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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Happy Thanksgiving!

11-25-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

On behalf of the Jesuit Fathers of St. Francis Xavier, and the members of our community missioned at Brophy College Prep, and Creighton Medical School, I offer our best wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving. We hope the day provides you and your family with memorable moments that are cherished for years to come.

Fr. George


It's Apocalyptic Time

11-18-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Put on your helmets and fasten your seatbelts, it's apocalyptic time. Apocalypse is a Greek word for revelation. As we approach the end of the liturgical year, our readings turn to end times. Though the images are dark and jagged, Jesus assures us that we have nothing to fear. Since we do not know the day nor the hour, it's up to us to continue our lives of praise, reverence, and service daily, lest we be caught unawares at the end.


Scribes vs. Widows

11-11-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

As we wind down the liturgical year (just two weeks left until Christ the King -the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year) it is not by accident that our readings contrast the overwhelming generosity of the Widow of Zarephath, and the Widow who gives the Mite, with the hypocrisy of the Scribes.


100 Fold Plus Life Eternal

11-04-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Shema Israel, Adonai elohenu, Adonai echad. Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is Lord alone.

What a paradox! When we surrender to God's love, we become part of God's whole heart, soul, mind and strength. God's tremendous generosity allows us to love God back with everything we have and are. This love overflows to our neighbor. We give everything to God, and God gives it back to us 100-fold plus life eternal. Beat that insurance package, Mutual of Omaha!


Invitation to Pray the Holy Rosary

10-07-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Pope Francis invites the faithful to pray the Rosary in October from Vatican News 9/29/2018:

The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other.