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Church is to be a vibrant faith community
that proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ through worship, education, service
and fellowship.
Christ the King Catholic Church
is to be a growing vibrant faith family actively engaged in meeting the needs
of our community.
Blessed are you who fear the Lord.
— Psalm 128:1a
Catholic Church
MASS SCHEDULE Saturday Vigil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:30pm Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00am, 10:30am Misa en Español, Fr. Carmelo Salinas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .6:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday . . . . . . . .8:00am Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30pm Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:15am
SACRAMENTS Reconciliation:
Saturday, 4:00—5:00pm; Wednesday, 6:00—6:30pm, or by appointment. Baptism: Contact the office to make an appoint- ment for baptismal preparation. Marriage: Contact the office six months or more prior to the desired date.
Rev. Fr. John R. Vaughan, Pastor [email protected]
TODAY’S READINGS First Reading — The woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31). Psalm — Blessed are those who fear the Lord (Psalm 128). Second Reading — Brothers and sisters, you are chil- dren of the light (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6). Gospel — To all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance (Matthew 25:14-30 [14 -15, 19-21]). The English translation of the Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights re- served.
Saturday, November 18 Vigil
5:30pm †Marjorie Greenwell Sunday, November 19 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:00am People of the Parish 10:30am †Olen & Betty Metz 6:00pm †Barbara Harpool
Monday, November 20
8:00am †Jacki Jaskolski
Tuesday, November 21
Wednesday, November 22 6:30pm Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 23
8:00am No Mass
Friday, November 24
8:15am No Mass
Saturday, November 25 Vigil
5:30pm †Ken Burk Sunday, November 26 Christ, King of the Universe
8:00am †Bishop John McRaith 10:30am People of the Parish 6:00pm †Charles Sims
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Nov. 18 - 19
Sat, 5:30 PM (Sunday Liturgy) Youth Mass—Youth will be fulfilling ministry roles at this Mass.
EUCH Kylee O’Toole, Karis Littlepage, Lauren Adkins LECT Krisalyn Littlepage (1st) Carrie Crouch (2nd) SERV Brock Jones, Nick Calhoun, Maddie McCabe HOSP Makayla Arnold, Caidence Doane, Camryn LaGrange MUSIC Patty Folk, Youth Sun, 8:00 AM (Sunday Liturgy) EUCH Renee Boucherie, Richard Dale, Esther Clouse LECT Danielle Stewart (1st) Margaret Lawson (2nd) SERV Kirk LaGrange, Camryn LaGrange HOSP Kenneth Boucherie, Ruth Dale, Karen Caldwell, Jud Caldwell MUSIC Elaine Will, Patty Brown, Daisy Rocha Sun, 10:30 AM (Sunday Liturgy) EUCH John Clark, Mark Missig, Ralph Hines LECT Greg Dick (1st) Debbie Keelin (2nd) SERV Grace Riddle, Maddie McCabe, Audrey Latham HOSP Greg McCabe, Melissa Webb, Mike Arnold Debbie Arnold MUSIC Belinda Hayden, Patty Brown Collection Tabulator Janice Calhoun & Gary Lykins Children’s Liturgy Ashlee Zimmer & Erin Sharber Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Nov. 25 - 26
Sat, 5:30 PM (Sunday Liturgy) Youth Mass—Youth will be fulfilling ministry roles at this Mass.
EUCH Sherry Kittinger, David Littlepage, Judy Donley LECT Lyndee Burden (1st) Marsha Segebarth (2nd) SERV Krisalyn Litttlepage, Braydan Payne HOSP Paul Kirkwood, Beth Kirkwood, Diane Cardwell, Volunteer MUSIC Patty Folk Sun, 8:00 AM (Sunday Liturgy) EUCH Becky Markham, Terri Barton, Bonnie Burns LECT Mike Wolford (1st) Susanne Wolford (2nd) SERV Carrie Beth Crouch, Drew Burden HOSP Ted Will, Elaine Will, Jeannie Southard, Tom Southard MUSIC Elaine Will, Patty Brown, Daisy Rocha Sun, 10:30 AM (Sunday Liturgy) EUCH Sarah Whittington, Ellen Whittington, John Keelin LECT Kenwyn Riddle (1st) Larry Pilson (2nd) SERV Brock Jones, Carter Logsdon, Kylee O’Toole HOSP Andrea Ramsey, Jimmy Riddle, Scott Sanders, Ellie Wells MUSIC Carol Richardson, Patty Brown Collection Tabulator Rosa Chapman & Joan Hobgood Children’s Liturgy No CLW
MASS INTENTIONS NOV 18 - 26
SCRIPTURE THIS WEEK
MINISTRY SCHEDULE
READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63; Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158; Lk 18:35-43 Tuesday: 2 Mc 6:18-31; Ps 3:2-7; Lk 19:1-10 Wednesday: 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31; Ps 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b, 15; Lk 19:11-28 Thursday: 1 Mc 2:15-29; Ps 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15; Lk 19:41-44 Thanksgiving Day, Suggested: Sir 50:22-24; Ps 145:2-11; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Lk 17:11-19 Friday: 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59; 1 Chr 29:10bcd, 11-12; Lk 19:45-48 Saturday: 1 Mc 6:1-13; Ps 9:2-4, 6, 16, 19; Lk 20:27-40 Sunday: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23:1-3, 5-6; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt 25:31-46
Happy Thanksgiving! In spite of the divisions we face in our coun- try, the threats of war that are troubling or whatever problems we may be facing in our families or personal lives, we still have so much for which we should be
grateful. It would be unfortunate if our gratitude leads us no farther than the dinning room table. Rather, as Catho- lics, we should be led to the Eucharistic table where we offer the greatest prayer of thanksgiving possible, the Sac- rifice of the Mass. Join your parish family for our Thanksgiving Celebration on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and have a blessed holiday.
