Open to Wonder!

We invite you to discover God and His Joyful surprises

Brian Johnson

Director of Faith Formation and Social Justice

406.926.9797

bjohnson@sfxmissoula.org

 

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Children

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.

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 mdexter@sfxmissoula.org

Atrium Schedule
Atrium Schedule

When: Sessions meet once per week, begin late September and end at Pentecost, 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. 

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

Age Availability:

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).

Times Available:

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
  • Thursdays: 9:30 – 11:00 am Combined Level I & II

Session Schedules:

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, $75. Cost should never prevent participation, assistance available.

Our Parish Team: Director of Faith Formation: Brian Johnson

Director of the Atrium: Michele Dexter

Catechists: Diane Szeckly, Tanya Johnson, Christina Vierra McGill

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 mdexter@sfxmissoula.org with this info:

  • Desired Session Day and Time
  • Names & Birthdays of Children
  • Guardians full names
  • Cell phone numbers
  • Emails
  • Postal Mailing Addresses

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Sacraments
Baptism

Infant/Child Baptism Preparation

When: Offered once a month, 11:30 am. Attend one “A” session and one “B” session.
“A” Sessions: August 21st, October 9th, December 18th. For  2023: February 12th, April 23rd, aand June 11th
“B” Sessions: September 18th, November 13th For 2023: January 8th, March 19th, May 28th, and July 9th
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 bjohnson@sfxmissoula.org

 

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

FIRST RECONCILIATION & COMMUNION PROGRAM 2022-2023

Registration Form


At SFX, preparation for First Reconciliation and Communion is:
 For children 2nd to 5th grade
 Active, engaging, and prayerful – we emphasize doing and experiencing the faith
 From late September to early May
 Once a month sessions on EITHER Mondays OR Wednesdays (not both. choose one and stick with it.)
 A “with your child” experience, not a “drop your child off”
 Weekly activities at home as a family – fun, simple, and enriching
 A special emphasis on Holy Week (April 2nd – 8th)
To get your child signed up, just fill out this quick form:   I should have complete information in our database for your family, but if I don’t I’ll give you a call. There are two groups. The idea is to pick one day that works for you, either Monday or Wednesday, and stick with it throughout the year. As we go along I will text you reminders about exactly where to meet on the SFX campus. We’re always on the move!

MONDAY Group
5:30-7:00 unless otherwise indicated


 Sept. 19th Sacraments
 Oct. 10th Reconciliation Prep #1
 Nov. 7th Reconciliation Prep #2
 Dec. 5th Reconciliation Prep #3
 Dec. 19th First Reconciliation! 6:30 – 8:00pm
 Jan 2nd From Forgiveness to Feast!
 Feb. 6th Communion Prep #1
 Mar. 6th Communion Prep #2
 Mar. 13th SECOND Reconciliation 7:00pm
 April 2nd 10:00am Mass Palm Sunday
 April 6th 7:00pm Service for Holy Thursday
 April 7th 3:00pm Stations of the Cross
 April 7th 7:00pm Service for Good Friday
 April 8th 9:00pm Easter Vigil
 May 1st Communion Prep #3
 May 7th First Communion!, all families, 12 noon

WEDNESDAY Group
5:30-7:00 unless otherwise indicated


 Sept. 21st Sacraments
 Oct. 5th Reconciliation Prep #1
 Nov. 9th Reconciliation Prep #2
 Dec. 7th Reconciliation Prep #3
 Dec. 19th First Reconciliation! 6:30 – 8:00pm
 Jan 4th From Forgiveness to Feast!
 Feb. 1st Communion Prep #1
 March 1st Communion Prep #2
 Mar. 13th SECOND Reconciliation 7:00pm
 April 2nd 10:00am Mass Palm Sunday
 April 6th 7:00pm Service for Holy Thursday
 April 7th 3:00pm Stations of the Cross
 April 7th 7:00pm Service for Good Friday
 April 8th 9:00pm Easter Vigil
 May 3rd Communion Prep #3
 May 7th First Communion!, all families, 12 noon

2022-2023 Schedule

MONDAY Group
5:30-7:00 unless otherwise indicated

 Sept. 19th Sacraments
 Oct. 10th Reconciliation Prep #1
 Nov. 7th Reconciliation Prep #2
 Dec. 5th Reconciliation Prep #3
 Dec. 19th First Reconciliation! 6:30 – 8:00pm
 Jan 2nd From Forgiveness to Feast!
 Feb. 6th Communion Prep #1
 Mar. 6th Communion Prep #2
 Mar. 13th SECOND Reconciliation 7:00pm
 April 2nd 10:00am Mass Palm Sunday
 April 6th 7:00pm Service for Holy Thursday
 April 7th 3:00pm Stations of the Cross
 April 7th 7:00pm Service for Good Friday
 April 8th 9:00pm Easter Vigil
 May 1st Communion Prep #3
 May 7th First Communion!, all families, 12 noon

WEDNESDAY Group
5:30-7:00 unless otherwise indicated

Sept. 21st Sacraments
 Oct. 5th Reconciliation Prep #1
 Nov. 9th Reconciliation Prep #2
 Dec. 7th Reconciliation Prep #3
 Dec. 19th First Reconciliation! 6:30 – 8:00pm
 Jan 4th From Forgiveness to Feast!
 Feb. 1st Communion Prep #1
 March 1st Communion Prep #2
 Mar. 13th SECOND Reconciliation 7:00pm
 April 2nd 10:00am Mass Palm Sunday
 April 6th 7:00pm Service for Holy Thursday
 April 7th 3:00pm Stations of the Cross
 April 7th 7:00pm Service for Good Friday
 April 8th 9:00pm Easter Vigil
 May 3rd Communion Prep #3
 May 7th First Communion!, all families, 12 noon

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!
Confirmation

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 walkingwithpurpose.com For questions Becky 406.240.6400  bbyrne@paynewest.com 

 

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

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 bjohnson@sfxmissoula.org  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. aschwenk@sfxmissoula.org 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. aschwenk@sfxmissoula.org 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 bjohnson@sfxmissoula.org

Men's Prayer Group

Men’s Groups

Catholic Men’s Spirituality Group – every first Wednesday of the month
 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) 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