“We’ve gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of St. Francis Xavier Parish on the 4th Sunday of Easter, also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”; on this Sunday the Gospel reading is always about Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Since its founding, St. Francis Xavier has been blessed by good shepherds, beginning with your founding Pastor, Father Thomas Donnellan – Father Tom, welcome home and warmest thanks! And for these past ten years, Father Frank Brauer has served this community of faith with great dedication and love – Father Frank, please accept our deepest thanks!
“In addition to your pastors, you have been served by many other priests who offer Mass on Sunday’s and weekdays and share the Lord’s love with you – and to all of them we are grateful. This is a good day to remember in prayer all the priests who have served this parish after the mind and heart of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. It is also a day to pray earnestly for many vocations to the priesthood, priests who can serve in the parishes of this Archdiocese of Baltimore and work closely with the laity in fulfilling the Church’s mission to spread the Gospel.”
Read the complete homily HERE.