Parish Life

Chairperson: Nancy Collett

The Parish Life Coordinating Committee addresses the social needs of our parish and provides ministry to families, the sick, the elderly, those with special needs.

Family Ministry

Chairperson: Michelle Osborne

Provides parish-wide social opportunities for families of our parish. Current events include monthly Donut Fellowships.  Needed are willing volunteers to help plan and implement programs designed to enhance family life.

Generations of Faith, Family, Friends

Chairperson: TBA

An integrated and comprehensive approach to faith formation that allows the parish to become a community of learning by offering events centered on church life. These events embrace all ages and generations and promote faith growth at home, faith building at the parish, and active participation in liturgies. Needed are teens and adults willing to help with events for all ages, and age specific events. Help with skits and plays, costumes and sewing, singing and playing music, audio/video projects and storytelling. Events have included Easter Bunny candy distribution, Pentecost celebration, annual Fall Chili Supper/Treating with the Saints in October and the Parish Nativity Play.

JOY (Just Older Youth)

Chairperson: Calvin Sims

This Senior Citizens/Retirees social club for those aged 50 and older gathers the first Tuesday of the month in the Parish Hall for a meeting and a potluck luncheon from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The group also goes on social outings, day trips, and overnight excursions.

Summer Picnic

Chairpeople: TBA

Occurs annually the 2nd weekend in June and is packed with family fun activities and food. Volunteers of all ages are needed in a wide variety of ways for this huge parish community celebration and fundraising event.

Rosary Makers

Chairperson: Edna Simms

Meet on the second and fourth Monday evenings of the month to make and repair rosaries, teach others how to make rosaries, and send rosaries to missions. The group has an annual sale of rosaries and religious items in May; orders for rosaries can be made at any time.  Needed are parishioners of all ages who desire to make or learn to make rosaries. Training is provided. Also needed are donations of beads, old jewelry, and old umbrellas.

 

Women’s Club

Chairperson: Michele Mattingly

The St. Francis Xavier Women’s Club motto “Serving Christ Through Good Works-and having fun doing it” – says what we are about. The Club is a great place to make a difference, meet women in our parish and forge lasting friendships. Our members are loving, kind people who are willing to share their time and talent with all of St. Francis Xavier parishioners. Our three fundraisers per year – two Bunco parties a year and our hugely successful Christmas bazaar – are used to help fund a number of activities benefiting primarily children and family ministries. Every woman in the parish is invited to join the Women’s Club.

Community Ministries

Chairpeople: Larry & Jan Pilzecker

An interfaith organization of local churches founded with the purpose to provide temporary assistance to local families and individuals by supplying: non-perishable food items; personal hygiene products; school supplies; utility assistance. Adults or teen volunteers are needed on the first Thursday of every month to work at the First Baptist Church Community Ministries Center from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Monetary support can be given by using the contribution envelope marked for Community Ministries.

Nursing Home Ministry

Chairperson: Betty Wilson

Volunteers visit Parishioners and other residents at Green Meadows Nursing Home and Elmcroft Assisted Living each week sharing the Eucharist, faith, hope, and love.

SFX Outreach Ministry

Chairperson: Connie French

Provides spiritual and material assistance to those in need who are parishioners or others, while striving to help them to help themselves. Assistance may take the form of intervention, advocacy, consultation or monetary aide. Needed are volunteers for interviewing and assisting clients’ needs on Thursdays 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the upper level of the Parish Hall with flexible rotating schedules. Also needed are people willing to pick up checks and make payments on rotating weekly schedules.

Prayer Blanket Ministry

Chairpersons: Patricia Leppert and Diana McVady

“Covering those in need of Prayer”

The Saint Francis Xavier Prayer Blanket Ministry is made up of volunteers who make prayer blankets they sew, crochet, knit, and quilt etc. The prayer blanket is a symbol of a faith sharing community covering of prayer for the individual who receives it. The volunteers pray over the blankets as they are being made. The blankets which include a prayer booklet and a rosary are then brought to the parish office to be blessed by Father. They are stored either in the back of the church (black bin) and also in the basement of the parish office and can be distributed as needed. They are free, but any donations received will be used to purchase material and supplies. A journal is available with the blankets to enter the name of the recipient. The recipients are remembered in Prayers by the Ministry and in the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass every quarter.

The Ministry is open to anyone interested in making prayer blankets and praying for the recipients. If you are interested in being involved in the making of blankets for this Ministry, please send an e-mail to sfxprayerblanketministry@gmail.com or Join up on the Parish APP if you already have an established account.