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Christ the King Roman Catholic Parish

9 Crescent Gardens, Wimbledon Park
London, SW19 8AJ
Parish Priest: Fr. Anthony Plummer
Email: wimbledonpark@rcaos.org.uk Telephone: 020 8946 2091

Facebook (Closed group):
Parishioners/Friends of Christ the King, Wimbledon Park

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New Parishioners

Welcome!

Please take a Parish Directory Leaflet (light blue). Ask a Welcomer. Also, complete Parish Registration & Gift Aid Forms, at church entrance & return them to the Presbytery letter box at 9 Crescent Gardens.

There is usually at least one person to welcome people as they come into Sunday mass. Please make yourself known to them or to the priest. After the 10.30 a.m. Mass ALL are invited into the hall for a cuppa and chat. This is an easy way of getting to know fellow parishioners or just arranging dates with the priest.

For more information see our Parish directory.

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Gift aid and standing orders

Please consider joining the gift aid scheme and also setting up a standing order in favour of Christ the King. If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid is a wonderful way to make your offertory donation more valuable to Christ the King. Standing order forms make it even easier to make a regular contribution to the parish.

Download the forms:
- Gift Aid Declaration and Standing Order Mandate.

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Sacraments

Baptisms: Please see Fr Anthony. Baptism dates and Preparation Sessions for 2019 are listed in the porch

Marriages: You need to give at least 6 months’ notice.

Confession: on Saturdays, 10am-10.30am and 5.30pm-5.45pm, or just ask

Baptism dates and preparation sessions for 2020 are listed in the porch

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HOSPITAL CONTACTS

If you or a member of your family are admitted to one of these hospitals, do please let the hospital’s Catholic chaplain know:

- St George’s Hospital: Fr Mark Higgins (020 8725 3069)

- St Helier & Epsom Hospital: Fr Philip Pak (020 8296 3069)

- Kingston Hospital: Fr Tony Oleh (020 8546 7711)

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Parish prayer

Father, pour out your Spirit upon the people of this parish and grant them a new vision of your glory, a new experience of your power, a new faithfulness to your word, and a consecration to your service.

That your love may grow among us and your kingdom come, through Christ our Lord. Amen

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Parish Safeguarding team

The Archdiocese of Southwark is committed to the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults. The Diocese co-operates fully with CSAS, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, which aims to help the Church become an example of best practice in the Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, and develop a "culture of vigilance" to ensure that children and vulnerable adults in our care are kept safe from harm.

The members of the Safeguarding team at Christ the King are Celine Duckworth, David Boyce and Simon Cowdry.

Call 07927 123 926.

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"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."

John 3:16

Latest newsletters

- 2 May 2021, Fifth Sunday of Easter(B)
- 25 April 2021, Fourth Sunday of Easter(B)

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Church open

There is public Mass every day.

The church is also open for private prayer as follows:
Monday to Saturday: 9am-10:30am
And: Monday: 12pm-1pm, 6pm-7pm
Tuesday: 6pm-7pm
Wednesday: 12pm-1pm, 6pm-7pm
Thursday: 1pm-2pm, 6pm-7pm
Friday: 12pm-1pm
Saturday & Sunday: At least a quarter of an hour before Masses

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From the newsletter

COVID AWARD for CHRIST THE KING: On Friday Fr Anthony was visited by Councillor Sally Kenny, Mayor of Merton. We, along with other faith groups in Merton, are honoured to receive a Covid Award Certificate for making, and continuing to make a difference to our local community during the pandemic. Please take a look at the certificate which is displayed outside of the church.

 

OPENING OUR CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER – VOLUNTEERS. Our bishops have written to thank all who have kept our churches open and safe by stewarding. Many people, seeing the church open, who pop in, say they have not been to any church for years. It's a really worthwhile task. Thank you.

MISSIO: a BIG thank you to parishioners for your generosity. The parish has sent a total of £446 to Missio in the first three months of this year. Keep up the good work and please take a Red Box from the back of the church. If you would like a standing order form please contact John Pedder - see newslettter.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021: The preparation sessions, for those already registered last year, will continue this Sunday 2 May at 10.00am in the Hall. A date for this year’s Ceremony has not been decided on as yet due to the current restrictions. Please note that the Registration process for the next group of Candidates will start in September – notices will be made nearer to the time.

MOTHERS’ PRAYERS: Join us every Weds at 7.30pm in the church to pray for children/grandchildren. Any queries contact Marie - see newsletter.

