Open to Wonder!

We invite you to discover God and His Joyful surprises

Brian Johnson

Director of Faith Formation



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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

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.

2021-2022 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.

Jr. High Rally
Junior High Rally is fast approaching! Register online at We have two rallies this year: October 30 in Helena at St. Andrew’s school and November 6 in Kalispell at St. Matthew’s school. Both days will follow the same basic schedule. Plan to arrive between 9-10am, and we’ll conclude with a dance and games between 8:30-9pm. In between will be talks, breakout sessions, music, Mass, and more.
Jr. High Overnight Retreat
Jr. High Overnight Retreat in Missoula Jan. 14-15
High School Youth Ministry

High School Master 2021-2022 (1)

Questions? Send a note to Shai Lafleur in the contact form below.

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. Register at this link by September 21st, or email our youth minister Shai in the form below or at 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 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.

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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  406.926.9797

Young Adult Advent Taize

Taize – Young Adult Advent Taize Dates: Dec. 3, 10, 17 @ 6pm  Social Gathering afterwards with wine and cheese

 “This Advent season, join us as we wait in hope for the Birth of our Lord and trust that God will enter into the deepest parts of our hearts and grant the graces we seek.” 
For further information, please contact Fr. John Guyol, SJ
Men and Women's Advent Prayer Breakfast

All are welcome! 6:30 am in Reidy Hall December 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd. Enjoy a light breakfast with music, reflection and fellowship. Contact: Mark Brown 406.370.5366 or We will be using the book Advent Reflections Come Lord Jesus! by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

Grief Support

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.

Women's Scripture Study

Women’s Scripture Study

When: Tuesday at 10:00 am – 11:30am

Fall/Winter Session: Extended up through March 8th!  

  • Nov. 30: Monuments Men (true story about a Allied Army unit charged with finding art stolen by the Nazi’s, including the Ghent Altarpiece and Michelangelo’s Bruge Madonna.  Was it worth it?”, asked President Truman, speaking to the human costs of recovering the art.   We will find out. )
  • Dec 7: Spitfire Grill (the most Catholic movie made, that has very few overt references to Catholicism.  A young woman released from prison starts a new life in Gilead Maine (ah a biblical reference)  She becomes a Christ-like figure to a broken community.  You get extra points for finding references to famous works of art (e.g. Pieta and the Annunciation.)
  • Dec 14:  The Straight Story (true account filmed in chronological order of the journey of Melvin Straight who rode a tractor across Iowa to reconcile with his brother he had not spoken to in 11 years.  Incredible beauty in the silence and landscapes where we as viewers become Melvin’s traveling companion as he becomes a reconcilier in his own quest to heal.)
  • Dec 21: Babette’s Feast:  A sect of austere, severe religious people view pleasures with suspicion, as a distraction from God, and they eat only bland food.  Their world is upturned when Babette, seeking refuge from the French Revolution, arrives and begins a ministry of service and self-sacrifice.  After watching this tapestry of Eucharistic symbolism, your holiday meals will never be the same.

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: 

We will investigate and discuss how the Catholic imagination has influenced and is expressed in art, architecture, music and movies.  You will learn some basic principles of art interpretation, and be exposed to some of the most beautiful works of sacred art and music, the great cathedrals of Europe, as well as how the Church has been portrayed in movies. Whatever your exposure to art, music or movies is, come join our adventure, and let your heart be touched by encountering the divine in new ways. For more information please feel free to contact Fr. Tom

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

Men's Prayer Group

Men’s Groups

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)

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

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.