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Ministries, Organizations & Activities
SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM
At St. Frances Cabrini, we are committed to protecting our children and vulnerable adults. Leaders, staff, and volunteers in our parish receive training on this subject and are expected to conduct their personal and public lives in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards of our faith. St. Frances Cabrini and the Diocese of Tucson will not tolerate sexual misconduct or the failure to respond appropriately and decisively when sexual misconduct is observed, suspected or alleged. Please contact the parish office (520-326-7670) and/or the Compliance Officer (520-325-7109) if you have any questions, comments or concerns on this topic.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REGISTRATION
MINISTRIES, ORGANIZATIONS & ACTIVITIES
Please call the Rectory for current Ministry/Organization contact information
- Anointing of The Sick
- Holy Orders
- Rite of Christian Initiation
- Lectors / Commentators
- Eucharistic Ministers
- Hospitality Ministers
- Altar Servers
- Ministers of Music
- Youth Ministry
PASTORAL CARE/SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
- Pastoral Visits to the Sick
- Share & Care (Bereavement) Ministry
- Small Faith Communities
- Just Coffee
- Parish Finance Council
- Board Of Trustees
We are a faith community of Roman Catholics who are united in Christ. Our lives are based on faith, hope and charity, guided by the Holy Spirit and sustained by the sacraments.
Our mission is to help all people achieve salvation by spreading the message of God's love. We strive to strengthen this effort by enriching ourselves through the Scriptures and the Sacraments. We share our faith by teaching, personal witness and works of charity.
Sacraments are visible signs of God's saving love for us. Every person, and every action, has the potential for being a sign, a symbol and a "sacrament". Each of us is called to be a sacrament of Jesus' love and healing.
The Sacraments that we celebrate as Roman Catholics are: Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist; Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick; and Sacraments of Service: Matrimony and Holy Orders. Each of these are expressions of God's saving action in our lives.
Faith-filled celebration of the sacraments is the means of salvation and holiness for us as individuals and as members of the church community.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: This sacrament of initiation incorporates us into the Church and we are reborn as daughters and sons of God.
Infant Baptism: Parents are asked to contact the parish office before the birth of their child.
Adult Baptism: Adult baptism may occur only after completion of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.), which is, explained in another section of this website.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: This sacrament of initiation helps us to focus on the missionary dimensions of the baptismal commitment. Through this sacrament we receive the fullness of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
High School: Confirmation is conferred once a year, after a period of preparation. Sponsor participation is required.
Call Mary Lou Bauer, Youth Minister, at the Parish Office.
Adult: Depending on their level of Catechesis, adults may receive the sacrament of confirmation after participation in the adult Christian initiation process (R.C.I.A.) or in a number of preparation sessions.
SACRAMENT OF EUCHARIST: The Eucharist is the preeminent sacrament from which all others receive meaning. In the Eucharist, Christ is most profoundly present in the church where we gather to hear the Word of God and to share the nourishment of Christ's body with one another. The times for daily and weekend celebrations of the Eucharistic liturgy are listed elsewhere in this website and in the weekly bulletin.
First Eucharist: Parents please call Sr. Karen Berry, OSF, at 520-795-1110, regarding preparation classes.
Eucharist to the Homebound: The Eucharist can be brought to people who are home-bound by a priest or Eucharistic Minister by prior arrangement. Pease call the parish office if anyone in the family is unable to participate in the Eucharistic liturgy for an extended period of time.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: A sacrament of spiritual healing, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (or Confession) offers the gift of forgiveness for the sinful ways in our life. Through our acceptance of that forgiveness, we become reconciled with God and with our church community. The sacrament is offered every Saturday from 4 to 4:45 p.m. or upon request or appointment. Parishioners of all ages are encouraged to attend Communal Reconciliation services which are celebrated during Advent and Lent.
First Reconciliation: Parents please call Sr. Karen
ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Originally know as Extreme Unction, this sacrament celebrates the gift of God's healing to those who are physically, emotionally or spiritually unwell. No one who is chronically ill or anticipating surgery should postpone receiving this sacrament. It is offered to the homebound by calling the Parish Office.
SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY: Call the Parish Office to talk with Father.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS: This sacrament of vocation celebrates the call to serve God's kingdom as one who oversees and guides the Catholic Faith community in the role of the bishop, priest or deacon. Those discerning this call to serve are invited to speak with Father. Our faith community prays continually for those who are discerning a call to vocations.
About Religious Life..... Though not celebrated as a sacrament, life as a religious sister or brother is a call to a life of service, prayer and community. We are happy to talk with anyone moving through the process of discernment regarding the religious life.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the Church's way of assisting individuals through their conversion to Catholic Christianity or to full initiation into the Catholic Church. The process includes attendance at Sunday liturgy, instruction in the teachings of the Church, participation in liturgical rites, reflection of the Scriptures, prayer and faith sharing.
The group meets on Tuesday evenings starting September 18, 2012 from 7:00 to 8:15pm in room 3 of the religious education building. The group begins in September of each year and finishes two weeks after the Easter Vigil. Call Sister Barbara (520-318-9198) to make an appointment to register or for further information.
Adults 18 years of age or older who have never been baptized, those individuals who were baptized Catholic as infants but have had little or no instruction in the faith and those baptized in other Christian traditions are all possible candidates for the RCIA process. Movement through the process is marked by rituals, which celebrate the person's progress along their journey of faith. The length of time required to complete the process varies for each individual, but is usually a minimum of one year.
The RCIA. process is facilitated by Sister Barbara. Members of the Parish Community are on the team or serve as sponsors.
LECTOR / COMMENTATOR: Lectors are selected to proclaim the scripture readings and to lead the congregation in response. Sign ups are held in September. A period of training is necessary to be a lector/commentator. There is no minimum term for lectors. They are responsible for getting their own replacements from the lector list if they cannot meet an assigned commitment.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTER OF HOLY COMMUNION: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers) assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion during the celebration of the Mass. Ministers may also bring the Eucharist to our parishioners who are homebound. Interested applicants must meet the following Diocesan guidelines: "mature Catholics respected in the Parish community who are noted for their devotion to the Eucharist and their service to the parish". Accepted applicants are required to complete a short course of study and may meet annually for an afternoon of updating .
Like the lectors, Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers are assigned to a particular Mass for a period of three months and are responsible for getting their own substitutes from a published list. Some ministers devote their ministry to visitation of homebound parishioners.
HOSPITALITY MINISTER: The Hospitality Ministers assist in seating of parishioners and visitors at our Sunday Liturgies. These ministers select people to carry up the gifts, receive the collections at Mass and distribute the Parish Bulletin at the close of
Hospitality Ministers stand near each door of the church to welcome parishioners and visitors.
ALTAR SERVERS: Altar servers assist at the altar during the celebration of the Mass and during other liturgical functions. Volunteers are accepted from students who have celebrated their First Eucharist. Training must be completed to participate in this ministry. Altar servers are scheduled for participation at an assigned Mass and are responsible for getting their own substitute from a published list.
MUSIC MINISTRY: “The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this preeminence is that, as sacred song closely bound to the text, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, #112)
As this statement makes clear, the Vatican Fathers held in very high regard the place of music in Liturgy, echoing the concerns of their predecessors, particularly Pius X. At St. Frances Cabrini we have a ministry which speaks to this in many ways. Every parishioner has a role in this ministry, whether from the pew or from the choir and musicians.
St. Frances Cabrini is fortunate to have some wonderful musicians who share their talents at each
We encourage full and active participation from the assembly during Liturgy. We welcome new members at any time. Call the Parish Office if you would like to participate in the ministry of music at our Masses.
PARISH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM
The mission of the Catechetical faith formation process seeks to provide adults, youth and children with knowledge, experiences and skills necessary to become faithful, fruitful disciples of Jesus Christ. In keeping with their age, it is our hope that they will assume responsibility as vital members of the parish faith community and be able to participate in the Church's mission to proclaim, celebrate and serve the coming of God's reign.
