Welcome to Church of Saint Francis Xavier, a Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville located in Carbondale, Illinois.  We are located on the corner of Poplar and Walnut (Highway 13 going East), minutes from the SIU campus. We are joined in partnership with the faith community of SIU-Carbondale Newman Catholic Student Center

As you have probably heard, I am retiring from St. Francis Xavier effective Tuesday, June 30, 2020. I plan on continuing my liturgical cantor/musician responsibilities, as needed, here, at Newman, St. Andrew and Our Lady of Mt, Carmel, in Herrin, where I have served for 21 years. Additionally, I will keep performing locally at wineries, breweries and other venues. My wife retired after 45 + years, as an RN in various capacities. the first of this year and we are looking forward to the adjustments and possibilities., as well as catching up on the lengthy list of home repairs in our old home.
Please welcome our new Pastoral Associate, Sister Barb Blesse, O.P., as she brings a new perspective, charisms and gifts to the parish.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve this partnership these past 6 years.
Bill Harper

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Mass Times

Parish Partnership Mass Times
Monday: 12:15 p.m. Mass and Holy Hour at Saint Francis Xavier
Tuesday: 5:15 p.m. Mass at Newman Center
Wednesday: 7:20 a.m. Mass at Saint Francis Xavier
Thursday: Mass at Newman Center 5:15 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 p.m. Mass at Saint Francis Xavier
Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Mass at Saint Francis Xavier
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. or by appointment
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. Mass at Saint Francis Xavier
Sunday: 11:15 a.m. Mass at Newman Center
Spanish Mass: Sunday 12:15 p.m. at Saint Francis Xavier
Sunday: 5:15 p.m. Mass at Newman Center

Newman Catholic Student Center is located at
715 South Washington Street, Carbondale

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

9 a.m. - Noon


  • Wed, Jul 1st

  • Thu, Jun 25th

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