November has arrived and the parish continues to grow and thrive in so many ways. I am so grateful to be your pastor and grateful to so many whose stewardship makes our growth possible. This happens with official events within the parish but even more so in your homes and around the community. This November newsletter offers an opportunity to highlight three wonderful ministries, each that contributes to the life of our parish.
With dozens of parishioners unable to come to Holy Mass, our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion play a vital role in bringing the Eucharist to those who need Him. This can be for those who are homebound, those in nursing homes, or those who are hospitalized. Every day, several parishioners come to the church to get the Eucharist and then go out. It’s a beautiful ministry that literally brings Jesus to others.
The Cookie Ministry contributes to our ministry of hospitality. Each day in the Parish Office, we have fresh cookies for anyone and everyone who walks through the door. This includes daily Mass goers, people who come for appointments, people coming to the church who need assistance, and delivery persons. It brightens the day of those who come in when we can offer a hot cup of coffee, a bottle of water, and a cookie or two. I am grateful to all who make this ministry possible.
Finally, the St. Francis Xavier Parish Festival is a wonderful annual event as part of our celebrations for the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, our parish patron. Led by Xavier Women, the festival is an opportunity to welcome people from around the community to our campus for good food, fun for the kids, and a tour of the church. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 2, and join us for the festival.
It’s going to be a great November!
Very Rev. Brian O’Brien
Pastor, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church