Holy Week

03-25-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

As we enter Holy Week, let us continue to imagine ourselves present in the events leading up to Jesus’ Passion & Resurrection.

St. Ignatius of Loyola would have us meditate on the scriptures so that we may see what God might be telling us through them. A method we might consider for the Triduum--Holy Thursday through the Easter Vigil--is to read the Gospel of John from chapters 13-20 ahead of time. John is not meant to be read like a novel; choose a short passage and reflect on it. When something strikes you, stay with it and savor it. What may the Lord be trying to reveal to you?

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Our Very Own Passover

03-18-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

The devout Jew in Jesus’ me would have imagined him or herself present at the original Passover: slaying the lamb, placing the lamb’s blood on the portal of the house, eating the sacrificial meal, and giving thanks that the Angel of the Lord had ‘passed over’ his or her house.

St. Ignatius of Loyola invites us to be present present present as if we were actually there at the resurrection of Lazarus, at the last supper, commemorating the Passover, and at Jesus’ trial, Passion, and death.

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Lord, That I May See

03-11-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

In today’s gospel, the man born blind sees better than everyone else. In what areas are we blind to God’s message of love, faith and justice? Spend some time with this thought, and then ask in prayer “Lord, that I may see.”

En el evangelio de hoy, un hombre que nació ciego puede ver mejor que todos los de mas. ¿En que áreas somos ciegos al mensaje de amor, fe, y justicia de Dios? Tome tiempo con esta pregunta, y luego, rezando, pídale a Dios “Señor, que pueda ver.”

Practice of the Faith

03-06-2018Pastor's LetterFather George V. Wanser, S.J.

There is one thing schools can’t teach: practice of the faith.

We have four excellent Catholic schools and three formation programs available serving more than 4,000 young people.

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40 Days of Self Reflection

03-04-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Question: how did Jesus know that the woman at the well was an outcast? Well, she was there at an odd hour alone, she was a Samaritan, she was a woman. Three strikes and she should have been out. But, Jesus approached her anyway.

In some way aren’t we all outcasts? Will we wait until we have our act together or are we going to let Jesus approach us as we are?

We are in need of living water right now, and there is no time like the present.

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A "Peak" Experience

02-25-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

On this second Sunday of Lent, the Transfiguration gives us a peek at God’s mighty power. If you will, a “peak” experience.

Peter, James, and John experienced Jesus in His glory. In the midst of Lent, we need this reminder that Jesus is not only fully human and tempted by the devil, but fully divine with all of His power and glory intact.

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40 Days of Self Reflection

02-18-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Today marks the First Sunday of Lent. Lent is an old English word meaning spring. Spring is a time for pruning superfluous branches so that the remaining ones bear abundant fruit.

Lent is also a time for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. How do we slow down enough to make time for Jesus? In some Jewish homes, the family has decided to have a "Tech Shabbas." From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, the entire family refrains from using all technical equipment. People have reported a renewed sense of peace and unity in their families.

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Diocesan Charity and Development Appeal-CDA

02-11-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

This weekend mark’s the official kick-off of our Diocesan Charity and Development Appeal, CDA. Today’s Gospel reminds us of the awesome healing power of Jesus. Wouldn’t it be great to have that same healing power? We may not be able to physically touch someone as Jesus did and witness instant healing; but we do have the power to help change lives.

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Installation Mass

02-04-2018Pastor's LetterFather George V. Wanser, S.J.

Dear Parishioners,

Warmest greetings to each of you. One week ago we marked a special moment in time for us as a parish community, and for me, as your new Pastor. We’ve included(in the bulletin) a few memorable images from the Installation Mass, and will be posting more pictures in the coming weeks on our parish website.

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Gala Wrap Up

01-21-2018Pastor's LetterFather George V. Wanser, S.J.

At the Annual Gala last night, we honored Kathleen and John Graham for their leadership of our capital campaign project. Their efforts were instrumental in our success and we will ever be grateful. We also celebrated Father Dan's 15 years of service to St. Francis Xavier Church & School. There are no words to express adequately our thanks to John, Kathleen, Fr. Dan and all of our community, and community-at-large who have contributed so generously.

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Come and See

01-14-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Whew! Christmas season went by so quickly. But let's not lose the momentum. In this Sunday's readings, the Lord calls Samuel. Samuel answers, "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening." (Samuel 3:3ff).

The disciples asked Jesus: "Where do you live?" Jesus answered: "Come and see," (John 1:35ff) The Lord is calling us to get to know him more deeply. How will we answer his call to "Come and see"?

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Happy New Year

12-31-2017Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Dear Parishioners,

Warmest Greetings and Happy New Year to all. Let us look back on 2017 with gratitude for the blessings of this past year, and special thanks to Fr. Dan Sullivan, S.J., who has served us faithfully these past 15 years.

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Trust the Timing of Your Life

10-15-2017Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Friends in Christ,

After 15 years in residence at St. Francis Xavier, 12 of which I have served as Pastor, I find myself at a turning point in my life. An anonymous author wrote: “Trust the timing of your life.”

This past summer when many were away enjoying some vacation, cool off time, I was faced with an important decision to make. Though I had scheduled to be away much of August, my doctor felt it was time for me to have surgery to remove a cyst on my left kidney. We have been watching the cyst grow ever so slowly but now seemed the best time to act. On July 24th I went through the robotic surgical procedure to test the nature of the cyst and take appropriate action. Fortunately, the cyst was benign and it was removed. I was in the hospital for a couple of wonderful nights where the bed was way too short for my 6’3” frame, and the food, of course, superb. So, for the month of August I lay low, letting my body heal from the surgery. It was fortunate that one of my Jesuit brothers in California was free to substitute for me in August. Fr. Mike Lee, S.J., plus my own Jesuit community, saw that I had the time to heal and regain my strength so that I could quickly resume the duties of Pastor. I felt well enough to put myself back to work and chose August 30, the date of the breakfast event, Coffee with Companions, as my first to return.

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USA West Jesuit Gathering

08-13-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

On Monday, July 31, we celebrated St. Ignatius Day in honor of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuit Order. In a message from the Provincial, Father Scott Santarosa, SJ,“Ignatius' impact is still felt today, nearly 500 years after his founding of the Society of Jesus. Today, Jesuits and our lay partners who walk with us in ministry are impacting the lives of people through education, Ignatian spirituality, and service to the poor and marginalized. We don't just meet people halfway, we go to them. We don't shrink from challenges, we rise to them. We change with the times, facing emerging needs head on, always grounded by our steady faith. Together, we are contemplatives in action. Together, in the example of St. Ignatius, we are a force for good.”

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USA West Jesuit Gathering

08-13-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

On Monday, July 31, we celebrated St. Ignatius Day in honor of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuit Order. In a message from the Provincial, Father Scott Santarosa, SJ,“Ignatius' impact is still felt today, nearly 500 years after his founding of the Society of Jesus. Today, Jesuits and our lay partners who walk with us in ministry are impacting the lives of people through education, Ignatian spirituality, and service to the poor and marginalized. We don't just meet people halfway, we go to them. We don't shrink from challenges, we rise to them. We change with the times, facing emerging needs head on, always grounded by our steady faith. Together, we are contemplatives in action. Together, in the example of St. Ignatius, we are a force for good.”

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