Encounter Christ

As Catholics, we believe that we are called to be disciples of God. Here at Christ the King, we offer many opportunities to serve, reflect, and connect with others in our community and beyond. We invite you to explore the ways in which we encounter Christ at CK.

It's a wonderful time to get involved at Christ the King!  Our many ministries are divided into categories below. To become involved or learn more, please contact the person listed.

  • Adoration Chapel

Richard Litak: rlitak@archchicago.org (773) 238-4877

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for weekday adoration is offered 7-7:45 AM via Ryan Moody, rmoody409@yahoo.com; For access to the chapel for personal prayer or to schedule a regular hour of adoration contact rectory.

Paul Pierre-Louis: pjpl1@yahoo.com (312) 203-9029

A worldwide coalition of Catholics dedicated to Mary, service to others, and evangelization. Members meet weekly for prayer, discussion, and service work.

  • Prayer Warriors NEW!
Maura Fitzgerald Sedlack: maurafitzgerald70@gmail.com
Use your favorite form of daily prayer to offer up for specific intentions of parishioners (requests received and sent out regularly). Perfect for homebound or very busy people of all ages.
  • Saturday Rosary Group

Kathy Tonner: tonner@gmail.com

Stacey Hennigan: hennigansmh@yahoo.com

Join parishioners in praying the rosary together in church after the 8:30 AM Mass on Saturdays.

Carissa Blough: blough99@gmail.com

Students in grades 4-8 can serve.  New altar server training takes place each Spring and Fall, but students are welcome to join at any time!  Call the school office for more information.    
  • Art & Environment

Nancy Kratzer: nancykratzer@yahoo.com

Design and implement liturgical themes in the church for the liturgical "seasons" of the year (e.g.Advent, Ordinary Time, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum, Easter, and Pentecost) 
  • Candlelight Vigils and Prayer Services

Deacon John Mutnansky: plumbinmd@hotmail.com

Readers needed each month (September through June) for evenings of reflections involving exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, classical music, prayer, and quiet reflection.
  • Children's Choir  NEW! Great for Young Volunteers!

Breanna Feigenbaum: bfeigenbaum@ck-school.org

This program is still in its creation phase.  More to come.

  • Children's Liturgy of the Word  Great for Young and Adult Volunteers!

Donna Murphy & Kelly Sullivan: dmurphy@ck-school.org; ksullivan@ck-school.org

Volunteers assist with young parishioners during the 9 AM Sunday Mass as they hear the word of God proclaimed on their level while participating in engaging activities, music ministry, and learning the parts of the Mass.
  • Choir

Ed Zelnis: edzelnis@aol.com (773) 267-6648

Our choir provides music for the 9 AM Sunday mass, as well as special masses, including Christmas, Holy Week, and Confirmation. Open to all interested singers.

  • Eucharistic Ministers

Richard Litak: rlitak@archchicago.org (773) 238-4877

Assist the Mass celebrant with the distribution of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.   There is a great need for ministers at the 5 PM Saturday mass and 11 AM Sunday mass.  
  • Lectors

Richard Litak: rlitak@archchicago.org (773) 238-4877

Individuals are always needed to proclaim the Good News and lead the congregation in Prayers of the Faithful during mass. 

  • Saturday Mass Musicians (closed group)

Lisa Pattara-McGrane, Michael Jones & Charles Hayes: pattara4@juno.com

This is a group of three dedicated musicians who offer their musical talents at the 5 PM Saturday mass.
  • Special Liturgies

Kat Nardo: kfischer262@gmail.com (773) 633-9309

Volunteers are needed to assist in carrying out special liturgies such as Veteran's Day Mass, Divine Mercy services, etc.

  • Ushers & Greeters

Mike Heeney or Rectory Office: heeneyfuneralhome@sbcglobal.net

Welcome and seat mass attendees, sanitize hands, usher communion lines, distribute church bulletins.  We would welcome new members, especially couples, to serve.

