Category Archives: Christ the King

Returning to public mass in our churches

Dear parishioners and friends of our 3 Churches:

We are very happy to announce that later this week we will return to public mass in our churches. As you will see below, we will begin on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th with Mass at St Brigid’s at 9.30am, continuing at Christ the King Saturday 6pm and Sunday 9am, and then St Brigid’s Sunday 10.30am and 6pm.

  • at these Masses we will welcome all who wish to come up to the limit for each Mass. If the numbers require it, on future weekends we will operate some kind of “booking” system
  • however, remember that the Sunday Obligation is still lifted – you might want to consider coming on a different day to allow needy parishioners to come at their convenience
  • 10.30 Mass at St Brigid’s will continue to be live streamed for the foreseeable future
  • to comply with directives, there can be no mass sheets or hymn books, and various other restrictions to enable things to run smoothly – to this end please follow the stewards’ assistance – for example by not lingering in the buildings after mass
  • Stewards – obviously more stewards are needed for public mass,  please consider whether you can offer this service and contact Ansti at (St Brigid’s) or Marie at (Christ the King)
  • St Paul’s have also started the process of opening the church, so watch this space

It will be wonderful to be able to be back together again. We are very grateful to all those who have worked so hard to get us to this point. Well done!

Fr Matthew

Christ the King bidding prayers, 30 December 2018 (Feast of the Holy Family)

Priest: On this Feast of the Holy Family we turn to our Father and ask him for our needs.

Reader: We pray for the Church, for its people and for its clergy. May we all help to spread the love of Jesus throughout the world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Let us pray that we may be supportive and forgiving in our own families. 

 Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray that the Peace of Christ will overcome hate and resentment, and that people will learn to respect each other,

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Many people feel low at this time of the year.We pray that people who are lonely or depressed may be warmed by the Light of Christ. 

 Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all our Parishioners, friends and relatives who have died and gone before us in faith. We remember especially Nich Pearson whose funeral will take place here on Friday and Paul Grant who has died recently, May they rest in eternal peace.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us ask Mary, mother of the Christ Child, to pray for us: Hail Mary…

Let us pray in silence for our own intentions.

Priest: God our loving Father we ask you to listen to all our prayers because we make them in faith and in the name of Jesus your Son who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.

Christ the King bidding prayers, 25 December 2018 (Christmas Day)

Priest        On Christmas Day, long ago, God came and lived among us.   He taught us to love one another, and we place our petitions before him, seeking to continue his work.   

Reader          The response is;

Lord graciously hear us

On this Christmas Day we pray for the Church throughout the world, that it may joyfully proclaim the coming of God’s kingdom, and that this message may bring hope to all who hear it…..pause………….

Lord hear us

We pray for peace on earth and goodwill among all peoples.  May the Christmas message inspire politicians and leaders to continue to work together for a fairer world and for justice and peace everywhere.

……………………………. pause …………………………..

Lord hear us

We pray for refugees, who like the Holy Family, are seeking a safe place to live. .…. Pause……………… 

Lord hear us

And we pray for those in need nearer home: the sick, the lonely, the homeless; and those who mourn the loss of loved ones especially at this time of year.  May thewonder of the season give them comfort and joy.…Pause…

Lord hear us

Let us pray in silence for a few moments for all that we would ask for our own families and friends at this Christmas time……………pause…………

Lord hear us

We ask Mary, the mother of the newborn Christ to add her prayers to our own saying;

            Hail Mary………….

Priest        Heavenly Father, the birth of your son renews our hope. Give us grace to bear witness to him before the world, for he is Lord forever and ever.

Christ the King bidding prayers, 23 December 2018 (4th Sunday in Advent)

Celebrant:We bring our petitions to you Lord, on the last Sunday of Advent, and ask you to answer our prayers.

Reader:We pray for the leaders of the Church, that they will be inspired by the example of Mary our mother.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reader:As Christmas is about to dawn, we pray for our own 3 Churches community, that we will be ready to welcome Christ with open hearts.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reader:As our children and young people start their holidays, let us remember those who teach and lecture to them. We pray that those who are entrusted with the education of our young people may enjoy a refreshing holiday and be willing and able to take up the challenge again in January.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reader:We pray for those suffering from illness, and those who are too sick to be at home with their families this Christmas. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reader: Let us pray for those who have died, particularly those whose anniversaries occur at this time, that they may be at rest in the peace and joy of God’s heavenly kingdom.

We ask Mary, the Mother of our Saviour, to help us with our prayers as we say Hail Mary…

We pray in silence for our own needs and intentions.

Celebrant : Lord, we pray that you will grant our prayers in the name of Jesus, who brings hope to the world. Amen.