Below is brief information about the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church as celebrated here at St. Francis of Assisi.
Please click on the title of each section for more detailed information.
Note: The Rite of Christian Burial has been moved to the Liturgy & Prayer tab, then Masses, as it is not a Sacrament.
The funeral is "the last farewell by which the Christian community greets one of its members before his body is brought to its tomb." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1690)
The parents and godparents are required to have an interview with the pastor and attend a Preparation Class. Registration can be arranged by calling (413) 323-6272 x1. Expectant parents are encouraged to attend the class prior to the birth of their baby.
Penance & Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation is celebrated:
Saturday: 3-3:45 PM (except on the first Sunday of the Month)
First Sunday of the Month: 7:15-7:45 AM and 9:45-10:15 AM (There is no Saturday confession on First Sunday weekends)
Or, by appointment - contact the parish office at (413) 323-6272
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is celebrated during Advent of the 2nd grade year. Contact the Faith Formation Office at (413) 323-6272 if preparation is needed.
Children celebrate First Holy Communion in May after a two- year preparation in 1st & 2nd grade religious education classes. Special arrangements can be made for older children or children with special needs by calling the Faith Formation Office at (413) 323-6272.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated by 11th grade students and adults in the spring. High School students must participate in 9th, 10th & 11th grade Generations of Faith classes or go to a Parochial school to attend the Confirmation Preparatory Program. Adults should contact the Faith Formation Office at (413) 323-6272 for special arrangements.
Anointing the of the Sick
The Second Vatican Council emphasized that this sacrament is meant not only for those who are close to death, but for anyone who is seriously ill. Please call the Parish Office at (413) 323-6272, to request a visit.
Those moved by The Holy Spirit with a calling to a "more intimate" consecrated life by dedicating themselves totally to God as a priest, deacon, or religious brother or sister should contact Fr. Jon Reardon, of the Diocese of Springfield Vocations Office, at (413) 248-7034 or speak with our pastor.
St. Francis Parish asks that couples intent to marry to contact the business office before any other marriage arrangements are made in order to allow for adequate preparation.