Joan O'Connor: gsmom26720@aol.com (773) 450-2441

Parishioners work with the pastor to plan programs and events which facilitate the spiritual understanding, enrichment, and engagement of adults in parish life.  Some offshoots include the parish book club, movie nights, Companions in Faith, candlelight prayer services, and a variety of discussions on topics important to our faith.  New members and input are encouraged.
  • Blessed Conversations

Joan O'Connor: gsmom26720@aol.com (773) 450-2441

Small group leaders guide women through a structure of prayer, asceticism, and sorority for 90 days (January-Easter).  Individuals reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and assist each other in their spiritual growth and sense of community.
  • Book Club / Religious Study Group

Christina Kovar: chrissykovar@gmail.com (773) 875-1739.

Read classic and modern books to educate, inform, and inspire us to better understand our faith and the world around us. 

  • Afternoon Theology Book Club

Mark Quinn: m-quinn@sbcglobal.net

Group meets one afternoon per month to discuss books that help in understanding the Catholic faith.

Joan O'Connor: gsmom26720@aol.com (773) 450-2441

Small groups gather over four weeks in Spring and Fall to discuss scripture and pray together.  Groups are led by a volunteer who is versed in scripture and church teaching
  • Exodus 90

Ryan Moody: RMoody409@yahoo.com

A 90-day spiritual exercise for men based on Christ's roadmap to freedom. Men grow in the spiritual life and gain greater freedom by calling a fraternity of 5-7 men to join them in following a set structure of prayer, asceticism, and fraternity, during which time they are led by daily readings from the book of Exodus, paired with daily reflections. 

Fr. Larry Sullivan: lsullivan@cathcemchgo.org

Assisting the pastor in understanding the needs of the parish and its parishioners, the council serves as a sounding board and provides feedback on proposed activities, initiatives, and events. The Pastoral Council also works with the pastor to set goals and ideals for the parish.

Fr. Larry Sullivan: lsullivan@cathcemchgo.org

Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation into the Catholic Faith. With Baptism, Catholics begin their lifelong journey of growing closer to God who is all good and all-loving. 

Fr. Larry Sullivan: lsullivan@cathcemchgo.org

Couples choosing to be married in the context of the sacrament are not only inviting God to be a part of their wedding day but also of their marriage. The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is an opportunity to encounter the presence of God in a very unique and special way, and for an opportunity for the couple to thank God for His loving, provident hand at work in their lives.  An initial meeting with the Pastor jointly determines the best form of preparation for each couple tailored to meet their specific situation and needs. 

Joan O'Connor: gsmom26720@aol.com (773) 450-2441

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is open to anyone interested in being baptized or for any baptized individual wishing to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by celebrating the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion.  Facilitators are asked to provide instruction and support to candidates in a specific area of faith development.
  • Alumni Association

Maura Saas: ckalumni@ckchicago.org

The Alumni Association strives to keep the Alumni Community connected to the school, parish, and each other through special events, reunions, and communications.
  • Boy Scouts

Matt Anderson, Assistant Scoutmaster Troop #608:  Hfa8@hotmail.com (708) 912-5152

Troop #608 was established in 1917.  Scouting programs are designed to provide boys with the skills they need to unlock their full potential and become future leaders in our community and beyond.  We invite boys ages 11-17 to join Troop #608 and parent/adult volunteers to continue a quality program.

Bridget Segroves: bsegroves@cps.edu

Organizes activities for families and students to take part in throughout the school year. Some of the activities are educational such as supporting field trips, and some are a way for parents and families to connect outside of school. All of the activities are geared towards building a strong community. 
  • Beverly Garden & Culture Club

Mary Healy; mmhealy53@wowway.com;

This is an opportunity to learn more about gardening skills and horticulture in a community setting.

Donna Murphy & Kelly Sullivan: dmurphy@ck-school.org; ksullivan@ck-school.org

The program is designed to help provide a foundation for the faith development of all parish children who are attending non-Catholic schools. We will provide family experiences through monthly events and activities.

Josie Singler: josiecoffey@hotmail.com

Nine elected adult registered parishioners and/or school parents assist in the development of the policies that govern the school to support the Principal, Pastor, and the community. No volunteers are needed at this time.

