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NO WEEKDAY MASS THIS WEEK

Posted on October 21, 2018 in: General News

Please note that there will NOT be Mass this coming week as Father David will be joining the priests of our diocese for the Annual Institute in Branson. Please keep our diocesan clergy in prayer as they gather for this time of prayer, study, and fellowship. 

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HOLY DAY

Posted on October 18, 2018 in: General News

Please be reminded that Thursday, November 1, is the Solemnity of All Saints (a Holy Day of Obligation). A Vigil Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm. The Holy Day Mass will be offered at 12:15 pm. Masses in Charleston will be offered on Thursday at 8:15 am and 6:30 pm. Please note that the school and parish offices will be CLOSED. School will NOT be in session 

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WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

Posted on October 12, 2018 in: General News

NEXT weekend (October 20/21) is World Mission Sunday. Every Christian has an obligation and responsibility to share the Good News of Christ with the world, especially through his/her actions. We offer our spiritual and financial support to those who are involved in the ministry and missionary work of the Church. An envelope for this effort is included in your offering envelope packet. Thank you for your support and generosity! 

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NO FRIDAY MORNING MASS OCT. 12

Posted on October 04, 2018 in: General News

Please note that there will NOT be Mass on Friday morning of this week (October 12) as Father David and the upper grades in our parish school will be attending a special Mass at Notre Dame with Bishop Rice.  

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CROSS CATHOLIC OUTREACH

Posted on October 04, 2018 in: General News

NEXT weekend October 13/14, Father Patrick McCormick will be visiting our parish and celebrating the weekend Masses. Father McCormick reaches out to parishes on behalf of Cross Catholic Outreach, which is an organization established to seek support for the poor in developing countries. Father David will be taking a "personal weekend" at that time, so we welcome Father McCormick to our parish family and our community!

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St. Augustine Parish in Kelso is having their Fall Dinner on Sunday, October 21, from 10:30am to 1:00pm in the School Gym. The buffet style dinner includes ham, chicken & dumplings and all the trimmings. Adults:$10, children (6-11): $5, children (5 and under): free. Carry outs available.

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COVENANT NETWORK FALL RADIOTHON

Posted on September 28, 2018 in: General News

Covenant Network (which sponsors our local Catholic radio station) is hosting their annual "Fall Radiothon" this coming week! Consider making a donation to help spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and the beauty of our Catholic Faith to people throughout Southeast Missouri. You are invited to "listen in" THIS Tuesday, October 2, from 2:00-4:00pm. Our "very own" Ron Spell will be the featured guest during this time. Ron is a member of our parish and was received into the Church this last Easter. Thanks for your support and generosity to this important outreach and ministry! 

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THE TEACHINGS OF OUR FAITH

Posted on September 20, 2018 in: General News

Oftentimes, the teachings of the Catholic Church (which we believe are the inspired teachings of Christ) are misunderstood, misinterpreted, or misconstrued by many people, both within and outside the Church. Our secular media has a tendency to "misrepresent" the Church in her teachings, oftentimes causing conflict, confusion, and division. As Catholics, we know that many times the teachings of the Church contradict and "go against" popular opinion and secular views regarding values and morality. As a result, the moral views of many Catholics are shaped and formed NOT by the Gospel and the teachings of C...

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NOTRE DAME ACTIVITY WEEK

Posted on September 14, 2018 in: General News

Notre Dame High School is having their annual "Activity Week" beginning September 21 until September 29. Many activities and promotions will be taking place for this annual fundraiser. As always, public dinners will be held each night from 5:00-7:00pm (Monday - Kettle Beef; Tuesday - Pulled Pork; Wednesday, Fried Chicken; Thursday, - Pork Steaks). For more information, you may call the Notre Dame School Office at 335-6772 OR Alex Jackson (the Development Director) at 335-3416. Thanks for your support!

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CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES

Posted on September 14, 2018 in: General News

On behalf of our parish family, we extend our prayers and best wishes to Julia and Sophia Schuerenberg and their family on the celebration of their baptism this past Monday morning. May God bless them and guide them in their daily lives as He shares His grace with them and offers them the promise of Eternal Life given in the waters of Holy Baptism!

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RELIGIOUS RETIREMENT FUND

Posted on September 06, 2018 in: General News

The Annual Appeal for the "Religious Retirement Fund" will be held at the Masses NEXT weekend (September 15/16). Your generosity for this effort helps provide for the needs and care of many religious who have dedicated their lives to Christ in service to His Church. An envelope for this collection is included in your weekly offering packet. A second collection will be taken up AFTER Holy Communion. Thanks for your support and generosity!

