Keeping Us Connected Newsletter
November 20, 2020
Jesus Christ…the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. – Revelation 1:5-6
Dear Saint Mary Friends,

While December 31st is the end of the secular calendar year, the church year ends this Sunday with the Solemnity of Christ the King. This gives insight into why the Gospels of the last few weeks have been parables about the Lord returning at the end of time. It also makes the connection between his coming again and November’s praying for the dead for whom the Lord has already come. It all reminds us that life on earth is fleeting and that we are meant both in this life and the next to serve Christ the King. The new Liturgical Year (The Year of Grace 2012) begins with the first Sunday of Advent. And while the idea of preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ makes sense at the beginning of the year, the readings for that first Sunday connect Christ’s coming in Bethlehem to his Second Coming at the end of time. This being said, please read this edited column from about Christ the King and watch the related videos below.

This feast reminds us that whatever earthly powers may do or ask of us, Christ is the true king that should reign in our hearts. Here are 5 things about this feast you may not have known:

1) It was instituted less than 100 years ago in 1925
In the aftermath of the First World War, in the midst of the rise of Communism in Russia, and during the 16th centenary of the Council of Nicaea (325), Pope Pius XI instituted the feast in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas, though its first celebration took place in 1926.

2) It was first celebrated on Halloween in 1926
It was originally observed the last Sunday of October (just before All Saints Day) which, in 1926, happened to be October 31st. Pope Paul VI moved it to the last Sunday of the liturgical year

3) The feast was a response to the rise of secularization, atheism, and communism
While the world was increasingly telling Christians they must compartmentalize their religion and give their highest allegiance to the government, Pope Pius XI wrote regarding the feast:
If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. (Quas Primas, 33)

4) Despite its recent Catholic origins, the feast is celebrated by many Protestants
Even though it was created by a pope less than a hundred years ago, some Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians celebrate the feast.

5) The “Christ the King” statue in Poland is the largest statue of Jesus in the world
At 33 meters tall (one meter for each year of Jesus’ earthly life), the Christ the King statue is 3 meters taller than the Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Health and Many Blessings,
Monsignor Royal

Praised be Jesus Christ!
Now and Forever. Amen.
Also in today’s Newsletter:

This Weekend...
Annual Interfaith
Thanksgiving Service
November 22 at 7 PM

Msgr. Royal will be participating.
Link to the service will be posted on our website soon
Crafty Christmas Fundraiser
Friday 6pm - Sunday 5pm, November 20th - 22nd
GALE Crafty Christmas Online Auction
All your holiday shopping under one roof!
St. Mary Parish
Giving Tree

Kick-off this Weekend
November 21-22!

At Mass &
DRIVE-UP COLLECTION Saturday, November 21
11 AM - 2 PM
School Parking Lot

Collection Bins will be Outside Parish Hall during Masses as well
Coming Up Soon...
Spend a Family Evening Together Making an Advent Wreath at Home

Pick Up Materials
After All Weekend Masses
November 28-29

Supply limited

Saturday, Nov 21

Sunday, Nov 22

Mass reservations open Wednesday at 6 PM

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The 10:30 AM Sunday Mass will be livestreamed
Watch LIVE and afterwards (anytime) on our Facebook page and website
Nancy Bossidy Rec Center (GYM)

Monday, 12:30 PM
Tuesday, 5:00 PM
Wednesday, 12:30 PM
Thursday, 5:00 PM
Friday, 12:30 PM
No Registration Needed
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Tuesdays - 4:15 PM

Saturdays - 3:30 to 4:15 PM

Nancy Bossidy Rec Center (GYM)
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Adoration Chapel
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
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