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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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St. Francis Xavier students are selling laundry detergent. Please contact school, 471-0841, to purchase liquid detergent, pods, fabric softener, scent boosters, dryer sheets, body wash, dish soap, & shampoo! May 17—Senior Walk—Graduates of Sikeston Public Schools who attended St. Francis Xavier will return to visit their...

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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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