Director of Faith Formation
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
When: 10am Mass, every Sunday except Easter
What: Developmentally appropriate (and fun!) proclamation of, reflection on, and activities around the Sunday readings. For children of all ages, dismissed with a blessing before the first reading, meet downstairs, and return before communion.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
God and the child have a unique relationship with one another, particularly before the age of six. The growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is rooted in scripture, liturgy, and contemplation. Drawing from the Montessori method, CGS takes place in a specially prepared environment at our parish called the Atrium. Extensive program information at www.cgsusa.org
Contact: Michele Dexter email@example.com
When: September through June, 90-minute sessions
What: Children meet once weekly in the Atrium community (choose one consistent time). Children work with Montessori inspired lessons and materials based on scripture, liturgy and tradition. Emphasizes contemplation and respects the child’s natural capacity and hidden life in Christ. Contact Michele for registration, a tour, or more information.
Monthly Family Events
When: Monthly, various times
Oct. 16th 1pm to 3pm Catholic Kickball! ball! Saturday, at Playfair Park for Moms, Dads’ & kids of all ages! Contact Joe firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 6th Noon to 4pm “Youth Engaged in Service – Y.E.S.”
Dec. 8th 6pm to 8pm “Mary’s Yes”
Dec. 15th 6pm to 8pm “Community Christmas Caroling”
Jan. 14-15th Focus on Jr. High – Jr. High Overnight Retreat
Feb. 5th 3:30pm to 5pm “Teaching Mass”
Mar. 1st 6pm to 8pm Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday! Get ready for Lent…
April 16th adults and older kids 9am – little kids 11am – Easter Egg Hunt!
May 14th Noon to 4pm “Youth Engaged in Service – Y.E.S.”
June 13-17th 8:30 to 12:00 – Vacation Bible School
July 18th -22nd 5:30pm to 8:00pm– Vacation Bible School
August – Back to School BBQ & School Supply Drive (FIT Coordinators)
What: Gather with the whole family to share faith and fun. Come once, come every month, come as you are! All families, of all kinds, are welcome. Professionally prepared and led sessions, with take home materials and digital support, to help parents be the primary teachers of the faith.
Parent Leadership Institute
Parent Leadership Training Institute
When: Kickoff Retreat 9/25
Weekly Sessions, Thurs. 5:30 to 9pm. 9/30-12/9 and 1/6-3/10
Dinner, Childcare, and Transportation support provided.
What: A free Missoula County-wide program, sponsored by United Way.
Meets at the new Missoula Public Library. Teaches parents the skills they need to become leading advocates for children and families.
Infant/Child Baptism Preparation
When: Offered once a month, 11:30 am. Attend one “A” session and one “B” session.
“A” Sessions: Aug. 15th, Oct. 3rd, Dec. 5th, Feb. 6th, April 3rd, June 12th
“B” Sessions: Sept. 5th, Nov. 7th, Jan 2nd, Feb. 27th, May 15th, July 10th
What: Preparation for parents & guardians of children for the Sacrament of Baptism.
Two session programs, attend in either order, with reflections to complete
between sessions. Baptisms scheduled at regular weekend liturgies.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
For children in 2nd grade (3rd – 5th grade students accepted by special permission). Identical sessions, once a month, Tues. and Wed. 6pm at the church. Attend only one per month, materials to work on at home between meetings. Choose a consistent day. Adults & children attend together. Participant families serve together in Family Promise.
2021-22 Preparation for 1st Reconciliation & Communion
When: Sept. 21/22 “Sacraments”
Oct. 19/20 “The Prodigal”
Nov. 16/17 “Lions, Witches, and Wardrobes”
Dec. 1st 7pm First Reconciliation (one session for all participants)
Dec. 15 (one session for all participants) “From Forgiveness to Feast!”
Jan. 18/19 “Exodus & Memorial”
Feb. 15/16 “The Last Supper”
Mar. 8/9 “First Communion Bread Baking”
April 5/6 “The Holiest Week of the Year”
April 10 Palm Sunday
April 14 Holy Thursday
April 15 Good Friday
April 16 Easter Vigil
April 30th to June 26th First Communions at regularly scheduled weekend masses,
1-3 families per mass. Online signup goes live the week of Jan. 18/19.
Jr. High Rally
Jr. High Overnight Retreat
High School Youth Ministry
Questions? Send a note to Shai Lafleur in the contact form below.
Congratulations to Shai and Missoula Area Youth Ministry!
Confirmation registration now open for high school sophomores and older. Register at this link https://forms.gle/LmJsS3HzpRvGfM5y6 by September 21st, or email our youth minister Shai in the form below or at email@example.com with questions.
