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Cheeseburgers anyone?

05-26-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

In this Sunday’s reading from Acts, Jewish Christians from Jerusalem without checking with Paul and Barnabas were insisting that Gentile converts to Christianity must be circumcised and must follow Jewish Dietary Law (Kosher). It was decided first in Antioch and later in Jerusalem that Gentile converts to Christianity need not follow Jewish dietary laws other than refraining from meat from strangled animals, meat offered to idols and unlawful marriages.

Adult male Gentiles rejoiced that they need no longer be circumcised while the children were ecstatic that they’d now be allowed to eat cheeseburgers.

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Congratulations Graduates!

05-19-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Congratulations! This week we honor all our graduates from Pre-K, Kindergarten, 8th Grade, all the Seniors from Xavier College Preparatory, Brophy College Preparatory and all our Catholic Schools, Public Schools, ASU, UofA, NAU and GCU. What a great accomplishment you all have done.

Know that we here at St. Francis Xavier Parish and School will always be your home, you’ll always be welcome and we’ll be here for you. God Bless the Class of 2019!

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Our Fundraising Efforts

05-12-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

It is my great joy to share the status of our fundraising efforts regarding several ongoing programs.

Our Capital Campaign efforts continue, taking us down the home stretch of a 10-year effort. In less than one year we’ve reduced the campaign debt by $1.2 million, with more opportunities to further reduce the debt in sight. Please plan to attend and support Coffee with Companions: Meet Your Newest Companions, on Wednesday, August 28 at Anderson Hall. Parishioners and school families are organizing this event where you’ll have the opportunity to hear from Father Bob Fambrini, S.J., our new pastor, and Mr. Ryan Watson, our new principal. Together they will provide an overview of their vision for the parish and our largest ministry, St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, at a casual forum where all are welcome. For more information, call 602-212-4514.

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Reconciliation

05-05-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Three times Peter denied Jesus.  In one of the most beautiful examples of Jesus’ forgiveness, today's Gospel shows Jesus give Peter three opportunities to reaffirm his love.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation gives us all the opportunity to reaffirm our love for God and to hear the words, "God the Father of Mercies, through the passion and death of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and has sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins.  Through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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