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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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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

- 7 February 2021, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
- 31 January 2021, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
- 24 January 2021, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
- 17 January 2021, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Latest Mass sheets

- Mass sheet 7 February 2021.

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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: 12:30pm-1pm, 6pm-7pm
Thursday: 1pm-2pm, 6pm-7pm
Friday: 12pm-1pm
Sunday: 9:15am-10:30am

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**LENT**

Diocesan Lenten Retreat for ALL

Archbishop John and the Diocesan Spirituality Commission are offering a Retreat for Lent. We appreciate that in these times of lockdown, it is not possible to offer ‘live’ Lenten preparation courses so this is offered for use in all the parishes in the diocese.

This retreat will enable parishes to deliver a programme with minimal effort. Each week we will:
- Release a video. Parishioners can view from their homes, using the link below – or you can sign up directly to have it emailed to them.
- Release prayer materials. These can be used at home by individuals, or the parish will print them for those who do not have internet access.
- Provide parish resources.

There are additional materials for parishes to use in a group (in person if we can or via zoom/teams or similar).

We aim to make it easy as possible for people to ‘coordinate’ a Lenten sharing group for 45m or an hour each week utilising the materials provided. Parish priests may wish to do this or there are guidelines for group leaders if you wish to delegate this.

The Diocesan Spirituality Commission can also offer access to spiritual directors who may facilitate a group on line for you if this is preferred. Resources for this are at: http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme and parishioners can also sign up here, to receive the materials directly.

If you want help or advice please email Chris Chapman at spirituality@rcaos.org.uk.

WAY OF THE CROSS

Sometimes called The Stations meaning stopping places.

These are the traditional 14 as set up by St. Francis of Assisi, but we may make our meditation on the last hours of Our 's life. in any way we wish. Nos. 3, 6, 7, 9 are not in the gospels.

You can download a copy of the sheet here.

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From the newsletter

CONFIRMATION 2021: Registration Forms are available NOW on the newsletter tables, or by emailing the parish office, or by downloading it here or from our Facebook page, for all who wish to put their names forward for Confirmation preparation. The sessions will initially be held on Zoom. However, if Government guidelines on contact are relaxed during the programme then it may be possible that meetings will take place in the Parish Hall. Candidates must be in School Year 9 or older. Please note that the deadline for submitting completed, signed application forms to the Parish Office is Friday 5 March 2021. Parents’ and Candidates’ Information Evening will take place on Zoom on Thursday 25 March at 8pm. A date for this year’s Ceremony has not been finalised due to the current restrictions.

OPENING OUR CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We are very grateful to those who have been stewarding. If you would be willing to come along every week for one hour at a time of your choosing, please do let Fr Anthony know. The rota is being constantly updated. Though some Boroughs are suggesting Places of Worship should stay closed, our Archbishop argues differently. CF Parish Facebook for his briefing on this matter.

LENTEN SESSIONS: One of our parishioners, Paul Mason, has offered to run three Lenten Sessions on Zoom for parishioners who might be interested in exploring their relationship with God. The first session is entitled “So who is this God that we worship?” where he will help us look at our image of God. The second session will look at God in the Bible and the Final session will look at how we communicate with God. The dates of the sessions all on Thursdays at 8pm will be: 4, 11 & 18 March In order to plan how each session can be managed on Zoom, Paul would like to have some idea of how many people would like to take part. Anyone interested should contact Paul - see newsletter.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: We are waiting for a confirmed date for schools to return in order to arrange for the preparation sessions to restart.

MOTHERS’ PRAYERS: Join us every Weds at 7.30pm on Zoom to pray for children & grandchildren. Any queries contact Marie - see newsletter.

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 R C Archdiocese of Southwark, Christ the King Church. Please use ‘Collection’ as your reference. Many thanks in advance!

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 (SVP).

SCHOOL INFORMATION FORMS 2020/21: Regarding any applications to Catholic Schools, (primary, secondary & 6th form), & Nurseries: special forms are available, after masses, from Fr Anthony. Catholic Schools are becoming more and more reliant on Parish Priests’ references. Even if you have completed many before now, please do so again for each new applicant. Please note that if you are required to supply a ‘Certificate of Catholic Practice’ – these can be downloaded from websites such as the Catholic Education Service or the R.C.Diocese of Southwark.

SAFEGUARDING – IMPORTANT: The government have launched the “Ask for ANI” codeword scheme in partnership with Boots and Independent pharmacies across the country. Those who are a victim of or at risk of domestic abuse can discreetly ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) by saying something like “I would like to see ANI.” Or “Is Ani available today?” or any other phrase with ANI and a safe space will be provided by a trained pharmacist to allow the individual to access support services and helplines. Where the victim is at risk or harm, the police and other relevant authorities may be contacted. This scheme is especially useful in helping those who are isolated at home with their abuser and unable to access help.
If you wish to speak to one of your Parish Safeguarding Representatives about any safeguarding related enquiry you may call our dedicated mobile telephone number 07927 123 926 or email wimbledonparksg1@safeguardrcaos.org.uk. Your Safeguarding Reps are Celine Duckworth, David Boyce and Simon Cowdry.

CTK FACEBOOK GROUP: Our CTK Facebook group 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, particularly in these difficult times!

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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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