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As you begin your New Year, enhance your spiritual journey through 2019 with FORMED.  View videos, read books, and hear noted Catholic scholars.  Check out the special section for children.  There are also offerings in Spanish.  If you need more information to access these free programs provided by our Parish, call Skip Jennings at 304-253-6648.


Education Committee on “True Reformers”

The Education Committee is continuing to offer video-based Faith Formation Programs provided by FORMED which gives Catholic’s of all ages access to study programs. The sessions occur on Tuesday mornings at 9:10 AM in DeSales Hall and last one hour. Each session has a video presentation followed by a group discussion. The title of the upcoming program [...]


New Church Book Club

We are kicking off a new event for those who love reading, and sharing ideas.  An organizational meeting will be held this Tuesday, January 22 in De Sales Hall at 9:00 AM.


CCWVA Update

With the help of our dedicated St. Francis de Sales volunteers, along with your generous donations, the Catholic Charities West Virginia Beckley Outreach office has provided basic needs assistance  to 133 families and 273 individuals in Raleigh county, for a total of $14,808 from 1/1/18 to 12/31/18.


January 6, 2019 – Feast of the Epiphany

Part of my time this week has been taken up with writing Thank You cards for various gifts I received from friends, family, and parishioners. While doing so I remembered a gift I was given for Christmas 25 years ago. Have you ever had the experience of receiving a truly strange gift? For Christmas 1993 [...]


Spiritual Direction

How is God present in my daily life? What inside me is closed off from God, and what inside me yearns to be closer to God?  Spiritual direction provides a companion and guide for the journey of spiritual growth. WVIS Associate Spiritual Director Peg Nagem will travel to Beckley once a month, beginning January 18, [...]



A true story about a man names Nels Ferre who was born to a poor family in Norway. Although he was a very bright boy and a good student, Nels' family couldn’t afford to educate him. An aunt and uncle in America wrote and invited Nels to come to the U.S. where they would pay [...]


December 23, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

They had thought that they would wait before having kids -- get a bigger house and more money in the bank first. Those were their hopes and plan. The pregnancy had been a surprise, somewhat unwelcome at first. But that all changed with the first sonogram and the baby stared kicking. They had neither the [...]


Immaculate Conception

Saturday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a day when all are obliged to celebrate a special Mass.  Your choice is Friday at 7pm or Saturday at 8:30 am. Saturday 5pm fulfills your Sunday obligation only.