Christ the King Old Catholic Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Christ the King Old Catholic Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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My apologies for not speaking loudly enough during Mass today. I plan to work on getting "louder" :) For those who may be interested, here is the text of my homily.

Readings: 1 Kgs 19:4-8, Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, Eph 4:30—5:2, Jn 6:41-51

At first, the readings today appear to be about food, fuel for the body, and the provider of that food, God. If we were to stop here and go no deeper, there is valuable information for us. We need that fuel to navigate our lives, to do our work, to engage with and serve others, to pray, and to have fun. God needs us to eat and nourish ourselves, so that we may answer the calling to serve. Biologically, we need calories, or our brain will not function properly.

Of course, the other aspect of this level of understanding of today’s scriptures is that God provides this food. This happened in the desert in the form of manna. We saw last week how the Jewish people were fed in an environment in which food was hard to come by.

In the Gospel, however, Jesus points out that we need more than food for the body; we also need it for the Soul. We Catholics find that, both symbolically and literally, in the Eucharist. By consuming the very body and blood of our Lord we find sustenance for our faith and our salvation. What does that look like? One clue can be found in the epistle to the Ephesians, in which the recipients of that letter are encouraged to be “imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us.” Does this not remind us that to serve each other, we need only look to God as our example of how to do so? Christ showed us that sacrifice for each other, humbling ourselves before our neighbor and God, such as by the washing of feet, we are truly doing the will of God. And often, washing someone’s feet is the easiest thing for us to do. Just think of the humility, the setting aside of our personal pleasures in order to help another who is suffering.

As a person with an eating disorder, I am encouraged by the readings today. Many of us with such disorders have a very distorted relationship with food. We get into cycles of severely restricting our diets, or doing what we can to remove that food from our bodies after eating it, or developing a set of behaviors in which we consume vast amounts of food to placate emotional imbalances or traumas. There are many variations of these, but the common denominator is that eating itself becomes used in destructive ways. Christ tells us, however, that it’s okay, food is okay, and more, food is good. We need it to survive, let alone to thrive. We can, with work and faith, let go of our tangled relationship with food and trust God to feed us and to love us.

Many of us also find that we view our bodies as our enemies. We don’t like the way they look, and we resent it for its weaknesses. However, the body is also part of us, part of God’s design for us. If I approach my body with respect, doing what I can to care for it, I believe I am acting in accordance with God’s will. Even when it is damaged, or not functioning well, or even failing, I am called to remember that my body is part of me, and the best thing to do is to care for it like I would a sick friend. Even in our sacrifices, we must not forget that service to the Kingdom includes caring for ourselves.

None of this is easy, but we have God as our helper. In receiving the Eucharist, in allowing Christ into our hearts, we are taking on a strength far beyond what we often think is available to us. We are God’s children, and thus we can take courage in the fact that God supports us and believes in us. We need only to have faith in order to complete the circuit. And then, with God’s help and blessing, we can begin to help bring about the Kingdom for all.
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Christmas Vigil Mass at Lovelace Women's Hospital. Nice group tonight! Here's Father Mark.
Click the link below for a special invitation for all our sisters & brothers of the Old/Independent Catholic tradition! Blessings to y'all! 😎🙏🏽😇

Progressive, liberal, open and affirming Catholic Church. Sacramental Catholic and pastoral care to all people, no questions asked Christ the King OCC is an open and affirming independent Catholic faith community in residence at LOVELACE WOMENS HOSPITAL on 4701 Montgomery Blvd, NE.

Mass is at 10AM each Sunday.

Operating as usual

10/10/2021

10am Holy Hour with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by 11am Mass on October 10, 2021.

09/26/2021

Online Old Catholic Mass for Sunday, September 26, 2021. 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time. This is our parish's monthly Memorial Mass. Your intentions and deceases family and friends will be remembered at Mass.

09/05/2021
08/22/2021
07/18/2021

[06/27/21]   Greetings all... We are having technical difficulties with our 11am Sunday Mass today, June 27th. Fr. Dan is all ready to go but our FB page is not cooperating. Thank you for your patience. Fr. Dave

06/27/2021
06/20/2021

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time & Father's Day & Juneteenth

06/06/2021

Corpus Christi Sunday Mass, June 6, 2021, and Dignity NM & Pride Month Mass. Note: music is licensed through One License, LLC. All cooywrites protected

05/02/2021

5th Sunday of Easter Season and New Mexico Dignity and Pride Sunday. Bishop David Doyle celebrating.

04/18/2021
04/04/2021

Old Catholic Easter Sunday Mass, April 4, 2021, with Bishop David Doyle, Celebrant

04/02/2021

April 2. 2021 Good Friday 14 Stations of the Cross on our Way of the Cross Pilgrimage during COVID

02/21/2021
COVID-safe practices implemented on Ash Wednesday 02/18/2021

COVID-safe practices implemented on Ash Wednesday

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Christ the King OCC made it on TV on Ash Wednesday.

COVID-safe practices implemented on Ash Wednesday Churches were taking extra precautions to keep people safe on Ash Wednesday.

02/14/2021

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and 11am Mass

01/31/2021

Sunday Mass on January 31. 2021.

01/24/2021

Sunday Memorial Mass with Bishop David Doyle on January 24, 2021.

12/27/2020

Holy Family Sunday, December 27, 2020 with Bp. David Doyle

12/13/2020

11am Mass of the 33rd Sunday of Advent December 13, 2020. And Mass of Healing and Anointing

11/22/2020

11am Mass on Christ the King Sunday.
22 November, 2020. Our Patronal Feast Day.

11/08/2020

11am Sunday Mass on November 8, 2020

11/01/2020

11am All Saints Day Mass with Bishop David John Doyle as celebrant. All are invited to join us.

11/01/2020

All Saints Day 11am Mass with Bishop David John Doyle as celebrant. You are invited to join us.

11/01/2020

November is the Month of Remembrance when we remember and celebrate our passed family. Our SouthWest tradition is from Mexico and called Dia de Mu***os, or Dia de los Mu***os, Day of the Dead. These are traditionally on November 1 & 2, All Saints Day and All Souls Day, but Christ the King OCC remembers each Sunday Mass through November.
"Eternal rest grant unto them, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen."

10/17/2020

11am Mass Livestreamed from our parish FB page. All are invited to join our Mass. Third Sunday of every month is a Mass of Healing, where all are invited to invite Jesus' grace in ailments of mind, heart, body, or spirit.

10/04/2020

Sunday Mass for October 4, 2020. First Sunday of each month celebrating Pride and Dignity. Today we also celebrate the Feast of St. Francis.

09/20/2020

Sunday Mass of Healing September 20. 2020 with the Sacraments of Reconciliation and of Anointing

09/19/2020

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09/19/2020

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09/19/2020

Christ the King Old Catholic Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico's cover photo

09/13/2020
08/30/2020

11am Mass on August 30, 2020

08/29/2020

11am Mass livestreamed from this page tomorrow, Sunday, August 30. You're invited.

08/23/2020

Sunday Mass with Bp. David Doyle on August 23, 2020

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Christ the King OCC is an open and affirming independent Catholic faith community in residence at LOVELACE WOMENS HOSPITAL on 4701 Montgomery Blvd, NE. Mass is at 11AM each Sunday.

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