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THIS Wednesday, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please be reminded that this is a Holy Day of Obligation, and the faithful are obliged to attend Mass to celebrate this Mystery of our Faith. Masses for the Holy Day will be celebrated on Wednesday at 12:05pm and 6:30pm. A Vigil Mass will be celebrat...

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The Sacraments are a very important and necessary part of our spiritual lives as Catholics. At the same time, there are requirements and needed preparation in order to receive the Sacraments. Please note the following: To receive and celebrate a Sacrament in our parish, a person/family must be registered in our parish as well as attending...

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Father David will be in Sikeston on Monday, Friday, and late Wednesday afternoon for Confession and the evening Mass. Tuesday will be his personal day. He will be in Charleston on most of Wednesday and Thursday. This should be the "usual" schedule unless there is a funeral or "out of town" meeting he needs to attend. Y...

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If you have children who are not attending Catholic School, please take the time to enroll them in our Parish School of Religion (PSR). Registration for PSR will be held after Mass on Saturday/ Sunday, August 18/19, and again on Saturday/Sunday, August 25/26. Parents have a serious obligation to help their children grow in the Faith. The ...

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Mark your calendars and plan to attend the "Bottom Line Farm Party", which will be held at the Rankin Farm on Saturday, September 8. Music will be provided by "Shades of Soul". This event will benefit our parish school. For more info, please see the flier posted on the vestibule bulletin board! Your support is greatly ...

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School supplies will soon be on sale in stores. The Women of St Francis will sponsor a “shower” for our parish school by encouraging everyone to purchase items which our teachers can have on hand to use throughout the year. Suggestions include: Crayola Crayons and Markers, Pens (Black or Red), #2 Pencils, Rubber Erasers (white...

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To date our parish has given $34,395 toward our $49,550 goal. Thank you! If you have not yet made your pledge, please add your gift, whatever the amount, to further the work of the Church in southern Missouri. 

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We would like to thank all those who helped welcome the Biking for Babies group to our parish. A special thanks to those who brought a dish and helped serve. The baby bottle donations raised $915 and will be used to support Biking for Babies, Birthright and Aspire Women’s Center. 

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Please note that there will NOT be Mass this coming week on Wednesday, July 25 as Father David will be taking attending the Pastor/Principal Meeting in Van Buren.
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As we continue to make improvements to the interior of the church, we appreciate the time, help, and contributions of those in our parish who have given so generously in order to make these projects a reality. We would like to thank Greg & Judy Comer, Wayne & Cindy Hart, the Knights of Columbus, Rob & Kathy Mitchell, the Edwar...

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St. Francis Xavier Parish is hosting the next Catholic Man Night which will be held on Monday, July 23, beginning at 6:30pm in the church. The evening will include Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, a meal, and fellowship. If you would like to attend, please contact the Parish Office. Hope to see you there! 

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Next Sunday (July 1), we will have a Farewell Brunch for Father Alexander in the Parish Center AFTER the 10:00am Mass. Join our parish family as we wish Father Alexander all the best in his new assignment!

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The Oran Knights of Columbus will be hosting their Annual July 4th Picnic on Wednesday, July 4. There will be games, music, wagon rides, horseshoes, corn hole and an antique tractor display. Bingo with cash prizes will be held in the KC Hall at 7:00 pm and fireworks at 10:00 pm. An “all you can eat” buffet dinner will be serve...

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Beginning July, 2018, there will be NO 8;00 AM MASS at St. Francis Xavier on SUNDAY.  There will only be a 10:00 am Mass on Sunday.
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Our second collection NEXT weekend will be for the Catholic Communications Campaign. This campaign connects people with Christ, here and around the world in developing countries, through the internet, television, radio, and print media. Fifty percent of funds collected remain in our diocese to support local communications efforts. Your su...

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As we celebrate our belief in Christ's Real Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist on this Solemnity of Corpus Christi, we are reminded of a few spiritual practices/teachings regarding the reception of Holy Communion at Mass: (1) In order to receive Holy Communion, a person must be free of serious sin (this includes deliberately missing ...

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Find Your Greatness: Four Habits That will Transform Your Life is a half-day event featuring Dr. Allen Hunt. This event will be held on Saturday, September 15, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm at St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Cape. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at DynamicCatholic.com or call 859-980-7900. For more information, check the flyer p...

