Pentecost

05-20-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Pentecost is the feast of the Holy Spirit. “As the Father sends me, so I send you. Receive the Holy Spirit.” The Spirit is prompting St. Francis Xavier Parish to spread the Good News through many ministries and apostolates. Perhaps the most crucial ministry we offer is for youth and teens. If the Spirit is calling us to minister to young people, what can we do to help them? I would ask everyone in this parish to pray to the Holy Spirit to enlighten us. What is the Spirit calling us as a Parish—as the assembly of God and the body of Christ-- to do here and now?

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Go Into the World and Proclaim the Gospel

05-13-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

In today’s gospel, Jesus missioned his disciples, “Go into the world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” For almost 2,000 years, the gospel has been proclaimed in every corner of the world. But has it been lived? Have Christians proclaimed the Good News with their lives?

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God is Love

05-06-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Fr. Henri de Lubac, S.J., a “peritus – expert” at Vatican II, came to my Novitiate during one of the breaks in the council to go through his annual retreat. The retreat director, a newly ordained priest, started the retreat with today’s second reading, “God is Love.”

De Lubac began taking notes furiously. The young retreat master stayed up late all 8 nights of the retreat to write brilliant talks to impress Fr. de Lubac. At the end of the retreat, the young priest asked de Lubac to see the notes he had taken. What a shock! All de Lubac had written were the first three words the retreat director had spoken, “God is Love.” The rest were merely scribbles de Lubac wrote while pondering the magnitude of those words.

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An Intimate Relationship with Jesus Christ

04-29-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Μενειν (menien) is a Greek word that has no adequate translation in English. It is translated as remain, abide, dwell; while it is all of these, it also carries the connotation of being intimately connected-- as a vine to all its branches. Jesus is inviting us to be so intimately connected with Him that we are as much a part of Him as a vine is to its branches (menien.)

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I Am the Good Shepherd

04-22-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Jesus has told us “I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” He declares that His sheep will hear His voice, and that there will be one flock. Let us all come together under the leadership of the one Good Shepherd, for we are the sheep of His flock. And let us never forget that the Good Shepherd never leaves one of His sheep behind because He knows us, and we know Him.

El cuarto domingo de Pascua es el Domingo del Buen Pastor. Jesús nos dijo "Yo soy el Buen Pastor. Un buen pastor da su vida por sus ovejas." Él declara que sus ovejas oirán Su voz, y que habrá solo un rebaño. Juntémonos todos bajo el liderazgo del único Buen Pastor, porque somos ovejas de Su rebaño. Y no olvidemos nunca que el Buen Pastor nunca deja a una de sus ovejas, porque El nos conoce y nosotros lo conocemos.

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Campus Security - Peace as We Worship

04-15-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Today we read Luke’s account of Jesus showing the disciples His hands and His feet, so that they might believe. But prior to that, Jesus says “Peace be with you.” In all of the Resurrection narratives, Jesus prefaces His interactions with “Peace be with you.” It has been two weeks since Easter; how might we have that peace and joy of the Resurrection remain in our hearts?

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This Much

04-08-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Acts 4:32. "The community of believers was of one heart and mind. . ." Having witnessed the unfathomable resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the community was changed forever. They had 'com' 'union.’ Jesus had liberated them from sin and death.

The Resurrection is our proof. We are a forgiven people. We are free to live. Our past is history. Our sins are forgotten, our future is assured. Let us live out our mission to praise, reverence and serve God in love and service to one another. Let us live out that love in the present.

It's Divine Mercy Sunday. How much does God love us, Jesus stretched out his arms on the cross and said, "This much."

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Christ is Risen

04-01-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

One hundred yards from the frozen Yukon River, Fr. Stan, the Yu’pik (Eskimo) priest, opened a window in the pitch black church. A light shone through and he shouted in Greek, Χριστος Ανεστη! Ανεστη! The congregation of 200 Yup’ik Russian Orthodox souls responded with great gusto, ΑληθωςΑνεστη! Ανεστη! Ανεστη! Fr. Stan opened a second window. Another bright light broke through the darkness, Xristos Voskrese! In Russian, the assembly responded, Voyéstenu Voskrese! A third window, another bright light, but this time in Yu’pik, Cristusaq unguilchcuq! They replied, Ee ee unguilchcuq! And then the last window, Christ is risen. Indeed Christ is risen. Indeed Christ is risen. Indeed, He is risen. The small congregation was overwhelmed by the magnificence of the Easter Miracle.

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