Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

04-05-2020Fr. Bob's Weekly ReflectionFather Robert Fambrini, S.J.

Solidarity means unity. When one is in solidarity with another one feels a certain kinship having experienced something in common. Jesus tells us: “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mt 12:50)

The previous four churches of which I was pastor were predominantly immigrant communities. My grandparents were immigrants to this country but I am far removed from the struggles which my congregants endured coming to this country, learning a new language, new customs and ways of doing things. I developed a kinship with my parishioners by being present to them but I knew that their experience was not mine.

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Current Protocols

03-27-2020Fr. Bob's Weekly ReflectionFather Robert Fambrini, S.J.

Dear Parishioners of the St. Francis Xavier Jesuit Faith Community,

As we start another day in this most unusual time, my prayers are with you, as are the prayers of the Phoenix Jesuit Community.

Some of you have asked about the enhanced protocols we’ve put in place and I am happy to share an overview:

  • Our maintenance crew is currently “deep cleaning” the church. Additionally, they are cleaning all of the chairs, tables and misc. items used for events held in Anderson Hall, the Courtyard and the CGS classrooms.
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Novel Coronavirus

03-15-2020Fr. Bob's Weekly ReflectionFather Robert Fambrini, S.J.

Dear Parishioners of the St. Francis Xavier Jesuit Faith Community,

The Novel Coronavirus is a health concern for all people globally.  One of the primary goals at our St. Francis Xavier Jesuit Parish and School is to keep parishioners, parents, students and visitors to our church as safe as possible.  Over the coming weeks, we will provide vital updates and/or recommendations from varied sources.

Although the current risk of contracting the Novel Coronavirus remains low in Maricopa County, vigilance on everyone’s part, is of the utmost importance.  The current recommendations (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/preventing.htm) for keeping safe remain similar to the recommendations to prevent the spread of influenza or flu: 

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Thank You for Your Support

03-08-2020Fr. Bob's Weekly ReflectionFather Robert Fambrini, S.J.

Dear Beloved in Christ,

As we near the end of our efforts toward the CDA stewardship program, I would once again like to acknowledge the depth of your response when asked to financially contribute to our parish faith community. https://dphx.org/cda/how-to-donate.

Throughout the last several months, we’ve asked much of you; and you've responded faithfully.  When I stood before you as your new pastor last October, I spoke to you of my vision for the parish, and while sharing this vision, asked you to support the parish during the Parish Annual Stewardship Appeal, "Generations of Giving."  This appeal is a combination of tithing, prayer and active participation in our parish ministries (www.osvonlinegiving.com). Stewardship at and within our parish is encouraged and invited by all parishioners. Thank you for all you do.

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Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving

03-01-2020Fr. Bob's Weekly ReflectionFather Robert Fambrini, S.J.

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are three traditional practices of Lent. They are meant to help us turn away from self-defeating habits and open ourselves to God so he can help us be the people we were created to become. Lent truly reflects back to Jesus’ time fasting for 40 days in the wilderness before beginning His earthly ministry.

During this season of penitence and preparation, many people think of giving up certain things such as a favorite food or a life habit they are trying to better control. It is a sacrificial act being offered up to God as a humble offering to God from your life given to Him for a time. All of this is done so we can prepare ourselves and be ready to celebrate at Easter the resurrection and new life of Jesus who offered himself for our redemption.

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Lent

02-23-2020Fr. Bob's Weekly ReflectionFather Robert Fambrini, S.J.

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are three traditional practices of Lent. They are meant to help us turn away from self-defeating habits and open ourselves to God so he can help us be the people we were created to become. So, why do we pray?

Thinking of prayer as a genuine relationship, or friendship, with God may be help us understand prayer better. Why do we spend time with friends? As I thought about this, I realized that I treasure time spent with good friends. If I have not had good conversations with dear friends, life seems to be out of sorts. When I spend time with good friends, I feel more whole and alive. If you want to know God, and if you want to know yourself, pray. Talk to God. There are many kinds of prayer (adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving), but in the end, prayer is simply conversation with God. This is especially true during Lent.

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Faith Formation

02-16-2020Fr. Bob's Weekly ReflectionFather Robert Fambrini, S.J.

Dear Beloved in Christ,

As pastor here at St. Francis Xavier Parish, I am learning more about how our parish has traditionally carried out the important work of faith formation of our children and young people and prepared them to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. I have reflected on the good work being done here and have listened to the concerns and hopes of many parents, grandparents, and others who care deeply about our parish faith formation efforts.

I’ve noticed that, for a variety of reasons, parents and families are not always well prepared to pass along the Catholic faith to their children. Sometimes it is because parents themselves have not been properly rooted in the Catholic faith or feel unsure about their readiness to teach and model that life within their family. Quite frankly, it saddens me when I don’t see more families celebrating Sunday Mass together with the parish community, even those who have children in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), EDGE, Life Teen and St. Francis Xavier Elementary School.

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Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J.

02-09-2020Fr. Bob's Weekly Reflection

On Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16, 2020, Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., the executive director of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), will be at St. Francis to speak about this cross-border migrant ministry in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Since January 2009, Fr. Sean has served at the KBI, which works in the areas of humanitarian assistance, education and research/advocacy. Last year, the KBI provided over 130,000 meals to deported persons in Nogales, Sonora and offered other critical services to deported persons as well as families fleeing violence and seeking asylum in the United States. The KBI also offers a variety of educational activities, including immersion experiences of direct service, dialogue and reflection for students and adults from a variety of schools and parishes. Over the years, the KBI has collaborated as well with various organizations to publish reports that address issues such as family separation in the process of detention and deportation. Thanks so much in advance for welcoming Fr. Sean to St. Francis.

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My Holy Land Experience

02-02-2020Fr. Bob's Weekly ReflectionFather Robert Fambrini, S.J.

Ever since I returned from my pilgrimage to the Holy Land last week, I have been asked many times how my experience was. It has taken me several days floating through ten time zones of exhaustion to arrive finally at a place where I can begin to put my time there in perspective.

First some facts about the trip: it was organized out of the Tijuana/San Diego area by three very competent and patient priests from the Archdiocese of Tijuana. This was not their first rodeo but their first of such size: 150 pilgrims. The mere logistical issues would have driven anyone to distraction but they handled it all with great aplomb.

If you have ever been on such a pilgrimage you know the pace: many events crammed into a single day, going from dawn to dusk, sleeping in a new bed every other night, pushing, pulling, repacking luggage at every turn.

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