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

Happenings at the Pax

Where are the Pews?

Due to the need to sanitize after all Masses, the pews are showing wear as the sanitizer has damaged the finish on them.  In order to prevent further damage, the pews are currently being stored until the need to disinfect after each Mass is no longer needed.

They will return refinished and restored!  Until then, thank you for your patience and understanding.  We realize sitting in chairs is very different for many people, yet, we can’t deny this whole year has been very different!

Let us continue to pray vigilantly for protection from this devastating pandemic!  Until then, we will continue to be vigilant about providing a church environment that is as safe as possible for all parishioners. 


Faith Walk

Sunday, October 18th after the 11:30 AM Mass

What is a “Pick-up Party”?

Families who signed up for the FaithWalk pick-up parties will pull in the circle drive and while remaining in their cars, they will be given a packet of supplies specifically made for their family.  (Not registered for the Pick-Up Parties but would like to participate? Please email mholland@cdlex.org by noon on Monday, October 12th so we have a packet ready for you)

What to expect in the packets…..

Þ Age appropriate Gospel Weeklies (Pflaum)

Þ Fun fact sheets and ideas for middle/high school youth

Þ Fun sheets, ideas and crafts for Elementary and Pre-K

Þ Family activities to celebrate the Holy Days & Holidays in October & November

October  — Month of the Rosary

(finger rosaries & rosary sheets)

October 31st — All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween)

November 1st — All Saints’ Day

November 2nd — All Souls’ Day / Day of Dead — how

can we celebrate the lives of our ancestors?

 

AND….  After you pick up your packet…. Come prepared to pull into the parking lot  (park in every other parking space around the outside of the lot) and join in the safe distancing games designed by members of our Youth Ministry Team! 

 

Wear your Halloween Costumes! 

There will be costume awards!


Thank you from the Prime Timers

To all those who supported the Fall Flower Sale.  And a very warm thank you to all the volunteers who helped make it happen! 

Through your support, the Prime Timers are able to donate $837.00 to Advancing The Journey in honor of Mel Goodfriend, our  co-chair, who recently passed.   He considered Pax Christi as family. 


Some Reminders for the Upcoming Month

Diocesan Annual Appeal:    You should have received a letter from the Diocese sometime within the past couple of weeks.  All the letters were dropped the week of September 8th, however, we have received notification that there was a hang up for certain zip codes at the post office.  If you live in 40503, 40514, or 40515 you should have received your letter Friday or Saturday if not it should early this week.  October is Annual Appeal month but the earlier your pledge is received the easier it will be for the Diocese to start determining what requests they are able to grant.    Also, remember if Pax Christi exceeds their goal we receive funds back for our needs.    We received $6,146 back from our 2019 Appeal.  Finance Council has determined that will help us offset the 2020-2021 operating budget of our parish — good work folk!    Let’s do it again!    You may drop the Annual Appeal envelope with your pledge card in the mail, drop it in the Offertory baskets at the back of church, go to either our website paxchristilex.org or the diocesan website cdlex.org to make your pledge and/or payment; or you may send a check from your local bank to the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, 1310 W. Main Street, Lexington, KY 40508 with the memo “2020 Annual Appeal (Pax Christi)”

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:  Due to limited space this year with COVID and renovation of the basement we will be holding our Confirmation Sessions for our 8th Grade Youth in the Main Church on Sunday afternoons, typically once a month.    Those dates for these sessions are
” Sundays in 2020: Sept. 27th, Oct. 25th, Nov. 29th,
” Sundays in 2021: Jan. 10th, Jan. 31st, Feb. 28th, Mar. 21st, Apr. 25th.


Update on Father Pat:  Father Pat is home, but is very weak and not receiving visitors or phone calls.    He has been very appreciative of all the cards and notes from children he has received.  He asked that I tell you that he loves you and misses you.  Recovery from the pancreatitis will take several more weeks and he truly looks forward to the day he will be back with us.

