St. Francis Xavier
Parish Council of Catholic Women
Celebrating 77 years
of Loving Service
1937 - 2014

information about our upcoming

Share the Love
Gift Fair and
Holiday Bazaar
November 8, 2014
8 am - 3 pm

Xavier Center
465 Table Rock Rd.
Gettysburg, PA  17325

Click here to go to our Artisans and Vendors Page:
our artisans and vendors
Click here to view our Fair Trade vendors

Upcoming Events:

Next PCCW Meeting
September 16, 2014
7:00 PM
Xavier Center

St. Francis Xavier

Parish Council of Catholic Women

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Council of Catholic Women mission statement: We are here to Support, Empower and Educate
all Catholic women in Spirituality,
and Service.

We take our founding mission seriously and our

local focus is on Living the Corporal and Spiritual

Works of Mercy.

Works of Mercy
  1. Feed the hungry
  2. Shelter the homeless
  3. Clothe the naked
  4. Visit the sick
  5. Visit the imprisoned
  6. Give drink to the thirsty
  7. Bury the dead 
Works of Mercy
  1. Comfort the sorrowful
  2. Forgive injuries
  3. Pray for the living and the dead
  4. Advise the doubtful
  5. Instruct the uninformed
  6. Admonish sinners
  7. Bear wrongs patiently
Our Church Home:
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
25 West High Street
Gettysburg, PA  17325

Parish founded
2 October 1831

Present Church consecrated
31 July 1853
by St. John Neumann

Council of Catholic Women
1st Meeting
 October 1937

During the Battle of Gettysburg,
our church on High Street, a mere 10 years old at the time, was the second church to open its doors to the the wounded and was in use by noon of July 1st.  The most seriously wounded were brought here for amputation and treatment.
  The Sisters of Charity from Emmitsburg, MD were part of those who tended the wounded and dying at SFX.  Listen to their account: "The Catholic Church was filled with wounded, mutilated men... The first man put in the sanctuary was soon Baptized with truly Christian sentiments.  His pain was excruciating and when sympathy was offered to him he said, 'Oh! What are these pains I suffer in comparison with those my Redeemer suffered for me.' In these sentiments he died..."
Because of the severity of the wounds of those who had been brought to our church, it remained a hospital until the end of September, 1863.   A stained glass window was dedicated to their act of mercy.

Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel
God of
heavenly wisdom,

You have given us Mary -
Mother of Jesus - to be our guide and counselor. 
Grant that we may always seek her motherly help in this life and so enjoy her presence in the life to come.

O Mother of
Good Counsel - patroness of the National Council of  Catholic Women - intercede for us - that we may be wise, courageous and loving leaders of the church.  Help us,
dear Mother,
to know the mind of Jesus, your Son.  May the
Holy Spirit fill us with reverence for God's creation and compassion for all God's children. 
May our labors
of love on earth enhance the
reign of God;
and may God's gifts of faith
and living hope prepare us for the fullness of the world to come.

You can do what I can't do.  I can do what you can't do. 
Together we can do something beautiful for God.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Monthly Meetings held the third Tuesday of the month,
September - May,  7 pm at the Xavier Center