“BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD” Advent Concerts

“BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD” Advent Concerts

As we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ on Christmas, the season of Advent sometimes flies by without us appreciating it. There is a wonderful opportunity to experience Advent – the “Behold the Lamb of God” Advent Concert. Music written and originally performed by Andrew Peterson, features many area musicians and vocalists, especially from St. Katharine Drexel and Holy Cross of Kaukauna and Hollandtown, and St. John Nepomucene in Little Chute. It features Deacon Dave Van Eperen, Lance Lamers, Mike Van Hoof and Tim Van Eperen of St. John Nepomucene parish.

Under the leadership of Nathan Vande Hey, they are now in their 12th year of performing these in the Fox Valley and surrounding areas! It is the story of salvation history in less than an hour. No tickets required, but a free will offering will be taken, with proceeds donated to charity. This year, the program will be presented 4 times and they are listed below:

Wednesday, November 30th – Kaukauna High School at 7:00 p.m.
(sponsored by the Kaukauna Catholic Parishes)

Wednesday, December 7th – St. Nick’s in Freedom – 7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 12th – Xavier High School in Appleton – 7:00 p.m. (CIA-FMO event)

Wednesday, December 21st – St. Mary Help of Christians in Hilbert (108 S. 6th Street) – 7:00 p.m. (sponsored by the Tri-Parish Catholic Faith Communities – which includes St. John-Sacred Heart Parish in Sherwood and St. Mary of the Seven Dolors in Stockbridge.)

Check it out! Spread the word and invite your students and families. This is open to anyone. Any questions, please contact Deacon Steve Vande Hey at dcnsvandehey@kaucp.org.

Looking for more Veterans! Xavier Middle School

Looking for more Veterans! Xavier Middle School

On November 9th, the Xavier Middle School students will be hosting a day to celebrate our local veterans. The 7th graders will be prepared to interview the Veterans to learn more about their stories!

However, we are in need of more Veterans to make this day truly special. The timeline is listed below: 

8-8:30 a.m. – School Assembly to honor the Veterans

8:30-9:30 a.m. – 7th grade interviews with the Veterans and a light breakfast.

If you are interested in attending, please email Blake Hensley (7th Grade Social Studies Teacher) at bhensley@xaviercatholicschools.org. Thank you!

Christmas Stars ticket sales are OPEN!

Christmas Stars ticket sales are OPEN!

Christmas Stars ticket sales are open online and at the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre box office. Box office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from noon until 3pm.  Come and be delighted by a spectacular Broadway-style revue featuring religious and secular holiday music performed by a cast of singers, dancers and actors ages five to senior citizen. 

Experience the dazzling Christmas parade, a visit from Santa and the breathtaking “Living Nativity” finale. 

All performances will be held at the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre, 1600 Prospect Avenue, Appleton, December 1st – 11th.

An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided at the 1 pm performance on December 3rd.  The fully accessible theatre is equipped with a hearing loop.

For performance times, ticket purchases or questions, please call 920-733-8840 or visit www.christmasstars.orgTo visit the Xavier Theatre Box Office, please use the main theatre entrance, located under the arched canopy, on the west end of the school building.

Announcement from Christmas Stars 2022

Announcement from Christmas Stars 2022

Christmas Stars, an annual holiday-themed musical revue, will hold open auditions on Saturday morning, August 27th at the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre, 1600 W. Prospect Avenue, Appleton.  Students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade who enjoy singing and dancing are invited to audition.

An online application and audition scheduling instructions are available at the “Join Our Cast” link on the production’s website:  www.christmasstars.org.  Auditions are by appointment.  Music and accompaniment are provided by the producers.

Divine Evidence at Xavier Fine Arts Theater,  Monday, April 11th and Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Divine Evidence at Xavier Fine Arts Theater,  Monday, April 11th and Tuesday, April 12, 2022

A unique opportunity to hear, see and feel evidence of miracles and events connected to Jesus’ passion and his Real Presence in the Eucharist will be the focus of two Holy Week presentations at Xavier High School.

The public is invited to “Divine Evidence” on Monday and Tuesday, April 11th and 12th at 7 p.m. at Xavier’s Fine Arts Theatre, 1600 W. Prospect Ave. Eucharistic Miracles will be the topic on the first night, followed on the second night by the presentation The Sacred Cloths of the Passion.  Each talk will be complemented by a large exhibit viewable in the school gym two hours before and one hour after the presentation.

Richard Bernatchez of Denver, co-founder of Faith Based Communications, will speak each night and will present five relics for veneration, including slivers of the True Cross and threads from the Shroud of Turin, believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus. He will also display replicas of the sacred cloths and numerous items related to the Passion such as the crown of thorns and whip. The display on miracles will feature much of the Vatican’s International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles of the World. “We have selected for exhibition approximately half of the 137 Eucharistic miracles approved by the Church,” Bernatchez said. A retired engineer, Bernatchez now dedicates his life to researching and sharing miracles and relics. He and his wife, Pat, travel throughout the United States and Canada presenting the sacred exhibits at their own expense to churches, schools and interested Christian groups. “We discuss the True Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, explore various Eucharistic Miracles, and encourage participation in Eucharistic Adoration,” he said. “The specific miracles we discuss depend on the age of the audience. For the younger children, we focus on miracles involving children or animals. With the older children, we get into miracles where the Host changes into heart tissue, as well as the scientific study that goes into the verification process.” 

Showcasing evidence of the Eucharist’s miraculous nature could not come at a better time, said Susan Littmann, one of the event organizers. “In light of the bishops’ call for a three-year Eucharistic revival starting on the feast of Corpus Christi in June, we feel the Holy Spirit‘s hand guided us to this.” She added that the event was rescheduled from April 2020 when it was canceled due to the Covid shutdown.

Plans for the nation-wide revival effort, outlined at the bishops’ USCCB gathering last November, will include Eucharistic processions and other events of adoration and prayer around the country. “Their hope is to increase Catholic belief in the Eucharist as Jesus’ actual body and blood,” Littmann noted. “What better way to do this than to explore centuries of Eucharistic miracles documented by the Vatican.”  

Regarding the sacred cloths, Bernatchez said he believes the Shroud of Turin contains evidence of all that Jesus endured – the proof of his passion, death and resurrection. The exhibit also contains replicas of the Sudarium of Oviedo (a piece of linen thought to have been used to cover the head of Jesus immediately after the crucifixion) and the Tunic of Argenteuil (Jesus’ seamless garment).

The event is free and sponsored by the CIA-Faith Mission Operatives, a volunteer lay ministry recognized by the Diocese of Green Bay. More information is available by contacting event organizers at ciafmo@gmail.com or (920) 450-3025. Details of the presentations and exhibits can be found online at www.faithbasedcomm.com.


CIA-Faith Mission Operatives invites you to Investigate Your Faith on March 21st!

CIA-Faith Mission Operatives  invites you to Investigate Your Faith on March 21st!

We are very pleased to announce we will be hosting a presentation by Dale Ahlquist, President of the Society of G.K. Chesterton at Xavier Fine Arts Theater,  Monday, March 21, 2022 at 7pm.

 This Society’s mission is to evangelize through education, inspiring people to live joyful, holy lives, with G.K. Chesterton as a model of lay spirituality.