FEELING ANXIOUS? Have you been worried or even scared during lockdown? If you’re between 11-24 years of age the Kooth Service is there for you. It’s a free, anonymous online service where you can find a helping hand when you need it & is open every day until 10pm. See their website on www.koothplc.com.

‘THERE & BACK AGAIN’: One of our young parishioners, Alexander Ketchen, will be cycling from London to Brighton and back in a single day on 30th May. He will be doing this challenge in order to raise much needed funds to support DePaul UK and Crisis who are helping those who have become homeless due to COVID and also for Mary’s Meals who are feeding school children in some of the world’s poorest communities. DePaul UK will receive 50% of donations given. Please support Alexander by donating via Virgin Money Giving Charity Link: There and Back Again.

PRAYER CAMPAIGN TO CONQUER THE VIRUS: Suggest that each family says just one decade of the Rosary every day together. Preferably on our knees.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR VICTIMS & SURVIVORS OF ABUSE – This Tues 4 May 2021: Prayers will be offered up during 9.30am Mass.

SUNDAY EVENING CLEANER NEEDED FOR CHURCH HALL: With the easing of Government Regulations hall bookings are starting to resume. Hence the need for a good, reliable cleaner for Sunday evenings 8-10pm to clean the Hall, toilets and side lobby - £12 per hr. Please contact Fr Anthony or the parish office if you know of anyone suitable.

CORONAVIRUS & FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS: Please bear in mind that, during these pandemic days of low attendance at masses, church and presbytery/office bills still have to be paid. So if you wish to contribute to your Parish but cannot make it to church, you can drop any cash/cheque contributions in an envelope, or gift aid envelope, through the Presbytery letterbox or make a bank transfer. Sort Code 60 50 01, Acct No 36006076 in name of RCAS Christ the King. Please use ‘Collection or Donation’ as your reference. Many thanks in advance!

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER to support vulnerable people and those who need it during the pandemic? The NHS Volunteer Responder programme, which offers volunteers a number of roles – including food or medication deliveries, lifts to medical appointments and ‘check-in and chat’ phone calls. NHS VR also offers more regular ‘check-in and chat plus’. phone calls for vulnerable people. The NHS VR website also signposts volunteers who want to do more to support the COVID-19 response to relevant volunteering opportunities and organisations. Please see https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/other-ways-you-can-help for more details. You can also visit the gov.uk page on volunteering to see a list of websites which may be advertising opportunities in your area, for eg through the ‘Do-it’, ‘Volunteering Matters’, the National Association for Voluntary & Community Action websites as well as NCVO’s local volunteer centre directory.

FANCY A CHAT? Many of us are finding the lockdown difficult, especially if we live alone, or are not able to get out. If you, or someone you know, would like a friendly chat, please ring 07775 858 293 to speak to a member of the parish’s St Vincent de Paul Group.

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Mass in the time of COVID-19

1. Currently there is no Sunday obligation required and parishioners who have concerns about numbers can always attend mass during the week when social distancing will be less of a problem.

2. The wearing of Face Coverings is now MANDATORY in Places of Worship – except for those who are exempt from doing so. With the introduction of wearing of face coverings we will now change to a 1.5 metre distancing rule in place of the 2 metre one.

3. There is no booking system and attendance works on a first come basis.

4. There is some room in the choir loft and the Lady Chapel.

5. Entrance to the church is only through the main entrance. The side entrance and the main entrance are both be used for parishioners exiting the church after mass.

6. All double doors will be opened for the exit.

7. Sorry, the Toilet will not be available at mass times.

8. All parishioners should use the hand sanitizing gel on entering the church. If anyone has an allergy to certain gels they should bring their own with them.

9. A mass sheet is provided at all masses and these must be taken home by parishioners and not left on the benches.

10. Parishioners are advised that money for the 1st and 2nd collections should be put in the box (1st Collection) or bucket (2nd Collection) as they enter the main body of the church.

11. No collection will be made during mass.

12. There will be no Prayers of the Faithful, no offertory procession and no exchange sign of peace.

13. When approaching the sanctuary for Holy Communion, there will be no floor markings to denote the social distancing of 1.5 metres. Parishioners will be expected to use their common sense. If the person in front of them is not part of their “bubble” they should allow a two-bench distance between them.

14. ***UPDATED*** At Communion the Eucharist will be distributed by Fr Anthony and Michael Jones * from behind the altar railings. Communion will be given silently in the hand only. When they approach Fr Anthony or Michael Jones, they should unloop their face coverings and consume the Sacred Host and then replace the face covering before moving back to the pews.

