Open to Wonder!

We invite you to discover God and His Joyful surprises

Brian Johnson

Director of Faith Formation and Social Justice



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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

Contact: Michele Dexter

Atrium Schedule
Atrium Schedule

When: September through June, 90-minute sessions

Tuesdays , Level 1 and 2  4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesdays,  Level 1 and 2,  4:30 -6:00 p.m.
Thursday, Level 1 /2 combo class 9:30  to 11:00 a.m.

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. 

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Monthly Events

Monthly Family Events

When: Monthly, various times

July 18th -22nd 5:30pm to 8:00pm– Vacation Bible School
August – Back to School BBQ & School Supply Drive (FIT Coordinators) Dates to be anounced.


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.



Infant/Child Baptism Preparation

When: Offered once a month, 11:30 am. Attend one “A” session and one “B” session.
“A” Sessions:  April 3rd, June 12th
“B” Sessions: 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. Designed for all parents/guardians to attend and participate in together. Baptisms scheduled at regular weekend liturgies.

Pre-Registration Is Required with Brian Johnson 406-926-9797 or


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.

2021-2022 Schedule

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.

The week of July 18 is FULL!
Legendary Lodge

Registration  for Summer 2022!

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.


We invite you to visit the Diocesan wesite for more summer opportunities!

  • Legendary Adventure Camp: If you are looking for the depth of theology of the St. Kateri Camp, and want to test your physical endurance by backpacking several miles each day, then this is for you. It’s a 5-day backpacking experience in the Bitterroot Mountains with Fr. Kirby. There are 3 weeks available. All are co-ed, and limited to 10 spots each. Week 1 is July 11-15, week 2 is July 18-22, and the third is July 25-29.
  • Theology of Adventure Camp: Saturday, July 30  through  Friday, August 5.
Jr. High Rally
Junior High Rally happens annually in the Fall to learn more  Which includes talks, breakout sessions, music, Mass, and more  concluding with a dance and games.
Jr. High Overnight Retreat
Jr. High Overnight Retreat in Missoula Jan. 14-15 held at St. Anthony Parish Center (6:00 pm Friday to 7:00 pm Saturday) Cost $35.00 register online or with your youth minister.
High School Youth Ministry

High School Master 2021-2022 (1)

Questions? Our Youth Minister Shai Lafleur will be leaving Missoula.

Please contact Fr. Kirby Longo 406.697.5828 at Christ the King

May 2022 Newsletter from Shai


Congratulations to Shai and  Missoula Area Youth Ministry!

Catholic Home Missions, a division of the USCCB, has published their quarterly newsletter ALL ABOUT OUR WORK HERE!
Check it out!

2021-22 document 

Confirmation registration now open for high school sophomores and older. 

Legendary Lodge

Registration is now open for Summer 2022!

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.

Junior High #1 – June 19-24

Junior High #2 – June 26 – July 1

High School – July 10 -15

Leadership Camp – July 17-22

5th & 6th Grade Boys – July 24-29

5th & 6th Grade Girls – July 31 – August 5

National Catholic Youth Conference

“The young Church in Missoula is suffering…I’ve seen so many kids who I’ve grown up with drop out of the Church. I believe if they could experience NCYC we could reignite their flame and show kids there are many more young Catholics like them and it will help keep them from feeling like they’re alone in their faith.” – Harry

Read more NCYC Reflection 2021

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 For questions Becky 406.240.6400 


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.

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

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  406.926.9797

Compassionate Support for those experiencing infertility or miscarriage

Are you and your partner experiencing infertility and/or miscarriage? Please join our peer-led confidential and compassionate support group. This group is open to anyone dealing with any type of fertility challenge. The space is rooted in the experience, prayerfulness, and sharing of participants. We meet in the Dave Thomas Room of the Loyola Center on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. Please contact Autumn in the Parish Office for information on our next gathering or with any questions. 406.542.0321

Grief Support

Grief Support – St. Francis Xavier has a newly formed, parishioner-led Grief Support Group. The group will meet the 2nd Monday of every month at 5:30pm in the Dave Thomas Room of the Loyola Center  Please contact Autumn if you have any questions or would like to get on the email list to receive updates about upcoming meetings. 406.542.0321

Women's Scripture Study

Women’s Scripture Study

Sessions offered in the Fall and the Spring

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

Men's Prayer Group

Men’s Groups

Catholic Men’s Spirituality Group -Wed. July 6th 7pm (every first Wednesday of the month)
July topic: 7 Pillars of a Catholic Man’s Faith – Matthew Kelly. 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, 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.

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)

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