About Us

About this blog.

At the urging of The Pastoral Council of Christ the King Parish on Cape Cod, we are starting a blog.  At this time it is the pastor and the five deacons who are posting.  A high school member of the Council has volunteered to post as well.

We hope the use of this social media will be an evangelizing tool that helps to spread the Good News.

About our contributors:

Our Pastor, Reverend Edward J. Healey was born, raised, and educated in Attleboro, Massachusetts.  He graduated from Bishop Feehan High School in 1972.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree  from Westfield State College in 1976 and a Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College in Worcester in 1980. After working as a Service Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of  Mental Health in Taunton  he  entered St. John Seminary in Boston in September  1982.  After completing the requirements for the Master of Divinity degree, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fall River in 1987.  Father Healey first served as a Parochial Vicar at St. Pius Xth Parish in South Yarmouth for six years before accepting an assignment as Priest Chaplain at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. While serving as hospital chaplain Father Healey continued to serve the Hispanic Catholic Community of Cape Cod which he had helped to found in 1989 and would lead until he left Cape Cod in 1999.  While serving at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis from 1993 to 1999 he was first  resident at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Hyannis until June of 1996 when he moved to Christ the King Parish and was resident here until his departure for Fall River in February 1999. From February 1999 to June 2005 Father Healey served as the Rector of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in Fall River and as the Secretary for Community Services in the cabinet of then Bishop Sean P. O’Malley and the Diocesan Director of Hospital Ministry from 1998 until 2005.  In 2005 Father Healey became the Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in West Harwich.  In 2015 He was appointed the Diocesan Officer for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and in June 2016 has become the third pastor of Christ the King Parish in Mashpee succeeding the founding Pastor  Monsignor Ronald A. Tosti and Monsignor  Daniel F. Hoye.   Father Healey has a great interest in church history, liturgy and scripture as well as in leading pilgrimages  especially to the Holy Land which he has now visited over ten times and introduced well over two hundred pilgrims to the sites associated with the life and  ministry of Jesus there.   Father Healey  is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the Equestrian  Order of the Holy Sepulcher of  Jerusalem.   Father  Healey encourages all to join him in deepening their knowledge of the faith, our scriptures, history and  traditions through further formation throughout adulthood.  Father may be contacted at 508-477-7700 ext. 12 or through e-mail at pastor@christthekingparish.com

Deacon Robert D. Lemay was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts along with his brother and sister. After graduating from St. Joseph's High School in Lowell he enlisted into the Marine Corps. In 1958 he married the former Joanne Nowak and together they raised three sons and a daughter. Deacon Lemay left the Marine Corps and completed a twenty-seven year military career in the United States Coast Guard. Meanwhile he began and completed his studies for the Permanent Deaconate for the Diocese of Fall River and was ordained by Bishop Cronin on November 6, 1982. He was assigned to St. John's Parish in Pocasset and subsequently here at Christ the King in Mashpee. During this time, he pursued further studies at Bridgewater State College and received his BSW in 1989. He worked for the Department of Social Services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until his appointment as a full-time Pastoral Assistant at Christ the King Parish in November of 1993. He is the first full-time Deacon/ Pastoral Assistant in this diocese. Deacon Lemay is also the Diocesan Director of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Ministry. In his spare time he enjoys archery, fishing and reading. He and Joanne enjoy traveling, particularly to be with their grandchildren. office@christthekingparish.com

Deacon Frank D. Fantasia, a native of Watertown, Massachusetts, was educated in the Watertown public schools. Studied at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts where he received a B.S. degree in Economics with the class of 1964. Attended Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts. Served in the Massachusetts Air National Guard from 1965 to 1971. In 1969, married the former Marie B. Alberico, also of Watertown and Boston College class of 1963. Together they raised a daughter and a son. Deacon Fantasia, a retired banker was employed in the banking industry for more than thirty years. He began and completed his studies for the Permanent Deaconate for the Diocese of Fall River and was ordained by Bishop Sean O'Malley on May 24, 1997. He was assigned to Elizabeth Seton Parish in North Falmouth and subsequently to Christ The King Parish in Mashpee. An avid automobile enthusiast, Deacon Fantasia also enjoys music, golf and reading. Deacon Fantasia is an assistant director to the office of the Permanent Deaconate in the diocese and was also been appointed by Bishop Coleman as a diocesan delegate to the 49th Eucharistic Congress held in Quebec City in June 2008. office@christthekingparish.com

