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Alpha Course at Christ the King - All are welcome

Alpha is a series of 15 interactive sessions, typically run over 11 weeks, including a weekend day where anyone ( probably most appropriate for those aged 15 and above) can explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.

Alpha started over 30 years ago at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), an Anglican church in Central London, UK. Today, more than 27 million people have attended Alpha in more than 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages. It runs in every part of the worldwide church including the Catholic Church, which has warmly embraced the approach and encourages involvement for those of us seeking understanding and as a means to strengthen and renew faith and our relationship with God through Jesus.

Alpha Course at Christ the King will start on Thurs 15th Sept as part of the global September launch for 2016, and will run for 11 weeks - ending on 24th November. Supper will be provided from 7.15-7.45pm – so for those with very busy lives no need to dash home and start cooking, in fact sharing a meal together is a very important aspect of embarking on the Alpha journey of faith together.

The course video, lecture and discussion groups will be held in the Church Hall (with the exception of the session on the 17th November, the venue for which will be announced later). All sessions will start at 7.45pm sharp, ending promptly at 9.15pm. The course includes one weekend, which will be Saturday 29th October (venue will be confirmed at a later date).

Visit the Christ the King Alpha page for updates, and check out the Alpha.org website, http://alpha.org.

We look forward to seeing you there.

"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

Christ the King Roman Catholic Parish

9 Crescent Gardens, Wimbledon Park
London, SW19 8AJ
Parish Priest: Fr. Anthony Plummer
Telephone: 020 8946 2091

Latest newsletter: 25th September 2016 - Twenty-sixth Sunday (C)
Last newsletter before the summer


Dates for your diaries

- Session 3 of our ALPHA COURSE in the hall, Thurs 29 Sept from 7.45pm

- Parish Bazaar - Saturday 19 November, 11am - 3pm


From the latest newsletter:

CONCERT “CHRIST THE KING’S GOT TALENT!”: Many thanks to all who came along to support the wonderful concert in our hall last Saturday evening! The evening was a huge success with a staggering £700 raised in donations on the night, which will be sent to our twin parish of Our Lady of the Missions in Lima, Peru, to support the work of Fr Ed. Particular thanks to the Justice & Peace Group who organised the event and to all who performed, young and old. Our Parish is clearly blessed with outstanding musical talent!

WALSINGHAM APPEAL – SECOND COLLECTION: ‘Rebuilding England’s Nazareth’. This Saturday 24 September we are celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, and on this weekend the Bishops have asked all parishes to have a second collection to help in the development of England’s National Shrine to Our Lady. Looking to upgrade existing buildings and build new facilities, to help serve the increasing numbers of pilgrims who continue to walk in the Walsingham Way since the shrine was established in 1061. The aims are to update the facilities, make provision for sick and disabled pilgrims and to have facilities for young people on pilgrimage. See www.walsingham.org.uk. Special info. envelopes are on newsletter tables for your donations. Thank you.

HOME VISITS: Apart from the Sunday midday lunches to which you so kindly invite me, I would like to visit everyone to get to know people. So, perhaps you could invite me for a cuppa. Morning, afternoon or evening. Thank you.

MUSIC at Christ the King: Many thanks to those who have said that they would be willing to be included in a music rota to accompany the 10.30 Sunday Mass. We would be grateful for a few more volunteers to come forward, so that we can spread the load. We would ask people to play on an occasional basis, on dates of their choosing; and if their plans change, this is not a problem and a replacement will be found by the rota organiser. Pianists, organists and guitarists would be particularly welcome. No need for previous mass accompanist experience – everyone has to start somewhere and support will be given as needed. Please contact the rota organiser, Clare Collins, if you are able to help - contact details via the Parish Office. The 10.30 choir would also be delighted to have more members, of all ages. All that is needed is to enjoy singing!

Coffee Morning: This Thursday 29 September at 10.00am in the Hall – following the 9:30am Mass, during which a collection will be taken up to help our Archbishop meet the cost of training students for the priesthood. All welcome

DO YOU KNOW ANYONE NEEDING A PASTORAL VISIT? There are Orange forms you might like to take from the newsletter tables. You might offer them the opportunity. They may be reluctant to ask themselves. So acting out your Christian duty of care, you could do them a big favour.

SCHOOL INFORMATION FORMS 2016/17: Regarding any applications to Catholic Schools & Nurseries: special forms will be available this Sunday, after masses, from Fr Anthony. Catholic Schools are becoming more and more reliant on Parish Priests’ references and unless you complete and return a Form to me we will be unable to ‘do’ a Reference for the School. Even if you have completed many before now, please do so again for each new applicant.

PARISH BAZAAR: Our annual Parish Bazaar will take place on Saturday 19 November. This is our main fundraising event and also a great opportunity to get together as a Community. New volunteers are particularly welcome and, of course, our 'regulars'! So, if you were not able to make the planning meeting but would like to help in any way or make useful suggestions, please contact Sharon - via the Parish Office. Many thanks!

‘A Day with Mary’ – Saturday 15 October 2016 at St John Fisher Church, Cannon Hill Road, SW20 – please see posters for more info.

Catholic Secondary School Open Days/Evenings – see Noticeboards

BONJOUR! Would you like to join a local daytime FRENCH LANGUAGE CLASS? Small groups up to 5 adult students; Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced. Please contact Kristina – a fully qualified tutor of French with over 20 years’ experience in the Adult Education sector: mfl.allen@btinternet.com.

London SW Catholic Young Adults: is a friendly, social group for young Catholics in the diocese that meets every month. The next social evening is next Saturday 1 Oct from 7.30pm at O’Neill’s, Kingston, KT1 1BQ. For further info visit the Facebook page or contact Miles on 07790 441242.


New Parishioners


Please complete a Parish Registration Form, available from the carousel at the back of church and return it to the Presbytery letter box at 9 Crescent Gardens, just around the corner.

Baptisms: Please see Fr Anthony. The next Baptism dates are: Saturdays 1 & 8 October at 1pm – the preparation session for these is on Tuesday 13 September at 8.00pm in the Church Hall.

Marriages: You need to give at least 6 months’ notice.


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