St. Francis Xavier Church is privileged to offer and administer the sacraments for our members and guests. The soaring architectural beauty of our downtown Cincinnati church building is an outward sign of the beauty of the sacraments held within. God touches you when you receive a sacrament; carry that out into your communities!
All the Church’s sacraments and ministries are oriented to the Holy Eucharist, “the source and summit of Christian life”. In the Eucharist, the whole spiritual good of the Church (Christ himself) is contained. Through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, one can see the fullness of vitality of our parish and its organizations. St Xavier Church offers seventeen times during a week when we gather for Mass, according to the rites and celebrations of the Roman calendar. Join us for worship and experience the beauty of our liturgy.
Becoming Catholic - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a wonderful program of learning and personal growth for non-Catholics (and non-Christians) who wish to become Catholic. Held annually at St. X Church, RCIA begins in early September and concludes with the season of Easter, culminating in the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Penance, Communion and Confirmation). Please call the parish office for more information or to register for the next session.
Since sacraments are not performed in isolation, it is strongly encouraged that baptisms be conducted as part of a Eucharistic liturgy, in the presence of the baptized, the Church. Baptism preparation classes are held the third Thursday of the month. Please call the parish to register for the class and baptism.
The formation program for young people seeking to make their First Reconciliation and Communion begins in late September and lasts until Easter. The program uses the catechetical materials, “Finding God in All Things” from Loyola Press. Contact the parish office to enroll your child. Adults seeking these sacraments for the first time usually do so through the RCIA process.
The sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is offered Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No confessions on holy days.
Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of anointing of the sick (formerly known as “extreme unction”) is intended for any community members who are seriously ill. It is offered twice/year at Sunday liturgies. The sacrament can also be administered in the homes of the sick or those who may be approaching death. Please contact the rectory if you or a loved one are in need of such a visit.
If you feel you may have a religious vocation, pursue your call without hedging or worry. Entering the Society of Jesus, whether as a brother or a priest, is a multi-year process full of genuine discernment and scrutiny; no one becomes a Jesuit by accident or by impulse!