St. Francis of Assisi Parish
  St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Roman Catholic Church
398 Vernon Ave. South Barre, MA 01074



Pastor James Callahan
Deacon Malcolm Colgate
Director of Faith Formation
Deacon Brian Gadbois
Parish Secretary/Bookeeper
Janice Colgate
Music Ministry
Louise Ohrn / Organist
Ken Stanley Guitarist St. Thomas


Mass Schedule
St. Joseph Chapel:
Sunday 8:00 am

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesday's @ St. Joesph
Chapel (as announced)

Prayer 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.

Mass Schedule

St.Thomas-a-Becket Church:

Saturday: 4:15 pm

Sunday: 10:30 am

Weekday: M-W 9 am

Welcome 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.
Fr. Jamie 

Spiritual 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 978.697.5599 or
Jan Colgate, OFS 978.855.3139

Deacon Malcolm & Jan are Certified Spiritual Directors

Lord, 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 God. Amen.
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 generosity
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.

Charity – Unity – Fraternity – Welcoming Catholic Men 18yrs & Older. Information Contact: Gregg Januszewski at 508-882-0244

The St. Cleophas Council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the St. Thomas-a-Becket church hall.
Our next meeting is Sept. 12th
O 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 undertake.
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.
May Saint 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 grade...has just been diagnosed with Leukemia her mom and older 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 Holly and big sister Ally.  

  Sammi's Go Fund me Page


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

July 19, 2018

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.

Cardinal 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 intention.

May Our Lady of Guadalupe intercede for the healing of our nation and our people from decades of abortion on demand."

Call to Prayer materials will be accessible at Those wishing to join this nine-week prayer effort can sign up at to participate in this and subsequent Call to Prayer initiatives via email or text message.

Media Contact:

Judy Keane


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