After Mass Fellowship
We encourage all to join us for Fellowship in the Parish Hall after the 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Mass every First & Third Sunday of each month. Coffee, juice and donuts are served, but the best part are the smiles and conversations that are served up at each table. This is a beautiful opportunity in a relaxed atmosphere to get to know other parishioners, as well as catch up with those you know well. This is not a time for parish leadership to talk about parish business, so feel free to join in without the pressure to “get involved”.
Speaking of getting involved, if you are interested in learning about how you can help serve your fellow parishioners after Sunday Mass, please contact the church office. 859-273-9999. They will be happy to put you in contact with the Ministry Lead.
The Pax Christi Bereavement Committee consists of many dedicated individuals who are available to walk with both parishioners and non-parishioners at a time of loss. Those called to this ministry are on call as needed and are ready to carry out the tasks of being with a grieving family in various ways.
Melissa Holland, our former Pastoral Associate and Business Manager, (who has retired) has chosen to retain this portion of her pastoral duties and acts solely on a volunteer basis. Melissa is the contact person for Funeral Pre-Arrangements and columbarium niche purchases. Melissa also is a main contact for Time of Need arrangements. Melissa helps families in every aspect to plan and coordinate their funerals and/or inurnment here at Pax Christi.
In addition to funeral planning and coordination, another component of the Bereavement Committee that Melissa helps organize is the Card Ministry. The Card Ministry is made up of parishioners who have requested to be on a list to be notified of deaths in our parish. Those individuals hold the surviving family and friends in their prayers and many of them send personal condolences to the family.
There is also a dedicated team of parishioners who share the responsibility of sending four cards throughout the year to each family on behalf of the parish. The cards include care notes, a Mass Intention requested by the Bereavement Committee to commemorate the year anniversary date of death, an invitation to the Bereavement Mass (held on November 2nd of each year) at which time the deceased is remembered in the necrology, and a holiday card sent around Thanksgiving in the hopes that this gesture brings some comfort at this often difficult time of year.
Funerals during the pandemic were unfortunately very small in nature with no gathering or funeral meals. We are pleased that we are able to resume traditional funerals and gatherings now. If you are interested in learning more about the Bereavement Committee, planning a funeral, or purchasing a niche in the Columbarium in our Peace Garden, please contact Melissa Holland at email@example.com or 859-333-9926.
The Funeral Meals Committee works in tandem with the Bereavement Committee. If you are interested in learning more about helping with the Funeral Meal Ministry, please contact Michelle Kubek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funeral Meal Ministry
Funerals are a somber, yet beautiful celebration of life. Although funerals were much different during the pandemic, it is with great hope that we will move forward with our more traditional funerals that often include a lovely funeral meal provided by the Funeral Meal Ministry of our parish. As we begin to emerge from pandemic restrictions, they will be looking to grow this ministry.
Ultimately the purpose of the Funeral Meal Ministry is to provide a meal for family and friends after funerals held at Pax Christi. This enables families to share stories, hugs, and words of encouragement while they spend time together over a prepared meal. The tears are often fresh, but the love shared with friends and family and the love poured into the dishes prepared and served are a balm to a the soul. What better way to begin to heal than with a meal! Those involved in the Funeral Meal Ministry are there because they recognize the need to have time for families to gather after a funeral, and they want to be of service to others in that particular time of need.
Anyone can help with the Funeral Meal Ministry. The way it works is when a funeral is scheduled at Pax Christi, and if the family of the deceased chooses to have a meal, then Michele is notified. Carol and Michele immediately go into action (as the date of the funeral can sometimes be only a few days away). They makes phone calls to request dishes to be prepared (or bought from the store) and then dropped off at Pax Christi on the day of or the day before the funeral. Who do they call? They call those who have signed up to be a part of the Funeral Meal Ministry! What kind of dishes are requested? The parish purchases the main course (typically chicken), so casseroles, salads, vegetables, bread, and desserts are greatly appreciated.
On the day of the funeral, typically a group of 4 to 6 people are there to set up the Parish Hall, ensure the food is heated and set up on the buffet tables, and that the drink and dessert tables are prepared. When the family and friends begin to arrive in the Parish Hall from the Sanctuary, they are met with tables that are draped in white linen table cloths complete with center pieces. It is beautiful and a fine compliment to the actual funeral itself. During the pandemic, funerals were small with little to no time to gather on church grounds. As a result, the pandemic totally stopped all funeral meals. As we move forward consider reaching out to Michele if you are able to help with providing a side dish or dessert. Remember how much comfort your dish offers to a grieving family.
