Christ the King Church, Silver Spring, MD

Decree of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz (Brother of CTK Parishioner Louis Schwartz) – June 7, 2015 at Holy Name Church, Washington DC


Annual Rosary and Crowning of Mary:  Sunday, May 31st, 2015
El Rosario Anual y La Coronación de la Virgen Maria:  El domingo, el 31 de Mayo 2015
Parishioners  gathered in front of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary outside the church to pray the rosary in English, Spanish, and Tagalog and to witness  the crowning of Mary, our Blessed Mother.  Fr. José Cortes welcomed everyone and the choir led the opening song Immaculate Mary.  Fr. José led the rosary in English and Spanish and Lita DeCastro led the third decade in Tagalog.  Emily Ferman went up the ladder to crown the Blessed Virgin but was not tall enough to lay the floral crown so Roxanna  Jacquet stepped up and did it.  A  hymn Madre, Óyeme  concluded the program. Mini statues of Mary that were donated by a parishioner from Guatemala were given out to the attendees.   See video and photos.



Year-End Party May 24, 2015 –The Religious Education Program children had a blast at the party playing games, painting,  and eating ice cream.  Even the catechists could not resist playing the games. Photos


Please pray for the children who received their first communion  on Sunday, May 17, 2015.   Photos


Sr. Dorothy Owen Memorial Mass and Reception Photos


Religious Education Parochial Lunch Day  April 12, 2015 Photos


Fr. José Cortes in the Way of the Cross(Communion Liberation), Washington, DC – Good Friday 2015  More Photos


Easter Egg Hunt 2015:  The children had an exciting time hunting for Easter eggs around the church  after the 10:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. Masses. Photos 


Sunrise Service April 5, 2015:  Christ the King  joined Pilgrim Baptist  Church’s Sunrise Service early Easter Sunday morning.  Present were Fr. José Cortes, Fr. Ettore Ferrario, Rev. Charles Jackson, Rev. John McCauley and members from the three churches. Photos


Easter Triduum 2015: Rich in tradition, CTK Parish celebrated beautifully Holy Thursday with washing of the feet, Good Friday with adoration of the cross and stations of the cross, and Easter Vigil with candle light service.  Photos




Ecumenical Service 2015:  Christ the King Parish celebrated its traditional Ecumenical Palm Sunday service with St. Paul Methodist Church and Pilgrim Baptist Church on March 29, 2015 at Christ the King Church.  Rev.  John McCauley from St. Paul and Rev. Charles Jackson from  Pilgrim Baptist and some of their members participated in the service.  Photos

Palm Sunday Concert  2015 Photos

** 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

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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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION:  Feast of the Epiphany 2015

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

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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)

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.

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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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

First Communion – May 11, 2014


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.

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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.  
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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