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On behalf of our parish, we extend our thanks and gratitude to all those who give of their time to help as Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion. It is a great blessing and privilege to share the Holy Eucharist with others at Mass and those who are homebound. May your love for Christ and His Presence in the Holy Eucharist be deepened th...

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The American Legion has announced that there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony THIS Monday, May 28, at the Sikeston Veterans Park (located on the Sikeston Airport Grounds). The ceremony will begin at 10:30 am. In case of rain, it will be held at the First Christian Church.

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St. Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for 24 scholarships for the Fall 2018 semester for students pursuing a healthcare career. For more information contact St. Francis Healthcare System in Cape Girardeau. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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Find Your Greatness: Four Habits That will Transform Your Life is a half-day event featuring Dr. Allen Hunt. This event will be held on Saturday, September 15, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm at St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Cape. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at DynamicCatholic.com or call 859-980-7900. For more information, check the flyer p...

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Letters have been sent to the parents of our youth who are eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Spring. Please return these letters to the Parish Office, to Toni Grojean, or to Father David by THIS TUESDAY, MAY 22. If the letter is not returned, it is assumed that your child will not be receiving this Sacrament.

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We extend our prayers and best wishes to the graduating Seniors of our parish family: Bryce Bays Michaela Glaus Elvis Jacobo Thomas Lankheit William Leonard Allison Miles William Pratt Kathryn Price We are very proud of you! With God's help and guidance each day, may you fulfill and reach your hopes and dreams...

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Wednesday, May 23– Field Day. Wednesday, May 23—Fazoli’s Night from 5:00-7:00 pm. Cost is $10. Tickets are available in the School and Parish Office. Thursday, May 24—Last Day of School. May 29-August 3—Summer School for grades Pre-K and Kindergarten. If interested, call 471-0841 to enroll or for more i...

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Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, which marks the Birthday of the Church with the sending of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost also brings to a close the celebration of the Easter Season. May the hope, peace, and joy of our Risen Savior be forever present in our hearts, our homes, and our world! 

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On behalf of our parish, we extend our thanks and gratitude to all those who give of their time to help as Lectors. We are very grateful for your time and commitment in proclaiming God’s Word given to us in Sacred Scripture at the celebration of Mass. May we grow in our love for the Scriptures and the truth which God shares with us ...

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On behalf of our parish, we extend our prayers and blessings to all mothers in our parish and to all women of faith! Thanks for the many ways you reveal God's love for us, especially in your vocation of motherhood. As we honor you on this Mother’s Day, may God continue to bless and guide you each day, especially through the exam...

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Our annual DDF Appeal will be held THIS weekend (May 5/6). Our parish goal this year is $49,500. Please prayerfully consider your pledge for this important work and ministry of the Church in Southern Missouri. Your prayers are greatly appreciated and needed as well in order to make this effort a success! 

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A new roof as well as new HVAC (heating/cooling) units are needed for the Pre-K building. We have received bids for this work and hope to complete it in the near future. We will also be seeking bids to possibly renovate the Rock House for use as the rectory or to construct a new rectory in place of the Rock House. These plans were discuss...

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We are looking for parishioners (men and women, old and young, and everybody in between!) who would be willing to help maintain the landscaped areas around the church and parish center. The more people we have helping with this will make it easier for everyone! Please consider dedicating some of your time to help keep our parish grounds l...

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Our special collection THIS weekend (April 28/29) will be for the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Your contributions will help strengthen the Church at home and ensure that the Gospel is spread across the United States. Please prayerfully consider how you can supp0rt this appeal!

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We are looking for parishioners (men and women, old and young, and everybody in between!) who would be willing to help maintain the landscaped areas around the church and parish center. The more people we have helping with this will make it easier for everyone! Please consider dedicating some of your time to help keep our parish grounds l...

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As we begin the month of May this coming week, consider taking time to pray the Rosary with your family. This is a beautiful devotion of our Catholic Faith. We are reminded that "the family who prays together stays together"! The month of May is dedicated to the honor of the Blessed Virgin. May we love our Lord in the same way s...

