Retired Presbyterian pastor John Buchanan tells about baptizing a two-year-old boy in a Sunday worship service. After the child had been baptized, Pastor Buchanan, following the directions of the Presbyterian Prayer Book, put his hand on the little boy’s head and addressed him like this. He said, “You are a child of God, sealed by the Spirit in your baptism, and you belong to Jesus Christ forever.” Unexpectedly, the little boy looked up and responded, “Uh-oh.”

The people in the congregation smiled, of course. But, Buchanan writes, the child’s response was appropriate. Buchanan called it a “stunning theological affirmation” from the mouth of a child. The child was right. Baptism ought to be an “uh-oh” kind of event. It should not be a mere ritual of the church that we go through without some deep soul searching and prayer…whether it is our own baptism or the baptism of someone in our care. Whether we are two years old, two months old, or even 102 years young, baptism represents a movement:
-from a world of darkness to one of light,
-from the kingdom of strife to the kingdom of love,
-from the stark reality of certain death to the promise of glorious and everlasting life.
Baptism should never be regarded lightly...Read more



Welcome to St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier Church
Our parish family would like to welcome you to St. Francis Xavier. We invite you to join us in our ministries, programs, and celebration of Mass.

The mission of St. Francis Xavier Parish is to encounter Jesus Christ and bring Him to all, through vibrant liturgy, lifelong Christian formation, and social outreach.

St. Francis Xavier School
St. Francis Xavier School
St. Francis Xavier School is dedicated to delivering an outstanding, well-rounded Catholic education.  A family atmosphere exists in all of our classrooms, where we teach students from three year old pre-school to 8th grade. We have the only Catholic school in Northwest Missouri that offers Spanish, Art, Music, PE and Technology classes.  As a member of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, we are accredited by the NCA and Missouri Non-Public Accrediting Association.  Read More...

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NEWS & EVENTS

January  29
School Spaghetti Dinner
4:30pm – 7:30pm Parish Center

February  6
First Friday
9:00am – 2:30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
2:30pm – Rosary & Benediction

 

MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday (Sunday Vigil)
4:00 & 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM, 9:00 AM,10:30 AM, & 12 Noon
Weekdays
7:00 & 8:15 AM (Saturday 8:00 AM)