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Next weekend (October 21/22), we will be participating in World Mission Sunday. We are reminded that ALL Christians, because of their Baptism, are called to share in the missionary work of the Church. Your prayers and generosity for this effort are greatly appreciated as we support the work and ministry of those who bring the Good News of...

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The last section of today's Gospel doesn't seem to fit. It may have been a separate story, but the author of Matthew's Gospel sees it as a unit. The first section describes a king's disappointment at the response to an invitation. This probably refers to God's sadness at people's indifference to Jesus. Others ar...

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The family of Martin E. Pazdera would like to thank the parish for all the prayers, cards, and food that was sent. Thanks to the ladies of the Church for the food and to Father David for the beautiful Mass and words of comfort. We appreciate and will always remember your kindness.

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Jesus makes a chilling prophecy to the religious leaders of His day. God had entrusted them with the care of His people—”His vineyard.” He describes their ancestors’ brutal treatment of the prophets. False prophets had been hailed, but true speakers for God had been beaten and killed. Now God sends His divine Son. ...

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Receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion is the most important thing we do here on earth! The Holy Eucharist is the "Food of Eternal Life" and "Spiritual Medicine" for our souls. We should always receive the Most Holy Eucharist with great faith and reverence. The Church provides two options for receiving...

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When parishioners include the parish in their will or make bequests to the parish, the monies/funds are invested with the diocese in order to receive a higher and better financial return. In a sense, the diocese "oversees" the management of these funds for the benefit of the parish. When a financial gift is given to the parish, ...

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Jesus of Nazareth is divine. He was born into this world over 2000 years ago, but he has always existed. He is immortal and infinitely powerful. He entered into time and space through the womb of Mary. He gave up a lot in doing this. He surrendered the unlimited power, knowledge and glory that is His by divine right. He did not put on a &...

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“The last will be first, and the first will be last” Jesus usually taught by using metaphors drawn from the daily life of his day. But he always added a twist to bring out the message. The secret of the parables is to look for the twist. It was common to see migrant farm workers looking for hire. The farmer would need large...

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St. Anthony Parish Fall Dinner (Glennon) is Sunday, October 8, 11:00am to 1:30pm. Adults: $9, Children: (6-12 ): $4, 5 & under eat free. St. Denis Catholic School (Benton) is hosting their Annual All You Can Eat Buffet Style dinner in their Parish Center on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10:30am-1:00pm. St. Joseph Church, (Scott City) will ...

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Thanks to all of you for your generous support and participation in the fundraiser which was held last Saturday evening at the Klueppel Farm. We extend our thanks and appreciation to the Klueppel Family for hosting this event and the sponsors of the band. May God bless you all for your generosity! 

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Peter asks Jesus a question about the limits of reconciliation. He asks whether seven times is enough. Christ recommends seventy-seven times. The numbers are symbolic. Seven represented a perfect number. The ancients noted that the background of stars moved in a regular cycle, but that seven objects in the sky moved independently. These w...

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It was the hope and desire of the liturgical renewal of the Second Vatican Council that the laity have a more active role and greater participation in the celebration of Mass. One of the ways this desire was to be lived out was by celebrating the Mass in the "vernacular" (the "language of the people"), which would allo...

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I WILL HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE  When Cain killed Abel, he asked God, "Am I my brother's keeper?" God's answer is given through the prophet Ezekiel: a resounding "YES!" We are responsible for not only siblings but for anyone who is part of our life. If we are conscious that any of these people are doing som...

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This weekend (September 9/10) you are invited and encouraged to make a donation to help with the relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. As you know, this natural disaster has caused much pain, suffering, and loss for many people. If you would like to donate for this effort, please make the notation on your check OR enclose yo...

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Our parish is in need of additional musicians who can play the organ/keyboard for the weekend Masses. If God has blessed you with this talent and gift, please consider sharing it with our parish family. If you would like to help in this ministry, please contact the Parish Office.  

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I WILL SPEAK HIS NAME NO MORE The mission to be a prophet, a speaker for God, can be a great burden. Many of them were cursed for their words and others were beaten, even killed. Jeremiah is a perfect metaphor for the suffering Christ. His book is highly introspective and often bitter about his calling. He says that he keeps making up ...

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The school is again selling trash bags this year ($10 a roll). Please make plans to purchase trash bags from us and support our school. We are also selling magazines, gifts and cookie dough. The students really appreciate your support! Elite Car Wash will give St. Francis Xavier School $5 every month for each car signed up for the Unlim...