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On behalf of our parish, we extend our thanks and gratitude to those in our parish who give of their time and talent to serve as Sacristans. We are very grateful for your time and commitment in doing a lot of the "behind the scenes" work in setting everything up for the celebration of Mass and other liturgical events. May God ab...

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Our celebration of First Holy Communion will be held NEXT Sunday, April 29, at 2:00pm. Please keep our children in prayer who will receive our Lord's Body and Blood for the first time in the Holy Eucharist! 

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As Catholics, we hold the special belief that Marriage is one of the Sacraments of our Faith instituted by the Lord Himself. Those who are baptized Catholic and who profess to be Catholic have a serious moral and spiritual obligation to celebrate their marriage within the Catholic Church in order for it to be considered valid and binding....

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Sunday, April 15— St. Denis Parish (Benton) will host a Mission Breakfast from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Good Will Offerings will be accepted. Proceeds will be used for the Haiti 180 Mission Trip. Notre Dame Summer Camp Registration is now open at www.notredamehighschool.org/ summercamps. Camps are open to students entering grades K-8 ...

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The Women of St. Francis Xavier will host the next “Ladies Night Out” THIS Tuesday, April 17. The evening will begin with Eucharistic Adoration at 6:30pm concluding with Benediction at 7:30pm. The opportunity for Confession will be available during this time. Following Benediction, small group discussions with snacks will be h...

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A special gathering for mothers and daughters will be held in the Fellowship Room at Immaculate Conception Parish in Jackson on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 10:30am. This event, entitled "Wonder of Eve", is for young ladies in 7th grade and older and their mothers. The focus of this presentation is the beauty and power of th...

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It was recommended and decided to keep all donations/offerings for the Lenten Rice Bowl in the parish to use for local needs, especially if someone in our parish family is in need. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort. A total of $1,268.64 was received through everyone's generosity. If anyone in the parish has some type o...

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Sunday, April 8—Old St. Vincent’s Church (Cape Girardeau) will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with Confessions & Eucharistic Adoration at 2pm with Divine Mercy Holy Hour from 3-4pm. St. Francis Medical Center in Cape invites you to visit their gift shop for religious articles, inspirational items and Catholic gifts. For m...

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On behalf of our parish, we extend our prayers, support, and best wishes to Ron Spell and Marc Eaves as they are received and initiated into the Church through the Easter Sacraments last Saturday evening. We are blessed to have you join us in our Catholic Faith! May we inspire them by the example we give in the living out of our own love ...

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We are taking nominations for new School Board members for St. Francis Xavier School. To serve on the School Board, a person must be a practicing Catholic and have an invested interest in the well -being and growth of our parish school. The deadline to submit a nomination is Sunday, April 22. Elections for new members will be held at the ...

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Please note that the Parish Office will be closed THIS Friday, March 30, in observance of Good Friday as well as on Monday, April 2, in observance of Easter.
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Our parish will be hosting the next Catholic Ladies Night on Tuesday, April 17. All ladies of our parish are invited to attend and participate in this special evening of prayer and fellowship. More information will be included in next week's bulletin.

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Just a reminder to those who help lead the Rosary before the weekend Masses: Beginning NEXT weekend (Easter), we will offer the GLORIOUS Mysteries of the Rosary throughout the Easter Season (which concludes on May 20). Rosary Leaders are also encouraged to do their best in keeping everyone in "unison" when offering the prayers o...

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April 5, 6, 7, and 8—Notre Dame Regional High School students will present the musical Meet Me in St. Louis. The performance begins at 7:00 each evening. For more information, please call Notre Dame Regional High School at 573-335-6772 ext. 311. Sunday, April 8—Old St. Vincent’s Church (Cape Girardeau) will celebrate D...

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The Scott City Knights of Columbus will host their Lenten Fish & Chicken Fry on Fridays in March. Serving from 4:30-7:00 pm at the Scott City KC Hall. Price of tickets: Adults $10 and Children 6-12 $5.00. Friday, March 16—Notre Dame Booster Club is hosting the 2nd Annual “You Know” Day at the Deerfield Lodge from 1...

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The celebration of the Chrism Mass is scheduled for Monday, March 26, at 7:00pm at St. Mary Cathedral in Cape. Everyone is invited to participate in this special celebration in which the holy oils will be blessed for use in the Sacraments as well as our priests renewing their promises to priestly service in the Church. Mark your calendars...

