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November 24th ✙ Christ the King

Readings for November 24th, 2019

       TODAY WE HONOR CHRIST, as our King. And we honor Him best by helping to spread his Kingdom. Our sins are a blight on our service of Christ. But Christ, who forgave the repentant thief, will forgive us too. Let us, then, with confidence call to mind our need for forgiveness.
       Lord Jesus, you help us to spread your Kingdom by making peace with others. Lord, have mercy.
        You help us to spread your Kingdom by forgiving others. Christ, have mercy.
        Lord, you help us to spread your Kingdom by caring about others. Lord, have mercy.

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Why Do Cathothics Do That?

Why do we celebrate Christ the King?

The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe was established in 1925 by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Quas Primus.
The pontiff was witness to a turbulent time in the world history. Secularism was on the rise and dangerous dictatorships were emerging in Europe and beyond. In response, the feast was set with the intent to reaffirm and refocus faith and respect in the Kingship of Jesus.
Pope Pius was also hoping that leaders and nations would see that they are bound to give respect to Christ and that the faithful would gain strength and courage from the celebration of the feast, as we are reminded that Christ must reign in our hearts, minds, wills and bodies.
The feast was initially fixed to the final day of October but in 1969 Pope Pius VI moved the feast to the last Sunday before Advent to emphasize the importance of the feast.
The liturgical year begins with Advent, the season of awaiting the coming of Christ, and the year ends with celebrating the kingship of Christ.

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A Prayer for our Troops

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. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Please Pray for these men and women in the service of our country:

Tim Birimisa-Fasano,Army Brian Tucker
Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry
Master Sgt. Matthew Rossini, Army

Nick Kennedy, USN

Commander Michael Quigley,US Navy James Chapman
Kristin Chapman, USAF Seamus Weston
Sarah Manley, USAF Alicia Delahunty
Andy Harrison, USAF Robert A. Wharton
Nickolaus Swanson Master Sgt. Ray Olmos Jr.
SSG Trevor Oxman Roy Walters

Amen.

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November 23th, Saturday
Eucharist: Mark Clure
Cups:Frank & Connie Melo
Lectors: Oralee Floria & Natalie Codianne
Altar Servers: Daniel Forslund(Altar Prep) & Benny Gazave (Book)
Cross Bearer: *****
Ushers:Tom Ravizza & Dave Barnett
2nd Collection:Campaign for Human Development

November 24th, Sunday
Eucharist:Alvin Garcia
Cups:Maria Garcia & Cindy Hubbard
Lectors:Cathy Jourdan & Linda Valenzuela
Altar Servers:Alexa Luquin (Altar Prep) & Adam Aguirre (Book)
Cross Bearer:*****
Ushers: Mike Rodriguez & Dante Capovilla
2nd Collection:Campaign for Human Development

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Reflections

The Victory of Love

On the cross Jesus endured insults and mockery.
Yet his heart remained open, even to his enemies.
He absorbed all the violence, transformed it,
and returned it as love and forgiveness.
One’s pain can so easily turn into rage,
so that one wants only to lash out blindly
at whomever happens to be within range.
From the depths of his own pain,
Jesus reached out to comfort the thief.
Some people are like sugar cane:
even when crushed in the mill,
what they yield is sweetness.
Jesus stretches our capacity for compassion.
He challenges our idea of love.
Each of us has a great capacity for love.
The pity is that it often goes unused.
By our love people will know that we are followers of Christ the King.

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They Annointed David as King

       Why would a free, democratic society voluntarily choose to be ruled by a hereditary monarch? That is the crux of the feast of Christ the King. We have only to look to the nation of Israel in the 11th century B.C.
       The people of Israel were fiercely independent. They had wrested the land from its inhabitants through local battles, usually without the help of their fellow Israelites.
        Suddenly this changed when they asked for- -demanded--a king. Their first ruler was Saul, a man whose short-comings could have turned them away from a monarch. They persisted, however, and asked David to succeed him.
        Part of the answer lies in the unity brought about by a strong, central authority. With a hereditary monarchy, there also lay the probability that the royal heir would be trained in leadership from his youth. Though this might not always be the case, it was a partial guarantee of stability in a region that was highly unstable.

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Your prayers are requested for these Parishioners and Friends

Angie Pigoni Barbara Entsisle
Oralee Floria Marilyn Birkett
Barbara Crownover Lori Wise
Barbara J. Ferguson Janet Renon
Penny Davis Jim Mathews
Marian Bryant Sarah Bryan
Randy Bertolucci John McAvoy
Ted Lockett Joe Bonchonsky
Jean Marie Sylwanowicz Joe Spini
Nellie del Nero Kitty Lyons
Sandy Zan Ed Flynn
Rebecca Weston Robert & Cathy Neptune
Lyn Lockett Steve Smith
Rita Heikura Gerardo Rodriguez-Coronado
John Dell'Amico  

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St. Vincent de Paul Needs:Hamburger Helper & Canned Beans

       Each week the St. Vincent de Paul Society distributes food to the needy. To supplement every first Sunday, the SVDP food collection replenishes the food bank each week by letting you know what item or items to add to your grocery list. This is to contribute in feeding the hungry through the community food bank run by our St. Vincent de Paul Society.
       St. Joseph's Church has joined the food drive and shall be collecting the same NON-PERISHABLE food items each week. There is a box in the vestibule for these items.
   For more information call (530)926-3061.

This week’s items are:
Hamburger Helper & Canned Beans

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