Our Very Own Passover

03-18-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

The devout Jew in Jesus’ me would have imagined him or herself present at the original Passover: slaying the lamb, placing the lamb’s blood on the portal of the house, eating the sacrificial meal, and giving thanks that the Angel of the Lord had ‘passed over’ his or her house.

St. Ignatius of Loyola invites us to be present present present as if we were actually there at the resurrection of Lazarus, at the last supper, commemorating the Passover, and at Jesus’ trial, Passion, and death.


Lord, That I May See

03-11-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

In today’s gospel, the man born blind sees better than everyone else. In what areas are we blind to God’s message of love, faith and justice? Spend some time with this thought, and then ask in prayer “Lord, that I may see.”

En el evangelio de hoy, un hombre que nació ciego puede ver mejor que todos los de mas. ¿En que áreas somos ciegos al mensaje de amor, fe, y justicia de Dios? Tome tiempo con esta pregunta, y luego, rezando, pídale a Dios “Señor, que pueda ver.”

Practice of the Faith

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

There is one thing schools can’t teach: practice of the faith.

We have four excellent Catholic schools and three formation programs available serving more than 4,000 young people.


40 Days of Self Reflection

03-04-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Question: how did Jesus know that the woman at the well was an outcast? Well, she was there at an odd hour alone, she was a Samaritan, she was a woman. Three strikes and she should have been out. But, Jesus approached her anyway.

In some way aren’t we all outcasts? Will we wait until we have our act together or are we going to let Jesus approach us as we are?

We are in need of living water right now, and there is no time like the present.


A "Peak" Experience

02-25-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

On this second Sunday of Lent, the Transfiguration gives us a peek at God’s mighty power. If you will, a “peak” experience.

Peter, James, and John experienced Jesus in His glory. In the midst of Lent, we need this reminder that Jesus is not only fully human and tempted by the devil, but fully divine with all of His power and glory intact.


40 Days of Self Reflection

02-18-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Today marks the First Sunday of Lent. Lent is an old English word meaning spring. Spring is a time for pruning superfluous branches so that the remaining ones bear abundant fruit.

Lent is also a time for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. How do we slow down enough to make time for Jesus? In some Jewish homes, the family has decided to have a "Tech Shabbas." From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, the entire family refrains from using all technical equipment. People have reported a renewed sense of peace and unity in their families.


Diocesan Charity and Development Appeal-CDA

02-11-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

This weekend mark’s the official kick-off of our Diocesan Charity and Development Appeal, CDA. Today’s Gospel reminds us of the awesome healing power of Jesus. Wouldn’t it be great to have that same healing power? We may not be able to physically touch someone as Jesus did and witness instant healing; but we do have the power to help change lives.


Installation Mass

02-04-2018Pastor's LetterFather George V. Wanser, S.J.

Dear Parishioners,

Warmest greetings to each of you. One week ago we marked a special moment in time for us as a parish community, and for me, as your new Pastor. We’ve included(in the bulletin) a few memorable images from the Installation Mass, and will be posting more pictures in the coming weeks on our parish website.


Gala Wrap Up

01-21-2018Pastor's LetterFather George V. Wanser, S.J.

At the Annual Gala last night, we honored Kathleen and John Graham for their leadership of our capital campaign project. Their efforts were instrumental in our success and we will ever be grateful. We also celebrated Father Dan's 15 years of service to St. Francis Xavier Church & School. There are no words to express adequately our thanks to John, Kathleen, Fr. Dan and all of our community, and community-at-large who have contributed so generously.


Come and See

01-14-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Whew! Christmas season went by so quickly. But let's not lose the momentum. In this Sunday's readings, the Lord calls Samuel. Samuel answers, "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening." (Samuel 3:3ff).

The disciples asked Jesus: "Where do you live?" Jesus answered: "Come and see," (John 1:35ff) The Lord is calling us to get to know him more deeply. How will we answer his call to "Come and see"?