Upcoming Events and Important Information



Upcoming Events:

Saturday, August 5 K of C Cook out Following Mass

Sunday, August  6 Donuts & coffee Following Mass

Monday, August 14 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Vigil Mass 6pm

Tuesday, August 15 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass 8am

Sunday, September 3 Last 7:30 am Mass of Summer Season 7:30am

Sunday, September 10 Religious Education Starts Following Mass

Sunday, September 17 Parish Brunch Following Mass

Monday, September 18 Right to Life Banquet 6pm

Thursday, September 21 Drive Thru Community Dinner 5pm

Sunday, October 1      Donuts & coffee

Sunday, October 1        Life Chain        2pm

Sunday October 3       Parish Council Meeting 7pm



St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church invites the faith community to join them

in their 40hrs Devotion

Sunday June 4th – Tuesday, June 6th

Each of the 3 days will begin with morning Mass. The following hours will be filled with Adoration, light refreshments, and talks on the Blessed Sacrament by Msgr Robert C. Shultz & Fr. Glenn J. Kohrman.               

Topics include: Eucharist as an Authentic Meal of Love and Eucharistic Food: “Be What You Can See and Receive What You Are”                                                               


Sunday, June 4, 2023              7:30 am Mass

                                                9:00 am Mass

                                               10:00 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament


                                                Light Refreshments

                                                12:00pm Benediction


Monday, June 5, 2023             8:00 am Mass

                                                8:30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament


                                                6:00pm  Appetizers & Light Refreshments

                                              6:30pm Talk by Msgr. Robert C. Schultz on Eucharist as an                                                                          Authentic Meal of Love

                                              7:00pm Benediction


Tuesday, June 6, 2023            8:00 am Mass

                                                8:30am  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament


                                                6:00pm   Appetizers &  Light Refreshments

                                              6:30pm Talk by Fr. Glenn J. Kohrman on Eucharistic Food: “Be What                                                 You Can See and Receive What You Are.”

                                               7:00pm Benediction




Parishioner Help Needed:

Please join your fellow parishioners Wednesday May 3rd at 8:30 am to help plant flowers and spruce up the grounds coffee and a light breakfast will be provided. Please bring spades and shovels.



BDHS Alumni

Do you have news to share?  Perhaps an address update, job change, marriage, or birth announcement?  Please let us know by using this link:  http://www.bishopdwenger.com/Address-and-News-Updates  Also, if your high school graduating class year ended in a "3" or "8," then your class should be gathering for a reunion in 2023! If you or someone you know is planning a class reunion, please contact Ingrid (Tippmann) Nicholson at inicholson@bishopdwenger.com. Thank you!


The parish council along with the financial council, wanted to honor Fr. Charles Herman who died will serving the parish. Construction on a memorial has been started in his honor.The parish hopes to have it completed by Bishop Kevin Rhoades scheduled visit on October 2nd.


A new pastor has been appointed to St. Francis Xavier Fr. Daniel Chukwuleta. Fr. Daniel is originally from Nigeria and will come to us from St. Mary of the Assumption in Avilla. He has been a priest for almost 30yrs. We look forward to welcoming Fr. Dan on June 15. Please note his 1st Mass with us will 8am on Wed June 16. For more info on Fr. Dan the link below is an article done on him a few years ago. 





From the Pastor’s Desk

Finance Council Meeting: The Finance Council will meet on Thursday, April 29, at 7.00 p.m.to do the budget for the next Financial Year. We thank all the members for their good work in planning for the parish maintenance.                                                                                            

The Month of May will soon be here: May is the special month of Mary and we shall have the traditional pious ceremony of May Crowning on May 2, which will be the first Sunday in May. We shall also have our customary Donut Sunday.                                                                                       That day will also be the celebration of 65 wedding anniversary at the 9.a.m. Mass of Bob and Martha Bohn who have been long time parishioners here. The parish rejoices with them and wishes them well.                                                                                                                                  

Graduating Students: Please, if you know of any of our parishioners Graduating Seniors this year, let the Office know so we may recognize them.                                                                             

Summer Mass Schedule: There will be 7:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays in addition to the usual 9:00 a.m. Mass during Summer beginning with the Memorial Weekend.

Fr Lawrence


Fr. Charles A. Herman will be laid to rest Thursday, December 17th in St. Joseph Cemetery in South Bend, IN. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11am at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Bend,IN prior to the burial. 

