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.
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.
forward to getting to know you in the coming months.
Thank you in advance for supporting our lifesaving work.
Massachusetts Citizens for Life
PROBLEM PREGNANCY BABY
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
pregnancy center whose mission is a simple one
Provide whatever a woman needs, which is causing her to
At this time the following new
items are needed: Diapers – Size 5 only - wipes -baby
bottles, cotton hats boys & Girls 0-3mos,
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.
Collection: The Month of
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
501(c)3nonprofit – all volunteer org. -no one gets paid-
serve all economic situations, colors and ethnicities
BABY SHOWER NEWS
Next weekend October 1 & 2 will be the last weekend for
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
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
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
Join Us for This Conference to
To register visit
www.wcwconference.com or call Corrin at
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
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
• 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
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
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.
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
worcesterdiocese.org/Synod-2023 that cover the
• What is a synod?
• What have previous
Synods focused on?
• What is synodality?
input efforts in the Diocese of Worcester for Synod 2023
• Examples of Local Consultative Experiences
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
Photo's of St. Joesph & St.Thomas Becket courtesy of
St.Thomas-a-Becket and St. Joseph Chapel Are Wheelchair
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