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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 the weekend of June 12th and 13th, 2021

Hi dear friends, greetings of peace, love and joy to you all in the name of our  Lord, Jesus Christ.  I wish you all a happy and joy filled weekend and I continue to pray to our Heavenly Father to bless you all and all your endeavors in the week ahead.

When we think about today's Gospel, it gives us the assurance that we may feel stuck and our lives stalled, but God is still working.  There  may be a problem in our family we have tried to resolve time and time again, without success.  So we begin to wonder, "Is there anything that can be done to fix it?"  We may have experienced a deep loss or betrayal that bought our lives to a standstill, and although we try to adjust, to get back into the game, we cannot budge ourselves forward.  We begin to think, "Will there ever come a time when I will be normal again?"  We may have a hope or a dream that we would like to achieve, and we work at it.  But possibilities do not materialize and opportunities evaporate.  We are left wondering, "What else could be done?"

We can feel stuck or stalled, but God is still working.  This is what Jesus is trying to tell us in today's parable.  The growing seek in the parable is meant to represent God's action in our lives.  Independent of us, God is moving our lives to something good.  Despite our doubts, frustrations and failures, God is working in silent and secret ways to keep growth alive, to move us forward.  So today's parable reminds us that the good things in our life are not all of our own doing.  Reconciliation, healing and forward movement are often the result of God working behind the scenes.

This is why we should always be ready.  We must be ready to act at once when the right time arrives.  We may have been trying to make peace with a family member or a friend over and over again without success.  But then something changes and God opens a door.  We must be ready at once to walk through it.  We may be stuck in our grief for months or years with no energy to move forward.  We might have tried to solve a problem from every angle without success.  And then a new opportunity emerges, and we know that it is God's gift.  We must be ready at once to accept it.

While we run out of options, when there seems to be no hope, today's parable reminds us that God is still working secretly, bringing growth to our lives.  That is why we must never give up, and we must always watch for God's growth to mature.  Because when it does, we must wield the sickle at once for the harvest has come.

Have a look this week at something small that will grow big and be amazed!

Heart of God, heart of Jesus, we place our trust in you!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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  • Jul 31 2021  4:00 pm - Mass
  • Aug 1 2021  9:30 am - Mass
  • Aug 7 2021  4:00 pm - Mass

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