Tuesday, December 15th from 4-8pm there will be a viewing at St. Francis Xavier with a rosary starting at 7:45pm. Fr. Mark Gurtner will lead the rosary. 

Wednesday, December 16th from 4-8pm there will be a viewing at Holy Family Catholic Church with a Vigil Mass starting at 7:45pm

There is potentially going to be a livestream for those not comfortable attending the Funeral Mass.

*Reminder-The Diocese asks that all those attending any of the gatherings please adhere to the current COVID 19 directives. 


As some of you may have heard, Fr. Charles Herman was called home to heaven by our Lord and Father. Funeral arrangements are pending and we hope to have more information to share with you soon on that. Please pray for the repose of Father Chuck’s soul. 

This Saturday Monsignor Heinz will join us for 3pm confessions and celebrate the 4pm Mass. On Sunday, our celebrant will be Bishop Kevin Rhoades at 9am. 

There will be no weekday Masses for this week.
St. Francis Xavier, pray for us! 


My Dear Parishioners,

I write this note to you with a heavy heart.  It is certainly discouraging for me that I have to have the foot surgery done over.  There are a number of problems with the first surgery.  The surgery will be Monday morning at Fort Wayne Orthopedic Hospital in Fort Wayne.  After a couple of days in the hospital, I will go to rehab for ten to twelve weeks.  Needless to say, I am not looking forward to being gone for such a long time.  I will not be able to put any weight on the foot for this period of time.  I don’t know at this time which facility I will be going to.  I will definitely keep you informed of my progress and whereabouts.  Please pray for me; I will be praying for you and you will be in my Mass intentions.  God bless you always.

In Christ’s peace and love,

                                                  Father Chuck


My dear Parishioners,

This weekend is Mother’s Day when we honor our earthly mothers as well as Our Blessed Mother Mary.  It is this weekend that we have the Annual Mother’s Day collection for Catholic Charities.  Would you be so kind to mail your contribution along with your weekly contribution to the parish using the envelopes in your packet (P. O. Box 376, Pierceton, 46562)?  Thank you in advance.

Public Masses will resume Memorial Day weekend, May 23-24.  We will begin the summer schedule that weekend, Saturday afternoon at 4:00 and Sunday at 7:30     and 9:00.  State directives must be followed: social distancing, face mask, etc.  In addition, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is extended for all Catholics in the diocese through August 15, 2020, at which time it will be reevaluated.

Bishop Rhoades’ letter will be emailed to you. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers.  May God bless you today and every day.


                                                                                                            Father Chuck


My Dear Parishioners,

May the peace of our risen Savior be with you!  I hope that everyone is doing well and staying healthy.  It’s hard to believe that the pandemic is still hanging on.  It seems as if it has been with us for ever.   We certainly have a golden opportunity to pray for all and for our many needs at this time.  There are many opportunities to follow the Sunday Mass on television and livestream- ing.  It isn’t the same as participating in the Mass in church, but we are able to hear the word of God and pray with our brothers and sisters in Christ and make a Spiritual Communion.

Thanks to those who have mailed in your contributions.  Please use your envelopes; it makes it easier for recording purposes.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available upon request as well as the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.  Please contact me to make arrangements.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.  God bless you!

                                                                                                                        Father Chuck

*Renewal of Consecration of the United States to Mary, Mother of the Church, which will take place this Friday, May 1, at 3 p.m. EST. The event can be seen live-streamed at https://lacatholics.org/consecration 

*Bishop Rhoades will also be renewing the consecration of our Diocese to Mary via his live-streamed Mass on Friday at 10 a.m. for all school children.




Participate in a livestream Holy Week liturgies with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades. To join, visit the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend YouTube or Facebook  pages by searching for “@diocesefwsb.” These lituriges will also be broadcast on Redeemer Radio. Other Holy Week opportunities can be found at diocesefwsb.org/holyweek

  • April 5: Palm Sunday Mass at 10 am
  • April 9: Chrism Mass at 10 am
  • April 9: Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 pm
  • April 10: Good Friday Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 1 pm
  • April 11: Easter Vigil Mass at 9 pm
  • April 12: Easter Sunday Mass at 10 am

Participate in a livestream Stations of the Cross with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Bishop has expressed hope that as many Catholics as possible will join in meditating on the Stations of the Cross together, as a diocese, on the threshold of Holy Week. In this way, and together with all the priests and religious of the diocese, this great prayer will be offered for all those suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. To join, visit the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend YouTube orFacebook pages by searching for “@diocesefwsb.” Other liturgies, current diocesan directives and more can be found at www.diocesefwsb.org/covid-19

In order for our parish to continue to serve our parishioners and the community, we must continue to pay our bills and our staff.  To accomplish this, we ask you to continue your financial support of the parish. The diocese has setup an online offertory program at diocesefwsb.org/give. This allows you to designate your gift to our parish. All proceeds will be distributed to your parish from the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend. First time users will need to set up an account. You will need to select St. Francis Xavier -Pierceton from the drop down menu.


