BulletinDonationsContact Us
3 2 1
   Upcoming Events    The Journey    Mass & Confession Schedule

RCIA CLASS - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 at 7:00pm
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

St. Vincent dePaul Meeting - Saturday, October 04, 2014 at 9:00am
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral

Prayer Shawl - Saturday, October 04, 2014 at 9:30am

Religious Ed Class - Sunday, October 05, 2014 at 10:30am
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Men's Prayer Group - Thursday, October 09, 2014 at 12:00pm

Thirsty Thurday - Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 5:00pm
Over The Vine, The Westin Hotel, 21 E. 5th Street, downtown Cincinnati

Prayer Shawl - Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 9:30am
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Jail Ministry - Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 8:30am

Baptism Prep Class - Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:00pm
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Keeneland Bus Trip - Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:00am
Keeneland Race Track, United States

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

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


Posted September 26, 2014

          The Bible is a good book. In fact, it’s so good that every Sunday we read from four different parts of the book. It stands to reason then, that we will hear most, if not all of the book, in the three-year cycle of readings that have been arranged for us at Mass. But if after hearing today’s second reading from St. Paul you are experiencing déjà vu, you are not far from wrong.

     This wonderful hymn of praise to Christ (Phil 2:1-11) was just read two weeks ago on the feast of the Exultation of the Cross. Since that feast normally falls during the week—and it does not come so close to this 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A—it is indeed rare that we have an encore of this Scripture passage. There is much that could be said about the great theology that these verses contain.

     However, for our consideration this week let’s turn to St. Paul’s urgent request just before he tells us all about Christ Jesus. “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others.”

     These are important words. They are words to live by. And chances are, we have heard these words from our parents—in one fashion or another—as we were growing up. When we stop to think about our lives and what we have achieved, and what we want to achieve, do we ever stop to look at those who do not have an opportunity to achieve? Life is hard. It’s difficult today to make ends meet, save for the future, or protect ourselves. But life has always been hard. Did any generation feel that life was easy? All of Sacred Scriptures, all the teachings of the Church, all the orations of our beloved Holy Father point us to one concern: to humbly and unselfishly look out for the interest of others.

      This week, as summer changes to fall, let us take some time to reflect on our participation in the membership of the Body of Christ. Let us take our lives to prayer and ask God to direct our actions. If, after prayerful consideration, we would like to find some way to serve others: to give without counting the cost, then contact us at the parish office. We are happy to listen to you and perhaps offer some suggestions that might fit your concern and abilities.

     We are all missioned at the end of Mass to “Go forth” and proclaim the gospel in word and deed. We know that is the purpose of our gathering and giving worship. It is the reason we come for nourishment in the sacrament. We want to be missionaries and evangelizers, but for most of us there is one big stumbling block—where do we go? Together, as a parish—whose moniker is “inward reflection, outward action” — we can answer that question and provide for the interests of others, no matter how small or large. As St. Ignatius Loyola challenges us: Ite Inflammate Omnia

Go and set the world on fire!

Deacon Tim Crooker, Pastoral Associate


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

Monday thru Saturday 11 AM - 12 PM



Newsletter Sign-Up
607 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

© 2014 Saint Francis Xavier Church. All Rights Reserved.  Admin
Cincinnati Web Design by InteractOne