Parish Groups
RECTORY PHONE: 610-272-0402

Parish Groups

Altar Servers assist the priest at Mass and other liturgical and devotional celebrations throughout the year. Servers are scheduled for weekend liturgies as well as weddings, funerals, and daily Mass. Male and female students in grades 4 through 12 are welcome to serve.

Contact: 610-272-0402.

Our Bereavement Committee commits themselves to helping families get through the difficult time of loss of a family member by helping with the first steps of planning the funeral liturgy, and supporting families in their sorrow. Contact 610-272-0402 for more information.

Cantors lead the people of God in worship at Mass and special liturgies through song and praise. New cantors are always welcomed! If you are interested in becoming a cantor, please contact Michael Maresca at 610-539-7597.

The role of a Catechist is to echo Christ. Catechists are instructors who work with the Pastor, the Religious Education Moderator, and parents to help educate, form, and enlighten the youth of St. Francis of Assisi in faith, morals and charity, as well as to foster the Gospel teachings in a safe environment for all children.

Who can be a catechist?

Because the role of a catechist is a ministry in which one teaches by example as well as knowledge, a catechist must be an active participating member of the church community and living a sacramental life according to the church norms. Ongoing formation is a must, and is provided through the Archdiocese, so a catechist must be someone who desires to learn and grow personally in faith.

All catechists will need to take Safe Environment classes and have background checks for the safety of all children.

We are always looking for men and women to become catechists for the youth of St. Francis of Assisi. Training is available! If you would like to learn more about becoming a catechist, a co-teacher, or a volunteer in Religious Education, please contact Lauren Kibler in the rectory at 610-272-0402 for more information.

Raise your voices in praise by joining our Adult Choir. The Choir meets weekly for practice, and participates in Sunday Masses and other liturgies. Please contact Michael Maresca for more information at 610-539-7597.

The St. Francis Deaf Association of Norristown, PA was founded in 1977. It is one of five organizations which serve the deaf population of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Under the auspices of the Archdiocesan Deaf Apostolate, its purpose is to meet the religious needs of deaf people in the Norristown area. This is accomplished by providing sign language interpretation service at selected Sunday Masses, by conducting a monthly religious study group, by providing religious instruction for deaf children, by visiting the sick and by attending to specific pastoral needs as they arise. The leaders are Father Anthony Russo, CSSR and Sister Kathleen Schipani, IHM. Deaf Apostolate News in the Norristown area can be found in The Deaf Catholic Newsletter, The Deaf Apostolate, 222 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Phone 215-587-3913, Fax 215-587-3561, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Personal prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is a special gift. We offer exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for the purpose of uninterrupted adoration on Mondays. Our summer adoration schedule (Memorial Day to Labor Day) is after the 8:30 AM Mass concluding at 10:00 AM with Benediction.

After Labor Day, Adoration will begin after the 8:30 AM Mass and end at 4:00 PM with Benediction. We seek dedicated volunteers to sit with Jesus for one hour, and we would like as many people to sit with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament as possible. If your schedule only permits you to be with Jesus in adoration for ½ hour, that is fine too. If you cannot commit to a regular hour or ½ hour, you are welcome to come at anytime for a visit.

Before His Ascension into Heaven, Christ commissioned His disciples, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). In doing so, the Lord handed on to the Church His own mission of drawing the world into a living and saving relationship with Him. The Church exists for this mission, she exists to evangelize. She is the living and efficacious sign of God’s desire for man’s salvation and her mission is to gather the world into the embrace of God in Christ Jesus.

The Evangelization Committee’s ministry and mission are to follow Jesus in proclaiming the Kingdom of God to all people, by witnessing their faith to others and to help foster a deeper relationship with Christ and His Church. This group is currently on a hiatus, but we look forward to bringing it back to be stronger than ever.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) are parishioners who are given the privilege of assisting the priest during Mass by serving communion to their fellow parishioners, and also by going out into the community to take Holy Communion to those who cannot attend Sunday Mass because they are in the hospital, nursing homes, or are home-bound. This ministry helps you to nourish your own faith and deepen your relationship with Christ and His Church. If you feel called to this ministry, please contact the Rectory at 610-272-0402.

The Parish Finance Council, mandated by the Code of Canon Law, is separate and distinct from the Parish Pastoral Council.

The Parish Finance Council assists the Pastor in implementing the pastoral plans suggested by the Parish Pastoral Council by making fiscally, responsible recommendations.

Greeters are the first faces of our parish to anyone who attends Mass. Greeters help the pastor foster a warm and welcoming environment within the church so that all desire to come back. If you would like to become a Greeter, please contact John Bilella at 610-279-1058

The ministry of Lector is an important one to the life of the Church in proclaiming and reading God’s living Word. The Word of God speaks to us in a way that enlightens our hearts and minds, and calls us to respond in faith and love. Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass and at special services throughout the year.

Training is available for new Lectors age 16 and older. If you would like to serve in this ministry please contact Mary Anders at 610-635-9476 for more information.

The Liturgy Committee meets on the four times a year to plan and organize liturgical celebrations throughout the year; especially and not limited to Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and 40 hours.

For more information, please contact Fr. Smith at 610-272-0402.

The Men of St. Francis work together with other parish groups and ministries in the works and needs of St. Francis of Assisi as per the direction of our pastor, Fr. Smith. For more information please contact Charles Wood at 567-438-2572.

If you or someone you know plays an instrument that could assist in the beauty of worship, please contact Michael Maresca 610-539-7597.

The role of the council is to advise the Pastor in parish matters. It develops and recommends pastoral plans through a consensus process and prayerful reflection. Its membership is represented by both elected and appointed parishioners, and staff. If you are interested in joining the Parish Council, please contact the Rectory at 610-272-0402.

The purpose of our Ministry is to give tangible "touchable" love to a recipient of either a prayer shawl or lap robe--prayer that can be felt. Each of our members listen to the whisper of God's call upon our hearts ... it is then that we can see how he uses us to wrap others in his love. Our group always welcomes new members. You do not have to know how to crochet or knit, someone in our group would be very happy to give you instructions.

If there is someone you know of who could benefit from either a lap robe or prayer shawl, or would like to join this very active group, please contact Kay Boyce 484-322-5466.

Our prayer-line is available to anyone in need of prayer. Please feel free to click the link below and add a prayer request for yourself or someone you know. Please know that all requests are prayed for in private prayer by many individuals, as well as before the Blessed Sacrament during Eucharistic Adoration.

If you would like to become a participating member of the prayer line and pray for the intentions of our community, please contact Nancy DeKok at 610-277-1344 for more information. Click Here to make a prayer request

Our Pro-Life Ministry seeks to promote awareness and encourage action to uphold the dignity and sanctity of every human life from conception to natural death. Contact Joseph Aquilani, Jr. for more information at 610-539-0592. New members are welcome!

The Senior Citizens group is a fellowship organization for people age 55 and over who meet twice a month September through June. We go on trips together, play bingo, share meals and much more! For more information, please contact Barbara Ruser at 610-831-1063 or see the weekly bulletin for more information.

Ushers provide a welcoming atmosphere when people arrive into church. Ushers guide people to seats, show them where the facilities are, and assist the pastor as needed. Ushers also help with the collections during Mass; invite parishioners to take part in the presentation of the gifts, handing out bulletins at the end of Mass, and assist in emergency situations. For more information please contact John Bilella at 610-279-1058.





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- by appointment only –

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
(closed between 12:00 & 12:30 every day)

Friday…: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

PHONE: 610-272-0402
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