Church of Christ the King
2221 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, Singapore 569809
On 1st August 1982, the enthusiastic residents finally became parishioners of their very own Christ the King Church.
When Ang Mo Kio was established, there was no church in the estate for Catholics to call their parish. Most people living in the area had to attend masses at either Church of the Holy Spirit or Church of St Francis Xavier. All these changed in the late 1970s when the Archdiocese decided to build the Church of Christ the King on an empty plot of land next to a remote cross-junction.
Father Louis Fossion was entrusted as ‘caretaker priest’ to build both the building and the church community with the help of the Catholic Family Christian Movement. Over the next three years, animators went from door to door looking for generous Ang Mo Kio Catholics while outright donations were also solicited.
The foundation stone was laid on 20th September 1981 by Archbishop Gregory Yong. As the building entered its final phase of completion in mid-1982, Father Anthony Ho, Father Frans de Ridder CICM, and Father Jean Pierre Benit CICM, were appointed to be its pioneer shepherds with Father Ho appointed as parish priest.
On 1st August 1982, the enthusiastic residents finally became parishioners of their very own Christ the King Church. The opening day also turned out to be a mass recruitment drive for the organisation of the functional ministries of the church. The first mass was celebrated on 15th August 1982. The officially blessing and opening of the Church took place on 26th September 1982 by Archbishop Gregory Yong.
The church ministries grew steadily as the months and years went by, spurred on by the parishioners’ great fervour to serve in the parish.
By mid-1985, two renovations had already taken place. The first – an extension of the building – took place due to the ever-increasing population of Catholics in Ang Mo Kio. Apart from obvious physical inhibitions, the church also underwent a number of aesthetic alterations. The second renovation involved the installation of air conditioners.
However by the 1990s, the parish had grown to such a large extent that there was not enough seating space in the main church and catechism rooms. To make matters worse, without a power station, blackouts even during mass was quite common. And all this was on top of a badly leaking roof. So in 1996, a major rebuilding project was undertaken.
The dream of the parishioners was to have a bigger church with stained glass windows, a baptismal font and spacious rooms for meetings. These were taken into account in the design for the new church and duly materialised. Today, under Father Peter Koh, parish priest since 2003, the parish is not only able to meet the spiritual needs of the parishioners, it is also an aesthetic marvel.
God’s Chosen People, 1982-2007: Celebrating 25 years of community in the Church of Christ the King.(2007). Singapore: Church of Christ the King