Seventh Sunday of Easter May 12, 2013 - Church of St. Francis Xavier
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Seventh Sunday of Easter May 12, 2013 - Church of St. Francis Xavier

Organ Concertwith Matthew Phelps and friendsSeeking Teen/Adult MusicalActs for Block Party!Teens: Are you and your friends in a band orsinging group?Young Adults/Adults: Do you and your bestiesdo a great Frank Sinatra cover?We’re looking for performers for our Parish/MissionBlock Party on June 15 th ! If you are party of a singingor playing ensemble and would like the opportunity toperform, please contact Cassandra or 212-627-2100, x208.L-STEP Graduation in One Month!Mark your calendars! Tuesday, June 4 th is the SteppingStones and Graduation ceremony for our Spring 2013L-STEP semester. We will have ten participants whowill face the nightmare of all nightmares--public speaking!--inorder to share with you their personal experiencesof homelessness, trauma, addiction and hardship,and their hopes and dreams for the future. This is trulyone of the most moving and memorable events that wehave here at Xavier, and we hope you will join us tocelebrate the strength and perseverance of these amazingmen and women.Graduation CeremonyTuesday, June 4 th6:30 pmXavier High School Chapel30 West 16 th StreetFollowed by a light receptionWe look forward to seeing you there!Young AdultsFriday, May 17 th7:30 pmElizabeth Fleming MartignettiFrench HornJohn UehleinBaritoneFeaturing the “Five Mystical Songs” by Ralph Vaughn WilliamsWith the St. Francis Xavier ChoirDee Kittany, conductorthis sundayxavier young adults at welcome table11:30 am - 3:00 pm (afternoon shift)Xavier Mission’s Welcome Table welcomes over 1,000guests every Sunday. It is an opportunity for peopleto come in and receive a warm meal as well as receivebenefits, HIV testing, counseling services, and so muchmore. As a follow up on our call to serve, the YoungAdult Ministry has decided to sign up for a shift at theWelcome Table. We are in need of 12 volunteers. Spaceis limited, but we need you to make it happen!If you’re interested in volunteering, e-mail Eileen atsfxavier.youngadults@gmail.comLay SpirtualityWhat is Lay Spirituality?The answer lies within. The Lay Spirituality Program ofthe Church of St. Francis Xavier invites you to gowithin…to find the more your soul yearns for.Through listening, prayer, reflecting and sharing,we find and appreciate that our relationship with God isa beautiful, fulfilling journey.A new year long program will begin in September.Information SessionSunday, May 19 at 1:30 pmFor more information, please visit our website, send us an email orcall and leave a message at 212 627 2100 ext 216

The Church of St. Francis Xavier,Executive Producerin collaboration withNew York Landmarks ConservancySacred Sites Open House Weekendand EverGreene Architectural ArtspresentsIN ALL THINGSA documentary film exploring our multipleaward-winning renovation and restorationIN ALL THINGS, like a History Channel® meetsHGTV film, follows our recent $13 million renovationand restoration. The film explores our long and richhistory as a welcoming place for the poor and marginalizedfrom the mid-19 th century when the church helpedIrish immigrants to today’s work with the LGBT community,social justice issues, the homeless and povertystricken. DONT MISS IT!Wednesday, May 15 th7:30 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM)Main ChurchTo Attend Please Register atwwww.sfxavier.orgWriter, Director and Producer PATRICK J. BREWISEmmy® Award winning editorsDAVID BHAGAT and ROBIN SKEETEComposer, JAMES E. LYNNSound Editor, NATHAN KOHRSProducer, ALAN ZATKOWFor more information contact Patrick Brewis,212.627.2100 x 205 or patrick.brewis@sfxavier.orgThe DVDsare Coming,The DVDsare Coming!And don’tforget the CDs!The much anticipated release of the DVD and CD of INALL THINGS, our documentary film and its rich scorewill be available in the next couple of weeks.More information will be forthcoming. For those whohave not yet ordered, please fill out a form at the churchentrances and leave with the 15 th St receptionist.You do not need to fill out a form, however, for you tobe able to purchase.How many parishes can say they have their ownfeature-length documentary film and mulitple-awardwinning renovation and restoration?!And now you can own your own copy of the film thatbrings it all to the big screen on Wednesday, May 15 th at7:30pm in the Church and on the small screen in yourown home.Purchase a copy of the DVD for just $20 and the CD ofthe musical score for just $10! Great gifts for First Communicants,Confirmation candidates, graduates, Aunts,Uncles, loved ones, doormen, dogwalkers!Next week we will announce the various paymentmethods accepted.If you have already pre-ordered, fear not, we will haveyours for you at the reception desk when they are ready(which should be in the next couple of weeks!). Wepromise to keep you posted.For more info: 212.627.2100Adult ActivitiesWednesday, May 22 nd1:00 pmDoors open at 12:30 pmJoin us for a FREE (no tickets required) concert atAlice Tully Hall, Starr Theater to hear the JuilliardSchool Pre-College Chamber Ensembles.We will meet in the lobby followingthe concert for a late lunch.

