St. Francis

 Come join our Parish Life Groups!

 

  The St. Teresa of Calcutta Homeless Ministry at St. Francis Parish gathers in the kitchen to prepare a meal.

 

 

St. Francis Parish life is blessed with an abundance of Parish Life Groups for all ages that include spiritual, support, social, service or faith formation.  In some way, they all further Stewardship of our parish, allowing us to fulfill our responsibility to care for the gifts given to us by God. 

 

Listed below are:

--all current Parish Life Groups that you are welcome to join

--a description of each

--the Parish Life Group Leader (contact person)

--his or her contact information.   

 

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please be sure to contact that particular Parish Life Group Leader or call the parish office.  

 

You're sure to meet wonderful faith-filled friends, have fun, embrace prayer and service...and grow spiritually at the same time.

 

 

 

 

Eucharistic Adoration  

Eucharistic Adoration takes place on Mondays from 9:30am until 5:30 pm (on days when the parish office is open).  EXTENDED ADORATION takes place the last Monday of the month:  6:00am to 9:00pm.  For more information, or to sign up for an hour of praying, call the office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net.

  

Contemplative Prayer 

 Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, beyond thought, words, and emotions. We open our awareness to God whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than choosing – closer than consciousness itself.   The group meets in the St. Peter and Paul Annex (trailer) on Weds. from 7pm to 8:30pm.  Open to people of all faiths; ages 18 and over, no previous training necessary.  For more information, please feel free to contact Claudia Dupere at 978-914-4180 or Denis Dupere at 978-914-4186.

 

 

 Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group 

We meet every week from 9:30am to 11:00am in the St. Dominic Room.  You do not have to have been to Bible study previously to join us.  We welcome anyone who would like to learn more about the Word of God.  We have lively discussions every week, so please be sure to join us!   No sign up is required, but if you have any questions, leave a message for Cecilia Mancini at 978-452-6611 or email cecmancini@gmail.com.  

 

Charismatic Prayer 

Join us every Sunday evening at 6pm in the St. Dominic Conference Room for a charismatic prayer meeting.  All are welcome.  For more information, contact Darlene Farren at Farren.darlene1@gmail.com.   

 

St. Francis Prayer Line 

The Prayer Line is comprised of people who devote a part of their day at home or at church praying for others.  It's a wonderful way to be a steward of our parish.  If you would like to join, please leave a message at the parish office (978-452-6611) for Barbara Marvel or email her at Angellady7@comcast.net.   

If you have someone who is troubled heart, mind, body or soul who is need of prayer, or you have some special intention that you need to be prayed over, please send your prayer requests to:  Barbara Marvel, Angellady7@comcast.net or Pat Gallant at patagallant@gmail.com.  

 

 

Pray the Rosary 

Please join us after daily 9:00 Mass each Wednesday (approx. 9:30am).  The Rosary is offered for all people on St. Francis Payer Line as well as all those fighting cancer.  Please join your voices with ours in a powerful way as we pray for those who are in need of our prayers.  

  

Divine Mercy Cenacle

Please join us any Tuesday evening from 6:45pm to 8:15pm as we discuss Scripture, the Catechism and the Diary of St. Faustina.  Our major focus will be praying for those who are sick, dying, for loved ones or strangers in need, as well as the holy souls in pugatory.   Bring your Rosary Beads as we will be saying the Divine Mercy Chaplet together.  To order the Cenacle Formation Manual (cost is $13, which covers one year), please contact Andrea Nicholson at 978-204-9220 or Mike Cote at 978-973-4749.  

 

Click below for our

Divine Mercy Cenacle Video

 

  

Men's Spirituality Breakfast

 Deacon John Hunt organizes a breakfast every second Saturday of the month at 7:30am in the parish hall; age 18 and over.  Also, social events like fishing trips as well as service projects.  Please join the men's group at the next breakfast.  Call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net.  

  

Padre Pio Prayer Group


 Led by Deacon John Hunt, the Padre Pio Prayer Group Meets the First Saturday of each month in the St. Dominic room of St. Francis Church.


8:00a.m. - Writings of St. Padre Pio
8:30a.m. - Rosary and Veneration of 1st Class relics of Padre Pio.
9:00a.m. - Holy Mass in Church...
9:30a.m. - 10:30a.m. Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration.


** At the request of Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the intention of the prayer group will be for Priests and Seminarians as well as the personal intentions of Cardinal Sean. All are welcome.
 

 

 

Secular Franciscans

 Looking for more spirituality? Attending weekly and daily Mass still isn’t enough to “feed-the-need”? Feel like you are being “called” in some way to do more of God’s work? Do you have curiosity about how St. Francis showed others how to get more out of their lives by living a gospel life? You must be at least 18 years old, confirmed, in good standing with the Catholic church but you need not be single. You can be married or even be a deacon and still serve a lifelong rewarding vocation as a Secular Franciscan. For more information on attending meetings to explore Franciscan life, leave a message for Caroline Zuk at the parish office, 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net.

