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 Liturgically, Spiritually, Socially!

Thank you for being part of St. Francis Xavier Parish!

There are various opportunities where you can become directly involved in the life of the parish and our community.  

Parish Life

Parish Life & Events

Contact: Autumn Schwenk aschwenk@sfxmissoula.org

Want to get more involved in Parish Life?  Check out the Sign-up Genius for opportunities to volunteer!  New opportunities will be added weekly, so check back often!
Prayer & Study 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

Women’s Scripture Study –  Tuesdays at 10am – 11:30am for 8-10 week sessions in the Fall and Spring

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

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 on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30pm in the Dave Thomas Room of the Loyola Center. Please contact Autumn in the Parish Office with any questions.

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, Reidy 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.

Knights of Columbus – Grand Knight Kevin Whitton

Woman’s Group – contact Autumn aschwenk@sfxmissoula.org  Join in for snacks, socialization and community building with other women of the parish.

Men and Women Lenten Prayer Breakfast – Reidy Hall 6:30 am – 7:30 am  Join us for Breakfast, music, fellowship and spirituality.

CHALLENGE –  Noon to 1:00 pm in the Parish Office. Challenge is an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, which was developed by Father Mark Link, S.J.  Participants pray with a short daily reflection, keep a journal of their prayer, and meet with fellow retreatants for an hour each week for support and faith sharing. Bev Frohlich, Patricia Baker Benally and Dianne Keller will be your facilitators. There is no cost to participate.  if you have questions about Challenge, please do not hesitate to contact Bev at bevfrohlich@gmail.com. Out of love for our brothers and sisters, we will be wearing masks.

Young Women’s Spiritality Group –  An invitation to Junior/Senior High School Women faciliatd by Becky Byrne 406.240.6400 bbyrne@paynewest.com Based on walkingwithpurpose.com The first study is focused on what defines our identity.

High School Youth Mentors –

RCIA Sponsor – Consider being a team member or sponsor for someone seeking full communion with the Catholic Church through RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

CGS Assistants & Catechists – Share your faith with the youth of this parish as a Catechist or Children’s Liturgy of the Word Minister.

Vacation Bible School – June 13 – 17 and July 22-26 2022

Marriage Ministry – Just as Mary was invited to bring light into the world and she offered a resounding yes, you are invited to do the same. If you are a married couple and interested in journeying with couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage, we invite you to join our Marriage Ministry. You needn’t be the “perfect couple”…simply a couple who believes in the Sacrament and is willing to help engaged couples begin their life together. The time commitment is flexible, the ministry team is a welcoming community and the enrichment for your own marriage is priceless. To offer your “Yes” or for more information, please contact Erin Turner by email eturner@sfxmissoula.org

 

We invite you to see more under Faith Formation! Contact Brian bjohnson@sfxmissoula.org

Parishioner Outreach

Ministers of Care – Visit & bring Eucharist to fellow parishioners. Members of SFX regularly minister to those who are unable to leave their residence by providing regular pastoral visits and the reception of Holy Communion. If you or a loved one are in need of pastoral care in your place of residence, or if you would like to know more about participating in this valuable ministry, please contact the parish office 

Warming Hearts – The Warming Hearts Basket Ministry  are always happy for helpers to make up baskets, donate items, or deliver baskets.  Please contact Autumn in the parish office if you would like to donate items for these baskets or with any questions.

Marriage Ministry – Just as Mary was invited to bring light into the world and she offered a resounding yes, you are invited to do the same. If you are a married couple and interested in journeying with couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage, we invite you to join our Marriage Ministry. You needn’t be the “perfect couple”…simply a couple who believes in the Sacrament and is willing to help engaged couples begin their life together. The time commitment is flexible, the ministry team is a welcoming community and the enrichment for your own marriage is priceless. To offer your “Yes” or for more information, please contact Erin Turner by email eturner@sfxmissoula.org

Mary Martha Ministry – Knit Prayer shawls for the sick or hospitalized.

Funeral Hospitality – provide a side dish or dessert or assist in facilitating luncheons.

Parish Events

Vacation Bible School –  June 13 – 17 and July 18-22 Jerusalem Marketplace

Vacation Bible School sign-ups are open!
The week of June 13 is Full!
This week is open to child preschool age (potty trained) through 5th grade.
To sign up for the week of July 18th  only a few spots open! use this link: https://vbspro.events/p/sfxvbs2
This week is open to children going into 1st through 5th grade.
Please contact Autumn if you have any questions. We are in need of many items in order to make Vacation Bible School a success. If you’d like to help by donating an item, please check the display in the front entryway of the church for all of our needs. Don’t forget to take a tag and attach it to the item being donated. Thank you!

Parish Picnic – Held in September

Trunk or Treat Halloween –  October 31st

Remembrance Service –  a candle light prayer service held in November where we remember our loved ones who have recently passed.

