St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish | Welcome

Saint Francis Xavier is a Roman Catholic parish of the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, made up of families, single adults, students, and both laity and clergy who continually collaborate for the greater glory of God.

Please use our website to find general information about St. Francis Xavier Church and Parish as well as specific information about the various ministries which work through and support our parish. Visitors can also find news about upcoming events, copies of our weekly parish bulletin, and a regularly updated online calendar. Thank you for visiting us. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Please click here to read the pastor's response to the recent tragedy in Orlando

St. Francis Xavier is a vibrant Catholic church in Birmingham, Alabama. We're large enough to offer robust religious education programs as well as an excellent elementary school, and an array of parish missions and activities for all ages and interests, and we're small enough to get to know one another as a warm community working together to fulfill Christ's Word.

Please get to know us through our website, join us for Mass, consider becoming active in one of our various ministries,and plan to attend our First Wednesday Dinners. The schedule will be posted in August for suppers starting in September.

Family Water Fun Day!

 Saturday, July 23, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Playground

When the temperature rises, the surest way to put a smile on your child(ren)’s face is with an inflatable water slide!

That’s what we have coming for a day of fun in the sun! Lunch provided for the whole family! Bring your towel and sunscreen and join the fun! We need plenty of parents to keep an eye on the fun. Please call Family Life at 803-5411 and let them know you will be there.

Dear Parishioners and Visitors: I hope you like the new website for St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Different look, same great content. Please email me about navigation questions or broken links. Let me know, too, anything you especially like about the new site. Enjoy! Margaret (


News from USCCB

A Statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, USCCB President


A Statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville

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Gregory Erlandson Named Editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON—Gregory R. Erlandson has been appointed director and editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service (CNS), the appointment will take effect September 12.

Erlandson served as president of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing (OSV) for 16 years. He joined OSV in 1989 as an editor, was promoted to editor-in-chief in 1991, and named president in 2000. He began his career at National Catholic Register before spending three years as a foreign correspondent for CNS's Rome bureau.

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USCCB President Calls for Dialogue, Peace in the Midst of Violence

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement in relation to the July 17 fatal shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Lousiana.  

Full statement follows.  

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Daily Readings from USCBB

Feast of Saint James, Apostle

Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15

Brothers and sisters:

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Gn 18:20-32

In those days, the LORD said: "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great,

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Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Jer 7:1-11

The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:

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Mass Times

8:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM (en Español), & 5:00 PM
8:00 AM
8:00 AM, 7:00 PM (Misa en Español)
8:00 AM (June - August), 9:00 AM (Sept. - May)
8:00 AM (5:30 PM Memorial Mass, 1st Thurs. each month)
8:00 AM
4:30 PM (Sunday Vigil)

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Daily Readings in Spanish (Translate)

Fiesta de Santiago, Apóstol

Primera lectura

2 Cor 4, 7-15

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XVII Domingo Ordinario

Primera lectura

Gen 18, 20-32

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Sábado de la XVI semana del Tiempo ordinario

Primera lectura

Jer 7, 1-11

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News in Spanish (translate)

Presidente de la USCCB convoca a Jornada Nacional de Oración y nombra grupo de trabajo especial para promover la paz y la unidad

WASHINGTON—En vista de los recientes

incidentes de violencia y tensión racial en comunidades de diversas partes de

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USCCB President Calls for National Day of Prayer and Appoints Special Task Force to Promote Peace and Unity

WASHINGTON—In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. He has also appointed a special task force to support bishops in marking that Day of Prayer, and more broadly, in promoting peace and healing during this time of great strain on civil society.On July 8, in his initial and immediate response to the racially-related shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, noted the need to look at ways the Catholic Church can walk with and help these suffering communities. The initiatives announced today begin to address that need."I have stressed the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence," Archbishop Kurtz said. "The Day of Prayer and special Task Force will help us advance in that direction. By stepping forward to embrace the suffering, through unified, concrete action animated by the love of Christ, we hope to nurture peace and build bridges of communication and mutual aid in our own communities."The Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities will be celebrated on the feast of St. Peter Claver, September 9, and will serve as a focal point for the work of the task force.The purpose of the Task Force is to help bishops engage the challenging problems directly, by various means: gathering and disseminating supportive resources and "best practices"; actively listening to the concerns of members in troubled communities and law enforcement; and building strong relationships to help prevent and resolve conflicts. The Task Force will conclude its work with a report on its activities and recommendations for future work to the November General Assembly.Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta, former USCCB president, will chair the task force.  "I am honored to lead this Task Force which will assist my brother bishops, individually and as a group, to accompany suffering communities on the path toward peace and reconciliation," said Archbishop Gregory. "We are one body in Christ, so we must walk with our brothers and sisters and renew our commitment to promote healing. The suffering is not somewhere else, or someone else's; it is our own, in our very dioceses."Other members are: Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Social Development; Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for African American Affairs; Bishop John H. Ricard, SSJ, Bishop Emeritus of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, former chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Africa, member of the USCCB Subcommittee for African American Affairs, and member of the board of the National Black Catholic Congress; and Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).The Task Force will also have numerous bishop consultants, including USCCB vice president Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, as well as bishops whose jurisdictions have experienced extreme gun violence, or who otherwise bring special insight or experience on related questions. An equal or smaller number of lay consultants with relevant expertise will be appointed soon thereafter.---

Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, tragedy, attacks, violence, peace, Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, Dallas, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Bishop John H. Ricard, Bishop Jaime Soto, Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities, task force# # #

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Presidente de Comisión de Justicia y Paz Internacional de la USCCB expresa solidaridad en respuesta al alto al fuego en Colombia

 WASHINGTON—Tras la declaración de la Conferencia Episcopal de Colombia en relación con el alto al fuego anunciado en Colombia, el Obispo Oscar Cantú de Las Cruces, Nuevo México, presidente del Comité de Justicia y Paz Internacional de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU., extendió un mensaje de apoyo y solidaridad el día 5 de julio. A continuación se muestra un extracto de la declaración al arzobispo Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal de Colombia:

En este momento de esperanza y aliento en su querido país de Colombia, escribo para expresar la solidaridad de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. (USCCB) con la Iglesia y el pueblo de su nación. La reciente declaración en relación con el alto al fuego, emitida por la Conferencia Episcopal de Colombia (CEC), merece nuestro apoyo entusiasta. Puede estar seguro de mis sinceras expresiones de apoyo y amistad, extendidas en nombre del Comité de Justicia y Paz Internacional. Estamos de acuerdo con usted que sólo al continuar el arduo trabajo de la reconciliación y del diálogo, en particular, facilitar la eliminación pacífica de armas e instrumentos de violencia innecesarios, se puede asegurar la paz. Hemos compartido la declaración de la CEC con el Secretario de Estado de los Estados Unidos.

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