St.Francis of Assisi Parish
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Save the Date
Fall Festival ▪ October 1st
A Day to
This Special Parish Event
will need lots of Parishioner Support
out to Mary Ann Jordan or any member of The
Guild to learn how you can help celebrate Fr. Jamie!
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom
shall I send, and
who will go for Us?” Then I said,
“Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
From the March 31, 2023 Edition of The Catholic Free
Come June we will be half way through our pledges
for the Legacy of Hope – we want to say Thank You for
honoring your pledges.
Due to the Legacy of Hope the
parish has been able to paint the church, garage and
repair the steeple at St. Thomas Church. At St. Joseph’s
Chapel the windows were both repaired and painted before
new storm windows were put in place. The only project
left is the driveway at St. Thomas.
This is all Great
News, but we are not meeting the weekly budget and just
like everyone else our expenses like electricity, and
heating oil are increasing. So we are respectfully
asking that you pray on this parish dilemma and see if
you could increase your weekly contributions. Perhaps
sign up for on-line giving so if you are out of town you
can still contribute to your parish.
The direct link
for on-line giving is
Register Now for the WORCESTER CATHOLIC WOMEN’S
All Women are Invited to this Exciting
Conference, “Male & Female He Created Them” to be held
at St. Joseph School in Webster, MA on Saturday, October
7th. Hear dynamic talks from outstanding Catholic
leaders, Dr. Deborah Savage, Dr. Christopher Klofft, Fr.
Derek Mobilio, Fr. Colin Blatchford, and Patricia
Sandoval. Diocesan and religious priests will hear
confessions and there will be many interesting
exhibitors. Bishop McManus will celebrate Mass. For more
information and to register, visit our website at
www.wcwconference.com or call Corinn Dahm at
At the beginning of Lent our parish participated in
exploring this book through the program “The Best Lent
Ever 2023” by trying to recognize and create Holy
Moments. Paul will take us on a journey of
self-discovery and transformation. Whether you’re
seeking personal growth or spiritual enlightenment,
“Holy Moments” will provide you with the tools to live a
more joyful and meaningful life. All are invited to
attend this event whether you have read the book or not
all are welcome.
We still have free copies available
at both churches
Pick Up Your Copy Today You will be
Glad You Did!
Next Meeting ▪ Mon. June 19th ▪ 6:30pm
New Members are Always Welcome!
If you would
like the opportunity to be
involved in any of our
efforts, please contact Mary Ann
via email at
or via phone/text at
We are very pleased to announce that our parish donated
a total of $1,633. 40 to
Visitation House for the
Care and Support of Both Mothers and Babies. Thank You!
helps both Mothers and Babies to survive and thrive.
Online donations may be made at
Click on Donate by
Parish for Baby Bottle Drive. Find our Parish and Make
Visitation House is a 501©(3)
nonprofit and as such is tax deductible as it receives
no federal or state funding. It is solely supported by
Thanks to all our parishioners who have made their gift
2023 Partners in Charity Appeal
As of May
St Francis of Assisi Parish is at 75% of
our goal of $25,000
We have donated $18,881.00
If you have not yet made a gift or pledge,
please fill out a commitment pledge
in the vestibule or visit
www.partners-charity.net to do it online.
your generous support we are able to serve thousands of
families and individuals
in Worcester County through
outreach, formation, evangelization and worship!
Watch the Appeal Video at Home this Week
www.partners-charity.net to see Faith in Action! If
you have already made a gift to the 2023 appeal, we
THANK YOU. Your gift will help us in reaching our parish
goal. You can also make your gift at
It is an inspiration
for all of us to know that when we support the Annual
Partners in Charity Appeal we help thousands in need
throughout Worcester County.
You share in the joy in
bringing hope into the lives of those we serve. Text
Giving is an easy and secure way to give.
make a gift to Partners in Charity in seconds and St.
Francis of Assisi will receive credit!
the word DONATE to 84575
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 the Parish Office at 978-355-2228
and leave a message for
Deacon Scott at Ext. 3.
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!
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!
In October of 2023, Pope
Francis will convene in Rome the XVI Ordinary General
Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to examine the topic:
"For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and
Mission." The Holy Father has asked every diocese in the
world to provide input for that synod.
The Diocese of
Worcester has developed website resources at
worcesterdiocese.org/Synod-2023 that cover the
• What is a synod?
• What have previous
Synods focused on?
• What is synodality?
input efforts in the Diocese of Worcester for Synod 2023
• Examples of Local Consultative Experiences
Synod preparatory documents acknowledge the difficulties
of convening consultative groups in the time of a
pandemic. We will not be convening a large Diocesan wide
gathering but ask each parish to solicit input through
means each pastor judges most effective given parish
circumstances and capabilities. Those means can include
physical or virtual gathering(s) of parishioners or
simply sharing the link to the Individual survey in
bulletins or by Flocknote.
We have two online survey
response tools which are on the website and accessible
with the buttons below.
The Group Survey will capture the results of in
person or virtual gathering using the pdf below to
facilitate the meeting.
The Individual Survey can be shared with
parishioners via the bulletin, parish website or
Flocknote in lieu of gatherings.
A group facilitator
can print the questionnaire
Here to lead discussions and then input the group
responses on the online GROUP survey on behalf of the
Photo's of St. Joesph & St.Thomas Becket courtesy of
St.Thomas-a-Becket and St. Joseph Chapel Are Wheelchair
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of Assisi Parish 2013-2023. All rights reserved.
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