The Sacraments

A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.


The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

St. Francis Xavier is happy to celebrate your child’s baptism! Please submit the form below to begin the process. The Parish Office will contact you once we receive your form.

If interested in having your child baptized, please contact
Kim Reiner, the parish office secretary, at 717-334-3919 or at


We believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

First Confession/First Communion


SRE: Youth Religious Education
Debbie Holt, Director of Religious Education

Adult Education
John Knowles

Mike & Suzanne Landis

Reconciliation & Penance

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.

Reconciliation/Confession is held every Saturday from 4:00 - 5:00 PM at the Historic Church.


Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Through Confirmation we are anointed with the same Spirit and the same power as Jesus.


For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.

Congratulations on your engagement! You are in one of the most exciting (and hectic) seasons of your life. Beyond the wedding day there is married life. Let us help you prepare.

For more information, please fill our our interest form below. The Parish Office will contact you once we receive your form.

Wedding Coordinator - Cynthia Kane
717 334-1746

Annointing of the Sick

We see in the Gospels the love Christ has for the sick. In the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, we celebrate Christ’s healing presence among us. This Sacrament is available for anyone who is physically or spiritually sick as well as anyone who has an upcoming surgery.

If you, a relative or friend require this gift at home or in the hospital, please contact theParish OfficePhone: 717-334-3919 or 717-334-7711.