Our goal is to provide a rich catechetical experience that offers, enhances and challenges participants to have a personal relationship with the Lord and to become his disciples. In doing so, we help them believe that Jesus is the Son of God and educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the Body of Christ.
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION:
Led by Sister Karen Berry, OSF. Please call to see when the next class will take place. Sr. Karen at 795-1110.
FAMILY PROGRAM OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (Grades 1 - 5)
Believing that parents are the primary religious educators of their children and that parents appreciate on-going faith formation so they can be helpful guides to their children, we have designed a program called "Faith, Family Style".
Families with school children in grades 1-6 come together twice a month for 90 minutes.
The program begins in September and ends in May.
The program meets on the FIRST and THIRD SUNDAYS from 9:30am to 11:00am beginning in September.
The program begins after the 8:30 am Mass which all families are encouraged to attend.
The program is divided into three parts:
1. Breakfast snack and socializing (15 minutes) 9:30am-9:45 am
2. Children's "Liturgy of the Word" with all families present
(15 minutes) 9:45 am - 10:00 am
3. Individual classes, by age groups, including a class for
the parents (1 hour) 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Babysitting is provided for pre-schoolers.
Cost of the program:
$40.00 family with one (1) child
$15.00 for each additional child
Registration forms can be obtained from the parish office or by calling Sr. Karen at 795-1110.
YOUTH MINISTRY (Grades 6 - 12)
St. Frances Cabrini faith community recognizes that ministry to youth must be an integrated process involving all facets of life including faith formation, community, catechesis, personal development and service. Youth Ministry works to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person and to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community. Youth Ministry empowers young people to become disciples of Jesus Christ who witness to their faith by living and working for justice peace and human dignity.
Please contact Mary Lou Bauer for information on junior high and high school religious instruction, Confirmation preparation and youth activities. Weekly meetings are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.
During the school year, tutoring is available on most Wednesdays, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30pm. Tutoring, which is held in the modular classrooms, is free for any person needing help with math, science, language arts, and social studies. Questions? Call Mary Lou at 488-3213.
See the Youth Ministry page for more details.
SUNDAY CHILDCARE: The nursery is closed for the summer. During the rest of the year a nursery attendant provides care for children ages 1-5 (limit 6 children) during the regular 8:30am and 10:30am Sunday Masses. The nursery is located in the
PASTORAL VISITS TO THE SICK: The pastor and lay ministers of caring are pleased to visit the ill and handicapped members of our parish in hospitals, nursing homes or in their own homes. Nowadays many hospitals and nursing homes do not inform us when a parishioner is admitted. Anyone in our parish family who anticipates hospitalization for any length of time, moves to an assisted living facility or nursing home, or who becomes homebound in their own home, should notify the parish office.
CARE & SHARE MINISTRY (Bereavement): The death of a loved one is an especially difficult time. The Care & Share Ministry is a ministry of parish volunteers who will provide a reception following the funeral of a parishioner, provided the Hall is available.
If you would like to become part of this worthwhile ministry as a team leader, by helping to serve food at receptions, or by donating food items for the receptions, we would love to welcome you to this ministry. For more information or to volunteer, please call Barbara Soehnlen 323-1265 or Barbara O'Leary 325.7814.
SMALL FAITH COMMUNITIES: In the last century, more than 100,000 small Christian communities have come into being throughout the world. In the
Most small faith communities consist of 8 -10 parishioners who meet once a month in their homes or in the parish. Together they pray, read and reflect on the scripture readings for the following Sunday or use topical materials designed for small groups. Discussion and discernment of God's Word is facilitated by a group leader who focuses on the challenge and call to live out the gospel reading in our daily human experience.
Anyone interested in becoming part of an existing small faith group, starting a new group or acting as facilitator or host for a group is invited to call the Sr. Barbara Sullivan at 520-318-9198.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides compassion and support to individuals in need, regardless of race, origin, religion or gender. Throughout the year, we have responded to many cries for help with food, utilities, rents, beds, etc. The needy are especially vulnerable during hard times because their dependable friends, relatives, stores and charities are all hurting too.
