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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 complete a Parish Registration Form, available from the carousel at the back of church and return it to the Presbytery letter box at 9 Crescent Gardens, just around the corner.

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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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

- 25 October 2020, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
- 18 October 2020, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
- 11 October 2020, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
- 4 October 2020, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

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Church re-opening

The wearing of Face Coverings is 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. We will still use only every other bench for the time being.

PUBLIC MASS EVERY DAY. The church is also open for private prayer:

Monday to Saturday: 9am-10:30am
And: Monday: 12pm-1pm || 6pm-7pm
Tuesday: 6pm-7pm
Wednesday: 6pm-7pm
Thursday: 1pm-2pm || 6pm-7pm
Saturday: 5:45pm-Mass
Sunday: 8:15am-Mass || 10:15am-Mass

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From the newsletters

OPENING OUR CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are very grateful to those who have been stewarding. Naturally people’s lives change and some cannot do it anymore. So, we are looking for more volunteers. There is nothing fixed about WHEN the church can be open. So, if you would be willing to come along every week for one hour at a time of your choosing, please do let me know. We can then make a new rota.

QUIZ TIME DURING VIRUS: Answers will be given in the following week's NL. Give yourself 1 point for each correct answer. DS means double score. NB there may be more than one answer especially about patron saints. Prizes for the most points when we come to the end.

Quiz week 6
- 1. How many apostles are mentioned in The Bible? DS
- 2. What is the name of the Archbishop of Southwark?
- 3. Where are the First Aid Boxes in the church?
- 4. What is a Corporal and why is it so called? DS
- 5. Who is the patron of soldiers
- 6. What colour were the eyes of Jesus?

Answers Quiz 5
1. Francis Xavier
2. Isidore of Seville
3. Blaise
4. 40 days
5. Congregation - place where they congregate
6 Priest or deacon or anyone in emergency

GIFT AID & STANDING ORDERS – IMPORTANT! Since lockdown many of you have been unable to give in your normal weekly contributions. Like many others your church has suffered financially as a result. For those of you already on our Gift Aid Scheme (including those on Standing Order) please collect your new Envelopes from the back of church. If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid is a wonderful way to make your offertory donation more valuable to Christ the King. For every £8 you donate to the church, the UK government adds another £2, which is refunded to the parish. Please consider joining the gift aid scheme and also setting up a standing order in favour of Christ the King. Forms can be downloaded from the parish website or Facebook page and completed forms returned to Joanne in the parish office.

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

FREE: The Bible Timeline Course, starting on Wednesday 4th November 2020 at 7.00pm, over 7 weekly sessions. http://www.comeandsee.org/registration.html. cf poster in narthex.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES in CATHOLIC SCHOOLS & ORGANISATIONS: Please see notice board in church entrance for info on all current positions.

NOVEMBER – MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS: Monday 2nd November is All Souls Day. There will be an extra Mass at 7.30pm. The Book of the Deceased will be displayed throughout November in the Lady Chapel. You are free to insert the names of your deceased loved ones by writing their names on a piece of paper. Because of the virus there will be no Blessing of Graves this year.

HOPE FOR OUR COMMON HOME – An Opportunity for Reflection: Sadly, the reality of the pandemic and associated restrictions has led to a revision of plans for this event. When circumstances allow, there will be a face to face event but in the meantime Jesuit Missions have developed a short ‘taster’ session for us: Live online, 8-9 pm on Tuesday 10 November, the event will include a short recorded interview with a Jesuit Missions partner, exploring dignity of the human person, the common good and solidarity in the context of their work followed by discussion of the relevance of this work to us perso0nally and as a Parish. The evening will close with an Ignatian contemplation – ‘God sees the world’. We hope you are able to join us. Details of how to join will follow.

REMEMBER THE CHURCH WITH A GIFT IN YOUR WILL: As Catholics we believe in the sanctity of life; a precious gift from God. We strive to live life joyfully and faithfully, in the hope we will return to our Creator after a natural death, to enjoy eternal life with Him. When you move on to the next life, you can make your lifetime of faith live on through a gift in your Will. If you would be interested in finding out more, please pick up a special leaflet ‘Your Legacy of Faith’, from the newsletter tables. Or email for more information: legacy@rcaos.org.uk. In the USA, the Christian Church is the number one beneficiary of legacy gifts. In the UK charity sector, legacy make up the second largest portion of voluntary income.

SCHOOL INFORMATION FORMS 2020/21: Regarding any applications to Catholic Schools, (primary, secondary & 6th form), & Nurseries: special forms are now available, after masses, from Fr Anthony. Catholic Schools are becoming more and more reliant on Parish Priests’ references and unless you complete and return a Form to me we will be unable to ‘do’ a Reference for the School. Even if you have completed many before now, please do so again for each new applicant.

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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 154 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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