Before the St. Xavier Church website, Facebook page and email blasts—even before the weekly bulletin—there was the ST. XAVIER MONTHLY CALENDAR. The first issue, dated October 1888, announced it like this:
THIS CALENDAR is published to keep the people informed on matters of Church and School. It is entirely gratuitous; and should not under any consideration be sold. We shall endeavor to put it into the hands of our parishioners on the last Sunday of each month, in order to remind them of the feasts and fasts, the advantages and obligations and other important features of the incoming month.
For eight decades, the CALENDAR, did just that. But like the St. Xavier parish community it served, it also evolved. The articles, written both in-house as well as sourced from local, national and international publications, humor, and advertisements, reflect the prevailing issues, sentiments, fashions and technologies of the day, providing a window through which to view that community as well as a mirror through which to see reflections of our current community.
As a way of sharing these “views”, each month during our bicentennial year, St. Xavier will publish selections culled from the 952 published issues – We hope that you will enjoy these Retrospective Issues.
Click each month below to a summary from years past: