St.Francis of Assisi Parish

Using FlockNote allows us to send you information you care about the most via Email and Text message, and it gives you the ability to give us your feedback. We want to make sure we have your correct information. So please bring your Cell Phone with you to Mass Next Sunday - February 11th & 12th. Fr. Jamie will walk us thru the Very Easy Steps for us to get all Updated!

Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner

March 11 ▪ 6:00PM

St. Joseph’s Hall

$15.00 per person Tickets will be Available After All Masses.
Get Your Tickets Now │ No Tickets Sold at the Door

Tickets are also available by calling Charlie 508.344.9660 Matt 508.864.1655
or Leo 508.320.2277

Tickets for Take - Out also Available│Pick Up at 5:30pm

As we approach the month of February we are reminded that there are a number of people in the community who make use of the Barre Food Bank.
The Food Bank is in need of Personal Care and Cleaning products for their clients.
Food Stamps CAN NOT be used for these items. Since February is the Month of St. Valentine’s Day, we will be collecting Personal Care Items and Cleaning Products for the Food Bank.
Personal Items: Toothbrushes, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body lotion, Q-Tips, hair brush, face soap, cold cream, shaving cream razors, even hair spray, mousse, baby and adult diapers. Baby and adult wipes.
Cleaning Items: Laundry detergent, dish liquid, all-purpose cleaner, bleach, window cleaners, paper towels,
hand sanitizers, toilet paper, and furniture polish.
If you go to the Dollar Store or Dollar General you can stretch your own dollar further and donate more needed items.

The parish is in dire need of someone for snow removal, salting and sanding of the walk ways and steps of both churches.
This is a paid position
All Materials and Equipment Provided by The Parish.
For More Information Please Call or Text Leo McCaffrey at 508.320.2277

St Aloysius Catholic School in Gilbertville is in search of substitute teachers for both the regular school day and for our after school program. If you enjoy working with children in a caring environment please reach out to Roberta McQuaid at
[email protected] or call the school at 413.477.1268 for more information.


St. Aloysius Catholic School kicked off its Annual Scholarship Drive on Dec 15th. This year a generous benefactor has offered a dollar for dollar match of all funds earned up to $40,000! If the school reaches the full match, every full price tuition could see a $1,000 reduction, with a portion there-of for siblings and 2 or 3 day preschool students. You can make your tax-deductible donation via the school’s website at or by mailing a check to the school at P.O. Box 531, Gilbertville, MA 01031 with “Scholarship” in the memo line. The drive will run until March 15, after which 2023-2024 tuitions will be set.

Raffle $10
A parishioner has made it possible to offer a very special raffle.
A beautiful Nativity carved by artisans out of wood from olive trees that come from the
Holy Land, the same type that grew in Gethsemane and
around Jerusalem where Jesus walked.
For $10, you can take a chance to win this beautiful Nativity
to enhance your home with a Holy Reminder of Jesus’ Birth.
The drawing will be held on February 19, 2023 the end of the 10:30AM Mass.
All proceeds will go to the parish. Tickets go on sale this weekend.

Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids We are in the midst of our “Coats for Kids” offering. If there is anyone in the parish in desperate need of jackets for their children please contact Leo McCaffrey at 508-320-2277.

Reminder that Adoration will move to St. Thomas for the winter months. The time is still 6-7 PM on Tuesdays. Fr. Jamie will be available for confessions.

Worcester Men's Conference March 25

Dear Catholic and Other Friends,

The Annual Worcester Men’s Conference will be on March 22 this year at Assumption University.

Please pass this along to the men in your family and those amongst your friends you think might be interested.

This is the 22nd year of this popular conference, the first of its kind in America. Please join a thousand men and enjoy: inspiring talks from outstanding dynamic and Catholic leaders, about 50 relevant exhibitors with free material, important sponsors, beautiful music, old friends, lunch, optional Rosary, Confession, Adoration and Mass by Bishop McManus at 4pm.

We’re excited to also announce this year's Key Note Speaker at 2:30 pm will be the renown Very Rev. Chris Alar, MIC, the Provincial Superior of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy Province of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass. He serves as the Director of the Association of Marian Helpers, and is the head of the Marian Press. He is also host of the EWTN show Living Divine Mercy, Wednesdays, 6:30 pm and has written several best selling books.

Please see for more information, speaker details and to register.

Thank you and may God Bless you, your family, our Catholic Church and our Country!

Vic Melfa

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.
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!

The lunch 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 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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398 Vernon Ave., P.O. Box 186 South Barre, MA 01074
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