St.Francis of Assisi Parish

A Message from Myrna Maloney Flynn
Massachusetts Citizens for Life

I'm writing to each parish in the Worcester diocese today for two reasons. First, I'd like to introduce myself, in case we've not previously met. For the past few years, I've had the honor of serving, in a part-time capacity, as volunteer president at Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL). As of September 1, I have the even greater privilege of serving MCFL in a full-time role.

Secondly, by the grace of God, the pro-life movement changed on June 24, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. In the days that followed, MCFL received numerous calls and emails from our supporters, with each person wondering the same thing: What’s MCFL going to do now?

As we know, Justice Alito’s opinion in Dobbs returned the issue of abortion to the states. What it did not do was establish legal protection or a right to life for the unborn. That’s what we must do now. The work will be challenging, daunting at times, yet worth every second of our efforts. It’s all hands on deck here in Massachusetts. And my MCFL team and I are all in, with planning underway for projects the likes of which this organization has never attempted in its 50-year history.

I welcome your partnership along the way and that of your parishioners. Please feel free to get in touch anytime to learn how MCFL can provide resources or host educational events at your church. If you’d like to chat over coffee sometime, I’d appreciate the opportunity to get to know you and your colleagues.

My second reason for getting in touch is to let your parish know about MCFL’s Annual Pro-Life Fundraising Banquet, coming up on Thursday, October 6.  The initiatives I referenced above will only be possible with support from private individuals, as has been the case throughout our history; 100% of MCFL’s funding comes from ardent pro-life advocates across the state.

I look forward to getting to know you in the coming months. Thank you in advance for supporting our lifesaving work.

God bless,

Myrna Maloney Flynn
Massachusetts Citizens for Life
[email protected]
617-242-4199, Ext. 224


Crisis Pregnancy Centers are in need of our help more
than ever . You can help both women and babies, by
taking part in this Baby Shower

Hint-Wilton’s Children Store in Ware can stretch your $.

Problem Pregnancy

A crisis pregnancy center whose mission is a simple one
Provide whatever a woman needs, which is causing her to consider abortion.

At this time the following new items are needed: Diapers – Size 5 only - wipes -baby bottles, cotton hats boys & Girls 0-3mos,
 bibs 0-3 mos. - pacifiers 0-3mos, socks 0-3mos - sleepers (pjs with feet) boys & girls 0-3mos
Winter clothing – boys & girls 0-12 mos. especially the 0-3 mos.
Onesies –girls 0-3 mos. – boys/ girls 12 mos. onesies.
Umbrella strollers

Collection: The Month of September
Drop in any of the St. Francis of Assisi Collection Boxes Marked – Problem Pregnancy Baby Shower

Boxes can be found at – St. Joseph’s chapel - Barre, St. Thomas-a-Becket church
South Barre and the Oakham Congregational church – Oakham Center

A 501(c)3nonprofit – all volunteer org. -no one gets paid- serve all economic situations, colors and ethnicities

Next weekend October 1 & 2 will be the last weekend for our
Baby Shower for Problem Pregnancy. Thank you for your generosity thus far!
If anyone prefers to make a donation instead of shopping; simply make your
check out to: Problem Pregnancy, drop in the collection basket and it will be
delivered along with the gifts. Once Again Thank You So Very Much!

Rediscover and renew your faith Join Us for the Catholic Women’s Conference

Embrace The Cross

Saturday October 1, 2022 Registration begins at 7:00am First Talk is at 9:00am

St. Joseph School 47 Whitcomb St. Webster, Ma 01570

 Richard A. Novak Gymnasium

There will be wonderful talks by great national speakers and opportunities to meet them and make new friends. There will be time for fellowship, to go to confession, celebrate the Eucharist, and altogether strengthen your Catholic identity!

Join Us for This Conference to
 “Embrace the Cross”
To register visit or call Corrin at 978-415-0019 / 508-277-3969

Details about carpooling will be announced soon

Celebrate the Season of Creation!!!!
Healthy Planet, Healthy People:
Living Laudato Si’ in Your Home, Community, and Parish
an online conference
Saturday, September 24, 10 AM- 12 PM ET
Presented by the
Boston Catholic Climate Movement
Keynote speaker, Dr. Philip Landrigan, is a pediatrician and epidemiologist, and a professor at Boston College and director of BC’s Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good. He will connect the dots between "Climate Change, Pollution and Children's Health."

Breakout sessions are based on the Laudato Si' Action Platform goals:
• Eco-spirituality: Prayers and Liturgy in the Spirit of Laudato Si’
• Gardening for God: Pollinator gardens for home and parish
• Advocacy for Environmental Justice: Responding to the cry of the poor
• Greening your parish energy bills: Saving Energy, $, and Our Common Home
• Listen to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor: Eco-conversion
• From Green Teams to Laudato Si’ Action Platform: Parishes caring for creation

Q-DRUG is sponsoring a VOICES OF RECOVERY on 9/29 6-7 pm, on the Barre Common September is National Recovery Month. Recovery comes in all shapes and forms. No one can do it alone. Come with us to share your stories. If you are not in recovery, come learn how you can support others who are. Ice cream will be offered by the Fidelity Bank Ice Cream Truck and coffee will be provided.

Knights of Columbus
Yankee Pot Roast Dinner
October 22 ▪ 5:30PM
St. Joseph’s Hall
Enjoy a New England Tradition of Delicious Pot Roast, Mashed Potato, Carrots & Dessert $15.00 per person Children under 12 Free All Proceeds Support Charitable Works Throughout Our Community. Tickets will be available after all Masses beginning October 1 & 2.

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.
All inquiries are strictly confidential.

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 that cover the following:
• What is a synod?
• What have previous Synods focused on?
• What is synodality?
• Local input efforts in the Diocese of Worcester for Synod 2023
• Examples of Local Consultative Experiences
The 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 group

Photo's of St. Joesph & St.Thomas Becket courtesy of

Church of St.Thomas-a-Becket and St. Joseph Chapel Are Wheelchair Accessible
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