The Funeral Meal Ministry also provides finger foods for after the All Souls Day Mass held in November each year. The All Souls Day Mass is for those who lost family members during the year. You may contact Michele at email@example.com
Pax Christi is proud and grateful to have a very active Men’s Group. This group of men of all ages, come together to meet on a regular basis to discuss the needs of the parish and how they can contribute to meeting those needs. Some activities the Men’s Group are involved in are:
- FaithWalk Pancake Breakfast
- Lenten Fish Fry’s
- Parish Picnic
- Vacation Bible School
- Minor property repairs
The Men’s Group also gathers for lunch monthly. If you are looking for a quality group of guys to get to know, or if you would like to be involved in some very key aspects of our Parish, this is the group for you.
Married Couples Group
This is a relatively new group at Pax Christi. This group meets on a monthly basis after Saturday night Mass and often shares a pot luck style meal together. The Married Couples group is for all married and engaged couples of all age groups. The intent is to share with one another, learn from one another, and have a group of friends to share life’s ups and downs. This group welcomes children and has childcare available most nights. Contact Tonya Dvorak if you are interested in learning more about this dynamic group. firstname.lastname@example.org
New Members Welcome Ministry
More info coming soon!
The next stop is our FIRST Pilgrim’s Meal, Nov. 4 with Bishop Stowe. Stay tuned for details! We have a feeling that after reading this article written by Linda Harvey, you might want to get involved! Please call the Pax Christi office to inquire about helping with this Minstry here at Pax Christi, or if you would like more information about how to get started on your very own journey on the Pilgrim’s Trail. 859-273-9999. Passports for The Pilgrim’s Trail are available at all parishes and missions in the diocese. Complete information about The Pilgrim’s Trail, including the full map, can be accessed on the diocesan website at https://cdlex.org/cross-roads-article/the-pilgrims-trail-a-journey-of-faith/
by Linda Harvey
Six women from St. Paul’s parish in Lexington have been praying together weekly for 15 years. And out of this small prayer group emerged a unique endeavor called “The Pilgrims Trail,” designed to connect people from the different parishes and missions of the diocese through travel and fellowship. .
“We started out with faith sharing and read a lot of books – some spiritual and some political – but mostly we shared our faith and convictions,” said Mary Pat Whitney, one of the women. “When the Bishop’s appeal came around in 2021, we thought it would be interesting to create something in order [for all Catholics] to experience the parishes in the diocese.”
The other women in the prayer group are Susan Brown, Bertha Hayden, Linda Meighan, Pam Milburn, and Mary Ann Ohnheifer.
Things began to happen fast. In February, 2021, they sent a letter to Bishop John Stowe proposing what they wanted to do. Bishop John told them if they could sell it to the six deaneries in the diocese, then it can move forward.
“Each of our six women took one of the deaneries in April, May, and June and were able to gain agreement from them to make The Pilgrims Trail a reality. We have learned that it is only by putting ourselves in small or large communities that we are honed – made more humble, more grateful and truer to the people we were created to be by God.” said Whitney. “By developing a steering committee that began in June with 27 people across the diocese on Zoom, we gained further agreement, planning, and implementation.”
The Pilgrims Trail has been formed for all Catholics of the diocese, their families and friends to visit each of the 61 parishes (which includes 12 missions and two oratories) in the 50 counties of the Diocese of Lexington in the coming years. Parish volunteers will assist visitors in connecting, celebrating individual communities, developing relationships and gathering yearly with Bishop Stowe and other parish “pilgrims” at the Annual Pilgrims Meal each November, starting in 2022.
The Trail covers a very historic part of the United States: the western territories of colonial America. Pilgrims can learn about what each area has in their faith tradition; they can meet the descendants and immigrants of these traditions; and can unite in faith, purpose, and in Christ, irrespective of education, social status, or income level.
“We felt the Holy Spirit was with us every moment. We prayed to the Holy Spirit at the beginning of each meeting. Consensus was important – and that was hard at times – but it all worked out,” Whitney said. “We knew we had to see the sacredness in each other. It is amazing how each of our goals corresponded with every point of the Pastoral Plan for the diocese. Every time we got off from our Zoom meetings, we were even more excited about the possibilities.”
A diocesan-wide poster contest was initiated last fall, particularly for children, and will be an annual event. Artists, including some adults, were encouraged to use their own artistic style to portray concepts related to a Christian pilgrimage in Kentucky, with over a hundred submissions. The winner of the 2021 contest was Leighton Lockhart, a seventh grader from Seton Catholic School in Lexington, who was awarded a $100 cash prize. Jude Wigginton won second place and Catherine Gerstle received the Youth Encouragement Award. Both are also from Seton. Third place went to the fourth grade class at Mary Queen of Holy Rosary School.
