Christ the King Church The Eyes and Hands of Christ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:46:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Living Lent Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:43:55 +0000 By virtue of our Baptism, we not only journey as individuals, but also as a community of faith, and together we reflect on the three pillars of Lent – Fasting, Almsgiving, and Prayer – and how our parish community takes an active approach to fulfilling them:

Fasting: Purple slips of paper at each of the doors: Suggested food items reminds us to share our bounty with the Assumption parish and those we assist through our own emergency food pantry. They also remind us that experiencing our own hunger through fasting helps us become more aware of and compassionate about the needs of others. Please bring your bag of food items each week and leave it at the doors.

Almsgiving: Renewing our commitment to share our treasure with those in need. Alms boxes are located at each of the doors. This year’s collection will be donated to Keep the Heat On.

Rice Bowl boxes (Catholic Relief Services) will be available at the doors and distributed in Religious Formation classes.


Virtue Stones: As we begin the season of Lent, you are invited to take a stone from the baskets at the doors of the Church, which is inscribed with a virtue. Use it as a means of reflection and prayer during this holy season. There is power in an entire family praying with the same virtue. On the feast of Pentecost we will be invited to return the stones to our community, representing the gifts each of us shares and brings to the community of Christ the King.

Booklets for daily reflection and prayer: available at the doors of the church.

Catholic Charity Appeal Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:42:28 +0000 The annual Catholic Charity Appeal supports numerous minis-tries and programs of the Diocese of Providence which provide social, educational and spiritual sup-port to thousands of Rhode Islanders each year regardless of race, creed or background.

To those who have already made their donation we say “Thank you.” Every gift, regard-less of size, helps us to reach our financial goal for a greater parish participation. Please help the works of mercy that this campaign supports our diocese.

Donate online today at:

-Carol Brock & Mary Freeman, Co-Chairs

Religious Formation Notes Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:41:07 +0000 Grades Pre-K- 7: There is No class on February 18th for the holiday, (President’s Day). No class on

February 25, (end of school vacation).

Grade 5 Reconciliation in the church during class time 10:15 will be as follows:

Classes 5A & 5B: March 4

Classes 5C & 5D:  March 11

Grade 7 Retreat/Mass Parish Hall on:

Saturday, March 10 from 1-6

This will be the last class for grade 7

Remaining classes for Pre-K – 6 are:

March 4, 11, 18 & 25

Catholic School Tuition Aid Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:24:46 +0000 Our parish policy is to allocate catholic school tuition assistance to parishioners using a needs-based formula. This year we will again utilize the services of FACTS which is the same process used by the schools in the diocese and most other parishes to allocate their financial aid. We hope by utilizing FACTS we can more efficiently and effectively assist our parishioners in obtaining the appropriate level of aid. Most families are very likely already using FACTS in conjunction with diocesan/school aid applications. Families need to only fill out one FACTS application per family for all children and all schools. When completing the application select Christ the King Rectory Kingston as recipient of the information. The application can be found at

Quote of the Week Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:22:54 +0000

“What are you giving up for Lent? I am giving up more of me and filling that void with more of Christ Jesus. ‘He must increase… I must decrease.’ (John 3:30) Let us walk that hard road with him and be filled with compassion. Then we can have compas-sion for our brothers and sisters on their difficult roads and walk with them also. The Way of Sorrow is the way of love.”

– Lay Domincan and freelance journalist Kevin Theriault, writing for Angelus News, February 9, 2018.

Peace and Justice News Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:21:27 +0000 SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, MARCH 3. All parishioners are invited to join in a lenten day of service and advocacy on behalf of others in the local community. So far we have committed to cooking a meal for Welcome House, preparing lunch for Habitat Restore volunteers, presenting a musical program for Brookdale Nursing Home, and preparing food for the Mathewson Street Church Sunday breakfast. Still to be confirmed is the date to volunteer at the Jonnycake Center in Peace Dale.  After the day’s activities we will gather together after the 5 PM liturgy to share pizza and fellowship in the parish hall and write advocacy letters to our local representatives –topics to be determined.

