A church is the house of God. We can build no greater material monument to our Creator. For this reason, a church is the heart of a parish, not only spiritually but physically as well. It is fitting, then, that it be an outstanding structure of which the parishioners and community can be proud.
Construction of Christ the King Church began in the spring of 1960. The unusual geometric design of the roof features eight poured concrete hyperbolic paraboloids. Each is supported by a concrete column, and all are erected independent of the Colorado redstone walls. The exterior of Christ the King Church presents simple, strong lines. The stone is warm in color and the white Georgia Marble Tower with the vested crucifix of Christ the King sounds a note of ever-rising hope in Christ our Savior.
The general theme of the Church is the "Life of Christ", as many part of our Savior's life here on earth can be seen in many parts of the Church and its surroundings.
The Sanctuary is the heart of the Church. It surrounds the main altar, the place of sacrifice.
The Sanctuary points up specifically the time in His life when He instituted the Mass, the focal point of the Catholic religion. The Last Supper is represented in a life-size ceramic sculpture.
The altar is the "Holy Table of the Lord" where a wonderful exchange takes place between God and man. By its function and dignity, the altar is the center of holiness in the Church. Its function as the Eucharistic Table of the community requires that the interior of the Church centers about it.
There are five crosses cut into the stone top of the altar which represent the five wounds of Christ.
Statue of Our Lady
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
To the left of the Sanctuary is the Statue of Our Lady. This area is a wonderful place for parishioners to come in for a quiet time of prayer and adoration.
In front of the Statue is the Candle Grotto, which provides all parishioners the opportunity to light candles for prayer intentions. The grotto includes two kinds of candles:
|Four-hour Votive Candles||50¢ each|
|Six-day Votive Candles||$3.00 each|
If you wish to light a candle, please deposit your money in the money box located on the west wall.
Statue of St. Joseph
To the right of the altar is the statue of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church and foster father of the Holy Family. We celebrate his feast day on March 19th.
On that same day, Christ the King celebrates the feast day of St. Joseph Altar. Originating in Sicily centuries ago, it is a Catholic custom to bake breads, cakes, pastries, and cookies and donate them along with fruits in honor of St. Joseph. These foods are arrayed before the statue of St. Joseph to inspire the faithful. Bakers often fashion their baked goods with Christian artistry, making them in the shapes of crosses, carpenter’s tools, lambs, lilies, flowers, and other creative Christian symbols. After a period of viewing, the foods are blessed after a special Mass and the “Tupa-Tupa” ceremony takes place, a simple ceremony in which any children present and who are dressed as Saints take part. Food and other offerings are donated to homeless communities to support the poor.
"And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:14)
One of the major highlights that promote the central theme of the Church is the surrounding stained-glass windows. The story told in these windows is the "Life of Christ" from the birth of the Infant King located at the far northwest corner of the church, to the return to His heavenly Kingdom on the northeast side next to the sacristy -- from Epiphany to Ascension.
Confessional rooms are located towards the front of the church on either side. Both sides present an illustration of Jesus granting forgiveness to those who wish for reconciliation.
Reconciliation is offered at the following times:
- 30 minutes before the 8 AM, 10 AM, and Noon Sunday Masses (7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM)
- First Friday of the Month from 11:30 AM - Noon
- Saturday from 3:30-4:30 PM
- Sunday from 6:00-7:00 PM (In conjunction with Be Not Afraid Holy Hour, unless otherwise stated in the bulletin or by appointment)
In addition, you may call the rectory to schedule reconciliation outside of normal times.
Stations of the Cross
"We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world."
These unusual ceramic Stations of the Cross, made in Italy by Professor Arnaldo Miniati, were originally installed in the temporary Church (now the school gym) and are familiar figures to all parishioners. The scriptural meditations inscribed in gold below each Station are a convenience for all who make this devotional "Way of the Cross" privately.
Click on a station to view the full image
"I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
The baptismal font is an expression of these words of the Sacrament of Baptism. The Father is symbolized by the "Hand of God," the Creator. The Son is symbolized by a fish and the Greek letters ΙΧΘΥС which form the initial letters of the Greek words meaning "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior ." Because a fish lives in the water, it is also a symbol of Baptism. The dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit.
This font is made of polished white Cherokee marble supported by a column around which a stairway ascends to the choir loft.
The rich colors in the Baptistry bespeak the joy that accompanies the incorporation of a new member into the Mystical Body of Christ, His Church.
For more information on the Sacrament of Baptism, Click here.
A Rectory is both a parish office building where the business administration of the parish is conducted, and a home for the parish priests.
With these two primary functions in mind, Christ the King Rectory was designed with living quarters and office space to accommodate three priests. Each priest's quarters consist of a bedroom, a bath, and a study. These are located in a private area of the building along with a living room, dining room, kitchen, and guest room. Six offices, a copy room, record room, and a reception area are located at the opposite end of the building adjacent to the main entrance.
The sunny interior court, secluded from noise and confusion, is an ideal spot for prayer and relaxation.