Atrium Dedication & Blessing


On Sunday, November 25 the Christ the King Parish community gathered together for a momentous occasion: the blessing and dedication of The Cross and Crown Atrium on the Solemnity of Christ the King.

The Most Reverend Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr presided at the 5:00 pm Mass and then led a procession into the Atrium for the blessing and dedication. Pastor Edward P. Smith, Reverend Frank Voellmecke, Reverend Robert Obermeyer and the Reverend Mr. Donald Gloeckler were concelebrants. A reception in the Atrium followed.

The Cross and Crown Atrium is a new building linking the church, school and parish center. It is a powerful symbol of unification, knitting the community together in a physical and spiritual sense. The highlight is a large gathering space where parishioners can join in fellowship.

“Our parish’s feast day is a reminder of our 92-year heritage, so it was fitting to bless our newest building on the Feast of Christ the King,” said Pastor Edward Smith. During his homily, Archbishop Schnurr spoke about the establishment of the Solemnity of Christ the King in the year 1925. He said, “When many thought that God should be exiled from the affairs of the world—or at least marginalized to the point where He did not really matter—Pope Pius XI, in establishing this feast day, wished to remind us that Jesus is the world’s true ruler and judge.”

To view the dedication’s commemorative booklet, please click Dedication Booklet.

To read Archbishop Schnurr’s homily, please click Homily Dedication