Christ the King, Bishop Chatard and all of our area schools are back in business this week. The business of schools is, of course, ‘education’, but the business of Catholic schools is also the business of ‘formation’ and how fortunate we are at Christ the King to be able to participate in the ministry of Catholic education. We ask God’s blessing upon Mr. Seib and all of the teachers and staff of Christ the King as the new school year begins.
I extend the thanks of our parish community to Dave Thompson and Jeff Harper for all of their hard work throughout the summer months in getting the school building ready for a new school year. Mr. Thompson and Mr. Harper have the building in tip-top shape. The floors are so shiny that I have been afraid to walk on them as they look as if the wax is still wet! When you see Dave and Jeff please let them know how grateful we are for their care of our school buildings.
As the children and youth of the community return to school, we already have some homework for the parents of the parish. Last weekend, Cindy Flaten, our Director of Religious Education, inserted a flier in the bulletin with a prayer for parents on one side and a little ‘quiz’ for parents on the other side.
At the baptism of their children, parents accept the responsibility of being the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith. The work of formation that takes place at our school and in our religious education classes can never replace the role that parents have in handing on the treasure of the faith to their children. Children learn from what we say, but above all from what we do. If they see that we treasure the gift of the Eucharist and that the Eucharist always takes precedence over soccer or shopping, they will learn the importance of Sunday Mass. If they see us make visits to the Blessed Sacrament, they, too, will hunger for time with Jesus. If they see us reaching out to serve others and sacrificing to meet the needs of the poor, they, too, will learn to meet Jesus in our brothers and sisters.
May we all embrace the work of formation that God entrusts to our hands as the new school year begins and may of the parents of Christ the King excel in their role as the first and most important teachers of the ways of faith to the children of our parish!
See you at Mass!