Dear Parishioners,


I pray that you're all doing well during this trying time.  Please continue to pray for an end

to this pandemic and a return to the normal routine.

We celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent this weekend.  It's difficult for me to celebrate Mass

without a congregation.  I hope you're taking advantage of the Masses on TV and the 

Masses that are being livestreamed.  

Bishop Rhoades will livestream the Stations of the Cross from the Cathedral of the Immaculate

Conception on Friday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.  He also livestreams the Sunday Mass from the

Cathedral at 10:00 a.m.

I continue to celebrate daily Mass privately.  The Sacraments of Reconciliation and the

Anointing of the Sick are available upon request.  Call me at (574) 594-5750 to make


Please mail your weekly contributions to the parish at P. O. Box 376, Pierceton, 46562

"Those who believe in Jesus, and walk in his ways, will never die."

St. Joseph, Patron the Universal Church, pray for us.  St. Francis Xavier, pray for us.


Father Chuck



Quotes from most recent letter from the Bishop:
“Like many other dioceses throughout our country and world, I have made the difficult decision, along with the other bishops of Indiana, to suspend the celebration of public Masses in our diocese due to the escalation of the virus and to help prevent its spread. This suspension begins on Wednesday, March 18th and will remain in effect until further notice.”
“I encourage you during this time to watch Holy Mass on television or the online Masses being live-streamed from many of our parishes, including a live-streamed Mass that I will be celebrating every Sunday at 10:00 AM. I also encourage you to reflect on the Sunday readings and to take time for personal and family prayer by reciting together the holy rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet or the Stations of the Cross.”

You can read the letter in it entirety at the link below:


Or Access the letter, view the Bishop's address to the faithful, and see your radio /streaming/TV Mass options at the link below:





January Times Union Sanctity of Life Ad:

Right to life will be publishing a two page, pro-life advertisement in the Times Union on Saturday, January 25, 2020 to memorialize the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision handed down by the Supreme Court which made abortion on demand legal throughout all 50 states. The ad will also be posted including your name in the ad. Forms to sign up for the ad will be available in the back of church. The suggested donation is: $1.00 for students, $5.00 for individuals and $10.00 for couples and families. 


ATTENTION ALL PARISHIONERS - We are updating our parish directory and would love for you to be included. Portraits will be taken by LifeTouch November 11 and 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Sign up online at the link below or with a volunteer after the weekend masses. You will receive a free directory and professional 8x10 for participating. There will also be the option to purchase additional portraits. Don't miss out on this opportunity.





We know many of you have been wondering how you can help Father Chuck. Here’s your chance. We are looking for individuals to help provide meals for Father Chuck as he continues his journey of healing at home. If you can help, contact Beth Walenga.


Right to Life Fall Banquet will be Monday, September 16th doors open at 5:00pm, with dinner served at 6:00pm.  A sign up form for tickets has been placed on the inside of the entrance door. Place your name, number of tickets wanted and your telephone number on the form.  Please write or print this information legibly. St Francis Xavier parishioners will be seated at the same table and/or hopefully tables.  Questions - call Bill Landrigan 267-3860.


The weekend of August 17/18 we will have a second collection to help pay for the cost of Fr. Chuck’s stay at the Peabody Rehabilitation facility. Since insurance has been maxed out, Peabody is charging $170 per day.


Hello Everyone,
As you hopefully already know, the Saint Francis Xavier Float this year is Honoring the HEROS who have fought for our Freedom!! We would GREATLY appreciate any Vets that would do us the honor of riding on the float this Saturday, along with the kids. We are meeting in the Elementary school parking lot by 2:30, it is a big farm wagon (thanks to the Landrigan's) with red white and blue fringe around it. Bring a chair for the float ride and if possible your uniform, hat, or t-shirt, etc. to show off your branch! Tracy's number is 574-551-4794 if you have any issues finding the float.

