Christ the King consecrates the church, the altar | Sioux Center News
SIOUX CENTER — With happy songs, prayers and anointing, the new building of the Christ-Roi Catholic Church was inaugurated on November 20.
Although some final furnishings have yet to arrive in the new space, the church was ready for the ceremony thanks to the recent arrival of the altar. The inauguration was presided over by Bishop R. Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City.
Christ the King Catholic Church at 501 Second Ave. SW, Sioux Center, inaugurated the project on August 20, 2020, with Vision Builders as general contractor.
Incidentally, the consecration of this church comes almost exactly 20 years after the dedication of the original church building on November 18, 2001.
“We don’t plan to do it again in 20 years,” Reverend Doug Klein joked before the dedication.
After a mixture of English and Spanish worship, Nickless anointed the altar with chrism. From there, Klein and Rev. Mauro Sanchez, the parish vicar, anointed 12 points around the church, reflecting the foundational work of the apostles. These places are marked with crosses and candles, which were lit after the anointing. After the incense was burned, the altar was cleansed of oil and dressed with candles and flowers.
As part of the night ceremonies, the relics of four saints martyred during a period of persecution of Catholics in Mexico were added to a special compartment at the base of the altar: Saint José Maria Robles Hurtado, Saint Atilano Cruz Alvarado, Saint José Maria Robles Hurtado, Saint Atilano Cruz Alvarado, Saint José Maria Robles Hurtado. Jenaro Sanchez Delgadillo and Saint Pedro Esqueda Ramirez.
Klein said it was exciting and amazing to finally have reached this point, as there has been a long wait for pieces to be restored and sent, like the altar. He liked that the church architecture had a clean, modern feel while still retaining echoes of traditional church design. It can accommodate around 400 people.
Many parts of the new church came from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mallard, which closed. The altar, the crucifix suspended above the altar, the wooden representations of the stations of the cross, the tabernacle and the ambo are all from there.
“Around the time we were working on our campaign was when they had their closing mass,” Klein said. “We thought of a lot of things that we could use here, maybe update it or add our own twist to it. “
Likewise, the objects were moved from the old church space to the new one. The stained glass windows from the church were moved to a space called the Chapel of the Martyrs at the western end of the new church, with furniture made by a former devotee.
The Chapel of the Martyrs is designed to be a smaller, more intimate space that the faithful can use as a place for reflection and prayer.
The old church will remain. Although these are now separate spaces, they will eventually come together in one installation.
Throughout the building project, Christ the King continued to emphasize Ephesians 2: 19-22, which reads in part: “In him the whole structure comes together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in Him you too are being built together spiritually to become a home for God.