Another way we express our gratitude is by generosi- ty. As mentioned in last week's bulletin, today the Church in the United States receives donations for the Campaign for Human Development. Thank you for your generosity to this most worthy cause.
Pope Francis has declared today (November 19th) as the "Day of the Poor." I intend to speak about this in my homily but the purpose of this day is to draw our attention to the most needy among us and as the Holy Father chal- lenges us, "to move to concrete deeds instead of empty words." Through our contributions to the Food Bank and the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, we do good things. However, we can always become more aware, more involved and more generous.
Many thanks to all who organized and participated in "Family Night" last Wednesday. We had such a good turnout and everyone enjoyed themselves. Such events help us to build the bonds of communion, which in turn strengthens our parish.
We are looking forward to our Reverse Raffle dinner on the 30th. There are still tickets available. Join us for a wonderful evening.
I will spend some Thanksgiving time with my family so there will be no Mass here on Thursday and Friday.
Have a great week! Fr. John
THE PASTOR’S CORNER
“Well done, my good and faithful servant”
How can you make a return to the Lord for all that he has given you? We respond to God’s love for us by loving him in return, by giving to him our lives as he first gave his life for us. If you feel that God might be calling you or someone you know to give yourself to him as a priest or religious brother or sister, contact the Dio- cese of Owensboro Office of Vocations:
270-683-1545, owensborovocations.com, [email protected], for more information.
VOCATION AWARENESS
TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION Earlier this autumn, we looked at how our Eu- charistic Prayers have been enriched by the approval of several new prayers to augment the old Roman Canon. For us, there are the four standard prayers, three for Masses with Children, and the most recent addition, the former Swiss Eucharistic Prayer with four alternative forms (now known as the Eucharis- tic Prayer for Masses for Various Needs and Occa- sions). We also have two Eucharistic Prayers for Masses of Reconciliation. The source for these two prayers is the request by many bishops for a special prayer for the “Holy Year” of 1975. Originally, the committee in charge was commissioned to write a single prayer, but the theme proved so rich that it gave rise to two. The first is based on and develops biblical texts on reconciliation. The second starts with the experience of living in today’s fractured world, and how the Spirit calls us to reconciliation and peace. Not everyone was happy with all this creativity, saying that if too many were published, it would be difficult for the Vatican to control further requests. Everyone thought the pope would put strict limits on the prayers, but in the end he said he was willing to open doors that had long been closed. Alt- hough he approved them for a period of only three years, they were never formally removed from the Sacramentary and have been incorporated into the new Roman Missal.
—Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL NEWS
The store continues to need volunteers, especially per- sons to sort through donations. Call Joe Rocha or Meryl Clements at the store. The assistance office is also in need. Would you consider being an interviewer or a re- ceptionist? Contact John Clark.
SOCIAL CONCERNS
$10,000 REVERSE RAFFLE/PRIME RIB DINNER
Tickets are now available for our annual Reverse Raffle/Prime Rib Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Grand Prize is $10,000 with many other cash priz- es. One ticket is $150 and includes prime rib dinner for two and one chance at winning.
For the first time, we will be offering “Sponsorships,” which include: 5 tickets, preferred seating, preferred dining, sponsorship recognition and other special services for $1000. This is open to businesses as well as individual groups.
