WELCOME, we are so happy to have you here with us! Here are the latest happenings around Christ the King
A Special Sunday Café
In Memoriam Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
(1927 – 2022) All Catholics are encouraged to pray for the eternal rest of Pope Benedict XVI who served as Supreme Pontiff from April 19, 2005 until his resignation on February 28, 2013. We give thanks to God for his 8 years as pope and his lifetime of service to God and His Church. Both of our masses on this Wednesday, January 4, 2023 (8 am & 12:10 pm) will be offered for Pope Benedict. All are encouraged to attend.
Sunday Morning Bible Study!
Easter Vigil Part 2
Congratulations to our Catechumen who entered the Church today at the Easter Vigil by receiving their Sacraments of Initiation!! 🙏🏼 May God Bless your beautiful journey of Faith
Easter Vigil Part 1
Jesus Christ is risen and very much alive, burning brightly! Lumen Christi, Deo Gratias (the Light of Christ, Thanks be to God)
“He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death, His death on the cross.”
“It is finished” John 19:30
“If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” John 13
Lenten Wheel of Sacrifice
Check out our 7th Grade RE class committing to a sacrifice on the Lenten Wheel, now that’s what we call Courageously Living the Gospel! They also reflected on the Stations of the Cross to prepare for Holy Week. Let’s go all in for the Lord during this last week of Lenten penance.
HOSANNA TO THE KING OF KINGS
Happy Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. Let’s tune our hearts towards Jesus, direct our gaze towards Heaven, and enter even deeper to the liturgy this week.
“They took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” John 12:13
Congratulations to Max Jeffrey for receiving the Altar Server of the Year Award! You are a shining star and a gift to our community, thank you for your steadfast yes!
Welcome Little One!
“You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.”
Warmest wishes to the Knudsen family, whose little one received the Sacrament of Baptism this past month!
Living Stations of the Cross
Our CKS Liturgy Committee put on a reflective and powerful Living Stations of the Cross this past week! Thank you to all who came out, and to our wonderful students for serving God with fervent devotion.
It was a full house tonight for confirmation! Please join us in congratulating our 159 Confirmandi! We are so proud of all of their hard work, please keep them in your prayers! Come Holy Spirit, Come!
Family Fun Night
Wow! Last night was a blast at Family Fun Night! Hundreds of smiling faces filled the pavilion and field with laughter, love, and excitement- our community is truly one of a kind. Thank you to all the families that joined us!
Steward of the Month
Steward of the Month of February: Clara Berryman
Ever wonder who that sweet woman is who greets you with a smile and opens the door for you when you arrive at mass? Here name is Clara! She has been a member of Christ the King since 1956. Clara spent her career as an Orthoptist (experts in treating defects with eye movements) and just recently retired last spring.
She has served our parish as an Eucharistic Minister and for many years as a Sacristan. She says, “It is an honor to help in God’s Church.” Clara states it brings her so much joy to help others and gets much more out of donating her time than she gives. She would love to encourage more people to do the same.
Clara, thank you for radiating Christ’s love to all the people of Christ the King! We appreciate you! 🦋
Society of St. Joseph
The Society of St. Joseph gathered together for fellowship and prayer! Be sure to join them next time- Tuesdays at 6:00am in the MLC.
SSJ is a ministry where 100+ men come together for fellowship, engage in course material and discussion, deepen their faith, and strengthen their roles as leaders in their community.
Opening Your Heart
These fierce women of God gathered together for Walking with a Purpose’s Bible study: Opening Your Heart. Join us for the next meeting on February 21 at 6:00 PM in MLC A. 🌷 What part of your heart can be opened to the Lord?
Courageously Living the Gospel
Congratulations to our newest Stephen Ministers who participated in a Saturday retreat, where we focused on the heart of this caring ministry, and were commissioned at the 5:30pm Mass. If you are going through a difficult time and would like to meet with a Stephen minister please contact Mary Ann Edgar at Stephenministry@ctk-tampa.org.
We hope everyone had a glorious Christmas season! We are so thankful for our wonderful parishioners, staff, and volunteers that continue to make Christ the King a vibrant and faith-filled community! We are starting the new year strong with opportunities for prayer, community, outreach, and fun!
Fr. Andrew and some of our wonderful parishioners were styling this beautiful Rose for Gaudete Sunday last week! Don’t they look lovely? On Gaudete Sunday, having passed the midpoint of Advent, the Church lightens the mood a little, and the priest may wear rose vestments. The change in color provides worshippers with encouragement to continue their spiritual preparation — especially prayer and fasting — for Christmas!
In Her Mantle
Thank you to all of our wonderful women for coming to our “In Her Mantle” retreat honoring our Blessed Mother! We loved praying alongside each of you.
CTK Parish Toy Drive
We had such a successful toy drive this year! Thank you for all of the donations that will be distributed to the needy children of our community.
St. Jude Award 2021
Organ Recital 2021
A remarkable performance from each of these outstanding organists from around the Diocese!! Bravo!! Thank you for coming to our Second Annual Organ Recital for the feast of Christ the King, stay tuned for the next one!
Gulf Coast Catholic Feature!
Did you know that the Diocese of St. Petersburg has a brand new website with relatable articles to help us on our faith journey? It’s called Gulf Coast Catholic! We are so grateful to be featured on gulfcoastcatholic.org with our one of a kind Organ and fabulous musicians! Read the article HERE!
Pizza & Praise!
It was a wonderful night of praise and worship for our families! Thank you to all who attended our first Pizza & Praise event!! Keep watching for the next one that we host!
Cornhole for Life
Cornhole for Life was one of our favorite events this year! Families gathered together to raise money and awareness for the Pro-life movement.
