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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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#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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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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Saturday December 24, 2016 4pm @ St. Francis Xavier Parish in Sikeston 7pm @ St. Francis Xavier Parish in Sikeston 11pm @ St. Henry Parish in Charleston Sunday December 25, 2016 10am @ St. Francis Xavier Parish in Sikeston 9am @ St. Henry Parish in Charleston  

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Blessed Easter to you! 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 exis...

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Dear Parishioniers, Peace and blessings to all of you!  I pray this note finds you all well!  The weather has definitely been interesting in the last couple of weeks, we hope everyone is keeping warm and staying indoors.  Just a quick note to invite you all to our upcoming Parish Mission - Born For Mercy presented b...

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Dear Parishioners,  Peace and blessings to all of you! I wanted to thank you all for another strong year of support to our venerable parish and school, thanks to each and everyone of you for giving of your time, talents and treasures for the good of this parish.  Please know that you are remembered in prayers, that the Lor...

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And the Word became flesh and made his  dwelling among us, and we saw his glory,  the glory as of the Father’s only Son  full of Grace and Truth.  John 1: 14   Dear Friends In Christ, Peace and blessings to you and your family!   What a great joy it is for us to be gathered once ...

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“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Lk 1:45 During these weeks of Advent, an invitation was extended to us to prepare a home for the arrival of the Son of God - a kind and gentle invitation by the Creator who wills that all should be saved through his Son Jesus Christ. ...

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"Rejoice in the Lord always.  I shall say it again: rejoice!  Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.  have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your request known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts...

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A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths."   How are you preparing for Christmas?  Some of us already have our trees and lights up as we get ready for yet another grace filled season in a world that often forgets that there is a God. It would seem that ...

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Blessed Advent to you and your families! It is my hope to reflect with you during this Advent season on our call to grow in holiness.  Advent is a grace filled time of waiting for the Son of God to enter into our world and reshape it anew - It is a time to recommit ourselves to following God above all things - a sort of spiritual ...

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