Devotions & Sacraments
The rosary is recited each Saturday morning in the church, immediately following 9 am mass.
Eucharistic Adoration takes place in the Adoration Chapel on Wednesdays from 8 am to 8 pm. Please sign up in the vestibule of the church.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is sung in the Adoration Chapel on the third Wednesday of each month at 3 pm.
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on Sundays immediately following the 11 am Mass. Prior arrangements must be made at the Parish Office. Pre-instruction for both parents is required.
Sponsor Certificates for Baptism: Church law requires that a sponsor (godparent) must be a practicing Catholic, at least 16 years of age, fully initiated (received all his/her sacraments) and is registered and practicing their faith in their local parish. Anyone wishing a sponsor certificate from St. Francis Parish must also meet these requirements.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available every Saturday from 3:30-4:40 pm and any time by appointment.
First Reconciliation is celebrated in second grade, following preparation in the St. Francis Religious Education Program.
The Sacrament of First Eucharist takes place in the second grade, with a special Mass and celebration. Preparation in the St. Francis Religious Education Program is required, as well as regular attendance and participation in our Sunday liturgy. Questions should be directed to the Director of Religious Education, Gina Fleming at 203-227-8353, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered at St. Francis in the eighth grade, after completing the Parish’s preparation program. Questions can be directed to the Youth Ministry Director, Caitlyn McElroy at email@example.com.
– Sponsor Certificates for Confirmation: Church law requires that a Confirmation sponsor be a practicing Catholic, at least 16 years of age, fully initiated (received all his/her sacraments) and registered and practicing his/her faith in their local parish. Anyone wishing a sponsor certificate from St. Francis Parish must also meet these requirements.
Adults considering becoming Catholic or adult Catholics who wish to receive all their sacraments may contact our Parish Office at 203-227-1341 to learn about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program. See Education/Adult Education or call the Parish Office at 203-227-1341 for more information.
Arrangements for the Sacrament of Marriage should be made at least six months, but preferably a year, prior to the desired marriage date. This should be done in person by the couple at the Parish Office.
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of Anointing is given not only to those who are near the point of death, but also to those who are seriously ill or about to undergo surgery. The sacrament may be administered individually or communally, in a home, hospital or church. Communal anointing masses are celebrated yearly. To inquire about individual anointing, please contact the Parish Office at 203-227-1341.
As He did with His first apostles, Our Lord calls some men to a life of love and service to God and others in His holy priesthood. After years of prayer, study and training, these men are then ordained through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. God also calls married men to assist the clergy as ordained ministers called Deacons. Deacons go through a similar discernment, educational and training processes. For more information regarding Holy Orders, contact the Diocesan Office of Vocations, 203-416-1513.