Hearing the words which Christ spoke to us when he asked that we observe what is right and do what is just, we have gathered as a ministry to respond to those words. The St. Francis of Assisi Outreach Ministry is dedicated to responding to the needs of the communities in which our parishioners reside. We focus on the needs for food, clothing, shelter and medical care. Our parishioners are the primary source of grocery items for our food bank which is located at the Resource Center on Douglas Street in Cartersville. We also belong to the Atlanta Food Bank where we are able to purchase some surplus foods at a very reasonable price. Our parishioners donate $5.00 gift cards to the Resource Center primarily for the purchase of prescriptions for those in need of financial assistance. We are also able to purchase eyeglasses at a greatly reduced rate through a state program. The Resource Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. We work in partnership with all the non-profits in Bartow County and can recommend resources for nearly any need. In addition to the Resource Center, we give a great deal of support to Hope House and all of its affiliates. These are non-profit temporary refuges for the homeless. We also give support to Hickory Log, a residential home for developmentally delayed men. The After School Program for children of working parents is located at Douglas Street Methodist Church. Nearly half of the children in the program are St. Francis parishioners. We furnish a meal for the children in that program several times a month. St. Francis contributes heavily to the school supply drive in late summer. This past summer two of our volunteers made four trips with cars filled to capacity to deliver the school supplies to the distribution sight. We also have a program which is our most special and meaningful. Two grade school teachers take the names of everyone on our prayer list and have their classes make “thinking of you” cards to send to those who are sick, elderly or convalescing. There is another parishioner who sends cards several times a year to those same people. We are dedicated to staying informed on immigration issues. Many of our parishioners are affected by those issues and we make every effort to be informed and to be helpful in whatever that entails. The physical needs of our community and the social issues which affect our community are our concerns. The words of one of our hymns say, “Take Christ to the world, celebrate our faith and manifest His love to all. Take Christ to the world; show that we are His in the way we live.”
|Lenore DeMarco |
|MEALS ON WHEELS|
Meals on Wheels is a ministry which provide nutritious meals to people who are home-bound and/or disabled, or would otherwise be unable to maintain a balanced meal. Our Meals on Wheels Ministry gathers on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 8 am. If you are interested in becoming part of this rewarding ministry, please contact Theresa Corcoran.
|LOVING HANDS GROUP|
In 2008, we published a small ad in the church Bulletin trying to recruit knitters and crocheters. As a result of this and subsequent ads, we became a fairly large group and had to decide what to do with our handy works. Some of us knew of dire needs in the Bartow County and Cartersville areas which led us to do some research, asked for advice from the St. Ann’s Church Knitting Group, and relied on word-of-mouth among our members’ friends and acquaintances and discovered that , indeed, our art/craft could be put to good use in the community. Since then, we have made and donated afghans, lap robes, scarves, hats, mittens, etc. to a number of needy organizations as well as to our soldiers in the war zones. Our group has grown to more than 20 parishioners and non-parishioners and keeps growing. One of our members has direct access to a pre-school for needy children, and another to a Family Crisis Center, and another to the Meals-on-Wheels program. We meet in one of the church’s classroom, every week on Thursdays between 10 and 12 o’clock. Should you be interested in learning more about our “LOVING HANDS” group, please call Millie Holland, Carole Day or Kay Nealey or just drop in on our meeting Thursday form 10 am to 12 noon. You will always be welcome.
|ARCHDIOCESE FOR THE MILITARY SERVICES, USA|
Our Mission The Archdiocese for the Military services was created by Pope John Paul II to provide the Catholic Church's full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces. This includes more than 220 installations in 29 countries, patients in 153 V.A. Medical Centers, and federal employees serving outside the boundaries of the USA in 134 countries. Numerically, the AMS is responsible for more than 1.5 million men, women, and children.
|KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS|
The Knight of Columbus is a Fraternal organization that, Living in service to all, is one of the most dynamic qualities of being a Knight. A unique way for Knight to serve is by helping out in local parishes.
Los Caballeros de Colon es una organización Fraternal, que vive al servicio de todos. una de las mas dinámicas cualidades de ser un Caballero. la única vía de servicio de un Caballero es ayudar a su parroquia local.
|COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN|
St. Francis of Assisi Council of Catholic Women (SFCCW) is a member of the Atlanta Archdiocese Council of Catholic Women (AACCW) and the National Council of Catholic Women. The purpose of the St. Francis of Assisi Council of Catholic Women (SFCCW) is to support the mission of the parish of St. Francis of Assisi by uniting the women of the parish through religious, social, service, educational and charitable endeavors. All women of the parish are members of SFCCW and are welcome to monthly meetings and other events sponsored by and for the women of the parish. Some of these events sponsored by SFCCW are bake sales, coffee and donuts after the Sunday Masses once a month, spiritual enrichment at meetings, consignment sales whose proceeds provide sponsorship of children’s needs at Christmas, a Christmas party for the children of St. Francis parish and a day long retreat for the women of the parish each year. SFCCW supports all spiritual and social events of the parish that include but not restricted to the parish picnic, Family Promise, bereavement luncheons and other celebrations of the parish. SFCCW meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 in La Salette Hall.