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Bishop Edward M. Rice invites ALL First Responders to join him in celebrating a "Blue" Mass on Saturday, Sept. 9, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral in Cape Girardeau at 5:30p.m. The invitation includes all law enforcement, fire and rescue teams, etc. The Mass will include a "Color Guard" and a moment to honor t...

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Some people have claimed that Jesus did not have a sense of humor because He is never shown laughing in the Bible. Actually, He told many jokes. They were puns, but these do not survive language translation. One of his best known “witticisms” is found in today's Gospel. The Old Testament referred to a mysterious figure ...

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A parish potluck to welcome our new priest, Father David Dohogne, will be held on Sunday, August 27, after the 10:00 am Mass in the Parish Center gym. We will also be celebrating our 125th Anniversary of the founding of our parish. Everyone is welcome and is asked to bring a covered dish as follows: Last names beginning with A-K, please b...

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One day the disciples requested of Jesus: “Teach us to pray.” Jesus responded by giving them—and us—a marvelous model of prayer. What is so powerful about the Lord’s Prayer, as it is known, is its utter simplicity.  Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your kingdom come soon. May your w...

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DISTANCED FROM GOD BY SIN, THE PENITENT FINDS THE PEACE HE IS LOOKING FOR IN REPENTANCE AND ABSOLUTION Throughout history, man has realized that he is sinful. While he aspires to the untainted life which divine teaching shows is available to him, he is subjected to numerous and various temptations and sometimes succumbs to them. All re...

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The Women of St. Francis Xavier Parish will meet in the St. Joseph Room at the Parish Center on Thursday, August 3, at 5:15 p.m. This active group of ladies assist the Knights of Columbus with their annual Fish Fry, host a luncheon and Mass of Annointing, serve a Chili/Chicken Noodle Soup Day, and with money raised, donate to many parish ...

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St. John’s Parish in Leopold will host their Annual Picnic on the grounds behind the church in Leopold, MO on Saturday, July 29, 2017. This is an old fashioned country dinner with kettle beef, fried chicken, chicken & dumplings with all the trimmings. Serving from 3 pm until 8 pm. Adults, $10: Children (6-12), $5: Under 6 , free...

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The upcoming day-long marriage seminar will be Saturday, August 12, and will satisfy the Diocesan Marriage preparation Guidelines for those preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. The seminar will be conducted in the church meeting room on the lower level located at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 741 N. Forest Ave., Cape Girardeau, be...

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Join us in welcoming 9 enthusiastic young individuals as they will be biking from New Orleans to St. Louis. These individuals will be in Sikeston at 5:30 p.m., on July 14, followed by a potluck dinner at the Parish Center. The meat will be provided by the Parish. Please bring a vegetable dish, salad or dessert. This is a chance to meet th...

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The next Re-Marriage Seminar will be Saturday, August 12. The seminar will be conducted in the Church meeting room on the lower level located at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 741 N. Forest Ave., Cape Girardeau, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and conclude by 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Please remember to mail the Marriage Preparation forms, along...

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To report violations of the Code of Conduct for Clergy, Employees and Adult Volunteers Working with Minors to the Chancellor, Fr. Tom Reidy at 417-866-0841 or treidy@dioscg.org; or a Victim Assistance Coordinator: Judy St. John, LPC, NCC at 573-587-3139 or vac1@dioscg.org. Concerns may be discussed with your supervisor; a Victim Assistanc...

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Peace and blessings too you!  A special thank you to all who voted last weekend for members of our School Board. The School Board is an integral part of the governing of our school—this advisory board with their expertise and love for Catholic schools will assist the pastor and the principal in making sure that our young peo...

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Dana Schonhoff, Crystie Ressel, and Andrew Lawson! I am confident that their zeal and enthusiasm for our school will help us in our quest to make St. Francis Xavier Grade School a house of formation, and a place where our children will receive the best of Catholic education. I thank God for their willingness to serve. In all things,...

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All over the country we see young people graduate from grade schools, high schools and colleges - many families rightly celebrate these milestones and the young people beam with great hopes and dreams as they seek to discern what’s next.  At times ‘growing up’ and ‘transition’ can be difficult - since...

