To reach the ministers who manage these ministries, please contact the parish office at 330-725-4968.
8 a.m. Rosary on weekdays
Immediately after the morning Mass, a leader begins to pray aloud, joined by the voices of others in the pews who have remained to pray to the Blessed Mother. On Wednesdays we say a rosary with meditations, and on Thursdays we say a community rosary, in which anyone present is invited to say a decade and offer it for his or her intention. Those who pray a daily rosary believe the way to Jesus is through Mary. When you give your first hour of the day to God, you’re prepared to take on the day and its challenges. New and younger prayer leaders are needed for this ministry.
Ministers needed to: pray and/or lead pray the rosary
Time required: 30 minutes
Youth opportunity: All ages are invited to participate
Judy Podrasky: 330-723-8516
Avilas is a diocesan organization of people who hear the gentle command of Jesus:
“The harvest is good but laborers are scarce. Beg the harvest master to send out laborers to gather the harvest.” (Mt. 9:37-38)
On the second Thursday of each month, from 8 to 9 a.m., a holy hour with Eucharistic adoration is held in church to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and for the perseverance of those who have already consecrated their lives to God. We invite you to join us now and again, or on a regular basis.
Ministers needed to: Pray
Time required: One hour a month
Youth opportunity: All ages are invited to pray.
Diane Akers: 330-242-5174
Christ Renews His Parish / Welcome
Christ Renews His Parish (renamed Welcome) is designed to help men and women move closer to our Lord and renew the heart and soul through prayer, reflection, Reconciliation and faith witnesses. Through the leadership of spiritually strengthened individuals who have participated in past renewals, you will hear their stories and the ways in which renewal has deepened their faith. While personal renewal is the direct goal of a Welcome weekend, parish renewal is indeed the fruit of these rich faith experiences. Come and see!
- Women’s Renewal (Fall)
Adult women of all ages who belong to St. Francis Xavier Parish are invited on a weekend renewal experience. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on an autumn Saturday and continuing through 4 p.m. Sunday, women will experience prayer and Reconciliation, fellowship, appreciation, mounting trust, deepening faith and the opportunity to form new friendships. Guests will relax, eat and sleep in the safety of a Christian community with other women. The 2020 Women’s Renewal is Sept. 26-27.
Deacon Paul Kipfstuhl: 330-725-4968
- Men’s Renewal (Spring)
The St. Francis Xavier Men’s Renewal team invites men age 19 and older to a weekend retreat. Some of the topics addressed in past renewals have included lapsed faith, conversions, marital issues, dealing with deaths of loved ones, bad moral choices and times when the call of God was misunderstood or ignored. Participants will be provided sleeping accommodations in the church basement on cots as well as more food than you can eat! In today’s world, our Catholic faith is being tested like never before. If you want to strengthen your faith, we invite you to the next Men’s Renewal. The 2020 Men’s Renewal is March 7-8.
Deacon Bob Cavanaugh: 330-725-4968
Adoration begins after the 7:30 p.m. Mass on every First Friday of the month, until 7 a.m. Saturday. Adorers chose a one-hour slot. The program is organized and scripted. Following the readings, the rosary is prayed, followed by prayers for the deceased and silent time for reflection. Adoration is a solemn and rewarding hour, and we welcome participants at any hour.
Adoration also is available on the third Saturday morning of the month following 7:30 a.m. Mass. During this Adoration for Life, worshipers offer prayers with the special intention to end abortion and support life.
Ministers needed to: worship the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Prayer leaders are especially needed during the early morning hours
Time required: 1 hour
Youth opportunity: Youth are welcome and encouraged to participate!
Adult Small Faith-Sharing Group
Want more from life? This is a small-group experience to help you look at your daily life in light of our faith, shared with others. Groups of adult parishioners gather together to study Scripture and pray together. The groups meet weekly, with materials provided by Nancy Fiamingo, pastoral minister. Sign up via our annual Stewardship Commitment card, which will be collected at Mass on Sept. 29-30, 2018.
Ministers needed to: participate in and/or lead faith-sharing groups, with guidance
Time Required: about 2 hours a week during Lent
Nancy Fiamingo, pastoral associate: 330-725-4968
Men’s Bible Study
The Men’s Bible Study group is open to all the men of the parish. We meet early on Saturday mornings at a local restaurant for fellowship, food and some time to discuss the readings for the upcoming weekend liturgy. There are no prerequisites, no homework, just bring your Bible and enjoy.
Ministers needed to: participate in Bible study and discussion
Time Required: 1-2 hours on Saturday mornings
Deacon Paul Kipfstuhl
The Spirituality Program for Adults (SPA) is a 6-week program based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. St. Ignatius wrote these exercises during his conversion experience in 1521-1523, and they are applicable today in our everyday living. The aim of the Spiritual Exercises is to assist people in finding God’s will for their lives, and to give them the motivation and courage to follow that will. Each session begins with 7 p.m. Mass (if possible) and is followed by small-group discussion and a presentation on part of the Exercises.
Ministers needed to: pray and reflect
Time Required: 1 hour/day plus one weekly meeting for 10 weeks
Mike Sweet: 330-618-1307
Deacon Paul Kipfstuhl
Women’s Bible Study
Several groups of women meet weekly at various times and locations to learn more about Sacred Scripture. The groups are self-directed and choose their own topics. They are offered support from parish staff. New groups may be formed when there is sufficient interest and a willing facilitator.
The benefits of attending are best summarized by the following witness: “The groups are more than a study of the Bible. They create friendships, deepen your faith, develop your prayer life and underscore what it means to be a Catholic woman.”
Ministers needed to: pray and reflect
Time Required: about 2 hours weekly, plus preparation
Nancy Fiamingo, pastoral associate: 330-764-8957