St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Roman Catholic Church
398 Vernon Ave. South Barre, MA 01074
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.
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.
St. Joseph Chapel:
Sunday 8:00 am
Sunday: 10:30 am
Weekday: M-W 9 am
Knights of Columbus 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
Dec. 11 th
Have a Prayer Request ?
The Saint Francis of Assisi
Parish Prayer Line
You may call Dolly Thorng @
978-355-4201 or Vicky King @
Barre Food Bank
2nd Wednesday of each month at the Barre Congregational
Church, Park Street, on the Common Donations may be
brought to both St Thomas & St Joseph Churches.
Non-perishable food items and PERSONAL CARE items
HOMEBOUND?… if you
would like visits from your St Francis Parish family.
For more information, call the Church Office at
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
Be well & Be blessed
HELP! FAMILIES IN CRISIS.
We are 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. For more information please contact
the parish office.
Thank you for your generosity.
Visiting the Homebound at
Great news! Fr. Jamie is
holding Mass at Grandvie Terrace on the last Tuesday of
the month! The next Mass will be
Tuesday Jan. 21st at 1:00pm
All are welcome! You don't have to reside at Grandview
Terrance to attend. Join us for worship, fellowship and
refreshments. Need transportation call
978-355-6659 We will
find you a ride.
It is a latin term which means " divine reading" and
describes a way of reading Scriptures whereby we
gradully let go of out own agenda and open ourselves to
what God wants to say to us. A group within the parish
has been gathering monthly to learn this practice. We
are extending an open invitation to all parishoners to
come and join us. We meet the third Thursday of the
month at 4:00 pm in St. Thomas hall.
Our next meeting will be
December 19th . If you want to join us call
the parish office @
978-355-2228 so we will have supplies for you.
Questions call Jan @ 978-355-2228 or
Retreat Opportunities at Mary
House in Spencer
House in it's 50th year is a comfortable countryside
farmhouse with it's own chapel located at 186 N. Spencer
Road. It's now open to men and women seeking a place for
prayer and quite. Located about one mile from St.
Joseph's Abbey in Spencer. For inquiries or reservations
call Joyce at 508-885-5450
or visit www.maryhousema.com
PRAYER TO HEAL OUR LAND
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.
||Photo's of St. Joesph &
St.Thomas Becket courtesy of
of St.Thomas-a-Becket and St. Joseph Chapel Are
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