A conversation with Father James Fritzen, pastor
Q Christ the King just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Can you share a bit of the parish’s history and tell us what your faith community is like today?
A As General Electric on Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, attracted many engineers and their families, it was decided in 1956 to establish a planned community called Bayberry. The Catholic residents of this young, thriving neighborhood expressed an interest in having a parish of their own with a religious education center for their children. The Diocese of Syracuse listened, and land for the parish was purchased in 1961. Thirteen hundred families registered in the parish, and the religious education program taught more than 1,000 children. The first Mass celebrated by Father James McCloskey was on September 13, 1964.
During the early years and during times of renovations, Mass was held at the Bayberry Theater, Liverpool High School, and even the Onondaga Co. Water Authority building on Rt. 31. In 1988 a parish hall was constructed with classrooms and a social gathering area. The rectory is a neighborhood home on Cherry Tree Circle. The religious education center is now used solely as our church. The former convent is the parish office building. No matter the location or usage of the facilities the spirit of our faith community always held the people together as a parish family.
The celebration of our 50th anniversary, marked on September 14, gives us the opportunity to be grateful for the spiritual guidance and social activities our parish has provided over the past 50 years. It is also an opportunity to reexamine our need for our faith as an anchor in the storms of life, and the role our parish church serves in guiding us. Finally we take this opportunity to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life and for dedicated lay people to keep our parish viable and vibrant for another 50 years.
Q What kinds of ministries does your parish offer?
A Over the years our parish has constantly adjusted to reach out in love and service to our parishioners and to the community. We are a liturgy-centered parish. All programs, activities, events start at the altar and draw from the guidance and nourishment provided there.
Q What makes Christ the King a unique parish?
A The main reason given for joining our parish is the warm, welcoming, and accommodating atmosphere along with the sincere, reverent celebrations at the altar.
Our belief is that no matter what your present status in the Catholic Church; no matter what your current family or marital situation; no matter what your past or present affiliation; no matter what your personal history, age, background, or race; no matter what your self-image or esteem, you are invited, accepted, loved, and respected here at Christ the King Parish Church. May you find a home with us!
Christ the King Church
21 Cherry Tree Circle
Liverpool, N.Y. 13090-2399
P: (315) 652-9266
Mondays through Thursdays: 9 a.m.
Fridays: 7 a.m. Mass, 9 a.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. Communion service;
5 p.m. Vigil Mass (May to Sept.),
4 p.m. Vigil Mass (Oct. to April)
Sundays: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.