RCIA - Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:00pm
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Men's Prayer Group - Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 12:00pm
Stations of the Cross - Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:00pm
Stations of the Cross will be lead by the Men's Prayer Group every Friday during Lent after the 11:30 AM Mass
Service Satruday - Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 9:00am
St Peter In Chains Cathedral, West 8th Street, Cincinnati, OH, United States
Every Saturday morning of Lent from
March 8 through April 12
Lent is always a good time to reach out and lend a
helping hand to those in need. St. Xavier belongs to the
St. Xavier/Cathedral St. Vincent de Paul conference. This
Lent you are asked to consider participating in a SVDP
meeting and home visit. We will gather as a group for
a short prayer and then go out in small groups to visit
the homes of individuals seeking assistance (food, rent,
clothing, furniture, etc.), and come back together to
discuss how to provide help. Everyone is welcome to join
them to see what the experience is like. Free parking at
that time is available in the lot at Plum and 7th Street. It
is helpful to RSVP if you would like to participate on any
given Saturday by contacting the conference president,859-743-1619. The group gathers from 9:00 AM until
noon in the lower level meeting room.
Mike Schwarz, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
St. Vincent dePaul Meeting - Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 9:00am
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral
Prayer Shawl - Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 9:30am
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Jail Ministry - Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 8:30am
The Light Is On - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:00pm
During this Lenten season, St. Xavier Church will be
participating with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to
focus on God’s mercy by providing opportunities to
learn about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to
celebrate the Sacrament. Each Catholic parish in the
Archdiocese of Cincinnati will provide the opportunity
for private confession on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from
7:00pm – 9:00pm. Other opportunities for celebration
the Sacrament will also be available. If you have been
reluctant to come to the sacrament, have been away for some time, or just find it difficult to get to a Saturday afternoon confession time or communal penance service,
March 18 will be a wonderful opportunity to connect
with Christ and his Church. Fr. Fairbanks will begin
the evening with a brief reflection and examination of
conscience. Confessions offered throughout the evening
until 9:00 PM. No need to stay for the conclusion. You can
also learn more at: www.lightison4u.com .
Baptism Prep Class - Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00pm
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tender Mercies - Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:30am
Moved to Greater Love: A Lenten/Easter Journey - Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 5:45pm
March 9, 16, 30 and April 13, 27
Following 5:00 PM Mass
Five Sunday evenings are designed to guide parishioners
forward into the journey of Lent and on to Easter. The
graces we desire on this pathway are: Gratitude, Spiritual
Freedom, Vision, and Joy. After an initial communal
gathering about prayer and the outline of the series, Fr.
Lickteig SJ and Fr. Fairbanks SJ will facilitate every other
Sunday with input and shared prayer around each of
the four themes. As a support to our weekly sessions,
participants will have access to on line resources for daily
prayer and reflection. Through these “Moved To Greater
Love” moments, we will ask the Lord to deepen these four
gifts within ourselves and our parish community.
Prayer Shawl - Saturday, April 05, 2014 at 9:30am
What Exactly is the Triduum? The Catholic Church's Highest Holy Day and it's Place in Our Life - Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 5:45pm
Following 5:00 PM Mass
The three days that mark the end of Lent are more than a
reason from spring break. The Holy days of Holy Thursday,
Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday comprise
one great feast over a 72-hour period and is known as
the Triduum (three days). This one-evening presentation
will explore it’s various mysteries, it’s importance in the
life of Christians, and it’s central place in our liturgy and
theology. Like the event itself, this presentation is not to
Posted March 6, 2014
Lead Us Not Into Temptation
What is it to be tempted? Here’s good example:
One day a shop-keeper saw a boy just hanging out on the sidewalk right in front of his grocery store. Outside there was a tempting display of various fruits and candy. The shop keeper was afraid the boy was planning to steal one of his apples or maybe some chocolate, and so he quickly walked out to the street and asked the boy, "What are you trying to do, young man, steal my apples?"
The boy replied, "No, sir, I'm trying NOT to!"
How hard it is to resist temptation. It is before us always. As human an experience it is, we can be sure Jesus had the same experience. We know that Jesus was led into the desert for forty days to be tempted by the devil. We also know Jesus used the greatest defense against temptation: raw and clear Scripture! Use it if you need to. That is one of the greatest lessons about resisting temptation: the Evil One hates to be confronted with the Word of God. If you have it, or know it … use it. When you are in the desert, you will find living water in the Word of God.