SAVE THE DATE!Block PartySaturday, June 15 thCome one, come all to the biggest bash this side ofSpring Break!Block Party to celebrate:• The 30 th anniversary of Xavier Mission• The awesome parish family and ministries ofSt. Francis Xavier Church• The departure of beloved pastor, Fr. Joe• The arrival of new pastor, Fr. Joe MarinaIt will be a celebration like never before! Food,family, and fun (and perhaps a dunk tank involvingthe Fr. Joes….). We can’t wait to see you there!Cardinal’s Annual Appeal 2013Help Us Make Our GoalMany thanks to all those who have alreadyparticipated in the 2013 Cardinal’s Appeal. We arestill far from our goal and Cardinal Dolan has askedFr. Costantino to seek your compassionate financialsupport. If you haven’t already made a pledge or onetimegift, we ask that you consider making a charitablecontribution to this most worthy cause. Envelopes areat the entrances to the Church.Needy Parishes and Schools$7.75 millionAcademic and Spiritual Formation $5.75 millionPreparing Our Clergy$1.50 millionRetired Priests and Religious $1.50 millionOur Works of Charity$2.50 millionSpecialized Services$1 millionPledged: $38,764.25 (as of 5/5) Goal: $71,000PRAYER REQUESTSLet us especially, remember those whohave asked for our prayersPatrice Adcroft, Eileen Appel, Iris Biggart, Séamus Blake,Pat Cummings, Carlos Fuentes, Marietta Veronica Ghiggeri,Teresa Murphy, Amora Ollivierre, Winifredo D. Samoy,Zhenya Shabs, Ray & Terry Sharpe, Teri Sheridan,Irma Velez-Parent, Claire Weaver, Marge ZwanzigerPray for the peaceful rest of all our beloved departedparishoners and friends, especiallyMichael Blake, Esther Burnstein, Nicholas Vincent D’Angelo,Carlos De Los Santos, Keith McCarthy, Esteban SanchezMay all those who have gone before us share the joys ofeternal life. We also remember all those who have beenkilled or wounded through the violence of war.All prayer requests are listed for three weeks.Please contact the parish office for an extension.Hospitality Ministers Needed!Hospitality is vital to thelife of a Christian community.Persons who feelwelcomed and valuedenter more fully into thecelebration of the liturgy.Here at St. FrancisXavier we place highvalue on being aninclusive, welcomingcommunity. We findourselves at this time,however, in need ofsmiling, welcomingfaces to greet new andreturning membersof our congregation.According to an old Christian saying: “When a guestcomes, Christ comes.” Please join our other HospitalityMinisters in the valuable and important ministry ofwelcoming Christ.If you are interested in becoming aHospitality Minister,contact Luz Marina Diaz at (212) 627-2100 ext. 207or at lmdiaz@sfavier.orgTherefore welcome one another asChrist has welcomed you, for the gloryof God. -Romans 15:7May Family Faith ScheduleMay 19: Pentecost Sunday Confirmation Ceremony5:00 pm MassMay 26: No Class ~ No CLOW

Speak Out NOWfor Just Immigration Reform!The Senate bipartisan immigration reformbill (S 744) is making its way through theSenate Judiciary Committee, and it is timefor us to reach out to Judiciary Committeemembers to ensure that the amendmentprocess leaves us with legislation that is just and compassionate.While the bill provides an important path to citizenshipfor many undocumented immigrants in the U.S., theamendment process will be an opportunity for advocatesto call for improvements to family unity provisions-- including the inclusion of same sex families,eligibility for a pathway to citizenship, and moderationof border enforcement provisions. At the same time,we will need to voice our opposition to expected anti-refugeeand anti-asylum amendments.What Should You Do?You can sign up for action alerts at site links you to your senatorsand offers a script for your call. Call 1-866-940-2439 toget an update from Interfaith Immigration Coalition onamendments that you should support or oppose. Afterreceiving the update about the amendments, encouragefamily and friends to call members of the Senate JudiciaryCommittee. Those members are listed at informed. Keep calling.We will be doing more advocacy over the next fewmonths, but it’s important that the bill that comes outof the Judiciary committee is as strong as possible.Guantanamo UpdateThere are 166 men in Guantanamo, 86 of whom havebeen cleared for release for the past three years. Thereare now nearly 100 on hunger strike, which has beengoing on for over 90 days for those who first started.Force feeding, which is a painful and tortuous process,is being increased. If any one would like to send cardsand letters to a few men, contact Richenda Kramer fornames, address, and a cover letter: It would be great if we could contact eachof the 166 detainees at Guantanamo.“I AM AS I AM”Mass for the 20 th Anniversaryof LGBT MinistriesFriday, June 7 th7:00 PM—8:00 PMMain ChurchPresider: Fr. Joe Costantino, SJ(party to follow in Hurtado Hall)Moses saw the burning bush, and approaching it, Godasked him to remove his sandals because it was holyground. It was then that Moses—curious, scared, hesitant,questioning, accepting—received his calling in life.Exodus 3:1–14(The Inclusive Bible)Looking back, being present, moving forward, all arewelcome to celebrate the Catholic Lesbians and GayCatholics ministries and their calling . . . as well asyours.Contact, or (917) 297-6804for more information.Catholic LesbiansFriday, June 14 th7:00 pm—9:00 pmWest Room“You are to be the Messiah’s witness to all humankind,bearing testimony about all you have seen and heard...Go…and call on the name of Jesus.”(Acts 22:15–16, TIB)June is Pride Month in New York City, and AnneDuquette of Educate a Nation will update us on Pride.Please bring a snack and/or beverage. For more information,contact or (917) 297-6804.It Was the Woman Who StayedSunday, May 19 th1:00 PM - 3:00 PMMary ChapelWomen of the parish -- looking for a new way to celebratePentecost? Come to our May 19 th meeting, andlet’s talk prophecy.All year long we’ve been focused on women’s propheticvoices, and Pentecost is the time to both celebrate andplan where the Spirit is leading us.For more information, or (917) 297-6804.

