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6/24/2020

My Dear Parishioners,

I write this note to you with a heavy heart.  It is certainly discouraging for me that I have to have the foot surgery done over.  There are a number of problems with the first surgery.  The surgery will be Monday morning at Fort Wayne Orthopedic Hospital in Fort Wayne.  After a couple of days in the hospital, I will go to rehab for ten to twelve weeks.  Needless to say, I am not looking forward to being gone for such a long time.  I will not be able to put any weight on the foot for this period of time.  I don’t know at this time which facility I will be going to.  I will definitely keep you informed of my progress and whereabouts.  Please pray for me; I will be praying for you and you will be in my Mass intentions.  God bless you always.

In Christ’s peace and love,

                                                  Father Chuck

5/6/2020

My dear Parishioners,

This weekend is Mother’s Day when we honor our earthly mothers as well as Our Blessed Mother Mary.  It is this weekend that we have the Annual Mother’s Day collection for Catholic Charities.  Would you be so kind to mail your contribution along with your weekly contribution to the parish using the envelopes in your packet (P. O. Box 376, Pierceton, 46562)?  Thank you in advance.

Public Masses will resume Memorial Day weekend, May 23-24.  We will begin the summer schedule that weekend, Saturday afternoon at 4:00 and Sunday at 7:30     and 9:00.  State directives must be followed: social distancing, face mask, etc.  In addition, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is extended for all Catholics in the diocese through August 15, 2020, at which time it will be reevaluated.

Bishop Rhoades’ letter will be emailed to you. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers.  May God bless you today and every day.

 

                                                                                                            Father Chuck

4/29/2020

My Dear Parishioners,

May the peace of our risen Savior be with you!  I hope that everyone is doing well and staying healthy.  It’s hard to believe that the pandemic is still hanging on.  It seems as if it has been with us for ever.   We certainly have a golden opportunity to pray for all and for our many needs at this time.  There are many opportunities to follow the Sunday Mass on television and livestream- ing.  It isn’t the same as participating in the Mass in church, but we are able to hear the word of God and pray with our brothers and sisters in Christ and make a Spiritual Communion.

Thanks to those who have mailed in your contributions.  Please use your envelopes; it makes it easier for recording purposes.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available upon request as well as the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.  Please contact me to make arrangements.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.  God bless you!

                                                                                                                        Father Chuck

*Renewal of Consecration of the United States to Mary, Mother of the Church, which will take place this Friday, May 1, at 3 p.m. EST. The event can be seen live-streamed at https://lacatholics.org/consecration 

*Bishop Rhoades will also be renewing the consecration of our Diocese to Mary via his live-streamed Mass on Friday at 10 a.m. for all school children.

 

 

3/30/2020

Participate in a livestream Holy Week liturgies with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades. To join, visit the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend YouTube or Facebook  pages by searching for “@diocesefwsb.” These lituriges will also be broadcast on Redeemer Radio. Other Holy Week opportunities can be found at diocesefwsb.org/holyweek

  • April 5: Palm Sunday Mass at 10 am
  • April 9: Chrism Mass at 10 am
  • April 9: Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 pm
  • April 10: Good Friday Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 1 pm
  • April 11: Easter Vigil Mass at 9 pm
  • April 12: Easter Sunday Mass at 10 am

Participate in a livestream Stations of the Cross with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Bishop has expressed hope that as many Catholics as possible will join in meditating on the Stations of the Cross together, as a diocese, on the threshold of Holy Week. In this way, and together with all the priests and religious of the diocese, this great prayer will be offered for all those suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. To join, visit the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend YouTube orFacebook pages by searching for “@diocesefwsb.” Other liturgies, current diocesan directives and more can be found at www.diocesefwsb.org/covid-19

In order for our parish to continue to serve our parishioners and the community, we must continue to pay our bills and our staff.  To accomplish this, we ask you to continue your financial support of the parish. The diocese has setup an online offertory program at diocesefwsb.org/give. This allows you to designate your gift to our parish. All proceeds will be distributed to your parish from the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend. First time users will need to set up an account. You will need to select St. Francis Xavier -Pierceton from the drop down menu.

3/26/2020

Dear Parishioners,

 

I pray that you're all doing well during this trying time.  Please continue to pray for an end

to this pandemic and a return to the normal routine.

We celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent this weekend.  It's difficult for me to celebrate Mass

without a congregation.  I hope you're taking advantage of the Masses on TV and the 

Masses that are being livestreamed.  

Bishop Rhoades will livestream the Stations of the Cross from the Cathedral of the Immaculate

Conception on Friday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.  He also livestreams the Sunday Mass from the

Cathedral at 10:00 a.m.

I continue to celebrate daily Mass privately.  The Sacraments of Reconciliation and the

Anointing of the Sick are available upon request.  Call me at (574) 594-5750 to make

arrangements.

Please mail your weekly contributions to the parish at P. O. Box 376, Pierceton, 46562

"Those who believe in Jesus, and walk in his ways, will never die."

St. Joseph, Patron the Universal Church, pray for us.  St. Francis Xavier, pray for us.

 

Father Chuck

 

3/17/2020

Quotes from most recent letter from the Bishop:
“Like many other dioceses throughout our country and world, I have made the difficult decision, along with the other bishops of Indiana, to suspend the celebration of public Masses in our diocese due to the escalation of the virus and to help prevent its spread. This suspension begins on Wednesday, March 18th and will remain in effect until further notice.”
“I encourage you during this time to watch Holy Mass on television or the online Masses being live-streamed from many of our parishes, including a live-streamed Mass that I will be celebrating every Sunday at 10:00 AM. I also encourage you to reflect on the Sunday readings and to take time for personal and family prayer by reciting together the holy rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet or the Stations of the Cross.”

You can read the letter in it entirety at the link below:

https://fwsbhealth.weebly.com/uploads/1/1/6/9/116940326/letter_to_the_faithful_3-17-20.pdf 

Or Access the letter, view the Bishop's address to the faithful, and see your radio /streaming/TV Mass options at the link below:

https://fwsbhealth.weebly.com/

 

 

1/1/2020

January Times Union Sanctity of Life Ad:

Right to life will be publishing a two page, pro-life advertisement in the Times Union on Saturday, January 25, 2020 to memorialize the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision handed down by the Supreme Court which made abortion on demand legal throughout all 50 states. The ad will also be posted including your name in the ad. Forms to sign up for the ad will be available in the back of church. The suggested donation is: $1.00 for students, $5.00 for individuals and $10.00 for couples and families. 

10/1/19

ATTENTION ALL PARISHIONERS - We are updating our parish directory and would love for you to be included. Portraits will be taken by LifeTouch November 11 and 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Sign up online at the link below or with a volunteer after the weekend masses. You will receive a free directory and professional 8x10 for participating. There will also be the option to purchase additional portraits. Don't miss out on this opportunity.

 

https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/b2zg9r66/

 

8/29/19

We know many of you have been wondering how you can help Father Chuck. Here’s your chance. We are looking for individuals to help provide meals for Father Chuck as he continues his journey of healing at home. If you can help, contact Beth Walenga.

8/21/19

Right to Life Fall Banquet will be Monday, September 16th doors open at 5:00pm, with dinner served at 6:00pm.  A sign up form for tickets has been placed on the inside of the entrance door. Place your name, number of tickets wanted and your telephone number on the form.  Please write or print this information legibly. St Francis Xavier parishioners will be seated at the same table and/or hopefully tables.  Questions - call Bill Landrigan 267-3860.

8/11/19

The weekend of August 17/18 we will have a second collection to help pay for the cost of Fr. Chuck’s stay at the Peabody Rehabilitation facility. Since insurance has been maxed out, Peabody is charging $170 per day.

7/29/19

Hello Everyone,
As you hopefully already know, the Saint Francis Xavier Float this year is Honoring the HEROS who have fought for our Freedom!! We would GREATLY appreciate any Vets that would do us the honor of riding on the float this Saturday, along with the kids. We are meeting in the Elementary school parking lot by 2:30, it is a big farm wagon (thanks to the Landrigan's) with red white and blue fringe around it. Bring a chair for the float ride and if possible your uniform, hat, or t-shirt, etc. to show off your branch! Tracy's number is 574-551-4794 if you have any issues finding the float.

Please notify Tracy via email (gaunt2017@gmail.com) with the Vets Name, Branch of Military, and War (if served during war time) and years served of any veteran that would be kind enough to join us. We would like to have a sign for each of our Veterans!!!

