention of parishioners
because there have been two recent instances when our custodian has found
consecrated hosts either on the floor between pews or in the hymn rack in the pew. We
appreciate your attention to this important protocol.
LOW GLUTEN HOLY COMMUNION
Msgr. Sullivan has received a fresh supply of 'low gluten' hosts for those who cannot
tolerate gluten. These low gluten hosts meet the requirements of the Catholic Church for
communion in terms of ingredients and gluten content. The Holy See and the American
Bishops have endorsed certain breads which are low in gluten content. The hosts we
use have a gluten content of less than 0.01%. It is our pleasure to provide bread for the
Body of Christ. It is important for the person requiring this special host to speak to a
priest or deacon prior to Mass so that the priest will consecrate this special host for you.
MSGR. SULLIVAN TO TEACH A COURSE ON
'THE CONFESSION' OF ST. AUGUSTINE
As part of our adult education program, next year Msgr. will be offering a course on St.
Augustine's Confessions. It is a spiritual autobiography of the author's early life and is
considered to be the greatest Christian work since the New Testament.
The work is a reflection on his early life, sin and entrance into the church. It has 10
autobiographical chapters that participants will study.
The program will begin at the conclusion of the Novena to St. Joseph by early November
and continue until just before Christmas, following a break to resume in January and
continue until completed. More information to come.
6TH ANNUAL NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH
BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 11TH
Coming again this fall will be the Novena to St. Joseph on Monday nights. We pray for
the sick, for improvements in palliative care, and for opposition to all attempts to end
human life unnaturally such as physician assisted suicide. It will occur at 7:15PM on
September 11, 18, & 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30. We hope you will participate in this
annual prayerful event.
Homilists: Msgr. Sullivan (Sept. 11), Bishop McManus (Sept. 18), Father Kenneth
Cardinale (Sept. 25), Father Dennis O'Brien (Oct. 2), Father John Gavin, SJ (Oct. 9),
Father Fred Fraini (Oct. 16), Father Jose Andres Rodriguez (Oct. 23), Father Walter Riley
(Oct. 30), and Msgr. Sullivan (Nov.6).
PREPARATION FOR ADULT
CONFIRMATION, R.C.I.A. AND R.C.I.C.
RCIA (RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS):
A vibrant Catholic parish invites people into the life of Jesus Christ and the Church!
WANT TO BECOME CATHOLIC?
The 'RCIA' is a loving and learning process through which the Church welcomes and
prepares adults for these Sacraments. It's for those who have not been baptized of those
who were but had little practice of the Catholic faith. Also, there are those adults who
were baptized and received the Eucharist but were never confirmed. Some older children
have not been baptized or received Holy Communion as well.
Consider the options for you, your relatives, and your friends! Please invite others to
become a Catholic.
RCIA - for non-baptized adults; for baptized Christians who wish to become Catholic; for
baptized Catholic adults (without First Communion or Confirmation) CONTACT:
Monsignor Sullivan (508) 754-5361; email@example.com
RCIA for Youths - for non-baptized youth (not infants) seeking First Holy Communion
CONTACT: Sister Ellen Guerin, RSM at (508) 754-5361; firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospital and Post-Hospital Informational packets were sent out to parishioners who are
50 years of age and older. The packets are also available at the rectory and are now
online (health care).
Doctors are being urged to talk with patients 55 and older about end-of-life care. Some
may ask you to bring a bright pink MOLST form (Massachusetts Medical Orders for
Life-Sustaining Treatment). Before you sign, talk about its implications beyond what is
on the form. Call Joyce Dubuque at (508) 791-5421 so she can put you in touch with a
Catholic healthcare professional to help you.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel
St. George's Church, 40 Brattle St., Worcester. Please consider being a committed adorer
at the chapel. Call Deacon Archie at (508) 853-816.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
On behalf of the Worcester Veteran's Shelter, the Knights of Columbus Council #12691 at
Christ the King is seeking the following items:
Tee shirts (assorted sizes); briefs (assorted sizes); socks; disposable razors; shaving
cream; toothpaste, toothbrushes; combs; hankies; and bars of soap. These may be left
in the Veteran's donation box in the Church foyer.