Young Women's Fall Spirituality Group
God’s Love & Life in Young Women
An invitation to women who are a junior or senior in High School facilitated by Becky Byrne “This first study will be focused on what defines our identity. We also will discuss how we can become more authentic in who we are, and who we were created to be by a loving God.” learn more about the theme walkingwithpurpose.com For questions Becky 406.240.6400 firstname.lastname@example.org
March for Life
The Diocese of Helena Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry is organizing a trip to the National March for Life in D.C. next January 19-23, 2022. all ages are welcome and families are encouraged to do this together. dohyouth.org/marchforlife
Adult Faith Formation
We invite you to continue your faith journey.
At St. Francis Xavier we offer a variety of ways to enter into prayer. From small group gatherings to the Spiritual Exercises to putting your faith in action. Join us!
Becoming Catholic RCIA
Becoming Catholic (RCIA) & Adult Confirmation Preparation
When: Monthly Community Gatherings, variable times & activities
July 25, Aug. 21, Sept. 12, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 20
Process accelerates and intensifies at Ash Wednesday (March 2nd) to Easter (Apr. 17)
March 2, 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 14, 15, 16
Monthly Community Gatherings Continue
June 5, July 31
What: A facilitated spiritual journey, with individual, small group and large group components,
where the whole parish acts as companion and guide to adults who wish to join the
Catholic faith and deepen their relationship with Jesus through the sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
Contact: Brian Johnson email@example.com 406.926.9797
Women's Scripture Study
Women’s Scripture Study
When: Tuesdays at 10am – 11:30am for 8-10 week sessions
Fall Session: Sept. 21st to Nov. 23rd Theme “The Church and the Arts” with Fr. Tom Lankenau
We will be using the book – Catholic Spirit: An Anthology for Discovering Faith through Literature, Art, Film, and Music To purchase your own new copy ($28) of the book here: https://www.avemariapress.com/products/the-catholic-spirit
Winter/Spring Session: Feb. 1st to April 5th
What: Join an exceptional circle of women, both long-standing members and new participants, for deep exploration of scripture and topics of faith.
To Register: contact Brian via text or email 406.926.9797 firstname.lastname@example.org
Men's Prayer Group
When: Option #1 Weekly, Friday Morning, 6:30am, Upstairs Meeting Room of Parish Center
Option #2 Monthly, First Wednesday of Every Month, 7pm, Riedy Hall & Sanctuary
Come to one or both!
What: An opportunity for Catholic men, and men interested in Catholic faith, to gather and
explore faith, masculinity, fatherhood, being a man, husband, servant, leader, and
follower of Jesus. Prayer, discussion, learning, fun.
LGBTQ Outreach Ministry
LGBTQ Outreach Ministry
When: Variable meetings and special events; watch for announcements.
“Spirituality, Sexuality & Poetry” with Fr. Lantry, Thurs. evenings 6pm, Sept. 16th-Oct. 7th
What: Our parish LGBTQ+ ministry, a work for, with and increasingly led by LGBTQ+ Catholics, is
inspired by the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2358:
“They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust
discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s
will in their lives…”
Jesuits West CORE
Jesuits West CORE (Collaborative Organizing for Racial Equity) www.jesuitswestcore.org
When: Leadership Zoom Calls with Province-wide organizers, 2nd Tues. monthly, 5:30pm
Periodic Retreats, special events, actions, and learning opportunities.
“My Grandmother’s Hands” – Practice Circle on trauma and race. Offered periodically.
What: Our local participation in our Province-wide efforts toward community organizing, justice, and ecological protection www.jesuitswestcore.org
A Prayer Service for Migrants – September 26, 2021 @ 5:00pm St. Francis Xavier Parish Grotto We gather as a community members in prayer and action for Migrants at our border and across the world. We invite you to continue in prayer at our 6pm contemplative Mass inside the church following the vigil.
For the Common Good
- For the Common Good – beginning Monday, October 18th, Common Good Missoula invites you to join the conversation about the Truth of Colonization and how we might begin the process of right relationship and meaningful action. Register You are invited to view and to hear this brief YouTube with Fr. HIghtower on this important topic.
Join Fr. John Guyol in a four part grief support group at St. Francis. This group is for anyone that has lost a loved one and is looking for support and healing. Meetings will be held in Reidy Hall on November 8th, December 13th, January 10th and February 14th. The group will meet at 5:30pm each month to share a meal with discussion to follow. Please contact Autumn in the Parish Office to register or with any questions.