GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Our Altar Servers assist at Mass and do so in style! Our Parish is very proud of our Servers, and we encourage boys and girls who have made their First Communion to join this important and meaningful part of our Parish Life. For information regarding joining and training to become an Altar Server, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
Our Parish Altar Guild is a group of dedicated and hard-working individuals who devote their time to caring for the sacred vessels which are used for the Liturgy, cleaning and caring for altar linens and vestments, and, in general, maintaining our church as a beautiful and fitting place of worship. New members are always needed and welcome. For information regarding becoming part of the Altar Guild, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
St. Francis Choir
The Choir serves the St. Francis de Sales congregation at the 9:30 and 11:30AM Mass each Sunday. The choir is open to all adults; no audition is required…only the enjoyment of fun, fellowship and singing are necessary! Never have sung in a choir before? No matter! Come and join us for a meaningful way to serve the Lord and our Parish Family. For information to become a member of the Chorale, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
Our Children’s Choir performs the music for the Noon Mass on one Sunday of the each month. This Choir is open to all children from 2nd Grade through 8th Grade. For information to become a member of the Children’s Choir, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
Sr. Verona, who was then a member of the Parish Staff, founded this group in 1982. The Craft Group provides the opportunity for interested Parishioners to come together, exchange ideas and come to know one another while creating hand-made articles that are sold at the annual Christmas Bazaar in November. They meet on Monday mornings at 10 AM in the Parish Center. For information to become a member, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
St. Francis de Sales is blessed with the number, quality, and tremendous dedication of the many men and women who have been trained to be our Eucharistic Ministers. Their primary duties are to bring Communion to the sick and shut-ins and to distribute Communion during all of the Masses. Each week these Parishioners serve God’s people in homes, hospitals and nursing homes throughout our community. If you would be interested in training to help out this terrific group of people, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
High School Youth Group
St. Francis de Sales Youth Group is open to any and all high-school age Parishioners who also attend our religious education program. The group meets weekly on Sunday evenings at 6:15 PM. Among the many activities of our Youth Group are: retreats, service projects, discussion groups, trips, etc. This group is self-supporting and thus raises all of the funds for the operation of their program. Their projects help to bring the community of St. Francis de Sales together by sponsoring and providing many dinners, pancake breakfasts, variety shows, Halloween parties, Christmas celebrations, Over-60’s Dinners, just to name a few of the Group’s projects! For additional information on joining or helping, please call the Parish at 885-5908. The Youth Ministry office is located in the Parish Center. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic fraternal service and family organization. Members of the Knights of Columbus join together for Catholic fellowship, growth and support. In addition to supporting the needs of the mentally handicapped, they also support various other needy organizations and they promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Parishioners who are members of the Knights of Columbus are part of the St. Martin de Porres Council 6848, which meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. For information to become a member of the Knights of Columbus, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
The ministry of Lector at Mass is a position of honor in the Church, a genuine Liturgical ministry. The Lector proclaims the Scripture readings from the pulpit, and, through use of various factors of speech, communicates the meaning of the texts to the congregation.
Commentators introduce the weekend Masses, announce the hymns, lead the congregation in psalm responses, and make various announcements necessary to the celebration.
St. Francis de Sales Lectors and Commentators are Parishioners who have volunteered for this important ministry and have been trained to develop and perfect their skills in oral communication. There is always a need for more men and women, young and old, to serve in this ministry. For information to become a Lector/Commentator, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
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Pastoral Assistance Program
The Pastoral Assistance Program of St. Francis de Sales Parish has been set up to be of assistance especially to elderly and shut-in members of our Parish Family. Among the services available through this program are the following: home visits to the elderly and shut-ins, hospital visits, visiting with families of the critically ill, and family follow-up after a death. Many other needs are addressed through the Pastoral Assistance Program as such needs surface in the life of our Parish.
Volunteers are always very much needed in this critical area of our Parish’s ministry. If you would like to volunteer to be of real help to your brothers and sisters in Christ, if you or someone you know needs some assistance, or if you would like more information about this crucial ministry in our Parish, please call the Pastoral Assistant here at the Parish, 885-5908. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
The Philotheas Group is probably the oldest on-going organization in St. Francis de Sales Parish. It was begun around the year 1971. The group has no meetings, no officers, and most of its members probably do not know how many Parishioners are involved in the work of the group. The purpose of the Philotheas Group is to prepare and take food to the home of the family of a deceased Parishioner while the family is at the funeral Mass and cemetery. Upon notification of the death of a member of our Parish family, the Philotheas Group is contacted. A member of the group contacts the bereaved family and offers to provide a light meal for 20 to 25 people, and further arrangements are then made. The Parish provides the money for the purchase of the meat and cheese, and the other dishes (salads, baked beans, potato chips, rolls and bread, cake, etc.) and services are gladly donated by members of the group. If you would be interested in becoming a member of this very important ministry, or if you would like more information, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
Education includes the entire process by which culture and specific knowledge is transmitted from one generation to the next. Educational research has proven time and again that the home is the critical educational institution. Family and community are also extremely important in the process of any type of education. When we speak of Religious Education in particular, we must remember that parents are the primary and most important teachers of their children. The vital influence of parents in the religious development of their children must be strengthened and supported. Family life needs to be strengthened so that children and youth will derive their values from the home and not primarily from external influences.
It is, therefore, the responsibility of a Religious Education Program to support and uphold the teachings of the home while communicating the teachings of our Roman Catholic Faith.
St. Francis Religious Education programs include pre-school, elementary, junior high, high school, and adult programs and occupy a top priority in the life of our Parish.
For more information regarding class days and times, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
St. Vincent De Paul Society
The purpose of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is primarily to assist the poor and needy in the spirit of the charity of Jesus Christ. Members of the St. Francis de Sales group find in this important ministry a great deal of both the fulfillment and challenge of the Gospel, for themselves as well as for the people they serve. The generosity of our Parishioners through use of the monthly St. Vincent de Paul collection envelope, donations to the “poor boxes” in the church, and participation in food drives has enabled members to touch the lives of very many in our community. For more information please contact our Administration Office at 885-5908. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
Learn how to speak Spanish. All classes on Thursday and Friday mornings, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. Call Beatriz Bright at 298-7779.
The St. Francis de Sales Ushers…a cherished and valuable group of Parishioners who each weekend do their best to assist, in whatever way they can, all who come to worship in our Parish. The Ushers greet those coming to Mass, assist them in finding a seat if necessary, help with the collection and Offertory procession, distribute bulletins after Mass, just to name a few of their many and varied services! For information to become an Usher, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
It can be a lonely and sometimes traumatic experience to move into a new city, neighborhood or parish. Our Parish Welcome Committee does its best to cushion some of the shock of such a move by calling on new members of our Parish Family, welcoming them into our community, providing information about our Parish, and, in general, doing whatever they can to help newcomers find their spiritual home here at St. Francis de Sales. There is always a need for more men and women to serve God and our Parish in this uniquely Christian way. For information to help the Welcome Committee, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers
The Women’s Club is an organization that blends service to the Parish with opportunities for spiritual and social growth among its members. The group usually meets once a month for its activities. Members sponsor Bake Sales during the year and with those proceeds they are able to help with various Parish goals and needs. All women of the Parish are most welcome to become a part of the Women’s Club. For information to become a part of the Women’s Club, please see the contact information. Back to Contact Names and Phone Numbers