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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

Prayer & Study Groups

Taize – Young Adult Advent Taize Dates: Dec. 3, 10, 17 @ 6pm  All are most welcome to join us in prayer! A Young Adult Social Gathering following 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 guyolsj@sfxmissoula.org

Men and Women 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 mark@greatgrizzly.net We will be using the book Advent Reflections Come Lord Jesus! by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

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.

Knights of Columbus – Grand Knight Kevin Whitton

Women’s Scripture Study –  Tuesdays at 10am – 11:30am for 8-10 week sessions

Fall Session: Sept. 21st to Nov. 23rd 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: https://www.avemariapress.com/products/the-catholic-spirit 

Woman’s Group – our next gathering will be Wednesday, November 17th the theme is pie & game night! at 6pm in Reidy Hall – the lower level of the church. You are invited to bring a favorite pie or a game.  Join in for snacks, socialization and community building with other women of the parish.

CHALLENGE – Challenge is Back!  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.

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  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.

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

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

Ministers of Care – Visit & bring Eucharist to fellow parishioners

Warming Hearts – The Warming Hearts Basket Ministry group will meet at 8:45am Thursday, November 11th in the Parish office. We are always looking for helpers to make up baskets, donate items, or deliver baskets. Contact Autumn in the parish office with questions.

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

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.

Coffee & Donuts – Occurring only on the First Sunday of the month following the 10:00 am Mass.

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.

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

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.

Liturgy

Liturgical Ministries

Contact: Brian Johnson bjohnson@sfxmissoula.org 406.926.9797

Liturgical Ministries

Please contact Brian Johnson if your are interested in being a part of these ministries bjohnson@sfxmissoula.org 406.926.9797

Altar Server

Eucharistic Minister

Lector

Sacristan

Usher

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 Brian bjohnson@sfxmissoula.org 406.926.9797

Music Ministry

The beauty of music & song.

Contact: Brian bjohnson@sfxmissoula.org 406.926.9797

Choir

Contact: Gina Lapka glapka@sfxmissoula.org

Social Outreach

Contact: Autumn Schwenk aschwenk@sfxmissoula.org

The Giving Tree

During this holiday season as we count our blessings, help us spread the holiday cheer by donating to local organizations which assist the Missoula community. Look for the Giving trees in the church expressing how you might help a neighbor!

We wish Pam Brigham on her happy retirement from St. Francis Xavier Church.  For many years Pam was the face of Social Outreach for the parish and strengthened our bonds with the Poverello Center, 549-Hope, Mountain Home, Essential Easts, and many other charities.  We are most grateful to Pam for her cheerfulness, commitment to Social Outreach, and the many endeavors such as our yearly Giving Tree which continues to bring a ray of light to our community! 

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. For more information about volunteering at Family Promise and to sign-up please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0444a4ac23a2fe3-family Thank you for your help in serving our community!

The Poverello Center

Assit on Thursdays & Fridays making sack lunches

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 – Please join Missoula Habitat for Humanity for a community Town Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Missoula Public Library in the Copper A/B Room to learn more about what Habitat does and how you can be involved with creating strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter for our local families. The event is free and open to the public; masks required. A Zoom option is also available by contacting Katrina at impact@habitatmsla.org.

Glass Recycling

Glass Recycling – Help your community & your climate by recycling glass at St. Francis Xavier. The price of recycling is split between participants, so the more the merrier! Contact Addie Thompson athompson@sfxmissoula.org