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Max Ault - SHS Julius Gia Hoang - SHS Anna Kate Kluepppel - NDHS Matthew Brian Menz - SHS Kinsey Ann Pratt- SHS Matthew Wyatt Pratt - SHS Ellie Retz-NDHS 
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Any senior at St. Francis Xavier who will be graduating from high school this month who would like to participate in the Senior Mass on Sunday, May 21, please notify Brian Menz at 573-380-2554. This includes any senior who is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish, no matter what high school they attend. The graduates are asked to wear the...

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Unfortunately, babies don’t come with users’ manuals, and the job of parenting doesn’t get performance reviews. There is no single right way to be a parent; however, there are some ingredients that we all need to incorporate. Here are four things that every Catholic parent should strive to make sure their children know b...

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St. Augustine School, Kelso - Elementary School Principal Opening: Send resume to Fr. Joe Weidenbenner, P.O. Box 26, Kelso, MO 63758 or parishoffice4106@gmail.com. Call 573-264-4724. St. Augustine School, Kelso - 5th Grade Teacher, Part-time Music Teacher, contact Dr. Gerald Landewee, 573-264-4644. St. Mary Cathedral School, Cape Gira...

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Pop Concert, featuring the choral program on Wednesday, May 10th , and the band on Thursday, May 11, both starting at 7pm in the Notre Dame King Hall. For info call573-335-3416. Join the Notre Dame family for a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs on May 13. Notre Dame will take the field immediately follow...

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The Women of St. Francis will have their last meeting before summer on Thursday, May 4, at 5;15 pm, in the St. Joseph Room of the Parish Center. This active group of ladies assist the Knights of Columbus with their annual Fish Fry, host a luncheon and Mass of Anointing, serve a Chili/Chicken Noodle Soup Day, and with money raised, donate ...

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Spots are filling fast! Don’t miss this great opportunity! Camper spots are filled on a “first come, first serve” basis. All applications are available on the diocesan Website, www.dioscg.org. Select Camp Re-New-All from the “Ministry/Offices” drop down menu. Call Rosie Francka at 417-866-0841 with questions....

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Please remember all those in our parish who are ill, homebound and in nursing homes. Jerome Rennier, Malcolm Sandvos, Emme Lankheit, Stuart Cawthorn, Mark Blanton, Joan Moss, Jon Burden, Andrew & Mickie Ormsby, Annabel Conners, Donald Cento, Beulah Leible, Karen Matthews, Rodney Abney, Marge Ferrenburg, Ralph Henneman, Father Glenn Ef...

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He is alive! He is risen! He has conquered sin and death and has won victory for us! St. Gregory of Nyssa eloquently proclaimed in his Easter homily that “The reign of life has begun. The tyranny of death is ended. A new birth has taken place; a new life has come; a new order of existence has appeared; our very nature has been trans...

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Peace and blessings to you! As we come to the end of Lent, I pray that your Lent was spirit filled and intensely focused on Jesus Christ—the one who calls us out of darkness into his own wonderful light. At our First Communion Mass, it was wonderful to watch our young people participate actively in the liturgy with holy innocence as...

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St. Augustine School, Kelso - Elementary School Principal Opening: Send resume to Fr. Joe Weidenbenner, P.O. Box 26, Kelso, MO 63758. Call 573-264-4724 with questions. St. Augustine School, Kelso - Kindergarten Teacher, Part-time Music Teacher, contact Dr. Gerald Landewee at 573-264-4644. St. Mary Cathedral School, Cape Girardeau - El...

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*Knights of Columbus in Scott City will have a fish fry every Friday during Lent. Serving from 4-7pm, KC Hall. *St. Joseph Catholic Church, Scott City, annual Spring Dinner, Palm Sunday, April 9, 10:30 am—1:30 pm, Parish Hall. *St. Augustine School, Kelso, will have a Spring Parish Dinner on Sunday, April 23, 10:30 am-1:00 pm,...

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St. Francis Xavier Catholic School is currently seeking a pre-school teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information or for an application, please contact Debra Pollock at (573)471-0841 or send an email to principal@stfxsikeston.org. Applications are in the school office or on the diocesan website: www.dioscg.org.

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St. Francis Xavier Parish in Sikeston & St. Henry in Charleston, two parishes with 650 families, is seeking a full time, enthusiastic, energetic, faith-filled Youth Minister who is passionate about bringing our youth to a deeper relationship with Christ. This position collaborates with a myriad array of interlocking ministries includi...

