It is incredible to witness how you, the good people of St. Francis Xavier parish, take seriously your call to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. As baptized Christians we are called to take the Good News of Jesus Christ into the world for that is the mission of the Catholic Church. At times we may wonder just how to do that or if we are in fact doing that as a parish. The answer for St. Francis Xavier is an abounding YES! There are so many valuable ministries that have been born out of the faith of the people of this parish; St. Francis Xavier parishioners are indeed the hands, the feet and the heart of Jesus in so many and varied ways. I am privileged to assist in the efforts of parishioners on a daily basis; it has blessed my life and enriched my faith in Jesus Christ. My hope is to keep all parishioners informed of the blessing of these ministries:
Parish Nursing or Faith Community Nurses –
There are currently three RNs who serve this role within the parish and you will find much more information about their ministry in the enclosed pamphlet. Not only do these nurses head up the Health and Wellness Committee, they also do home visits when needed to assist parishioners in identifying resources that can enhance their wellness. In addition, two of our parish nurses are trained to assist in writing Health Care Directives (or living wills) that outline a person’s desire for end of life care. Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance by calling them or me at the Parish Office.
Hospital and Homebound Visitors and Eucharistic Ministers –
There are a growing number of people who make regular visits to parishioners who are hospitalized or homebound who desire Communion either temporarily while they recover from recent hospitalization or on a regular basis because of diminishment due to age or health concerns. Please contact me if you or someone you know could benefit from this ministry. If you or a loved one are hospitalized, please call and let us know through the Parish Office – we often miss visiting people who are in the hospital simply because we did not know. Also, please know that you can call Fr. Tim at any time to ask for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, especially prior to a scheduled surgery.
Prayer Blanket/Prayer Shawl Ministry –
Many parishioners continue to supply our parish with these wonderful tokens of love and concern for those who are struggling with health issues. It is truly a privilege to present these beautifully crafted gifts and I can attest to how moved the people are to receive them. Many tears of thanksgiving have flowed as I have presented these gifts. As they wrap themselves in these blankets and shawls, how can they help but feel the love of Christ?!
These parishioners answered a call to become a listening presence to those in need of the company of another. They have committed to extensive, on-going training that affords them the skills to truly befriend another. Bound by a pledge of confidentiality they form lasting relationships with the people they serve. If you know of someone in need of this ministry, please contact me.
Food Shelf & Social Justice Ministry –
How wonderful the work these committees are doing! The leadership of these groups are to be commended for the outstanding work they accomplished in facilitating our parish’s first experience of “Church of the Week.” How beautiful that by their dedication to the need present, they were able to offer our parish the opportunity to care for the homeless in our community. We can only imagine how lives were changed during that week – for the recipients and for those who came forth to participate. It is truly in giving that we receive. Although I do not work directly with these ministries I am sure, as always, they are open to and encourage new members to join in their efforts.
This is by no means a complete list of the outreach of our parish and as you can see, much is being done and many are involved. However, the work will never be completed. It is most important that every member of this community pray to discern how and when they can assist in serving God’s people and then take steps to become involved. Together we can accomplish much and when Jesus comes in his glory he will say to us as his servants:
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC