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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12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

06-25-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings as we enter fully into "Ordinary Time" in our liturgical year (Color-Green).

This will be my last pastor's letter until September to accommodate time away for my annual retreat, vacation and a break from the heat.

We enter into "Ordinary Time" after intense experiences of mystery, joy, promise, hope, mercy, healing, sorrow and loss. Then the fullness of joy bursts forth from the Resurrection of Jesus.

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

06-18-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me."

Jn 6:51

These words are taken from today's gospel reading for this Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi. Not unlike last week when we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Trinity, we encounter another profound mystery that we cannot fully grasp but we accept it because Jesus gives us enough understanding to place our trust in his words.

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Feast of the Holy Trinity

06-11-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. The foundation of our faith is that God has revealed himself as three "persons" in one Being: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We have to admit to this divine mystery. Our human intellect cannot fully grasp the depth of what it means but we know it is true as it is recorded in Holy Scripture. The Trinity is in relationship with us and manifests its unconditional love for us in many and varied ways.

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Pentecost Sunday

06-04-2017Pastor's LetterRev. Daniel J. Sullivan, S.J.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Today we come to a grand conclusion of the Easter Season as we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. There are many ways of approaching the significance of Pentecost but let me quote Rev. Richard Gabuzda from Creighton University:

Healing Our Fear

"Various affections are at work within the human heart that move us to do some things and to avoid others.  Certainly one of the strongest influences on us is fear.  We instinctively move away from what we perceive to be harmful.

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