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.
RESUMPTION OF MASSES Archdiocese of Mobile
Guidelines For Masses At St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
- No laity is to attend Mass if they feel sick.
- A general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass remains in effect.
- Social spacing in church is required.
- Parishioners cannot sit with one another unless living in the same household.
- Communicants are to maintain social distancing when receiving communion.
- Communion will not be distributed or received with gloves.
- Congregation should maintain social distancing when departing the church at the end of Mass.
- Although people may wear mask and gloves to Mass, Communion will not be distributed or received with gloves.
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 April 10th and 11th, 2021
Hi dear friends, greetings fo peace and joy in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to you all. I wish you all a very happy and joy filled weekend and may the Risen Lord bless you all abundantly in all your endeavors in the week ahead.
In the week's readings, we hear how new life in Christ brings about unity and sharing (first reading), love of each other (second reading), and freedom from fear, guilt and disbelief. This Second Sunday of Easter is also Divine Mercy Sunday when we celebrate the wonderful mercy of God--popularized in recent times by St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who had apparitions of Jesus manifesting his mercy for humanity.
This week's Gospel is a story of mission, forgiveness, peace and faith. It is also sometimes called "John's Pentecost", because in it, Jesus imparts his Holy Spirit to those present. In the first scene, Jesus comes to a group of fear-filled, guilt-ridden and depressed disciples. He stands in their midst and offers them four gifts: peace, joy, the Holy Spirit and the power to forgive sins.
Because they had abandoned Jesus in his hour of need, the Apostles most likely felt a great need for "shalom", i.e., God's peace and reconciliation. The joy at seeing Jesus replaced the depression caused by his absence. The gift of the Holy Spirit empowered the Apostles to go forth and preach the Good News, casting aside all fear. The power to forgive sins enabled them to impart to others the saving power of Jesus. In time, this text would be looked upon as the Church' basis for the sacrament of Reconciliation. Sins would be "retained" of not forgiven if people were not truly sorry for them or were unwilling to embrace Jesus' teachings.
By sharing with the disciples his wounds, ("He showed them his hands and side"), Jesus is showing them that it is really he and not some ghost. He is also teaching them that there is no Easter glory without Good Friday pain. Jesus may be imparting to us that community is built when the participants learn to share their wounds. In the second appearance, Thomas, who had expressed disbelief in Jesus' Resurrection, is present when Jesus tells him to place his hands in his wounds. He accepts Thomas where he is at and invites him to faith. Thomas makes a wonderful profession of faith in Jesus: "My Lord and my God." Jesus says, "Good, Thomas, you believe because you have seen. A time is coming when people will be called to believe without seeing." the "doubting Thomas" story is also important for all those in future generations who would struggle with faith questions. Thomas represents all those called to believe without seeing. Thomas would become their "patron saint". Amen
Thomas doubted at times;
can I share my doubts of belief with the Lord?
Lord, I believe in you, strengthen my belief.
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.