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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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"?

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Happy New Year

12-31-2017Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Dear Parishioners,

Warmest Greetings and Happy New Year to all. Let us look back on 2017 with gratitude for the blessings of this past year, and special thanks to Fr. Dan Sullivan, S.J., who has served us faithfully these past 15 years.

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Trust the Timing of Your Life

10-15-2017Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Friends in Christ,

After 15 years in residence at St. Francis Xavier, 12 of which I have served as Pastor, I find myself at a turning point in my life. An anonymous author wrote: “Trust the timing of your life.”

This past summer when many were away enjoying some vacation, cool off time, I was faced with an important decision to make. Though I had scheduled to be away much of August, my doctor felt it was time for me to have surgery to remove a cyst on my left kidney. We have been watching the cyst grow ever so slowly but now seemed the best time to act. On July 24th I went through the robotic surgical procedure to test the nature of the cyst and take appropriate action. Fortunately, the cyst was benign and it was removed. I was in the hospital for a couple of wonderful nights where the bed was way too short for my 6’3” frame, and the food, of course, superb. So, for the month of August I lay low, letting my body heal from the surgery. It was fortunate that one of my Jesuit brothers in California was free to substitute for me in August. Fr. Mike Lee, S.J., plus my own Jesuit community, saw that I had the time to heal and regain my strength so that I could quickly resume the duties of Pastor. I felt well enough to put myself back to work and chose August 30, the date of the breakfast event, Coffee with Companions, as my first to return.

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USA West Jesuit Gathering

08-13-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

On Monday, July 31, we celebrated St. Ignatius Day in honor of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuit Order. In a message from the Provincial, Father Scott Santarosa, SJ,“Ignatius' impact is still felt today, nearly 500 years after his founding of the Society of Jesus. Today, Jesuits and our lay partners who walk with us in ministry are impacting the lives of people through education, Ignatian spirituality, and service to the poor and marginalized. We don't just meet people halfway, we go to them. We don't shrink from challenges, we rise to them. We change with the times, facing emerging needs head on, always grounded by our steady faith. Together, we are contemplatives in action. Together, in the example of St. Ignatius, we are a force for good.”

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USA West Jesuit Gathering

08-13-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

On Monday, July 31, we celebrated St. Ignatius Day in honor of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuit Order. In a message from the Provincial, Father Scott Santarosa, SJ,“Ignatius' impact is still felt today, nearly 500 years after his founding of the Society of Jesus. Today, Jesuits and our lay partners who walk with us in ministry are impacting the lives of people through education, Ignatian spirituality, and service to the poor and marginalized. We don't just meet people halfway, we go to them. We don't shrink from challenges, we rise to them. We change with the times, facing emerging needs head on, always grounded by our steady faith. Together, we are contemplatives in action. Together, in the example of St. Ignatius, we are a force for good.”

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Become a Member of Team 100

07-30-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

We, as a community bound by faith, and through your abundant generosity, have realized the construction of new facilities at the school and parish through our Capital Campaign efforts. These new facilities: the Education and Outreach Center, Gymnasium and Parish Center/Anderson Hall, as well as, many physical plant improvements, enable us the resources needed to expand our ministries throughout our growing community. Our faith is in action every day.

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Welcome Fr. Sam Conedera, S.J.

07-30-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Please join us in welcoming Fr. Sam Conedera, S.J. to the parish staff. Father Conedera will serve a one-year assignment here as St. Francis, arriving on August 3. A brief biography on Father Conedera, as provided by the Province, follows:

Sam Z. Conedera, S.J., was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1998 and earned a bachelor's degree in history and Spanish from Saint Louis University in 2002. In college, Conedera worked in the campus library, was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, and got to know a few Jesuit scholastics who were studying philosophy at the school. After graduation, he moved to San Diego to teach with AmeriCorps at Nativity Prep Academy and then entered a doctoral program in history at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Changes Within the Jesuit Provinces

07-16-2017Pastor's Letter

A significant change has occurred within the Jesuit Provinces across America. After six years of intense visioning and implementation of processes, St. Francis Xavier officially became a member parish of the JESUITS WEST PROVINCE on July 1. The Provincial for this newly-formed province is Fr. Scott Santarosa, who will visit Phoenix in August. The provincial headquarters for Jesuits West will be located in Portland, Oregon. Previously, our parish was within the California Province. This newly-structured province is quite large, serving the entire west coast: Nogales, Arizona to Fairbanks, Alaska.

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