Take Jesus' Words to Heart

02-24-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23
1 Cor 15:45-49
Luke 6:26-37. Luke's Beatitudes and SEron on the Plain certainly give the average Christian plenty of food for thought. Deacon Klein's holily last Sunday sparked quite the controversy.

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Blessed are WE

02-17-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Try reading this week's Gospel passage from the perspective of "the poor." Instead of thinking of the poor as a social class, try thinking of the poor as those who know their need for God. For Jesus, the "Anawim" (the poor) are WE who have surrendered ourselves to God. Jeremiah sets the images and Luke brings them home. Blessed are WE when we trust in the Lord and surrender our lives to Him.

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Let's Go Fishin'!

02-10-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Isaiah the prophet and Simon Peter the fisherman, both pleaded unworthiness when they were called by God. At Mass, right before Communion, we acknowledge our unworthiness and say with the Centurion, “speak but the word, and my soul will be healed”. Unworthy that we are, Christ calls us to be fishers of menand women. Jesus has given us a mission, so grab your fishing poles and let's go fishin’!

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A Labor of Love

02-03-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Today’s second reading, 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13, is St. Paul’s hymn of love. Try reading the hymn and in every place that it says, “Love, replace it with God”. It helps put all of our endeavors in perspective. Without God is Love as our driving force, we have nothing.

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National Catholic Schools Week

01-27-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Today at the 9:00am mass, I was proud to concelebrate with Father Fambrini, S.J., as we officially began the week-long celebration of National Catholic Schools Week. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration observed by hosting a myriad of events that honor students and recognize teachers, families, and parishioners for their consistent and faithful support of our mission.

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Gala 2019 - Celebrating 90 Years

01-20-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Next week we will celebrate our largest fundraising event of the year, “Spirit of St. Francis” where we also celebrate our 90th anniversary as a parish and faith-community. I hope you can join us for this festive evening, Saturday, January 26.

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Baptism of the Lord

01-13-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

In the last few weeks, we've heard of changes that will occur at the school. I know you all join me in wishing Kim Cavnar the very best as she pursues new career opportunities. For your information, I've convened a search committee to review applications for the principal's position at the school. We are in the initial stages of the process. However, I will provide updates throughout the coming months as we move the process along.

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Savior for All (Come Let us Adore Him)

01-06-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

To know Jesus Christ is to know God personally. During the encounter of the wise men with Jesus, we see God's plan in offering his one and only Son, not just for the Jewish people but for all nations. Keep in mind that the wise men came from the East; they were foreigners. Let us bring the light of Jesus Christ to others through our witness on the journey of life.

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Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!

12-30-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

May the Christ child continue to bring peace to your home and family and from all of us at St. Francis Xavier Parish and School, a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

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Unto Us a Child is Born

12-23-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Unto us a child is born. A son is given. And his name shall be Emmanuel; God with us. May the Christ child bring peace to your home and family and from all of us at St. Francis Xavier Parish and School, a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

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St. Francis Xavier School News

12-16-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Dear Friends in Christ,

It seems we are in the midst of ongoing change here at St. Francis Xavier. Today, I share with you the news of Ms. Kim Cavnar, principal at our elementary school. Ms. Cavnar has, after lengthy discernment, determined that the time has come for her to learn what's next in her life, and in her career. In an open letter distributed on Tue, Dec 4, Ms. Cavnar announced her decision and expressed gratitude for the support shown to her during her tenure here; Fri, Dec 21, will be her last day as principal.

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Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

12-09-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

15 days left until Christmas. Not a time to panic. It's time to settle into the meaning of Advent. We prepare to celebrate Christ's coming 2,000 years ago. We prepare to celebrate Christ's coming at the end of time, but we also celebrate Christ's coming into our hearts each day.

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Be Vigilant

12-02-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

In your mercy, keep us free from sin, and protect us from all distress, as we await the blessed hope, and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.During Advent, we prepare to celebrate Jesus' coming in three different ways: his coming in history; his coming to us daily in the Eucharist; his 2nd Coming at the end of time. Be vigilant.

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