Please prayerfully consider buying a ticket or a spon- sorship, as this is our biggest fund raiser. If no one contacts you to buy a ticket, you may purchase one through the church office, the school, or contact Kenwyn Riddle at 270-339-8884.
We always need volunteers!! Please contact Kenwyn Riddle if you are able to volunteer! If you are unable to participate we ask that you pray for the success of our efforts. God Bless!
HELP PLEASE!
As you prepare your homes for the Advent/ Christmas season, please remember your church home! We will be short handed this season because one of our faithful volunteers will be unable to clean. If you can spare a few hours each week to straighten pews, sweep, dust, or clean windows, we would ap- preciate it. Please participate in our regular clean- ing sessions on the first Saturday of each month.
s baptism. All parents
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PARISH & FAMILY LIFE
Bishop William F. Medley would like to invite and
encourage everyone in the Diocese of Owensboro to
join him on Sunday, December 3 from 2-3 PM by
participating in a Holy Hour at Christ the King Catho-
lic Church. Bishop Medley is inviting all 78 parishes
to come together in prayer before the Blessed Sacra-
ment with the intention of promoting Evangelization
in our diocese.
Imagine 78 parishes praying in front of our Lord at
the same time with the same intention!
LIFE LINE SCREENING
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community -based preventive screenings, is offering a preven- tive health event at Christ the King Catholic Church on 12/5/2017. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries, a leading case of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms, which can lead to a ruptured aor- ta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screen- ings take 60-90 minutes to comlete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129: Call 888-653-6441 or visit http://lifelinescreening.com/ communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979.
CHRISTMAS CHOIR Second Graders are welcome to join the Youth Choir for Christmas Eve! Rehearsals will be on Thursdays beginning on November 30 at 4pm in the school. Call Patty Brown for more information.
PARISH & FAMILY LIFE
SHARING OUR GIFTS
Autumn is the season for harvest- ing and sharing the fruits of our labors. This week’s scrip- tures use images of the harvest, family life, pregnancy, and investment to de- scribe the abundant harvest in the reign of God. We discover that sharing the gifts we have been given brings eternal rewards for everyone. In the Gospel parable a master en- trusts his possessions to three servants before going on a journey. Each is given some talents. What they do with those talents determines what the master will do with them when he returns. How about us? What are we doing with our talents? How will our Master treat us when he returns?
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PRINCIPAL’S CORNER This weekend is our first Archery Tournament of the year and we wish our Archery team good luck! The Bas- ketball team played West Hopkins on Thursday. Alt- hough they lost 15-22, they have improved so much since the season started. We are very proud of them, and wish them good luck as they play John Paul II in Morganfield on Tuesday. 3-5th Grade students saw the movie Wonder on Friday and Middle School students saw the production of West Side Story at the Glema Mahr Center. Friday was also a STEM day. Students participated in a Thanksgiving themed day. Students built foil canoes and pumpkin catapults. STEM days are days focused on Sci- ence, Technology, Engineering and Math project based learning. This year our school is participating in #iGiveCatholic on Giving Tuesday, November 28. What is #iGiveCatholic? #iGiveCatholic is the first-ever online giving day for the Catholic community. It is a call to share of our blessings with the Church and those the Church helps and supports in our communities. This year, #iGiveCatholic is being celebrated by 17 Cath- olic arch/dioceses across the country: the Archdiocese of Atlanta; Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas; Archdio- cese of Mobile; Archdiocese of New Orleans; Diocese of Allentown; Diocese of Austin; Diocese of Baton Rouge; Diocese of Biloxi; Diocese of Helena, Montana; Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux; Diocese of Jackson; Diocese of Knoxville; Diocese of Lexington; Diocese of Lubbock; Diocese of Memphis; Diocese of Owensboro; and Dio- cese of Paterson. To celebrate our unique Catholic heritage #iGiveCatholic is a giving day created to rally the Catholic community on #GivingTuesday, November 28th – a global day of giving. Secure, tax-deductible donations to eligible Catholic parishes, schools, ministries, and not-for-profit organizations located in the participating arch/dioceses will be accepted on iGiveCatholic.org during a 24-hour period. Please see the bulletin flyer to find out how to participate and support our school during this giving season. Tuesday is our Annual Thanksgiving Mass and Dinner. We will have Mass at 10:00 am and Family lunch fol- lows in the Parish Hall. Hopefully you had a chance to RSVP this week, but if not, all our school families are welcome! Cost is $4 per adult and $2 per child. May God Bless US All! Beth Herrmann
WOMEN OF GRACE Women of Grace will begin meetings again after new year. Any woman in the parish is welcome to attend. We look forward to beginning an adult study program when we come back in January. Please call Belinda Hay- den for more information, 270-871-2153.
