3rd DECEMBER, FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
The Feast of St Francis Xavier will be celebrated at 11am Mass on Saturday 3rd December.
St. Francis Xavier 7 April 1506 –3 December 1552, was a Navarrese-Basque, co-founder of the Society of Jesus and Catholic missionary.
His conversion came about by completing the Spiritual Exercises under the direction of St. Ignatius of Loyola himself. Ignatius challenged Xavier with the Biblical quotation: “What would it profit a man to gain the whole world if he lose his soul in the process?” The Spiritual Exercises, done well, enlighten, convert, and transform souls into fiery apostles.
What can we learn from St. Francis Xavier?
- Everyone is an agent of evangelization. “Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus,” said Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium.
- Like St. Francis Xavier, each of us should find ways to communicate Jesus wherever we are. Being a missionary disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place.
- Francis Xavier was a man on the run. He was in a hurry to reach out to as many people as possible with the good news of God’s merciful love. His warm personality and genuineness drew many to Christ.
O my Lord Jesus!
Teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as you deserve;
to give, and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to ask for rest;
to labour, seeking no reward,
save that of knowing that
I do Thy will.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER’S CHURCH
We are delighted to announce the return of our Christmas concert with a selection of seasonal songs performed by Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, Michael Ahearne from The Commitments movie, Lynn Hilary formerly of Celtic Woman & Riverdance, and Gardiner Street Primary School Choir.
Join us for this festive evening at St Francis Xavier’s Church on Tuesday 13 December at 7pm. Free admission.
FILMING AT ST FRANCIS XAVIER’S – SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER
On Sunday 4th December, the 9:15am Mass will be photographed. This is for the new website currently being developed by Peter’s House. The footage captured by Peter’s House on behalf of St Francis Xavier’s Church will be used for marketing and publicity in St Francis Xavier publications, website, social media pages, and any third-party publications. You may view Peter’s House Content Capture Policy at
CHRISTMAS CARDS AND SEASONAL GIFTS
Parish Shop has a large selection of Christmas Cards, Calendars, and Seasonal Gifts. The Office also has a varied range of publications, magazines and books on Ignatian Spirituality which would make an ideal present for Christmas.
“TO RAISE THE FALLEN”
A selection of the War Letters, Prayers and Spiritual writings of Fr. Willie Doyle SJ, compiled by Patrick Kenny (Veritas Publications), is now available in the Parish Shop.
LAST WEEK COLLECTION
Cash: Church € 650 :Share: €163
Card and online: € 194
Also thanks to all of those who donated by cheque.
All contributions are gratefully accepted, and the donors are remembered in our prayers.
Two Card readers are available at the back of the Church.
For easy access to IDonate, please use our QR code
We welcome Martin into the Christian Community through the Sacrament of Baptism celebrated at St. Francis Xavier’s Church.
May the Holy Spirit be with him and guide him always.
If you or somebody you know would like to be visited at home by our visitation ministers, please phone 01 8363411 and leave your name and contact details.
Every Friday and Saturday after 11 am Mass.
FRIDAY NIGHT CANDLELIGHT
Every Friday at 7 pm. Mass followed by Eucharistic adoration and Sacrament of Reconciliation from 7.30-8.30 pm
THE LITTLE ELEVEN
Special activities for children every Sunday at 11 am Mass. Children are led in special faith formation activities, such as guided prayer, storytelling, drawing, etc. by a group of volunteers chosen in accordance with safeguarding policies and standards. These activities take place in the Coffee Room, opposite the door leading to Pope Francis corridor.
CHURCH CHOIR- 11.00 AM MASS
We are looking for new members for our choir. Contact Fr. Niall if you are interested.