Father Arock Arockiadas, himself an artist as well as parochial vicar at St. Joseph’s in Winchester, and Fannie Couch of the Mountain East deanery were judges for the contest.
The Pilgrims Trail was initiated during Catholic Schools Week this past February. The parishes were asked when visitors would be most welcomed each month, to share their history and suggest places of interest around them. They were also asked if they might volunteer a bedroom in their home for visitors or suggest a place to stay, and have a parish number for people to call for information. Maps, custom “passports,” a Pilgrims Trail symbol (“The Wanderer’s Cross” by Father Norman Fischer), markers for back roads, a Pilgrim’s Prayer, and other pertinent features were developed. “The main map is divided up in loops” of 15 or 16 sites by area, for easier accessibility. It is recommended to complete one loop at a time. “And we developed the Pilgrims Prayer word by word – everyone had input,” Whitney said.
If you would like information about the Pilgrim’s Trail specific to Pax Christi, contact the office at 859-273-9999. Pax Christi has material available for a self-guided tour.
Social Life Committee
The Social Life Group is an important Ministry at Pax Christi because this is a parish that really likes to celebrate, gather, and enjoy sharing meals together…and we certainly seek every opportunity to do so! Anyone can be involved in this Ministry!
The purpose of the Social Life Group is to offer one’s time to support and serve others. The group meets and prepares for gatherings by determining what is needed for a particular event. Events can call for simple snacks, hors d’oeuvres, and/or complete meals for various parish activities throughout the year. Also, this group coordinates and is responsible for all the set up, decorations, and clean up according to what the event may require.
Some of the parish activities they have organized in the past are Mardi Gras, Seder Meal, Disability Mass; plus many more throughout the year.
What makes this ministry attractive for parishioners to be involved in is that it is an incredible opportunity to serve, support, and meet other people in the parish. Another benefit of being involved is to have fun and develop lasting friendships. If this sounds like something that may be up your alley, email Teresa at email@example.com for more information.
Women’s Spirituality meets the first Monday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall (or in the Peace Garden if the weather is nice!) All women are welcome! Typically a book is chosen and discussed. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, contact Melissa Holland firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Dinner Group
Women of the Parish look forward to their monthly dinner out on the town in Lexington. A restaurant and time is chosen and then posted in the bulletin. This is a time to meet new women of the parish as well as enrich relationships with those you may already know. Check the weekly bulletin for the restaurant, meeting time, and RSVP information.
Our Youth Group meets on the First & Third Sundays of each month in the Parish Hall. All youth 7th grade through 12th grade are invited! Brian Schweighardt is our Volunteer Youth Group Coordinator and he brings a burst of energy perfectly entwined with enthusiasm for the Catholic Faith. Brian and his team are dedicated to enriching the lives of our youth through the fun activities they plan. They are truly at the level of our youth and know how to reach them. We are so blessed! Join us! You will be glad you did. And, if you are 18-25 years of age and would like to learn more about being a part of the Youth Group Leadership Team, please reach out! email@example.com
Ministering to Moms In Need
This is our newest Ministry we are currently working to get off the ground. There is such a need to help mothers who may be facing pregnancy & motherhood alone. We feel called to embrace them, and support them, not just with tangible items, but through heartfelt actions and to act as a sounding board to help them find the necessary resources to call upon for help. If you are interested in learning more, or becoming involved, please contact Deacon John Brannen. firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 7, 2023 we hosted a Build A Bed event. Pax Christi worked with a local non-profit, Rhema Word Foundation, who received applications from single mothers who were unable to provide a bed for their child. The Pax Christi Prime Timers Ministry as well as the Pax Christi Men’s Group donated funds they had raised throughout the year, (for the purpose of giving back to the parish and community) to purchase bed frames and mattresses. Parishioners donated new mattress pads, pillows, comforters, sheets, blankets, and stuffed animals to complete each bed. We were able to provide beds for 11 children (ages 4-8 years old) who did not have a bed to call their own.
The families of the recipients were invited for a lunch and to see their new beds. Parishioners brought the beds to their homes later that afternoon. It was a most wonderful way to come together as a parish and to help these moms. Please visit rhemawings.com for more information about the good works they do for women, children, and seniors who are starting over after living a life where they were victims of domestic violence.