Jennifer Sweeney

Pat French Scholarship

ATTENTION HIGH-SCHOOL SENIORS– Don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for the $2,500 Pat French Scholarship. This scholarship was established in honor of Patricia K. French to be awarded to a high-school senior who is a member of St. Francis Xavier Church. This person should be service-oriented and a person of high Christian moral values. In addition, this person should be a dedicated student, demonstrating a good work ethic. The recipient may use this one-time, non-renewable award to pursue any program of studies at any accredited college or vocational school. Complete the application below and return to the SFX Parish Office Attn: Wende Aubrey, no later than March 15, 2024.
Applications, reference letters and transcripts may also be emailed directly to wende.aubrey@sfxmw.com .

Applicants who are chosen to interview for the scholarship will be contacted by the parish office. Interviews will be conducted on Monday, April 8th.

Fr. Dale’s Homily

4th Sunday of OT (Cycle B)

Gospel:  Mark 1:21-28

January 27-28, 2024

Do you worry?  What does worry look like?  Is worry wrinkles on the forehead, sweating and wringing of the hands, pacing back and forth, a frown on the face? I know I have done all this a lot since I took a fall in December…

There are many popular quotes about worry.  “Worry tries to cross over a bridge before you come to it.”  “A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of labor.”  “Worry is wasting today cluttering up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s difficulties.” 

In our lives these days, worry and anxiety have taken on huge proportions.  It is revealing that in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ first miracle is not turning water into wine, but rather an exorcism.  IF Jesus offered an exorcism to YOU, what spirits would you like exorcised?  Might it be the spirit of anxiety? worry? fear? dread?   

The spirit of anxiety thrives on our need to controlMany of our worries come from our need to control events and other people, just as the unclean spirit (in today’s gospel) attempted to control Jesus by claiming to know his name and who He is.  Only God is in control.  The spirit of anxiety’s attempt to be in control is a lie because only God is in control and has ultimate control over us.  We are anxious about so many, many things.  In a series of books called Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, the chapter titles say it all: “Make peace with imperfection”, “Remind yourself that when you die, your “in-basket” won’t be empty.”  “Learn to live in the present moment.”  “Repeat to yourself; Life is not an emergency.    

How do we exorcize that demon called anxiety?  Better yet, HOW do we invite Jesus to give us the grace we need to do so?  Again, more titles of chapters of Small Stuff, “IF someone throws you the ball, you do not have to catch it.”  “Give up the idea that more is better”, “Get comfortable just not knowing.”  “Resist the urge to criticize.” 

Paul’s warning against anxiety served as a “don’t sweat the small stuff” for the first century Christians.  We are reminded of the truth that prayer has much impact on anxiety

Jesus exorcises still today.  Being exorcized from anxiety through prayer would, and has, inspired peace.  The power of God is made present in the action of Jesus in the first century and the 21st century.  Don’t we long to hear Jesus rebuke the demons of today’s anxiety? I know I do…

Pray and don’t sweat the small stuff.  Stress and anxiety are the cause of much illness and costs billions of dollars every year.  One survey suggested that 40% of what we worry about never takes place.  30% of what we worry about is in the past and completely out of our control.  12% of what we worry about concerns others and is none of our business.  10% of what we worry about concerns sickness that might or might not happen to us… which, then, leaves only 8% of what we worry about really “worth the worry”.

That piece of literature, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, is recommended to tackle that 8%, but don’t forget the prayer.  But most importantly, Until you are convinced that prayer is the best use of your time, you will not find the time for prayer.”

Case in point… do you remember this story?

