We are all the Body of Christ

06-23-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

To better understand today's second reading, check out the passage immediately before it (1 Cor 11:17-22). Paul is hopping mad! The Corinthians are holding the Eucharistic Celebration as part of a larger meal in the houses of wealthier Roman families. The wealthier got the better seats, and the better food; the poor received lower places and poorer food - some no food at all.

No wonder Paul was angry. We are all the Body of Christ. There is no distinction. All are welcome at the Table of the Lord.


Trinity of Love

06-16-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

The Spirit of truth will guide you in all things. -John 16:13

The mystery of the Holy Trinity is far beyond our imagination. We all know the 1,2,3 formula: One God; Two Natures; Three Persons. We’ve all heard the three-leaf clover and the triangle analogies, but really, since the Trinity is beyond our comprehension, let's take what we can from this mystery.

The Most Holy Trinity is a synergy of Love. The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit create a vortex of Love. Whenever we make the Sign of the Cross, or pray to one of the persons of the Trinity, we enter into that vortex and become part of God’s power of love.

Let us pray to enter the Trinity of Love.



06-09-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

50 days after the Passover, the disciples gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Shavuot (The Feast of Weeks). Shavuot, a harvest festival, also commemorates Moses reception of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.

The disciples had witnessed Jesus' passion, death, and resurrection, but it wasn't until they received the Holy Spirit that they had the courage to witness Jesus' love through their deeds.

God's presence was manifest on Sinai with a trumpet blast and fire. The Spirit, manifest in the tongues of fire which descended on the disciples on Pentecost, is Jesus abiding presence in all of us.


Come Holy Spirit

06-02-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., was president of Notre Dame University from 1952-1987. Fr. Hesburgh attributes any and all success he achieved at Notre Dame to his constant prayer, "Come Holy Spirit."

The 10 days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost give us time to overcome the sense of grief and abandonment that Our Lord was taken up into heaven. Next Sunday, Pentecost, we celebrate the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and on the early Church.

We need the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. Let us pray often throughout the day, "Come Holy Spirit."


Cheeseburgers anyone?

05-26-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

In this Sunday’s reading from Acts, Jewish Christians from Jerusalem without checking with Paul and Barnabas were insisting that Gentile converts to Christianity must be circumcised and must follow Jewish Dietary Law (Kosher). It was decided first in Antioch and later in Jerusalem that Gentile converts to Christianity need not follow Jewish dietary laws other than refraining from meat from strangled animals, meat offered to idols and unlawful marriages.

Adult male Gentiles rejoiced that they need no longer be circumcised while the children were ecstatic that they’d now be allowed to eat cheeseburgers.


Congratulations Graduates!

05-19-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Congratulations! This week we honor all our graduates from Pre-K, Kindergarten, 8th Grade, all the Seniors from Xavier College Preparatory, Brophy College Preparatory and all our Catholic Schools, Public Schools, ASU, UofA, NAU and GCU. What a great accomplishment you all have done.

Know that we here at St. Francis Xavier Parish and School will always be your home, you’ll always be welcome and we’ll be here for you. God Bless the Class of 2019!


Our Fundraising Efforts

05-12-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

It is my great joy to share the status of our fundraising efforts regarding several ongoing programs.

Our Capital Campaign efforts continue, taking us down the home stretch of a 10-year effort. In less than one year we’ve reduced the campaign debt by $1.2 million, with more opportunities to further reduce the debt in sight. Please plan to attend and support Coffee with Companions: Meet Your Newest Companions, on Wednesday, August 28 at Anderson Hall. Parishioners and school families are organizing this event where you’ll have the opportunity to hear from Father Bob Fambrini, S.J., our new pastor, and Mr. Ryan Watson, our new principal. Together they will provide an overview of their vision for the parish and our largest ministry, St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, at a casual forum where all are welcome. For more information, call 602-212-4514.



05-05-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Three times Peter denied Jesus.  In one of the most beautiful examples of Jesus’ forgiveness, today's Gospel shows Jesus give Peter three opportunities to reaffirm his love.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation gives us all the opportunity to reaffirm our love for God and to hear the words, "God the Father of Mercies, through the passion and death of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and has sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins.  Through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.