Outreach Ministries

For more information or to join one of these groups, please contact the St. Francis Parish Office, at 519-745-7301 or  stfranciskitchener@hamiltondiocese.com

Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
(Outside of Mass)Communion to the Sick

These Eucharistic Ministers bring the Body of Christ to our parishioners who are sick or home-bound, either in their homes or at St. Mary’s Hospital. This is a demanding ministry, but with the training and resources provided, it is also a very fulfilling one.

Funeral Lunch Committee

When a funeral is scheduled to take place at St. Francis Parish, the bereaved family has the option of gathering with their friends in the Church Hall following the Mass. Members of this ministry help to serve beverages and a simple lunch (the food is catered and arranged by the family), and clean up after the meal. This time of fellowship is very healing for the families who wish to celebrate the life of their loved one, and the Funeral Lunch Committee plays an important role. Everyone is welcome to join this ministry, men and women alike. For more information check out our Funeral Lunch Policy.

Funeral Liturgical Ministers

Funerals most often occur during business and school hours, so St. Francis Parish is blessed to have a core group of adults who volunteer as liturgical ministers for funerals. These parishioners fill the roles of Altar Servers, Hospitality Ministers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Gift Bearers. Each funeral requires different ministers, so members of this ministry do not follow a set schedule, but are called on in times of need.

Prayer NetworkPrayer Network Hands

Join this dedicated and caring group of people and pray for all kinds of people with all kinds of needs. Members of the network receive prayer intentions through a phone call or email, and add them to their daily prayers. If you want to join the network, or you have a prayer request, please call the Parish Office. A parish community supports its members.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The talented members of this ministry knit and crochet shawls in a variety of sizes and Prayer Shawl Ministrypatterns. As they create these caring gifts, our Prayer Shawl Ministry group prays for all those who receive their shawls. The shawls are then blessed, and are available for free to anyone who is experiencing illness, grief or stress, or who is celebrating a milestone. You do not have to be a member of St. Francis Parish, or even Catholic, to receive a shawl. Contact the Parish Office if you would like to join the ministry, or if you know someone who could benefit from a prayer shawl.