New church reignites spirit of hospitality and mission at Camrose parish

If you build it, they will come. It’s a cliché, but it’s true whether it applies to a mythical baseball field or the new $17-million church at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Camrose. The new building has been attracting new families — and reinvigorating veteran parishioners — since it opened in May. More than 100 people attend Mass, including at least 35 to 40 children, and the numbers keep growing. A change in the Saturday evening Mass time to an hour earlier has encouraged even more.