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Consider making use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation/ Confession during Lent as part of your spiritual preparations for Easter. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on the following dates and times (as well as by appointment): Wednesdays 4:30-5:00pm (before Mass) Saturdays 3:00-3:45pm (before Mass) Monday, March 12, 1:00-2:...

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Saturday, March 10—St. Francis Xavier School Dinner/Auction. Available now are: Dinner Auction tickets ($30 a ticket) Party Barrel tickets (1 for $5 or 5 for $20) Reverse Raffle tickets ($50 for a chance to win $1,500) 

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Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry which will be held on Friday, March 23, at the KC Hall. Serving will be from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and 4:00 pm-7:00 pm.
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The Scott City Knights of Columbus will host their Lenten Fish & Chicken Fry on Fridays in February and March. Serving from 4:30-7:00 pm at the Scott City KC Hall. Price of tickets: Adults $10 and Children 6-12 $5.00. Saturday, March 3—St. Denis Parish (Benton) is hosting their Dinner Auction at 6:00pm in the Parish Center. Ca...

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The devotion of the Stations of the Cross will be offered each Friday during Lent at 2:00pm (when school is in session) and 7:00pm. Consider bringing your family to this very beautiful prayer commemorating the Passion of our Lord. Please note that there will NOT be Stations of the Cross this Friday, March 2, at 2:00pm as school dismisses ...

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Consider making use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation/ Confession during Lent as part of your spiritual preparations for Easter. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on the following dates and times (as well as by appointment): Wednesdays 4:30-5:00pm (before Mass) Saturdays 3:00-3:45pm (before Mass) Monday, March 1...

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Our Lenten Season begins THIS Wednesday (Ash Wednesday), February 14. Please note that Masses will be offered at noon and 6:00pm. Please be reminded that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All other Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. To fast means to eat only one full meal during the day. To abstain me...

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A Mass of Healing including the Sacrament of Anointing will be offered on Saturday, February 10, at 10:30am with a luncheon to follow. In order to receive the Anointing of the Sick, a person must truly be in need of the Sacrament (this would include advanced age, surgery, physical illness of a more “serious nature, as well as mental...

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Our monthly First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will be held THIS Friday, February 2, beginning after the Morning Mass and concluding with Benediction at 4:45pm. A sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the vestibule if you would like to volunteer for a certain time. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available after Ma...

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Saturday, January 27—Notre Dame High School (Cape Girardeau) will be holding their Placement Exam for the Class of 2022. All eighth graders interested in taking the exam should report to Notre Dame at 8:00am. Call the school office for information at (573)335-6772. Sunday, January 28—St. Augustine School (Kelso)—Sausag...

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During this time of the year, there are always concerns regarding the spread of the flu and the reception of the Precious Blood as well as exchanging the Sign of Peace at Mass. At this point, we are not at an "epidemic" level. If you have the flu or another illness that can be contagious, you are encouraged to stay home. If you ...

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We all value the power of prayer in the lives of those who have a special need at times in their life, whether it be illness, loss of a loved one, or life-changing decisions regarding jobs, etc. We have a Parish Prayer Line that reaches a large number of parishionersby email or by phone. You may call or email Sharon Chouinard at 472-0517 ...

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December 24– 6:00pm Vigil Mass– Special Christmas Music will begin at 5:30pm. December 25— 9:00am Christmas Day Mass—Special Music will begin at 8:30am. Please come and begin our celebration with us!

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Since January 1 falls on Monday this year, it is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation, though the faithful are still encouraged to attend Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and to thank God for the gift of a New Year. Please note that the only Mass for January 1 will be on Monday at 9:00am. There will NOT be any Masses offere...

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Please note that the Parish Office will be closed THIS Friday, December 22 and will reopen on Wednesday, December 27. Have a safe, enjoyable, and blessed Christmas!
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Thanks to everyone who participated in our brunch last Sunday after Mass to celebrate the feast in honor of our parish patron, Saint Francis Xavier. A “special” word of thanks is extended to the ladies of our parish who planned and organized this event for us. May God bless you all!

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According to Canon Law (the law of the Church), the pastor of a parish has the right and obligation to celebrate the Sacraments with those under his care. Another priest would be able to celebrate the Sacraments with the permission of the pastor. To schedule all Sacraments celebrated in the parish, you need to first contact Father David b...

