50 Days of Celebration

04-28-2019Fr. Wanser's BlogFr. George Wanser, S.J.

As Catholics, we are called to keep the Easter Celebration alive until Pentecost. That's 50 days of celebration not just at Mass, but throughout our lives of continued recognition of the highest feast day in our Church. Maybe you can choose one thing each week to help you keep it alive. Here are a few suggestions that you might try for a week, or choose your own. Whatever you choose, Peace be with You throughout this Easter Season.

  • Leave your Easter decorations/reminders up for a while
  • Reflect on these words…Christ has Died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again… Alleluia
  • Celebrate all that God has given you by choosing things from your closets, storage, etc. to donate to someone
  • Do a daily prayer of Thanksgiving
  • Spring Clean and make everything sparkle

Aleluia! He is Risen!

04-21-2019Fr. Wanser's BlogFr. George Wanser, S.J.

In the darkened Yup'ik (Eskimo) village of Tutalgaq, yards away from the frozen Yukon River, Fr. Stan Hechman of The Russian Orthodox Church started the vigil services with the following greeting, first in Greek, then in Russian, then Yup'ik, and finally in English:

Cristos aneste. Aleqws aneste.

Christos vos kres. Voyestenu vos kres.

Christusaq unguichcuq. Ee,ee, unguichcuq.

Christ is risen. Indeed, he is risen. Let us rejoice, Alleluia, alleluia.


Pray the Holy Triduum

04-14-2019Fr. Wanser's Blog

As we begin Holy Week, why not pray an Ignatian Contemplation? We begin on Palm Sunday with the passion narrative of Luke. Pick a passage from Luke's passion and imagine yourself as a participant. What do you see? What do you hear? Sense? Taste? Smell.

On Holy Thursday, try the same process with the passage from John 13:1-15. Good Friday's passion is John 18:1-19:42.

Another way to pray the Holy Week Triduum is to open the Gospel of John and read from Jesus' High Priestly Prayer, Chapters 13-17. When you find a phrase that strikes you, stop. Spend some time meditating on that passage. There is more than enough material there to keep you busy for many Holy Week Triduua.


Welcome Mr. Watson, new St. Francis Xavier School Principal

04-07-2019Fr. Wanser's BlogFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Dear St. Francis Xavier Community,

I am excited to announce that Mr. Ryan Watson will be the next principal of St. Francis Xavier Elementary School.

Mr. Watson comes to us from Bourgade Catholic High School where, for the last four years, he has served as Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, and Admissions Director. Prior to his time at Bourgade, he was the Assistant Principal at St. John Bosco Elementary School in Ahwatukee. He is originally from Louisville, Kentucky where he attended Catholic elementary and high school. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Louisville and his Master's Degree from Arizona State University. We are tremendously blessed to welcome such an experienced, joyful, and charismatic school leader who is so respected throughout the Diocese of Phoenix.