OUR CLERGY


Father Joseph Dinh

Father Joseph Dinh

Deacon Emmanuel Ukattah

Emmanuel Ukattah, Deacon

Deacon Enedino Aquino

Enedino Aquino, Deacon

From the Desk of Our Priest


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The story in Mark’s gospel is a great story for each of us.  Jesus is presented as one who can calm the storm. The disciples were experienced fishermen but they knew how helpless they were in a turbulent sea.

The disciples did not understand how Jesus was so calm at a time of danger, he was sleeping when the storm was shaking the boat. We know that Jesus has been sent by his heavenly Father to restore creation and to drive back the powers of darkness and chaos that have entered our lives through sin. He touched sick people and their health was restored; he confronted demons and they were banished; he brought peace and harmony where there had been fear and hopelessness. Jesus has this power because he is in touch with the Father who has sent him to bring to us that love and power which enables us to deal with our own problems of life.

In our personal lives, we experience wonderful moments of peace, joy and harmony; but we also have to deal with the challenge of our own kinds of chaos, such as physical sickness, mental anxiety and all the many causes of fear and uncertainty. We need to know how we, like the disciples, can call upon Jesus when a storm is coming to our life.  Jesus tells us that it is a matter of faith: “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith in me?” We may respond to Jesus that we do have faith in Jesus but many times we did not trust enough in his power to help us. Our faith should be real and strong when we see storms coming to our family or our life.

The faith that calms storms in our lives is a conviction that the Risen Lord is present in our life just as he was with the disciples during the storm. This kind of faith is a special gift of God for which we must pray not only when we are in trouble but also when things are going well in our life. Today we hear again Jesus says to each of us: “I am with you always, until the end of time.” We are confident that Jesus is with us always to help us go through problems of life. Love for God and trust in his power will win out in the end.

May God bless us all!

Fr. Joe

History


Christ the King Church was founded in 1940 to serve the African-American Catholics in High Point, and has since become a multi-ethnic parish celebrating both the diversity and unity of the Catholic faith and tradition. Then-Bishop Eugene F. McGuinness of Raleigh invited the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement of Graymoor, NY to staff the new mission in High Point in 1940. Father Bernardine Watson served as the first pastor, originally celebrating Mass in a funeral home. Through the generosity and perseverance of Father Watson and several benefactors, a clothing shop was acquired for use by the mission. While Mass continued to be celebrated there during much of 1941, the mission community members also turned their attention to building a new church and rectory on Kivett Drive. The new colonial-style church was dedicated by Bishop McGuinness Dec. 14, 1941.

 

During the 1940s and into the ’50s, the Christ the King parish community continued to grow. A school building and convent were built in 1949, and in 1950 the Franciscan Handmaids arrived from New York City to staff the school. The African-American communities, both Catholic and non-Catholic, of High Point, Thomasville and Greensboro were served by the new Christ the King School, which opened its doors to 50 students in September 1950. The friars continued their pastorate in High Point for the next several decades, cultivating a faith community that became continually more culturally diverse over time. A stained-glass window behind the church’s choir loft depicts that diversity, with Jesus surrounded by four individuals representing the African, Asian, European and Indian bloodlines that make up much of the parish community today.

 

Lowering enrollment, financial difficulties and the recalling of the sisters to New York forced Christ the King School to close in 1981. The diocesan office of education converted the school for use as a day care center, which began its operation in August 1981. That same year, Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement arrived at Christ the King Church to conduct the religious education program and other ministerial work, including assisting at the day care center. The center, still located on parish grounds, is now privately operated and continues to serve the area.

 

Upon the friars’ leaving High Point in 1991, Christ the King Church became a diocesan parish in December of that year. Fathers Martin Madison and John Hoover served the parish until December 1994, when Father Philip Kollithanath, was appointed to Christ the King Church. Assisting in the advancing growth of the Christ the King community have been many commissions and ministries focusing on the spiritual , educational, multicultural and evangelical dimensions of the parish. Parishioners gather to engage in Bible study , to learn English as a Second Language, to put their faith into action in the local community and to celebrate their ethnicity. A Hispanic center and bilingual religious education program provide sharing and learning opportunities for English and Spanish speaking parishioners, and the parish African-American Ministry offers outreach programs benefiting the local region. The Women’s Guild, Altar Guild, 55+ Club and Young & Spirited Group are active in parish and community services, and the evangelization commission provides for the spiritual needs of homebound parishioners through its Visitation Ministry. The community of Christ the King Church looks ahead to expansion and renovation projects that will accommodate the needs of a growing parish. One hundred and sixty-one households currently make up the parish registry.