1st Communion & 1st Reconciliation
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Children's Liturgy of the Word CLOW
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, meets in the Parish office during Reidy Hall renovation downstairs, and return before communion.
Catholic Corner handout for September 10, 2023
Learn More about Children's Liturgy of the Word
C.L.O.W (Children’s Liturgy of the Word)
What is CLOW?
CLOW is 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 of the 10 am Sunday Mass, meets in the Parish office during Reidy Hall renovation downstairs, and return before communion.
Who can attend CLOW?
Anyone can come to hear the word. Parents are welcome to come and assist the younger children if they need help sitting to listen to the story being told. There is no age limit, but we do ask the older children to be good roll models for the younger children still learning how to sit still and keep their hands to themselves.
Who can lead CLOW?
Anyone with an interest in helping to spread the word of the Lord. There must be at least one adult with Virtus training to assure the safety of children. You do not have to be a parent. There will always be someone to help and support you. If you have an interest in helping, please contact the office at 406.542.0321
The handout we give the children at CLOW have some great information. Not all children attend the Sunday 10 am Mass. We have chosen to share with you the Catholic Corner from the handout There is usually an activity for the family to enjoy. We will try to share Catholic Corner every Sunday. There are a few handouts placed in the back of the church before the Sunday 8 am mass.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Great News from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (C.G.S.)!
We are blest to have two women, Mary and Holly, who have just completed their first 50 hours of catechist training this summer! Congratulations!
Level 1 is for 3-5 year olds. (Must be potty trained)
Level 2 is for 6-9 year olds.
Our atrium schedule will be the same as last year. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, both Levels 1 and 2, from 4:30p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday morning 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for Level 1 children.
Registration is limited to 12 children per class. Registration fee is $55.00 per child with a maximum of $100.00 for 3 or more. No fee required if you volunteer in atrium for the year. (not your child’s atrium)
To register: use the enterable portal on our website, leave message on phone# 406-541-6040 or email email@example.com
For brand new children the message must include the whole family’s names, ages, birthdates, cellphones numbers and postal address and choice of atrium time and level. For returning children message must include child’s name, age, and choice of atrium time and level.
When: Sessions meet once per week, begin late September and end at Pentecost, 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.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Calendar TBA
Frequently Asked Questions
St. Francis Xavier’s Catechesis of the Good Shepherd:
“Help me do it by myself.” – Child in Atrium, age 4
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? (CGS)
A Montessori based, hands-on approach to the religious formation of children grounded in Sacred Scripture, Catholic Doctrine, Liturgy and Prayer. It takes place in our Atrium, a prepared environment in the parish’s Loyola Center. Call Michele for a personal tour and explore CGS philosophy and practice at www.cgsusa.org
Level I CGS (3,4,5). Children must be 3, 4 or 5 years old by Sept. 1st and potty trained.
Level II CGS (6,7,8).
Classes are limited to 12 students per session. Register soon! Consistent attendance (no more than three absences) is required. We will have a waiting list. Inconsistent attendance may forfeit your place.
- Tuesdays: 4:30 – 6:00 pm Level I & II
- Wednesdays: 4:30 – 6:00 pm Level I & II
Tuesday: 9:30 -11:00 am Level I
Sessions meet once per week, begin late September and end at Pentecost. Detailed schedule at www.sfxmissoula.org
Cost: Annual fee is $55/child or family of 3 or more, $100. Cost should never prevent participation, assistance available.
Our Parish Team:
Director of the Atrium: Michele Dexter
Catechists: Diane Szeckly
Assistant Catechists: Maybe you! Reduced fee available to assistant families.
That Sounds Amazing! How Do We Register?
You may use the enterable form below on this webpage or
Call Michele at 406-541-6040 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with this info:
- Desired Session Day and Time
- Names & Birthdays of Children
- Guardians full names
- Cell phone numbers
- Postal Mailing Addresses
Infant/Child Baptism Preparation
When: Offered once a month, 11:30 am. Attend one “A” session and one “B” session. Usually Meets on the 2nd Sunday of the Month
“A” Sessions: For 2023: October 15th,
“B” Sessions: For 2023: September 17th, November 12th,
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. Designed for all parents/guardians to attend and participate in together. Baptisms scheduled at regular weekend liturgies.
Pre-Registration Is Required with Katy McKinnon email@example.com
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2023-24
First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion – 2023 Parent Handbook
Notice to parents : If you have a second grader (or older) who would like to receive their First Reconciliation and First Communion this spring there is a ONE and ONLY PARENT MEETING scheduled for Sunday August 27,2023. Meeting will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (between the masses) in the Loyola center, Dave Thomas room.
- Sign up commitment from parents
- First Reconciliation and First communion Handbook
- Class dates for Reconciliation and Communion
2023-2024 First Reconciliation Calendar
All Classes meet Sundays 9 am to 9:55 am in the Dave Thomas Room of the Loyola Center (1st room to the right as you enter the building on the cornor of Pine Street and Owen) Parents please see handbook for details. 2023 Parent Handbook
August 27, 2023 Sunday. 9am to 9:55 am Mandatory parent only meeting.