John Cummings: ckathletics@ckchicago.org

Christ the King encourages students to develop their faith, their minds, and their bodies. CK Athletics is concerned with the development of the WHOLE person—the religious, moral, social, and academic dimensions as well as physical development. CK offers many athletic options to students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Amy Altenbach, Kamilah Anderson, Marcela Aguilar: cknurse@ck-school.org; anderson@yahoo.com; mdsanche@gmail.com

Plans and implements social and educational events and supports the school in preparing children for the opportunities and challenges of living in a diverse society. Dedicated to ensuring the school continues to uphold its standards as an inclusive and culturally responsive educational institution, our goal is to be proactive and intentional about celebrating diversity and inclusion.  All are welcome to attend meetings held on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 PM in the CK library. 
  • School Foundation

Margie O'Connell: moconnell52@gmail.com

The CKSF’s mission is to ensure that the school thrives and maintains its reputation for excellence in education. We welcome donations to cks-foundation.org and volunteers to help with our annual fundraiser.

Cathy Bedell: cbedell42@gmail.com

Small faith group that finds God and faith through the bonds of friendship with those with developmental disabilities.  We welcome new volunteers.

  • Technology for Seniors  NEW! Great for Young Volunteers!

Facilitator Needed   

Teens and young adults are asked to assist the more mature members of our population with negotiating the Internet, cell phones, and other technology
  • Christ Renews His Parish  Revitalized!

Mark Quinn: m-quinn@sbcglobal.net

Parishioner-led experience is designed to foster a strong sense of community as participants grow in discipleship and come away with a renewed spirit and strengthened faith.  Participants include men and women of all ages--moms, dads, singles, seniors, young adults..all are welcome to rest, renew and recharge.  Past participants are asked to assist in revitalizing this parish program
  • High School Teen Ministry

Karen Malone: kmalone@walshgroup.com

Monthly mass with high school teens to build community, foster faith, and enhance opportunities for service to others.

Facilitator Needed   

A wonderful opportunity for babies and toddlers, along with their parents/caregivers, to play and meet new friends during one hour of open gym time. Sessions are Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 AM in the school gym, $30/semester or $5/week.   Assistance is needed in setting up, coordinating, and communicating with participants

Brian Turnock: turnock@gmail.com

Opportunities are provided for the men of CK parish to participate in social, spiritual, service, and fundraising activities. The CK Men's Club will plan and host social events to raise funds and build camaraderie among the families of Christ the King parish. Assists the parish and community when called and able. 
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Group  NEW!

Noemi Makenas: (773) 683-4422  nzarate73@yahoo.com

A new group that embraces and shares the Hispanic heritage of Our Lady of Guadalupe, The Blessed Virgin Mary, within the parish by sharing common values and traditions, celebrating the annual mass in December. Please call Noemi for details!
  • Ted Lasso Discussion Group

Mark Antonetti: markantonietti@gmail.com

This group meets on Wednesday evenings to watch an Apple TV program and discuss the moral and social message expressed in each production
  • Walking in Faith  NEW!

Facilitator Needed   

Morning and evening walking groups begin with faith and life questions to discuss as they ambulate through Beverly in large or small groups.
  • Welcome Committee  Revitalized!

Christina Kovar: chrissykovar@gmail.com (773) 875-1739.

For new people moving into the neighborhood where neighbors either pick up a gift bag or request one to be delivered to new families that include a brochure of mass times and programs that we have to offer. 
  • Women's Club  New!

Facilitator Needed   

Opportunities are provided for the women of CK parish to participate in social, spiritual, service, and fundraising activities. Plans and hosts social events to raise funds and build camaraderie among the families of Christ the King parish. Assists the parish and community when called and able. 
  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

No Registration Required

Nonprofessional, self-supporting, apolitical, and there are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.  No need to register.  Meetings are Fridays 8-9 PM, Sundays 7:30-9 PM in the Rectory Basement.
  • Al-Anon

No Registration Required  

Meets on Thursdays from 7:30-9 PM in the Rectory Basement to provide support to those who are worried about a friend or family member with a drinking problem.
  • Domestic Violence Awareness

Mary Murphy Smith & Linda Villalobos & Donna Dalton: murphysmith@sxu.edu; lvilla46@yahoo.com; donnadalton1951@gmail.com

To raise awareness of domestic violence, provide education, promote access to resources and services, and advocate for the prevention of domestic violence, information and resources are provided through articles in the bulletin, a resource directory available in the rectory, and community events. 
  • Grief Support Group  NEW!

