Welcome to the Cathedral of Christ the King. We are the Cathedral for the Diocese of Lexington, KY and as such, our Pastor is the Bishop of Lexington - currently Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv.
We are a Roman Catholic parish that seeks transformation by the Holy Spirit to a parish focused on evangelizing, forming, equipping and sending forth missionary disciples of Jesus Christ into the world. We desire to become a parish focused on mission rather than maintenance. And that mission is nothing more or nothing less than the Great Commission given to the Church by Jesus himself. Our mission statement reflects our desire to lay down our lives, to "drop our nets" and follow after Jesus as His disciples:
“We are a parish dedicated to living and spreading the power of the Eucharist and the Joy of the Gospel. We are dedicated to parish-wide formation as intentional disciples so that all will be equipped to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission in our homes, Church, and world:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20
This transformation is about making sure everything we do, every aspect of parish life, from the youngest to the oldest, and encompassing all ministries and activities of the Parish, revolves around helping every one of our members to discover their call and annointing as a disciple of Jesus Christ, then to form and equip them as they discover their place in Jesus’ great mission to draw all people to himself. We welcome all seekers to come and be part of this great story of Jesus as it unfolds in and around us here at the Cathedral parish, and through us into our community.
The great story of Jesus – this is where everything begins and around which life in our parish revolves:
- God loves you and wants you to be part of His Kingdom. – We Catholics proclaim that God is love. He created you as a magnificent, beautiful, unique & unrepeatable act of His love. You were created for relationship with God and he desires that you draw near to Him always so that you can experience the true, the beautiful and good of the life you were created to experience. It is a life that begins now, lasts forever, and can never be taken away. “I came so that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
- Sin destroys life and separates you from God. – Nothing is so destructive in our life and this world as sin. It is desire gone wrong, and it is rooted in the lie that creation rather than the Creator can help and save us. Each sin is like a brick in a wall that ultimately separates us from God. “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
- Christ Jesus died to save you. – Our way to God was cut off by sin. By dying on the cross, Jesus broke down the wall that sin had put up between us and God. Rising from the dead and ascending into heaven, He has re-opened the way to the Father, our hearts’ true desire. “For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
- Repent and believe the Gospel. – To repent means to feel sorrow for our sins and to come to understand and accept the Gospel–that the Lord loves us, is calling us and wants to save us from our sins. Each of us must come to believe in this Love God has for us and accept the promise and salvation of His love: Jesus Christ and the saving truth He proclaims. “Repent and believe in the Good News.” (Mark 1:15)
- Be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit. – In baptism our sins are washed away, we are incorporated into Christ, and we become a member of His Body. The Holy Spirit–the life, love, serenity, joy and wisdom of God–comes to dwell in us and begins the work of transforming us into His disciples. We receive the grace that allows the radical conversion God desires for us all that we may come to know him fully. “No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.” (John 3:5)
- Abide in Christ and His body, the Church. – We must continue to grow in this relationship with Jesus and His Father in the Holy Spirit by sharing in the life of the Church, which is Jesus’ Body in this world. In the Eucharist, we receive Jesus’ own Body, Blood, soul and divinity, and we are nourished for the lifelong journey of being a disciple of Jesus. When we stumble and fall, as we certainly will, we receive His healing grace in the sacrament of reconciliation. “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me with never thirst.” (John 6:35)
- Go and make disciples. – Each of us who has heard and answered Jesus’ call as his disciple is called in turn to live and proclaim the joy of the Gospel to others. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20.
** We are indebted to the Church of the Holy Sprit in Memphis, Tennessee, Monsignor Charles Pope’s blog, Community in Mission and to Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples for this presentation of the kerygma.
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