My favorite memory concerning SFX (among lots of memorable happenings) happened when our Parish took a group of singers and friends to Israel. Father Stenzel was our pastor at that time. For me it was the most memorable trip I . . .
Our fondest memory of St. Francis Xavier is our big wedding on November 26, 1983. The exterior and interior of St. Francis is just so beautiful. My wife and I grew up at very plain churches in Chicago's southwest side. After dating . . .
When I was growing up as a student and attending grade school (K-8), the presence of Roman Catholic priests in my life instilled in me a life long dream to one day work for priests in their residence as a cook and/or housekeeper. A good . . .
It was Pentecost Sunday, 1980 something. Father Joyce was presiding. I was lector at the 10:30 mass. It was a warm day and the church windows were open. As he began his homily a flurry swept through the congregation. A pigeon . . .
On December 3, the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, in 2017, parishioner Josephine Knapp turned 100 years old. It was a privilege to meet with her, and hear memories, wonderful stories of faith and her connection to . . .
Both my wife and I are life-long Catholics, and when we moved to LaGrange in 1985 we intended to register at St. Francis Xavier. Our call to the parish office yielded a reply from the then-current pastor, Father James Kill, that he . . .
Jackie and I and our first two children (Tommy and Peggy) moved to LaGrange and joined St. Francis Xavier Parish in 1959. We did not know a soul, but soon felt at home. Among the most vibrant parish organizations was . . .
...and Kathleen & Marylou Murphy and Janice Turek
“Come One, Come All to the SFX Family Communion Breakfast” One of my fondest memories of my family blessed life at SFX is the Family Communion breakfasts. There was a communion breakfast for men, and . . .
I grew up in our SFX from kindergarten until I left for college. I returned to the area in 2009 but because our parents remained in the parish my siblings & I have all remained part of the parish in our own ways. That in itself is . . .
My favorite memory of St. Francis are the children in the pews on Sunday. It is beautiful, calming and assuring to experience children at prayer. Some sit quiet and dignified, putting me to shame for loosing attention, . . .
“Reunion” Little left for us to gain or lose but heaven itself, we chance a backward glance and find nothing lost, every sad and sweet thing like the in and . . .
When I signed David up for Religious Education, I went to the new parent meeting. Fr. Stenzel was telling us new parents that he understands that it is hard to get the kids to church and to CCD. He said “If you have to . . .
I feel that St. Francis Xavier is a special place because of how welcoming it is. I have been a member for 6 years and every Sunday I look around and see faces that are friendly and welcoming. One of my favorite memories . . .
When I moved to La Grange from Plainfield about five years ago, I found the nearest Catholic Church, St. Francis Xavier, and the first time I passed through the doors, I was blown away by how stunningly beautiful it was. I thought . . .
A good memory for me is Fr. Joyce’s firm handshake and his good sense of humor.