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COMMUNITY NEWS

We Come Together in Faith. Welcome Back!  We are open for a limited schedule of weekend Masses: Saturday at 5PM; Sunday at 9AM and 11AM. The Leadership Reopening Team will review the schedule as we move forward to determine the need for and our ability to support additional Masses. Please make a reservation in advance via the parish website (www.sfxlg.org) beginning Monday morning. Those without internet access can call the parish office on Monday or Tuesday morning. If you need the Spring Avenue ramp to enter, please indicate this when you make a reservation and a greeter will be there to welcome you. All others will enter through the Ogden Avenue center door. Please respect the need of our greeters to guide you to a designated seat based on the order in which people arrive. We will seat people in the transepts first, and then in the center section of the church from front to back. For a brief video on our interim procedures, click here

We have one more welcome this week! In February, I received a call from a priest who was returning from a medical leave. This priest told me that he did not want to consider any other parish on the list he had been given until he knew whether we would be open to him serving at St. Francis Xavier Parish. We met for lunch, he met with the parish staff, and our resounding response was “YES!” Of course, then the pandemic shut down the Archdiocesan process for assigning priests – until now. On July 15thFr. Rich Milek (pronounced Mee-wek) becomes our new Associate Pastor. Fr. Rich offers an introduction in this week’s bulletin, which has been posted on the parish website. He prepares to move in this week (apparently with a little friend named Speedy) and will preach at all Masses next weekend. Welcome, Fr. Rich and friend!

We will livestream the Saturday 5PM Mass each weekend via links on the parish website and Facebook, and then post the livestream link for those who want to view it later. Until we are confident in the livestream process, we also will provide a link to a prerecorded Sunday Mass on the parish website (www.sfxlg.org) and Facebook each Saturday afternoon. A link to the song sheet also will be posted for you to sing along at home (assembly and choir singing are not permitted in church at this point). Spread the news of our virtual Mass to family and friends at a distance; and let us continue to hold one another in communion in Christ.

Weekday Masses will be celebrated on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8:30AM beginning July 21. The daily prayer hour will continue Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30-9:30AM. Please enter through the Spring Avenue door on weekday mornings. A volunteer greeter will check you in and guide you to a designated seat. We will close some of the pews during the week to minimize the effort required to clean the space before people can be seated for the next service, including 10AM Funeral Masses. Reservations for morning Mass and morning prayer must be made in advance via the parish website or by calling the parish office. The reservation system for each week will open on the previous Friday.

For revised Phase 2 Sacrament guidelines, click here.

We continue to recruit and train volunteers to provide support for all church services. This includes celebrations of Sunday and weekday Mass, Baptism, Marriage, and Funerals. We especially seek volunteers to wipe down pews after weekend Masses (including weddings and funerals). Preferred volunteers are between 15 and 65, in good health, and have no underlying health conditions. Volunteers can select the dates, times, and services for which they are available and willing to serve and will serve in a regular rotation from week to week or month to month. To volunteer, send an email to mpipal@sfxlg.org. You will be contacted by a volunteer coordinator to arrange for a brief training session.

First Communion and Confirmation. Families of children and teens who have been waiting to celebrate either of these Sacraments have been sent information on the celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation. All celebrations for both Sacraments are scheduled to take place in August. Attendance at these special celebrations will be limited, but each service also will be live-streamed.

Food Pantry Ministry continues Tuesdays, 9:30-11AM. We provide prepacked bags with drive-thru service, staffed by a limited number of volunteers so that we can maintain social distancing. We give thanks for all your generous food and monetary donations. For ways to help click here.

Community Outreach volunteer opportunities, click here.   

Parish Staff Statement on Racism. For the statement of the parish staff on racism as it relates to our parish mission statement and an accompanying prayer and possible actions, click here

The SFX Parish Elementary School and School of Religious Education programs both continue to register new students for the 2020-2021 school year. For elementary school information contact Mary Tassi at mtassi@sfxlg.org. For religious education, information contact Cindy Johnson at sfxreligious@sfxlg.org

Attention Falcon Alumni. The School Advisory Board is compiling data for St. Francis Xavier Elementary School Alumni. If you are a graduate or an alumni family, go to the school website, follow the Alumni link and update your contact information. Go Falcons!

The parish offices and education building remain closed until further notice.

  • Parish Office Operations. A staff person answers the phone from 9AM-Noon Monday through Friday. At all other hours, calls go directly to our answering service.  All staff members are working from home and can be contacted via email.

We appreciate your patience as we live through this new temporary reality.

God Bless.

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