This Diary is a daily updated report of ideas and events of the St Xavier Church community. These notes and updates may supply you a sense that our community is one of faith and fellowship, even in these difficult times. We are called to great faith and spiritual communion. If you wish to add any ideas or send your own suggestions for prayer, reading, education, fellowship, family faith, etc. please submit an email to Diane at [email protected]. Please know that we keep faithful to the daily Masses intentions listed in the bulletin, and we continue to keep you all in prayer. Our bulletin will continue to be published, and it is available on our website www.stxchurch.org.
Friday March 27, 2020
This morning was the funeral of former Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk. It was broadcast on the Archdiocesan site, with only a few people attending. There will be a formal memorial mass later this spring, they tell us. May he rest in peace.
Someone sent us the “Act of Spiritual Communion,” written by St. Alphonsus Liguori. Please use it before and after you “attend” an on line Mass on the Internet.
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You
as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
You can read more about this special prayer HERE.
Thursday March 26, 2020
The three Cincinnati Jesuit pastors engaged in a live phone-in conference with the provincial assistants in Chicago on Zoom. The 5 of them shared a few thoughts about how we are each doing with our congregations. One shared point is that we all agreed it necessary to contact those folks who are alone and or elderly to see if they have any particular needs, including just someone to talk to.
One prayer suggestion, especially for those who are no longer “on the go” at work, is the Irish Jesuits prayer service “Pray As You Go.” Fr. Fairbanks uses it not “on the go,” but as he takes his daily walk around the (deserted) campus up at Xavier. You can find it on line at https://pray-as-you-go.org/ or download it on your phone and listen as you walk.
Wednesday March 25, 2020
On this Solemnity of the Annunciation, the Holy Father sent out his personal “Prayer for Protection in time of pandemic.” You can find a copy HERE.
At noon today. Fr. Fairbanks celebrated the parish Mass in private, and offered the intention for those listed in our bulletin. You can see the latest issues of the bulletin at www.stxchurch.org/Bulletin
Tuesday March 24, 2020
Fr. Fairbanks was seen doing the daily reading on the live stream this evening at 5pm (the usual time). The tech Jesuit said that a total of 106 people were tuning in through YouTube and other sources. To see this daily stream, type in www.bellarminechapel.org/livestream
Fr. Gamber was pleased to offer his Mass today for the 3 people who are on our Mass intentions list. You can still see these names by downloading the parish bulletin at www.stxchurch.org/Bulletin You can also see the list of those in the parish who are sick and in need of prayer. Our bulletin is still being published, but only on the web.
A good idea for reflective prayer each day is to tap into the web site of Musician David Haas. He is publishing a daily web site with his own music, live streamed, and a moment of prayer. It lasts about a half an hour. What a great way to spend private time alone. Just go to YouTube and type in “My Heart Is Ready.” If you have any comments about it, just send them along and we can inform others. Thanks for the tip Jo Ellen.
Fr. Fairbanks started a new service on the website today: St X Calling. That is, if you are in need of a phone call for whatever reason, to pray, or just to chat, let us know and we can give you a call at the time best for you. You can see the button on the front page of our website, or just click this link: www.stxchurch.org/stxcalling
A St X parishioner sent in this prayer idea. It is simple and direct. Just do what it says. “Wash your hands and say your prayers, cause germs and Jesus are everywheres.”
Let us remember each other in prayer today, and at 12 noon tomorrow (March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation) join the Holy Father in prayer for health and healing.
Monday March 23, 2020
One parishioner says she and her husband really enjoy the 5pm daily Mass from the Jesuit residence chapel. “It is so intimate and prayerful. He and I both like it so much. And we are being introduced to Jesuits we do not know. It is truly a representation of the Jesuit works.” Thanks for the comment. Fr. Fairbanks is slated to preside at the 5pm Mass today, March 23, and his brother David Inczauskis S.J. will be the lector.
Diane and Fr. Fairbanks spent a few minutes working on the parish bulletin, which is STILL being published. To see the latest version, please see our website and click the menu item “Bulletin.” We ask everyone to take a look at the Sunday collection, as it is understandably low. For instructions on how to make weekly donations, go to our website and click on the menu item: “Donations.”
As the Governor of Ohio has declared a “stay-at-home” mandate starting at midnight tonight, St Xavier offices are closed until April 6th. Our Facilities Manager Chris Dole and Fr. Fairbanks have taken measures to lower the heat in the church and offices during this time.
Sunday March 22, 2020
We received word this afternoon from the Archdiocese that Archbishop Emeritus Daniel Pilarczyk had passed away at age 85. He was in poor health, cared for by the Little Sisters of the Poor. We offer prayers for the Archbishop and for his eternal rest.
This morning was the first live streamed Sunday Mass, at Bellarmine Chapel, with Fr. Eric Sundrup presiding. All tolled, about 500 people tuned in to this celebration. An average of 70 or so tune in to the weekday Masses, live streamed at 5pm each weekday from the Jesuit Community.
