Monday, October 17, 2016


Ex 17.8-13; Ps 121.1-8; 2 Tm 3.14-4.2; 
Lk 18.1-8

As many in our Parish of Christ the King know, both of my parents died this past month. Many, many, people said they have been praying for us. I think we needed those prayers. I know I needed those prayers. 

The readings for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time are about prayer, especially the persistence of praying. Isn’t it interesting that we often don’t think our prayers are being answered. We ask for something specific and it doesn’t happen. After all, I prayed for the Red Sox to win the World Series, but that isn’t going to happen. Maybe I didn’t pray persistently or hard enough. Maybe as a student you prayed hard to do well on a test but it never happened. Maybe if you studied a little bit it that would have helped. After all we have to do our part too. Or maybe as a parent you prayed really hard for a child of yours so they would come back to church. I know parents who have prayed for over 50 years that their son or daughter would return to the Eucharist. Sometimes prayer works and sometimes prayers seem not to be answered. 

The gospel for this Sunday seems to indicate that if we pray hard enough and persistent enough, our prayers will be answered. This widow keeps pestering the judge asking him to make a just decision for her. The judge could care less. In fact he didn’t believe in God and he didn’t care what people thought about him. All he was concerned about was money. Poor people of that time just didn’t have enough money to bribe their way to a verdict. They generally had no hope of ever getting a case settled. But this widow was persistent and it paid off. 

The fact that the widow finally got a just decision from the dishonest judge indicates that persistent prayer does pay off. In fact, Jesus said, “Learn a lesson from this evil judge, corrupt as he is. If an unjust and greedy judge can be worn down into giving a widow justice, how much more will God, who is a loving Father give his children what they need.” And yet we ask, Why aren’t our prayers answered? 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pray Without Becoming Weary

A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Sunday School.  As she ran she prayed, "Dear Lord, please don't let me be late! Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!  Please don’t let me late!”

As she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress.  She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again. As she ran, she once again began to pray, "Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!...But don't shove me either."

This little girl with her repeated prayer reminds us of our Gospel from Luke that begins with: “Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary…”  Jesus told them and now us: “Pray always…don’t become weary…be persistent.”  We can assume Jesus might have said as well: “I’m with you.  Take my hand.  If you fall, I’ll pull you up.  I’ll never give up on you.”  This would apply to the little girl as well as to each and every one of us.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Catholic Women's Club ~ October Fest

A fun night was had by all!  Click photo's to view the album from the evening.

How Does Prayer Change Us? ~ Deacon David Pierce, October 16, 2016

October 16, 2016 Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings for today's Homily

To watch Mass in its entirety click The Mass

Wasting my Life

I will never forget my first experience with a parishioner from my home parish after I had been accepted to the seminary.  She approached me after Mass to ask a question.  The question is lost to the slow fogging of time, however, her reaction to when she found out I was to study for the priesthood, is still vivid.  A horrified look came over her face and she replied, “You are so young.  Why would you want to waste your life being a priest?”

This statement was not at all what I expected, but after many years of thought, I am sure the reason for her statement was out of concern for my welfare.  As she saw it, the priesthood was a burdensome vocation, lacking family, fulfillment and happiness.  Indeed, this person acted out of compassion, she hoped for me to live a happy life.   But it is discouraging for a young man to hear this and unfortunately, I was not the only one so discouraged.  The CARA report, a survey given to those about to be ordained priests this year, shows that 51% of those 548 men reported at least one person in their life discouraged them from entering seminary.  For most responders, multiple people tried to keep them from following God’s Call.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Ashes to Ashes, not Jewelry!

The local news recently presented a story of a woman who was very distraught, and understandably so, because her car had been broken into and what the thieves took was what they mistakenly believed to be drugs but were in reality a small box containing some of her late mother’s ashes.   When explaining why these should have been in the car she said it was her intention to mix some of them with her grandfather’s ashes and to have a necklace containing these made for her to wear!

As Catholics, this where our sympathy with her plight has to stop, because no one should be using human remains in any form as jewelry, nor should such remains ever be divided up and parceled out as souvenirs nor ever scattered in gardens or in the sea.   This is why cremation was frowned upon for centuries by the Church because it feared the practice would compromise our doctrine of the last things and the not insignificant place that the body has to play in those ultimate realities.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fatima and the World Today

FATIMA - OCTOBER 13th -   "Then, suddenly, one heard a clamor, a cry of anguish breaking from all the people. The sun, whirling wildly, seemed all at once to loosen itself from the firmament and, blood red, advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge and fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was truly terrible. All the phenomena, which I have described, were observed by me in a calm and serene state of mind without any emotional disturbance. It is for others to interpret and explain them. Finally, I must declare that never, before or after have I observed similar atmospheric or solar phenomena."

