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St. Vincent dePaul Meeting - Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 9:00am
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral

Liturgy Training - Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 9:00am
St. Xavier Church, 607 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Religious Ed Class - Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 10:30am
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tender Mercies - Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 11:30am
Tender Mercies

RCIA CLASS - Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:00pm
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Prayer Shawl - Saturday, November 01, 2014 at 9:30am

Men's Prayer Group - Thursday, November 06, 2014 at 12:00pm
Church

Prayer Shawl - Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 9:30am
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Jail Ministry - Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 8:30am

 

I was never really that good at math. I would not have made a very good early Israelite having to remember and follow over 600 Mosaic laws. One can only imagine the relief when they were distilled down to the Decalogue—the Ten Commandments. But even then, that’s a lot for us humans to remember. Jesus understood that. So he gave us just two: love God, and love your neighbor as you would yourself. Finally, something we can remember! Still, we find it difficult to follow just these two. They make sense, but putting them into practice takes great effort.


Our faith community at St. Xavier invites us into many pathways to actualize these two commandments in our lives. Our liturgical worship, Jesuit spirituality offerings, and small faith-sharing groups can lead us into a deeper relationship with God. Our many social and outreach programs give us an opportunity to extend our love and concern to our neighbor—here in town, and across the globe. It’s not really difficult to follow these two great commands of Jesus. What’s most difficult is getting started.


St. Ignatius began his spiritual journey while recovering from a severe war injury. His meditation and contemplation in the sickbed allowed him to develop a set of “spiritual exercises” which helped him intensify his love of God. Following on this love came the realization that people desire to reach out and be “men and women for others.” Not only in the sense of spreading the news about Our Lord, but in the sense of tending to the needs of those who cannot care for themselves. His practical spirituality was putting the “laws of Christ” into a pattern of everyday action.


This week our Gospel stands as a sort of pivot between last week’s celebration of Mission Sunday and next week’s commemoration of All Saints and All Souls. We all share a mission: the mission to love God and from there to love others.  During November, we are reminded of all those who have gone before us who have witnessed to our faith; those who have borne the mission on their souls and stand for all eternity as icons for us. They are champions of the faith, urging us not to give up, to falter, or to lose hope.


Those listed among the honored dead in the Book of Roman Martyrs and Saints are but a fraction of the souls who walked the path of faith. Our own relatives, ancestors, and friends who share the everlasting life of heaven also beckon us to incorporate these two simple commands of Jesus into our life’s action. They are enjoying the reward of being faithful to them. I’m not really good at math. I can’t count all those faithful who reside with Our Lord. I only pray that one day we will all be counted among them.


- Deacon Tim Crooker

 

Sunday Mass Schedule
Saturday 4 PM
Sunday 7, 9, 10:30 AM, 12 & 5 PM

Weekday Mass Schedule
6 & 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning Mass
7 AM

Holy Day Mass Schedule
6,  11 AM, 12 & 5 PM

Confessions
Monday thru Saturday 11 AM - 12 PM

 Columbus Day, Monday October 13

Mass at 6 AM only

No confessions on the holiday.

 

 
 
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