A sampling of recent events:

Coffee & Donuts –  Sunday  following the 10:00 am Mass. Sunday, March 27th will be the last day for donuts and coffee after the 10am Mass due to the upcoming renovations in Reidy Hall.  Thank you to our volunteers and supporters that made this ministry happen. We have loved seeing everyone gather and be social after Mass these past few months!

Taize Service – March 24th, 31st and April 7th at 6:00 pm In this Lenten season, we invite you to join us for a Prayer Workshop Series. We are offering three evenings of prayer and reflection. Each evening, we will begin with Taize music and then encounter our God through different prayer methods

Taize – Young Adult Advent Taize Dates: Dec. 3, 10, 17 @ 6pm  All are welcome to join us in prayer. The Social Gathering (with wine & cheese!) afterwards is for young adults.

 “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 guyolsj@sfxmissoula.org

Craft FairGet your holiday shopping done early!!  Please come support local artists and parishioners (even some SFX kids!) at our St. Francis Xavier Craft Fair. High School Youth Ministry will also be there selling snacks and drinks!  Saturday, December 4th from 9am-2pm in Reidy Hall. 

Children’s Christmas Party – December 12, 2021 Join us for a St. Francis Xavier Christmas Party! All are welcome to join this parish life event after the 10am Mass on December 12th. Donuts and coffee for adults! There will be ornament making stations and cookie decorating stations for the kids! If you’d like to help or donate items for this event, please contact Autumn in the Parish Office aschwenk@sfxmissoula.org or 542.0321.

Novena of Grace –  annually March 4 -12th at St. Francis Xavier Parish in honor of our patron, St. Francis Xavier.  Although the Novena of Grace is a Catholic prayer tradition in Jesuit communities, it is open to people of all faiths. It affords all who participate time to reflect, and to open one’s self to God’s Spirit and the healing grace that rejuvenates and transforms our lives.

Irish Mass & Tea – March 12th 8 am here at St. Francis Xavier in conjunction with the University of Montana’s Irish Studies Program

 

Liturgy

Liturgical Ministries

Contact: Erin Turner eturner@sfxmissoula.org

Liturgical Ministries

Our parish has a long history of beautiful and rich liturgies due to the incredible volunteer help you, as parishioners, have given over the years.
The pandemic reduced a number of our regular volunteers and we are in need of new volunteers to support our wonderful liturgies!
Whether you are a seasoned minister or have never helped at mass before, we need YOU! We will provide all the training necessary to make you feel comfortable!

Here are ways you can help….
-Lector (reading at mass)
-Cantor or any musical instrument (sing, playing piano or anything else. These ministers receive a stipend))
-Eucharistic Minister (administering Eucharist at mass or to home bound)
-Ushers (greeting parishioners and assisting in getting them seated) *greatly needed
-Altar Servers (2nd grade and up….all ages welcome)
-Sacristan-(Assist in setting up before mass) *greatly needed*
-Tech minister (live-streaming mass. This position receives a stipend. Ideal job for a young teen or young adult but anyone is invited)

None of these roles appeal to you? We also need people to wash and iron altar robes, take vestments to cleaners, help decorate the church, polish chalices and other mass items, and more behind the scenes jobs!

We hope you consider helping breathe new life into our liturgies by helping out in any way you can!
All are welcome!

Please contact Erin Turner, Director of Liturgy at eturner@sfxmissoula.org

 

Tech Ministry /Livestream

Might you enjoy recording our 10:00 am Mass?

Training and support on the sanctuary livestream system is provided.

Our Virtual viewers Thank you!

Contact Erin eturner@sfxmissoula.org 

Music Ministry

The beauty of music & song.

Contact: Erin eturner@sfxmissoula.org 

Choir

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Social Outreach

Contact: Autumn Schwenk aschwenk@sfxmissoula.org 406.542.0321

Family Promise & the Meadowlark Family Housing Center

Family Promise

Help us serve the homeless families of Missoula by volunteering with Family Promise at the Meadowlark. St. Francis Xavier has been part of Family Promise since it began in Missoula ten years ago.  Volunteer options include: providing salads, fruits, or desserts to go with dinner; assisting in serving and cleaning dinner; serving as an overnight host.  Thank you for your help in serving our community!

 

The Poverello Center

The Poverello Lunch team – is seeking volunteers to help prepare and assemble sack lunches each Wednesday & Thursday from 1:15 to 3:00 pm. 1110 West Broadway Street No sign up necessary, just show up. Thank you!

Missoula Food Bank

Baskets are located in the rear of the church for donations of non perishables for your neighbors in need.

Habitat for Humanity

Habit for Humanity –  Habitat helps create stability and self-reliance through shelter for our local families.  Katrina at impact@habitatmsla.org.

The Giving Tree

“For it is in giving that we receive.”-Francis of Assisi
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in the St. Francis Giving Tree this year both through prayer and monetary support.  We had a few outstanding donations  which brings the total to $27, 165.00! for five different non-profits.  Your generosity is so appreciated.