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LIFE CHAIN

Posted on September 06, 2018 in: General News

Just a reminder that the Annual "Life Chain" will be held in Sikeston on Sunday, October 7. Consider joining others from our local communities for this time of prayer and support for the sacredness of human life!

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FATHER GLENN’S ANNIVERSARY

Posted on August 30, 2018 in: General News

Father Glenn Eftink is celebrating his 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood! You are invited to join him for this special occasion at a Mass which will be celebrated at Guardian Angel Parish in Oran on Tuesday, October 2, at 7:00 pm. A reception will follow the Mass. Let us pray for an increase in priestly vocations, especially among the young men of our parish family!

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The MCC Annual Assembly will be held on Saturday, October 6, at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City. For more information OR if you would like to attend, you may register online at MOCatholic.org OR by calling 1-800-456-1679. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Joseph Perry, who is an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago. This is an excellent opportunity for Catholics across Missouri to gather for prayer, education, and spiritual formation in the Faith. 

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OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS

Posted on August 23, 2018 in: General News

Parents are invited to attend a FREE event on Wednesday, September 12, from 6:30-8:00pm at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cape. Mike Patin, a nationally known Catholic speaker, will focus on our culture and the challenge of the Church today, especially in regards to our young people. For more info, please see the flier posted on the vestibule bulletin board.

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KC CHICKEN FRY

Posted on August 23, 2018 in: General News

The Knights of Columbus are hosting their Annual Chicken Fry on Saturday, September 22, from 4:00-7:00pm at the Knights Hall. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

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PARISH DINNER

Posted on August 23, 2018 in: General News

St. Joseph Parish in Scott City is hosting their Fall Dinner on Sunday, September 9, in the Parish Center. The buffet meal will be served from 10:30am-1:00pm and will include Kettle Beef, Chicken & Dumplings, Chicken & Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Slaw, Dessert, and Drink. The cost is Adults ($10), Children 6-12 ($5), Under 6 is FREE.

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CHURCH WINDOWS

Posted on August 17, 2018 in: General News

Work will soon begin on the church windows which have already been removed. This is a very tedious process, so it may be a few months before they are all returned and installed. Due to the type of glass used for the sacred images which will be incorporated into our windows, a different type of glass must be used for the remainder of the window. The Church Renovation Committee has met and has chosen a glass that will beautifully complement the images. The original nameplates will be used as well. Anyone who would like to make a donation for this project will have their name added to an additional nameplate, especially if th...

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WOMEN’S OUTING

Posted on August 17, 2018 in: General News

All women of our parish are invited to participate in a "Women's Outing" on Thursday, September 27, at 7:30 pm. . The musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" will be performed at the SEMO River Campus in Cape. Only 20 tickets will be available at a cost of $23 per seat. For more info, or if you would like to attend, please contact Jackie Cowan (471-6245 OR jackiescowan@yahoo.com) by Sunday, August 26.

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HOLY DAY SCHEDULE

Posted on August 09, 2018 in: General News

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 celebrated in Charleston on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm and on Wednesday morning at 8:15am. 

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RECEIVING THE SACRAMENTS

Posted on August 09, 2018 in: General News

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 Sunday Mass on a regular basis in our parish (the exception would be made for couples who live away from the parish yet desire to celebrate their marriage here); participate in and complete all required preparation classes/ sessions; and be living a life of faith in harmony with the Gospe...

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FATHER DAVID’S SCHEDULE

Posted on August 02, 2018 in: General News

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. You can also leave a phone message or preferably send an email if you need to contact him. Thanks! 

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PSR REGISTRATION

Posted on August 02, 2018 in: General News

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 PSR program is a way to support and assist parents in this very important duty. Children who will preparing for First Reconciliation/First Holy Communion are required to attend PSR classes if they are not enrolled in a Catholic School. For more information call Toni Grojean (573) 258-1172....

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FARM PARTY TO BENEFIT SCHOOL

Posted on August 02, 2018 in: General News

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 appreciated!

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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 or red), Dry Erase Markers, Plastic Pocket Folders, Colored Pencil and Watercolor Paint Sets, Glue Sticks or Glue Bottles, Fiskars Scissors, Wide-ruled Spiral Notebooks. Items may be taken directly to the school or placed in the designated box in the church vestibule. Any donation is grea...

