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Welcome New Parishioners
We are so happy to have you at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
We recently changed our registration process. All you need do is either fill out the back of the Welcome flier in each
of the pews or directly call the Parish Office at 978-355-2228. If when you call our office manager, it directs you to voice mail,
leave your name and a telephone number and he will call you back.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish will be taking part in Barre’s 250 Anniversary. On behalf of the Parish the Hearts on Fire group has applied for a permit to enter a float in the parade taking place on Saturday, September 21 The parade starts at 1PM. Our parish float will feature our patron Saint St. Francis of Assisi, with a theme of “Rebuilt from Living Stones”. All parishioners are welcome & encouraged to take part in this project. We can use volunteers to help decorate the float, donations of monies to purchase decorations for the float and we would love to have children and adults walk along the float passing out candies and small gifts. If you would like more information or wish to get involved, please contact Robin Cummings @ 978-355-2279

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Lil Free Vegetable Stand
If your budget is stretched too thin for  fresh vegetables, please stop by our stand.
These fresh vegetables have been locally grown & donated
398 Vernon Ave. South Barre
Located in St.Thomas-a-Becket Church
parking area near the handicap ramp
Every Tuesday & Saturday
through the growing season
9am – 5pm
Open to the Community

The Artisans @ St. Francis of Assisi
The Raffle Quilt and Christmas Fair Crafters
will be meeting at St. Joseph’s Hall the 1st
Thursday and 3rd Wednesday of every month
from 10 AM- 12 PM.

Sewers will be working on quilt blocks and crafters will be working on items for the  Christmas Craft Table.
Knitters and Crocheters you are invited to bring your projects and join in this fellowship!
 Can’t attend a day time meeting but want to  contribute? Please email Beth Cunningham at
Did you know that Priscilla McGlynn is our Parish Outreach Coordinator?
One of her responsibilities is sending cards to parishioners experiencing  illness, hospitalization or loss. Please call Priscilla at 508.822.3128 to let  her know who may need a card (please include their address)  so they know that they are in our thoughts & prayers.

We have exciting news to share!
We have some exciting news  regarding the Emergency Fund!
It was started about ten years  ago as a way our parish could  have a few dollars to be able to  help when someone knocked  on the rectory door.
More and more families have needed assistance over these past ten  years. Through the grace of God, the fund’s balance has grown along  with the scope of assistance. We are blessed with parishioners who give  to the fund on a regular basis. In addition, we have applied for and have  been granted a couple of grants. Just this year, we applied and received  a grant of $5,000 from the Barre/Fidelity Charitable Fund.

The funds name has been changed to
“St. Francis of Assisi Charitable Needs & Resources Fund”.
The mission of our fund is to Help Families and Individuals in need by  assessing the needs for Food, Fuel & Utilities. The one-time assistance  will be assessed individually to the circumstances of each family. In  addition to helping with the immediate financial needs we will provide  clients with recommendation of other resources in the area for legal  assistance, housing, and counseling. If you need assistance or  know someone who needs assistance please contact
Paula Wood at 978-355-2228 Ext. 6

Have you ever wondered why we have PARISHES?
I came across an article by Fr. Caleb La Rue, Chancellor of the Diocese of Lincoln Nebraska, dated Oct. 14, 2022, which answers this question. Fr. LaRue states” Ultimately, we belong to a parish because the Church wants to make sure Her members have a community in which and through they can encounter Christ.”

The Universal Church is broken up into DIOCESES with a BISHOP as the head to care for our immortal souls. Then we are broken into PARISHES with a PASTOR who has the responsibility to care and lead us to Christ. However, Fr. La Rue goes on to say a very  IMPORTANT part of a parish is “parishioners supporting parishioners.” “We are not called to Christ in isolation but through a community” We at St. Francis of Assisi have a great opportunity to build up our parish community this weekend by taking part in  the SPRING OPEN HOUSE. Come one and all to meet and greet fellow parishioners. Parents bring your little ones!

