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St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church at 532 17th St., Windom, MN 56101 US - Our History

Our History



In the early days, Cottonwood County was a prairieland, beautiful to behold with its lakes fringed with timber.  Wild fowl and deer, elk and some buffalo abounded.  Log cabins were the homes of those times, and the founding of Windom had not yet occurred.  Windom was platted in 1871.  It was named after William Windom, who served the people as Congressman and Sentator of Minnesota.

By 1901 the Windom population had grown to over 2,000 inhabitants.  Today, Windom, the county seat of Cottonwood County, is a flourishing city, with a population of approximately 4,500 people.

At first, Windom was a mission of Heron Lake, then in 1898 the Norwegian Lutheran Church building was purchased for a Windom congregation.  This church served the needs of the Catholic community until 1902.  At that time, the old church building was moved to the north end of the present property, and converted into a rectory to house the priest.  The first resident priest in Windom was Fr. Emile Van Hoenackere.  He presided over the buidling of the new church, which cost $12,000.00.  St. Francis Xavier Church was dedicated on November 27, 1902. 



(Note:  Material for this article was obtained from The First Methodist Church of Windom, Minn. by E. E. Gillam, an eminent and well-known historian from Windom.




Our Faith Formation Program
CCD runs from September through April. VGrades K-4 meet Sundays at 9:00 - 9:45am., starting September 25, 2011. The children will play bells during Mass every third Sunday of the month during the school year. No Class: Oct. 23, Nov. 27, Dec. 25, Jan. 1 Last day of class will be April ...
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Thinking About Becoming Catholic?  Join RCIA!
RCIA, or "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults," is the process by which adults become full members of the Catholic Church.  RCIA candidates can be Christians of other faiths, or non-Christians.  They can be baptized, or not baptized.  The process is open to all ...
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Rosary Continuing each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Fr. Russ has requested we continue to say the rosary before Mass on Sunday.  We will begin at 9:30 a.m., so please plan on joining us.
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Check out the New Stations of the Cross and Our Lady of Guadalupe!
We have posted photographs of all the new Stations of the Cross that we have ordered for the Sanctuary, as well as the Our Lady of Guadalupe statue we hope to order. Click here and scroll through to the end, or go to the article "Take a Peek at our Pictures!"
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ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CHURCH TO HOLD IT'S ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL
Come for the food, come for the fellowship, come for the fun.
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