  

  

 

  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

8:00 Mass Choir

10:00/11:30 Mass Choir 

5:00 Mass LifeTeen Music Choir

 

If you enjoy singing and praising the Lord through music, you are welcome to join one of our choirs.    Our 8 and 10AM Mass choirs are traditional while our 5:00PM Mass is contemporary and geared toward a youth-oriented Mass. 

If you'd like to join, please see Dave Keefe, music director, after Mass.   

Your voice and musicianship are most welcome! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Saint Teresa of Calcutta Homeless Ministry

Deacon John Hunt organizes this ministry which reaches out to the homeless in Lowell to provide sustenance, warmth and compassion all year long.  Sandwiches and soups are typically prepared on Saturday afternoon and delivered by truck to Lowell shortly thereafter.  The group has assembled Survival Packs for the winter, baked pies for a fundraiser, given out Christmas presents to the homeless, and once a month they cook a meal in the parish kitchen to serve at the shelter.

New members of the ministry are always welcome.  For more information, leave a message for Deacon John at 978-452-6611 or email deacon@saintfrancis.net

 

 

 

The St. Francis Parish Women's Connection

All women in the parish (and their friends) are encouraged to get Connected!  We meet five times a year to combine faith, friendship and fun -- with an emphasis on helping one of our charities at each meeting.  Click below to visit our webpage for upcoming events and information on how you can CONNECT with us!

 

Get Connected to the Connection!

 

 

St. Francis Garden Ministry...from our garden to their tables

 If you enjoy gardening and you're willing to share your time and skills, St. Francis has several gardens that are largely maintained by our parishioners.  Our beautiful former farmland  makes it a joyful place to be, especially on a nice spring day.  We also have a vegetable and flower garden in front of the rectory that benefits Merrimack Valley Food Bank and other charities.  

If you would like to don your garden gloves for St. Francis, please leave a message for Cecilia Mancini at 978-452-6611 or email cecmancini@gmail.com.

  

  Mercy Meal Team

 

 The Mercy Meal team provides brunch or lunch to families following funeral services.  During this difficult time, knowing that the parish family is providing a home-cooked buffet at no cost is a great source of comfort to families.  Two teams rotate cooking and serving for each Mercy Meal.  If you like to cook, we'd love your help!  You are also welcome to assist with set-up, serving and clean-up if you are available during the day.  If you can do either or both, please call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net.

 

 

Social Justice Committee

If you have the heart to serve those in need, the Social Justice Committee is busy doing just that -- and they need lots of help in their outreach.  Among their projects is to support "End 68 Hours of Hunger", which provides backpacks filled with food for children on weekends who might otherwise go hungry.  To join this group or for more information on their latest, call Pam Moloney at 978-944-4611 or email Pam at pamela49@gmail.com. 

 

Homebound and Nursing Home Visitor 

 This rewarding ministry, whose members bring Holy Communion to those who cannot come to church, is always in need of parishioners with a heart to serve those in need with compassion.  For more information on how you can help, call Joan Vinal at the church office, 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net.  

 

 

Funeral Outreach Committee

BECAUSE WE CARE:  St. Francis' Funeral Outreach Ministry consists of teams of parishioners who compassionately support families who have lost a loved one. 

As a parish community, we walk with the bereaved as they journey through the funeral planning, funeral, and grieving process. 

We could use a few new members on the team.  If you would like to hear more about this rewarding ministry or if you would like to join us in our mission to help the bereaved, please contact Collette Piche (above right) at 978-452-6611 or email cpiche@saintfrancis.net.   

 

Click below for our

Funeral Outreach Committee Video

   

 

 

 

 

Our faith-based social and volunteer groups help bring our parish family together in faith, fun, service and friendship.

 

All are welcome to join us, whether it's decorating the church, playing cribbage, greeting at Mass or baking for an event!

  

  Young Adult Ministry

We have an active group of Young Adults who meet regularly in both prayerful and social settings.  How to join them?  Contact Jessica Keefe at 978-452-6611 or email jkeefe@saintfrancis.net.

  

  

Widow & Widowers Social Group

 

The wonderful, faith-filled people in our Widows and Widowers Group are there for each other whenever loneliness sets in or simply for social gatherings.  Here, they are gathered for their annual Christmas Party and gift swap.  For more information on joining the group, leave a message for Gloria Brooks at 978-452-6611 or email Gloria at glo416@netzero.net

 

 

 

Ladies Night Out

This is strictly a social, get-away-from-it-all evening that is held once a year.  While having a fun night out among awesome women, we're also helping St. Francis Parish to help others.

Ladies Night Out at St. Francis has quickly become a "must-attend" event that brings St. Francis women and their friends and family together for an evening of relaxation, fun, great food, prizes, activities and simply being together.  The best part is that women from their twenties up to their eighties attend. We especially love the multiple generations having fun together (like Jess and her mom Mary Gail below!)