In Memoriam: Deacon Gregory J. Beckel, a native of Le Sueur, Minnesota, was educated at St. Anne's Elementary and Le Sueur Public High School. Greg received a B.A. Degree in Sociology from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1969, and in 1993 attended Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island where he received a Master's Degree in National Security and Decision Making. Deacon Beckel spent 27-years in the Air Force and Massachusetts Air National Guard and retired as a Colonel. At the time of his retirement he was the Vice Air Commander and Logistics Group Commander for the 102 Fighter Wing. In 1970 he married the former Elizabeth A. Ampe from Paynesville, Minnesota who graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in Music. Beth free-lances music at various events, Greg is the Coordinator of the Confirmation Program , and they currently have their own business as Wellness Consultants. They have two daughters and a son. Deacon Beckel began and completed his studies for the Permanent Deaconate for the Diocese of Fall River and was ordained by Bishop Sean O'Malley on May 18, 2002. He has been assigned to Christ the King Parish since his ordination. Deacon Beckel enjoys racquetball, golf, reading and travel. office@christthekingparish.com

Deacon David Edward Pierce, born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  He married the former  Diane Vieira of Fall River in 1971. Diane and he live in Sandwich.  They have two children, Michael and Jonathan, and two grandchildren, Luke and Betsy.

David is a Deputy Director with the Commonwealth’s Division of Marine Fisheries and helps lead that agency’s involvement in all facets of marine fisheries management and science.

David received his B.S. (1971) and M.S. (1981) in Marine Biology from UMass Dartmouth and his Ph.D. (1996) in Environmental Science from UMass Boston.  He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) where he teaches courses on Ocean Policy and Marine Fisheries Management – an arrangement through the Commonwealth’s Marine Fisheries Institute (MFI).

Becoming a Catholic in 1994 and active in RCIA for many years, David later entered the Diocese’s Permanent Diaconate Program and was ordained in October 2007 when he was assigned to St. John the Evangelist in Pocasset and later served at both St. John and St. Elizabeth Seton in North Falmouth.

David enjoys reading, traveling, backpacking, music, and writing.  Diane and he love the companionship of family and good friends.   He especially appreciates his transfer back to Christ the King where he worshiped with his family for about 23 years. office@christthekingparish.com

Deacon Paul Harney was born in Boston and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts.  He married the former Joanne Donoghue whom he first met at Arlington Catholic H.S.  Theymoved to Mashpee in mid-2000 and have been Parishioners here ever since, along with their two children, Jennifer and Jack, who are also active in Parish Ministries

Paul attended Northeastern University in Boston is an Independent Financial Planner and Advisor working with families, individuals, and small businesses.  Joanne is an Assistant Elementary School Teacher in Falmouth.

Deacon Harney completed his studies for the Permanent Diaconate of the Diocese of Fall River and was ordained by Bishop George Coleman on October 12th, 2013.

Deacon Harney considers time spent with his family and friends to be precious but he also enjoys reading, tennis, hiking, golf, fishing, and boating. office@christthekingparish.com

Chris Hughes, a native of Sandwich, MA, is a Seminarian for the Diocese of Fall River in his second year of pre-theology.  Chris was a 2013 graduate of St. John Paul II High School in Hyannis, and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in 2017.  Upon graduating from college, Chris was accepted by the Diocese as a seminarian and assigned to studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ in preparation for the priesthood.  When Chris is home, he serves as our Parish Master of Ceremonies, assisting with the planning and the celebration of our parish liturgies, and assists Fr. Healey in ministering to the parishioners both here and at our local nursing homes.  Chris was active at Christ the King growing up as an altar server, lector, Eucharistic Minister, former Pastoral Council Member, Confirmation Team Assistant, and Youth Ministry Co-President.  He has been active in the ECHO Community for many years.  In his spare time, Chris enjoys travel, writing, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends, and feels blessed to be a part of this wonderful parish family. office@christthekingparish.com


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