Ministers of Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, are laypeople who serve the parish in two primary ways: first, as distributors of Holy Communion when the congregation at a Mass is sufficiently large and there aren’t other priests to assist the celebrant, and second, to bring Holy Communion to a few of the many parishioners who are home-bound due to age or illness, which would be impossible for the pastor to do on a weekly basis himself.
This ministry is called extraordinary because bishops, priests and deacons, by ordination, are the ordinary ministers of the Eucharist. Yet the role of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is very important in that they offer the Body and Blood of Our Lord to those who would otherwise be unable to receive it.
Ministers of Holy Communion receive special training and preparation in order to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence and are commissioned to serve in this capacity by the pastor.
Want to know more about this ministry? Visit our Staff / Contact page.
Lectors or Readers serve as ministers of the Word of God. Readers proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. A reader may also announce the intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful and, if not sung, proclaim the Psalm between the readings.
Readers prayerfully prepare for this ministry by reading the assigned scriptural passages before arriving at Mass, seeking to understand the meaning and importance of the readings to be shared aloud with the parish community. Readers are scheduled to serve at Masses convenient to their schedule, usually at least once per month.
Training is available for those interested in participating as Lectors/ Readers. Please contact the office.
Want to know more about Lectors in the Catholic Church? Visit our Staff / Contact page.
Altar Servers – Boys & Girls from 3rd grade upwards who assist the Pastor during masses. Training is done periodically by Deacon Maurice Ouellette.
St. Francis of Assisi Women’s League
Who We Are and What We Do
The St. Francis of Assisi Women’s League supports, empowers and educates our members in spirituality, leadership, friendship, and service, thereby enabling us to respond with Gospel values to the needs of our parish and community.
President, VicePresident, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, and Lay Chaplain.
Current Officers: President-Judith Belli
Vice President- Theresa Souza
Recording Secretary- Carol Sherman
Corresponding Secretary- Rita Varao
Treasurer- Jean Murray
Lay Chaplain- Mary Neves
Spiritual Events/Parish Service Projects
Stations of the Cross during Lent
Living Rosary in May at Nursing Homes/Assisted Living for Residents
8 Month Club
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Visits to Parish Shut-Ins
Beautification of Parish Grounds
Christmas Wreath Sale
Thanksgiving Cake Sale
Easter Sweet Bread Sale
Community Service Projects
Annual Mystery Ride/Dinner
Christmas Party Dinner
End of the Season Dinner
Music Director: Kara McEachern
Organist: Diana Henry
Saturday, 4:30 pm Mass: Cantors - Kara McEachern or Erica Trahan, 1 Saturday a month Couples for Christ
Sunday, 9:00 am - St Francis of Assisi Choir provides the music for Mass
History: Past music director - Anita Belliveau Past Organist: Lucy Grande
Mission/Goal: The Mission of the St Francis of Assisi Choir is to enrich, inspire, motivate, and engage the community in hymns and sacred songs in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and other liturgical celebrations and to enhance parish worship through sacred music.
Objectives: If you love to sing and would like to offer your voice to praise the Lord, please contact the music director, Kara McEachern. New members are always welcome.
Projects: The St. Francis of Assisi Choir meets weekly to rehearse from February-May and from August-December on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at St. Francis of Assisi. We work on music for Lent, new weekly music when needed and also music for our annual Christmas Concert, which began in 2018. During the Christmas season, we have additional members join the choir and will perform an hour-long concert followed by taking part in the 4:30 pm Saturday Mass.
St. Francis of Assisi Pastoral Council/Finance Council
The Pastoral/Finance Councils shall advise the Pastor in all matters which affect the spiritual and material well-being of the parish so that members of the parish will share in the making of those decisions which will best serve the parish community.
The Councils shall operate within the norms of canon law, as well as the directives of diocesan authorities.
Membership- The Council will consist of 8-12 members, half representative of the parish ministries and half appointed by the Pastor.
Fr. Michael Racine
Finance Council Members:
Judith A. Belli
Fr. Michael Racine