Est. 1867, the Living Stones of the Church
To grow in the Faith; deepen personal knowledge of Jesus Christ and His Church and personal commitment to His Mission and His Church so as to restore His Kingdom among us.
Living a good Christian life (Phil 2:14-15; Eph. 4:23-24); active and conscious participation in the Liturgy, Bible Studies, Evangelization, Home Visitations, Hospitality, and Tithe Covenant with God and His Church.
"Update on our Church's Renovations.....new roofs"
Pictures of the recent renovations of our new roofs on both the Church and the Rectory can be viewed under the "photos tab" found under the dropdown "home tab" here on our main page!
Archdiocese Updates Covid-19 Provisions
Guidelines For Masses At St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Since so many parishioners are knowledgeable about COVID-19 and so many have been vaccinated, it may be an appropriate time to give greater latitude regarding participating at Mass, although the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass in-person on Sundays and Holy Days remains in effect. Therefore, these new provisions are effective Monday in the Archdiocese of Mobile.
First, the following are required in all churches:
- Masks are urged for all attending Mass.
- All liturgical ministers and ushers are to wear masks unless speaking to the congregation.
- In at least one-half of the church seating must be social distanced.
- Anyone distributing Holy Communion is to sanitize their hands and wear masks.
- Hand sanitizer is to be readily available in all churches.
Second, the following provisions are approved, however, pastors may adapt the following provisions due to local circumstances:
- Hymnals may be retrurned to pews.
- Bulletins may be distributed.
- Offertory collection by passing baskets and offertory procession may be resumed.
- Holy Water may be returned to church fonts.
- Choirs may resume but the number of participants is to be limited. Face masks or shields are to be used by the choir when they are not socially distanced.
- Congregational singing no longer needs to be limited.
- The venerable tradition of the Sign of Peace is to resume. People may choose to shake hands or some other sign.
- Extra cleaning or sanitizing of pews is no longer required.
Please remember that all parishes need your support to survive during this time. If you are financially able, please continue to tithe to your parishes and give to your special charities. You can also mail your tithe to our parish office at 2034 St. Stephens Road, Mobile, Al. 36617
Prayers for all, especially those who are facing illness complications and income loss during these difficult times.
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK -------for the weekend of May 8th and 9th, 2021
Hi dear friends, greetings to you all in the name of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ! I wish you all a happy and joy filled weekend and I continue to pray to the Almighty God to bless all your endeavors in the week ahead.
When we think about today's readings and especially the gospel passage, they are like a vision statement or a mission statement from Jesus. About finding joy in listening to Jesus, how to live the good life in loving one another, how to love oneself in the love of God, and in directing our lives to bear fruit that will generate love.
It is so central that it is read at many really important moments of a Christinal life. It is one of the most popular readings at a wedding, linking the love of God and human love at such a special time. Jesus' love was to lay down his life in a special way. Our love lays down our life often in small, unforgotten ways. Hours spent with a sick child or parent, years caring for someone ill, leaving home on missionary assignments; giving up something for children. The message is a big challenge in simple ways for most of us.
Isn't it a joy to know that the most enjoyable mystery of life-love, is the only commandment of God? This shows us that God is on our side: His commandment is to do what we want most to do and experience--to love and be loved. Even when the love costs us something. Amen
Recall a time when you felt you were really loving someone.
Become aware that you were then very near to God.
Thank you, Lord, for love given and received in my life.
SATURDAY VIGIL....................4:00 P.M.
SUNDAY MASS........................9:30 A.M.
WEDNESDAY MASS...............4:00 P.M.
FRIDAY MASS...........................4:00 P.M.
Rosary 30 minutes prior to Mass times.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.