Do you know anybody in the desert? I do: the people of Crimea being tried by an unsure government; women and men deployed to all parts of the Middle East for our country’s interests, etc. When I say these folks are in the desert, I do not mean a desert with sand and sun. I mean a “desert experience.” That is: a time in life when we encounter hard times, a trial, or a period of suffering. We have all been there. The unemployed. Those who grieve a loved one. Hollywood personalities. Addicts. Hospital patients. Perhaps you yourself have been through a time of difficult struggle and loss. Lots of us are in the desert, and it seems like a horrible place to be.
Yet in today’s Gospel, we find Jesus in a desert experience not by accident, or Fate, or natural disaster, but because he was led there by the Holy Spirit. Matthew’s Gospel states it most emphatically: “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted.” It’s kind of like the Spirit knew that there was some truth to be discovered in the desert, but that Jesus may have been a bit hesitant. The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert, and the man stayed there voluntarily for 40 days. Why? Perhaps Jesus knew it was a way to prepare himself to lead a life of devotion to his Father. A time of purification and clarification. A time to drop what is useless and to take up what is of value. For us, this time of Lent is a preparation too, not only for the spiritual life ahead, but for death as well. Like it or not, we will be asked one day to give up our very lives for the life of Christ. A desert prepares us to engage both life and death with love for God. And that is today’s theme: the desert can be a place where we grow more deeply in love with God, and so totally surrender to Him. Here are a few suggestions about how to endure the desert journey of forty days or forty years:
1) First, when the desert experience comes along, do not deny it. Do not explain your suffering away with modern psychological theories. Accept the pain and feel it deeply. Ever since Adam and Eve we have had a tough time seeing life as hard work. Jesus knows it is hard, and stays there even longer than a week. Hang on.
2) Second, accept the opportunity to live simply while in the desert. Hard times bring us opportunities to live with what is necessary: no frills. The basic necessities for survival grow in value, and a desert experience is one chance to really discern the difference between what you want and what you need. Perhaps Jesus wanted a nice sandwich, but he knew that he needed more profoundly the word of God.
3) Third, remain constant on the pathway through the desert. It is not recommended to change your path or wander aimlessly when in pain. Listen how silly the Gospel would sound if Jesus decided to amend his fasting routine: “Oh, Jesus fasted for five days and five nights, and decided to change his plans because he found a nice piece of desert fruit. After a few days wandering for more, he gave up his religion to find another one.” No, we are constant and calm during times of trial. That’s when the Rosary and a commitment to prayer are fine fare for Lent.
4) Fourth, learn how to see again. Begin to notice gifts, treasures, and small signs of happiness given each day. When you are in the desert, even a drop of water feels like a running stream. Why do Catholics give up stuff for Lent? Because it makes us more intensely aware of how much those small things are gifts to us from a loving God. To set those gifts aside for forty days is a true means to appreciate them all the more. Giving something up is a profound “thank you” to God.
This season of Lent is a preparation for us to encounter God’s love when we actually DO enter a desert experience. Sacred Scripture uses the desert in connection with God’s love for his people. Genesis tells us how Adam and Eve moved from the garden to a desert experience. God tested the faith of Israel in the desert, as Moses led the way. In the words of Hosea: “So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. She shall respond there as in the days of her youth, when she came up from the land of Egypt.” In the words of Isaiah, “The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom.” It is a place where we too learn to cross into rejoicing. Like John the Baptist, in the desert prepare the way of the Lord.
Fed by the Word of God and the Body of his Son, we are indeed prepared for the desert, and our faith assures us we will emerge through the trial into a new and abundant life. Now, that is worth waiting the journey of forty days, or forty years, whatever it takes. As long as God is with us on the journey. Fr. Patrick Fairbanks, S.J., Pastor
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
Holy Day Mass Schedule
6, 11 AM, 12 & 5 PM
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
6, 7, 11 AM, 12 & 5 PM
Monday thru Saturday 11 AM - 12 PM
Stations of the Cross will be led by the Men’s Prayer Group every Friday during Lent after the 11:30 AM Mass.