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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: Katy McKinnon kmckinnon@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

Men and Women’s Advent Prayer Breakfast – All are Welcome. A great way to prepare for the coming of our Lord! Come and join us. When: Wednesdays – Nov. 30th, Dec. 7th, 14th and 21st at 6:30 am Where: Loyola Building Dave Thomas Room For Guest Speakers with reflections on Scripture As well as Reflections on ‘Joy to the World: How Christ Coming Changed Everything’ (and still does) by Scott Hahn Fabulous Breakfast: Homemade scones, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee and juices.

Martha’s Ministry is back! Do you love to knit or crochet? Please join the Martha’s Ministry group on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Parish Office to make prayer shawls. This is a fun social time and you are welcome to bring other sewing projects to work on as well. The first group gathering will be October 19th at 11am in the Parish Office. Questions? Call 406.542.0321

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

Something New this Fall 2022! Women’s Spirituality & Scripture Study – Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30am, September 13th to November 1st Leading our Fall Session will be Katy Huff! Katy Huff BSN, RN, has traveled internationally with many ministries and is a sought after speaker and corporate trainer. For over 10 years, Katy has hosted retreats encouraging women to step into their greatness, and to live an intentional divinely orchestrated life. Her transparency and passion empowers others to live life UNMASKED! To Register: contact Brian via text or email 406.926.9797 bjohnson@sfxmissoula.org Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the first class for $12.99

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

Men and Women Lenten Prayer Breakfast –  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.  There is no cost to participate. Meeting September thru May our first meeting is September 13th 2022! If you have questions about Challenge,  contact Katy 406.542.0321

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 Katy 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. Martha’s Ministry is back! Do you love to knit or crochet? Please join the Martha’s Ministry group on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Parish Office to make prayer shawls. This is a fun social time and you are welcome to bring other sewing projects to work on as well. The first group gathering will be October 19th at 11am in the Parish Office. Questions? Call 406.542.0321

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

Parish Events

 

Of the Spirit: A poetry ReadingSunday, November 20th Noon to 1:30pm with Fr. Steve Lantry. God’s Holy Spirit is always operative in the world. Do we feel the Holy Spirit at work? And if we do, how do we respond? Join us for an afternoon of poems, collected, curated, and read by Fr. Lantry in our unique space. Immerse yourself in art. Prepare your heart for the Advent season. Practice deep listening.

Thanksgiving Mass at 9am November 24th

Men and Women’s Advent Prayer Breakfast – All are Welcome. A great way to prepare for the coming of our Lord! Come and join us. When: Wednesdays – Nov. 30th, Dec. 7th, 14th and 21st at 6:30 am Where: Loyola Building Dave Thomas Room For Guest Speakers with reflections on Scripture As well as Reflections on ‘Joy to the World: How Christ Coming Changed Everything’ (and still does) by Scott Hahn Fabulous Breakfast: Homemade scones, cinnamon rolls, frest fruit, yougurt, coffee and juices.

 

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.

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt – April 8th 2023 at 11:00 am on the church lawn

Vacation Bible School –  June 12th – 16th 2023 and July 24th – 28th 2023 

 

A sampling of recent events:

Trunk or Treat Halloween –  October 30th 4-6:00 pm in the church parking lot. If you would like to decorate your trunk, donate treats or help out with this event, please contact Katy 542.0321 or kmckinnon@sfxmissoula.org

Remembrance Service –  a candle light prayer service  November 2nd at 7:00 pm where we remember our loved ones who have recently passed.

Coffee & Donuts –  Sunday  following the 10:00 am Mass. On hold during  the renovations in Reidy Hall.  Thank you to our volunteers and supporters that made this ministry happen!

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.

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!  

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

Parish Picnic – Sunday, August 28th following the 10:00 am Mass.

 

2023 Liturgical Ministers Schedule

Liturgy

Liturgical Ministries

Contact: Erin Turner eturner@sfxmissoula.org

Might you help to make Christmas Welcoming? Contact Erin eturner@sfxmissoula.org if you are available to usher for 6:30pm Christmas Eve, 10am or Noon Christmas Day Mass, Eucharistic Minister for the 10am or Noon Christmas Day Mass, or Sacristan for the Noon Mass Christmas Day.

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

Please contact Brian Johnson 406.926.9797 bjohnson@sfxmissoula.org

"Light of the World"

Musical Opportunity – “Light of the World” Christmas Eve Family Masses Same Program at 4:00pm & 6:30pm This year we offer TWO family masses, both with a special musical opportunity. Father will call children forward after Communion & Mr. Brian will lead them in singing “Light of the World.” We are practicing all Advent season during   Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 10am Mass. Join us! (Note: No “children’s choir” this year at these Masses.) You may practice at Home!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI302Av7vSI

Social Outreach

Contact: Katy kmckinnon@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 (drop off at the Meadowlark building for that night’s dinner); assisting in serving and cleaning dinner 5:00 – 8:00pm); serving as an evening host (8:00 – 10:00 pm).  Thank you for your help in serving our community!

National Family Promise Week is October 17th -23rd. Missoula is celebrating by asking you to sleep a “Night without a Bed” the night of October 22nd -23rd. You might sleep on the floor, sofa, in a tent, in a car … This night would be a good opportunity to have a discussion with your family about homelessness. www.micmt.org

Anette Blaskovich is our new Family Promise Coordinator. 406.493.0280

 

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.