A Lector’s main function at Mass is to read aloud the first and second readings from the Old- and New-Testaments. When no Deacon is present, the Lector also leads the Prayer of the Faithful and, if the Responsorial Psalm is not sung by the choir, the Lector also leads that. Lector candidates are required to attend a 90-minute training class, after which qualifications are submitted to the Pastor for his approval. The class is scheduled when there are sufficient candidates and/or when the Mass Captains have need of new Lectors. After completing the class, approved Lectors are assigned to the Mass of their choice and are scheduled by their Mass Captain. "How can they believe if they have not heard?" St. Paul says in Romans 10:14. The Lector, at his or her best, makes the word of God come alive so we can hear it and our faith will be formed by it.
|EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION|
The role of an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is divided between those who bring our Lord to those who are home-bound or in the hospital and those who serve at our weekday, weekend or other Masses. Some of our Extraordinary Ministers do both.
|Deacon Miguel Echevarría|
770-382-4549 Ext. 12
An Altar Server is a lay assistant to a member of the clergy during Mass. Serving the Altar is a beautiful ministry that adds dignity and grace to the liturgy and allows the priest to be more attentive to preaching and prayer. We have children, young adults, couples, families, retirees, widows and widowers who serve and all do it beautifully. We would love for you to join this beautiful ministry.
|Please contact your Mass Captain|
Candles: keep large candle stands dust free and finger print free wash candle shields and remove black soot, wash candle shields and remove black soot on altar server's candles, replace candles or put extenders in place. Notify Sacristan when more candles need to be ordered. Hosts: Maintain supply of small and large hosts in sacristy, Maintain supply of extra hosts in freezer, Notify Sacristan to order hosts Holy Water: wash holy water fonts weekly and replace holy water Decorate for holidays: Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter
Music is an integral part of Catholic worship. It draws us closer to God and enables us to praise and thank God for all our many blessings. The Music Ministry at St. Francis of Assisi parish consist of English and Spanish speaking parishioners who provide a variety of genres of music for regular worship. There are cantors, choir and ensemble members and instrumentalists. The music ministry welcomes singers and musicians to become a part of the worship experience.
|Sr. Dian Hall |
|MINISTRY OF TIDINESS|
This may be one of the least recognized yet most appreciated ministries in any community. You need no special training, no big organization or schedule. These are the saints of God who put the kneelers up, pick up the discarded bulletins and other things that get left behind as Mass ends. You will have stars in your heavenly crown and the unending gratitude of the pastor if this is your gift and you exercise it.
770-382-4549 Ext. 18
The loss of a loved one is difficult. The bereavement committee hopes to make things easier by doing these things: Contact the family to see what their needs might be. (First and foremost we offer a caring heart and a listening ear) We can help with planning the funeral and interment, with music and the liturgical ministers, and refreshment.
|Noel Parro 770-606-9464 |
|St. Francis Prayer-Line and Prayer Petition ministry|
Your prayer requests are important to us and please rest assured that your prayer request is kept confidential. If you have a prayer request, please contact our St. Francis Prayer Line.
|St. Francis Ministry of Consolation and Prayer Support to the Dying and Their Families|
This service provides prayer at the bedside in homes, hospitals, and other facilities at any time. The ministers are specially trained to bring the Holy Eucharist to the dying and to assess the need or desire for the sick to receive the final prayer of the church called Viaticum and to notify the priest of such a need call the Church Office at 770-382-4549 Ext. 10
|St. Vincent de Paul-St. Francis Chapter||Liz Fox|
The Parish Council at St. Francis of Assisi represents our parishioners by its decision making and evaluation of policies and programs which affect our Parish community. This allows our council to plan and help guide the growth of our Parish community.
|Ron Barmore, Chair|
Theresa Hamrick - Secretary
Barbara Terry - Vice Chairman
The purpose of the Finance Committee is to assume total responsibility for the finances of the congregation. This shall include developing and monitoring a church budget/financial recording and reporting, disbursement, investment planning, and auditing or records. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ben Hamrick, Chair
|BUILDING GROUNDS COMMITTEE|
It is the mission of the Building and Grounds Committee to maintain all buildings and grounds at St. Francis of Assisi Church. This includes replacing and repairing appliances and equipment, landscaping, and other duties as deemed necessary for the care of the properties. A volunteer committee oversees and conducts as much of the work as can be done without the requirement of a licensed technician. Volunteers are needed to help with planning and execution of the work. Many hands make lighter work. All are welcome to join the committee.
|Rodolfo Peña |
770-382-4549 Ext. 18
"The mission of the Faith Formation program at St. Francis of Assisi Church is first to help parents to fulfill the promises they made at their children´s baptism by being the primary and best catechists in their children´s lives. We further serve all who seek to deepen their relationship with and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the teachings of his church."
|Amy Toft, Director of Faith Formation|
770-382-4549 Ext. 20
Amparo Paniagua, Faith Formation
770-382-4549 Ext. 16
Mike Pabst, Youth Minister
770-382-4549 Ext. 17
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A reminder to join us Monday through Friday for Advent Adoration from 9 am to 7 pm.
Please join us for Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass this evening at 7 pm.
Reconciliation: 3:30 - 4:30pm
Mass in English: 5:00pm
Mass in Spanish:7:00pm
Mass in English: 8:00am
Mass in English:10:00am
Mass in Spanish:12:00pm
Monday: Communion Service
Holy Day & Vigil: 8:30am; 7pm
Unless otherwise stated on our calendar