Calling all Gardening Angels!

We need help watering the flowers in the pots outside. If you could volunteer even one day a week please contact Lynn at 815-671-1001, thanks!  


Thank you

Thank you to everyone involved in making the St. Francis Xavier Choir Concert a success. The Concert raised $800.00 for the Rectory Fund.


Elizabeth Ministry

On Mother’s Day Weekend, the Elizabeth Ministry will present information at all the masses about this exciting new ministry at St. Francis Xavier Church. Our mission is to serve as an outreach ministry to support women during the childbearing years from conception thru pregnancy, to birth and beyond, and thru all the joys and sorrows…

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This Week's Bulletin


father_karl_216Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

May 16th /17th. Arrived at the Airport and it was nice to see familiar faces, people I had traveled with before and then there were new faces. As we introduced and reintroduced ourselves there was an atmosphere of pleasantness and comradery as we told stories of past trips and caught up on the ones we had missed. There was a slight delay but soon we were on our way to Paris arriving there at 9:30 Paris time 2:30 am Chicago time. Most of us had not slept. It took ages to clear emigration and collect our luggage. Then we were on our way to our first stop Chartres with a familiar guide and bus driver. We drove around Paris on the ring road, lots of traffic and then on the motorway to Chartres getting in here in the afternoon of a glorious day. We checked into our hotel. Some went to sleep but others who had been here before wandered up to the Cathedral with those magnificent stained glass windows with the unique blue that bathes everything in that color in the early morning and late afternoon. A color that has yet to be replicated over 800 hundred years later. I lit a few candles at the shine of Our lady and knelt and said a prayer. Then visited the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and our Lady of Fatima. On the way back to the hotel, I stopped for coffee. Before we went out for dinner we had Mass in the hotel. As we walked to dinner the rain fell a blessing on the journey. Tomorrow morning we celebrate Mass in the Cathedral Crypt and then tour the building. More about that and parts of the journey in the next Bulletin.

Let the journey continue,

Fr Karl