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November 26, 2017

posted Nov 22, 2017, 6:04 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, As we celebrate this weekend the FEAST CHRIST THE KING, please indulge me with sharing with you a little history of this Feast Day.  Christ the King Sunday celebrates the all-embracing authority of Christ as King and Lord of all things. Officially called "The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King," it is celebrated on the final Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Sunday before Advent.   Pope Pius XI instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925 for the universal church, in his encyclical Quas Primas. He connected the increasing denial of Christ as king to the rise of        secularism throughout much of Europe. At the time of Quas Primas, many Christians (including Catholics)   began to doubt Christ's authority and existence, as well as the Church's power to continue Christ's authority.  Pius XI, and the rest of the Christian world, witnessed the rise of non-Christian dictatorships in Europe, and saw Catholics being taken in by these earthly leaders. These dictators often attempted to assert authority over the Church. Just as the Feast of Corpus Christi was instituted when devotion to the Eucharist was at a low point, the Feast of Christ the King was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning, when the feast was needed most.  Pius XI hoped the institution of the feast would have  various effects. They were:  1. That nations would see that the Church has the right to freedom, and immunity from the state (Quas Primas, 32).  2. That leaders and nations would see that they are bound to give respect to Christ (Quas Primas, 31). 3. 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 (Quas Primas, 33).  Christians have long celebrated Jesus as Christ, and his reign as King is celebrated to some degree in Advent (when Christians wait for his second coming in glory), Christmas (when "born this day is the King of the Jews"), Holy Week (when Christ is the Crucified King), Easter (when Jesus is resurrected in power and glory), and the Ascension (when Jesus returns to the glory he had with the Father before the world was created). However, Pius XI wanted to specifically commemorate Christ as king, and instituted the feast in the Western calendar in 1925.  The earliest Christians identified Jesus with the predicted Messiah of the Jews. The Jewish word "messiah," and the Greek word "Christ," both mean "anointed one," and came to refer to the expected king who would deliver Israel from the hands of the Romans. Christians believe that Jesus is this expected Messiah. Unlike the messiah most Jews expected, Jesus came to free all people, Jew and Gentile, and he did not come to free them from the Romans, but from sin and death.  In a chaotic and unjust world that seems to scorn any kind of authority, many Christians proudly celebrate Christ the King Sunday, where the loving and merciful - and just - king of the universe is praised and glorified Thus the king of the Jews, and of the cosmos, does not rule over a kingdom of this world.  How truly fitting we need to celebrate this day in the Church.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS – December 16th from 5:30PM – 8:00PM is our ANNUAL 18 and over             CHRISTMAS PARTY at the Ramada. There is no cost for the party and it is my way of saying “thanks” for being such a wonderful parish family.  Please call the rectory for your reservation now.


As you know, the Northern Deanery conducts PENANCE SERVICES for Christmas and Easter.  I have       finalized the services for us in the North and I would like to let you know the times and places for the opportunity of reconciliation in preparation for Christmas.

· December 3, Holy Spirit, Lock Haven at 3:00PM

· December 4, PSU Campus at 7:00PM

· December 6, St. Joseph, Renovo at 6:30PM

· December 11, St. Matthew, Tyrone at 7:00PM

· December 12, Good Shepherd, State College at 7:00PM

· December 13, Queen of Archangels, Clarence at 7:00PM

· December 14, Most Holy Trinity, Huntingdon at 7:00PM

· December 17, OLV at 2:00PM

· December 21, SS Peter and Paul, Philipsburg at 7:00PM

               Please note that ours will be on the 17th and we will have the services of about 14 priests, so waiting should not be long.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The pro football team had just finished their daily practice session when a large turkey came strutting onto the field. While the players gazed in amazement, the turkey walked up to the head coach and demanded a tryout. Everyone stared in silence as the turkey caught pass after pass and ran right through the defensive line. When the turkey returned to the sidelines, the coach shouted, "You're terrific!!! Sign up for the season, and I'll see to it that you get a huge bonus." "Forget the bonus," the turkey said, "All I want to know is, does the season go past Thanksgiving Day?"