Third Sunday of Easter

04-30-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

We remember back to Ash Wednesday and the six weeks of Lenten preparation so that we might be more disposed to appreciate the unconditional love manifest in Jesus' passion and death. Those long days in the desert helped us to evaluate what decisions we needed to make so the sin in our lives could be eradicated and we would be worthy of Jesus giving his life for us.

Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter. As the forty days of Lent helped us prepare to walk with Jesus in his passion so now in the fifty days after Easter we pray for the grace to ever more deeply experience Jesus' resurrection grace in our lives.

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Divine Mercy Sunday

04-23-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Last Sunday we had the joyous celebration of Easter. In our parish, we welcomed thirty women and men into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. It is an awesome experience to share this part of their faith journey as they make their profession of faith.

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We are Easter People!

04-16-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

On behalf of the Phoenix Jesuit Community, the faculty and staff of St. Francis Xavier Elementary School and the entire parish staff, I wish you a blessed Easter season.

Easter is a seven week season of joy and grace. Starting with the Triduum in Holy Week and ending with Pentecost Sunday, this 50 day season has been called "the radiant center of the liturgical year." We keep celebrating so that we might continue to enter into the meaning of the resurrection and to deepen the way it touches our daily lives.

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Palm Sunday

04-09-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Today we celebrate Palm Sunday also known as Passion Sunday when the gospel reading for the day is the Passion of our Lord. Today also opens up Holy Week and we gradually walk with Jesus on his way to his passion and death.

What can this week of remembrance be for us? Here is a reflection from Creighton University On-Line Ministries: "We enter into a week made "holy" forever by the self- surrendering love of Jesus - for us all. All week, we remember how he loved us. Whatever we do, no matter how busy or "distracted" we might be, we can let the power of this week be in the background of our daily reflections. He entered into our life - with its profound joys and its punishing evils - that we might never experience those struggles alone.

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

04-02-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

On this Fifth Sunday in Lent we realize that Easter is just three weeks away. Jesus is moving toward Jerusalem and he has a foreboding about what will happen to him there – his passion and death.

Before we get there, this Sunday's gospel is about the raising of Lazarus. This is the third story in the series that is designed to guide and encourage those who will be baptized at Easter Vigil. The raising of Lazarus is another example of Jesus' power over sickness and death. God's power is working in and through Jesus. The sisters of Lazarus are in grief at death of their brother. Jesus was a very close friend of this family as demonstrated by mention of Jesus weeping at the death of Lazarus. Martha even lays some blame on Jesus, "If you had been here my brother would not have died."

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

03-26-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

We now enter the Fourth Week of Lent and move into the second part of the season. We ask more and more deeply to be with and like Jesus.  We desire to celebrate the approaching mystery of our salvation with greater freedom and greater joy.

"Each day's gospel will now be from the Gospel according to John.  We can't avoid the feeling of being in a court room for a grand trial.  There are "witnesses" and "testimony." It is a battle between the forces of Darkness and the Light.  The opposition to Jesus mounts.  It is inevitable that he will be killed.  But, we know that the ultimate Judgment in the trial is against Sin and Death.  We grow in gratitude and grace as we experience more deeply that this is all 'for me'". (cf: Creighton On-Line Ministries for this quotation,)

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The Transfiguration of Jesus

03-12-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Today's gospel story takes us to the Mount of Transfiguration. Jesus takes his closest companions (Peter, James and John) aside with him as he seeks a quiet place for prayer. God the Father graced this moment in "transfiguring" Jesus so the apostles could reflect on this experience to sustain them in their following in the footsteps of their master.

Jesus was "transfigured" and the apostles were "transformed" by this experience and as they moved more deeply into the mystery of Jesus' saving action in the world.

As we reflect on our life's experiences in faith, we recognize transforming moments touch the core of our being. We know we are experiencing something of the divine which spurs deep feelings of gratitude for being a child of God.

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Lent has begun.

03-05-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Lent has begun. There is a somber feeling to this season and the Stations of the Cross are a devotion that helps us to focus on specific moments of Jesus' journey to his crucifixion. It is so hard to grasp the reality that Jesus gave his life for each of us so that we would be saved from darkness and evil and he would be our path to eternal life.

Pope Francis describes himself as a "loved sinner". This expression comes from the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This realization is a part of every Jesuit's identity. Because we know that we are loved unconditionally, we are able to face ourselves as sinners, take corrective action and live in right relationship with God.

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$2.9 Million Remaining to Realize the Master's Plan

02-19-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

January opened the year with great excitement as we celebrated the first anniversary of Anderson Hall and our Education & Community Outreach Center with the inaugural Spirit of St. Francis Xavier Gala. It was an evening of Dining, Dancing, Honoring parishioner Joe Anderson for his leadership to Realize the Master's Plan, and Celebrating the Spirit of St. Francis Xavier, where we are Jesuit Strong!

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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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