 

7/10/19

Father is having surgery on his foot, and will need to stay off his foot at least 2 week ! A long with all of your Prayers, We were hoping that we might all send him a card/letter to help lift his spirits while he is away recovering. Hand made are the best, especially from the kids! You can either mail it or drop it in the collection basket. Also please not their will be no weekday Masses In Father Chuck’s absence. Please still join us for Weekend Masses Saturday 4pm, Sunday 7:30am , and Sunday 9am. Father Runyon, Father Michael, and Father Eric Burgener will be filling in Father Herman’s absence. So forget to welcome them the way our parish does so well. 

5/18/19

Our parish is thinking of trying something new-a progressive dinner! A progressive dinner is simply a party where each course is eaten at a different host’s house in the same evening. Then we would meet back at the hall for dessert! Two families or parishioners could even work together to host one part of the dinner. You would not have to be a host to participate. At this point, we are checking to see how many are interested in this event. Then we will choose a date. If you would like to participate, please sign up as you leave church next week or contact a parish council member. 

5/11/19

7:30 am Sunday Masses will resume Memorial Day weekend, however, they will be at the church and *not* at Jellystone. Additionally, please note Monday, June 3 at 8am will be the only weekday Mass the week of June 2nd. Father will be on a priestly retreat. 

4/24/19

https://todayscatholic.org/easter-is-churchs-greatest-feast-solemnity-of-solemnities-says-bishop/

 

Catholic Job Opportunities

Local Parish Job Posting:

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Syracuse, IN is currently seeking applications for a Secretary/Bookkeeper.  This ministry is a steward of the physical, financial and personnel resources of the Parish.  Accounting experience and/or bookkeeping experience is preferred.  Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and application to Human Resources Director, Jonathan Harber, at jharber@diocesefwsb.org.  Applications can be found on the Diocesan website at http://www.diocesefwsb.org/Current-Job-Postings. For questions, please call the Parish Office at 574-457-8176

Local Parish Job Posting:

Sacred Heart School in Warsaw, IN is looking for a principal for the upcoming school year. Candidates must possess a strong and vibrant Catholic Faith, at least 5 years teaching experience, an Elementary Administrative License or eligibility, and a commitment to a strong Catholic Identity. For more information, go to http://www.diocesefwsb.org/Job-Openings-Administrator-Positions.  For questions, contact Stephanie Howe at 260-422-4611.

Diocese Job Opportunity:

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is currently seeking candidates for the position of Superintendent of Catholic Schools.  Catholic Schools are a ministry of the Church, and this position works with the Bishop and the Secretary for Catholic Education to ensure the integration of faith and life, reverence for truth, growth in virtue, formation in Christian discipleship, and commitment to prayer. The superintendent overseas the formation of 13,000 students in 39 elementary school and 4 high schools in Northern Indiana.  For more information and to apply, please visit the diocesan careers webpage at www.diocesefwsb.org/Current-Job-Postings.

Diocese Job Opportunity: 

The Secretary for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is looking for a new Superintendent to oversee the formation of the 13,000 students in its 43 schools. We are looking for someone to work with the Secretary and the Bishop to fulfill the mission of forming virtuous Christian disciples of truth and prayer in a life of faith. Requirements for this position are to be a practicing Catholic with a working knowledge on Church Doctrine and Law as well as an Indiana School Administrator/Superintendent’s License with a minimum of 5 years experience. Deadline for applications are March 8, 2019. For more information or to apply, contact: Stephanie Howe: 260-422-4611 ext. 3335 or showe@diocesefwsb.org

Diocese Job Opportunity:

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is currently seeking candidates for the position of Communication’s Director.  The Director of Communications serves as a member of the Bishop’s Cabinet and provides effective management that serves the Diocese as a tool for the Bishop to communicate and to evangelize in Northeast Indiana.  The Director of Communications further manages diocesan communications, both printed and digital, including the management of public information, media relations, diocesan publications, and the weekly Diocesan Today’s Catholic Newspaper.” For further information and to apply please visit the Diocesan website at www.diocesefwsb.org

Diocesan Job Posting:

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is looking to hire an Associate Director for Marriage & Family Ministry.  This position will be based out of the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center in Fort Wayne, IN.  For more information, please visit www.diocesefwsb.org.  For further questions, please call Deacon Fred Everett at 574-234-0687.

 

 
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