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Pilgrimage to St. Catherine’s Island – the site of the Georgia Martyrs Wednesday Feb 20 Limited to 12 people. Sign up on clipboard at church entrance. Wear comfortable clothes, such as blue jeans. Bring lunch. Insect repellent and suntan lotion if desired. Dress in layers according to the weather. Transportation on the island is sitting in the back of trucks and riding over rough dirt roads. It’s a one of a kind, adventurous, historical and religiously significant trip that everyone should experience at least once. Tour itinerary available by signup sheet. 

We are excited to announce that the relics of St. Anthony of Padua

will be coming to our church! On Saturday Feb 23 Franciscan priests will bring the relics of this great saint to our church for prayer and veneration. Veneration will begin at 1 p.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. Mass. The Franciscan Friars invite you to join them in welcoming St. Anthony of Padua to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. St. Anthony will be visiting you in the form of two precious and first-class relics from the Pontifical Basilica in Padua, Italy. The relics will be accompanied by Father Bortolino Maistrello, one of fifty-four OFM Conventual Franciscan Friars who minister in the Basilica where the Saint is buried. This is the Franciscan order of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis and St. Anthony of Padua knew each other during their lifetime in the 13th century.

 Bishop’s Annual Appeal for 2019. This year’s theme is “Who is my neighbor?” Your sacrificial gift and prayers will help make this year’s appeal a success. Our parish target is $ 58,467 and we can do this if, after thoughtful consideration and prayer, everyone participates according to our ability. We would like for this year’s numbers to be a little more accurate, so we are asking you to send your pledges and payments directly to the Diocese of Savannah using the BAA envelope. Please make sure to write your check to Diocese of Savannah with St. Francis Xavier Church in the memo line so we get credit. 

Window Renovations: As part of our renovation programs the Parish Council recommended that we include our church window coverings. A company specializing in this work, Lynchburg Stained Glass, came in last week and removed the old Plexiglas from the sides and the front of the church. As you know, the old Plexiglas was very yellow from age and scratched. I have put some samples on the easels by the church entrance. When I put three pieces together I could barely see my hand behind it! They then worked on cleaning the stained glass and the wood framing to return it to its original beauty. All of the wood framing was repaired, primed and painted. Any glass panels that are cracked or have holes will be repaired or replaced. We found that some of the wood frames in front of church had rotted due to water and the salty air. They will remove the bottom panels of the Marian window and place new wood framing in. The final step will be to place vented aluminum framing and laminated safety glass around all the windows. You will notice more light coming into the church and more vivid colors from the windows. The cost for this project is $69,948 and should protect our windows and keep them maintenance free for the next fifty years. The window renovations should be completed by Feb. 15 and will match up nicely with the new narthex! You can go to our church website to see some photos of the repair work.​​