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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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BIKING FOR BABIES

Posted on July 26, 2018 in: General News

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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WEEKDAY MASS

Posted on July 19, 2018 in: General News

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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THANK YOU

Posted on July 19, 2018 in: General News

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 Edward E. Nunnelee Jr. Memorial, Bill & Barb Palmer, Glenn A. & Glenn E. Pinkerton, and John & Theresa Rowland for their recent donations which were used to remove the ambo platform. This should make things easier, safer and more convenient for those who give of their time to help a...

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CATHOLIC MAN NIGHT

Posted on July 11, 2018 in: General News

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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FAREWELL FOR FATHER ALEXANDER

Posted on June 21, 2018 in: General News

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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ORAN PICNIC ON JULY 4TH

Posted on June 21, 2018 in: General News

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 served from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm in the air-conditioned KC Hall. For more information, see the flyer posted on the bulletin board in the church vestibule. 

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July - No 8AM Mass

Posted on June 06, 2018 in: General News

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 support helps spread the Gospel message!

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A FEW REMINDERS

Posted on May 31, 2018 in: General News

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 Sunday Mass, especially on a regular basis); (2) A person should fast/refrain from food and drink (with the exception of water and medicine) ONE HOUR prior to receiving Holy Communion; (3) A person should NOT be chewing gum when receiving our Lord in Holy Communion; (4) When standing in fr...

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DYNAMIC CATHOLIC

Posted on May 24, 2018 in: General News

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 posted on the bulletin board in church. There is a limited number of tickets available, so please call early! 

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IN APRECIATION FOR THE WEEK

Posted on May 24, 2018 in: General News

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 through this ministry. May God abundantly reward you for your kindness! 

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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

Posted on May 24, 2018 in: General News

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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DYNAMIC CATHOLIC

Posted on May 17, 2018 in: General News

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 posted on the bulletin board in church. There is a limited number of tickets available, so please call early! 

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CONFIRMATION LETTERS

Posted on May 17, 2018 in: General News

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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CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES

Posted on May 17, 2018 in: General News

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 information. 

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PENTECOST

Posted on May 17, 2018 in: General News

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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IN APRECIATION FOR THE WEEK

Posted on May 10, 2018 in: General News

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 in His Holy Word. May God abundantly reward you for your kindness and service!

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Posted on May 10, 2018 in: General News

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 example and prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary! 

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DIOCESAN DEVELOPMENT FUND

Posted on May 04, 2018 in: General News

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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MAINTENANCE

Posted on May 04, 2018 in: General News

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 discussed at our meeting held in February. We will keep you posted on the progress of these projects. If you have any questions, please let me know. 

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PARISH GROUNDSKEEPING

Posted on May 04, 2018 in: General News

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 looking their best! If interested, contact the Parish Office. 

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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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PARISH GROUNDSKEEPING

Posted on April 26, 2018 in: General News

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 looking their best! If interested, please contact the Parish Office. 

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MONTH OF MAY

Posted on April 26, 2018 in: General News

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 she does by following her example and seeking her intercession! 

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IN APRECIATION FOR THE WEEK

Posted on April 19, 2018 in: General News

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 abundantly reward each of you for your kindness and hard work!  

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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Posted on April 19, 2018 in: General News

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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SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

Posted on April 19, 2018 in: General News

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. If a Catholic chooses to marry "outside the Church" without the proper permission from the bishop, that marriage is considered invalid and also prevents the Catholic party from receiving the other Sacraments of our Faith until they enter into a valid marriage within the Church. ...

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AREA CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Posted on April 12, 2018 in: General News

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 in the 2018-2019 school year. Camps include athletics, science, robotics, and drama. Camps begin Tuesday, May 29. Saturday, April 21—St. Denis School (Benton) will host a Black Light Bingo beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 at the door. Concessions will be available. For more infor...

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CATHOLIC LADIES NIGHT

Posted on April 12, 2018 in: General News

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 held in the St. Joseph Meeting Room until 8:30pm. Come and enjoy a great evening of prayer, fellowship, and faith sharing with other Catholic women! 

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MOTHER/DAUGHTER EVENT

Posted on April 12, 2018 in: General News

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 the female body. For more info, please contact Meg Garner at 579-2188 OR refer to the flier posted on the bulletin board in the vestibule.

