Confession schedule

There will be confessions available during Advent at the following times in the church:

Saturday, December 22nd – 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Monday, December 24th – 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Mother of God – Holy Day – January 1, 2019

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is a holy day of obligation. 
The schedule for Masses will be:
-Monday, December 31st (Vigil) – 7:00pm
-Tuesday, January 1st – 10:00am


Be sure to RSVP for our Fall Festival: “A Neighborhood Family Reunion” Saturday, October 7

Join the parish community for food, games, and fellowship in honor of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  Events begin about 11am and will conclude with the Saturday Vigil Mass at 4, with special music and choir.

Please RSVP so we can plan for appropriate amounts of food.  RSVP cards can be found in the Church and dropped in the Sunday Collection basket… or you can feel free to email us at

Donations are being gratefully accepted to defray the cost of the festival.  Checks can be made out to St. Francis Xavier Church, with a notation, “Fall Fest.”  Thanks!

Parish Survey

Please complete the survey below and return it to Fr De Rosa at the Rectory, either in hard copy or by email (  Please include your name and contact information.

  • What are our parish’s greatest strengths?  In what areas do we need to get stronger in order to grow?
  • What do you think we should do to re-introduce our parish to the neighborhood (Twinning, Hillcrest,  Southeast generally)?
  • Are there any outlets (community bulletin boards, email lists, publications) where we could effectively advertise our presence here in SE DC?
  • What do you think of the parish’s schedule of weekend masses, confessions, devotions?  Are there any schedule adjustments you’d recommend to attract more of our neighbors to attend mass?
  • Our regular daily mass is celebrated at 9am… if we were to change the morning schedule, would you be more likely to attend a daily mass?  What time would be best for you to attend daily mass (early morning? midday? after work?)
  • As they relate to growing our parish, what do you think of our parish groups (Sodality, Holy Name Soc, Knights of Columbus)?
  • Do you have any recommendations for our parish’s educational programming?
  • Is there anything you’d recommend we do regarding administration in the Rectory Office that could help us grow our parish?
  • Is there anyone you know in our neighborhood (sick, home-bound, in need) who could benefit from a visit or call from a priest/deacon?
  • Is there anyone you know in your family / in our neighborhood who needs to receive a sacrament (baptism, confirmation, sacramental marriage, annulment)?
  • What are you interested in doing to help implement your recommendations for Parish growth?