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St. Francis de Sales

Parish Family Life

Married Life

There are several programs offered to married couples in our parish, whether it be a strong or struggling marriage.  We are here to support you in this important sacrament.  The priests are always willing to meet with couples at any stage of their journey together.



Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter is a retreat held in Columbus on select weekends throughout the year.  This is a great way for a married couple to reconnect and revitalize their married lives.  For more information, please contact the parish office for dates and times.


Retrouvaille is the name of a Diocesan program designed to help heal and renew marriages. The word Retrouvaille simply means ‘rediscovery’. The program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. For further information contact a priest, the parish office or go to  Couples can also talk to priests, deacons and Pastoral Minister in confidence.



There are always a lot of questions surrounding annulments. Couples seeking an annulment should contact a priest or deacon directly to arrange a meeting time. All information is handled confidentially.


Active Retired Citizens, A.R.C.

Active Retired Citizens Club was organized in October of 1973 by Sister Irma Walker.  ARC meets once a month to share in lunch and various social activities such as BINGO.  This club welcomes anyone aged 55 or older to partake in various social activities.

Contact: Debby Shelly, 740-366-6924



The St. Francis church bulletin is distributed after every weekend Mass.  This publication is vital to many of the inner workings of our parish.  Information such as weekly mass times and intentions, pastor’s notes, parish activities, and special announcements are all included in the bulletin.


Garden Club

The Garden Club consists of parish members who, through their generosity, time and talent, beautify the Parish grounds by adopting flower beds for a season.  Members accomplish this by purchasing their own plants and maintaining their assigned beds.

Contact: Chairperson needed; contact the Parish Office, 740-345-9874 ext 200


Knights of Columbus

This men’s organization is founded on the values of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.  Our local Knights play an active role in the parish.  They help build community with various annual events.  The St. Francis de Sales Father Bill Johnson Council strive to continue their vision by aiding one another in times of sickness and death, strengthening ourselves and each other in our Faith.

Contact: Thomas Mullenniex, 740-348-5134


Ministry of Comfort

When a St. Francis family experiences a loss through death, our parish offers the grieving family a bereavement meal and a place to gather immediately following the graveside committal services. This is an opportunity to help fellow St. Francis parishioners and their families during a most difficult time. Volunteers on this ministry are placed on one of ten teams and help with the meal preparation and set-up and clean-up. This is truly a rewarding ministry.

Contact: Ann Forgrave, 740-366-3090


Parish Festival

This St. Francis parish tradition has recently been revitalized.  The festival takes place in spring and is held on our parish grounds.  There are many social activities associated with the festival that encourage the interaction of families.  There is a great deal of planning for the festival, and volunteers are always welcome.

Contact: Dave Stalling, 740-366-7351


Social Hour

This important ministry helps us to connect with parishioners of all ages, including the ones we may not know well.  It consists of coffee, donuts, and fellowship after Sunday Mass.  Help is always needed to prepare.  Speak to a volunteer at Social Hour for more information.



Welcome Committee

The goal of our Welcome Committee is to give every new family or individual a sense of belonging and help them become an integral part of our faith community.  We personally contact our newest members and invite them to Sunday Mass and Sunday Social Hour to receive a small welcoming gift and welcome packet.

Contact: Debby Shelly, 740-366-6924


Women of St. Francis

Our two-fold purpose is to unite all women of St. Francis de Sales and to work in conjunction with the community providing help where needed.  Business and social meetings are held once a month.  All of the parish women are invited to join.

Contact: Carol Svatora, 740-366-3060

St. Francis de Sales Parish

40 Granville St, Newark, OH 43055

St. Francis de Sales
Newark, OH

Phone:   740-345-9874


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