“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’”
Many of our parishioners actively serve God through the use of their time, talent and treasure. At Christ the King, there are many opportunities to actively participate in service to the community and those in need.
FUNERALS & BEREAVEMENT
Our parish staff is here to serve families during this difficult time. Either in coordination with the Funeral Home or on their own, the family is asked to contact the parish office to make arrangements for a meeting with Fr. Brian or one of our Pastoral Associates to plan the funeral liturgy. The family will be provided with a packet of information that will act as a resource for choosing readings, prayers and music. A personalized funeral booklet is then produced to act as a worship aid for those attending the funeral.
FUNERAL LITURGY TEAM
Members of the Funeral Liturgy Team assist the Priest in a variety of ways. Members prepare the altar prior to the funeral Mass, act as candle and cross bearers, hand out funeral booklets, and when the funeral family cannot, participate as Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
MASS OF REMEMBRANCE
Each year during November our parish holds a special liturgy for the families and friends who have lost a loved one in the past year. While the entire parish is welcome, those who have lost a loved one in the past year are asked to contact Sister Mary Joseph so we can collect the names that will be written in the "Book of the Dead" and read and remembered in a special way during this Mass.
Anyone mourning the loss of a loved one; spouse, parent, child, friend, is welcome to join us for these Sunday afternoon gatherings from 1:00 to 2:30pm, on the last Sunday of each month. Sister Mary Joseph will coordinate the sessions and they will include education, inspiration, sharing of resources, and prayer. Please contact Sister Mary Joseph if you plan to attend.
MINISTRY OF CARING
It is our obligation and our pleasure as Catholic Christians to care for those within our Community who are in need. Soup is delivered along with a Prayer Shawl (created by the Prayer Shawl Ministry) to those who are sick or grieving. Members of the parish cook the soup and deliver it to the home. Parishioners are also available to drive individuals to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, or Mass. Meals and visits can also be arranged. For those who are unable to attend Mass, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion can bring the Eucharist to your home.
For more information please contact Paula Dugan
FAMILY PROMISE OF MORRIS COUNTY
Support of Homeless Families
Volunteers from local congregations come together to provide emergency shelter, meals and support services to those in need. Our parish is assigned 4 times a year. One group cooks and serves dinner on a Tuesday evening another cooks and serves breakfast on Saturday morning and two volunteers are needed to sleep overnight should any of the clients need assistance. We serve when the shelter is set up in the Presbyterian Church in Chatham.
For more information please contact Britta Gangemi
FISHES AND LOAVES
Our Fishes and Loaves Ministry supports The Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County which is a non-profit distribution center that is run by volunteers throughout the County. Christ the King parishioners donate food, volunteer hours and monies to assist those in need. On the first weekend of every month, non-perishable food and monetary donations are collected. We also collect turkeys at Thanksgiving (Bring Your Bird to Church) and other items during the holidays.
For more information please contact Susan Pellegrino
EVA'S SOUP KITCHEN
Christ the King is a founding supporter of Eva’s Soup Kitchen in Paterson and provides meals approximately 6 times per year for over 200 people. The Kitchen is part of Eva’s Village.
For more information please contact Kathleen Matrale at 201.919.4841
During the Christmas season, we joyfully celebrate Christ’s birth by reaching out to those in need and sharing our blessings with the less fortunate. The Christmas-in-a-Box program allows parishioners to select a family in need of assistance and provide them with gifts and the makings for a festive meal. The parish Giving Tree is another Christ the King tradition. Parishioners select a tag from the tree, purchase the requested item and return it in a gift bag. These efforts support various charities including Birth Haven for unwed mothers, Family Promise for the homeless, Interfaith Food Pantry and Eva’s Village men’s shelter.
Every month, Senior Citizens 65 years and older are invited on a Tuesday to the 9am Mass followed by a home cooked hot breakfast in our Parish Hall. Transportation can be provided with advance notice.
An RSVP is appreciated but not required.
For more information please contact Jen Flanagan
From House to Homes
In July 2015, eleven parishioners traveled to Antigua, Guatemala to work with From Houses to Homes to build homes for two needy families. Christ the King has sponsored college trips for several years but this was the first trip open to the whole parish. What we found is exactly what Erin and our college students have known all along: service to the poor in Guatemala is the hardest work you will ever love. We had heard this from previous volunteers many of whom have returned year after year but we didn't know the truth of that simple statement until we built two homes in one week and handed the keys to these secure and weatherproof houses to the new home owners. As we witnessed their tears and shed a few of our own we understood the power and the blessing of serving others. Many of us left vowing to return next year and we are hoping to have new volunteers join us next summer for this life changing experience. For more information please contact Christine Anderson.
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