My Story Continues

08-20-2019Weekly ReflectionFather Robert Fambrini, S.J.

After completing 12 years of Jesuit formation, I was ordained in 1979 by Bishop Francis Quinn, auxiliary of San Francisco, who ordained me and five others at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. That summer I was here at SFX for about two weeks and it was here I celebrated my first English wedding. Does anyone know if Eli Enriquez & Denise Javinelli are still married?

My life as a Jesuit (I often describe myself as an “off-the-rack” Jesuit; unlike most Jesuits, I have no extra degrees, no additional letters after the “S.J.”) began with a perfect assignment -- as pastor to a tiny Mexican parish in Santa Ana, California, Our Lady of Guadalupe. How Spanish-speaking was it? There was only one scheduled English Mass a week!

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My Personal Reflection Continues

08-18-2019Weekly ReflectionFather Robert Fambrini, S.J.

Unlike today when vocations to religious life normally are second careers, the vast majority of my novice classmates in 1967 were right out of high school.

The novitiate is a two-year formation program during which time the man’s vocational discernment is centered around the question: is God calling me to be a Jesuit priest or brother? This discernment is tested by means of various experiments, the most important of which being the thirty-day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

During the first year of my novitiate in 1968, a rather casual comment made by a visiting priest from the province office greatly impacted my future ministry. The priest was speaking to us novices informally when he said something to the effect, “If you guys were smart, you’d learn Spanish because by the time you are ordained, it will be very important.”

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My Personal Reflection

08-11-2019Weekly ReflectionFather Robert Fambrini, S.J.

I am happy to continue a tradition here at St. Francis Xavier of submitting a weekly letter to the parishioners. This is a practice I am not used to; however, I welcome this new challenge. I thought that since I am new, I would spend my first few letters with autobiographical information, highlighting important moments in my life as a Jesuit (52 years) and as a priest (40 years).

I am a proud second generation San Franciscan, the second of three children. My sisters, now both g randmothers, both live in the Bay Area. Our household was a traditional Catholic one with all of the typical devotions of the 50s and 60s. I was a faithful altar server of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass. By means of the loving sacrifices of our parents, my sisters and I attended Catholic grade and high school.

Unlike today, it was quite common during those years, and especially in such a Catholic town as San Francisco, for each boy and girl who attended Catholic school to consider, at least once, the possibility of religious life.

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Welcome Fr. Fambrini, S.J.

08-01-2019Weekly Reflection

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Fr. Bob Fambrini, S.J. as the new pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish Community. Come by Anderson Hall on Sun, Aug 11 after the 9:00am School Family Mass and introduce yourself to Fr. Bob and to our new principal Ryan Watson.

Please join Ryan Watson, Principal of St. Francis Xavier Jesuit Elementary School on Sun, Aug 11 in Anderson Hall Room D. He looks forward to meeting you alongside Fr. Bob Fambrini. Please continue to pray for Ryan's success as our school's new principal.

The Power of Prayer

07-28-2019Fr. Wanser's BlogFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Abraham negotiates with God, in an attempt, to save Sodom. Jesus tells us, "Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you."

God already knows what is good for us. Our prayer helps us to conform to God's will for us. The more we pray, the closer we get to "God is Love," and the more we can conform our own earthly desires to those of God.

El poder de la oración

Abraham negocia con Dios en un intento de salvar a Sodoma. Jesús nos dice: "Pide y recibirás. Busca y encontrarás. Llama y se te abrirá.

Dios ya sabe lo que es bueno para nosotros. Nuestra oración nos ayuda a conformarnos a la voluntad de Dios para nosotros. Cuanto más oramos, más nos acercamos a "Dios es amor" y más podemos conformar nuestros propios deseos terrenales a los de Dios.

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

07-21-2019Fr. Wanser's BlogFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Martha must have felt stunned. She asked Jesus to remonstrate with her sister, Mary, for not helping out with the tasks of hospitality, and Jesus rebuked her.

Do we sometimes think that with all the good things we are doing, we're putting Jesus in our debt? Jesus rebuked Martha because she wasn't paying attention to her guest … a most special guest at that.

We all have a checklist of all we're doing for Jesus? Do we talk to Jesus? Tell him about our troubles? Listen to what he might be telling us?

Have we been able to establish a personal relationship with Jesus? If not, let's get started.

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Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

07-14-2019Fr. Wanser's BlogFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Both the priest and the Levite passed the man who had been beaten. Both would have incurred ritual impurity if they touched the man's blood.

On the other hand, the Samaritan, a hated outsider, stopped to offer assistance.

Are there times when we ignore people who are suffering for what we consider to be "right" reasons? Is this the correct attitude for those of us who are followers of Christ.

Decimoquinto domingo del tiempo ordinario

Tanto el sacerdote como el levita pasaron junto al hombre que había sido golpeado. Ambos habrían incurrido en impureza ritual si tocaran la sangre del hombre.

Por otro lado, el samaritano, un odiado forastero, se detuvo para ofrecer ayuda.

¿Hay ocasiones en que ignoramos a las personas que sufren por lo que consideramos razones "correctas"? ?Es esta la actitud de un seguidor de Cristo?

The Laborers are Few

07-07-2019Fr. Wanser's BlogFr. George Wanser, S.J.

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. How true! But wait a minute. Perhaps I'm being called to be one of the laborers. Is there some way I can help XIV (Xavier Ignatian Volunteers) collect over-the-counter medical supplies and other items for the needy? Can I help out St. Vincent de Paul by donating a case of water for the thirsty? How about a case of diapers? Personal hygiene kits?

Take a chance: Contact Suzie Malloy at SFX. The harvest is great, but . . .

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