At PAX CHRISTI, the Sacrament of Confirmation is usually celebrated in the Spring of the year and offered to ninth graders who have completed a pre-sacramental year of preparation, and a two year preparation program. The classes for sacramental preparation are offered on Sunday mornings between the masses from 9:45am to 10:45am in the church hall. In addition to participation in the preparation programs, the teens are expected to participate in a weekly weekend mass, and are invited to participate the Youth Group.
The Pre-sacramental year The pre-sacramental year is offered to teens who are at least in seventh grade. The pre- sacramental year involves the teen in the reading and understanding the Bible. The course of study is based on Mark Hart’s ENCOUNTER series., which gives an approach to reading and understanding the Bible. The teens will be encouraged to immerse themselves into God’s word, so that they can develop a more intense relationship with Jesus, the Word of God. Teens and their parents will also be expected to participate in three Wednesday evening sessions. Confirmation year 1 The sacramental preparation year 1 usually begins with the September Youth Lock-in, during which the members of the class with get to know each other. They attend sessions during the Sunday morning FaithWalk from 9:45am to 10:45am. In addition to the morning sessions, the Confirmation year 1 students spend a day touring the Kentucky Holy Lands, and participate with their parents and or Confirmation sponsors in two evening sessions. The students and their parents are also expected to participate in an afternoon retreat. Confirmation year 1 students are also expected to do 10 hours of community service. Confirmation year 2 This is the final year of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Confirmation candidates are expected to participate in the Sunday morning FaithWalk classes from 9:45am to 10:45am. In addition, the confirmation candidates and their parents or sponsors are expected to attend a one day retreat, during which the candidates will make memorial plates. The Confirmation candidates and their parents are expected to participate in one Wednesday evening session. The Confirmation candidates with their sponsors are also expected to participate in in a second evening session. The candidates are expected to participate in a weekend retreat during the Lent before their confirmation. During the retreat the candidates will write a letter asking Bishop Gainer to confirm them and stating why they would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The candidates are expected to complete 10 hours of community service. After the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation, the newly confirmed are expected to spend the last few weeks of FaithWalk classes learning what is expected of them as newly confirmed Catholics.
Confirmation for Adults Adults who have been baptized as a Catholic but have not completed their Sacraments of Initiation are assisted in learning about the faith on a personal basis. Please contact the office at 859-2739999 to make an appointment with Melissa Holland, the Pastoral Associate. Adults who have been baptized in another Christian tradition are prepared as candidates in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) and are baptized on either Pentecost Sunday in the Spring or the Feast of Christ the King in the Fall. Adults who are not baptized and wish to enter into the Catholic Church are prepared through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) and are confirmed during the Easter Vigil. Revised 09/03/ 2013