Tom Bianciotto: bianciottot@gmail.com (773) 398 4682

Support by trained individuals is given for those grieving the loss of a family member or close friend

  • Phoenix Group  Revitalized!

Facilitator Needed   

Addresses issues particular to separated, divorced and remarried Catholics
  • Respect Life  Revitalized!

Mary Murphy Smith; Kathy Tonnermurphysmith@sxu.edu, kathytonner@gmail.com

A year-round, nationwide effort to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with building a culture that cherishes every human life

Pam Caldwell & Chris Wilmes: psc1106@sbcglobal.net; wilmes_nd@yahoo.com

Works to fight injustice, poverty, and violence by raising awareness of and acting upon the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.  We always welcome new members.  The committee was formed with St. Barnabas to help us better understand and appreciate the church’s teaching on social justice issues and explore what we can do to further those teachings.  As Catholics, we are called to act, both individually and as a community, to prevent poverty and injustice as well as to minister to those who suffer their effects.  Catholic teachings ask us to question the causes of an injustice and to act to change those causes.
  • Outreach Team

Larry & Carol Daker: caroldaker@sbcglobal.net (773) 405 6987

Facilitates intervention with families living with alcohol or substance abuse or dependency. 

Dan Roth & Maura Saas: danieljroth9222@gmail.com; ckalumni@ckchicago.org

Organizes service opportunities every month.  We usually go in groups of ten or more and always places where we can help those in need.  It always feels good to do good so we always have a good time! 
  • Gardening Angels

Pat Coffey: jjcpdc@aol.com

Meets regularly to enhance the gardens at the 91st Street Metra Station

  • Homebound Communion Ministries

Joan O'Connor: gsmom26720@aol.com (773) 450-2441

Volunteers visit the homebound and offer communion and socialization weekly
  • Loop Group Yarn Club  NEW!

Kat Nardo: kfischer262@gmail.com (773) 633-9309

Knitting and Crochet group open to all levels of experience.  Learn or improve skills; make items for family or to donate; relieve stress, make new friends
  • PADS

Rich Lusk: richlusk22@gmail.com

Southwest Chicago Homeless Services, previously called PADS, is a social service agency located across from Marquette Park. On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights (6-8 PM) CK volunteers help clients with their clothing needs.  Once per month, volunteers pick up a hot meal from KFC and other volunteers serve the meal to patrons at the facility. 
  • Parish Garden Volunteers

Suzy Eiben: suzyeiben@aol.com

Beautification of the parish grounds includes planting, weeding, watering, and maintaining the many flower beds surrounding the church property. 

  • Senior Assistance  Great for Young & Adult Volunteers!

Stacey Hennigan: hennigansmh@yahoo.com

Parish teens and adults help local seniors and those with mobility challenges by mowing lawns, shoveling snow, running errands, etc. 
  • Senior Facility Visits

Bill Weber: mrweb45@sbcglobal.net

Brings communion to Smith Village and visits 4  days a week. We offer communion to all residents, not just CK parishioners. 

Ron Hirst: rvhirst1973@gmail.com

Comprised of approximately 20 parishioners, this is the primary arm of our Parish’s ministry for those seeking food, clothing, and other emergency assistance which is provided on a confidential basis. In addition to our day-to-day assistance efforts, we maintain a food pantry, conduct a fall Clothing Drive and a winter Food Drive, and provide volunteers at the Southwest PADs homeless shelter and Su Casa Catholic Worker House.

If your group is not represented, or you have an interest in seeing additional ministries developed in our parish,
please contact Joan O’Connor, Gsmom26720@aol.com 773-450-2441 cell








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