The Feast of the Epiphany

01-08-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

"Today's feast of the Epiphany is a manifestation both that Jesus is Lord and that Jesus is Lord not merely of the Jews but of all peoples!   Jesus' Lordship occurs through the power of the Holy Spirit! And the Church formally teaches that the light of the Holy Spirit shines not only in Jewish and Christian hearts but in all people of good will. Vatican Council II in The Church in the Modern World put this truth simply and elegantly" (Richard Hauser, S.J., of Creighton University.)

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

01-01-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. In John's gospel, chapter three, verse sixteen, it reads: "God so loved the world that he sent his only Son to be our Savior so that those who believe in Him may have eternal life." I believe we can ponder these words again and again and again. We honor Mary because of her YES to the angel Gabriel at the time of the Annunciation to be the mother of God. Also ponder the faith and trust that Mary must have already had in God that she was disposed, in spite of the mystery of it all, to say YES to God.

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The Pastor's Prayer

12-25-2016Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

God, our Father, thank you for showing us your unconditional love in the Incarnation of your Son. Thank you for promising us eternal life as we believe in him. This fills our hearts with great joy, comfort and peace.

Bless all the members of our Catholic faith community here at St. Francis Xavier Parish and School. You are THE beacon of light for us in our troubled world. In your Spirit, may we be Christ-centered beacons of light as a "parish for others".

Abundant Christmas blessings for you.
Fr. Dan Sullivan, S.J., Pastor

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Fourth Week of Advent

12-18-2016Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

The reflections in this section of the bulletin build upon what was presented in last week's bulletin. I have compiled these reflections from Creighton University's Online Ministries. Their material will be in quotation marks.

"The whole purpose of these Advent reflections has been to help us find intimacy with God in the midst of our everyday lives. So we have focused on using the background times of our days to create an interior atmosphere that allows us to wait, to hope, to come into contact with our longing and our desire.

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Third Sunday of Advent

12-11-2016Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

The reflections in this section of the bulletin build upon what was presented in last week's bulletin. I have compiled these reflections from Creighton University's Online Ministries. Their material will be in quotation marks.

"Our week begins with 'Gaudete Sunday.' Gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin.  It comes from the first word of the Entrance antiphon on Sunday.  The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Paul, 'The Lord is near.'  This joyful spirit is marked by the third candle of our Advent wreath, which is rose colored.

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Second Sunday of Advent

12-04-2016Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

The reflections in this section of the bulletin build upon what was presented in last week's bulletin. I have compiled these reflections from Creighton University's Online Ministries. Their material will be in quotation marks.

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First Sunday of Advent

11-27-2016Pastor's Letter

Please consider making an Advent wreath. Really all you need are four candles. Three candles violet in color and one candle that is rose colored. By lighting the appropriate candle each week of Advent, it will focus your attention on the meaning of each week as Christmas approaches.

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A new Superior General for the Jesuits Worldwide

10-23-2016Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

"The 36th General Congregation has elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, of the Jesuit Province of Venezuela as Superior General.

Father Sosa was born in Caracas, Venezuela on 12 November 1948. Until his election, Father Sosa has been Delegate for Interprovincial Houses of the Society in Rome, as well as serving on the General Council as a Counsellor. He obtained a licentiate in philosophy from l'Università Cattolica Andrés Bello in 1972. He later obtained a doctorate in Political Science from l'Università Centrale del Venezuela, in 1990. He speaks Spanish, Italian, English, and understands French.

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Receiving Holy Communion

10-09-2016Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

I would like to take the opportunity to remind the congregation as to how we are to receive Holy Communion. The directives I offer are based on the guidelines contained in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM). Though you may see people doing things differently, or practices that are different in other parishes, these directives are how we are to receive Holy Communion in this Diocese.

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