The Feast of Christ the King
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REACH OUT TO THOSE IN NEED
The Interfaith Food Pantry is now open to clients Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The hours of operation will continue to be 9:30 am - 1:00. pm
If you wish to donate to the IFP, here is a list of items that are needed at this time.
Cereal - the food pantry does not buy cereal, so donations are important.
Soup (not broth), Ramen Noodles, Tuna (cans), Meat (stew, Spam, ham, chicken, etc.), Fruit (cans), Vegetables (cans), Pork & Beans (Baked Beans), Instant Oatmeal (indiv. pkgs), Breakfast Bars, Chef Boyardee, Manwich, Hash, Chili Spaghetti or Pasta (boxes), Spaghetti Sauce (Pasta Sauce), Pudding & Jello (small boxes), Peanut Butter Jelly/Jam (no glass), White Potatoes (cans or pkgs), Coffee-ground (no K-cups or flavors), Plain White Rice (not Minute), Mac & Cheese, Cereal (boxes), Black Beans, Misc. Beans (not dry), Tomatoes (Diced, Sauce, Paste), Tea Bags (not Family Size or Iced Tea), Crackers (in sleeves) Brownie Mix, Stuffing, Gravy (cans).
Not needed: Snacks, Candy, Beverages (no juice, soda, etc)
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Oct. 21, 2023 10:00 am
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What is the Kingdom of Christ the King?
The Kingdom of God is a space. It exists in every home where parents and children love each other. It exists in every region and country that cares for its weak and vulnerable. It exists in every parish that reaches out to the needy. The Kingdom of God is a time. It happens whenever someone feeds a hungry person, or shelters a homeless person, or shows care to a neglected person. It happens whenever we overturn an unjust law, or correct an injustice, or avert a war. It happens whenever people join in the struggle to overcome poverty, to erase ignorance, to pass on the Faith. The Kingdom of God is in the past; it is in the present (in the work of the Church and in the efforts of many others to create a world of goodness and justice); it is in the future (reaching its completion in the age to come). The Kingdom of God is a condition. Its symptoms are love, justice, and peace. Jesus Christ is king! We pray today that God may free all the world to rejoice in his peace, to glory in his justice, to live in his love.
As we celebrate the Kingship of Christ today, let us remember the truth that he is not our King if we do not listen to him, love him, serve him, and follow him. We belong to his Kingdom only when we try to walk with him, when we try to live our lives fully in the spirit of the Gospel and when that Gospel spirit penetrates every facet of our living. If Christ is King of my life, he must be King of every part of my life, and I must let him reign in all parts of my life. By cultivating in our lives, the gentle and humble mind of Christ, we show others that Jesus Christ is in indeed our King and that he oversees our lives.
Homily Summary for the Feast of Christ the King (A)
Today is the end of the Liturgical year. We are so used to hearing “all good things must come to an end”. This saying might apply to the secular world in which we live, but not to those of us that have faith. In fact, if we look at the first reading today, from the prophet Ezekiel, we can see God working in a very dramatic way as he brings people back from captivity, back from isolation, and gathering all together. God is not just doing this in biblical times, but God is doing this now in our very world.
So many people who have been held hostage by Hamas until now. Yet, God is bringing about their freedom as we speak. It makes no difference whether those being set-free are Israeli, Palestinian, or Americans. All are being brought home to their families, friends, and religious communities. As God says through the prophet Ezekiel: “I will return them to you”.
We need to be people who listen and hear what God is doing in our lives, our country, and the world in which we live. The word that comes to the prophet of today’s first reading is a sense of a new beginning. When we celebrate the ending of something we must pray that we see off in the horizon a new beginning. The new beginning is what the Israelites looked forward to experiencing. It is a new beginning that is seen off in the horizon by those that followed Jesus even to martyrdom. It’s almost like loss gives way to newness of life.
This past Thanksgiving my memories often centered around holidays of the past. I remembered people that have heard God’s call to come home and now gather with God in a new place as we gather in a new place here. In seeing and listening to God’s activity in our lives and in our world, we need to recall Saints like Maximillian Kolbe who was drawn to give his life in Auschwitz for the freedom of a young boy waiting to be put to death. Kolbe saw an invite from God to envision the other side of this life. Both the young man and Kolbe saw hope on the other side of loss. Nelson Mandella spent 18 years in prison never giving up hope for freedom and the end of apartheid in South Africa. He eventually saw an end to his imprisonment and the beginning of freedom for his people and himself. Finally, there was a Cardinal who spent 8 years of imprisonment in Vietnam never giving up hope that was realized when he was set free,
In the Gospel Jesus asks us to give drink to the thirsty, food to the hungry, and freedom to those in prison. Sometimes the food, drink, or freedom is not as tangible as bread, water, or a visit to prison. Sometimes it is a different kind of food, drink, and presence. Sometimes we need to walk in silence with those who have no one, or those who mourn, or those who are in prison. We need to convey to others the hope that we have as followers of Jesus. We need to help others see that death isn’t an end, but resurrection awaits us all. The fears of Christ the King are a steppingstone to a new beginning as we await the new advent season which begins next Sunday.
May we celebrate endings as a sense of new beginnings with listening and seeing God’s presence in our lives and in our world.
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible
St. Francis Members,
Here is the information on our group cruise. We hope that you can join us on the St Francis Group - 7404295 Cruise! The dates are January 29th to Feb 3rd, 2024
The link below will take you to a web page designed exclusively for our group, as well as an on-line registration form where you can sign up to join the group.
St Francis Group - 7404295 Website
If the above link does not work, copy and paste the following URL into your browser address bar and press Enter or click the Go button:
Once you fill out the online form, NOTHING will be charged on your credit card until Nancy Lisk, our Vacations to Go Coordinator, speaks with you personally to go over everything. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks.
We have a limited number of cabins locked in at these prices until June 1st. We will be inviting other ECC church members to join us. You can still register after June 1st, but it will be at the current price at that time. If you are not 100% sure if you can make it, you are still welcome to put your deposit down to hold a space. The deposit is fully refundable until October 17th when the final payment is due. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks so much, we are looking forward to a FUN FUN time!!!
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