Pastor’s Pen

January 28, 2022

Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

Dear members and friends of St. Francis Xavier faith-family,

Now that our ‘normal’ lives are still being challenged by COVID, I wanted to write a note to the parish and update events and plans which are ever-changing.  A few dates to put forth to you are: “Save the Date” of Sunday; May 22 @ the 11:00 AM Mass.  In gratitude, I will celebrate with you my 40 years of ordained priesthood.  Who knew? J What an honor for me to be pastor of SFX Parish for this milestone celebration.  You all are more than cordially invited to the reception in our Parish Activity Center afterwards.  My cousin, Archbishop Thompson, will be here to give the homily (but I will have the last word!)  A second “Save the Date” is Sunday; May 29 @ 11:00 AM in which the new archbishop (still unknown to humankind and only to God) will celebrate Mass and, immediately following, bless the PAC building and our renovations in the old church.  Please put these on your calendars!  

I also want to take the opportunity to remind you of our upcoming Ministry Fair that will happen in the RE building on February 12-13.  We celebrate our accomplishments in ministry as well as commit and recommit to the ministries that make our parish work.  The big keys to Stewardship are the three “T’s”; Time, Talent and Treasure.  As time moves forward, these three “T’s” are in flux and you are needed in our new works of charity.  You are the hands and feet and tongue of Jesus to one another.  Please make plans to come and offer yourselves in a ministry.

Lastly, thanks to all of you who give to our regular collection.  Without these funds our work just could not be done.  If you have not done so, please re-evaluate the possibility of giving more than in the past.  As one can see clearly in the weekly bulletin, we are running a deficit and certainly need your help… please. Amen.

May God bless your every good effort in doing what Jesus would have you do.

In Christ the Cornerstone,