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LENTEN RICE BOWL

Posted on April 12, 2018 in: General News

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 of reasonable need, please know that we are here to help you. Just contact the Parish Office and let us know! May God bless you all!

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AREA CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Posted on April 05, 2018 in: General News

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 more information, call 573-331-5820. Sunday, April 8—Knights of Columbus (Scott City) will host a breakfast at their KC Hall from 7:30-11:00am. Cost: Adults $7.50, Children (10 and under) $4.00. Sunday, April 15— St. Denis Parish (Benton) will host a Mission Breakfast from 7...

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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 for the Lord and His Holy Church!

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SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

Posted on April 05, 2018 in: General News

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 weekend Masses on May 5/6. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else who meets the requirements, please contact Debbie Pollock in the school office. 

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OFFICE CLOSED March 30

Posted on March 23, 2018 in: General News

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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CATHOLIC LADIES NIGHT

Posted on March 23, 2018 in: General News

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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ROSARY LEADERS

Posted on March 23, 2018 in: General News

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 of the Rosary. The Rosary is a very beautiful and inspiring devotion when it is prayed together, much like an orchestra which plays a beautiful piece of music in unison with each other. When everyone prays the prayers at their own pace, it becomes somewhat "disconnected". May our ...

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AREA CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Posted on March 23, 2018 in: General News

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 Divine Mercy Sunday with Confessions & Eucharistic Adoration at 2pm with Divine Mercy Holy Hour from 3-4pm.

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AREA CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Posted on March 09, 2018 in: General News

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 11:00 am-11:00 pm, Admission is $25 and includes food and beverages. You must be 21 or older to attend. Saturday, March 17—St. Joseph Home & School (Scott City) is hosting a Music Trivia Night. Play begins at 7:00 pm and cost is $12.50 per person. Call Ashley at 450-9516 or the ...

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CHRISM MASS

Posted on March 09, 2018 in: General News

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 and plan to attend!

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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, 1:00-2:00pm Friday, March 16, 6:00-6:45pm (before Stations) Monday, March 19, 5:00-6:00pm

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ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL NEWS

Posted on March 01, 2018 in: General News

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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KC FISH FRY

Posted on March 01, 2018 in: General News

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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AREA CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Posted on February 22, 2018 in: General News

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. Call Shannon Mack at 703-4014 for tickets ($30 per person). Saturday, March 3—Knights of Columbus (Scott City) is hosting a Euchre Tournament at the KC Hall. Play begins at 7:00pm. $10 donation at the door includes chili & chicken noodle soup. Any questions, contact Carol Burger ...

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Posted on February 22, 2018 in: General News

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 early this Friday. Stations WILL be offered at 7:00pm. 

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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, 1:00-2:00pm Friday, March 16, 6:00-6:45pm (before Stations) Monday, March 19, 5:00-6:00pm 

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SEASON OF LENT

Posted on February 08, 2018 in: General News

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 means to refrain from eating any meat. May these penitential practices help make this Lenten Season spiritually fruitful for us!

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MASS OF ANOINTING

Posted on January 25, 2018 in: General News

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 and emotional healing). Everyone is invited to attend and be part of this communal parish celebration. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the Parish Office by Monday, February 5. 

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Posted on January 25, 2018 in: General News

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 Mass. 

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AREA CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Posted on January 19, 2018 in: General News

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)—Sausage Breakfast in the school gym. Serving from 7:30-10:30 am. Goodwill donations will be gladly accepted. Friday, February 2—Knights of Columbus (Scott City) is hosting an evening with the Bishop at the Knights of Columbus Hall beginning at 6:15 pm. Tickets are $20 per person and incl...

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HOLY COMMUNION AND THE FLU SEASON

Posted on January 19, 2018 in: General News

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 have the flu or feel like you are coming down with it or are just getting over it, please be considerate of others by NOT receiving the Precious Blood or shaking hands during the Sign of Peace. Some parishes see a need to suspend these practices during this season. I do not see a need to d...

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PARISH PRAYER LINE

Posted on January 19, 2018 in: General News

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 (chouy1943@att.net) or Toni Grojean at (573)258-1172 (toni@stfxsikeston.org) to add someone to the prayer line. The only requirement is that you have specific permission from the family or individual before we send out this request. If you do not have email and wish to receive a request fo...

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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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MASS ON JANUARY 1

Posted on December 20, 2017 in: General News

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 offered on the evening before. May the New Year be filled with God’s abundant graces and blessings for us! 

