St.Francis of Assisi Parish
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.
The giving tree Beginning the First Week of
Our Giving Tree will once again have tags for
those in need within our Barre community including
children, students, and Senior Citizens along with our
A note regarding these men preparing for
the priesthood. A $10 gift card goes a long way to show
your support to these young men
Please return your
wrapped gifts with the tag secured by the weekend of
December 17 & 18.
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
Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29 and through the winter
months, Adoration will move from St. Joseph Chapel to
St. Thomas-a-Becket Church. The time will remain the
same at 6pm - 7pm every Tuesday night.
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!
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!
The Women's Guild of St. Francis will be holding a
Holiday Fair NEXT SATURDAY on Saturday, December 3, in
St. Joseph's Hall from 9 AM to 2PM. There are many ways
that you can help us to make this Fair a success.
The Grand Raffle will be offering a first prize of
$1,000 cash, second prize is a hand-held vacuum, third
prize will be a gift card/lottery tree, fourth prize is
a painting by Lorraine, and much more. We will be
distributing envelopes containing 20 tickets for you to
buy or sell after all Masses . Tickets will sell for $1
We will be have coffee and muffins for $1
each to start the day. Lunch menu will consist of a cup
of corn chowder, filled finger rolls, coffee and dessert
for $6. We will be looking for bakers to help with this.
We will again feature the Theme Basket Table. Some
basket suggestions are bath and body; snow day games;
arts and crafts items; candles, dorm room needs; baby
books; New Years Eve items; gift wrap and bows; games
like Candy Land; and candy. Please do not send
individual items to be included in another basket. For
questions, please call Shawna Kowal at
Another popular table is the Jewelry Table. If you have
jewelry that you no longer wear, perhaps you would
consider donating it so that someone else could enjoy
it. If so, please call Sue Larose at
Our Baked Table will again be featuring with many
favorites. We look forward to hearing from all you great
bakers who have supported us in the past.
be looking for inexpensive items for the Holiday
Surprise Table where everybody wins. The children enjoy
this table so much. Items costing about $1 are perfect
for this table.
Sign-up sheets for Cemetery
Baskets are in the back of the Church. They are still
$20 and will be available for pick up at St. Thomas
Church the weekend of December 3 and 4. Some of the
Cemetery Baskets will be available at the Fair. This
year the Baskets are being made by the Confirmation
Class with the help of Marty Trembly and Joe Salvadore.
An additional option this year is delivery! If you would
like to have your basket delivered to St. Joseph
Cemetery, give the location of your grave, and Joe will
deliver it for you for an additional $5. These baskets
do get heavy.
The best donation you can give us
is your attendance at the Fair. We hope you will come
and spend some time with us. With your help, we will be
able to have another successful Fair. THANK YOU!
Christmas Giving Program for the Urban Missionaries of
Our Lady of Hope takes place during the Advent Season.
This program which we have supported for many years,
serves children living in the inner city who may not
receive a gift without the help of parishioners in the
Diocese. This year, as was the case last year, you can
request a virtual tag by going to the virtual Christmas
Tree on the website
You can chose the
option that best suits you for purchasing a gift and you
can have it shipped directly to Urban Missionaries!
If you prefer, you can make a cash donation at the “Go
Fund Me” tab on the website
www.urbanmissionaries.com and make your cash
donation. Cash donations allow Urban Missionaries to buy
toys using their volunteer shoppers. Please have your
donation in by December 17th .
Your donations are
greatly appreciated by those who benefit from your
generosity and by the Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of
Hope. Thank you!
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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