MASS SCHEDULE Sundays: 9AM & 11AM Holy Days: 7PM Tuesday-Friday: 6PM

Spiritual Life

Ministry is a participation in the service of Christ within the context of His Church. ”Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them” (Romans 12:5). Through the exercise of ministries, the assembly may have a more fruitful experience of the liturgical celebration. We solicit volunteers for most ministries annually during the month of October. Training sessions follow and are announced through the bulletin.

To sign up to join a ministry team, click on the Ministry Scheduling Login on the left hand side of this page. Then, either log in or create an account and user profile. If you have any questions about the specific ministries, please feel free to contact the coordinator directly, which are listed below.

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at all liturgies. Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are trained and commissioned for two years of service. Training sessions are announced through the bulletin.

Contact: Linda Wolfe – greywolfetracks@gmail.com or Pat Cassidy – cassidy.jpatrick@yahoo.com

Greeters
Greeters are scheduled to welcome worshippers, collect their offerings, and assist them in the full participation of liturgies. Sign up for this ministry occurs once each year.

Contact: Linda Wolfe – greywolfetracks@gmail.com or Pat Cassidy – cassidy.jpatrick@yahoo.com

Lectors
Lectors are trained and expected to continually develop skills and understanding to effectively proclaim the Word of God during our parish liturgies. Training sessions are announced through the bulletin.

Contact: Linda Wolfe – greywolfetracks@gmail.com or Pat Cassidy – cassidy.jpatrick@yahoo.com

Cross Bearers
Cross Bearers (crucifers) are trained and scheduled to lead our liturgical processions by carrying the processional cross. Training sessions are announced through the bulletin.

Contact: Linda Wolfe – greywolfetracks@gmail.com or Pat Cassidy – cassidy.jpatrick@yahoo.com

Altar Servers
Altar Servers are trained and scheduled to assist in our community worship. Adults and children (at least 10 years old), are invited to this ministry. Training sessions are announced through the bulletin.

Contact: Linda Wolfe – greywolfetracks@gmail.com or Pat Cassidy – cassidy.jpatrick@yahoo.com

Choir
Music Participants provide support to the congregational vocal and musical participation in our community worship. Opportunities include: Cantors, who proclaim the psalm, instrumental ensembles, and choirs and both Sunday liturgies.

Contact: Laurel Marazita – lmarazita@hotmail.com

Lazarus Ministry
Lazarus Ministry represent the parish at funeral services. Volunteers can help in many capacities which include assistance at the Mass of Christian Burial, representing the parish by attending the grave site services or wake as well as helping to serve at luncheon if family wishes. Volunteers will be contacted by coordinators to discuss opportunities and interest.

Contact: 614.299.5781 – office@sfacolumbus.org.

Ministers of Care
Provide the Body of Christ and conversation to Catholics at area hospitals and nursing homes, as well as persons confined to their homes.

Contact: 614.299.5781 – office@sfacolumbus.org.

Social Justice

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Inspired by Gospel values. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, “leads men and women to join together and grow spiritually by offering person to person service to the needy and the suffering. Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice.” Activities include: Distribute Thanksgiving Food Baskets; Prepare sandwiches on a monthly basis to serve at St. Lawrence Haven; respond to visits and requests for assistance.

Contact: Lorri Kuczynski – lorrik09@gmail.com

NNEMAP
Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program is a cooperative ministry with over 30 churches distributing food and material assistance to needy residents of the near northside of Columbus. To learn more about St. Francis of Assisi’s involvement with NNEMAP and ways you can help, Contact parish pastoral council, or the parish office.

B.R.E.A.D. “Building Responsibility, Equality and Dignity”
People of faith, building power, to do justice! St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been a member of the B.R.E.A.D. organization since 2005. Help us fight social injustice!

Visit : www.breadcolumbus.com for up to date information

St. Francis Center in McArthur, Ohio
Collects and distributes food, household items, clothing and school supplies to struggling families that live in the foot hills of Appalachia.

Contact: Frank Schneider – 614.272.2932

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Education

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
If you are interested in exploring the Catholic Faith or would be interested in becoming a companion to walk the faith journey with a person going through the conversion process.

Contact: Kathy Dancey – 614.421.7652 – kdancey@columbus.rr.com. RCIA meets on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 in the parish hall.

Catholic Bible Study & Faith Sharing Group
Meets every Thursday at 1:30 PM at the Westminster Thurber Community to read the scripture lessons for the up coming Sunday and discuss how they touch our lives today.

Contact: Jay Jackson – 614.443.6739

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Serving children ages 3 through 6 using Montessori based instruction methods. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program helps children grow closer to God through prayer and activities. To learn more about the Catachesis of the Good Shepherd program, visit www.cgsusa.org If you would like more information about the program at St. Francis or are interested in helping out.

Contact: Therese Terndrup – 614.853.0322 – tterndru@kent.edu

Wedding Ministry
Scheduling and organizing of weddings.  See Wedding Coordinator info on Contact Page.

Contact: Melissa Hornik – 614.325.5945 – sfacolumbusweddings@gmail.com

Baptism Workshop
Meets the third Sunday of each month following the 11:00 AM Mass for parents planning to have their infant or pre-school child baptized.

Contact: Suzanne Cruickshank – 614.273.0069 – sue@cruickshank.us

Facilities and Grounds

Church Cleaning
Help clean and prepare the worship space and church basement for holidays and other celebrations.

Contact: Church Office 614-299-5781 – office@sfacolumbus.org

Minor Repairs and Grounds Maintenance
Work with staff on projects requiring extra hands as needed.

Contact: Church office 614-299-5781 – office@sfacolumbus.org

Outreach

Welcome New Members
Do you enjoy meeting and talking to people? We are looking for people to welcome prospective and new parishioners at a Hospitality Sunday.

Hospitality Sunday
Help set up and serve coffee and doughnuts after one of the Masses on the first Sunday of each month. This is a greet way to meet other members of the of St. Francis of Assisi community. Sign up sheet is located in the parish hall. Bring your smile and meet some new people!

Contact: Kim and Michael Lauer – 614.579.3409 – ky292301@ohiou.edu

Pasta Dinner
A yearly tradition at St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Pasta dinner is typically held on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. It is both a fund-raiser and a great community get together. Food, beverages and entertainment throughout the day. We can always use cooks, servers, ticket takers, set-up and clean-up help. There are also opportunities to whip up your favorite dessert for the bake sale, and donate gift baskets for the raffle! This is a fun family event!

Parish Picnic
This annual gathering of the St. Francis of Assisi community is typically held at the Goodale Park Shelter House. The parish usually provides meat for the grill, and everyone is encouraged to bring pot luck items to share with the rest of the community. There will be games and activities for the kids and a great social time for all. If you are interesting in helping plan this fun community event:

Contact: Megan Murphy – 614.297.0023 – mjmurphy1155@gmail.com

Garage Sale
An annual event on the first Saturday in June, in conjunction with the Victorian Village Yard Sale. The Church Basement and most of the parish garage will be filled with furniture, clothing, appliances, books, toys and other wonderful treasures donated by parishioners and friends.

Book Discussion Group
Do you like to read? Looking for ways to stimulate your mind and spirit? Want to meet new people? Whether you are an avid reader or occasionally listen to a recorded book, join fellow parishioners (and guests) for an informal discussion group on spirituality and the human experience. To find out what we are currently reading, visit our web site at www.stfrancisbc.weebly.com

Contact: Karen Scheid – 614.263.2159 – klscheid@gmail.com

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