'HOPE FOR HOUSING' CARDS AVAILABLE EACH WEEKEND
Twenty-seven Protestant and Catholic parishes participate in the non-profit Hope for
Housing Program in Central MA.
Homelessness has increased by 20% since 2012 with children as the most affected.
Supermarkets and CVS donate 5% of what you spend when you purchase the cards to
prevent homelessness. CTK used to donate $1500 of cards/week during the summer.
Presently it has decreased to only $800. Thanksgiving is an especially important time to
participate both by purchasing cards and by donating 15 minutes of your time as a
volunteer after Mass once a month. Cards are available each Saturday and Sunday before
and after our Masses (in the foyer) are the 'Hope for Housing' food cards.
Here's how they work:
You purchase food gift cards in various amounts of $10 to $100. You use the food cards
for your grocery or CVS shopping. You receive the full face value of the card you
purchase. What you don't spend remains on your card for later use. The supermarket
donates 5% of what you spend to prevent family homelessness. They are available in
$10, $25, and $100 denominations.
Volunteers are needed to sell Hope for Housing grocery cards.
If you can assist please contact Kathy Johnson at (508) 795-1143 or email her at
MORNING BIBLE STUDY THIS FALL
Sister Ellen Guerin, RSM, will offer another morning scripture course at CTK this fall.
The course is on The Book of Proverbs and will be offered on Wednesday mornings from
10:30 to 11:30AM in the Johnson Center and begins on Wednesday, September 13th.
The remaining dates are September 20th and 27th and October 4th and 11th. Proverbs
has much to teach Christians today. Its timeless wisdom helps us avoid trouble, observe
the Golden Rule and honor God with our lives. All are welcome.
Monsignor is a notary public. Should any parishioner need to have a document notarized
you are welcome to call upon him. There would be no fee for any notarizations. He is
simply happy to assist you. Just call the rectory.
CATHOLIC HEALTH CARE PROXY
Every adult regardless of age or health should have a Health Care Proxy. Do you have a
Catholic one? You can assure that you and your family receive the most beneficial
physical and spiritual care by completing the Catholic Health Care proxy. Forms are
available in the church vestibule. For any questions, contact Kris Correira at (508)
654-1798 or email@example.com.
A tutor known to us is available for reading, writing, and English grammar. He tutors
students in grades 6-12 and is a former 8th grade teacher at Venerini Academy and Our
Lady of the Angels School. Call Mr. Chris Barrett at (508) 45-4584.
MASS INTENTIONS - September 17th to 24th
Sunday -September 17
7:30AM William C. Metterville (mem.) req. of the Rushton Family
9:00AM Parishioners of CTK
11:00AM Maria Simoes (3rd anniv.) req. of husband and children
Tuesday - September 19
7:00AM Mary Ellen Standring (mem.) req. of family
Wednesday - September 20
7:00AM John Makintire (mem) req. of Ann Fortier
Thursday - September 21
7:00AM Ronald Cross (mem.) req. of Roger and Joyce Dubuque
Friday - September 22
7:00AM John O'Brien (mem.) req. of Ron, a family friend
Saturday - September 23
4:00PM John Tierney (birthday mem.) req. of family
Sunday - September 24
7:30AM Michael Hines (mem.) req. of family
9:00AM Madelyn and Cornelius Hickey, MD (mem.) req. of family
11:00AM Parishoners of CTK
REST IN PEACE
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Paul V. Sanders (brother of Rev. William F.
Sanders), Maria Sarmiento (mother of Marina Escobar), Mary O'Connor (mother of Paul
O'Connor), Ruth V. Mullan, Mark W. McClintock, and Stephen C. Wamback (father of