“O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You as King of the
universe. All that has been created has been made for
You.” – excerpt from Prayer to Christ the King
articles about the celebration of the feast of Christ the
King from three of our Regnum Christi localities.
The church was
filled with the beautiful voices of the Regnum Christi consecrated
women and the pews were full with smiling members of
the RC family. The intention of the day was apparent
-- to gather together as a spiritual family to celebrate
the feast of Christ the King.
This was the
scene on Sunday, November 24, 2013, at St. Brendan’s the
Navigator parish in Cumming, Georgia.
Prior to the Mass, three women
incorporated into Regnum Christi.
“It was a fantastic afternoon embraced by
God’s blessings and filled with His love,” said RC member
Brent Cieply. “Thanks to all of those who helped make
this event possible and a special thank you to St.
Brendan’s for providing us the opportunity to host our event
at their beautiful church!”
“We were blessed to have Archbishop Wilton
Gregory preside over the liturgy along with Deacon Rick Medina
and 13 Legionary concelebrants,” he said. “During his wonderful homily,
the Archbishop focused on the celebration by saying ‘Imitating Christ
is at the heart of our Catholic faith, it is
the very foundation of our faith, to become each day
more like Christ Jesus himself.”
|Br. John Klein LC sings during the bonfire.|
Speaking directly to the Regnum Christi
members, Archbishop Gregory stated “that challenge, belongs in a unique
way, to the Legionaries of Christ and the Regnum Christi
community.” He pointed out that, during the upcoming General Chapter
and General Assemblies, “the motivating energy must be to increase
our imitation of Christ himself.”
Those in attendance were happily surprised
with the presence of Father Alvaro Corcuera LC during the
Mass. Afterwards, he joined guests for the “RC Family Fest”
at the St. Brendan social hall. Father Alvaro thanked all
for their prayers and ensured all present of his prayers.
He then joined with the other Legionaries and consecrated to
lead the crowd in singing “Salve Regina.”
the event, young people enjoyed a bonfire with s’mores and
campfire music from Br. John Klein LC.
Prior to the feast
day, at the Saturday evening vigil, Eucharistic Adoration was held
at both Pinecrest Academy and Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
all the RC members who provided food and to Mejorada
family for sponsoring the photo booth. Click here to see
the photo gallery from the event.
Three cities in the
Ohio Valley region held celebration events for the feast of
Christ the King.
In Cincinnati, Ohio, a vigil ceremony took place
at Royalmont Academy with over 100 people.
The next day,
about 200 RC members and friends gathered at the Cincinnati
Cathedral, St. Peter in Chains, to celebrate the Solemnity of
Christ the King with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. Fr. Timothy Walsh
LC concelebrated the Mass with the Archbishop, with the assistance
of Deacon Kevin McKenzie LC. Archbishop Schnurr came to greet
the Regnum Christi members afterwards and gave them his blessing.
the afternoon there was a welcoming ceremony for a new
Regnum Christi member, testimonies, lunch, and activities for the boys
and girls. Fr. Timothy and Deacon Kevin reported the celebration
was “filled with fun, fellowship, and a deep family spirit.”
Several members commented the event was “very hopeful and renewing.”
Louisville, Kentucky, about 15 Regnum Christi members attended a vigil
Mass, as well as a solemn rosary, Benediction and a
ceremony of dedication to “Spiritual Motherhood” at St. Patrick parish.
The next day, RC members joined the parish at St.
|The luncheon reception in Louisville.|
Patrick’s for Mass with Fr. Martin Linebach, pastor of St.
Patrick’s, celebrating and Fr. Daniel Brandenburg LC and Fr. John
Bullock LC concelebrating. Mass was followed by a reception, catered
by The Healing Place, with about 100 people in attendance.
The Healing Place is a recovery environment for those suffering
“Our Regnum Christi group was able to support them
through using their new catering business,” said RC member Jackie
After lunch, Bob Stromberg, an RC Mens’ Section team leader
and father of ten children, gave his testimony, followed by
another powerful testimony from RC consecrated woman Kathleen Murphy.
greater Indianapolis, Indiana area, RC members gathered for a solemn
recitation of the rosary, Mass and Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction
at Our Lady of the Apostles Family Center in Greenfield,
Indiana, with about 70 people in attendance. Fr. Matthew Summe
LC celebrated the Mass.
Consecrated women Jill Swallow, Ally Wheeler
and Jacquie Lustig had just returned from a fruitful weekend
with approximately 23,000 Catholic youth at the National Catholic Youth
Conference and were brimming with experiences to share. Jacquie also
gave an inspiring personal testimony about the scriptural roots of
Christ as King.
The event concluded with a luncheon reception.
“It was a beautiful, joyful day!” said RC member Rosie
The Detroit area RC locality hosted its Christ the
King event around a special vigil Mass at Everest Academy
in Clarkston, Michigan, on Saturday, November 23. About 450 people
attended, including the families of the boys in middle school
and high school who participated in a flag football tournament,
dubbed the Christ the King Bowl, earlier in the day.
attending were the girls and their families who were part
of the annual Challenge retreat at the Queen of the
Family Retreat Center in nearby Oxford. About 100 girls participated.
the Mass homily, Fr. Aaron Smith LC, the local coordinator
for apostolate for the Detroit locality, said, “Christ is the
King who reigns in our lives. His throne is the
cross and every day we need to unite ourselves to
Him and say ‘Thy Kingdom come’ not only with our
words, but with our lives.”
After Mass, everyone enjoyed a spaghetti
dinner, and many visited the Everest Collegiate Boys’ High School
chapel during the evening for Eucharistic Adoration, which took place
until Benediction at midnight.
Christ our King, Your Kingdom Come!