Essay Contest Grades 8-12

The Knights of Columbus St Joseph council 12354 is proud to announce our second annual Catholic Citizenship essay contest. The essay contest is open to Catholic students in grades 8-12. A $100 PRIZE will be awarded to the winner from each grade. This year’s theme is “explain how young Catholics can evangelize our faith to friends and families who have turned away from religion and encourage them to return to the church and embrace the sacraments”. In an essay of 500- 750 words, explain how young Catholics can evangelize our faith to families and friends who have turned away from religion and encourage them to return to the Church and embrace the sacraments. An entry form must accompany the essay. The essays must reflect the assigned theme and be the student’s original work. The student’s name should only appear on the official form which must be stapled to the essay. Essays can be turned into the parish office or collection basket, or directly to the St Joseph council Knights of Columbus. The contest will start on Nov 7 and end on December 2. Any questions feel free to reach out to Michael Zygmunt (716)319-4967.

Christmas Food Basket Donations

It is time for the annual Christmas food basket drive in support of the Bullitt County community! 
The SFX Outreach Ministry, High School Youth Group and the Confirmation Class are hosting this service opportunity and need your help!! Please drop off your non-perishable donations in the brown collection boxes in the gathering space of Church or the Parish Office.  Donations accepted through December 16th.
If you choose to donate money or gift cards from Kroger or ValuMarket for the purchase of turkeys, please place your donation in an envelope marked: Outreach Ministry Food Baskets. Drop your donation in the collection basket or at the Parish Office. Make checks payable to:  Outreach Ministry Food Baskets.
Suggested Donation Items by Last Name:
A-C Green Beans, Corn
D-G Stuffing, Mashed Potato Flakes
H-K Oven Bags, Aluminum Foil , Napkins
L-O Cranberry Sauce, Gravy Mix
P-S Rice, Mac & Cheese
T-Z Cake Mix, Sugar Cookie Mix, Icing,
Cookie Decorations

Aunt Annie’s Pretzel Truck


September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us for our 2nd event in September to raise money for Childhood Cancer. On Tuesday, September 13th from 11AM-6PM Aunt Annie’s will be in the SFX parking lot. Come on up and get a HOT pretzel. Proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand. .

Pastor’s Pen

August 25, 2022

Dear Parishioners and friends of SFX,

In August of this year, our parish received two (NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage and Quota Retail Drink) licenses to serve alcohol (i.e. beer and wine only; not distilled spirits) at only certain functions in our parish and on our campus.  Any and all requests to have/offer alcohol at an event on the SFX campus must be approved by me personally through a parish office request.  With the coming of The Xavier Center (and all its’ possibilities for events), it is an opportunity to officially introduce alcohol as an option for those who know how to use it wisely and safely.  We have taken every measure to be compliant with the archdiocese in training selected individuals (who have now been certified) as servers for certain events involving alcohol.  Receiving a license also places certain restrictions on all alcohol (except sacramental wine) on our campus.  One of the major rules is only beer and wine that is provided thru our chosen distributors may be served.  Again, this is the only acceptable and permissible way of acquiring and ingesting any alcohol on the SFX campus.   As has been the custom of all of our Catholic parishes who hold alcohol licenses, bringing any alcoholic beverages from the outside is absolutely prohibitive.  The implementation of our new license is effective immediately.  As a parish and as individuals in the parish, we all are called to follow rules (without exception) that are required by the license (granted by the Alcoholic Beverage Control of the Commonwealth of Kentucky) as well as the guidelines set by the archdiocese for all functions involving alcohol-based beverages.

Let us continue to be and act responsibly when it comes to following rules and guidelines which are given for our own guidance and protection.  Thanks for your attention in this matter. 

In Christ the Cornerstone,

Father Dale Cieslik, Pastor

Dinner with Coach Scott Davenport

Join us for an elegant evening and Dinner with Coach Scott Davenport on Saturday, September 10, 2022. Doors open at 6PM for check-in and drinks. Dinner will be at 6:45PM. Bellarmine Men’s Basketball Coach Davenport speaks at 7:45PM. Dinner tickets are $50 each and include dinner, 2 drink tickets and dessert. The dinner will be catered by Swan’s Landing. Additional beer and wine will be available for purchase. Call the office for more details 502-538-4933.

50% of the profits will be donated to Norton Children’s Cancer Institute. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Watch the bulletin and website for more opportunities to support their fundraising efforts!

Online ticket sales have ended. Please contact Jennifer Sweeney in the Parish Office if you would like to participate additional fundraising events for Childhood Cancer during the month of September.


Online Scheduling Available!

To schedule your photography appointment online, simply go to, click on photography appointment scheduling login on the right side, enter ky375 in the Church Code field and enter photos in the Church Password field.  Follow the prompts to schedule your family’s appointment time.  If you have 6 or more in your family please use 2 consecutive time slots.  The online scheduling option is available Monday through Friday. 
Appointments fill up quickly, so schedule as soon as possible to secure your preferred date and time.

We need volunteers to schedule appointments in-person before/after masses and also for check-in during photo sessions. THANK YOU in advance for considering, click here to volunteer OR contact Jennifer Sweeney in the office at (502) 538-4933.

Furnishing Our House…

The Parish Activity Center, a new addition to our parish family home, will be completed soon. It’s time to start thinking about how we are going to furnish our home. Just like when you bought your first home and had to figure out how to furnish it, we are planning now on what we need for interior finishings, what they will cost and how we will pay for them.

To start, we know we will need things like tables and chairs, kitchenware, recreational equipment as well as IT, security and audio equipment. In addition, we’d like to make improvements to the old church and parish hall, including flooring, painting and new windows.

Now we need our parish family to help furnish our new parish home. Our estimates put the total cost around $160,000. You can find a list of items needed located on a table in the main church entrance. Monies that continue to be donated to the Expanding Our Embrace campaign will be used to help fund the furnishing of the Parish Activity Center and improvements to the Parish Hall and old church.

Please consider donating in one of the following ways.  You can visit the St. Francis Xavier website and click on the Giving tab and choose the Capital Campaign option (click here). You can continue to use your Expanding Our Embrace envelopes or write in the “For” section of your check “Expanding Our Embrace” or “Capital Campaign.” You can put these in the church collection baskets or drop them by the church office. Feel free to contact the church office if you have any questions. 

Thank you for your prayerful consideration!