We are never more vulnerable than when we are separated from God. St. Xavier Church is a spiritual home to people who are earnestly searching for a deeper connection to God in the midst of struggle and life changes. We minister to those who are in need of God’s compassion by modeling Jesus’ welcoming embrace.
Within the Parish
Divorce Care offers healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. Divorce Care is a Christian, friendly, caring group of people who accompany one another through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Seminars and support groups are led by people who understand the divorce experience and walk with participants as they rebuild their lives. The 13-week seminar is offered twice/year. Please call the office for more information.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
If you like to knit or crochet you are welcome to join our Prayer Shawl Ministry. We meet the first and third Saturday of each month from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.
Shawls, lap blankets and other items are made by the members of the ministry and given to individuals who are sick, homebound, in a nursing facility or for any other need. Each item is blessed and presented with a prayer card attached. If you would like to give one of our beautiful shawls or lap blankets to someone you know please contact St Xavier Church.
Caregiver Support Group
This is an opportunity for caregivers to speak, share their concerns and listen to others. Catholic Social Services provides a facilitator to lead the group. This program offers the caregiver additional information and other services if needed. Please call Barbara Westendorf in the church office for information.
Homebound Ministry is designed to assist, visit and pray with the homebound, the sick in the hospital and in assisted living and skilled facilities. This ministry keeps us in touch with our parishioners who are part of our parish community even if they cannot attend weekly mass. Our extraordinary ministers distribute the Holy Eucharist to those who request it or are unable to attend mass. Contact the church office if you are hearing the call to participate in this ministry.
Outside of the Parish
Mission to Peru
In addition to a yearly collection, St. Xavier Church members make an annual mission trip to our sister parish in Peru. Read more about the mission!
For more than 27 years, St. Xavier Church has hosted a dinner on Christmas day for residents in the downtown area. Through the generosity of parishioners, volunteers and members of the Western Hills Country Club, St. Xavier Church offers a quality meal and venue for those who have no other place to go to on Christmas Day. For more information or to help, please contact Barbara Westendorf, Pastoral Associate for Christian Outreach.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Is a non-profit organization assisting the poor, lonely and forgotten to bridge the spiritual, emotional and financial gaps in their lives. St Xavier and Cathedral Conference activities are confined to those neighbors in Over-the Rhine, West End and Downtown area. Volunteers visit, access and evaluate the situation of the individuals who have requested a need prior to providing assistance.
Meets every Saturday morning at the Cathedral. Contact the church office if you would like to volunteer.
Is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the homeless persons with a history of emotional and/or mental disabilities by providing housing and related services. Many of our volunteers prepare the food for a full meal, transport the food and serve the residents. If you wish to volunteer or prepare food contact the church office.
For I was in prison and you visited me.
- Matthew 25
The Worship Team has many compassionate volunteers who visit prisoners in area correctional facilities to read God’s word and share in prayer. Volunteers are required to pass a background security check and must complete orientation training. Ministers meet the first and third Sunday of every month at 8:30 a.m. in the back of church.
Contact the church office if you are interested in participating in this rewarding ministry.
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) provides men and women, aged 50 and greater, opportunities to serve others “to address social injustice” and to transform lives. IVC matches the talents of capable Volunteers with the greatest social needs of our time.
Working from Cincinnati, Ignatian Volunteers are working with refugee & immigrant services and women & children services. They tutor, provide healthcare & food assistance, and work in shelters. Ignatian volunteers commit to work two days a week in service to the poor, September through June, for a year.
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps
The Volunteer Corps work and live in inner-city environments, serving populations where the issues of poverty, hunger, homelessness, racism, drugs, abuse, unemployment, and lack of housing and quality education are prevalent.
Help to improve a child’s life through your gift of time and dedication as a tutor. St. X Church works with 11 area schools to match parishioners with elementary-age children needing extra help with basic academic skills. One-on-one attention can provide much-needed accountability and can have a lasting positive impact on academic performance. Call the parish today to inquire about tutoring – no experience or advanced skills required.
Support Groups: - AA meets from 12-1 PM, Monday-Friday - SAA meets from 12-1 PM on Wednesdays -Alanon meets 12-1 PM on Thursdays