Church Pews:    Due to the need to sanitize after all Masses, the pews are showing wear.  The Sanitizer has damaged the finish on the pews and some have noticed wood stain on their hands/legs.  We cannot continue to damage our pews, therefore, this next week we will have them disassembled and stored until the COVID sanitizing is over.  At that time, we will have them refinished and replaced.  Thank you for your patience as we work through these times.  

For Emergencies contact Melissa Holland at 859-333-9926

For Confessions contact Fr. Larry Hehman at lar4u@hotmail.com 


A letter from Bishop John

September 22, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

As Father Larry Hehman announced over the past weekend, I have appointed him as the temporary sacramental minister for Pax Christi so that you can count on consistent priestly ministry during the time of Father Pat Stewart’s illness.  Per diocesan policy, the diocese pays the compensation for a sacramental minister after a priest has been on sick leave for more than a month.

Melissa Holland has also been temporarily appointed as Parish Life Director giving her the necessary authority to operate the parish from day to day without a pastor being on site.  Since you already know both Father Larry and Melissa, and since they have both already worked with Father Pat, I trust this should go very smoothly.

Please know that I am praying with you for Father Pat’s healing and prompt recovery; he misses you all.

Peace and all good,

Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv.

Bishop of Lexington


Knights of Columbus

Keep watching for updates

Rflections—  1. What are our family struggles?  2.How can we as a family better rely on God’s strength in times of difficulty?  3. In what ways can we allow Christ’s love to make our suffering fruitful & deepen our love?     If you would like a copy of the Family Fully Alive booklet, please contact the Pax Christi Knights of Columbus at kofc15613@gmail.com


Faith Walk

Dear Parishioners,

We know the summer was not what any of us expected and that our children/youth in public schools have begun this academic year virtually.    We also know that some of our families are not only having difficulty providing for their children’s education but there may be some who are suffering financially and with health issues.  We pray that you and your family are well.   Please let us know if you need help from the parish even if in no other way but to be available with a listening ear!

We all knew that most of this year would be a homebased program for our FaithWalk program due to our renovation of the basement.  We had hoped to begin the year with a kick off celebration and pancake breakfast as we have done in the past and then have at least a few in-person sessions before we went virtual; however, with COVID-19 restrictions we were unable to do that.   

We are beginning some in-person sessions for the 2nd Grade as they prepare for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, as well as our 8th Grade as they prepare for Confirmation.   In the meantime we are planning some exciting new ways to help families with a homebased FaithWalk program which will include :Pick-up Parties and Videos prepared by parish staff and volunteer catechists and possibly some virtual sessions by grade level.

Gloria Becker will continue to serve as Volunteer Coordinator of our Children/Youth FaithWalk program (this year it will be for K through 8th Grade).   She has already been in contact with catechists regarding the possibility of virtual meetings this year.   As you know, Father Pat remains in the hospital battling Pancreatitis and requests your prayers.    I am available to discuss any concerns you may have throughout the year.

We have been blessed with Pflaum Publishing offering digital Gospel Weeklies which will be available through a login provided to families who register for our New FaithWalk program.  Those of you who have had children in our FaithWalk Program know that the Gospel Weeklies are Lectionary Based (meaning it coincides with the readings for the Sunday).  This type of Catechesis (echoing the faith) is especially important during this time as it helps our families deepen their understanding of the Sunday readings and provides a basis for at-home intergenerational faith discussions.  We will also be providing virtual Adult FaithWalk sessions such as of Kitchen Chatter, Women’s Spirituality (book club), and an offering of seasonal videos to enhance the adult faith formation.  The goal of the FaithWalk program is to provide valuable age appropriate activities and shared prayer and worship for all ages in order to grow in our Catholic faith.

Please review the forms by clicking here.   In order to prepare for this program we need everyone to get their registration in by September 17th so we can prepare for the first Gospel Weeklie to be available to your family the week of September 20th.    Watch your email for updates/changes in what is available to help your family share the Faith especially watch for seasonal Pick-up Parties to be held at church.

We look forward to having you and your family join us on this new way of our FaithWalk journey.

In the peace of Christ,

Melissa L. Holland

Pastoral Associate

 
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