St. Francis Xavier is a vibrant Catholic church in Birmingham, Alabama. We're large enough to offer an array of parish ministries 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. Thank you for taking the time to come learn about our church!
Drive Up Communion:
Requirements for Attending Mass and
other Liturgical Services at St. Francis Xavier
Our worship spaces and other areas are being cleaned and sanitized between services.
Masses and confession will be offered at our usual times. The 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass will continue to be streamed and available through our website www.sfxbirmingham.com.
Guidelines that must be followed are:
Masks must be worn
We must stay six feet apart (unless you are a family unit)
Some pews have been roped off, please do not remove the ropes
NO physical exchange of the sign of peace
Communion will be received ONLY on the hand, not on the tongue
Face masks must be lowered before receiving Holy Communion. If you wear gloves they must be removed to receive Communion
Please exit the church beginning with the back pews, followed by the middle and finally the front pews. DO NOT congregate in the vestibule or nave of the church
If you do not feel comfortable coming to Mass, be at peace and know that we are praying for you and your families. The Bishop's dispensation from attendance at Mass is still in effect.
Dear brothers and sisters in the United States, I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr George Floyd. My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to recognize that “the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.” Today I join the Church in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and in the entire United States, in praying for the repose of the soul of George Floyd and of all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism. Let us pray for the consolation of their grieving families and friends and let us implore the national reconciliation and peace for which we yearn. May Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, intercede for all those who work for peace and justice in your land and throughout the world. May God bless all of you and your families.