04/08/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, St Francis Xavier is a very generous community. All the events we have held demonstrate this. The dinner dance was a success because people gave time as committee members to plan and to work together and members of the parish came and donated gifts. Yes there were disagreements, yes things did…

04/01/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Alleluia, Alleluia, Christ has died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. It is now our mission to go out to the whole world and proclaim the good news. We welcome those who receive baptism and were confirmed at Easter. We renewed our…

03/25/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, No doubt you’ve heard about the recent passing of Steven Hawking. By all accounts, he was a brilliant physicist who had the ability to explain the theory of everything. For all his brilliance, however, Hawking believed that the universe is governed by the laws of science. Hawking was an atheist. In…

03/18/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Dinner Dance is over and now we begin to prepare for another one. Yes, preparations for the dance takes a long time. A lot of people work hard and knock on many doors in order to make the event a success. Hopefully we made enough to pay the bills ,…

Dear Brothers and Sisters, It’s good to be back. Never did I think that I would be trapped in Ireland because of snow. When I was growing up in Rathfarnham we always had snow and frost every winter but not huge amounts. We live on the edge of the Mountains (hills). It was part of…

03/04/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We have Deacon Michael McMahon talking on vocations at all the Masses. He will be talking at all Masses about vocations. Michael is a transitional Deacon at present in Holy Family in Shorewood. He will be asking us to look for vocations and to encourage vocations. Jesus told us that the…

02/25/2018

Meister Eckhart (1260-1328) was a German theologian, Dominican preacher, philosopher and mystic. He taught about the four principles of understanding how we are made in the image and likeness of God. First, he says, there is a light in the soul at the core of our personality which cannot be separated from God. It is…

02/18/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, At the beginning of the year many people make New Year’s resolutions. What happened to yours? At the beginning of Lent people give up things. Do they go the way of the new year resolutions. Many years ago I gave up sugar for Lent . I never went back on it…

02/11/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Over the years St Francis Xavier Parish has been very generous in its support for the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal. Through the generosity of many people our seminarians have been prepared for priesthood, our Catholic schools have been helped , Catholic charities and many other organizations have been able to fulfill…

02/04/2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This week we have the Bishop visiting the parish. He comes as pastor of the diocese. It gives him in a very busy weekend a chance to see all the activities that are going on in the Parish. Most importantly it gives him an opportunity to meet the people of the…