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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

 

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. Meets 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 –  Thursdays at 10am – 11:30am for 8-10 week sessions in the Fall and Spring. Next session February 9th – April 6th lead by Fr. Hightower, SJ the theme the Sacraments. The first session will be a teaching Mass.

 

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, Parish Office & 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  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.Meetsat 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

Irish Mass & Tea – March 11, 2023 8 am Mass here at St. Francis Xavier in conjunction with the University of Montana’s Irish Studies Program

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 

Parish Picnic – Sunday, August 27, 2023  following the 10:00 am Mass.

 

A sampling of recent events:

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.

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!  

 

2023 Liturgical Ministers Schedule

Liturgy

Liturgical Ministries

Contact: Erin Turner eturner@sfxmissoula.org

 

Sacristans Needed!

Being a sacristan is a very beneficial way to serve our parish community and an active way to participate in Mass. The Sacristan is responsible along with the priest for the overall preparation of the mass. Setting out the vessels for Eucharist, making sure the books are out and ready, and making sure all necessary items for worship are available. This ministry is behind the scenes and very rewarding. We offer training so no experience is necessary.It offers lots of flexibility…simply sign up for any Sunday mass you are available. We need sacristans at the 5pm, 8am, 10am and 6pm. You can choose how often you serve…once a month or more.
This is a vital ministry for our parish and our priests very much appreciate the work of the sacristan. If you are willing to serve as a sacristan, please contact Erin Turner at 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 

Social Outreach

Contact: Katy kmckinnon@sfxmissoula.org 406.542.0321

The Giving Tree

We would like to personally thank each and every one of you who donated to the Giving Tree this year! Your generosity is overwhelming and we were able to raise just over $14,000 to give to Mountain Home, Council Groves, Essential Eats, International Rescue Committee, and Family Promise. The SFX Outreach donations gave us the ability to establish a fund to assist more in the community throughout the year, which there is always a need for. Once again we
appreciate the generosity in the parish and Happy New Year.

 

Dear St. Francis Xavier Community, I wanted to personally reach out to thank you all for your incredible & continued support for the young families we serve at Mountain Home. There woould need to be much more paint for all the finger you’ve impacted, like Charlie 3yrs who helped paint/decorate the attached card. Your generosity demonstrates that there are folks who believe in them & care about their futures, two gewnerations at a time. Thank you for investing in healther & happier futures for so many. Deepest Gratitude, Steph Goble, Executive Director

Dear Friends at St. Francis Xavier Church, On behalf of the board and staff of the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC), thank you for your very generous donation. We are most grateful for your important support of Family Promise of Missoula and the Giving Tree. MIC continues to empower congregations and community organizations to work together, leveraging strengths to meet the needs of the community and address challenges such as homelessness, hunger, and unemployment. We are working for a day when people who identify themselves as homeless can be housed immediately and can be supported in putting their lives back together. Your financial assistance is helping us reach that day. MIC could not do this work without you. We, and those who serve, sincerely appreciate your generosity. Thank you for your thoughtfulness! Many thanks! Nancy S., Missoula Interfaith Collaborative Directors

To our dear friends at St. Francis Xavier church – Thank you so much for your very generous contribution to Essential Eats Distributers. Because of you and others we can continue our mission of providing essentials to the hard to reach Indigenous families of Montana. From coats to pantry boxes, bicycles to books, plus additional support for Indigenous led programs. Together we are making a difference. Best, Sara Wecker – Director

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!

Anette Blaskovich is our new Family Promise Coordinator. 406.493.0280

Giving Tree Thank you! 

Dear Friends at St. Francis Xavier Church, On behalf of the board and staff of the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC), thank you for your very generous donation. We are most grateful for your important support of Family Promise of Missoula and the Giving Tree. MIC continues to empower congregations and community organizations to work together, leveraging strengths to meet the needs of the community and address challenges such as homelessness, hunger, and unemployment. We are working for a day when people who identify themselves as homeless can be housed immediately and can be supported in putting their lives back together. Your financial assistance is helping us reach that day. MIC could not do this work without you. We, and those who serve, sincerely appreciate your generosity. Thank you for your thoughtfulness! Many thanks! Nancy S., Missoula Interfaith Collaborative Directors

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.