Christ the King was started as a mission of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. The first Mass was said in 1948. It became a parish with a resident priest in 1952. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2002.
But today, even some people who've lived in Oildale all of their lives don't know it exists, which is why we put the signs up on Chester and Norris and Manor and Norris.Though the convent and school have become Christ the King Center, and renovations and additions, such as that of the prayer garden next to the chapel, have taken place, Christ the King has managed to gracefully move forward while retaining its identity and serving as the favorite Catholic church of many Northwest residents.
The church's blonde wooden pews were built in 1948. A niche still houses a statue of the Infant of Prague that was present when the church was blessed, dedicated and named on October 29, 1950, the Feast of Christ the King. Guiding the church into the future is Monsignor Frost, who was born in 1951, ordained in 1977, has been director of the Diocesan Tribunal for years and is a current judge on the tribunal.
- excerpt from article in Northwest Voice by Lauren Ward
Monsignor Stephen Frost is now Christ the King's full time pastor, no longer serving full time on the tribunal. While the parish will undergo change in the coming years, like the upcoming renovation of the church entrance, there is one aspect of this little Catholic parish church that will never change: its fidelity to Christ our King.