Service Ministries

We are all called to be servants, just as Christ was, and we are all called to live out our faith in service of others. If you would like to become an active participant in the life of your parish, a great way to begin is by joining one of our service ministries.

Baptismal Prep

What do you do?
The Baptismal Prep program provides classes for families seeking to have their child baptized at St. Francis of Assisi. Parents receive a lesson about the history of Baptism and the symbols associated with the sacrament in a warm, welcoming environment. In addition to teaching prep class, the ministry members also assist in setting up for the Baptisms at Mass.

When do you meet?
Once a month on Saturdays following the 9:00 AM Mass.

Who can join?
Open to all, and training is provided!

Contact: Sharyn Tighe


Evangelization

What do you do?
The Evangelization ministry provides programs aimed at engaging parishioners more deeply in Parish life and developing life long faith formation. We have brought a number of Fr. Michael Gately's programs, retreats and guest speakers to Saint Francis and have some exciting plans for future programming.

When do you meet?
Once a month on Saturdays following the 9:00 AM Mass.

Who can join?
Open to all!

Contact: Sharyn Tighe or Laurence Sevigny


Finance Council

What do you do?
The Parish Finance Council is an advisory group charged with a duty to assist the Priest in the administration of the property and finances of the parish, and with the Priest’s role in making financial decisions for the benefit of the parish. While the Council does not have decision making authority, consultation is at the heart of the decision-making process – sharing information, listening, contributing to the discussion, and promoting consensus. The primary purpose of the Council of providing open and honest advice to the Priest and advising the Priest on the best ways to keep the parish informed and involved in key issues and decisions facing the parish, makes this Council a key component of the parish.

When do you meet?
Every other month on the 3rd Wednesday.

Who can join?
In order to be effective in their responsibilities, members should have a love for the Church and its mission, and develop a thorough understanding of the parish’s mission, goals, people and other resources. The Council is about the life of a community of faith and, as such, its members should be members of that community of faith. The members should have knowledge of diocesan statutes and policies regarding temporal issues and other financial matters. The Priest gives the members appropriate background and enrichment so they are able to carry out their duties. Members of the Council are chosen based on demonstrable skills or expertise in management and/or finance. Skill sets to consider include business, law, accounting, and communications. Additionally, persons with professional knowledge and experience in engineering, construction, maintenance, and purchasing make significant contributions. Expertise can vary widely and include those who just possess a love for numbers.

Contact: Laura Gandia


Prayer Shawl Ministry

What do you do?
We create prayer shawls, lap robes, wheelchair wraps, chemo hats and more for people who are physically or spiritually in need of encouragement and strengthening.

When do you meet?
The 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM.

Who can join?
Open to anyone who can knit or crochet.

Contact: Ruth Bolduc or Cecile Nichols


Social Ministry

What do you do?
We plan and execute social events for our Parish, including the fall picnic and the senior dinner in December. We bring the parish together through group events that include all individuals, couples, and families. Our focus is on the community of the parish and having fun within the church.

When do you meet?
We communicate through email, and meet in person about once a year.

Who can join?
Open to anyone who loves entertaining and socializing with our community.

Contact: Debbie Bois


Ushers

What do you do?
We take up the weekend and holy day Masses collections, and deposit them into the safe. We coordinate the bringing up of the gifts by parishioners or by ushers. We assist parishioners in locating seating when needed. We distribute the weekly bulletin after Mass.

When do you meet?
Meetings are typically not required, as information is shared through email.

Who can join?
Anyone over 18 years old.

Contact: Ron Bolduc


Women's Prayer & Scripture Study Group

What do you do?
We are a small group of women who meet weekly to pray and study scripture.

When do you meet?
Most Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM.

Who can join?
Open to all women.

Contact: Beth Mahon or Terry Groulx


Works of Mercy

What do you do?
The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are a way to live out our faith. These Works allow us to come to the aid of our neighbor both in body and spirit. Through the Works we show compassion for others and seek to alleviate another's misfortune where possible.

When do you meet?
We meet several times a year, and members are notified ahead of time.

Who can join?
Open to all!

Contact: Susan Koester