About the Parish

Dear Friends.

Either you have been parishioners for a long time, or you have recently joined the parish and I am very happy to welcome you to Christ the King – Cockfosters.

As you may know this parish has a big culture welcoming everyone, through the parishioners themselves, through the Olivetan community in the past and currently through the Chemin Neuf community.  As parish priest and on behalf of the team I would like to welcome each one of you in Jesus name.

The most important thing for us is for you to feel welcome and for you to belong. The vision for our parish is to be a Church as a family. Everyone is able to receive something for themselves and also to give something to others.

We would like as a parish community to try to be disciples and live the 5 essentials for our Spiritual life.

  • Prayer: Our own personal relationship with the Lord (Adoration, Mass, Prayer Group, Christian Meditation, Rosary …)
  • Fellowship: Friendships with others and sharing our lives with others (Cockfosters Sunday lunch, Cabin coffee, Prayer Groups…)
  • Formation: Growing in our faith (the Spirituality Centre, Net for God movie, retreats…)
  • Service: Various ways. Supporting the sick/elderly/youth/fundraising for charities/welcoming the lonely etc
  • Evangelisation: Sharing who we are with others. Inviting others to join us here, both social and faith based events.

I would like to leave you with this Testimony from one of us: Antoin Hanley, who is currently involved in the First Holy Communion ministry and on the Finance Committee.

“The Eucharist is a source of great joy for me. Certainly the joy is in the Real Presence, Jesus among us. Another source of joy is found in celebrating the Eucharist with the community, the Body of Christ, among whom I feel I belong. My sense of belonging comes from my baptism. However, in recent years, I have become involved in the work with the parents of First Communion candidates and in the management of the parish. finances. Through this involvement, I have grown in my appreciation of belonging to the community, and made many friends. As a result, the Eucharist has become for me our celebration rather than my celebration – a real joy.”

Fr.Christophe, ccn

Core team of the parish.
From the left: Fr Jean-Sébastien Laurent, Giulia Kemp, Graeme Walsh, Fr Chistophe Brunet, Claire O’Brien, Hélène Guilbaut
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When the Benedictine monks left the parish in 2014, Cardinal Vincent Nichols appointed the Chemin Neuf Community to run the Parish of Cockfosters. The Chemin Neuf Community is a Roman Catholic Community with an ecumenical vocation, which grew out of a prayer group in Lyon in France, in 1973. It currently has around 2000 members in over 30 countries. Couples, families and celibates, men and women, have chosen the adventure of community life to follow Christ,poor and humble, in order to serve the Church and the world.

The ground floor of our parish building is occupied by the parish church, offices and parish hall, and the upstairs is used, among other things, for the Cockfosters Centre for Spirituality  (www.cockfosterscs.org.uk) and the CAFOD Diocesan office (Cafod/Westminster).

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The Parish was founded in 1936 by Abbot Constantine Bosschaerts OSB, who was also the founder of the “Vita et Pax” Foundation. After 77 years of presence and dedicated service of the Benedictines of Monte Oliveto in Cockfosters, the monks decided to withdraw from the Parish. In December 2013, Archbishop Vincent Nichols paid a visit to the parish and officially thanked Dom Bernard Akoeso OSB, the last of the Olivetan monks, for his tireless work over recent years.

History of the Parish

History of building

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