September 10 Class #1 for First Reconciliation
December 3 with parents
December 4, 2023 6:30 pm in the church Sacrament of First Reconciliation
January 7 Class #1 for First Holy Communion
April 21, 2024 1:00 pm in the church Sacrament of First Holy Communion
If needed due to a large class an additional date of April 28, 2024 at 1:00 pm will be added.
Information on 2024 Confirmation Preparation
Date May 19, 2024 at Christ the King
Jan. 14: Parents & Students Information session
Jan. 28: Session 2
Feb. 11: Session 3
Feb. 25: Session 4
March 10: Session 5
March 24: Dinner with Sponsors & Students
May 19: Confirmation Mass with Bishop Vetter
Please register with the Director of jr. high and high school youth ministry Jack Peed firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacation Bible School
We are grateful to all who made our June and July Vacation Bible School a success!
Please let Katy know if you are interested in assisting us next year.
High School Youth Ministry
We are happy to Welcome Jack Peed!
Hi there! My name is Jack Peed and I am excited to share the news that I will be your new Director of Jr. High and High School Youth Ministry!
Originally from North Idaho I came to Montana to attend Carroll College where I first got involved in ministry. Serving in Carroll’s campus ministry, on the Diocesan summer ministry team, and as a counselor at Legendary Lodge.
I am also happy to share that I will be joining the Loyola Sacred Heart community this fall semester to teach sophomore theology.
I know the Lord desires beautiful things for the youth in our community and I cannot wait to get to know all of you and your families during this next year as we continue on this wonderful journey of faith!
My office will be at Christ the King and you may reach me at email@example.com
For more information on Missoula Area Youth Ministry
Please contact our Director of Jr. High & High School Youth Ministry Jack Peed firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning September 6, 2023
Youth Group will meet Wednesdays at Christ the King 1400 Gerald Avenue
Jr. High – 5:00 to 6:00 pm
High School – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Information on 2024 Confirmation Preparation TBA
Please register with the Director of Jr. High & High School Youth Ministry Jack Peed email@example.com
Fr. Kirby Longo and Fr. C. Hightower, SJ will be teaching the class
Fr. Kirby Longo firstname.lastname@example.org 406.697. 5828
Fr. C. Hightower, SJ email@example.com 406.542.0321
High School Class: 6-7 at Christ the King –
Middle School Class: 5-6 at St. Francis Xavier –
May 19: Confirmation Ceremony at Christ the King
Legendary Lodge Camps affirm the great Truths of the Catholic Faith for campers during a week-long adventure of fun and friendship. Salmon Lake is the setting for creating memories, building friendships and experiencing God’s profound love.
See the New Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/legendarylodge
2024 Dates for Legendary Lodge camps are official!
- June 16-21: Junior High #1
- June 23-28: High School #1
- July 7-12: 5th/6th Grade Boys
- July 14-19: High School #2
- July 21-26: Junior High #2
- July 28-August 2: 5th/6th Grade Girls
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
Anyone interested in exploring becoming Catholic are warmly invited to attend our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Info Night on September 20, 2023 at 7pm in the Loyola Building. Come, ask questions and listen as we share the RCIA journey which the church offers to all interested! This is ideal for those adults never baptized, baptized in another religion or for those who were baptized Catholic and never confirmed.
Becoming Catholic (RCIA) & Adult Confirmation Preparation
When: Monthly Community Gatherings, variable times & activities
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: Erin Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
Women's Spirituality & Scripture Study
Women’s Scripture Study
Sessions offered in the Fall and the Spring
Fall 2023 Session lead by Fr. C. Hightower, SJ
Women’s scripture class starts September 14th at 10:00 am, Dave Thomas Room in the Loyola Center. For the first few classes we will be looking at church history. We will be using the book ‘A Concise History of the Catholic Church’ by Thomas Bokenkotter. It can be purchased on-line from $6.50 to $20.00. If you need help ordering or purchasing the book, please contact Fr. Hightower or Katy McKinnon at the parish office.
What: Join an exceptional circle of women, both long-standing members and new participants, for deep exploration of scripture and topics of faith. Presenters rotate, two different topics each year.
Who: Women! Members of the parish and guests, Catholics & non-Catholics, from all backgrounds, with open minds and open hearts for one another.
When: Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:30am, September 14th – October 26th Church History
Where: SFX parish, Loyola Center, Dave Thomas Room.
An invitation to join “CHALLENGE” – a commitment of just 10-15 minutes a day to pray and meditate on scripture. Then reflect in prayer, with a small support group based off of the ‘SEEL retreat’ which will meet weekly from Noon to 1:30pm in the dining room of the Parish office beginning September 19, 2023 “Challenge” is great if you’re not ready for the ‘SEEL retreat’, or if you have already experienced the SEEL retreat and would like to continue in a small faith sharing group. More information will be given at our first gathering. Facilitators: Beverly Frohlich 406.240.2704 and Patricia Baker 307.851.8339
Men's Prayer Group
Catholic Men’s Spirituality Group – every first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm
Meets in the parish office building . Questions: Eric Reiber 406. 370.1777
When: Option #1 Weekly, Friday Morning, 6:30am, Upstairs Meeting Room of Parish Center Option #2 Monthly, First Wednesday of Every Month, 7pm, 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. Contact Fr. Hightower email@example.com
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…”