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PARISH OFFICE CLOSED - Dec 22

Posted on December 15, 2017 in: General News

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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THANK YOU

Posted on December 07, 2017 in: General News

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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CELEBRATION OF SACRAMENTS

Posted on December 07, 2017 in: General News

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 before contacting any other priest to celebrate a Sacrament. At his discretion, the pastor can delegate another priest to celebrate the Sacrament. Thanks for your consideration and cooperation!

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CHRISTMAS FLOWERS

Posted on November 22, 2017 in: General News

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 in the bulletin with the names of those who made a donation. Any donations received which exceed the cost of the poinsettias are used to purchase plants/flowers for the church throughout the year. Please submit your donation by Monday, December 18. Thanks for your generosity! 

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MEMORIAL DONATIONS

Posted on November 22, 2017 in: General News

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 regarding the installation of stained glass windows (with the possibility of stained glass images being incorporated into the existing windows), as well as additional decorative painting behind the tabernacle/crucifix in the sanctuary. These projects have been "on the table" for several ...

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CHRISTMAS MASSES

Posted on November 22, 2017 in: General News

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 OPEN HOUSE

Posted on November 10, 2017 in: General News

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 CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA

Posted on November 10, 2017 in: General News

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 and a special appearance by Santa Claus. 

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AREA CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Posted on November 10, 2017 in: General News

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 Morning at 9:00am. Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated in Charleston on Thanksgiving morning at 8:15am. Christmas Masses in Charleston will be celebrated on Christmas Eve at midnight and on Christmas morning at 9:00am. 

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AREA CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Posted on November 02, 2017 in: General News

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 Dame High School). Admission is free. Lunch will be served by the Knights of Columbus. 

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HUMILITY

Posted on November 02, 2017 in: General News

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 totally in control and need no outside help. The priests and Pharisees wielded tremendous power in their day. They demonstrated this assumed authority in their dress, mannerisms and demand for attention. Paul shows humility in that he wishes not to burden anyone, but to serve. He willingly ac...

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ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL NEWS

Posted on November 02, 2017 in: General News

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 cake orders are due by 8:00 am. Please see a student if you would like to place an order. November 20—November 27—No School. (Thanksgiving Break).

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WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

Posted on October 12, 2017 in: General News

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 Christ to the many nations of our world. Please give generously to this important work! 

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WITHOUT A WEDDING GARMENT?

Posted on October 12, 2017 in: General News

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 are invited in their place--all of those who will come to Christ. The final part of the story presents the king's anger at one of the guests who isn't properly dressed. How could the guest be ready if he's been dragged in at the last minute? If you just came off the street, wo...

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THANK YOU FROM THE PAZDERA FAMILY

Posted on October 06, 2017 in: General News

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. Knowing that they will reject Him too, He bluntly tells them that they will lose all. He quotes verse 22 of Psalm 118. It refers to stone cutting. Builders cut blocks from quarries and preferred to have straight edges. Occasionally, it might crack unevenly and be useless for normal purp...

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HOLY COMMUNION

Posted on September 29, 2017 in: General News

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 Holy Communion at Mass: (1) in the hand OR (2) on the tongue. Regardless of which option is chosen, a person receiving Holy Communion should first BOW (as an act of reverence and faith) and also respond "AMEN" (as an acclamation of faith). When receiving Holy Communion in the ha...

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FYI

Posted on September 29, 2017 in: General News

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, it is always available to the parish whenever it is requested (even though it is invested with the diocese). There are different ways of investing monetary gifts (e.g. endowment fund, trust fund,...). Please be assured that if you are considering leaving a bequest to the parish (and hopefu...

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EQUALITY WITH GOD

Posted on September 29, 2017 in: General News, Pastor's Thoughts

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 “human suit” and pretend to be one of us. That would have been a fraud and a cheat. Paul is telling us that Jesus did not greedily clutch his divine attributes. He did not fake humanity—he was truly “one like us in all things but sin”. Jesus wasn’t slu...

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WORKING ONE HOUR

Posted on September 22, 2017 in: General News

“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 numbers to harvest his crop. The fact that he would return seeking more laborers is not unreasonable. The twist to the story is the fact that he chooses to give everyone the same pay. In real life his largess would be ruinous. The next time no one would show up early. But this story is no...

