Solemnity of Christ the King, November 24

Christ the King. This week we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King.  It is one of the newest feasts for the universal Church, established by Pope Pius XI in 1925.  Its meaning for us as those who do not life in a monarchy can be enhanced if we go back at look at the circumstances under which Pope Pius XI created the feast.   

In 1925 the world had just ended seven years earlier the First World War.  It was a war unlike any that had been seen before.  There were days on the front lines of battle that saw over 100,000 casualties.  In the aftermath of the war, monarchies in Austria, Germany, Russia, and Turkey who had ruled for centuries were all ended.  It was a world that had forgotten God.  It was is this context that Pius XI wrote.   

Reading the encyclical establishing the Feast of Christ the King, the Pope could just as easily be talking to our own era.  I thought it might be useful to encourage you to read the document yourself.  There is an exegesis of the title of King as applied to the Messiah from the Old and New Testaments.  It also sets out the vision of the Pope if Catholic really lived out the sovereignty of Christ in all the aspects of their lives.  Therefore, below are the references for the encyclical of Pius XI establishing the Feast of Christ the King, as well as a document from the Congregation of Faith.  This second document, The Lord Jesus, takes up the same themes of Pope Pius and examines them in the light of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council. 

By going a little more deeply into the origins of this feast and its theology, I hope that it can become a deeper celebration for you and your families. 

MSGR Keeney

PACEM – Hosting Homeless Guests, November 16-30

It may be warm now, but the fall and cold evenings are fast approaching. We will be hosting our PACEM homeless guests from November 16 to November 30 this year. We want to turn our PAC again into a comfortable, safe, and caring place for our guests. PACEM is a wonderful opportunity to serve and minister others. We need YOU to assist as lead volunteers, cooks, meal preparers and servers, overnight volunteers, setup and take down folks, sandwich makers, hard-boiled egg cookers, orange juice providers, and laundry cleaners. We need YOUR assistance with evening activities like haircuts foot care, nutrition advice, offering consultations, and anything else you talents offer. We need YOU to be willing to just spend time with our guests through games, fellowship and song. There are so many ways to pitch in and help. 

We would appreciate donations of the following items, disposable razors, toothbrushes, small tubes of toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, small combs, shampoo, and body wash. The third graders at CCS will assist with assembling the toiletry items. You can place these items in the designated box in the Narthex.

Books Recommended by Msgr. Keeney

Contact The Sycamore Tree to purchase locally, or follow the links to purchase online:

  • Rebuilt by Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran

Welcome to the Church of the Incarnation!

We welcome all visitors to Charlottesville and our parish family. We invite you to Liturgy on the weekend as well as Daily Mass Tuesday through Friday. In addition, join us for coffee and fellowship after the 9:00 and 11:30 am Sunday Liturgies.

Joining the Parish:

We encourage all newcomers to “visit” all three parishes in our area:  Holy Comforter (downtown), St. Thomas Aquinas (the University of Virginia) and our own Church of the Incarnation.  If you have decided that Incarnation is the home for you (and/or your family), we encourage you to register. Registration requires the completion of a simple one-page form and can be found in the Welcome Packet. Welcome Packets are located in the Narthex, at the Newcomer’s Bulletin Board (across from the Parish Hall) and in the Parish Office.

Joining a Ministry:

We invite you to peruse our website and look at the over 80 ministry opportunities to serve in our parish community and the broader community. Should you have any questions or wish to offer your spiritual gifts in any one of our ministries, please contact the parish office at 434-973-4381.

Newcomer’s Welcome Dinner:

We invite all new and prospective parishioners to a wonderful evening of food, fellowship and a chance to meet the parish staff. Check our bulletin for the next Welcome Reception Dinner.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 1-8 pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 1-8 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

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