Recently a parishioner shared with me what they have noticed in other church bulletins regarding the invitation to members to minister to one another and it was titled “We Are Church”. I like that title, for it is a great reminder that Church is a gathering of God’s people working together for the good of others. It also reminds us as staff of the need to continually invite all members of our parish to participate in our liturgies and in outreach to other parishioners. We grow as a community when we become comfortable in sharing our time and conversation with one another. So think about these ways that you might like to share in ministering to fellow parishioners here at St. Francis Xavier. Greeters: This is a great ministry for families, even those with very young children, as they bring smiles to many faces when they are there to open the doors and say hello as people gather for Mass. Just call Jane at the parish office to be put on the list – you can let her know if there are times that you and/or your family are not available. Communion Ministers: A very short training is necessary, but all parishioners who are confirmed are invited to assist with Communion at Mass. Presently, we NEED more Communion ministers, especially over the summer months. If you look to the front left in the church near the choir area, you will always see a Communion Minister Captain who checks in the Communion Ministers. If you have been trained and notice that there are still crosses available before Mass begins, please offer to help. If you would like to be trained and added to the schedule, please call the parish office and let Jane know. Communion to the Homebound: This is available for any parishioner who cannot get to Mass due to aging or for health reasons. Some people need this ministry for only a few months or few weeks after a surgery or other healt issue. For others it is continuous. If you or someone you know would like Holy Communion brought to you in your home, our parish can provide a weekly visit. Visits are made during the week at a time that is convenient to your daily schedule. Please call Deb Rudolph at the parish office to receive a weekly visit or if you are interested in taking part in this ministry to others. We are blessed here at St. Francis Xavier with a vibrant and welcoming community who enjoy gathering with one another. We need to be with each other, to serve and support one another, all the while drawing closer to Jesus through shared faith and friendship. Speaking for our parish staff, we would like to say THANK YOU to all our members for sharing their time, talent, treasure and faith with our community. As staff members we are privileged to work with and for you and in honor of all who make St. Francis Xavier the great community it is, we invite you to a time of appreciation. The parish staff will host a Weekend of Appreciation after all Masses on June 1st and 2nd. Please meet us in the
Gathering Place for hospitality and fellowship with all parishioners. See today’s bulletin insert and take note of the border that lists the incredible variety of ways you all make St. Francis Xavier a great place to belong. Mark your family calendar for the first weekend in June - we will be waiting to thank you all!! Have a great week!
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC