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St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Est. 1867, the Living Stones of the Church

Parish Vision

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.

Parish Mission

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!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

From Archbishop Rodi- Covid-19 Archdiocesan Regulations

Dear Brothers,

Due to the changing CDC Covid-19 guidance and after consultation with the Presbyteral Council last Wednesday, I consider it best to discontinue all Covid-19 Archdiocesan regulations regarding Parish Masses effective Saturday, May 29, 2021.  Pastors may continue thoses regulations which they deem appropriate for their parishes.  The pandemic is not over and pastors should use good judgement in using suitable precautions in their parishes.  I ask that the remaining current Archdiocesan regulations, namely, that all liturgical ministers wear masks, at least one-half of church pews be socially distanced seating, people in the congregation be encouraged to wear masks, hand sanitizers be used before the distribution of the Eucharist, and hand sanitizers be readily available in churches continue until Saturday, May 29.  Schools are still in session and to have different practices in Parish and school Masses would cause unnecessary confusion.

In addition, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass will end on Saturday, May 29.  This is an important moment to explain to parishioners why we should want to attend Mass, and the priceless gifts God gives us in word and Eucharist.  Of course, anyone unable to physically come to church, or whose health would be endangered by attendance at Mass, or anyone caring for someone whose health would be endangered, does not need to attend Mass.  Pastors should make themselves available to discuss this with their parishioners.

This message only applies to Parish Masses and not to summer youth camps and youth activities.  Those summner activities are subject to the policies from the Youth and School offices.  Further information from those offices will be forthcoming.

Thank you for your support and cooperation with our efforts in the Archdiocese of Mobile during these past 15 months to continue the life of the Church in a safe manner.  I am most grateful to you.

May God bless you.

+Thomas J. Rodi

     

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 Sunday September 12, 2021

Greetings of peace, love and joy to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I wish you all a happy weekend and I continue to pray to our Heavenly Father to bless all your endeavors and keep you safe from all the dangers in the week ahead.

When we ponder over the scripture readings and especially the gospel, we now come to a crucial moment in Mark's narrative as we hear the first of three predictions of Jesus' passion and death.  From the beginning of the gospel there have been many expressions of wonder and amazement at what Jesus has done and these have often been accompanied by the question: "Who can this be?" Jesus, however, has attempted to keep a lid on the question of his identity, as though he wanted it kept a secret.  Now in these important verses we learn why.

Jesus is interested above all in the response of faith and that is why he asks the disciples: "Who do you say I am?" Peter answers, acknowledging that Jesus is the Messiah.  This is a Hebrew word and simply means the annointed one, but in the minds of the Jews of first-century Palestine it means much more.  Peter is saying that Jesus is the long awaited fulfillment of the scriptures, the one to set his people free from foreign domination and who would usher in a great period of restoration and renewal.  Jesus accepts the title but immediately begins the task of trying to bring his disciples to understand that he is not the type of Messiah they expect.  Quite the opposite in fact, for the kingdom he proclaims will meet with fierce opposition and he will suffer the ultimate penalty for his faithfulness to it.  What's more is that he expects his disciples to walk the same path.

As Christians we pray daily using the words Jesus taught us:  "Thy Kindom come."  When we do this we are saying that we want the world to be the way God wants it.  In other words a place of peace and justice where no one suffers through poverty, war or oppression.  If this is what we want then we must live in a way which helps to bring this about, we must be committed to change.  Such a choice might leave us like the servant in the first reading facing abuse and insults from those who would prefer to leave things as they are.  This is what Jesus is talking about in today's gospel:  taking up our cross to follow him does not mean we are to go looking for suffering; rather it means accepting that choosing to way of God's kingdom will cost us.  In short, faith without works is dead!  Amen

Think ahead to today or this week.  Offer love and service to God.

Lord, teach me to be generous in your service.

 

 

 

Mass Times

Mass Times:
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.

Office Hours

Office hours:
Tuesdays, Fridays
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Events

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  • Sep 25 2021  4:00 pm - Mass
  • Sep 26 2021  9:30 am - Mass
  • Oct 2 2021  4:00 pm - Mass

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