Francis of Assisi Parish
398 Vernon Ave. South Barre, MA 01074
St. Joseph Chapel:
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesday's @ St. Joesph
Chapel (as announced)
is the primary means of obtaining and nourishing a personal
relationship with God. Praying the Rosary is one of the best
ways to enter into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
It is in this contemplative prayer that we can nourish hope for
our families, church and world. The Blessed Mother has promised
that abundant graces will be poured out on souls who way this
prayer. Join us before each Mass as we pray the Rosary and
prepare for the gift of the Eucharist.
Sunday: 10:30 am
to Saint Francis of Assisi Parish. Our parish was formed on July
of 2013 with a merger of two faith communities, St. Thomas À
Becket and St. Joseph Catholic Churches. We chose as our patron,
Saint Francis of Assisi –a saint known for his love and devotion
to Jesus Christ and founder of the Franciscan Order. Your visit
to our website is sincerely appreciated and we hope that you
find the information on our site helpful. So please, take your
time and make yourself at home; scroll through the various
windows to learn more about our parish family and discover who
we are as a Catholic faith Community. Finally, when you leave
our website, may you go with the blessing and peace of Christ.
direction is the ancient practice of journeying with another as
they seek to become aware of & understand the movement of the
Holy Spirit in their life. God is the ultimate Director.The
human director is the companion who provides understanding,
encouragement and discernment.
For further information or to
schedule an appointment, please contact: Deacon Malcolm Colgate
Jan Colgate, OFS 978.855.3139
Deacon Malcolm & Jan are Certified
PRAYER TO HEAL OUR LAND
who are we as a people, having been given blessings in portions
as no other nation before us? What has become of us, Father? We
have spoiled your spacious skies with buildings and cities
breathing with sin. The amber waves of grain are no longer
viewed as our blessing but as our due. The awe and reverence due
You when we gaze upon the purple mountains and their majesty is
no longer held; rather, how much pleasure they can give us.
Father, we have spurned You. We’ve blamed our problems on those
who promote darkness, but You gave us time with Your Mother. Now
our eyes have been opened by Her. Our lack of holiness, our not
being light has allowed darkness to prevail. Indeed, our sins
which we wrongly view as small have allowed those in darkness to
commit great sins without shame. We now realize it’s because of
our failings as Christians. Father, Samuel told your people, “It
is true you have committed all this evil, still you must not
turn from the Lord, but worship Him with your whole heart. For
the sake of His own great name, the Lord will not abandon his
own people.” Father, we come before You with our whole hearts
and ask You to grant Our Lady Her intentions. Mary, we do not
deserve to even be heard, yet we know Your Son’s passion merits
that we are. Mary, we call You as You have called us. Please,
intercede before God to forgive us, to heal us, to heal our
families, and to heal our nation. Father, grant Mary’s
intentions and hear Her pleas for us. We know you are justly
irritated with us but we beg and plead for forgiveness through
our repentance from our hearts. We realize our nation is headed
toward disaster by so many signs You have given us. Holy, Holy,
Holy God, grant Mary Her requests that we may again be your
people, not a nation above God but one nation humbled and under
The Bereavement Ministry is available
to members of the Parish when Fr. Jamie & Deacon officiate to
assist in collations at the time of the loss of a loved one here
at St. Francis. For more information or to make arrangements,
please call Diane Clark at 978-355-4039 or Pat Kowal at
HELP! FAMILYS IN CRISIS. Accepting
contributions to the St. Francis of Assisi Emergency Fund.
Donations can be placed in an envelope marked Emergency Fund in
the basket with the offertory envelopes. Thank you for your
ARE YOU HOMEBOUND?…..let us know if
you would like the weekly church bulletin mailed to you and if
you would like visits from your St Francis Parish family. For
more information, call the Church Office at 978-355-2228.
Homebound parishioners may be
enrolled in the HomeTouch Program Receive a weekly
inspirational mailing including our Church Bulletin! Call
Priscilla @ 508-882-3128
HUGS to all~! Be well & Be blessed
We are pleased to announce that the
Greater Barre Area has its own Knights of Columbus Council! It
is the St. Cleophas Council # 15756.
Unity – Fraternity – Welcoming Catholic Men 18yrs & Older.
Information Contact: Gregg Januszewski at 508-882-0244
Cleophas Council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at
7:00 PM in the St. Thomas-a-Becket church hall.
meeting is Sept. 12th
Lord, we humbly ask you to bless the renovation of our 100 year
old Church: St Thomas-a-Becket. Guide and direct our efforts so
that your welcoming presence may be experienced by all who enter
our doors for many years to come. We thank you for the
generosity of the parishioners of our past who provided for the
establishment of our parish and for those who, over the past 100
years, have worked hard to maintain its beauty and splendor. We
thank you as well for those in this present time who have
provided the resources for this renovation work we now
Bless the artists and the skilled
people who will be working in our church. May the wonderful
talents which You have given them be used well for the
enhancement of our house of prayer. We pray that our
refurbished Church will be a place where all who come here may
find peace in times of weariness, hope in times of darkness,
refreshment in times of spiritual dryness and praise-filled
worship around the Altar of your Son, Jesus.
Francis of Assisi, along with all the saints and angels
intercede for us, strengthen us and protect us in our efforts.
Once this work is completed, may we ask for your continued
blessings on our St. Joseph Chapel Church, as we undertake
renovation there as well. We ask all of this in the name of
Jesus, your Son and our Lord, Amen."
Help Samantha beat Leukemia
One of our parishioners in the sixth
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sister make up their little family of three. Her Dad passed away
unexpectedly a few years ago...calling all prayer warriors to
storm heaven with prayers for this sweet little girl and her mom
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Chairman of U.S Bishops’ Conference Committee on
Pro-Life Activities Calls for National Prayer Effort That Every
Human Being is Protected In Law And Welcomed in Life
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan,
Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities,
issued a statement today inviting all people of good will to
join in a prayer campaign that the change in the U.S. Supreme
Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human
being is protected in law and welcomed in life.
Dolan's full statement follows:
"As soon as Supreme Court
Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, pro-abortion
groups began lobbying the U.S. Senate to reject any nominee who
does not promise to endorse Roe v. Wade. While the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops does not support or oppose the
confirmation of any presidential nominee, we can and should
raise grave concerns about a confirmation process which is being
grossly distorted by efforts to subject judicial nominees to a
litmus test of support for Roe v. Wade. And we must pray.
Each Friday, from August 3 - September 28, 2018, I urge all
people of good will to join me in prayer that this change in the
U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when
every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life. The
USCCB Call to Prayer network will share prayers and educational
resources and an invitation to fast on Fridays for this
May Our Lady of Guadalupe intercede for the
healing of our nation and our people from decades of abortion on
Call to Prayer materials will be accessible at
Those wishing to join this nine-week prayer effort can sign up
at www.usccb.org/pray to participate in this and subsequent Call
to Prayer initiatives via email or text message.
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