8:00am, 5:00pm (vigil)
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm, 6:00pm (youth mass)
8:00 am, 7:00 pm;
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 12 noon-7:00 p.m. (except summer)
Since its founding, Christ the King School has educated thousands of students in the traditional three “R’s” – reading, writing, and arithmetic. It is the fourth “R” – religion – that defines our school’s special mission to teach as Jesus did. One of the biggest challenges that Christians have always faced concerns how they will hand on the faith to their children, to the next generation. And this work is all the more important and difficult today in our secularly minded Western culture where faith is frequent, especially in an all-pervasive media, either dismissed as irrelevant or trenchantly branded as divisive, even deviant.
Church teaching is clear that the handing on of the faith is primarily the responsibility of parents - as expressed in the words of every baptismal liturgy - where they are described as the first and best of teachers of their children in the ways of faith. But parents are not alone in this role, they are assisted by the parish, and happily for us at Christ the King through our school and Religious Ed program founded for the purpose of helping parents to give their children an excellent all-round education, embracing its spiritual, academic, moral and social dimensions. Catholic education is a world wide ministry of the Church, overwhelmingly staffed by lay Catholics, and it enjoys a first-rate reputation nationally and internationally because of its distinctive awareness of the dignity of the human person, commitment to the common good and academic excellence. I had the opportunity to give the retreat to our teachers reflecting with them on the theme, “Good Teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher” (Palmer Parker, The Courage to Teach). Fr. Vince talked to the teachers about educational pedagogy based on reason, religion and loving-kindness. Fr. Brian Timoney celebrated the morning Mass where he addressed the teachers gathered in prayer.
I would like to welcome our School Leadership and faculty back to another wonderful year of academics and spiritual growth. On behalf of our priests and community, I welcome in a special way the new teachers and students, new parents and benefactors. May God bless our school!
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