As the Cathedral School of the Diocese of Lexington, we have a special responsibility to train our young people well in the Catholic faith and to form Christian leaders who will positively impact society. Ours is not merely a faith-based community but a community of faith.
While most of our students are Catholic, we warmly and respectfully welcome and embrace those from other faith traditions as part of our community.
How do we teach the faith? We teach it through: the example of our teachers, weekly attendance at Mass, regular adoration time, a curriculum infused with faith, a climate and approach to discipline based on the Ten Commandments and the virtues, and our FAITH guidelines.
As a whole school community, we celebrate the mass together every week.
Our FAITH guidelines act as a gentle reminder for our students to always find Christ in everything they do. The mission of our parish Catholic school stipulates values in three basic areas: character, knowledge, and spirit. Our FAITH guidelines touch all three areas and provide basic, positive tenets for our entire school community to follow. The FAITH guidelines are:
This year's theme is "What Would Jesus Do?", inspired by Father Larry Hehman's homily during our 8th grade graduation Mass in May, In all that they do, students are encouraged to think, "What would Jesus do in this situation?" Students were given WWJD bracelets to kick off the year and are encouraged to wear them as reminders that we are disciples of Christ, committed to being his hands and feet in our world today.
God has entrusted us with our time, talent, and treasures. We should share them with our school, parish, and community. God trusts us to use our gifts in many ways.
It is a lifestyle, a life of total accountability and responsibility. It is the acknowledging of God as the Creator and Owner of all. Christian stewards see themselves as the caretakers of all God’s gifts. Gratitude for these many gifts is expressed in prayer, worship, offering, and action. Stewardship is a way of life. It is a way of thanking God for all our blessings by returning to God a portion of the many gifts (everything we have, for instance, our time, talent, and treasure) that we have been given. It involves the intentional, planned, and proportionate giving of all we have.
When we explain that God has given each of us certain things, that these gifts are our responsibility to care for, and that we are accountable for what we do with these gifts, then there is no doubt that everyone should be involved. Stewardship rejects the notion that we must “have it all” and instead demonstrates the value of giving love, service, and justice.
Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Stewardship at Christ the King School has encouraged students to make a difference and to become involved. As students leave Christ the King School, we hope they have developed a robust character virtues and interpersonal habits through this program that will serve as the foundation of who they will become. Through our FAITH guidelines and Stewardship program, we help our students become caretakers of God’s gifts. We teach them the value of giving love, service, and justice.
Where stewardship has been implemented, both givers and receivers lives have been changed. True conversion has taken place in the hearts and minds of many who embrace Stewardship as a way of life.
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, your are the eyes through which he is... go about doing good, yours are the hands with which he is to bless people now."
St. Teresa of Avila
Christ the King prepares second-grade students and eighth-grade students for sacraments during the regular school day. In school preparation allows students to learn in the classroom and participate in celebrating the sacraments with their classmates.
First Reconciliation is celebrated in the winter. Students enjoy classroom instruction as they are guided toward the actual Sacrament. Parents meet before each sacrament to understand the curriculum taught in school; this allows time for parents to ask questions they may need to be answered.
First Communion is celebrated in the spring. Although each day leads to the climax of the reception of the Sacrament, students begin at school's start to learn and ready themselves. Students enjoy activities that lead up to the Sacrament, such as tulip planting, Last Supper, and a Retreat Day. Each component allows for spiritual and educational growth in their faith.
Eighth-grade students prepare for Confirmation through their Religion class and retreats, reflection, and prayerful preparation. Confirmation is usually held in February or March.