It seems a cowboy from Colorado skipped mass on Sunday to go bear hunting in the mountains.  As he turned the corner along the path, he and a bear collided.  The cowboy stumbled backwards, slipped off the trail and began tumbling down the mountain with the bear in hot pursuit.  Finally the cowboy crashed into a boulder, sending his rifle in one direction and breaking both legs.  As the bear closed in, the cowboy cried out in desperation; “Lord, I’m sorry for what I have done throughout my life.  Please forgive me!  Lord, please make that bear a Catholic.”  Suddenly, the clouds parted and a beam of light shown down on the bear.  The bear skidded to a halt at the cowboy’s feet, fell to his knees and clasped its paws together and said, “Bless us O Lord and these thy gifts for which we are about to receive….”

Prayer does not change things.

Prayer changes people

and people change things.

AARP TAX AIDE

AARP will once again offer tax filing assistance on the SFX campus. Call the phone number below to schedule an appointment.
*Please note that the parish office cannot schedule or give information regarding appointments. You must leave a message on the number below.

Taste of St. Francis Xavier

The Taste of St. Francis Xavier will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 6PM in the Xavier Center. Join us for a tasting of 20 plus restaurants, $10,000 Grand Prize Raffle, Wine & Bourbon Pull, Online Auction and in-person raffles. Tickets are $25 person and will be on sale in the parish office until 12PM on Friday, February 9th. Tickets will be available at the door until they are sold out.

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A Christmas Message 2023

Dear Parishioners and Friends of SFX Parish,

As we commemorate the birth of Jesus, I wish to express blessings and good wishes to all of you in this holy season.  What a treasure it is to be with those we love and how blest we are to have the opportunity to do so.  There are many of our sisters and brothers, especially in the Commonwealth, who are finding this year most difficult because of the loss of life, home and work at the hand of Mother Nature.  We must bond with those who hurt so as to keep Christ’s Light of Hope within sight.  Emmanuel is timeless and lives within everyone through ‘good times and bad’.  A weary world needs to remember that God sent His best effort, His Son, to all generations so that we can move from despair to trust.  He knows how tough it is to do… that is why he sends us Grace so we can move one foot in front of the other.

As pastor, I thank you all for your wonderful support and stewardship of time, talent and treasure that you live every day.  Our ancestors-in-faith see and know what you do in their memory.  How can they not?  They know all things because they now know God as God is.  God does not disappoint… ever.

In Christ the Cornerstone,

Father Dale

Employment Opportunity at SFX

St. Francis Xavier is seeking an Engagement Coordinator to oversee fundraising activities and lead in organizing special events. This position will assist the Parish Business Manager with yearly Stewardship renewals and will coordinate new member outreach. The Engagement Coordinator will also be responsible for communications to parishioners through Evangelus, social media and website updates. This is a part-time position, 20hrs per week.

Qualifications: Excellent organizational, interpersonal, collaborative and leadership skills necessary.
Self-motivated and flexibility in working on multiple projects with office staff and volunteers. Project management and/or event planning experience helpful. High computer literacy and technical aptitude, with experience using various computer software applications. Familiarity with social media platforms.

Contact Jennifer Sweeney in the parish office for more information.  Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to jennifer.sweeney@sfxmw.com .

THANK YOU! #iGiveCatholic

Dear Friends of SFX,
Thank you for being a part of our first ever #iGiveCatholic Campaign! The support and generosity from the SFX community never ceases to amaze me! We raised $7,695 during Giving Tuesday. Gifts made will be used to make updates in our religious education building for Children’s Faith Formation. We will report back to you the on these improvements in 2024. 

If you missed out on the opportunity to give, donations sent to the parish office by Monday, December 4th will be added to this campaign. Wishing you and your family peace and blessings as we enter this season of Advent. Be sure to watch the special Thank You video below from Children’s Faith Formation.

In Gratitude,
Jennifer Sweeney

SFX Business Manager

Trivia Night at SFX

Join us for Trivia Night at SFX in the Xavier Center on January 13,2024 at 6PM. $20 per person/max teams of 8. All proceeds benefit the High-School Youth Group. Contact Dave Richardson or Elena Ballesteros for more information and to reserve your spot!

Click HERE for online payment. (Be sure to contact Dave or Elena to reserve your spot before paying.)