Parish and Outreach Groups

The Church of St. Francis Xavier has many different parish groups that participate in ministry and outreach.

To extend service to others beyond the walls of our immediate Parish, the Church of St. Francis Xavier works with external organizations in supportive and collaborative roles, and through volunteerism of our parishioners, to assist in addressing the diverse needs of our larger community. Such is the case of , The India Project Team, the Jesuit Collaborative and Ignatian Volunteer Corps. The later two are organizations within the Jesuit network.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CHRISTMAS?

As Christians, we believe in the joy, laughter, and meaning that Christmas can bring. We also believe that our celebrations of Christmas should be consistent with the values of Christ, who was born in simple surroundings. We strive to see Christ in all human beings we encounter – the sick, the imprisoned, the poor, the mentally or chemically impaired – ALL are children of God and Christmas is a wonderful time to renew our service to those in need, particularly those who produce the goods Americans will spend (over $450 million according to the National Retail Federation)!
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Did you know…

“Seventeen million barrels of crude oil are used annually to manufacture the plastic bottles that are used once and then discarded…And only 13% of those bottles are actually recycled after being discarded…The rest go to landfills, where they leach toxic chemicals into the land.”(from the book Just Water)
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EVERY PURCHASE MATTERS!

We, as consumers, shop in a world that wants to ship cheap goods freely and indiscriminately across the globe. This implicates us all in the dynamic of human trafficking. “Every one of us, every day, touches, wears, and eats products tainted with slavery. Slavery-made goods and commodities are everywhere in our lives.” (Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter, “The Slave Next Door”).
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Looking for the Opportunity to Make a Difference?

Have you been wondering how you can be more involved in our church? Are you looking for a way to deepen your spiritual commitment? The opportunity to serve may be the answer as we sincerely try to live the commandment “love our neighbors as ourselves”!
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Holiday Card Sale to Benefit Honduras Project

The Honduras Companion Communities Project will again offer a selection of Alternative Giving cards for sale after all the masses during the weekends of Advent. The cards provide a way for you to remember friends and loved ones and to contribute to the local community projects in Honduras which Xavier and its parishioners have supported for the last 15 years.
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Think outside the Bottle…

New York City’s water is healthy, and free! Join the Xavier Peace & Justice campaign to Take Back The Tap!
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Peace & Justice Upcoming Events

Modern Day Slavery / Human Trafficking Awareness Session and Labor Slavery + Consumerism Forum…
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12th Annual Christmas Wrapping Party

Plenty of children need Christmas joy this year, and we have eight weeks to make their dreams come true.
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“FRIENDS-GIVING” DINNER SOCIAL

Join Xavier Young Adult Ministry for its Third Annual Friends-giving Dinner. It’s an opportunity to take a moment to be grateful for the many blessings in our lives, a time to have a few laughs, and a time to eat some delicious food!
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Zen Spirit/Christian Spirit

Exploring Silence and Deepening Awareness. A day of teaching, reflection, and meditation.
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