3rd April 2020. For up to date information regarding streamed Masses etc etc please see our Facebook page Christ The King Catholic Parish, Alfreton, Derbyshire'.

 

24th March 2020. We have been advised by Bishop Patrick who has just heard from the Cardinal that, following a conversation between our Bishops' Conference medical advisor and a government official responsible for the Housing Communities & Local Government amendment document, that all our churches must now remain closed during this initial period of three week 'lockdown'

Our Priest

  

Father James Earley From Sailor to …….. I remember as a young boy in Ireland sitting in the classroom of the local school and marvelling at the map of the world. The maps were there as part of our geography lessons. I didn’t realise then that instead of just dreaming about these far-flung places, one day I would travel to most of them. This came about in a roundabout sort of way. After leaving school I decided to study hotel management and eventually found myself working at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

In the fullness of time I got itchy feet and asked a friend: How do you travel & still remain in the hotel business? I learned that one could do this by travelling on passenger ships and I wrote to the P&O Line, as they were known then. After a successful interview and medical I sailed on my first voyage, leaving Southampton bound for Australia. The ship was called the Oronsay and she was the first of many ships in the P&O fleet that I would sail on.

This was the beginning of a wonderful experience for me. In the old days, before the concept of ‘cruise holidays’, a ship would stay about a week in port giving us all an opportunity to really get to know the places we visited. Life on board was good and there was a great sense of community. I was promoted quickly, because of my hotel training, eventually becoming Fleet Maitre D’Hotel.

I have many happy memories of people I met and places I visited. I worked on eight world cruises, visiting many beautiful places and some wonderful cities in all continents. I travelled the world from Alaska to Africa, visited all European countries that had a port, travelled from China to Russia, Australia to Kobe, Singapore to Penang, Vancouver to New York, Tonga to Suva in the Pacific Isles and visited many more places.

During my travels I experienced many different cultures and religions and met some wonderful and interesting people, even sitting down with North American Indians. All in all it was a wonderful experience. You might be asking how I came to leave my travelling behind and became a Catholic Priest? Well that is a story for another time. But life on board a cruise ship gets you used to living in community and was a great preparation for my present role as parish priest in this community. But when I think back to that little classroom with the world map on the wall I am grateful that map became very much alive for me. .

OFFERTORY & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Some parishioners have asked how they can continue to make their offerings during the period our churches are closed.  This is much appreciated; our Parish needs your continued support at this time. Coronavirus has raised some very particular financial challenges for us.  Not only do we have no plate and envelope collection but we cannot hire out our parish rooms either.  We must, however, continue to pay for essentials such as our priests’ living expenses, the upkeep of our buildings and other ongoing costs.

Of course, we realise that the current emergency is affecting many people’s income and they may not be able to continue their level of offerings.  If this is the case, we fully understand, and our prayers are with you.

If you currently pay by standing order, this will continue as usual unless you tell your bank to vary it.

If you usually give by envelope or via cash in the collection, you could now donate via your online or telephone banking.  You can either make individual payments whenever you like, or you can set up a regular gift by Standing Order.  This can be stopped at any time, for example, if you wish to resume giving by cash or envelope once Sunday Mass is resumed.

For the purposes or setting up a regular gift via your online banking, the parish bank details are:

Account Name: Christ The King RCP

Account number: 03155671

Sort code: 30-92-59

Please put your name (e.g. D SMITH) in the payment reference so we know the gift is from you. This is particularly important if we have a signed gift aid mandate from you.  If you normally use numbered gift aid envelopes you should quote your envelope number as the payment reference (so D SMITH, the holder of envelope 19, would quote D SMITH ENV 19).

If you are a UK taxpayer, you also have the option of adding Gift Aid, whereby the UK government adds a further 25% to your donation.  Anyone wishing to set up a new Gift Aid arrangement should contact the parish office via email ctkchurch@sky.com as we are not able to process the usual paper applications at this time.

If you would like help to pay in this way, please simply email ctkchurch@sky.com .  Please provide your name and telephone number so that we can contact you.

Our parish relies on donations to stay open and provide care and support to everyone in our community. Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry. Thank you for your support.