Adult Continuing Religious Education
In an effort to help us grow as Catholics, St. Francis de Sales offers a continuing series of adult oriented learning programs. Classes are offered most Sundays at 10:15 am and 1:30 pm from September through May and cover a wide variety of topics. Come join us for one (or both) of these. Please see the latest bulletin for current classes offered. For more information contact Tony Paridon: email@example.com.
The ladies of the Altar Guild help with the linens, flowers and/or sewing needs for the altar. Laundering of linens or arranging flowers for the altar is approximately once every four to six weeks. For more information, please contact Gwen Powderly: firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynda Wills: email@example.com.
Our parish altar servers strive to give glory to God through service at His holy altar. They serve at High and Low Masses, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and other liturgical ceremonies as acolytes, torchbearers, crucifers and in other capacities. This privilege is open to men and boys who have reached at least their tenth birthday, have already completed their first holy communion and desire to grow closer to Our Lord through assisting the priest at the Sacred Mysteries. Altar servers are also encouraged to strive for holiness and spiritual growth in their personal lives through prayer. Training is required to begin serving. Those interested are encouraged to contact our parish master of ceremonies, Scott Calta: CatholicRitualist@gmail.com.
Mission Statement: To provide our students an environment conducive to their highest spiritual, intellectual, and moral development. Parents are as much a part of the CCD program as their children, and we wish to serve as partners in their children’s Catholic formation. We help parents to prepare their children: (1) to seek what is transcendent and eternal, and (2) to succeed in the family, business, and community.
Program Outline: Meeting at the church on Sundays at 10:15 from August through May, the CCD program offers systematic training in the Catholic faith from kindergarten through 12th grade. The kindergarten class is a nurturing environment that introduces young children to God: how to know, love, and serve Him. The elementary grades build on this introduction by studying the Faith and Life catechetical series as their primary text. The Catholic Children’s Bible and elementary catechisms serve as supplemental texts for these grades. Prayer, knowledge, and spiritual growth are emphasized at this level. The 2nd-grade class prepares its students for First Holy Confession and First Holy Communion. The texts for this class include Our Holy Faith-Grade 2, the St. Joseph First Communion Catechism, and Fr. Lovasik’s Going to Confession. The upper-division classes begin with broader themes, but become more specific as the student progresses through the curriculum. The basis for faith, public worship, morality, and prayer is the focus of these classes. The chief theoretical and practical doctrines of the faith are studied in Grade 7, the continuity of religion in Grade 8, Mass and the sacraments in Grade 9, history of the Catholic Church in Grade 10, moral theology in Grade 11, and apologetics in Grade 12. The Fr. Laux high school series provides the primary texts for Grades 7 and 9. Sri’s The Bible Compass, Schumacher’s A Handbook of Scripture Study, Fr. Laux’s Introduction to the Bible, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) introduce Grade 8 to Sacred Scripture, Orlandis’ A Short History of the Catholic Church is the primary text for Grade 10. The CCC and Veritatis Splendor join Fr. Laux’s Catholic Morality as primary texts for Grade 11. The Handbook of Catholic Apologetics, Fr. Laux’s Catholic Apologetics, and the CCC are the texts for Grade 12. Grades 11 and 12 represent capstone courses that arm our graduates with the practical and expository skills needed to evangelize in the modern world. For more information contact Randal Mandock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The music program comprises a men’s schola cantorum, a women’s schola, a mixed ensemble, a quartet, and a children’s choir. The two scholas adorn the liturgy by devotedly singing traditional plainchants from the entire liturgical year, principally at Mass. On most Sundays and feast days, the scholas are joined by a mixed choral ensemble with a repertoire of hymns and motets taken from the Catholic Church’s bounteous musical patrimony. On some solemn occasions the quartet sings too. As of 2014, there is also a children’s choir in formation, which is intended to provide youth with a basic understanding of music so that they will have an enhanced cultural foundation for living the faith. For more information, please contact the music director, Shawn Keswani, through the choir’s own website.
The Columbian Squires is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus. Membership is open to boys ages 10-18. It has over 25,000 members in over 1,500 cities. The organization concentrates on spiritual, social, civic, cultural, and physical development in its members. The circle holds meetings on the second Sunday of each month at 1:15 pm at the church. Fathers do not have to be a member of the Knights of Columbus nor a member of the parish for their sons to join. For information contact John Rasnick: email@example.com.
Federation of North American Explorers
The FNE is a volunteer Catholic youth movement which delivers a proven same-gender year round program.
The Staff of St. Joseph FNE group at St Francis de Sales runs two group levels for females: St. Philomena Timber Wolf Den (ages 8-12) and St. Joan of Arc Explorer Company (ages 13-16). This program strives to form happy young women in a fun and constructive manner, encouraging them to become ordinary saints through honesty, love, patience, dedication, loyalty and by embracing the teachings and sacraments of the Catholic Church. We guide them also in educational, recreational and social activities as: crafts, outdoor activities, sports, field trips to points of cultural interest, fundraising and community service. The girls learn responsibility, to serve in leadership positions, to work hard within a diverse team and as individuals and to finish what they start. Activities are constructive, purposeful, and structured to develop skills and useable knowledge and experiences to prepare children for adulthood. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus was formed in 1882 in New Haven CT by Fr. Michael McGivney to render financial aid to members and their families. Now numbering 1.8 million knights in 14,000 councils world-wide, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society, helping families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. The Order contributes time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
Lumen Christi Council meets at the church every second Monday of the month for fellowship, reporting on projects and spiritual reflection. The Rosary is recited in the church at 6:30pm, followed by dinner in the parish hall at 6:45pm. The council meeting begins at 7:30pm. Those interested in joining the Knights should contact the Grand Knight, Michael Incata: email@example.com.
Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a Catholic lay association founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1921 by Frank Duff as a Roman Catholic Marian Movement. Numbering over 3 million members worldwide, it is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church. There are two memberships available – active and auxiliary. Active members serve God under the banner of Mary by practicing the Spiritual Works of Mercy. The auxiliary members are the praying arm of the Legion: they commit to praying a Rosary each day as well as the prayers in the prayer book of the Legion, the Tessera.
The Virgo Fideles praesidium meets on Wednesday at 7:00pm in the library and all are welcome to attend. For more information contact Christy Wallace: firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Gerard Ministry
If you are currently pregnant and would like to be added to the St. Gerard Prayer and Meal Ministry, please contact us at email@example.com. Members of the ministry will pray for a healthy pregnancy and delivery, as well as assist in meals after the birth of your child. Please also contact us if you would be able to assist in prayer and occasional meal preparation for the families on our St. Gerard list.