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HAPPENINGS AT AREA CHURCHES

Posted on September 21, 2017 in: General News

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 be praying the Rosary to Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, Oct. 14, at noon. St. Joseph Home and School, (Scott City) 27th Annual Dinner Auction is Saturday, Oct. 14. Doors open –5pm, and meal 6pm. For tickets call Betty Spalding at 264-2600 or 579-3867. St. Ambrose Catholic School...

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THANK YOU

Posted on September 15, 2017 in: General News

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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FORGIVE 77 TIMES

Posted on September 15, 2017 in: General News

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 were the Sun, Moon, and five planets visible to the naked eye. Hence, seven seemed to have a divine significance. This explains why there are seven days in a week, seven sacraments, etc. Luke's version of the story goes even further. In it Jesus demands "seventy times seven" o...

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PRAYERS OF THE MASS

Posted on September 07, 2017 in: General News

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 allow the people to join in the responses, acclamations, and other prayers. A large portion of the responses/ acclamations at Mass properly belong to the laity. As we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, be a part of what is going on! Make sure that you join in the prayers, responses, and yes, even t...

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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 something that will hurt themselves or others, God gives us a duty to give a warning.  The more serious the sin, the more we have an obligation to speak or act. If a friend is about to drive in a drunken condition, we must try to take the keys or offer to drive. If anyone we know is t...

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COLLECTION FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS

Posted on September 06, 2017 in: General News

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 your offering in an envelope marked "Hurricane Collection" and place it in the collection basket at Mass. May God abundantly reward you for your kindness and generosity!

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MUSICIANS

Posted on August 31, 2017 in: General News

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 his mind not to utter God's words. He cannot resist the call to prophecy. It is like a fire burning inside of him until the message is released. Several prophets expressed that same compulsion to preach.

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St. Francis Xavier School News

Posted on August 30, 2017 in: General News

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 Unlimited Wash Program. Sikeston MediCenter Pharmacy would like to support St. Francis Xavier School by donating 50 cents for every qualifying prescription filled and picked up at the Sikeston MediCenter Pharmacy. You may pick up your donation key tags at the school, parish center, or from an...

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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 those who have fallen in the line of duty. While this will be in the context of a Catholic Mass, non-Catholics are most welcome to attend. We would be honored by their presence. We invite all first responders to wear uniforms and process into the cathedral at the beginning of the Mass. Spec...

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THE PEBBLE THAT BECAME A ROCK

Posted on August 25, 2017 in: General News

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 called "One like a Son of Man". This was a synonym for "humanappearing". He would bring help from God. Jesus asks His apostles about the current speculation on the figure's identity. The disciples give the most common guesses. Jesus then quizzes them why they haven&...

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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 bring a salad; last names beginning with L-Z, please bring a vegetable dish. If you have any memorabilia you would like to share by having it on display (pictures, articles, etc.), please put your name on the back so it can be returned to you. A table will be set up for display. Please plan...

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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 will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Give us our food for today, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9-13  The key to prayer is to ...

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Penance

Posted on July 28, 2017 in: General News

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 religions, therefore, have their rites of purification: ablutions, baptisms, or even public penance which can, at times, take aberrant forms. As far as the Catholic faith is concerned, there exists an original sin, which is explained in allegorical terms in the opening pages of the Bible....

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WOMEN OF ST. FRANCIS MEETING

Posted on July 14, 2017 in: General News

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 and community projects. We visit the homebound and nursing homes, taking flowers and treats. Your participation in meetings is encouraged and welcomed as we meet the first Thursday of each month. Please plan to attend - we think you will like us!

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ANNUAL LEOPOLD PICNIC

Posted on July 14, 2017 in: General News

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. Music: 8 pm—midnight (Silver Fox” playing) Tractor rides, crafts, homemade ice cream, games, etc. 

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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, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding by 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Please remember to mail Marriage Preparation forms, along with the $25 program fee, to the Office of Family Life. For more information, please contact Kim Brayman, 417-866-0841, kbrayman@dioscg.org.

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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 the riders and hear their stories, along with meeting our local pregnancy resource centers, PRC of Sikeston, and Birthright of Cape Girardeau. BIKING FOR BABIES would to see you there. For more information, visit BikingForBabies.com

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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 with the $25 program fee, to the Office of Family Ministries. Attendance

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Code of Conduct

Posted on June 02, 2017 in: General News

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 Assistance Coordinator; Karen Pesek, Director, Office of Child and Youth Protection at 417-866-0841 or kpesek@dioscg.org; or the Chancellor. The TIPS reporting system may also be used by clicking the link on the diocesan website, www.dioscg.org, or the parish or school website. Go to the diocesan 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 people are served well It is important that our school continues to explore new and creative ways in the future for her viability. I thank all of you who, on a daily basis, seek to help in making St. Francis Xavier Grade School a place where our young people come to be challenged academica...

