As early as 1922, a chapel was erected and dedicated to Our Lord under the title Sacred Heart of Jesus at 735 Pitt Street in Mount Pleasant. This was a mission of Stella Maris Church on Sullivan's Island.
In the 1950's, the present site was chosen for a parochial school, which became known as Christ Our King Stella Maris School. A hall was built by the Reverend Monsignor Laurence McLaughlin, pastor of Stella Maris Church, to serve as a chapel under the title of Christ Our King. This chapel continued to be a mission of Stella Maris until 1973 when the Most Reverend Ernest L. Unterkoefler, Bishop of Charleston established Christ Our King as a parish.
The Reverend Robert J. Kelly was appointed as the first pastor in May 1973. Reverend Herbert K. Conner, S.J., was appointed in June 1977, Reverend Monsignor James A. Carter was appointed in 1989 and served until February 2017 when our current pastor, Father Robert Spencer, was appointed. From 50 families in the days of the Sacred Heart Chapel, the parish of Christ Our King now numbers nearly 2,200 families.
The present church was completed during the week of December 8, 1979, and the first Masses offered in the church took place on the weekend of December 14 & 15, Gaudete Sunday. The rectory and parish offices were added in 1982. The Way of The Cross Park was constructed after the devastation of Hurricane Hugo in the fall of 1989. This lovely meditation garden and adjacent picnic area are open to all parishoners.
The Life Center was opened in 2003, and serves the parishes of Christ Our King, Stella Maris, and Saint Benedict.
Parish Life Center
During His earthy life, Jesus Christ attended weddings, healed the sick, broke bread, ordained His disciples and confirmed the same while under a roof of one kind or another. His ministry established clear guidance that to this day directs and guides His Church. The East Cooper Catholic Community and Christ Our King Church, in conjunction with Diocesan approval and Canon law principles, strives to live the values Christ taught. This ethic includes the use of any and all of its facilities for the greater glory of God, and for the spiritual enrichment and growth of parishioners and the general public.
Grace Hall, located within the Life Center, is an elegant 3,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose reception hall with a seating capacity of 200 or 400 standing. A 500 sq. ft. commercial kitchen is part of the complex.
Within the 7,300 sq. ft. gymnasium is an additional 1,800 sq. ft. stage area featuring an outstanding acoustical engineering system. The available seating capacity of the gymnasium is 700 or 1,000 standing.
Three private meetings rooms, each seating 32 and standing 72, as well as one large meeting room that will accommodate 64 seated and 144 standing, are also available.
Those considering use of the Life Center must remain aware that Christ Our King and the Diocese of Charleston retain the right of refusal to rent said facility in the event the planned function is contrary to any of the above. Those considering use of the Life Center are encouraged to ask, should there be any concerns regarding the appropriateness of our facility for your event.
Individuals, businesses, civic or social organizations considering the use of the Life Center for an event or meeting, are cordially invited to contact the Life Center Facility Coordinator, Dorothy Fisher, at the parish office, 884-5587 during normal business hours.
The Christ Our King Life Center is located at 1149 Russell Drive in Mount Pleasant, SC.
The Beach House at Christ Our King opened in April 2013 and is a parish facility built for families. This beautiful new facility is for use by Christ Our King parishioners. The facility replaces two separate and antiquated buildings which were inadequate, inefficient, and required high-maintenance. This facility also provides a one-of-a-kind facility never before known in our diocese.
The Beach House boasts a Grand Hall, Reflection Room, Family-style Open Kitchen, Internet Cafe with Community Message Board, Private/secure office suites for both senior and youth ministries (each with a small meeting space), Open-Air Patio with exterior fireplace, and an Organized outdoor space including bocce court and Mary's Garden.
Senior Ministry Activities at the Beach House include:
- Weekly exercise, sewing, and game groups
- Cursillo, Cenacle, and Prayer Groups
- Monthly speakers and movie programs
- Annual festivities like Fashion Show, Christmas Tea and Mardi Gras
- Year-round charitable programs including birthday cards and boxes for senior parishioners, Christmas and Easter packages for homebound seniors, Operation Christmas Child, and Angel Tree
Youth Ministry Activities at the Beach House include:
- Weekly meetings that offer praise and worship, Bible study, catechism lessons, and community building
- Local outreach ministry to Ronald McDonald House, MUSC Children's Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Operation Christmas Child, Franke Home, and many more local charities.
- Weekly RCIA for Teens program, Christian Formation programs and 8th grade Confirmation classes
- Weekly summer programs