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Be a part of Luke 18 Retreat at Immaculate Conception Church, Jackson, Missouri. Through games, songs, skits, personal sharing, small group time, and a series of talks, teens are encouraged to have fun, break down walls, and see that God and His love are present in their relationship. Retreat begins Friday evening, April 7, concludes Sund...

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There is great wisdom in the Christian practice of fasting. Though Christian fasting has been largely abandoned, the one expression of fasting (and penitential practice) that seems to have survived the turmoil of this modern era is that of Lenten penance. Although I suspect it is hanging on by a very thin cultural thread, which will break...

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Plans are underway for a trip to Conception Seminary beginning April 1-3, 2017 (Encounter with God’s Call), a weekend for all young men discerning a call to the priesthood to come and visit the seminary. Contact Fr. Patrick at pnwokoye@dioscg.org or call 573-388-1833 or Fr. J. at jfriedel@dioscg.org or 417-866-0841.

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Registration form for the Bishop's Walk. Registration is due March24th.   Click here to download the form.
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This year marks the founding of St. Francis Xavier Parish, so please look in your attics, basements, and closets for photos and memorabilia of our parish and school. We’re also looking for articles, word-of-mouth stories, etc. for a publication. Our goal is to publish a commemorative booklet of this historic milestone in the life of...

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It is with great sadness that we were informed of Monsignor Stanton’s passing on Wednesday, January 18. The arrangements for his funeral are as follows: Visitation: Sunday, January 22, 2017 - St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral in Cape Girardeau, 4-8 pm, prayer service at 6:30 pm. Funeral: Monday, January 23, 2017—S...

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We are called to share our gifts. The “Church” includes your parish, or a Catholic school, or the diocese. It can even include a particular ministry, such as youth ministry or the diocesan priests’ retirement fund. Through a gift in your will, you can pass on the Faith to the next generation. Thank you for supporting ...

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An envelope has been provided for placing your order for poinsettias. Your intention can be for someone living or deceased. Each intention will be $15, and we need specific information (please check In Memory Of or In Honor Of on envelope) and donor. Please have this information turned in by December 18, so it is included in the special f...

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#LIFELESSONS Dear Friends in Christ, Peace and blessings to you!   Advent is in full swing and this week, we are challenged to “reform our lives: live in God’s peace so that justice may flourish.” I pray that during this Advent season, we all apply the gospel message more concretely in our daily living s...

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Dear Friends in Christ, Peace and blessings to you!  I pray this note finds you doing very well and I hope that your Thanksgiving break was a spirit filled one! Advent is a wonderful opportunity for us to prepare our hearts and homes for the coming of our Lord and Savior – the God who calls us out of darkness into his own...

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ROSARY LEADERS Our parish is in need of Rosary Leaders on Saturdays before the 4:00 PM Mass. If you can fill this need, please contact the parish office at 471-2447. One regular and one auxiliary will be greatly appreciated. The Rosary is said 30 minutes before weekend masses: 3:30 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday morning. Pleas...

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A New Bishop!!!!
Dear parishioners, Peace and blessings to all of you.  I pray this note finds you all doing very well. It was last September - on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross that our beloved Bishop James Johnston was appointed the bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph and thus our diocese became vacant.  This week our Holy Fath...

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After dialogue, study, prayer and reflection Bishop Johnston announced a $15 million endowment campaign to augment existing endowments for preparing our future priests and priest retirement, and to establish a new endowment for youth formation. They thought this was an excellent opportunity to work together as a community of faith to m...

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We are in need of more volunteers for the Diocesan Capital Campaign as we enter the final phase of this blessed endeavor - if you are interested in helping out, please call the parish office as soon as possible or simply come to the training on Wednesday February 17, 2016  in the St. Joseph Room beginning at 7pm to learn more. &...

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Peace and blessings to you and your loved ones! The season of Lent is upon us and once again we will be called to renew our relationship with our heavenly Father - to begin that preparation, attached is link to Pope Francis lenten message.   May the Lord bless us all as we strive to mend oour relationship with the Father of Mer...

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ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND PARISH MISSION THURSDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2016 Mark your calendars - Fr. Juan Pablo Rodriguez, a priest of the Missionaries of Charity - a young and dynamic priest whose life is dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor will be at our parish for a ONE DAY MISSION ON MERCY on Thursday February 18,...

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