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Parish Ministries

St. Francis of Assisi Elizabeth Ministry
Sr. Pat Hogan
ph: (845) 634-4957        e: sfaphogan@gmail.com
Our mission is to welcome our newly baptized babies and their families into the community of St.
Francis and to affirm the first sacrament of Baptism as an initiation into a life in Christ.

St. Francis Bread
Sr. Pat Hogan
ph: (845) 634-4957    |    e: sfaphogan@gmail.com
In the "spirit" of St. Francis, one weekend a month, team members will organized
food donations after all of  the mass and distribute the food to a local food pantry.

Sr. Pat Hogan
ph: (845) 634-4957
The Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) is a gentle program of self-awareness and awakening
to the spirituality of motherhood, which brings about a sense of belonging, hospitality, faith sharing,
and genuine community. It is a seven-week experience for mothers to come together once a week
for two hours to share their stories and bond by gaining insight into their current experiences

Women's Book Discussion
Sr. Pat Hogan
ph: (845) 634-4957    |    e: sfaphogan@gmail.com
Women of the parish are warmly welcomed to come together, discuss a book read by all and share insights,
refreshments and companionship. The purpose of these gatherings is to read and enjoy literature!
So, if you love books, and you're ready to discuss them. . . you're in the right place.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Sr. Pat Hogan
ph: (845) 634-4957    |    e: sfaphogan@gmail.com
Care and the love of knitting (and crocheting) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches
out to those in need of comfort, healing, and solace. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl.
The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient and intentions are continued
throughout the creation of the shawl.

Scripture Study
Sr. Pat Hogan
ph: (845) 634-4957    |    e: sfaphogan@gmail.com

Parishioners meet weekly to assist each other in reading and studying the scripture a little bit at a time and improve our ability to hear the voice of God in the words of the Bible.  Through study, adults come to see that the Bible is God's living word, inspired by the Holy Spirit, revealing God's plan of salvation for humankind, written by human authors, relevant to all people of all cultures at all times.

St. Francis of Assisi Divorced/Separated Group
Sr. Pat Hogan
ph: (845) 634-4957    |    e: sfaphogan@gmail.com
The Separated/Divorced Ministry offers a "safe place" during a critical transition in the lives of those
separated or divorced. During the seven-week sessions, this ministry will provide a prayerful
transition from feelings of hurt  and loss toward an eventual restructuring of life.

St Francis CYO Basketball
Mario Pelligrino
ph: (845) 634-4957    |    e: sfahoops@gmail.com
St Francis has the largest CYO basketball program in the county. We offer instructional basketball clinics for first
and second grade boys and girls, as well as competitive teams for the Third through Eighth grade girls and boys.
The website for the St Francis CYO basketball program is www.sfahoops.com.

Ministry of Consolation
Sr. Pat Hogan
ph: (845) 634-4957    |    e: sfaphogan@gmail.com
The purpose of the Ministry of Consolation is to ensure that no member of our faith community
grieves alone. This ministry offers support to families in mourning immediately following a loved one's death.

St. Francis Faith and Light Prayer Group
Sr. Pat Hogan
ph: (845) 634-4957    |    e: sfaphogan@gmail.com
Faith and Light consists of about ten adult persons with developmental disabilities.
This group offers friendship, support, opportunities to share our God-given gifts,
and spiritual enrichment. The meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

St. Francis of Assisi Youth Group
Jim Russell
ph: (845) 300-2930    |    e: russe340@aol.com
This program, open to youth in the parish from grades 9-12 generally meets every Sunday from 7-8 p.m.
in Rader Hall. The youth design and run each meeting. Besides our meetings,
the youth run the Nyack Lunch Program. The Nyack Lunch Program which has been
in existence for almost 20 years delivers sandwiches to the needy in Nyack, N.Y.
every Saturday from October-May. The Youth Group sponsors its annual Spaghetti Dinner,
Pancake Breakfast and Mother's Day Plant and Bake Sale.
We also participate in various parish events on an as needed basis.

Christian Service Committee
Maureen Carey
ph: (845) 623-5205   |     e: cjmtc824@verizon.net
The Christian Service Committee coordinates opportunities for the parish to provide service to those less fortunate in our community.  Each year we coordinate the Thanksgiving Food drive, Christmas gift drive, Easter Food drive, and take on other projects that come to our attention, such as support to the Good Counsel Home, and help to immigrant workers.

Liturgy and Spirituality Committee
Rita Arno
ph: (845) 354-2173    |    e: r_f_arno@msn.com
Liturgy is the prayer of the Church – our public worship. The purpose of the Liturgy Committee is to facilitate this worship by educating, sharing information, and assisting in the planning of parish liturgies. Spirituality seeks to provide opportunities for our parishioners to learn more about how God works with us and through us. Our actions and activities are ideas generated by our members.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration:

Sue O’Brien: Obrien.susan.m@gmail.com

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration will begin in a chapel at St. Francis, starting on Sunday, October 6 after the 12 Noon Mass. Perpetual Adoration is a devotion in which members of a parish, or group of parishes, commit to offering one hour of adoration on a regular basis before the Most Blessed Sacrament, exposed in a monstrance.  The objective is to have at least one person present every hour of the day and night—literally 24/7. Substitutes are needed and will be available to cover for the times when regular adorers are not available (e.g., on vacation). During his Agony in the Garden, Our Lord chided his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane “Could you not watch one hour with Me?” (Matthew, 26:40)  Now, through St. Francis Parish, in a much more pleasant atmosphere, Our Lord is inviting “Could you watch one hour with Me?” If you are interested in this ministry please contact the rectory 845-634-4957



Sue O’Brien: Obrien.susan.m@gmail.com

                                               Anthony Ferraro: annmarieferraro@optonline.net

Please prayerfully consider blocking out this time to spend 26 hours with Jesus. Cornerstone is open to all women/men. This retreat not only delivers a break from the routines and demands of everyday life, but also promises the rest as you really need it - in the Lord’s presence. We encourage you to consider attending this years’ program for a truly enlightening experience. This can be a special gift that is yours to keep now and always.

Discovering Christ:  

GiGi Sico, gigi.sico@yahoo.com

A seven week series designed to help participants enter or renew a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to experience the love of the Father, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as his children and serve as his disciples in the Catholic Church and  to help the participants begin to receive the relational support necessary to live for Christ in their daily life. Each week consists of dinner, prayer, teaching and small group discussion.


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