St. Francis Xavier Parish Newsletter
February 2018 - Lenten Blessings

Even now, says the Lord,  return to me with your whole heart."

12:15pm - Ash Wednesday Service

Mass at 7:45 am, 9am & 7pm

Little Black Books are Back!
Books will be available in church as of February 10th.

Consider joining a Small Faith Group

Quest Reconciliation Service Sunday, March 11th 7:15pm

Parish Lenten Reconciliation Service, Sunday, March 19th 7pm

February 2018 Happenings
Quick Links

Journey to Easter

Monday, February 12th 

Sr. Marianne Race, CSJ
will facilitate Lenten Themes of Prayer, drawn from Sunday readings. Cost: $15

Ash Wednesday Prayer: 
Remember You are Stardust!

Wednesday, February 14th 

Prayer, distribution of ashes and a reflection from Sr. Carol Crepeau, CSJ.

Responding to Violence and Conflict:
 A Restorative Justice Approach

Saturdayday, February 17th 

David Kelly, CPPS

ZOOM Into 21 st Century Spirituality
John Surette, SJ    

 Monday, February 19, and March 19 
1-2 pm
John Surette, The Well's beloved friend, remains in Massachusetts. But thanks to 21 st century technology, we will "meet" with him to entertain a discussion around a question of John's choice. Participate from your home in this video-conference call with your computer, or better yet, join us at The Well and gather with a group around a large screen. Cost: $10/session.

"Child of the Universe"
Sr. Mary Southard, CSJ

The Well Spirituality Center
1515 Ogden Avenue LaGrange Park. 
To register: 
708-482-5048 or
Please register and pay in advance, as spaces are limited.

  February 3rd & 4th after each mass.
Teens will be collecting at the exits of church after each mass on February 3rd and 4th.  Funds collected will support the Greater Chicago Food Depository and feed our future.


No 6PM Mass on Sunday, February 4th, Super Bowl Sunday.
Pleas make plans accordingly.
CWC 2018 Ladies Pre-Lenten Luncheon
"Find Joy in the Journey"
Saturday, February 10th
11:30am -3:00pm
La Grange country Club
For more information: Visit the CWC website or Call Lauren Fay @ 312-498-1828

Taize Evening Prayer
Friday, Feb 9, 2018
7:30pm @ Grace Lutheran Church

This is an ecumenical prayer that brings all Christian faiths together through  meditative singing, scripture and quiet reflection.
Men's Choir
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, February 6th
8:30-9:30pm thru Tuesday, March 27th

An invitation is extended to new and past choir members in preparation for the Lord's Passion Service 7:00pm Good Friday, March 30th of Holy Week.  

We especially need Tenors (high voice) this year!

New singers please contact our Director of Liturgical Music Allen Sterwalt or 708-352-0168.
Annual Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend of February 3rd & 4th
Come Follow Me invites us to answer Jesus' call to follow Him in thought, word and deed by helping to fund ministries that share God's love with others.  Please consider pledging toward this worth while campaign.  After our parish goal is reached of $110,044, all extra funds stay within the parish.

Church League Basketball

Church League Basketball is in full swing for the 11 SFX teams of High School Young Men. Visit the Youth Ministry pages of the SFX Website Church League 
Parish Commissions...
The Pastor relies upon staff, various councils and the 4 commissions above for input on ways we can all live out our parish mission.   All of the parish ministries and organizations fall within one of the four commissions listed above.   To learn more, please visit the parish website.

February 19th Commissions Meeting

All parishioners are invited to a Commissions Meeting on Monday, Feb.19, from 7:30- 9 pm in Unity Hall. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about our new Commissions model, discuss a  timely topic and share insights. The Feb.19 meeting includes a brief talk  "Practical Strategies for Welcoming Others into Various Aspects of Parish Life" by Katie Price, followed by conversation on the topic.  This is the 2nd Commission Meeting using the new model.  To see notes from the November 13 meeting, Click Here

For details contact Curt Aronson or 708-588-0668.