Fr. Gamber texts in that Pope Francis is calling on all Christians to unite in raising voices to heaven, proposing a unanimous prayer to be offered on Wednesday March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation. The Holy Father recommends everyone pray the Our Father at 12 noon. He also said that he would lead a prayer service from the front of St. Peter’s Basilica on March 27 and afterwards would offer a blessing “Urbi et Orbi”—“to the city of Rome and the world”—with the Blessed Sacrament.
Saturday March 21, 2020
Fr. Jerome Veigas offered a private Mass for the intentions of the parishioners on our scheduled Mass list. You can see these names on our parish bulletin which is available on our website. This morning, Fr. Sossy Luyembe departed from the Jesuit community on his way back to Africa after a month visit to St X. You can see a video of this on our website.
Someone sent us a link for families with young children. It is called Bring the Faith Home. With kids out of school, Masses suspended and religious education classes disbanded for the foreseeable future, parents may feel cut off or overwhelmed with how to continue to teach and share the beauty and joy of the Catholic faith. Click HERE to see the 7 resources to help bring home the faith.
Friday March 20, 2020
Fr. Gamber offered a private Mass for the scheduled intentions of our parish. Our friends at St Xavier High School donated dozens of T-shirts (from past charity walk days) for Fr. Sossy to pack up and take back to members of his parish in Malindi, Kenya. Fr. Sossy has been visiting us at St X for the past month, helping out especially in emergency times when Fr. Fairbanks was in Chicago for interviews, when Fr. Gamber was recovery from knee problems, when Fr. Ross was recovery from surgery, and when Fr. Jerome was in India for a major Jesuit gathering. We are grateful to Fr. Sossy for helping out in these unusual days in early March.
Thursday March 19, 2020 Solemnity of St. Joseph
A small group of staff members gathered to continue the planning for the renovation of our sacristy area behind the church. Our office hours are also abbreviated, allowing fewer hours away from home for our staff. If you need to call the office for a priest or to schedule confessions, our number is ready to answer: 513-721-4045.
We received a recommendation for daily prayer called The Daily Divina. This free daily email from The Catholic Telegraph links to the readings of the day and offers a brief scripture meditation. Parishioners can sign up here: http://www.thecatholictelegraph.com/digital-subscriptions.
Wednesday March 18, 2020
Fr. Fairbanks celebrated a private Mass for the intentions of the parish, whose names are listed in the most recent bulletin. Fr Fairbanks added a few more details to the website, allowing parishioners to participate in on line prayer resources. Fr. Fairbanks also offered prayer intentions for those listed on our parish sick list (in most recent bulletin).
Tuesday March 17, 2020 Feast of St. Patrick
This morning Archbishop Schnurr delivered his letter suspending all public Masses throughout the Archdiocese. Fr. Fairbanks decided to post this on-line at a new location on the parish website: www.stxchurch.org/covid19.
Fr. Fairbanks also posted his own letter and an updating of upcoming activities at St X, most of which are cancelled. Also, two links were included which allow our parish to view live-streamed Mass on weekdays and on Sundays.
The Cincinnati Jesuit community decided to offer a live stream Mass from their house chapel. On his feast day, Fr. Fairbanks presided at the liturgy, and Fr. Luke Hansen was lector. the audience numbered about 50 viewers. The tech wizard behind our on line Masses was Fr. Eric Sundrup, S.J. the pastor of Bellarmine Chapel.
Sunday March 15, 2020
We celebrated Masses as usual. Most of our Masses received half of the usual attendance, or less. Our on-site Mass collection totaled a little over $7,000, but many folks had decided to do their giving on line. At all Masses, volunteers and ministers were very helpful to fill in where needed. At the 10:30 Mass, our nine candidates for the RCIA were offered their first scrutiny, and Fr. Fairbanks homily addressed the next 3 Sunday readings (just in case we are not in church). This homily is available on our web site.
Fr. Sossy, who is visiting us from Malindi, Kenya, was able to connect with many parishioners this weekend as he celebrated the 7am Mass for Fr. Bob Ross who was recovering from recent surgery.
Thursday March 12, 2020
Due to outbreaks in Ohio, the bishops of Ohio removed the obligation for Catholics to attend Mass, leaving up to their own decision whether to attend Mass or not. Fr. Fairbanks decided to allow all upcoming weekday and Sunday Masses, leaving it to the parishioner to attend or not. However, several larger activities have been cancelled.
Wednesday March 11, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak is declared a global pandemic.
This Diary is a daily updated report of events at St Xavier Church, resources and ideas from parishioners and suggestions for the best ways you might experience spiritual communion. To add any ideas or send your own ideas, please submit email to [email protected] You can also visit our Facebook page for more updates.