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Please read our Holy Week Program  and schedule of  Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet.


RELIGOUS EDUCATION: NO CLASS on Easter Sunday April 5th, 2015. Classes resume on April 12, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.

EDUCACIÓN RELIGIOSA: NO CLASE el Domingo de Pascua, 5 de abril 2015. Las clases se reanudarán el 12 de abril, 2015 a las 11:00 A.M.


ALTAR SERVERS:  In serving the Holy Mass we discover the joy and the beauty in being close to Jesus. We can have the same experience the disciples had 2000 years ago. If you have received your first communion, join Christ the  King altar servers group every first Saturday of each month in the church from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m..  Please be on time!

MONAGUILLOS: Al servir en la Santa Misa descubrimos la alegría y la belleza de estar cerca de Jesús. Podríamos tener la misma experiencia que los discípulos tuvieron hace 2000 años. Si ya recibiste tu primera comunión, únete al grupo de monaguillos de Cristo Rey el primer sábado de cada mes en la iglesia de las       2:00 p.m. a las 3:00 p.m. Por favor no llegar tarde!


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is a program for adults who have never been baptized, those who have been baptized in other faith traditions, those who have not completed the sacraments of initiation, usually confirmation, those who have been away for a long time who would like to be updated on Church teaching, and Catholics in full communion who would just like to learn more about their  faith.  Our  parish will be offering these classes from September 2014 to  June 2015.  If you are interested, please fill out the
 survey form placed at the vestibule of the church or online  and drop them at the office or the offertory  basket.  Online Form.

RICA (Rito de iniciación cristiana para adultos)  es un programa para los adultos que no han sido bautizados, los  bautizados en otras tradiciones de fe, los que no han  completado los sacramentos de iniciación, por lo general la confirmación, los que han estado alejados por mucho tiempo  y les gustaría recibir información actualizada sobre la  enseñanza de la Iglesia y los católicos en comunión que  les gustaría aprender más sobre su fe.  Nuestra  parroquia estará ofreciendo estas clases desde Septiembre  2014 a Junio 2015. Si usted está interesado, por favor  complete el formulario de encuesta que se encuentra en el
 atrio de la iglesia o en nuestra página Web y déjelo en la  oficina o en el básquet de la limosna. Formulario En linea.


** Youth Group for High School Students - every Friday from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Join Fr. José Cortes, Fr. Ettore Ferrario, and your peers for a moment of catechesis, dialogue, games, movies, and more. Call the rectory 301-589-8616 or email christ.the.king.church.md@gmail.com


ASH WEDNESDAY SOUP SUPPER  Feb. 18, 2015. Christ the King parishioners gathered together once again to share their traditional simple meal of soup and bread after the 7:00 PM Ash Wednesday Mass. Many thanks and appreciation go to all the volunteers who helped cook the soup and prepare the Colonial Room for the event which was coordinated by Gloria Mendoza. The traditional Minestrone and Corn Chowder were served and a new soup Menestra de Verduras was introduced. The pastor, Fr. José Cortes who is on a month-long silent retreat was missed. Fr. Ettore Ferrario and Fr. Roberto Amoruso were present and were jokingly chided by some for not preparing their signature Italian soup. The parishioners had their fill, enjoyed the company of fellow parishioners and even brought home some leftover bread.

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MARDI GRAS COSTUME PARTY:  Feb. 14, 2015. The party took place despite the snow. Parishioners who braved strong  wind gusts to come to the party had an enjoyable time dining on  lots of pasta, shrimp and rice, jambalaya, ham, pastries, cakes and Fr. Ettore's delectable tiramisu.  A parishioner provided the live music and a Chinese raffle of several baskets of goods donated by parishioners including a church memorial plaque donated by  Fr. José Cortes, was held  to raise funds for the parish.  With the weather getting worse, the party ended early and the crowning of King and Queen best costumes was cancelled.

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Following the tradition of our religious education program, we celebrated with a party for the children on January 4, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in the beautifully decorated Colonial Room.  Fr. Ettore Ferrario welcomed the children and their parents and opened the program with the Angelus Prayer.  Fr. Roberto Amoruso played the guitar and led the singing of Go Tell It On the Mountains and Campana Sobre Campana and a student read the Gospel.  Fr. Ettore quizzed the children about the Feast of the Epiphany and the children who answered  correctly were awarded the honor of dressing as Mary, Joseph, and the Magi.  The other children donned angel, shepherd, and field animal costumes.   There were many arts and crafts activities provided for the children - creating three kings stick figures, drawing and coloring animal figures, creating a wall mural on the stage, singing, and music. Then Mary with baby Jesus in her arms and Joseph walked to the manger. The shepherds, angels, animals, and the Magi bearing their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh processed to the manger where the baby Jesus lay.  Fr. José came down after celebrating the 10:30 am Mass in the Church and thanked everyone. The children picked up their goody bags filled with candy before going to the 12:30 pm Mass.  More Photos

Religious Education Family Potluck: On Sunday,  December 21 at 1:30 P.M., families in the religious education program gathered in the Colonial Room to dine on panes con pollo, beef stew, tamales, and other delicacies prepared by volunteer chefs, parents, and friends.  The luncheon was the 2nd in a series of luncheons for the religious education program. (Photos)

FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS:  On Sunday,  December 21 at 4:00 P.M., a Christmas concert was held at Christ the King - a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century.  There were nine Scripture lessons which recounted the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News.  Each lesson was followed by a carol or other song that reflected on the lesson's message and a brief prayer.  (More)


Requiem in C minor Concert: Nov. 16    (More)

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Retreat of Confirmation Candidates :  

The confirmation candidates attended a spiritual retreat to prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation and be sealed by the Holy Spirit. The retreat, led by Father Roberto and Fr. Ettore was held at the Franciscan Monastery on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The candidates participated in a discussion about Catechism, the Holy Bible, the sacraments, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit among others and spent time in the chapel for sacred adoration, prayer, and meditation. They prayed the rosary while walking through the monastery garden and took a pause at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. After receiving  the sacrament of reconciliation, they took a tour of the monastery. 

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Please pray for the candidates  who received the sacrament of  confirmation on Nov. 23, 2014.  May they be filled with the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel and serve others. 


Halloween Fundraiser Dinner: Thanks to all who supported this fundraiser.  It was a huge success and lots of fun!!!  Guess who this character is.

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gg Giovanni Gemmani who has been helping the priests at CTK  returns to the seminary in Rome to finish his studies.  A Bon Voyage gathering was held in the Rectory after the Mass on July 8.   Photos

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Crowning of Mary - To celebrate the culmination of Religious Education classes, the children had an ice cream party and joined in the praying of the rosary to honor Mary in front of her statue.  Some first communicants led the rosary which was recited in English, Spanish, and Tagalog.

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Easter Triduum, 2014 - The parish's Holy Thursday liturgy commemorated the Last Supper. As a symbol of humility of service,  Fr. Roberto Amoruso washed the feet of several parishioners. On Good Friday,  the passion was read and the Cross was brought to  the altar front where parishioners kissed it.  After the service,  Fr. Roberto led the Stations of the Cross outdoors. Parishioners meditated the suffering of Jesus Christ at each of the 14 stations that were placed on the church grounds.   On Saturday evening, the church lights were out and a fire was lit outdoors  in front of the church.  Candles were distributed to the people and    everyone gathered around the fire.  Fr. José Cortes, assisted by priests from the FSCB, the deacon and several altar servers, blessed the fire and the Paschal Candle.  Fr. José lit the Paschal Candle from the fire and the people lit their candles from the Paschal Candle. Deacon Michele Benetti processed the Candle through the church lifting it three times while he sang Lumen Christi.  Then the people processed to the pews. The deacon sang the Exsultet and the readings were read in English, Spanish, and Tagalog.   The lights in the church were turned on and the Gloria was sung accompanied by the organ and bells. After the Epistle and the Gospel were read and  the homily was delivered by Fr. José in English and Spanish,  the Baptismal Liturgy commenced.

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Palm Sunday Ecumenical Service - April 13, 2014
Christ the King and St. Paul Methodist Church celebrated an ecumenical service as they have done in the past for many years. CTK's pastor Fr.
José Cortes and St. Paul's pastor Rev. John McCauley distributed palms as members of both churches gathered  on the grounds of the Gwendolyn Coffield Recreation Center.  After the service everyone shared a light breakfast in the Center.  Pilgrim Baptist Church had planned to join the service but could not come because of an unforseen event. palm

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Holy Week Concert - Palm Sunday, 2014
Christ the King Church presented a performance of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater as  part of its concert series.  concert

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Inauguration of the statue of Our Lady - Sunday, May 12, 2013

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Pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe

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