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If you would like to make a memorial donation to help purchase Christmas Flowers for the church, please enclose your donation in the envelope included with the regular offering envelopes and place it in the collection basket at Mass. Please complete the information requested on the front of the envelope. A special flyer will be included i...

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The Building Committee has discussed additional projects to beautify and enhance our parish church. It has been recommended that we purchase new sanctuary furnishings (altar, ambo, chairs, credence table, baptismal font) which would coordinate better with the style and architecture of the church. A company has also been contacted regardin...

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Our Christmas Masses here in Sikeston will be celebrated on Christmas Eve at 6:00 pm and on Christmas Morning at 9:00 am. The Christmas Masses in Charleston will be celebrated on Christmas Eve at midnight and on Christmas Morning at 9:00 am.

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Next weekend, November 18/19, we will have a second collection to support the work of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. It is also designated as the World Day of the Poor. Please take part in the World Day of the Poor through a generous donation to the second collection. 

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Notre Dame High School will hold its Annual Open House for Grade School/Junior High students on Monday, November 13th, at 6:30 pm. Those interested in making Notre Dame their High School for the 2018-19 school year should come for a tour and an evening of fun.

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Notre Dame Regional High School’s 22nd Annual “3-Day Christmas Extravaganza” will take place on November 17, 18, & 19. The craft, gifts & collectibles show will open on Friday, November 17, at 5:00 pm and will open at 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $2. Sunday is Family Fun Day with free admission an...

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St. Denis (Benton) is hosting a “Winter Wonderland of Treasures” sale on Saturday, December 2, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, featuring crafts, breakfast items and soups. St. Joseph (Scott City) is hosting a sausage breakfast at the KC Hall on Sunday, November 26, from 7:30-10:30 am. A “good will” donation is appreciated. ...

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The holidays aren't too far down the road! To help with planning family gatherings and activities, please note the Mass schedule for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our parish Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 22, at 6:00pm. The Christmas Masses will be celebrated on Christmas Eve at 6:00pm and on Christmas Morni...

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St. Augustine Church (Kelso) will host a Chili/Chicken Noodle Soup Supper in the school gym on Saturday, November 11, from 4:00 pm-7:30 pm. Adults-$7 and students-$5. St. Vincent de Paul Parish (Cape Girardeau) will sponsor a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 11, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the St. Vincent de Paul Center (Old Notre ...

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This week's Mass presents examples of humility. It is one of the most misunderstood virtues. It does not involve an attitude of submission or weakness. It is rather an attitude of willingness to accept help. No one is truly self-sufficient. We all lack some skill or ability, perhaps several. Arrogance is the feeling that we are totall...

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November 7—November 16 —Can Food Drive. Bring your cans of food to the school. November 7 (Tuesday)—Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-8:15 am, in the gym. November 11 (Saturday)— Annual Shopping Extravaganza will be held in the gym from 11:00 am –5:00 pm. November 11 (Saturday)— Gooey Louie gooey butter cak...

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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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Friday, April 7, is the date set for the KC Lenten Fish Fry.  Times are 11 am—1 pm and 4-7 pm.  Serving U.S. catfish fillets,  all the trimmings, and dessert at the KC Hall on Tanner Street.  Buy your tickets from any Knight or at the Parish Center.  Adults—$12, children  6-12 $6, u...

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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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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ANNUAL LENTEN FISH FRY Friday, April 7, is the date set for the KC Lenten Fish Fry. Times are 11 am—1 pm and 4-7 pm. Serving  catfish fillets, all the trimmings, and dessert at the KC Hall on Tanner Street. You can buy your tickets from any Knight or at the Parish Center. Adults...

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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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St. Francis Xavier School Annual Dinner/Dance/Auction will be held on Saturday, March 11. Doors open at 5 pm, dinner at 5:30 pm, and tickets are $30 per person. Reverse Raffle tickets are $50-win up to $1,500, Party Barrel tickets-$5 or 5 for $20, Raffle tickets for Yeti Basket-$20. Silent auction is at 5 pm, live auction at 7 pm. Contact...