40 Hours Devotion
Religious Education students took precious time to sit with our good Lord during our 40 Hours Devotion last week.
40 Rosaries for 40 Days!
Women’s retreat 2021
Oktoberfest is Coming!
Blessing of the Animals
Ministries Dinner 2021
Artists in the Classroom
40 Hours Devotion
FORTY HOURS IS COMING BACK, October 26th-28th! The Forty Hours Devotion provides a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual growth of each person and the parish as a whole. In a world where temptation and evil abound, where devotion to the Mass and our Lord in the Holy Eucharist have declined, where the practice of penance and confession have been forgotten, we need the Forty Hours Devotion more than ever. Learn more & sign up today: https://ctk-tampa.org/40-hours/
College Dorm Drawing
A ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO LAWTON BRINKMAN AND IAN CURRAN!! These are our 2021 College Dorm Drawing winners! First place goes to Lawton, who will be receiving $100 from CTK, and Ian is our runner up who will be receiving $75, thanks to a generous donation from the Scanlan Family.
Sunday Café is Back!
Sundays full of Jesus , Community, and Donuts, what could be better? SUNDAY CAFÉ RETURNS THIS WEEKEND, August 22nd. Be sure to grab a donut on your way out of Mass this weekend • Sunday Café is held after all the morning Masses in St. Michael’s Courtyard.
A Beautiful Baptism
God is good, all the time! What a blessing it was to be able to witness these wonderful babies entering into their first sacrament. Congratulations families, know that we are praying for you.
CTK’s Got Talent
Presenting: CTK’s Got Talent Private auditions! Do you have a gift of singing and have always wanted to serve in our vibrant choir? Now is your chance! CTK is holding private auditions on the evenings of August 23, 25 & 26th. Click HERE for more information!
Come, Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus, we praise your almighty name. A name that is above every name and a name that has won every battle. Jesus, your name is powerful and victorious. We praise you for the time of fellowship, prayer, and growth during our time at Covecrest. We ask that you keep our fire aflame for you, for all of eternity. Grant us the grace to serve you well. We love you. We ask Mother Mary to wrap us in her mantle, and pour out her graces upon us always. Through Jesus Christ, Amen.
The Good Samaritan Project
The Good Samaritan Project was a success! Thank you teens, for loving God well by serving Him with true devotion.
Great Job, 6th Graders!
VBS DAY 1
Day 1 of VBS complete!! Our students had a blast in worship, prayer, and community. We can’t wait for tomorrow!!
What was your favorite song at Mass this season? Thank you to our parish choirs for leading our wonderful music at Mass this past season! Three of our four groups have now begun their customary summer recess and will re-group in August. If you sing well, watch the bulletin for info on choir try-outs.
For more information on joining our choir ministry, please contact Stephen Banyra at email@example.com.
Welcome, New Parishioners
We shared a beautiful evening of night prayer on the Vigil for Ordination of (now) Fr. Izzie Hernandez this past Friday. Congratulations!! Please keep Fr. Izzie Hernandez in your prayers
Our Lady of Fatima,
Marian Crowning in May
One of our sweet first communicants crowned our Holy Mother Mary and baby Jesus for our May crowning, just in time for Mother’s Day! Mother Mary, pray for us and crown us with your grace. Tune our gazes toward Jesus and direct our focus on Heaven. Amen
Happy Mother’s Day!
Newlyweds at Carnival?
First Holy Communion!
Care Club gathered together for a powerful Healing Mass and delicious luncheon full of community and prayer.
Donor Wall Unveiling
On Sunday, we dedicated our new Donor Wall which memorializes so many of our donors who made our church expansion possible. The centerpiece is a stunning Christ the King Crucifix. Take a look at it next time you’re near Our Lady’s Rose Garden. Thank you to all of our generous donors and volunteers who continue to make our church a very special home of worship! ??
Welcome, Seminarian Tyler!
Best Place of Worship 2021!
We here at Christ the King are your family. We are devoted to Serving God, and Caring for His people- and that means you- every last one of you, our brother and sister in Christ. Read More Here…
HE IS RISEN! Happy Easter to all of you, Thank you for celebrating an unforgettable day here at CTK!
After a day entering into Christ’s Passion, we ended Good Friday with the Tenebrae service of the Lord’s Entombment.
We celebrated the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, ending with a procession to the Chapel that held adoration until midnight.
Thank You, Ethan!
Congratulations to Ethan Tiejema who was named as Altar Server of the Year from CtK by Bishop Parkes on Sunday, March 21 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. Thank you for your unceasing devotion to CtK this year!
Adam Finley (who is going into the United States Air Force) was baptized, confirmed & received Holy Communion on Sunday! Praise be to God! May your journey be filled with blessings, Adam!
Men of God, Rise Up!
On Friday, March 19th, many of the CTK men involved with the Society of St. Joseph consecrated themselves to St. Joseph at the end of a 33-day consecration preparation book by Fr. Donald Calloway. The morning started with 6:00am Adoration, quarterbacked by Fr. Padilla, followed by a consecration recitation led by George Fisher (leader of SSJ), and concluding with Mass.
“This was a powerful testament to the men’s faith here at CTK and the culture fostered by Fr. Len, the community, and George’s leadership. Fr. Padilla is also incredible with his involvement with the society and we are grateful that he’s been hearing our confessions weekly!
CTK should be very proud.”
Thank You, Liturgy Committee!
Thank you to the Liturgy Committee for putting on a beautiful Living Stations of the Cross on Friday March 5, 2021.!
Way to Go, Lawton!
Congratulations to Christ the King’s newest Eagle Scout, Lawton Brinkman! Pictured with his parents, Alan & Julie Brinkman and brothers Jake, Hudson, & Walker. We are so proud of you, Lawton!