Remember also: blue barrels are put out on the first Sundays of each month for your donations of canned goods and other non-perishables. We can always use canned tuna, stews, soups, or fruit, jars of peanut butter or jelly, boxes of cereal, etc. Personal items like shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and toilet paper are also very much appreciated. We need bed linens, too — please make sure they are clean and in plastic bags with the size specified. These items are so helpful to our home visitors. Finally, brown paper grocery bags are something we constantly use for food deliveries to homes. Thank you for remembering the St. Vincent de Paul poor boxes by our church doors. God bless you for all your prayers and support.
The Tucson Diocesan Council operates two thrift stores to help provide furniture and clothing to those in most need of assistance. Thrift Stores are located at
Someday, we will be privileged to hear these words from Jesus Himself: “I was hungry and you fed me… homeless and you took me in.”
JUST COFFEE: Caffeine with a Conscience
The mission statement of Just Coffee is: The Just Coffee's Company Mission is to deliver the highest quality, organic, environmentally consciousness fresh roasted coffee to our customers at a price that fair and just. Our Company Goal is to create a bond between the members of our community, Salvador Urbina and our customers through superior customer service, delivery and a commitment to integrity and excellence in all aspects of our business.
Just Coffee weekends are usually held on the third weekend of the month after each
This ministry is not only a very concrete and positive way of reducing the economic need for immigration from South of the border, but also provides a just and fair wage for coffee bean workers in Chiapas and support for the Partners in Health Clinic in Chiapas. You may learn more about Just Coffee at: http://www.justcoffee.org.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: The Parish Pastoral Council is an advisory group of parishioners whose primary function is that of liaison between the parishioners of St. Frances Cabrini Faith Community and the pastoral staff. Acting under the guidelines and within the perspectives of Vatican II, the Parish Council participates in mutual discussion towards the advancement and achievement of apostolic, social and administrative work in the parish community.
Council members are either appointed by the pastor, or elected. Elected members receive their position through an election by the parishioners. Nomination is open to any adult member of the parish. Notice of nominations and elections are published in the Parish Bulletin. Council members are expected to attend regularly scheduled council meetings and to actively participate on various committees.
The Parish Council normally meets on the second Monday of every month, at 7:00pm. Notices of meetings are listed in the Parish Bulletin and are open to all members of the Parish. If a parishioner wishes to attend a meeting, specifically for the purposes of bringing a matter to the attention of the Parish Council, we ask that they notify the Parish Council President one week in advance so that the matter can be included on the agenda. This is to insure that the matter is heard.
Parish Finance Committee: This committee assists the Pastor by advising in matters of income and expenditure of funds, and in providing for an efficient, accurate system of reporting, recording and accounting. The Finance Committee also reviews and monitors the parish's capital expenditures. Parishioners from the legal, business and financial professions are especially helpful on this committee and are appointed by the Pastor. While this committee is mandated by Canon Law and is therefore a stand-alone committee, it still submits a report to Parish Council for information and discussion.
Liturgy Committee: This committee plans all aspects of liturgical life which may include study of the rites and scripture, preparation of Communal Reconciliation services, or special Liturgies of the Word. Training of volunteers for ministries of lector, Eucharistic minister, funerals and the preparation of prayers of the faithful are provided by this committee as well as decorating the church for special liturgies. This committee meets twice a year, before Lent and before Advent.
Board Of Trustees: Ecclesiastical and civil law require that two trustees be appointed for each Catholic parish. Trustees are nominated by the Pastor of the parish. The nominees are then presented to the Bishop of the Diocese for confirmation and appointment. In concert with the Bishop, Vicar General and Pastor, the two parish trustees form the officers of the corporate structure of the parish.
We are a community of believers who are grateful for our diversity and mindful of our unity in Christ. Our lives are based on faith, hope and charity through the outpouring of the Spirit, nourished by the Eucharist.
Our mission is to be communicators of God's grace and Christ's message to help people achieve salvation. We seek to build a Faith Community by enriching ourselves through Word and Sacrament. Our aim is to share our faith by teaching, personal witness, and works of charity.
Because we see in all people the image of God, we seek to relieve their physical, spiritual and emotional needs by involving all age groups within our parish.