Submitted by Judy McCaffery

Learn the five tools for a better marriage by signing up  and attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience
You will be glad you did!
You can find one by looking up

Some of the dates to sign up are:
April 11-May 23, 2024 (virtual 3RE)
June 7-June 9, 2024 in Upton,, MA
June 21-June 23, 2024 in Huntington, NY
August 2-4, 2024 in Portland, CT

Worldwide Marriage Encounter sponsors a variety of in-person and  virtual marriage experiences, some on weekends and some on seven  weekdays.  Couples explore their relationship with each other,  God, & the Church.
Registration is limited;
there is a $100 application fee.
For more information or to apply,
call Joe & Ginny Vatelle at 978-870-5646 or

St. Aloysius Catholic School
Are you looking for a spiritually rewarding
career in a family-like, faith-filled environment?
St. Aloysius Catholic School in Gilbertville, MA,
has the following openings for the 2024-2025 school
year: Kindergarten Teacher, School Nurse and
a 2 day per week Preschool Aide,
Please send a letter of interest and resume to:
St. Aloysius Catholic School,
c/o Roberta McQuaid
PO Box 522, Gilbertville, MA 01031
or email your information to

We look forward to hearing from you

The Women’s Guild has wrapped up another successful year returning to it’s purpose of
“filling the cups” of the women in our parish with spirituality & fellowship while supporting
our parish, our community and each other. This multi-generational organization provides
another layer of connection with the women in our parish. Please considering joining us on Sept. 11 as we kick off a new year.

Tilling the Ground with Prayer
A Three O’Clock Challenge

In 1935, our Lord revealed to St. Faustina Kowalska that the most holy hour of the day is 3pm, the hour of Mercy, and that prayer during this time releases profound and powerful graces, as it was the moment Jesus offered Himself to the Father in expiation of our sins.

The celebration of the Eucharist allows us to join Christ in that offering to His Father and commune with Him. Unfortunately, many no longer respond to Our Lord’s invitation to remember his passion, death, and resurrection in the Eucharistic Celebration.

Jesus describes such a heart as barren ground; no longer fertile, as the seeds of his grace struggle to penetrate deep and take root so that they may bring about the transformation necessary to prepare for eternal life.

In an effort to till that ground and allow grace and inspiration to flourish once again, our parish is launching,
“Tilling the Ground with Prayer,”


where parishioners will be invited to join in prayer during the holiest hour of the day between 3pm and 4pm for loved ones who have fallen away.

Fr. Jamie will pass hour cards with a simple prayer and explain this effort to help our loved ones come back home to God.

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The Three O'clock Hour Challenge
Back in September Fr. Jamie introduced us to the fact that the 3 0'clock hour is said to be the holiest hour of the day.
He passed out cards with the 3 O'clock prayer and challenged us to sign-up to pray the 3 O'clock Prayer and offer the sacrifice of being silent for 3 minutes for the intention: for all who have left the practice of the Faith ....
At the time we had 34 people sign up to take this challenge
If you didn't have a chance to sign-up, we have brought back the sign-up sheets in the back of each of our churches.
You can pick-up a copy of the prayer too!
For all who have signed up - Keep Persevering!
You are not alone. If you find that you miss a day a two, or those 3 minutes seem like forever. Keep Going!
Our prayers are tilling the hearts of our loved ones.

Volunteer Legacy of Hope
Daily mass . Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
9AM . St. Thomas A Becket Daily Masses are canceled when school is delayed/canceled due to weather
 Please remember St. Francis of Assisi Parish has an Emergency Fund* to help those in need.
If you as a parishioner, or if you know of anyone in the Barre/Oakham area that may need assistance please call Paula Wood at 978-355-2228 Ext. 6
All inquiries are strictly confidential.
The Women’s Guild Bereavement Committee will be re-organizing so that once again we will be able to offer lunches for families at a time of loss. These lunches take a lot planning and co-ordination, so a lot of help is needed!

The lunch menu consists of a selection of four filled sandwiches, fruit cup, relish tray, chips baked goods and coffee for a cost of $5.00 per plate.

We will be looking for donations of fillings, of egg salad, tuna salad, ham salad or turkey salad, baked goods, and kitchen help on the day of the event.

If you are able to help in any of these areas, please sign up with your name, phone number and indicate the areas where you could help. Sign up sheets are in the back of the church. Thank you!

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