The St. Francis Knights of Columbus lead a contingent of parishioners to the March for Life each year in January. The adoration chapel offers an opportunity to spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The parish library contains a collection of nearly a thousand materials on a large array of Christian subjects. The members of the Altar Guild prepare the church for weekend and weekday Masses and special liturgies. At the annual stewardship fair, parishioners offer their help in parish ministries, such as the Haiti outreach. The RCIA program prepares adults for Christian initiation (baptism, confirmation, and communion), administered at the Easter Vigil. The Respect Life ministry operates Mary's House, a resource for pregnant women located at St. Francis. The Knights of Columbus, devoted to the Eucharist and to Our Lady, are known for their works of charity to those in need. The Director of Religious Education prepares children of the parish for their first reception of Holy Communion.


Ministries

Christian revelation . . . promotes deeper understanding of the laws of social living. The Church receives from the Gospel the full revelation of the truth about man. When she fulfills her mission of proclaiming the Gospel, she bears witness to man, in the name of Christ, to his dignity and his vocation to the communion of persons. She teaches him the demands of justice and peace in conformity with divine wisdom.

The Church makes a moral judgment about economic and social matters, when the fundamental rights of the person or the salvation of souls requires it. In the moral order she bears a mission distinct from that of political authorities: the Church is concerned with the temporal aspects of the common good because they are ordered to the sovereign Good, our ultimate end. She strives to inspire right attitudes with respect to earthly goods and in socio-economic relationships.

The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

St. Francis offers a wide variety of ministries, and parishioners are invited to obtain more information from the contact persons listed. The links in the list below lead to more information on each ministry. Also available is a signup form, which can be printed, completed, and then sent to the parish office to indicate your interest in one or more of the ministries.