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The Diocese Will Be Matching Donations

The Diocese Will Be Matching Donations between July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The Diocese will match your donation to the Rectory and put it towards the debt on the Church Thank –you to all who contribute

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Lenten Fish Fry – Thank You

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the Lenten Fish Fry. And also all who came to the Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive. Thanks to you, we were able to give a check for $500 to the Mantellate Sisters and thru your donations at the blood drive, over 100 people will be…

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Knights of Columbus

For the past 11 years, the Knights of Columbus Council #14283 have been a part of St. Francis Xavier. During that time, the Knights have raised thousands of dollars for the people of the community. From Cornerstone to Trinity Services, Easter Seals of Joliet to District 202 Special Education we have raised money with our…


This Week's Bulletin

04/22/2018

father_karl_216Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The parish in Ireland that I spent most of my Childhood and early adulthood in, was dedicated to the Good Shepherd. Every year on one of the Sundays after Easter the forty hours adoration started. The Forty Hours Adoration is a devotion where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for forty hours and people spend time before it in quiet prayer. When I was a kid there was a quiet rivalry between parishes in trying to outdo each other in the flowers and decorations. The Altar would be laden with candles and flowers and there would be devotions and benediction at set times . Sadly it’s a devotion that got lost when the language of the liturgy changed to the vernacular and parishes started to have Sunday evening Masses. We need to be reminded of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist particularly as we approach the time of First Communions.

The Eucharist is a sign and a sacrament and it is Jesus coming to us truly present. If we forget that we are forgetting one of the foundations of our Faith. The reading what Paul from Corinthians that we hear every year on Holy Thursday reminds us of that” I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night he was handed over took bread and after he had given thanks, broke it and said This is my body that is for you do this in remembrance of me……..”

For over two thousand years this has been the faith of the church . The mystery of Faith as we say every time we celebrate Mass. This is the mystery that you sons and daughters will receive next week end in this parish the real body and blood of Christ. Lord I believe help my unbelief.

The Journey of Faith continues,

Fr Karl