Tuesday, January 10, 2017

An App for Catholic Life Every Day

As technology has progressed the smartphone, tablets, and other electronic devices have become the preferred means of communication in our everyday lives. Not only has this phenomenon influenced the way we communicate as individuals, it has also influenced the way parishes communicate and convey information.

Since May, the myParish App has provided a means for parishioners, and really anyone,  anywhere the means to stay connected with Saint Francis Xavier throughout the week with notifications and updates of parish activities sent on App.

myParish is a first-of-its-kind app for iOS and Android devices to help build a stronger Catholic community and better engage the New Evangelization promoted by Pope Francis and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

In addition to notifications and updates of parish activities, You may enjoy many useful resources and features to complement your daily faith life, such as, periodic nine day novenas, daily refections, and prayers, confession and prayer time reminders, daily Mass readings, and daily Mass videos from Catholic TV,  quick access to parish contacts and bulletins. The ability to submit prayer requests, receive MassMode reminders to silence your phone before Mass, and much more.

If you are a Saint Francis Xavier parishioner, a friend of Saint Francis Xavier, or just want to know what is happening at Saint Francis, this is your invitation to go to the Apple App Store for IOS devices, or Google Play for Android devices to download the myParish App and select Saint Francis Xavier, Mt. Washington, KY as your parish of choice. Our zip code 40047.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Obituary for Francis Earl Kirchdorfer

Francis Earl Kirchdorfer

November 20, 1926December 9, 2016

Francis Earl Kirchdorfer, 90, of Louisville, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016 at his home.  He was a native of Louisville, a retired employee of International Harvester, former driver for Greater Louisville Funeral and Limousine Service, an Army veteran, and a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Jean Kirchdorfer; and his son, Ronnie Earl Kirchdorfer Sr.  He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Ray; along with 4 Grandchildren, Brandy Campbell, Mic Ray, Ronnie Kirchdorfer Jr. and Ashley Kirchdorfer & 6 Great Grandchildren, Dylan, Charity, Jace, Jasper, London, and Riley.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home with Deacon Gerry Mattingly, St. Francis Xavier, Mt. Washington presiding. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens.  Friends may visit from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Please pray for Francis' eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom, and peace and comfort for his family and friends.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Latin Mass in New Haven on December 8th

Fr. Matthew Hardesty will be celebrating a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (the traditional Latin Mass) on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Thursday evening, December 8th, 2016 at 7pm at Saint Catherine of Alexandria Church in New Haven, KY. (174 N. Main St., New Haven, KY 40051).

Father Hardesty and the choir will be chanting many parts of the Mass. Worship aids with Latin and English will be available. For more information, go to or email Fr. Hardesty at As is our tradition, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is Holy Day of Obligation.

This would be a great opportunity to experience the beauty of the traditional Latin Mass.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Mark your calendars for June 8-10, 2017!

Obituary for former parishioner, Sandra Stine

Sandra D. Stine, 72 , of Mt. Washington passed away November 28, 2016. She was a native of Louisville, KY, a former dental hygienist and member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hugh Stine; mother, Mary Grace Price and brother, Gerald Stine.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Mark Powers; grandson, Kyan Powers; sister, Theresa Bullock.

Her memorial service will be at noon on Saturday, December 3rd at Schmid Funeral Home in Mt. Washington with Deacon Steve Age presiding. Visitation will be after 10 am on Saturday until the time of the service.

Please pray for Sandra's eternal peace and joy in the Kingdom, and peace and comfort for her family friends.

Crossroads Messenger - 4th Quarter, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Prayer for the Republic

We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name.

We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope Francis, the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, Joseph E. Kurtz, our own pastor, Father Dale Cieslik, all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.

We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

We pray for his excellency, Matt Bevin, the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. 

To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.