4001 Victoria Way Lexington, KY 40515 T: 859-273-9999

Happenings at the Pax

Women’s Spirituality Group:

The group will meet through GoToMeeting until further notice.  The next meeting is Monday, February 8th  at 3:00 PM.    The Book for February is “Where the Forest Meets the Stars” by Glendy Vanderah

Anyone wishing to join in the group, please contact Melissa Holland at mholland@cdlex.org to receive the link to join.    


Did you know we have a Mobile App?

Connect with Pax Christi and stay up to date with what is going on throughout the week...especially during this time when news is ever changing     

MyParish App is available for both

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Features

· Messages – Receive “push notifications” via SMS on your Mobile Device. You will know of cancellations, delays, events and so much more.

· Parish Info – Helpful contacts at Pax Christi are only a tap away with a directory of parish staff

· Bulletins – View this week's and past bulletins.

· Homilies – See links to Fr. Larry’s video homilies


Father Pat Returns for Masses


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


Faith Walk Updates

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

 


Advancing the Journey Update

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!


U.S. BISHOPS AFFIRM MORAL USE OF PFIZER AND MODERNA VACCINES

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


See our new Parish offices

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. 


Check out our Parish App

My Parish App is available at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. We will have a special Advent view for you. Keep up with Daily Readings, Fr. Larry's Homilies, reminders to silence phones, push notifications, Mass Times, and so much more. Its Free!


Upcoming Holiday Schedule


Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26  (November 26 & 27 are staff holidays)

Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:30 a.m. 

(There will be no Wednesday Evening Mass or Thanksgiving Dinner)

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Tuesday, December 8

Vigil Mass —Monday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Feast Day Mass —Tuesday, December 8 at 12:00 noon

Parish Reconciliation Service:  December 17 at 6:00 PM

Christmas MassesSign-ups required.  

Christmas Eve –Thursday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m. (no pageant) & 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Day—Friday, December 25 at 9:30 a.m.

There will be no Midnight Mass this year.

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God (New Year’s Day) - Sign-ups required.  

New Year’s Eve—Thursday, December 31 at 6:30 p.m.

New Year’s Day—Friday, January 1 at 12:00 noon


Upcoming Masses and Protocols (Covid-19)

Since the news of the uptick in COVID numbers in Kentucky (specifically in Fayette & Jessamine County) this week we have received several questions regarding Masses at Pax Christi.  We do plan to continue with scheduled Mass.  We take this opportunity to remind you of the protocols that have kept our parish a safe place for those who have been able to return to Mass. 

Our only concern is always that everyone who attends Mass or other events at Pax Christi is safe.  We consider it a serious obligation to assure the safety of all who come to worship in this space.
Please keep in mind:
1) If you are experiencing any symptoms that might be COVID please refrain from coming to church, seek medical attention, be tested and isolate. 
2) If you have been to church and later in the day or the next few days experience symptoms that might be COVID please let us know when you were here and where you were seated.  If you know the people in close proximity to where you were sitting please be let us know. 
3) Masks must be worn.  These should be surgical or cloth masks.
4) Upon entering the church please stop at the counter to use hand sanitizer
5) Please do not gather in the welcome area or other areas in the church
6) Please keep six feet distance from those not in your own household
7) Please be seated from the front of church back in order to keep passing others at a minimum
8) Please be seated in appropriate areas for your family [i.e. couples, families, single households)
9) Please follow guidance regarding coming forward for communion and returning to your seat - please keep masks in place until you turn away from the minister
10) The church basement is closed to walk-ins.  If you wish to schedule a meeting with a member of the staff please contact them by email or call the office (859-273-9999) during office hours to arrange to meet them upstairs.

Thank you for being so patient with these protocols as doing so helps us keep the church a safer place for all those who feel they are able to return at this time and helps us prepare for an increase in that number as time goes on.

Please remember that this year Bishop John has issued dispensation of the obligation to attend Mass until further notice.  Please use your discretion as to your vulnerability or the vulnerability of those for whom you have regular contact.

All Saints day is Sunday, November 1st -
Masses are Saturday 5:00 PM; Sunday 8:30 & 11:30 AM; Monday 12:00 Noon

All Souls Mass (Bereavement Mass) Monday, November 2nd --
Mass at 6:30 PM is by sign-up only in order for appropriate placement of chairs. 

Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27th 
Mass at 9:30 AM (no Wednesday Mass; no dinner)

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Tuesday, December 8th
Masses are Monday, Dec. 7th at 6:30 PM; Tuesday, Dec. 8th 12:00 Noon

Christmas Masses - Sign-up Genius will be used
Christmas Eve -- Thursday, December 24th at 4:00 PM (no pageant) and 7:00 PM
Christmas Day - Friday, December 25th at 9:30 AM
There will be no Midnight Mass this year

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God (New Year's Day) - Sign-up Genius used
New Year's Eve - Thursday, December 31st at 6:30 PM
New Year's Day - Friday, January 1st at 12:00 Noon

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

Confessions are by appointment only
contact Father Larry Hehman at lar4u@hotmail.com

Mass times for Sunday Liturgy
Saturday  5:00 PM;  Sunday  8:30 & 11:30 AM; and Monday 12:00 Noon

Weekday Masses:  Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 AM; Friday 12:00 Noon
Under current protocols, there is no singing at this time.  Pax Christi's music director will be the only person playing our pianos.    Stringed instruments may be permitted under the direction and positioning of our music director (safe distancing and masks required).  No Brass instruments are allowed at this time.

We are taking every precaution to keep a clean environment.  After every Mass or gathering the chairs, door handles, bathrooms and all counters are sanitized. 

Others Protocols for funerals, wedding and other special Masses
Pease restrict the total number you are inviting. 
Concerning people who will be traveling from out of state.  When we begin to welcome people who will have to travel we are adding a new safety challenge that is harder to control. We are asking you to consider these protocols.

Can they come to Lexington 2 weeks ahead and reasonably restrict their exposure to family members who will be attending the Mass or other event?
If they can only come just a day or two before the Mass or other event, can they be tested three days before traveling and reasonably restrict their exposure before attending?  That way, if they test negative and show no symptoms, we can be more assured that they and others are safe.
We continue to find it problematic to have guests flying just a day or two before attending Mass or other events here at the parish.

 
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