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St. Francis Xavier begins celebration of 165th year

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - In honor of its 165th anniversary, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church is celebrating with a year of events to reflect upon the parish’s past and rejoice in the present.

“This year is about highlighting who we are, what we’re about and being faithful to the message to proclaim the gospel,” said St. Francis Xavier pastor Rev. Scott Wimsett. 

“One hundred and sixty- five years is not like 150 or 175. It’s one of those years that could get lost and don’t want it to…the years go by rather quickly and we don’t want to lose sight of that.”

This weekend will help kick things off with a special concert highlighting 200 years of choral history featuring treasured hymns, spirituals and modern selections in powerful arrangements. 

On Sunday, the Mid-Kentucky Chorus of St. Catherine will present Celebrating the Sacred Song under the direction of conductor Teresa Tedder. 

The central Kentucky based chorus is a group of men and women who have a love of singing. The members’ talents and backgrounds are as varied as their hometowns, ranging from professionally trained to recreational singers. 

The Mid-Kentucky Chorus has performed many concerts throughout central Kentucky and in 2008 the choir was part of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s bicentennial celebration. 

“It’s very exciting for us to have them coming,” said St. Francis Xavier pastoral minister for formative spirituality Lisa Downs. 

Celebrating the Sacred Song begins at 2 p.m. and will last roughly an hour and 45 minutes with intermission. 

In March the church will host Rev. Ronald Knott who will conduct a mission titled Renewed People for a New Church. 

The program will begin on Sunday, March 20, and continue through Tuesday, March 22.

Knott is a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville and serves as the founding director of the Saint Meinrad School of Theology Institute for Priests and Presbyterates. He’s also a published author and has served as a missionary for the archdiocese for many years.  

Also this year St. Francis Xavier will kickoff its Why Catholic? program for spiritual renewal and learning more about the Catholic faith.

These programs are free and open to the public. More events commemorating St. Francis Xavier’s 165th anniversary will be announced at a later date. 

For more information about the 165th anniversary celebration call the parish office at (502) 538-4933.