The parishioners of the Christ the King Parish gathered to celebrate its annual feast together with visitors coming from different parishes under the Diocese of Udon Thani on November 25, 2016 at 10:30 in the morning. Bishop Joseph Luechai Thaiwisai was the main presider. He was joined by the priests of his diocese, priests of some religious congregations and 4 priests from the province of Luang Prabang of Laos.
Visitors from the neighboring parishes, who came early as 7 in the morning, were served with hot porridge, bread and coffee through the courtesy of generous parishioners of the parish.
The Eucharistic celebration started at 10:30 in the morning with a prayer for the repose of the soul of the late Beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadey of Thailand led by the bishop. He was joined by the concelebrating priests. It was followed by a processional march going to the church.
On his homily, Bishop Joseph Luechai stressed the true meaning of the Kingship of Jesus Christ: it is a power that serves and not a power that rules. He enjoined everybody to imitate the life of Jesus. After the homily he did the rite of confirmation to 12 individuals (both young and old) who have received catechetical instructions. Each one received a rosary as a gift from the bishop.
Since the Oblates of Mary Immaculate are working in the Diocese of Udon Thani, the bishop took the opportunity to congratulate the Oblates for the 200th year of her foundation as well as 50th year of missionary service in Thailand. As a sign of gratitude he gave them a beautiful statue of Mary in Thai motif or architecture. It was received in the name of the Oblates by the Delegation Superior of the Thai-Lao Delegation, Fr. Gerry Gamaliel S. de los Reyes, OMI. He, likewise, presented a gift, small statues of Mary, to the 3 OMI Jubilarians : Fr. Pricha Thamniyom and Br. Bernard Wirth on the occasion of their 50 years as Religious; and Fr.Claudio Bertuccio, on the occasion of his 25 years in the priesthood.
Mr. Samret Suwarakhun, in the name of the Parish Pastoral Council and Fr. Paolo Miceli, the Parish Priest, thanked Bishop Joseph Luechai for officiated the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confirmation. He, likewise, thanked the priests and the religious for gracing the occasion, the parishioners who even have travelled from far distances to be one with them on this celebration as well as those individuals who, in the generosity of their hearts, have helped prepare/donate food for the celebration.
Lunch was served at past 12 noon. Guest performers showed their grace in dancing while everybody was enjoying the sumptuous food prepared.