JosephReligious and Spiritual Formation

The primary role of the Christian community is to challenge the members of the faith community to deepen their vocation which was conferred upon them in Baptism. The “Religious and Spiritual Formation” programs of St. Francis Xavier are designed to nurture the faith of our parish members from preschool through adult. The cornerstone of our ministry involves the young men and women of our parish. Through our Parish School, Monday Evening School of Religion, Sacramental Preparations including the Confirmation experience,we strive to share our faith and values with the goal of developing committed adult Catholics.

Increasingly, we have recognized a need to extend the ministry of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation particularly for the adult members of our Parish Community. Opportunities now exist for our adult members to participate in a variety of educational and spiritual formation programs. These occur mainly through the ongoing program provided to the lectors, Eucharistic ministers and hospitality ministers which are open to all. With the emphasis on the Spiritual Formation of the parish community, in addition to the regularly scheduled celebrations of the Eucharist, we schedule Advent and Lent Sunday Evening prayer, communal anointing services, an annual memorial service for those who have died during the preceding year, and regularly have a parish mission, as well as speakers on various topics of interest that have been requested by parishioners.

RCIA Team or Sponsor
Attend weekly sessions with an inquirer/catechumen preparing to join the Catholic Church. Contact Charlotte Chunn 816-369-3238

Scripture Study
Meet on a weekly basis for several weeks studying a particular book of the Bible. Contact Fr. Ron 232-8449

Lead Couple
Meet with an engaged couple in your home for five sessions of marriage preparation. Lead sessions once or twice a year. Training offered. Contact Fr. Ron 232-8449

Baptism Preparation
Lead a session with Fr. Ron for parents who are requesting baptism of their child. A few times a year. Contact Fr. Ron 232-8449

Junior High Youth Ministry
Help youth (7th & 8th grade) to personally encounter Jesus on a deeper level through prayer, ministry, service, and social activities. (Meets each Thursday, 3:30–5:30pm during the school year) Contact David Schmitt 279-5978 or 233-0303

High School Youth Group
Help freshman build on their junior high experience, and prepare for their Confirmation as sophomores. Contact David Schmitt 279-5978

That Man Is You
Interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive. Seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society. Contact Chuck Hayes 364-4748