Pastor's Blog

Greetings from St. Suzanne, Haiti

Posted on March 13, 2017

Hello parishioners of Christ the King, My name’s Will Bennett and I have been living in St. Suzanne, Nord-Est, Haiti at our sister parish since September 13, 2016. It’s been quite the experience and has given me a new appreciation for this beautiful country and its extremely unique culture. Now, many people who come to […]

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Lent has Begun

Posted on March 9, 2017

At long last the Season of Lent has finally begun. Easter is particularly late this year, which, of course, means that Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent started later than we are normally accustomed. Whether you have been looking forward to the start of Lent or have been dreading its beginning, it’s finally here. […]

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Help My Unbelief

Posted on March 2, 2017

This past Monday, as our country celebrated Presidents’ Day, we heard a Gospel passage from Mark 9:14-29 during daily Mass.  This is one of my favorite Gospel passages for several reasons, so I figured I would take this opportunity to share why.  It begins with Jesus coming down from the mountain with His disciples.  In […]

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Christ the King’s NEW Stephen Ministry

Posted on February 23, 2017

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Faith & Ale

Posted on February 16, 2017

If you missed this month’s Faith & Ale, make sure you make the next one: March 16, 2017: Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University

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A Visit by Bishop Parkes

Posted on February 8, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, our new shepherd, Bishop Gregory Parkes, came to visit us here at Christ the King and celebrated the 11am Mass for us. The homily he preached had some great insights into his personality and his ministry as Bishop, so I would like to share with you a few of the […]

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Devotional Area Results Are In!

Posted on February 2, 2017

The results are in!  Last month, I asked our parishioners to fill out a survey (either online or from the bulletin insert) for our new devotional areas in the expanded church.  A list of twelve “finalists saints” was presented from a broader more open-ended survey which had been done a few months before.  I was […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted on January 26, 2017

I have a dream.  These words will forever be attributed to the late and great Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we celebrated last Monday.  In the midst of a country with an unhealthy and faulty perception of the “American dream,” King dared to think outside the box of his own needs and wants.  Rather […]

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Together We Can Stop Human Trafficking in Tampa Bay

Posted on January 19, 2017

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month Human trafficking is the second largest criminal activity after narcotics and the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Contrary to popular belief, human trafficking is not just a problem in other countries, it occurs in our community. The Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking was […]

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Discussion Regarding Church Expansion

Posted on January 11, 2017

As you know, there has been an ongoing discussion over the past couple of years regarding the expansion of our church building. The church itself was actually built during the administration of President Truman. Aside from some aesthetic upgrades over the years (such as the interior marble walls and the Christ the King stained glass […]

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