“Dear young people, you are not the future but the now of God
and he invites you and calls you in your communities and cities
to go out and find your grandparents and elders;
to stand up and with them to speak out
and realize the dream that the Lord has dreamed for you.”
- Pope Francis, World Youth Day 1/27/2019
At St. Francis Church, we recognize that our young people are not the church of tomorrow, they are essential parts of our church today. We strive to help our students continue their growth as faith-filled and joyful young disciples of Christ. We encourage and involve the students as active members of our faith community. We recognize that parents are the primary teachers of the faith for their children, and we accompany and support our families in this mission. We acknowledge that service is our faith in action. Our students are empowered to share the light of Christ through their service to others.
First Communion preparation – students participate in Religious Education in grades 1 and 2
Confirmation preparation – The Diocese of Springfield has changed the time of Confirmation to 9th Grade.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish is rolling out this change over a two year period.
2023 Confirmation will include students in 10th & 11th Grade during the academic year of 2022-2023.
2024 Confirmation will include students in 8th & 9th Grade during the academic year of 2022-2023.
If you have a child in 7th-11th Grade, we encourage you to register for our Religious Education Program
and ask that both students and parents attend an informational meeting on
Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 6:30 PM in the Church.
For more information, please contact the Religious Education Coordinators,
Linda Racicot and Melissa Hurst, at 413-323-6272 x 2,
or email through the parish homepage.