 If you would like to volunteer and/or join in the planning in general please call or email Bunny Reardon to discuss. 401-578-2676 or or come to our next Peace and Justice meeting February 21 at 7:30 PM. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for specific projects after liturgies on February 24-25.

Veteran’s Corner Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:19:11 +0000 Here are the results of the CTK Veterans Committee survey conducted in the past three weeks. 

Number of veterans who completed the survey – 59

Number of veterans in each branch:

  • Army- 25
  • Marines – 7
  • Navy – 15
  • Air Force – 12
  • Coast Guard – 0

CTK Parish veterans are comprised of both retired and on active duty still; officers and enlisted; Military Academies and ROTC trained; Serving 2 years, 4 years, 6 years, or for 20 years or more; Active duty or Reserves. While engaging these fine women and men who have served there is no doubt some have very interesting service experiences, and it is our hope that they can share some of them with us.

If you have not had the opportunity to complete a CTK Veterans Survey you can stop by the parish office and pick up a form to fill out.

Journey to Jerusalem—Food for the journey Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:16:06 +0000 As you go through Lent, the Wellness Group invites all parishioners to increase their fitness by walking daily and to strengthen spiritual wellness, by reflecting on the scripture readings that tell the stories of Jesus’s ministry. We are asking that you try to walk the same distance that Jesus and his disciples did during His final journey to Jerusalem.

Based on historical information and from site references in the Gospels, we know Jesus left Galilee and travelled through Samaria, a region often avoided by most Jews. He and the disciples stopped often on the way, encountering and ministering to people like the widow in Nain or the Samarian woman, known as the “woman at the well”.  

Jesus spent much time along the Sea of Galilee; we have chosen a town on the southern shore as our starting point. By doing so, we can approximate an 80 mile walk to Jerusalem. We encourage all to aim for walking two miles a day, so that over the 40 days of Lent, you will complete the 80 mile route to Jerusalem. We are providing our own version of a “trip-tik” for you to record your daily walk and to help you visualize the distance you travel. If you feel this goal is a bit daunting, this year we have added a shorter, 40 mile version to our “trip-tik” maps. These maps can be found at the church entrances and hall.

We also encourage you to enlist friends and family to join you on your walks. This will help keep you motivated and may open up opportunities for good conversations.

Lastly, there are purple wrist bands at the doors, inscribed with the words “Journey to Jerusalem”. We invite all parishioners to take a band and wear it throughout Lent. Hopefully, the band will be a visual sign, and a personal reminder, of your own journey to Jerusalem.  

Parish Council Update Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:58:18 +0000 Recently, the parish finance council completed a review of the first half (July 1-December 31) of the current fiscal year. In short, revenue from the weekly collections increased $8,500 from 2016, while expenses were down $35,000 from the previous year. This contributed to an increase in the parish’s net income by a total of $65,000. Your sacrificial generosity to the collection means that the mission and ministry of our parish will continue to grow and expand. Please keep it up, in thanksgiving to our good and gracious God, who uses us – the faithful family of Christ the King Church – to make such a difference in the world. And thank you for the trust that you place in the members of the parish finance council, who work together to manage such a large budget efficiently and effectively.

Ash Wednesday Schedule Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:49:40 +0000 FEBRUARY 14

Ashes will be distributed at all Masses

7 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., 7 p.m. in the Church

Lenten Fast and Abstinence Regulations

Abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent (for those 14 and older) is required by Church law. Also, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are fast days: those between the ages of 18 and 59 should eat less, meaning, take no solid food between meals and only one full meal that day. Serious health conditions excuse a person from these precepts.

Pastors and parents are encouraged by the law of the Church to ensure that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated nonetheless in an authentic sense of penance.

Following the implementation of the revised Code of Canon Law on November 27, 1983, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in the United States determined that the rules of fast and abstinence, which have existed for the last several years in this country be maintained. Namely, that the faithful observe suitable penitential practices on all Fridays throughout the year. These penitential practices need not include abstaining from meat. However, as indicated above, the faithful must not eat meat on all the Fridays of Lent as well as on Ash Wednesday. They must also observe faithfully the fast regulations as they have been stated above in accord with the universal law of the Church (Cf. Code of Canon Law, Canons 1250-1252).