Please notify Tracy via email (gaunt2017@gmail.com) with the Vets Name, Branch of Military, and War (if served during war time) and years served of any veteran that would be kind enough to join us. We would like to have a sign for each of our Veterans!!!



Father is having surgery on his foot, and will need to stay off his foot at least 2 week ! A long with all of your Prayers, We were hoping that we might all send him a card/letter to help lift his spirits while he is away recovering. Hand made are the best, especially from the kids! You can either mail it or drop it in the collection basket. Also please not their will be no weekday Masses In Father Chuck’s absence. Please still join us for Weekend Masses Saturday 4pm, Sunday 7:30am , and Sunday 9am. Father Runyon, Father Michael, and Father Eric Burgener will be filling in Father Herman’s absence. So forget to welcome them the way our parish does so well. 


Our parish is thinking of trying something new-a progressive dinner! A progressive dinner is simply a party where each course is eaten at a different host’s house in the same evening. Then we would meet back at the hall for dessert! Two families or parishioners could even work together to host one part of the dinner. You would not have to be a host to participate. At this point, we are checking to see how many are interested in this event. Then we will choose a date. If you would like to participate, please sign up as you leave church next week or contact a parish council member. 


7:30 am Sunday Masses will resume Memorial Day weekend, however, they will be at the church and *not* at Jellystone. Additionally, please note Monday, June 3 at 8am will be the only weekday Mass the week of June 2nd. Father will be on a priestly retreat. 




Catholic Job Opportunities

Local Parish Job Posting:

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Syracuse, IN is currently seeking applications for a Secretary/Bookkeeper.  This ministry is a steward of the physical, financial and personnel resources of the Parish.  Accounting experience and/or bookkeeping experience is preferred.  Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and application to Human Resources Director, Jonathan Harber, at jharber@diocesefwsb.org.  Applications can be found on the Diocesan website at http://www.diocesefwsb.org/Current-Job-Postings. For questions, please call the Parish Office at 574-457-8176

Local Parish Job Posting:

Sacred Heart School in Warsaw, IN is looking for a principal for the upcoming school year. Candidates must possess a strong and vibrant Catholic Faith, at least 5 years teaching experience, an Elementary Administrative License or eligibility, and a commitment to a strong Catholic Identity. For more information, go to http://www.diocesefwsb.org/Job-Openings-Administrator-Positions.  For questions, contact Stephanie Howe at 260-422-4611.

Diocese Job Opportunity:

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is currently seeking candidates for the position of Superintendent of Catholic Schools.  Catholic Schools are a ministry of the Church, and this position works with the Bishop and the Secretary for Catholic Education to ensure the integration of faith and life, reverence for truth, growth in virtue, formation in Christian discipleship, and commitment to prayer. The superintendent overseas the formation of 13,000 students in 39 elementary school and 4 high schools in Northern Indiana.  For more information and to apply, please visit the diocesan careers webpage at www.diocesefwsb.org/Current-Job-Postings.

Diocese Job Opportunity: 

The Secretary for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is looking for a new Superintendent to oversee the formation of the 13,000 students in its 43 schools. We are looking for someone to work with the Secretary and the Bishop to fulfill the mission of forming virtuous Christian disciples of truth and prayer in a life of faith. Requirements for this position are to be a practicing Catholic with a working knowledge on Church Doctrine and Law as well as an Indiana School Administrator/Superintendent’s License with a minimum of 5 years experience. Deadline for applications are March 8, 2019. For more information or to apply, contact: Stephanie Howe: 260-422-4611 ext. 3335 or showe@diocesefwsb.org

Diocese Job Opportunity:

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is currently seeking candidates for the position of Communication’s Director.  The Director of Communications serves as a member of the Bishop’s Cabinet and provides effective management that serves the Diocese as a tool for the Bishop to communicate and to evangelize in Northeast Indiana.  The Director of Communications further manages diocesan communications, both printed and digital, including the management of public information, media relations, diocesan publications, and the weekly Diocesan Today’s Catholic Newspaper.” For further information and to apply please visit the Diocesan website at www.diocesefwsb.org

Diocesan Job Posting:

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is looking to hire an Associate Director for Marriage & Family Ministry.  This position will be based out of the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center in Fort Wayne, IN.  For more information, please visit www.diocesefwsb.org.  For further questions, please call Deacon Fred Everett at 574-234-0687.


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