This firsthand account by a man of science, Professor Garrett, describes what in fact thousands of ordinary people also witnessed at Fatima, Portugal ninety  years ago on October 13, 1917, which according to the three children who could see and hear her was the day  that the beautiful lady from heaven had  indicated would be her final apparition to them. The Miracle of the Sun as it is widely known did lend credibility to their accounts of their visions, which many had previously received with great skepticism.  In this final year leading up to the  hundredth anniversary of the  apparitions of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary at Fatima - we might revisit her concerns for the world and her requests.   At that time World War I was raging and the Communist Revolution in Russia had brought a policy of atheism to what formerly was a predominantly Christian culture, the Lady asked prayers for the end of war and the conversion of the nation of Russia.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Blue Mass

Honoring the Police, Fire, and First Responders
of Mashpee, Cotuit, and Marstons Mills.

Presented by Christ the King Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society
on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM
If you missed this special Mass and would like go watch it in
 it’s entirety, click “The Blue Mass”.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Blue Mass: A Way to Say "Thank You"

Thank you.  Two simple words that we take for granted.  Words that we don’t say often.  Words that we don’t stop to think about.  However, the words “thank you” make all the difference in the world.

This Friday, October 7, at 7pm at Christ the King is The Blue Mass.  Our parish’s St. Vincent dePaul Society is presenting this event for the police & fire of the parish territory – Mashpee, Cotuit, and Marstons Mills.

When Deacon Greg Beckel and Deacon Frank Fantasia approached me with this idea in late May (just at the beginning of my summer break), asking me to be on the planning committee, I was beyond humbled.  Throughout the past few months, I have come to appreciate the service, time, and sacrifices that these men and women give on a daily basis to a much higher degree than before.

Friday’s Blue Mass is going to be beautiful and extraordinary.  We have two honor guards coming (and I am told that they are the best around), the Boy Scouts, and a fire truck with an American Flag that will be outside of CTK.  Best of all, we have the men and women joining us who protect the parishioners of Christ the King on a daily basis.  Wow.

The Blue Mass is an opportunity to say thank you.  Thank you for putting your lives on the line every day for us.  Thank you for making our community safer.  Thank you for battling flames.  Thank you for stopping crime.  Thank you for promoting peace and justice, day in and day out.  Thank you for sacrificing time away from your families to guard and protect us.  Thank you for spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with us, instead of at home with your families.  Thank you for hearing the call to serve.

My friends, I would like to extend an invitation to all of you to join us for The Blue Mass this Friday.  Let’s lend an hour on our Friday night to say thank you to our men and women in blue.  It means the world to them.  I promise you that you will leave Friday with a greater appreciation for their sacrifices than you did when you entered.  It’s a night that you do not want to miss.  I promise.

See you Friday.

Chris Hughes

Friday, September 30, 2016

Knitted In The Womb

Today’s Psalm sings: “Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.  I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works.”  Yes, we are “wonderfully made” as works of God.  

Being knitted in our mother's womb provides an image of careful and painstaking attention to all details of fashioning our external appearances and the intricate, interconnected structures found within from our brains to our muscles and

I take our “inmost being” as our soul formed in the womb, also wonderfully made although not so easily located, if it can pin-pointed at all.  Nevertheless, it is there serving as a sort of umbilical cord connecting us to God.

Deacon David Pierce

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Plow Straight

In yesterday's Gospel Jesus answered one of his disciples by saying, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”  Good advice to be sure.  

Anyone who plows a field, as I did in my youth on my grandfather’s farm, knows that when you look behind to see where you’ve been, the furrow goes crooked.  Eyes off the road, so to speak, and a crash is likely.  Note to cell phone users and texters: keep your eyes on the road!

So, we all need to keep a straight path with a focus on God and love.   Looking back to see what was left behind is to focus on the past and perhaps on regrets.   It moves us off the straight path that is the quickest way to get to our destination: the Kingdom of God made known to us through love and forgiveness we provide along the way.

Deacon David Pierce

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

If I Were A Rich Man - Sunday Homily

The Fiddler on the Roof was a famous 1964 musical with over 3,000 performances on Broadway.  We all know its popular song entitled:  “If I were a Rich Man.”  It begins:  "Dear God, you made many, many poor people.  I realize, of course, that it's no shame to be poor.  But it's no great honor either!  So, what would have been so terrible if I had a small fortune?"

It’s sung by Tevye the main character who is a poor milkman dreaming of all the material comforts wealth would bring him. He sang of buying an enormous house with needless luxuries even having a third staircase leading nowhere just for show. He sang of wealthy servants for his wife, fancy clothes for her pleasure and mountains of food.  I mention this musical because our readings give us a stark contrast between the life of the very rich and the very poor.

Many of us sometimes dream like Tevye. But our readings tell us to beware of such dreams and the risks of wealth. For example, in Amos we hear of the rich lying upon beds of ivory and stretched comfortably on their couches; eating lambs and calves; drinking wine from bowls; and anointing themselves with the best oils all the while languishing and listening to harp music.