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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, remember to be kind and gracious in what you say and do. Fr. Patrick Ike Pastor

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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 it involves changes, and heaven knows that most of us panic at the mention of ‘change’. I often remind our young people that changes are good as they are a part of daily living, and if you are not changing, you are dying. At times the changes we experience in our culture to...

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Congratulations Graduates

Posted on May 19, 2017 in: General News

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 their caps and gowns. 

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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 before leaving home. How you do these things, and how you incorporate them into your parenting, is where your own personality and your children’s personalities come in. 1. You are loved. It has been proven over and over that young adults who know beyond any doubt that their parent...

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Area Job Openings

Posted on May 03, 2017 in: General News

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 Girardeau - Elementary School Principal Opening. For more information, see the parish website: www.stmarycathedral.net/principal. St. Denis School, Benton - 7th & 8th grade, full-time teaching position. Call office 573-545-3017

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Events At Notre Dame

Posted on April 28, 2017 in: General News

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 following the Cardinals’ game. Fans will be allowed to move to field level for the Notre Dame game. Order by May 1st and included with your $50 ticket is the “Bulldogs at Busch” t-shirt. For info call 573-335-6772 ext. 419.

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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 to many parish and community projects. We visit the homebound and nursing homes, taking flowers and treats. Your participation in meetings is welcomed, and all women of the parish are invited and encouraged to attend! 

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Camp Re-New-All

Posted on April 21, 2017 in: General News

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. From June 12 through July 14, camp will be held at Fredericktown. From June 26 through July 28, camp will be held at Cassville. See you there!

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Lift Us Up In Prayer

Posted on April 21, 2017 in: General News

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 Eftink, Jack Jackovic, Jim Hux, Josh Stinnett, Wyatt Stinnett, Pat Fetsch, Rob Aldrich, and Gary Ryan. For all serving in the Armed Forces, for the protection of the unborn, for religious vocations, and our religious freedoms. 

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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 transformed. This birth is not brought about by human generation, by the will of man or the desire of the flesh, but by God who raised Jesus from the dead.” Easter is a time when we awake from darkness into light – darkness dispelled by the Son of God who became our leader and in...

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Give Thanks to God always!

Posted on April 07, 2017 in: General News

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 they received the Eucharist for the first time—their enthusiasm for Christ was remarkably. These little angels remind us that God is living and active in our world. Their love for Christ in the Eucharist calls us to actively participate in the life of the Church and be authentic wit...

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Area Job Openings

Posted on April 07, 2017 in: General News

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 - Elementary School Principal Opening. For more information, see the parish website: www.stmarycathedral.net/principal. St. Denis School, Benton - 7th & 8th grade, full-time teaching position. Call office 573-545-3017.

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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, under 6 free.  Carry-outs available for $11. each.  

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Happenings at Area Churches

Posted on March 31, 2017 in: General News

*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, School Gym.

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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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Job Opening

Posted on March 30, 2017 in: General News

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 including: pastoral care, youth formation, our school, and music and worship. Our successful candidate will assist in the development and growth of our middle school youth ministry, high school youth ministry, and young adult ministry. As a member of our parish staff, they will also be a pivotal ...

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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 Sunday afternoon, April 9. Cost $35. Contact Meg at icyouthspirit@gmail.com or call 573-579-2188.

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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—$12 Children 6-12 $6 Under 6 free. Carryouts, too!

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Lenten Fasting

Posted on March 03, 2017 in: General News

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 unless we can make people aware of the great beauty and spiritual significance of these acts. The forty days of Lent are an ideal period for renewal. Lent is the perfect span of time to form new life-giving habits and abandon old self-destructive habits. But most of us just give up cho...

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Dinner / Dance / Auction

Posted on March 02, 2017 in: General News

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 school office for more information: 573-471-0841. PLEASE HELP SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL!!!!!! 

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Seminary Visit

Posted on February 24, 2017 in: General News

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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Bishop's Walk

Posted on February 16, 2017 in: General News

Registration form for the Bishop's Walk. Registration is due March24th.   Click here to download the form.

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Scout Applications

Posted on February 10, 2017 in: General News

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 and is to be held at Old St. Vincent Church. 

