Feelings of New Beginnings

09-25-2016Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

September always brings a feeling of new beginnings, Never has it seemed more so than now as we enter fall with all parish and school construction completed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Faith Community.

St. Francis Xavier School is bustling with the energy and enthusiasm of 635 students, who are receiving an unparalleled elementary education in the Jesuit tradition. I am proud of the school's outstanding educators, who now have a state-of-the,art facility to enhance their impact on our students.

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Capital Campaign September Update

09-18-2016Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As we celebrate our new Parish Center, I am asking every parishioner and every school family to make one final gift to help us finish our Capital Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of the Anderson Family Foundation, your pledge will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

With just $3.75 million remaining to complete our Capital Campaign, every dollar counts, and I pray I can count on you to help me now!

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Fear Not

09-11-2016Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In this issue of our weekly parish bulletin I would like to share with you the homily I gave at the 11:00 AM Mass last Sunday. The gospel for September 4th, Luke 14:25-33, can come across as unsettling, so here is my attempt to "break open the Word".

"Perhaps as I read the Gospel you felt a real resistance to what I was reading. What do you mean to "hate" my family? What do you mean to take up my cross and follow Jesus? What would cause me want to make such sacrifices to be a disciple of Jesus?

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Capital Campaign Update

09-04-2016Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As we celebrate our new Parish Center, I am asking every parishioner and every school family to make one final gift to help us finish our Capital Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of the Anderson Family Foundation, your pledge will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

With just $3.75 million remaining to complete our Capital Campaign, every dollar counts, and I pray I can count on you to help me now!

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Strive to enter through the narrow gate

08-21-2016Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Sullivan, SJ

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The gospel today gives us an image we can ponder as we consider our response to God's loving call in our lives. I don't think that God wants us people of faith to fret about if we are to be saved or not. The answer is "yes" because that is what Jesus' paschal mystery is all about. Jesus has saved us. Yet, we must respond to that love and that saving action for our lives.

As the gospel of Luke for today states: Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few people be saved?" He answered them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough." Luke 13

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Be Open to the Truth of Jesus

08-11-2016Pastor's LetterFr. Dan Sullivan, SJ

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

We are in the liturgical season of "Ordinary Time". We are not preparing for Christmas or Easter at this time. The scripture readings that we hear at Mass during Ordinary Time often do not have a clear theme to them so that leaves us a bit confused. So we have to go with the flow.

We often think of Jesus as being the Prince of Peace. In his ministry he fostered mercy, forgiveness, compassion service to our neighbor and faith in the promises of God. Today's gospel reading from Luke 12:49-53 tells us of Jesus saying to his followers and to all those watching him, "I have come to set the earth on fire and how I wish it were already blazing…"

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