Community

Parish groups are formed by parishioners gathering around common interests and affinities in order to help each other to live their faith in the family, neighborhood, marketplace, and public arena. They get involved in reaching out to the hurting, the poor, and the vulnerable in our midst in concrete acts of charity.

Catholic Lesbians Group

CATHOLIC LESBIANS

In 1993, gay parishioners met and prayed together. There were more men than women, who desired that their needs be addressed by women, for women, with women. So in 1995, Catholic Lesbians was born.

We have 300+ members and meet on the second Friday of every month in the West Room. We are a beacon to gay women, who discover that there is no dichotomy, no conflict, in being Catholic and lesbian.

We pray. We celebrate. We challenge the use of male-centric language and images of God. We advocate for female diaconates and priests. We yearn to one day be allowed to openly marry our beloved in our church. We speak truth to power.

We are grateful for this faith community, the Church of St. Francis Xavier. Contact SFXWomen@aol.com

Comunidas Hispanas Ignacianas Logo

Comunidas Hispanas Ignacianas

The Ignatian Hispanic Communities (CHI), sponsored by The Office of Ignatian Spirituality of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, are groups of adults who meet at least once a month accompanied by trained facilitators to

1) Deepen their faith,
2) Accompany each other on their Ignatian spiritual journey, and
3) Put faith into action.

Xavier Ignatian Hispanic Community (XCHI) meets on the third Saturday of each month. At 5 pm, we meet to discuss a topic related to Ignatian spirituality, worship in a Spanish Mass at 6:30 pm, and a social after Mass. For more information contact lmdiaz@sfxavier.org

Las Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas (CHI), patrocinadas por la Oficina de Espiritualidad Ignaciana de la Provincia Noreste de la Compañía de Jesús en los Estados Unidos, son grupos de adultos que se reúnen al menos una vez al mes acompañados por facilitadores capacitados para

1) profundizar su fe,
2) acompañarse entre sí en el camini espiritual ignaciano, y
3) poner la fe en acción.

La Comunidad Hispana Ignaciana de Xavier (XCHI) se reúne el tercer sábado de cada mes. A las 5 pm, nos reunimos para discutir un tema relacionado con la espiritualidad ignaciana, participamos en una Misa en español a las 6:30 pm y una reunión social después de la Misa. Para más información comunícate con lmdiaz@sfxavier.org

Gay Catholics Group and Pride Parade

GAY CATHOLICS

Is primarily a gay men’s group but all are welcome to attend our meetings and events. For more than 25 years we have met on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from September to June. We provide a safe place for gay men to come together to discuss and reflect on what it means to be LGBT in the Catholic Church today and how better to serve the church we love. Our mission is to embrace all, as Jesus does; to provide a compassionate environment to explore God’s presence in our lives; and to live out the Gospel of love and social justice. We work with our parish and the larger community toward the goals of full inclusion and a deepened spiritual life for LGBT people and their families and loved ones. Contact SFXGCGroup@gmail.com

Mary Magdala service

THE WOMEN WHO STAYED

We created the initiative I Have Something to Say out of the belief that each of us has something to say, something to share. Please consider writing a reflection out of your personal experience that connects us more deeply to the lectionary readings for a particular Sunday. Contact thewomenwhostayed@gmail.com

You can find previous reflections here: http://thewomenwhostayed.blogspot.com/

Xavier Yoga

XAVIER OUTINGS

Xavier Outings (“Xoutings”) started in 2017 as a proud outgrowth of the vibrant LGBTQ+ community at St. Francis Xavier seeking new ways of building community, celebrating our faith and creating new forms of welcome through social events. Immensely grateful for the legacy of which we are the beneficiaries, Xoutings fosters connections with other LGBTQ+ parishioners and allies to “find God in all things” (Footnote- Jesuit principle.) through year-round festive celebrations of arts and culture which highlight the joys of New York City and the fruit of our faith.

We are a new kind of “leaderfull”, horizontal organization where many people lead Xoutings events, driven by our organizing principles of inclusivity, embracing diversity and fostering generous collaboration with other ministries at SFX and outside the doors of our Church. To be added to our mailing list, volunteer to organize an event or for more information please contact us at Xoutings@gmail.com

Xavier Yoga

XAVIER YOGA

Xavier Yoga celebrates spirituality, prayer and intention in motion. We practice being present with community, ourselves and the good word every Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. This inspiring group is open to all levels and faiths. 

Xavier Young Adults

XAVIER YOUNG ADULTS

XAVIER YOUNG ADULTS is a ministry for and by parishioners in their 20s and 30s at the Church of St. Francis Xavier. We strive to engage young seekers with spiritual, social, cultural, and service activities that reflect our dynamic experiences, parish community, Catholic faith, and life in New York City. Single, married, gay, straight – all are welcome!

For additional information about our Young Adults ministry, if you would like to submit a prayer request, or if you’d like to get more involved at St. Francis Xavier – please email us at sfxavier.youngadults@gmail.com.

Youth Ministry

XAVIER YOUTH MINISTRY

Xavier Youth Ministry is for our teenagers to gather in faith, service and fun. The pandemic presented a challenge and we were up to it. We joined together with a mix of Mass attendance (masked and socially distanced) in the choir loft of the church, and Zoom meetings — all to combine the goals of service, social (fun!), and spiritual growth.

Recently, we created Christmas cards for the men and women in Thrive for Life Prison Ministry. We observed Advent together, as we will do with Lent. We join the parish in deep conversations about diversity in art, and social & racial justice.

XYM is for post-confirmation youth through 12th grade. Contact youthministry@sfxavier.org.

Zen Meditation

ZEN MEDITATION GROUP

Zen Meditation is a practice to directly experience life and can provide a means to deeper insight into one’s own self and spiritual path. Zen sitting is a way to cultivate stillness. Through this stillness, allowing conditioning and self-limiting thoughts to be released, people can find themselves and the world transformed. Although mediation itself is quiet, the direction of the practice is ultimately about compassionate action and service in the community.

The ministry addresses different intentions: A home for those interested in a meditation practice, support for those whose interests are with other ministries, and instruction for people with a curiosity or interest in meditation.

The meditation group meets weekly on Monday evenings. There are also several full day retreats on Saturdays. During the COVID period, the group meets remotely for Zen Meditation on Monday and Guided Meditation on Friday at 7 pm.

All are welcome, especially beginners, and instruction is provided. Contact: schubertnyc@gmail.com. For updated Zoom links if needed.