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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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Girl & Boy Scout, Little Flowers Girl Club, and American Heritage Girl Club applications: Deadline for scout applications is March 13, 2017. For all scouting applications and inquiry, please contact Mary Ann Hennecke at 573-335-3899 or email maryann@ccmin.org. Please note that the Awards Ceremony will be on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 pm a...

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CCM is hosting a Wine Tasting on Saturday, March 4, at the Deerfield Lodge, Cape Girardeau. Doors open at 6:30 pm and tasting begins at 7:00 pm. Live music is being featured, as well as small hor d’oeuvres, a silent auction, door prizes, and a 50/50 rifle. The fine wines will be from local wineries and companies. Tickets are only $2...

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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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Saturday, March 11th, 2017 Doors open at 5:00 pm Dinner at 5:30 pm Silent Auction 5:00 pm / Live Auction 7:00 pm Auction tickets $30 per person We have several raffles available reverse raffle, dress down for a year, party barrel. Download the Dinner Dance Auction Flyer Please contact school office for more infor...

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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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ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CRAFT FAIR In support of St. Francis Xavier School, the Women of St. Francis will sponsor a table at the Craft Fair taking place at the Parish Center on Saturday, November 12, 2016. All handmade crafts, homemade snacks, candies, cakes, cookies, pies are welcome. If you make something special for the holidays, conside...

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Fish Fry There will be a Fish Fry at St. Francis Xavier School on Friday, October 28, at 5:30 pm. Please join us for an outstanding fish dinner!!  2nd Annual St. Francis Xavier Craft/Vendor Shopping Extravaganza  The 2nd Annual St. Francis Xavier Craft/Vendor Shopping Extravaganza Event will be held on Saturday, Nove...

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NO WEEKDAY MASSES Due to the Annual Clergy Institute scheduled for this week, Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28, there will be NO WEEKDAY MASSES held during this time. All priests in the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese will be attending the institute.  Monday, October 24—NO MASS St. Anthony Mary Clare...

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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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BISHOP’S VISIT Bishop Edward M. Rice will be visiting each parish and mission in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. He is scheduled to visit our parish on Sunday, August 28, after the 10 AM Mass. 

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This weekend is Father Thumma’s final weekend with us after many years—a beloved priest. Father Maria Thumma, who in the course of these many years, served the parish with zeal and grand enthusiasm. I thank God for this great man/priest - please join me in praying that the Lord will bless his new assignment as well as the g...

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ANNUAL FALL DINNER St. Joseph Catholic Church in Scott City, MO will be hosting a Fall Dinner on Sunday, September 11, at the St. Joseph Parish Center. The dinner is from 10:30 am—1:00 pm. Buffet-Style meal consisting of Kettle Beef, Chicken and Dumplings, Chicken and Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Slaw, Dessert, Tea, and C...

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ATTENTION!!! While this is early - I wanted to let all our parishioners know that beginning the first weekend in June, we will move our Sunday and weekday Masses to the Gym and the St. Joseph Room in order to enable the workers to begin working on the new restroom etc. Please pray for our parish and her members for the Lord is doing so...

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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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2016  Marian Conference - Divine Mercy Mother of Mercy Getting past the rhetoric, taking action for the lives and souls of the children Friday and Saturday - April 22nd and April 23rd St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Download the Flyer - PDF  

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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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  More than half of all charitable giving is made during the last two months of the year.  Why? It is a time of year when we express thanks for the many blessings we have received.  It is the time when we review our finances and do our tax planning.     As you consider your end-of-year tax planning, ...

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Please pray for our Parish Council Nominees.  We thank these men and women for their willingness to serve our parish in the hopes that thier time and talents will serve the good of the parish and her members! Elections - December 19&20, 2015 1.  Jeff Bogue is married to Pattie Ancell Bogue, who was born and reared in S...

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First Day of School
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Teacher Inservice  Starts 9:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Rm. August 18, 2015
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STFX School Teacher Inservice, Open House and Back to School Dinner Starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Gym August 17, 2015
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STFX School, Parent/Grandparent work night   Starts at 6:00 p.m.  August 12, 2015
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Women of St. Francis Xavier Meeting in St. Joseph Rm at 6:00PM  August 6, 2015 
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St. Francis Xavier School Board Meeting Starts at 7:00 p.m.  August 5, 2015
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