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Weekly Parish Life Spotlight: Take & Eat

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/20/17

This week's Parish Life Spotlight is our Take & Eat Ministry. The Take and Eat program began here at St. Francis at the beginning of 2011 when Deacon Frank Ryan and his wife, Kathleen, came to our parish and spoke of this program they started in the Berkshires. ... Read More »

Everything You Think You Know About St. Valentine Is (Probably) Wrong

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/14/17

Every year we get a couple of people who ask why we don't celebrate St. Valentine at Mass on February 14th. ChurchPop has an article on their website today that explains it for us.

The article first tells us that we actually remember three different martyrs named Valentine ... Read More »

***WEATHER ALERT*** Monday's Daily Mass Canceled (2/13)

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/13/17

***WEATHER ALERT*** Belchertown schools have a two-hour delay today. Whenever Belchertown schools are closed or delayed due to weather, Daily Mass is canceled. The intention for the day will be rescheduled on the next convenient day.

9th Grade Retreat Postponed

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/12/17

Due to the winter weather expected Sunday afternoon through Monday, the 9th Grade Social Justice Retreat is being postponed. We will let the students know of the new date as soon as it is scheduled. Stay warm and safe today and tomorrow! For more information, please call the ... Read More »

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Launches Parish App

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/11/17

St. Francis of Assisi is excited to announce the release of our own parish app. This new app is now available for parishioners to download on both Apple iPhones and Android phones. We expect the features and capabilities of our new app to foster a stronger sense of ... Read More »

Morning Mass Cancelled Today (2/9)

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/09/17

Belchertown schools will be closed today due to the storm. Therefore, our daily morning Mass will be cancelled. Our Mass intention for this morning's Mass would be for George Dion and it will be moved to another convenient date. Please pray for those who have to travel today as well ... Read More »

Weekly Parish Life Spotlight: Michael Sweeney Prayer Line

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/08/17


This week's Parish Life Spotlight focuses on the Michael Sweeney Prayer Line. The Prayer Line was formed after parishioner Michael Sweeney was severely injured in a fiery accident.  Michael asked that parishioners pray with him and for him. After Michael died, his request took on new meaning.  Our Prayer ... Read More »

Mass Cancelled for this Morning (2/7)

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/07/17

Just a friendly reminder that Daily Mass will be cancelled whenever the Belchertown Schools are closed or delayed due to weather. School has been cancelled today and, although it doesn't look like it's doing anything outside right now (7:35 AM), the radar maps indicate that a line of sleet ... Read More »

Evangelization Commission Cold Weather Initiative

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 2/06/17

An Encounter with Christ

The St. Francis of Assisi Parish New Evangelization Commission is hoping that you’ll join us in a cold weather initiative. It will provide a little respite from the cold for His children on the street corners as well as the gift of grace that you’ll receive from ... Read More »

Bishop Rozanski Releases Letter in Response to Refugee Ban - UPDATED 2/1/17 11:08 AM

Posted by Fr. Jack Sheaffer on 1/31/17

Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski (iObserve File Photo/Rebecca Drake)

From iObserve: Regional News/Staff Report

UPDATED February 1, 2016 at 11:08 AM

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski has today issued a letter in response to President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order banning the admission of refugees ... Read More »