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 Advent
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 seminarians.
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 508-320-2277.

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!

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!


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 each.

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 978-257-6147.
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 978-808-0558.

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.

We will 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!


The 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  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.
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

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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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