• Committees

  • Spiritual Life
    This ministry assists in the spiritual life of the Parish by planning, recruiting, and coordinating annual retreats for men, women, and families of the Parish.

    This ministry develops plans for spiritual development of parishioners through the liturgy, celebrations and services.

    Religious Education
    Parents who realize the importance of faith in daily life give witness to their faith through attendance and participation at weekly mass and frequent reception of the sacraments. The formal programs offered by our Religious Education Department can only be successful by remembering that they are offered to reinforce and support the efforts of parents. Religious education is viewed as a continuing process from birth to death. Religious growth is initiated at Baptism and continues through the fuller invitation into our faith through the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. The focus of the program is on developing a personal relationship with God, becoming familiar with Scripture, and understanding our Roman Catholic Faith. During classes the children are prepared for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. Members of our community who are called to this ministry teach classes under the supervision of the Pastor and the Director of Religious Education.

    Social Concerns/Action
    This committee develops and coordinates programs that promote justice and charity.

    This committee is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and improvement of the Parish physical plan and grounds. Keeping our physical house “in order” ensures that our Parish family has a beautiful and comfortable home in which to worship, learn, and socialize. The committee performs regular physical inspections of all Church properties for the purpose of performing preventive maintenance. Areas in need of repair or upgrade are noted. Committee members are appointed.

    The role of the Usher at each Mass is to ensure that all parishioners are greeted and properly seated. They assist the handicapped and attend to emergencies. Ushers also pass the collection basket during the offertory collection and assist those parishioners designated to bring the gifts of Bread and Wine to the altar. After Mass, ushers hand out the weekly Church Bulletin and prepare the church for the next Mass. Additionally, ushers take the October census for attendance and Communion.

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
    The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program is a response to the desire of the Catholic community to welcome new members. The RCIA is a wonderful approach to learning what the Catholic Church is all about and helping bring people into the faith we all profess. The Church’s desire is to welcome all adults who wish to become Catholic. The RCIA process prepares adults for initiation into the Catholic Church and is referred to as the “catechumanate.” This is an extended period of time during which the participants are instructed, listen to Scripture, pray, and observe Christians fully living their faith. Participants are provided the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Gospel, find spiritual renewal, and establish direct contact with members of our immediate faith community. The catechumanate is a process which prepares a person for full membership in the Catholic Church. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact the rectory.

    Food Pantry
    This committee seeks to fulfill our obligation to feed the hungry by coordinating the distribution of food to needy parishioners and others. Donated non-perishable food is stored and inventoried by committee members. Members of this ministry meet in the Church hall on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

    God calls us through prayer and action to affirm the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. The Pro-Life Committee represents the entire Parish in this commitment. Members educate our community about all life issues, including abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, cloning, fetal tissue research, contraception, and population control. State and federal legislation affecting these issues is monitored and the committee ensures that the voice of the Parish is heard by our legislators.

    Adult Choir
    Interested adults may participate in this committee which adds beauty to each Mass and Liturgical service.

    Eucharistic Ministers
    Those who serve as Eucharistic Ministers should bring a strong faith, a sense of awe, and an inclusiveness of others as the foundation for this ministry. Men and women called to this ministry must be invited by the Pastor to assist in the distribution of the Eucharist at Liturgy and to home-bound parishioners. The candidate will then go through training sessions through the direction of the Archdiocese. Those wishing to serve as Eucharistic Ministers must be actively living the Catholic faith, reside in the Archdiocese of Hartford, have attained age 18, have been confirmed, and, if married, the marriage must be a valid Catholic marriage. A schedule is prepared by the Rectory and it is the responsibility of each Eucharistic Minister to make arrangements for a replacement for those Masses at which he or she cannot participate.

    Readers of the Scripture
    Members of the Saint Francis Parish family serving in this ministry proclaim the Word of God through the first and second readings of the Liturgy of the Word and offer the Prayers of the Faithful. Men and women participating in this ministry are able to publicly witness their faith while growing into their knowledge of Scripture. Those interested in becoming readers should be able to stand in front of large groups and speak well. Prayerful preparation is required prior to the Mass by reviewing the readings of the day in the handbook provided to each reader. A schedule is prepared by the Rectory and it is the responsibility of each reader to make arrangements for a replacement for those Masses at which he or she cannot participate.

    Money Counters
    Members of this committee count the collections offered at each Mass and are responsible for preparing the receipts for deposit.

    The Stewardship committee provides leadership to the total stewardship process of Parish life, helping to coordinate the giving of Time, Talent, and Treasure. Religious Retreats
    This committee assists the spiritual life of the parish by planning, recruiting, and coordinating annual retreats for men, women, and families of the Parish.

    Christmas Bazaar
    This is an event held annually in November.