15. People should receive with do so with their arms at “full stretch” so that there is a good distance between them. Their hands, palms upwards, one on top of the other, should be extended as flatly as possible. Having received Holy Communion, communicants should move back to their seats via the side aisles. The Precious Blood will NOT be offered.

16. There can be no singing at mass. Music will be played by individuals at the Sun 8.30am mass. Recorded music may be used at the 10.30am mass and maybe at Sat 6.00pm. Should a hymn be played we are not to join in with the singing.

17. Whilst all children are welcome at masses, parents need to be mindful that they have to remain in their family “bubble” and toddlers must not run around the church for their own safety.

18. On entry all sanitise hands, then Government says every individual/family must sign in (like Pubs).

* Michael has kindly volunteered to be at all 3 masses to Serve, Read and Distribute Communion. Hence the sanctuary will always be a safe area and we avoid complicated rotas and instructions etc.

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Daily Masses: Live streaming from various churches can be found on the internet.
- e.g. There are live Masses, Prayer, Rosaries from morning to night from around GB & Ireland. Go to: churchservices.tv/eltham and select 'WHAT'S ON NOW' or 'SCHEDULES'.
- For Mass Readings for each day go to: Readings at Mass - Universalis.

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IMPORTANT: If you have a love one go into hospital, please let the CATHOLIC chaplain know.

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Latest information from the Archdiocese

Mass for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

Each week from 23rd April a Catholic Bishop will celebrate Mass in their Cathedral, which will be live-streamed for people to join. This will take place every Thursday at 7.00pm.

By visiting the Cathedral webpage (www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/), or the Bishops’ Conference Webpage (cbcew.org.uk) links for the live-streaming of these Masses can be found.

Archdiocese of Southwark Pastoral Letter Concerning the Measures to be put in place Regarding Public Worship and the Celebration of the Sacraments in Relation to the COVID-19 (Coronavius) Pandemic: download.

Archdiocese of Southwark Letter to the Clergy Concerning the Measures to be put in place Regarding Public Worship and the Celebration of the Sacraments in Relation to the COVID-19 (Coronavius) Pandemic: download.

Coronavirus, and living our faith, a message from the parish’s SVP Conference

I want to help – what can I do?

First and foremost, keep your prayers going. We all need them. Then :

1. Reach out to our neighbours and fellow parishioners. Call or put a note through their door, with your contact details, offering to help. Join local efforts, like local Residents’ Associations, or the systems being recommended by each of our local MPs. Let us know of other practical steps that we can publicise.

2. Food banks. Local food banks have been running short. Some supermarkets have designated places to donate, or you can give an online donation or send an online order direct to the food bank, even if it has to wait a week.

3. Volunteer to be a Phone twin Can you sign up to call a named parishioner once a day, partly as a safety check but also to relieve the sheer boredom?

4.Identifying people without internet access, and offering to help get them online A small but significant minority of parishioners, mostly over 80, are not online. If they decide it would be a good idea to take the plunge, can you help to get them up and going?

5. Let us know if you have any skills to offer We will use the parish Facebook site to make specific requests. Please look at it, and volunteer where you can.

I need help – what can I do?

Follow Government advice, but if you need practical help, with shopping or anything else, get in touch. If you just want to talk through what is on your mind, please call.

1. Phone or text us on 07946 712 714.

2. Use the parish Facebook site – it is a ‘closed’ group so please ask to join if you are on Facebook ‘Parishioners & Friends of Christ the King, Wimbledon Park’. It is a great way to keep in touch – particularly in these difficult times!

Just leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

We in the SVP send you our prayers and hope to see you again soon.

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CTK FACEBOOK GROUP: Our CTK Facebook group now has 164 members! It is a private, ‘closed’ group, so please do ask to join if you are on Facebook – ‘Parishioners & Friends of Christ the King, Wimbledon Park’. It’s a great way to keep in touch with what is going on!

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The God Who Speaks

The coming year will be one of celebrating, living and sharing God's word, through a range of events, activities and resources.

www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/.

From 30 Sept 2019 to 31 Dec 2020 The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales has designated 2020 as ‘The God who Speaks’ – A year of the word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘Verbum Domini’ – Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Exhortation, ‘The Word of the Lord’ – and the 1,600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin.
The Year will be one of celebrating, living and sharing God’s word, through a range of events, activities and resources. We are invited to listen afresh to the word of God as did Our Blessed Lady at the Annunciation, to encounter anew the presence of that word, and to proclaim it afresh in the Church and the World.
For further information see: www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/.

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