SAINT CHRISTOPHER CATHOLIC CHURCH
39 West 200 South, Kanab UT 84741
Office: (435) 644-3414 [Please leave a message and we will respond as quickly as possible]
Sacramental Minister: Rev. Richard T. Sherman, Kanab, UT
SATURDAY VIGIL MASS 5:30 PM (Suspended Indefinitely)
SUNDAY MASS 9:00 AM
MASS DURING THE WEEK: MONDAY – SATURDAY: 8:00 AM
CONFESSIONS BY APPOINTMENT
NOTE: If you have a sacramental emergency after parish office hours, please call 435-673-2604 for assistance.
Intermountain Catholic Newspaper Renewal. The cost is still ONLY $30 for the whole year! You can just slip your money to Fr. Rick and he’ll make the rest happen.
Our next OPEN-DOOR SATURDAY is December 2, 2023 from 10:00 AM-Noon. If you have friends or relatives that are interested in the Catholic faith, or are thinking of returning to the Church, please tell them about us and have them stop by. We would love to meet with them! OPEN DOOR is scheduled every first and third Saturday of the month.
FINANCIAL REPORT: November 19, 2023; Offertory: $1195. CCHD: $496. Thank You!!
You can also donate on-line at kanabcatholicchurch.org
Diocesan Development Drive –. Our parish goal this year is $8,800 and we have now paid in $7707 with an additional $147 pledged: 89%. 16 out of a total 60 households have participated. We only have $946 to go. Thank you!
PRAY FOR HEALING: Eva Montelongo, Doug Ingram, Msgr. Francis Mannion, Msgr. Terry Moore, Victims of Natural Disasters, Warfare Casualties. Our Wounded Veterans. If you have specific prayer requests, please leave us a phone message or send us an email. We will get your intentions on the list. We also remember all the sick and infirm at our daily Masses.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Thursday from 4 to 5:00 PM.
Community Rosary: After the Monday morning Mass
Feast of Christ the King – November 26, 2023 On this feast day of the REAL KING, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty encourages you to reconsider their document: Our First, Most Cherished Liberty A Statement on Religious Liberty: Our_First_Most_Cherished_Liberty.pdf (usccb.org)
Blow Out Deals! While enjoying your refreshments after Mass don’t forget to check out our spacious religious gift section in Vollmer Hall. See also some incredible close out deals. Christmas is a comin’.
Visit the Library. Also in Vollmer Hall, you can check out our wide array of religious books to suit the needs of our most discerning and religiously curious people in the community.
Your OTHER Best Side: Seniors 60 years and older are invited to receive a FREE professional portrait provided by Stacy Cox Photography. Your photo shoot will happen on Monday, December 4, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Kane County Active Living Center, 172 E. 100 N. here in Kanab. And remember, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL!
Diocesan Advent Retreat
All are invited to attend the Diocesan Advent Retreat, scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2023, at St. John the Baptist Parish. This year the retreat will be held both in-person and livestream.
The English Session is scheduled from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – with Reverend Gabriel Mosher, O.P.
The Spanish Session is scheduled from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. – with Reverend Rogelio Felix-Rosas.
Please join us in the social hall at 9:00 AM and 12:30 for big screen viewing! Coffee and heart healthy treats will be provided.
Diocesan Development Drive: Did you notice?!! Only $946 to go!!!
“As for you, my sheep, says the Lord GOD, I will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats.” Ez. 34:17
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him (for judgement).” Mt. 25:31
Jesus, the King of the Universe, came to reign in the Kingdom of God. Jesus has already established His Kingdom on Earth and we are living in it. Right now. We in the United States are likely to be among the few places on Earth that might seem to have some actual resemblance to the Kingdom. Of course, surviving and prospering in the U.S. is no cakewalk (remember those?), but one can imagine quite easily a better life with some hard work, wisdom and a fair amount of luck. Not so in many places.
Last week in the Gospel, the parable of the stewards and the talents helped us understand that to whom much is given, much is expected. Today’s gospel reminds us that one of the clearest criteria for getting to Heaven (or going to Hell) is determined by how well we treat the most vulnerable (the least) among us. We as individuals, as churches and as nations are responsible for the weak and confused and struggling.
Amidst the stern warnings of judgement that we hear in the final weeks of Ordinary Time, we also hear the comforting message today of Psalm 23. We are assured that God wants to bring us to a place of rest, bounty and peace. Since our Church has been given all the power and authority of Heaven and we are also commanded to love each other as Jesus loves us, we can see the awesome responsibility we have to use our many gifts well. (Recall last week the lazy servant who just buried his one talent. He was thrown outside in the dark where there was wailing and gnashing of teeth).
We can also see that we don’t have to wait until the final judgement to experience the wailing and gnashing of teeth. It’s all around us, even in our relatively safe and prosperous nation. The world is a very complicated place and seems out of anyone’s control, even for those of us with the best intentions. It is beyond our control, but NOT beyond the King of the Universe. Advent, starting next Sunday, will again be a time of slowing down and rediscovering the reign of God all around us. As our focus gets renewed, we will see what needs to be done for the most vulnerable. It only gets better from there!!
What is your clearest personal experience of the Kingdom among us?
Who most needs the kind of assistance you can personally provide?
“Without any doubt there is a desire in all hearts for peace. But how foolish is he who seeks this peace apart from God; for if God be driven out, justice is banished, and once justice fails, all hope of peace is lost.” St. Pope Pius X