FREE RESOURCES DynamicCatholic.com has many free resources. Order a free book from their many selections or sign up for Best Advent Ever.
CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC SCHOOL
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
FAMILY NIGHT: NO FAITH FORMATION SESSIONS THIS WEEK! Families meet in the gym at 5:30pm for an Advent Family Night. Children and parents will participate in activities preparing for the holy seasons of Advent and Christmas. FIRST RECONCILIATION
First Reconciliation will be Saturday, December 2 at 10am. Please pray for these young people as they prepare to receive the sacrament.
FAITH FORMATION & SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION
MEET SUNDAY AT 5:00PM IN THE CHURCH! Youth Group will meet this weekend at 5:00pm in the Parish Hall! There will not be Youth Group on November 26 because of the Thanksgiving holiday. SUMMER MISSION TRIP 2018 We will be volunteering with Franscisans for the Poor in Cincinnati next summer. The date we plan to volunteer is July 29-August 3. If you are interested in participating, contact Patty Brown ASAP. We are limited to fifteen par- ticipants.
YOUTH MINISTRY
Contact Rae Ballard, 270-821-6255, the Church Office 270-821-5494, or email [email protected] If you would like to have our Christ the King Community pray for you, your family, or friends in time of need, or in time of thanksgiving contact the Prayerline.
Parishioners—Conner Adkins, Francine & Randall Burden, Bill Burns,
Toni Carter, Roxie Choate, Emma Clark, Erin Donley Clark, John & Peg- gy Crockett, Dustin Crook, Billy Folk, Kathy Foster, Darrell Hatfield, Steve Jobb, Patty Jolley, Rita Jungblom, Stan Kelly, Paul Kirkwood, John LaMure, Adrianna Lebbin, Larry McBride, Seth McCabe, Matthew Mel- ton, Bev Missig, Barbara O’Toole, Heather Oldham, Marsha Segebarth, Jill Taylor, Pat Todd, Martha Trucinski, Dennis Warszona, Eileen Wick- ham, SuzAnne Wilson.
Family of Parishioners—Paul Anderson, brother of Penny Giardinel-
la; Dustin Ashby, nephew of Marsha Segebarth; Tara Ballard, grand- daughter of Rae Ballard; Pattie Bausch, daughter of Pat Todd; Paul Bergman, husband of Gwen Bergman; Robert Bertram, uncle of Debby Brown & Patty Brown; Julia & Arnold Borders, parents of Bryan Bor- ders; Bill Brown, father of Debby & Patty Brown; Eugene Buchanan; Jim Burton, son-in-law of Rae Ballard; Dick Clark, brother of John Clark; Kellie Cobb, daughter of Jeanette Gibson, Kimberly Cray, niece of Mar- garet Lawson; William Crump III, family of Vanessa Crump; Ric Dale, Son of Richard & Ruth Dale; Terri Dixon, sister of Becky McCabe; An- drew and Miles Fitzmaurice, son and grandson of Andrea & Mark Fitz- maurice; Michael Fulkerson, son of Marilyn Fulkerson; Daniel Hendon, nephew of Becky McCabe; Betty Jo Heubi, aunt of Patty and Debby Brown; Angela Jones, family of Karen Jones; Chelsea Julian & baby Julian, sister of Casey LaGrange; Carolyn Kepple, sister of Karen Lykins; James Lamb, son of Catherine & Kenneth Lamb; Steven Lamb, family of Catherine & Kenneth Lamb; Jo Ann & Greg Larison, family of Bev Missig; Daniel Laroze, father of Danielle Stewart; Jack McCulley, family of Billy Folk; Theresa Mills, sister of Peggy Stagner; Trina Neumann, cousin of Joanne Hatfield; Diane Pyle, daughter of Suzanne Wilson; Ches Riddle, Sr., father of Jimmy Riddle; Mathew Soria, son of Bev & Jorge Soria; Jackson Stark, family of Jackie Logsdon; Mark Swift, family of Scott Sanders; Patty Trucinski, daughter-in-law of Martha Trucinski; Ann Vaughan, mother of Fr. John; Julie Wagoner, family of Carol Rich- ardson; Bob Wible, brother of Patty Folk; Aiden Williams, great- grandson of Gwen Bergman; Our Military Personnel.
