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The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 was prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp (www.grandchamp.org). The Community is located in Areuse, in the Canton of Neuchtal, Switzerland. The theme, taken from the 15th chapter of the Gospel of St. John, expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.

Watch for an email next week with links for the recorded daily scripture and meditation for the Octave offered by our Ecumenical Partners.    The links will also be provided in the bulletin on Sunday, January 17th and available for access on our website and Facebook page.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, January 24th, the Ecumenical Service normally held during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be virtual this year.    We are excited that we will be able to broadcast Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv leading the service from the sanctuary of Pax Christi at 7:00 PM.  Homilists for the service will be Rev, Philip Lotspiech, Executive Presbyter of Transylvania Presbytery (PCUSA); Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas, Bishop of the Second Episcopal District Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; and Rev. Dean Phelps, General Minster of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky.    The link to join the service via Zoom will be provided by email, website & Facebook.

NOTE FROM CLARE  Encomio, Parish Life Director, St. Perter Catholic Church, Monticello, KY  —   “We had 180 kids on the list but on the same day we gathered 17 more names who were either listed but overlooked or not sent to me from the school. We will buy more gifts for these  and give them before Christmas day.”

NOTE FROM SANDY LATHAM, St. Peter, Monticello, Giving Tree Coordinator

“The Christmas giving went well.  We did drive thru gift pick up at St. Peter Church.  Thank you for your generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness for our community.”


Dear Friends and Fellow Parishioners,

Beginning on Monday, January 4, at the noon Mass, I will begin celebrating Mass again at Pax Christi. I have been feeling stronger and healthier in the last few weeks. And I believe that returning to a limited, part time schedule of work will only speed up my recovery.

Fr. Hehman and I will begin to return to the traditional schedule.   I will have Mass on Mondays and Thursdays.   Father Larry will have the Tuesday and Friday Masses.  After the first couple of weeks Father Larry and I will rotate with Father Larry having one Mass each weekend.

I am not yet fully recovered. I still grow tired as the day goes on. Therefore, it is still important that I protect myself from the possibility of any infection.  I must be strict about keeping the proper distance from other people. I will not be able to have extended in person contact with people. I may be tired after Mass and so may not be around to greet people as they leave. But I so look forward to being with you all.

I will also begin spending time in the office most days, for one or two hours at first, slowing re-engaging with the activities and programs of our parish life.

I think it is best that I not be involved in the busier demands of the Christmas holiday schedules. I will miss celebrating Christmas Mass with you. So let me now wish you a most blessed Christmas. May you feel Christ’s presence truly alive in your hearts and homes.  The New Year promises great renew of life and of hope. I look forward to sharing that new life with you.

Peace & Joy,

Fr. Pat

What is FaithWalk?  Pax Christi Parishioners are on a journey. FaithWalk is our Faith Formation for all ages as we walk one another through life to a deeper understanding of our relationship with God and each other.

We Walk by Faith —Come Join the Journey!

Registration forms are available on our website— www.paxchristilex.org 

  • If you are not a registered member of the parish, but would like to join this exciting Journey of Faith, We Welcome You! Please place your completed registration form in the collection basket or mail it to:  Pax Christi Catholic Church, 4001 Victoria Way, Lexington, KY 40511.  
  • Do you have children wishing to prepare for the Sacraments? Email Melissa Holland for more information.  (See below)
  • Interested in Adult FaithWalk programs? Please let us know and we will connect you with Ministry Leaders. 
  • Other FaithWalk Questions? Call the church office Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m—2 p.m:                    859-273-9999 or email Melissa Holland at mholland@cdlex.org

 

Dear Friends, thank you for your continued support of our “Advancing the Journey Capital Campaign“.  As you know we have moved in to the new office building and the renovation of the basement is well under way. 
Click here for the financial report for ATJ showing the expected expenditures and the financial commitments/income as of December 13th.    What a blessing to see over 60% of our households support this project as well as friends of the parish!   These figures do not show any expected giving from those of you who did not pledge to the campaign but have been so generous with your giving.    We hope you are able to continue these gifts.    If you have not been able to give at this point but can begin giving a few dollars a month toward ATJ it would be greatly appreciated.   We know this year has been difficult for many, so if you are unable to support the campaign financial we ask that you continue to hold us in prayer.     We have about 18% of the cost of the projects left to fund.    Hopefully we will be able to open the basement to activities by end of the Summer 2021 —wouldn’t it wonderful to do that debt free!     We have $330K anticipated need to complete the projects without taking out a loan.    

Thank you for all you have done to make this happen!

LEXINGTON — The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for COVID-19 do not pose moral problems that would prevent a Catholic from receiving them, the chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees overseeing pro-life and doctrinal matters wrote in a memorandum to all U.S. bishops dated Nov. 23. Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. shared the memorandum with all parishes, schools and other entities of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington on Dec. 10.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused so much fear and suffering in our communities, with our families and neighbors experiencing death, disease, isolation and despair. One of the few signs of hope recently has been the relative speed with which scientists have developed vaccines that appear to be effective in stopping the spread of this deadly virus. I am grateful that USCCB has made clear that the development of these vaccines poses no moral problem that would keep a Catholic from getting the vaccine, and I encourage all people to get inoculated against COVID-19 as soon as these vaccines become widely available,” said Bishop Stowe.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., chairman of the Committee on Doctrine, affirmed the moral permissibility of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

“Neither the Pfizer nor the Moderna vaccine involved the use of cell lines that originated in fetal tissue taken from the body of an aborted baby at any level of design, development, or production,” Archbishop Naumann and Bishop Rhoades wrote in their memorandum (attached). The bishops cited Vatican documentation outlining Catholic moral teaching on such matters.

Weekend Mass Times are Saturday at 5:00 PM; Sunday at 8:30 & 11:00 AM; and Monday at Noon. 

In case of emergency contact Melissa Holland cell phone 859-333-9926

December 12, 13 & 14 after all Masses

Walk Through of the New Parish Office

We are thrilled to be moved into the new Parish Office!  In 2002 when we moved into the offices in the church basement it was meant to be temporary.  Eighteen years later, we are blessed to be able to serve our parishioners in  this new space. Due to COVID-19 we are still unable to open the office to walk-ins and we wish we could open it up completely for a true Open House,  however, we are taking every precaution to keep the space as sanitary as possible.  Thank you for your generous contributions to make this space a reality.  We can’t wait to have it bustling with parishioner activity when it is safe to do so!  Details about how the Walk Through will work will be shared after the Masses that weekend. 

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