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Catholic Campus Ministry

Posted on February 03, 2017 in: General News

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 $25 and will benefit a Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. Patrick in May, 2018. Contact CCM for more info or tickets: 573-335-3899. 

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St. Francis Xavier 125th Birthday

Posted on January 20, 2017 in: General News

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 our parish. Please contact Jeff Bogue at jbogue3@charter.net or 471-3323. 

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Monsignor William J. Stanton

Posted on January 20, 2017 in: General News

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—St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral in Cape Girardeau at 11:00 am. Burial: To follow Funeral Mass at St. Mary Cemetery, Cape Girardeau.

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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 information 573-471-0841

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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 the Lord’s work! For more information, contact Fr. Patrick @ fatherpatrick@stfxsikeston. 

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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 flyer. Thank you for your support to make our altar and Church look beautiful for Christmas! 

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Attention Women of St. Francis

Posted on October 21, 2016 in: General News

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, consider making a bit extra for this occasion! We ask that you let us know your donation so we can provide adequate space for all. For more information, contact chou1943@att.net, 472-0517 or 380-2929. Please join us in this fun project and bring your friends! We have designated this additio...

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ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL NEWS

Posted on October 21, 2016 in: General News

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, November 12, at 9 am—5:30 pm. Please contact St. Francis Xavier School (573-471-0841) to reserve your table for this event! 

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Weekday Mass Update !

Posted on October 21, 2016 in: General News

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 Claret, Bishop Tuesday, October 25—NO MASS Wednesday, October 26-NO MASS Thursday, October 27- NO MASS Friday, October 28—NO MASS Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles Saturday, October 29 4:00 PM +Richard Guter Confessions 3:00-3:45 PM BVM SUNDAY, October 30 ...

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Rosary Leader are Needed

Posted on August 05, 2016 in: General News

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. Please join us to pray for the needs of our parish. Try to bring your family one time a month. 

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BISHOP’S VISIT August 28, 2016

Posted on August 05, 2016 in: General News

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 good people of St. Michael’s Parish in Fredericktown.  Fr. Patrick Ike

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St. Joseph - Annual Fall Dinner

Posted on August 04, 2016 in: General News

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 Coffee. Adults, $9; Children (6-12), $5; Under 6 are free. Carry-out meals are available. The Council of Catholic Women will be selling crafts, breads, and sweets at their country store and bakery shop. 

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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 some amazing things in our midst.  We thank God for all the blessings received.  Please share this!!!! Fr. Patrick

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A New Bishop!!!!

Posted on April 29, 2016 in: General News

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 Father Francis named Bishop Edward Rice - auxiliary bishop from the Archdiocese of St. Louis to be our next bishop - a man that I have known for almost two decades - Bishop Rice is a dedicated, hardworking, prayerful and holy priest. He has a g...

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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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Diocesan Capital Campaign

Posted on March 02, 2016 in: General News

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 meet the crucial needs of the diocese. Our parish goal is $340 thousand dollars. So far the parish has raised $175 thousand. Read More> Thank you all for your kind and generous support of this blessed endeavor.  

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Volunteers Needed!

Posted on February 14, 2016 in: General News

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.  May the Lord bless and reward you abundantly for your YES!!

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Pope Francis Lenten Message!!!

Posted on February 09, 2016 in: General News

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 Mercy.    

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PARISH MISSION

Posted on January 24, 2016 in: General News

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, 2016 @ 7pm.   SCHEDULE: 8:15am   -             All School Mass followed by coffee & donuts in the Gym and time to meet with Fr. Juan Pablo  11:30am - 1pm  -  Video Presentation on the life and works of Mother Teresa with ...

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End of Year Giving

Posted on December 15, 2015 in: General News

  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, please consider a gift to St. Francis Xavier Parish and School.  Any donations received or postmarked by December 31 can reduce your income taxes if you itemize, and make a positive impact on our parish and our school.  We invite you to be an indispensable part of intro...

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PARISH COUNCIL NOMINEES

Posted on December 15, 2015 in: General News

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 Sikeston and St. Francis Xavier Parish. After his 2013 retirement from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Jeff and Pattie realized her dream of returning to Sikeston. He has experience on parish and school boards in the Diocese of Memphis, including chair of his p...

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Parish Potluck

Posted on August 13, 2015 in: General News

First Day of School

Posted on July 14, 2015 in: General News

First Day of School

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Teacher Inservice

Posted on July 14, 2015 in: General News

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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