ST FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CONGREGATION
2316 East Fourth Street, Superior, WI. 54880
Parish Office Hours: Monday -Friday 8 AM – 4 PM
Diocese of Superior Website: www.catholicdos.org
St. Francis Parish Website: www.stfrancisxaviersuperior.com
Fr. Jim Tobolski, Pastor
Mary Margaret Sitek, Parish Secretary
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT - DECEMBER 18, 2022
MASS SCHEDULE: DECEMBER 19-25
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION, SATURDAYS, 3:15 – 3:45 RECONCILIATION ROOM
ITEMS OF IMPORTANCE
“STAIRS to the STARS” fundraising is underway and the stair repair has been completed! Thus far we have raised $53,910.00!! We need to raise more than $60,000 to save the deteriorating front granite steps of the church (24th Avenue East side). Additional letters explaining the project as well as donation envelopes can be found on the table in the gathering space of the church. We are enclosing an envelope for your convenience. Please place your gifts in the regular collection or mail them to the parish office. They may also be dropped into the mail slot at the parish office. We appreciate your generosity to the “Stairs to the Stars” campaign!
CHRISTMAS “GIVING TREE” The Holiday Season is approaching quickly and our parish would like to add to the season by sponsoring a “Giving Tree.” Our tree will be filled with requests from those in need of assistance. If you know of a family that would benefit, please have them contact Donna at 920-242-2353. We would love to make sure everyone has a blessed Christmas. Thank you.
OPLATKE (CHRISTMAS WAFERS) are available at the side altar for those who wish to use it for their holiday celebrations. There is no charge for it. There are additional envelopes in the gathering space for requests for Christmas Flowers in memory of a loved one(s).
The 2023 Catholic Calendars are also available in the back of church.
NATIVITY OF OUR LORD – DECEMBER 25, 2022
May God’s blessings be yours this Christmas. May the wonder of that first Christmas, the joy of God’s abundant blessings and the peace of Jesus’ presence be with you always. May the true spirit of Christmas shine in your heart and light your path. Wishing you and your loved ones a very blessed Christmas.
MASS SCHEDULE: DECEMBER 26-JANUARY 1
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION, SATURDAYS 3:15-3:45 PM IN RECONCILIATION ROOM
*Mass is offered every Wednesday at 11:15 AM at St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel. Please join Fr. Jim or Fr. Joji as they celebrate Mass.
ITEMS OF IMPORTANCE
PLEASE NOTE: The parish office will be closed on Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th. In case of an emergency, please call 715-398-7174.
CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL Our annual Catholic Services Appeal has officially begun throughout the diocese. Our parish is off to a good start. A total of $33,325.00 has been pledged from our parishioners and 120 families have participated thus far. Our parish “fair share” responsibility for the coming year is $60,490. Your gift to the appeal benefits not only our parish but also the local Church as a whole. So please, take a moment to reflect on donating to this campaign. May God bless you for your generosity and commitment.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS Grades K-5 continue to meet on Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM. Classes resume on Sunday, January 8, 2023. Our Christmas Tree will also be undecorated following 10:30 Mass. All are asked to help.
Congratulations to Harold & Maureen Koenen as they celebrate 70 years of marriage + and to David & Gretchen Olson as they celebrate 50 years of marriage. +
We offer our sympathy and prayers to the family of Dwane Anderson. May he rest in peace. +
NOVEMBER 27: $7,296.00
DECEMBER 4: $8,435.00
SPECIAL BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT
After many months of research, deliberation and prayer, Bishop James P. Powers authorized the release of the names of clergy substantiated allegations of abuse of a minor in the Diocese of Superior. This information is available on the Diocesan website www.catholicdos.org and was published in the November 24, 2022 edition of the Catholic Herald. The majority of names on this list are deceased and pose no further danger. Those who are living have been removed from all priestly ministry.
Bishop Powers and his staff are aware that the publication of these names may move additional victims to come forward. The Diocese of Superior is open to receiving these calls. To make a report, please contact Coordinator of Assistance Kathy Drinkwine as shown below:
Office (during work hours): 715-394-0216
Cell (evenings & weekends): 715-718-1110
Victims are also advised to contact local law enforcement.
AT ALL TIMES, if there is imminent danger to a child, call 911.