Friends—Anonymous, D.J. Ashby, Joan Ax, Rick Bishop, Joyce Bruce,
Mike Bruce, Edwina Byford, Ruffin Chandler, Damon Cissna, Lamont Coombs, Cheryl Comp, Kay Creager, Jerry Dane, Kara Davis, Jerry Dun- bar, LeRoy Elder, Tristan Evans, Sabrenia Foe, Mary Gray, Jim Hale, Floyd & Jody Hancock, Joyce Hancock, Amanda Harris, Taylor Renea Harold, Carolyn Hunt, Scott Johnston, Troy Killough, Gabriel Kirkland, Diana Lanning, Geri Lawrence, Darrell Lovell, Danyel Martin, Ray Melendez, Kaye Melroy, Mary Ann Oden, Josie Oglesby, Lynda Oldham, Tabby Oldham, Johnnie Reynolds, Peggy Jo Rhew, Tammy Shelton, Shirley Shipp, Christine Terry, Mary Ann Thomas, Phil Thomas, Kay Tyson, Beverly Vinson, Julie Wagoner, Whittaker Family, Anthony Wil- liams family, Jacie Williamson, Janice Winstead, Tom Wood.
Please contact the Parish office at [email protected] with cor- rections, additions or other changes to this list.
CHRIST THE KING PRAYERLINE
THANK YOUR MUSIC MINISTERS!
The Feast of St. Cecilia, the patron- ess of musicians is Wednesday, November 22.
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE We remember our friends and fam- ily who have gone before us in faith. During the month of Novem- ber, we have a book displayed be- side the font. Please write family and friends who have died. We will remember them in prayer through- out the month. NO RCIA THIS WEEK— RCIA will meet again on Tuesday, November 28. Our topic is Places in a Catholic Church and The Church Year. We also welcome Catholics who would like to have a re- fresher in their Catholic faith. Please call Patty Brown for more information. HYMNALS On December 3, the first Sunday of Advent, we will begin using a permanent hymnal. The reason for doing so is to add dignity and solemnity to our worship—our current worship resource is disposable. Our new hymnals do not include the Sunday readings. We chose a hymnal without readings because, scripture is proclaimed at Mass, not read. For those who are hard of hearing, we will keep a few books beside each door. BUSY BAG Located at the front doors of the church, a parishioners has donated a “Busy Bag” for when your child or grand- child is upset or wiggly during Mass. Please borrow the bag during church and then return it to its place following Mass.
CTK THANKSGIVING MASS
WORSHIP & SPIRITUAL LIFE
Sherry Kittinger Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper (270) 821-5494 [email protected] Patty Brown Pastoral Associate (270) 821-5494 [email protected] David Littlepage Maintenance (270-821-5494) Beth Herrmann School Principal (270) 821-8271 [email protected]
Sarah Hayden School Secretary (270) 821-8271 Learning & Growth Center [email protected] (270) 821-3954
Mike Arnold, Vice-Chair (772) 201-2393 Mike Boarman, Family Life (270) 821-8829 John Calhoun, Building & Grounds (270) 322-9052 Joanne Hatfield, Worship (270) 836-3706 Joan Hobgood, Chair (270) 836-9204 Andrea Ramsey, Education (270) 339-5364 Jorge Soria, Social Concerns (270) 821-9258
Joe Rocha SVDP Society President
(270) 821-2159
John Keelin, Grand Knight, (270) 339-8869
Sun. 5:00pm Youth Group CR Mon. 5:30pm CTK Trust CR 6:30pm Adult Choir Rehearsal Church Tue. 10:00am School Thanksgiving Mass Church 11:00am School Thanksgiving Meal Gym Wed. No GS or MS/HS Faith Formation 6:00pm Confessions Church 6:30pm Parish Thanksgiving Mass Church Thur. THANKSGIVING DAY! 9:00AM Spanish Young Adult Retreat Church Sat. 4:00pm Confessions Church
November 12, 2017 Regular Collection $ 6,218.11 Collection Budget to Date $ 182,692.40 Regular Collection Actual to Date $ 166,335.06 Difference Between Budget & Actual $ 16,357.34 Weekly Need $ 9,134.62
Special Collection This Week: Campaign for Human Development
“Should you not then have put my money in the bank
so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?”
Jesus told several parables about people given re- sponsibility for different quantities of talents and the consequences for the recipients who used their talents well in contrast to the recipients who failed to use their talents at all. Jesus seems to act harshly toward the person in the stories who receives the least amount and does nothing with it. The lesson of theses stories is not that the peo- ple who receive the least amount of talents did not have much to work with. Jesus is teaching us that no matter how much or how little for which God makes us responsible, God expects us to make our best effort to make the most of it. It is not about the amount of the talents. It is about the amount of the effort. A steward is a person who is given the responsibility for the preservation and productivity of the possessions of an- other. Everything we are and have comes from God. He expects us to be good stewards and make the most of it.
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