In the late 1970s, Catholics living in the newly developing Ang Mo Kio New Town had to travel to either the Church of the Holy Spirit in Thomson or Church of St Francis Xavier in Serangoon Gardens for Mass.
In 1979, Fr Louis Fossion, CICM was entrusted as “caretaker priest” to build the Church of Christ the King and nurture a new parish community in Ang Mo Kio. Over the next three years, the funds were raised. The foundation stone was laid on September 20, 1981 by Archbishop Gregory Yong. Fr Anthony Ho, Fr Frans de Ridder, CICM and Fr Jean Pierre Benit, CICM were appointed its pioneer shepherds, with Fr Ho as Parish Priest.
On August 1, 1982, Catholics in Ang Mo Kio welcomed their new church, dedicated to Christ the King, which refers to Jesus sitting at the “Right Hand of God in the Kingdom of Heaven”.
The first Mass was celebrated on August 15, and the official blessing and opening of the church by Archbishop Yong took place on September 26. The church ministries grew steadily, spurred on by the parishioners’ great fervour to serve in the parish.
In 1989, the church contributed significantly to the fundraising efforts for the new Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea (OLSS) and in appreciation, the Parish Priest of OLSS presented them with the statue of Christ the King which had stood at OLSS for many years. That statue is today the most instantly recognisable symbol of the Church of Christ the King, standing prominently on the balcony welcoming all who come.
The church has undergone several renovations, including a major rebuilding project undertaken in 1996, which addressed the serious wear and tear issues and created much needed seating space in the main church and spacious rooms for the myriad of activities such as catechism and ministry meetings. Aesthetic alterations also resulted in the addition of beautiful stained-glass windows and a baptismal font.
A particularly precious icon is that of the Mother of Perpetual Help which dates back to the 1950s. Originally, it was located in Novena Church and was venerated so much that it became badly tarnished. It was then stored away until 1998 when it was given away and subsequently donated to the Church of Christ the King after it was rebuilt. Now back to her former glory thanks to an art restorer, Our Lady the Queen Mother reigns with Christ the King.