August 27, 2023

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

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All Safe Environment training courses MUST be completed by Wednesday, August 30th. Please complete your course at

We still need a few more items to assist the Feed the Hungry Ministry this Sunday at 11:30. If you are able to help, please sign up online.

It's time for parish families to sign up as Gift Bearers during each weekend Mass in September. Please consider this important ministry and sign up here.

Domestic Church will host a Married Couples Retreat September 22-24 at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Oklahoma City. This retreat provides sacramentally married couples with an opportunity to begin their spiritual journey together (or deepen it if it already exists). The retreat serves as the introduction to Domestic Church for those interested in beginning formation in a Domestic Church circle. Click here to register

Join Us on Sunday to Celebrate Patrick Cullen

Please join us for a reception after the 10am Mass THIS Sunday, August 27th to congratulation Christ the King’s Business Manager, Patrick Cullen, on his upcoming retirement.

Patrick has served the people of Christ the King parish for over 38 years. If you don’t know Patrick as our Business Manager, you know him as our faithful 12:15 Mass guitar accompanist. Patrick carries knowledge of every light switch and electrical outlet on our entire campus! He has managed our remarkable growth and facilities expansion and improvement, and has carefully overseen the use of every dollar entrusted by our parishioners to build the Kingdom of God here at Christ the King and in our greater community. Our church and school would not be where we are today without his four decades of faithful and dependable leadership. Above all, Patrick is a true servant of our Lord, a loving friend, father and brother to all who know him. We will miss seeing him every day and are grateful that his assistance and institutional knowledge will be only a phone call away!

We hope you will join us to congratulate Patrick and thank him for his devotion to Christ the King Parish. A basket will be available for congratulatory cards and well-wishes. 

The Pirate Prayer

Ahoy, Mate! Did you know you can pray like a pirate? Learn the acronym behind the pirate prayer.

The Pirate Prayer gets its name from the acronym “ARRR” (like a pirate, get it?!) This acronym is a helpful guide in learning how to pray. You can pray this at any time and can do it over just a few minutes or a longer period of prayer. 

This prayer is helpful if you’re not sure how to begin your conservation with God. You might add this type of prayer into your time with God after praying Lectio Divina, the Rosary, or the Examen. Or, you might find this is a helpful acronym to pray with when you’re on the go and struggling to find time to sit still and rest with God.

The best thing about the Pirate Prayer is that you can pray with this acronym at any time! 

Pirate Prayer

A – Acknowledge

Take a breath and acknowledge that God is with you and that you desire to grow closer to Him. Take stock of how you’re feeling, your thoughts, what is on your heart and mind. 

R – Relate

Share with God everything that came to mind. Be completely real with Him and don’t hold anything back, even things that might be hard to share. 

R – Receive

Now, quiet yourself and try to be open to what God says back to you. Maybe He speaks to you through a Scripture verse that comes to mind or a thought or feeling. Maybe you don’t hear anything, and that’s okay! God speaks even in silence and loves when you rest with Him there. 

R – Respond

Lastly, commit to responding to what this time of prayer revealed to you. You could feel called to continue to pray about something that came up; you could decide to take some type of action. Lastly, ask God to help you see what concrete steps you can take with His help. 

You can close your prayer with more time in silence, with an Our Father, or any prayer on your heart. 

What is the Purpose of the Choir?

This week, the parish began rehearsals in preparation for the new choir season. It may be useful in times of new beginnings to reexamine the role the choir plays in the celebration of our liturgies. The Church has much to say about the role of music in worship:

“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy… Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when the divine offices are celebrated solemnly in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the active participation of the people... The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. Choirs must be diligently promoted.”

From Sacrosanctum Concilium, Pope Paul VI, 1963

“39. The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (cf. Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf. Acts 2:46). Thus St. Augustine says rightly, “Singing is for one who loves,”[48] and there is also an ancient proverb: “Whoever sings well prays twice over.”

40. Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of peoples and abilities of each liturgical assembly. Although it is not always necessary (e.g., in weekday Masses) to sing all the texts that are in principle meant to be sung, every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people not be absent in celebrations that occur on Sundays and on Holydays of Obligation.”

From General Instruction of the Roman Missal

Those wishing to explore more of what the Church says about music can read the aforementioned Sacrosanctum Concilium, Musicam Sacram, and the paragraphs in the Catechism beginning with 1156. There’s a lot to be said! 

Choirs enable the full and active participation of the assembly in the liturgy, and it is within the liturgy that the Catholic body enters into dialogue with God. Music is a ministry of the church, as those involved in choir sacrifice their time and effort to elevate the worship of their community. Ideally, the choir does not perform, but leads and enables worship.

If you think you may be called to join the choir at Christ the King, please reach out to David Anderson, Music Director, at (405) 242-4528 with any questions.

Reading Tutors Needed

Can you help open a child’s mind to the world of reading? The 2023-2024 OKCPS year has begun and Christ the King is looking for tutors/mentors to work with students at Ridgeview Elementary School (10010 Ridgeview Dr.). Tutoring sessions:

  • Begin the 3rd week of September, and end in April
  • Once a week for 40 minutes (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday)
  • Reading sessions between 9am-12:00pm or 12:30-2:15pm
  • 1st–4th grade
  • Work one-on-one or with a small group 

Ms. Han, reading specialist at Ridgeview, will train all tutors and provide expert guidance throughout the year. Materials will be provided. CK Safe environment training, a completed OKCPS volunteer application and a background check provided by the school district are required. The teachers really appreciate the help the tutors provide to the students, and the students look forward to the relationship that is built with their tutor. If you have questions or would be willing to volunteer, please contact Dori Smith at 405-209-3258, 405-843-6264 or [email protected].

MIHI Date Night Kicks Off Sept. 16

Adult & Children's Formation to Begin in September

Children's Formation

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

  • Children in Pre-K through 2nd grade
  • Begins 9/13/23
  • Meets Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15pm OR Thursdays from 4:15-5:30pm
  • Cost is $75/student plus a $25 registration fee per family
  • Register by 9/6 at

Family Faith Formation

  • All parish families of children in kindergarten through 5th grade who are not enrolled in Catholic school
  • Begins 9/17/23
  • Meets every other Sunday from 11:20am-12:10pm
  • For students in 2nd grade, this class will also provide catechism for their sacraments
  • Register at

Adult Formation

Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom

  • All adults!
  • Begins 9/10/23 or 9/13/23
  • Sundays at 1:30pm OR Wednesdays at 1pm
  • Two ten-week sessions, fall and spring (20 sessions total
  • $40 for materials
  • Register at

True Reformers: Saints of the Catholic Reformation

  • All adults!
  • Begins 9/13/23
  • Wednesdays at 6:30pm (meets 9/13, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/9)
  • $16 for materials
  • Register at

Who Am I To Judge?: Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love

  • Women's Bible study
  • Begins 9/5/23
  • Tuesdays from 8:30-10am OR 6:30-8pm
  • $20 for materials
  • Register by 8/25 at

Important Confirmation Dates!

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Calling All Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers: Raising Kids in a Digital Age

Save the Date: CK School Events!

The CK Run is Saturday, September 30th. Sign up for this annual event at!

CK School is looking for donations to make its annual fundraiser a success! If you have an item or experience that you'd like to donate, please reach out to Colette Fudge at [email protected]

CK News

You can watch new episodes of the CK News each Friday during the school year. These videos are brought to you by our talented students as they discuss life here at Christ the King. Enjoy this week's episode here!

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