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Reconciliation

“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.”  (CCC 1422)  The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are   Reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;   Reconciliation with the Church’   Remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;   Remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin;   Peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;   An increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.   (CCC 1496)    The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturdays in the church Reconciliation Room from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.  Additionally, anyone can schedule a Reconciliation time with a priest of the parish.
Penance Services PAX CHRISTI holds two penance services annually, one during Advent and the other during Lent.  The Advent Penance service is usually on the Tuesday of the third week of Advent at 7pm in the church.  The Lenten Penance is usually on the Tuesday of the fifth week of Lent at 7pm in the church.
The Penance service begins with the Liturgy of the Word, after which individuals are invited to confess their sins individually to a confessor.  PAX CHRISTI usually has five confessors available for you.
First Reconciliation for children  Children are prepared for their first Reconciliation during the Fall Semester of the Faith Walk program from 9:45am to 10:45am between the Sunday masses.  Classes are held in the church hall, under the church.  In addition, parents are expected to participate in two class sessions with their children.  The children are invited to make their first reconciliation during the Advent Penance Service.
Children are not admitted into the sacramental year in which they will receive their First Reconciliation or First Holy Communion, unless they have completed a pre- sacramental year, usually in first grade.  During this pre-sacramental year, parents and children are expected to participate in two Wednesday evening sessions.
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 859-273-9999 to make an appointment with Melissa Holland, the Pastoral Associate.  These adults will be expected to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to the reception of Confirmation and First Eucharist.    Adults who have been baptized in another Christian tradition are prepared as candidates in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) and are expected to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to the reception of Confirmation and First Eucharist.    Revised 09/03/ 2013

 
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