Scripture Readings For the WeekSeventh Sunday of Easter: Acts 7:55-60; Rev22:12-14, 16-17, 20; John 17:20-26. I see the Son ofMan standing at the right hand of God. Come, LordJesus! That they may be brought to perfection as one!Seventh Monday of Easter: Acts 19:1-8; John16:29-33. Did you receive the Holy Spirit when youbecame believers? Take courage; I have conquered theworld.Tuesday~Feast of St. Matthias:Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; John 15:9-17. Thelot fell to Matthias, and he was countedwith the Eleven Apostles. It was not youwho chose me, but I who chose you.Seventh Wednesday of Easter: Acts 20:28-38;John 17:11b-19. I commend you to God who has powerto build you up and to give you an inheritance. Maythey be one just as we are one.Thursday~ Feast of St. AndrewBobola: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11; John17:20-26. You must bear witness inRome. May they all be one.Seventh Friday of Easter: Acts 25:13b-21;John 21:15-19. Jesus was dead, whom Paul claimed tobe alive. Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.Seventh Saturday of Easter: Acts 28:16-20,30-31; John 21:20-25. Paul remained at Rome, proclaimingthe Kingdom of God. This is the disciple whohas written these things and his testimony.Pentecost Sunday: Acts 2:1-11;1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23.They were all filled with the HolySpirit and began to speak. In oneSpirit we were all baptized into onebody. As the Father sent me, so I sendyou. Receive the Holy Spirit.Ongoing Parish HappeningsABILITY XAVIER: Celebrating persons withdisabilities. Contact abilityxaviernewyork@gmail.comADULT ACTIVITIES: Meets 4 th Wednesday of the month,1pm. Contact Paddy, 212-243- 8186CATHOLIC LESBIANS: Ministry since 1993, meets 2nd Friday,7 p.m., West Room,, (917) 297-6804.EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT GROUP:Contact Katherine Cleary, krcoff5th@netzero.comFAMILY FAITH: Catechetical ministry for parents/guardiansand children pre-K through 12th grade. Meets Sundays 10:00am,Mary Chapel. Contact Luz, LMDiaz@sfxavier.orgGAY CATHOLICS: Men meet in a caring and affirmingenvironment on the first and third Fridays, 7pm Mary Chapel.Contact sfxgcgroup@gmail.comINTERFAITH COMMITTEE: works toward endingreligious discrimination and persecution, through prayer,education and other activities. Contact Luz,LMDiaz@sfxavier.orgIT WAS THE WOMEN WHO STAYED:we continue to stay to address the specific concerns of women inthe church. Xavier women are invited to join our ministry. or (917) 297-6804.LITURGICAL COMMITTEES: See website orContact Luz, LMDiaz@sfxavier.orgMINISTRY TO THE SICK AND HOMEBOUND: Tobecome a volunteer or arrange visits, Contact James Fox,, (212) 427-5070PEACE AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE:Examines root causes of injustice, work towards a more just andsustainable world. Contact John or Sylvia MINISTRIES: Offers spiritual programs,including spiritual direction. Contact Rose Alloca, or Marie Bannister, ADULTS GROUP: Meets 1 st and 3 rd Sundays after5:00 PM Mass, in the Mary Chapel. Contact Zahrah,sfxavier.youngadults@gmail.comZEN MEDITATION GROUP: Mondays at 7pm.Newcomers welcome. Contact Peggy & Paul212-260-2486,*See our WELCOME BROCHURE for furtherdetails or Contact our Director of , 212.627.2100 x205XAVIER MISSION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESCLOTHING ROOM: 2 nd & 4 th Sundays, contactAnn Mary: xmClothingRoom@gmail.comFOOD PROGRAMS: Every Sunday soup kitchen and2 nd Saturday food pantry, contactChristine: xmFoodPrograms@gmail.comL-STEP: Spring and Fall semesters, contact J:xmLSTEP@gmail.comSHELTER: Every night, contact

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