A Voice Crying Out in the Desert: The Gospel readings of the 2nd and 3rd weeks of Advent offer stories from the life of John the Baptist which is only fitting since he is the great herald of the coming of Jesus. Of course, both St. John & Jesus were adults at the time of St. John's ministry, but this does not preclude the Church from using this theme as representative of another great time of proclamation - Advent - the season of expectation of the coming of the Child of God into the world. In fact it was at the circumcision of St. John that his own father made a great proclamation in the Canticle of Zechariah that the "dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death." This is a reference to Jesus, born into the world as the Light of the World. In the time of Advent the Chruch calls all people once again to an examination of their lives in preparation for the coming of the Lord Jesus. Advent does not have as strong a penitential character as Lent, but for Catholics it still calls us to a deep examination of conscience and a purification in preparation to receive Jesus sacramentally in the Christmas Mass. Monsignor O'Connor wishes all a Blessed Advent, and to all who have been away from Christ and his Church, a hopeful return to the practice of their faith.
Parish Rosary CD is available for $5.00.
Copies are available at the parish office.
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The Immaculate Conception : December 9th is a solemnity in honor of the Blessed Mary, when Catholics celebrate Mary - "full of grace". Usually it is also a Holy Day of Obligation (i.e. having the liturgical force of a Sunday) but this year because it falls on a Monday, it is not an obligatory feast. However, it is a very important day in the Church and Holy Mass will be celebrated at 9am on the 9th of December. We hope many will come to honor the Blessed Mother who was conceived fully in grace, without original sin.
Another Marian Feast: The 2nd week of Advent is a week-long Marian celebration as on December 12th we also celebrate Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This feast commemorates the apparition of the Blessed Mother to peasant Juan Diego in the year 1531 near Mexico City. In this sacred image imprinted miraculaously on the tilma of Juan Diego, Mary is depicted as the woman in the Book of Revelation, "clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelves stars." Mary is also depicted as one who is with child making this depiction particularly relevant for Advent. In this depiction she is also the intercessor for the Pro-Life cause to restore full dignity and love to all children in the womb. Please join us for Mass on the 12th.
Giving Tree: The St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree is set up at the back of the church. Please take a tag and bring back to the church a Christmas present for someone less fortunate. Thus far 130 tags, each with a designated gift item to be purchased, have been taken from the tree. 100 new ornament tags have been hung on the tree. SVDP thanks all parishioners and visitors for their generosity. The gift items are given to SVDP clients in the area and to local charities.
Variety Show: Thank you to all who participated in our Variety Show on November 30th. A great meal, some wonderful entertainment and warm fellowship was the result of many people’s efforts. As always thanks to our Events Committee & especially to Mary Cardoza. Thanks to Scott Alexander and his team of cooks and indeed to all the acts and performers. All in all, the show raised a total of $2,608 which will be used to help with repairs and new equipment for the school kitchen. Thanks again to all who made this a resounding success.
Got Evening Prayer? We do! Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening in the parish church beginning at 6:30pm & concluding before 7:00pm. Please look for more information about Evening Prayer under the above home page heading: Parish Life & Liturgy
"The Dawn from on High shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the way of peace" - Canticle of Zechariah (Lk 1: 68-79).
The church is open for prayer every day. Please call the office at 508 - 995 - 7600 if you require use of our wheel-chair lift.
Visit of the Black Madonna: Please join us for Holy Mass at 9am on Wednesday, December 11th as we welcome to our parish a copy of the icon of "Our Lady of Czestochowa" ("the Black Madonna"). Thr original is reputed to have been "written" by Luke the Evangelist on Mary's table-top in Nazareth. The icon has been associated with numerous miracles and healings - both of a spiritual and physical nature. The beatiful copy of this icon has been blessed and consecrated at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Poland, where the original is also kept, and entrusted to the defense of life and family. Now, after traveling 40,000 miles from Vladivostock, Russia through 24 countries in Europe, the icon copy will be visiting our parish on December 11th during its global pilgrimage. Please join us as we receive the Black Madonna (so called for its coloration believed to have been sustained in the church it saved from burning; itself being scorched), to our parish as we ask the Blessed Mother's protection of life and family as well as for our own personal intentions. The icon of the Madonna will be with us only for 24 hours. Father Peter West, who is the priest custodian of the icon, will give a special presentation after Evening Prayer on Wed the 11th at 7pm in the church.
LaSalette Shrine: Our parish's annual outing to the shrine will be on December 27th. A bus has already been reserved to leave the SFX Church parking lot at 5:00 pm on Friday evening. The bus will depart from La Salette @ 8:00pm and should arrive back at the church @ 9:00 pm. Tickets for this trip will be available after the weekend Masses or in the parish office.
2014 March for Life: Please save the date for our annual trip to Washington for the March for Life. Next year, the March will be on Wednesday 22nd January. That means that we will leave here on Tuesday 21st January after a special 7:00am Mass and return by Midnight on Wed 22nd. This trip is for parishoners only. Please contact the parish office if you are interested. If you are unable to attend please pray for our parish pilgrims to D.C.
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St. Francis Xavier of Acushnet is a lively parish with many activities and opportunities for worship, prayer, and community. We extend to you an invitation to our parish family in hopes that you may join in our devotions and our reverent celebration of Holy Mass. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding our parish and living a life in the Catholic faith.
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