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Ministries

Altar Care

Members of the Altar & Sanctuary Care Ministry fill an essential and behind the scenes role in the preparation and celebration of the Eucharist at St. Francis Parish.  We work in teams of 2 once a week for one month, twice a year.  We have "polishing parties" twice a year to keep the communion sets clean and shiny.  We also participate in decorating the Church interior for the various liturgical seasons.

Altar Server

Boys and girls from grade 3 and above who assist the Priest at the liturgy.

Baptism Preparation

Our pre-baptismal catechesis program involves both parents and godparents and is set within the context of a video entitle "Your Baby's Baptism", produced by Liguori Publications.  Team members in the parish direct the program and answer questions that may arise from viewing the video.  Besides the instructional dimension, the program offers a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere to the families in attendance.  Classes are held once a month, on a Sunday at 12:30p.m. in the lower Church.  Contact the Church office at (860) 528-8288 for dates and to sign up for a class.

Buildings and Grounds

Volunteers who care for and beautify the Church grounds and buildings.

Children's Rosary Group

A prayer group and devotion to Our Blessed Mother Mary for the children and youth of St. Francis of Assisi.  Rosary is said the second Sunday of every month at 8:45am in front of the Blessed Mother statue.  The Children's Rosary group is open to the youth ages 4 to 16.

Communications

Members are responsible for maintaining an open line of communication between the Pastor and the Parish Council and Parishioners through various methods that include: Parish bulletin, parish announcements and flyers for specific events approved by the Pastor, social media, phone calls and emails. 

Evangelization

To reach out to the world, our local community, and especially our fellow Parish members.  To encourage them to share the joy and fullness of a life centered around Jesus Christ, and to welcome those who have become estranged from the Catholic Faith.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion are fully initiated members of the laity who assist the Priests and Deacons in the distribution of the Eucharist.  Eucharistic Ministers must be faithful Catholics who have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist, are invited by the Pastor to serve the Church in this ministry, and receive the official training through the Archdiocesan Office of Liturgy and Worship.  Those who wish to participate must be willing to attend training sessions and to be scheduled for any of the parish Masses.

Finance Council

Advises the Pastor on financial matters of the Parish. Responsible for monitoring all income and expenses, and approving the annual budgets.

Hospitality

Organize and arrange social events for the Parish, such as monthly coffee and donuts, parties, and other events that promote fellowship.

Kitchen

Are responsible for seeing that the parish kitchen meets the cleanliness standards established by the Town of South Windsor, and the State of Connecticut.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is an organization of Catholic Men.  Their primary purpose and focus is charity, both financial support and support through volunteerism.  The South Windsor chapter is the Reverend E.G. Rosenberger Council 5779.  It comprises men from both St. Francis of Assisi and St. Margaret Mary parishes.  Any Catholic men who are at least 18 years of age and who are looking to participate in charitable efforts are welcome.  Click here for their website

Lector

The primary responsibility of the Lectors is to PROCLAIM the Word of God to the assembled congregation.  Those who desire to serve in this ministry should be proficient in public speaking and be willing to conscientiously practice to effectively proclaim the message contained in the varied forms of writings found in the Sacred Scripture and the Prayers of the Faithful.  Those who wish to participate must be willing to attend training sessions and to be scheduled for any of the parish Masses.

 

Matthians

Those that count the parish offering are members of the parish family, who have received a background check by the Archdiocese of Hartford, and are approved by the Pastor to count the funds collected at Mass each week and assist in making the bank deposit. Volunteers are scheduled about once a month.

Men’s Club

All men who are members of St. Francis of Assisi parish are welcome! Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30pm in the Church Hall.  The purpose of the Men's Club is to strengthen and encourage members to live more fully in Christ's image through the expression of spiritual, social, emotional, physical and intellectual gifts while fulfilling the Church's mission in the community.  If you would like to join or have questions, contact Ed Fulop at efulop@msn.com.

Music Ministry

The St. Francis of Assisi Music Ministry consists of choral ensembles including the Adult Choir which sings at the 9:30am mass; Cantors with beautiful and prayerful gifts; and Instrumentalists both professional and amateur. For more information, please visit the Music Ministry link or contact Michael Zappala, the Coordinator of Music Ministry. mzappala.swcc@gmail.com

Parish Advisory Council

The Council is a pastoral council, created to relate the needs of the parish to the Pastor.  They act in an advisory role to the Pastor in efforts to support, grow and improve the various ministries, activities and events that enliven the life of the parish.  The Parish Advisory Council maintains the current mission statement for the Church, and works to move the parish family forward towards living the Kingdom of God.  Council members can be appointed by the Pastor or elected by the assembly.  Members of the Council represent the different constituencies of the Church.

RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation – preparation of adult candidates for Catholic sacraments.

Respect Life Committee

We speak for those who often cannot speak for themselves, by defending the inherent dignity of all human persons (made, as they are, in the divine image) at all stages of their earthly existence-whether born or pre-born, healthy or sick, young or old.  Some activities that we do to promote the respect of life is, prayer and education on the Catholic teaching on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, fundraising for Birth Right, Mother's Day and Father's Day prayer cards, participation in Archdiocesan Prolife activities, caring for the needs of those imprisoned, and caring for the needs of the elderly. Elizabeth Medeiros is the coordinator and can be reached at (860) 289-3770.

Shelter

Provides hot meals on a monthly basis to the homeless from food parishioners donate. Volunteers prepare and serve the meal for up to 160 men at the Immaculate Conception Shelter.

Social Action Committee

Conducts programs to encourage parishioners to participate in local community and parish affairs which include charitable works. This committee makes sandwiches for the Immaculate Shelter the 2nd Monday of each month.  This committee works closely with the Respect Life and Shelter committees. All are welcome to help. Sally Alubicki is the coordinator of Social Action events and can be reached at (860) 989-5398.

Spiritual Life

Works to promote the Spiritual life of the Parish by sponsoring programs and events that enrich the faith of all our Parishioners.

Usher

Volunteers who assist people to their seat if necessary. They also take up the collection at all masses.

Women’s Club

All women who are members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish are welcome! Under the patronage of St. Clare of Assisi, this group is dedicated to the general welfare of the Women of St. Francis of Assisi Parish.  The Women's Club has several collections during the year such as sock collection for Veterans, toiletry items for a Woman's Shelter, Crochet baby blankets for each child baptized.  These activities are throughout the year and are published on the club's Facebook page or in the bulletin.  To join or get information you can contact Viney Wilson by emailing crew264@gmail.com or calling (860) 289-5244.

If you are interested in any of these ministries, please click to send us an email.  Please include your name, the ministry you are interested in and a phone number where you can be reached. You can also reach us by calling the Church Office at (860) 528-8288.

 

 

 

 

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