Pastor's Message

08-26-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

The whole Church has been rocked with the Pennsylvania scandal. Please read the Holy Father, Bishop Olmsted, and Fr. Provincial (Scott Santarosa)’s letters on our SFX Website.

Bishop Barron’s homily for Tue, Aug 21, gives us hope for a path forward.

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Let Us Choose Life

08-19-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

There is a unifying theme in this Sunday’s three readings:

Proverbs 9:1-6. Wisdom or folly?
Ephesians 5:15-20. Use your time well, not in drunkenness and debauchery.
John 6:51-58. We can choose to receive the “Bread of Life” or NOT.

Let us choose wisely. Let us choose life.

Hay un tema unificador en as tres lecturas de este domingo.

Proverbios 9:1-6. ¿Sabiduría o locura?
Efesios 5:15-20. Usa bien su tiempo, no en la embriaguez y el libertinaje.
Juan 6:51-58. Elija recibir el Pan de Vida o NO.

Vamos a elegir sabiamente. Vamos a elegir la vida.

The Bread of Life

08-12-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Each of us receives the abundant blessing of the Bread of Life - Holy Communion - when we participate in mass. We carry the bread of life forward and distribute it through our good works to all those we meet. We come back to Holy Communion to complete the cycle. This infinite circle keeps us constantly connected to God.

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I Am the Bread of Life

08-05-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Seeking eternal life has been the subject of many movies, books, and stories; in “The Last Crusade,” Indiana Jones’ quest is to find the Holy Grail and achieve immortality. Earthly death is our common denominator, and shattering the constraints of it has been a fantastical desire since the beginning of time.

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Become Contemplatives in Action

07-29-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

July 31 is the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Fifty-four years ago, at the age of 17, I entered the society as a somewhat naive and reckless young adult. Asking God for travel and adventure, in His tremendous generosity, I received an overabundance of both. It is truly unbelievable the way God has graced me, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude.

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Rest and Relaxation

07-22-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." (Mk 6:31)

As we gear up for the new school and fiscal year, it is important that we all get rest, recreation, a retreat if possible. Jesus and his disciples were just as challenged then as we are today.

Let's all make an effort to "Recreate" ourselves through rest and relaxation.

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No-Frills Core of Our Mission

07-15-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Jesus sent the 12 out, two by two, on a mission. No food, no money, nothing extra. What is the no-frills core of our mission and how can we accomplish it?

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My Grace is Sufficient

07-08-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made in perfect weakness." Lord, let me turn my weakness over to you so that your power can manifest in me, remembering that when I am weak, then your power working through me makes me strong.

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Increase our Faith

07-01-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

The woman with the hemorrhage was unclean according to Jewish law. She violated the law by touching Jesus. What faith she had that he would overlook her viiolation of the law, see her faith, and heal her of her afflictions! Lord, increase our faith...to help us grow in your love and overcome our fears and our shortcomings.

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Conquer the Universe With Love

06-17-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

This summer, I invite you to plant a mustard seed in a cup of soil. Water it, and watch it grow. And as you watch it grow, remember that the smallest of seeds can become the largest plant. The same with the seed of the Kingdom of God in our hearts. The smallest seed, when nurtured, can conquer the universe with love.

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Let the children Come to Me...

06-10-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

To parents of young children attending St. Francis Xavier Parish: May we suggest … RELAX! God put the wiggle in children. Don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!

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Weekly Nourishment

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

‘Pesach’ is the Hebrew word for Passover. Our word “Paschal” is a derivative of Pesach. In effect, Christ became our Passover, our Paschal Lamb, when he gave us his body and blood at the Last Supper.

As summer approaches, let us renew our effort to be nourished weekly by the Body and Blood of Christ at the Table of the Lord.

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