The theme differs each year -- last year it was Pinterest, this year it's a cruise on the Caribbean without even leaving the parish hall (Feb. 16)!

If you'd like to join this fun night, call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net.  

 

 

 

Cribbage

If you like Cribbage, you'll want to join this fun group!  We meet on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 in the St. Dominic Room.  All are welcome!  Cost is $1.00 for 6 games (high scorer takes the pot) and 25 cents for a 24 or higher hand.  Amount accumulates until it is won.  For more information, leave a message for Betty Aubrey at the parish office, 978-452-6611, or email Betty at moeandbettyaubrey@comcast.net.  

 

 

"Giving Thanks" Cookie Walk

 

We've recently brought back an old-favorite fundraiser at St. Francis and it didn't disappoint anyone!  The Cookie Walk always brings smiles to all ages.  Fill a box with homemade cookies of your choice baked by parishioners -- can you go wrong?!  We need lots of bakers for the Cookie Walk.  If you like to bake and can help us, sign up anytime of the year by emailing Debbie at dhovanasian@saintfrancis.net.  We'll let you know all the sweet details! 

 

 

Binding Spirits Book Club

All are welcome to our Binding Spirits Book Club.  Discussions are scheduled throughout the year.  Please join us for discussion and faith sharing.  For more information on the next book selection and discussions, please leave a message for Cecilia Mancini at the parish office, 978-452-6611, or email cecmancini@gmail.com

 

     

 Greeters

Our ushers are busy before Mass making sure everyone feels comfortable and welcome, assigning collectors and gift bearers, etc.   Greeters assist them in handing out bulletins, opening doors, or simply being a welcoming presence in the lobby before Mass.  Greeters arrive 15 minutes early.  No need to report to someone if you cannot be there; we appreciate our greeters greeting at whatever Mass they attend each weekend.  To join the greeters, contact Debbie Hovanasian at dhovanasian@saintfrancis.net.

 

 

 St. Martha Hospitality Baking Team

 

 At St. Francis, we have many events that involve fellowship.  Do you like to bake?  If so, we could use your help!  We'll send out an email with sufficient advance notice when there is a need.  If you can help at that time, sweet!  If not, we'll catch you next time. To sign up as a St. Martha member, please call Debbie at the parish office (978-452-6611) or email dhovanasian@saintfrancis.net 

 

 

 

Arts and Environment

Our Arts and Environment Committee is comprised of the stewards of the environment of our church, especially during our holy seasons, like Advent, Lent, Easter and Christmas.   

St. Francis is always exceptionally beautiful during such celebrations.    We'd love your help decorating, whether you are an experienced decorator or simply want to lend a hand as an assistant to our talented crew.  For more information, call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net and we'll connect you with the Arts and Environment Team.

  

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Coffee & Donuts Fellowship

This is a fun gathering on Sunday mornings after the 10:00 Mass and occasionally after the 8:00, a relaxed time when parishioners of all ages catch up with each other's lives.  The kids really love it, so please be sure to join us and meet fellow parishioners! 

 

Care to help?  If you and/or your family would be willing to make coffee, pick up the donuts and/or do some light clean-up, you are most welcome to join our hospitality teams on a rotating basis.   For more information, please call the parish office. 

 

 

  

 

The Mailing Team

We don't know what we'd do without our loyal team that takes charge of our mailings, stuffing envelopes or bulletins.  Led by Lauren Frazer-Giglio, the team usually does their work while catching up with each other's lives after daily 9:00 Mass.  If you wish to be notified when we need some help, please leave a message for Lauren at the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email her at irishmha@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 Family Faith Formation

 

Our Family Faith Formation Program (formerly called Religious Education) is a monthly all-ages faith formation that promotes the spiritual and social growth of our parish community; offers a lifelong faith journey for all members of the parish, and emphasizes the role of parents as primary teachers of the faith. 

Volunteers are always welcome to help with our monthly meeting set-up and as leaders of small groups for grades 1 through 10.   For more information, call Judy Riopelle, Director of Faith Formation, at the parish office or email Judy at jriopelle@saintfrancis.net

 

 

 

 St. Francis Parish Youth Ministry

 

Our Youth Ministry for Grades 6 through 12 is led by Deacon Mike Tompkins, his wife, Danni, and a core team of adults whose focus is igniting our youth in their faith and service to others.  Xperience, run by Emily Noel, is for Middle School (grades 6, 7 and 8) and Life Teen is for high school students (run by a group of CORE members).  A Life Teen Mass is celebrated on Sundays at 5pm.  If you've never been to the 5pm Mass, join us soon -- you'll love the music and youth-oriented focus of the Mass.

For more information, click on Xperience or Life Teen from the home page. 

 

 

 

 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

 

 

 

 Most Sundays at 10am

 CLW is offered each Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. Mass, and on the first Sunday of the month when Faith Formation Sessions are held, CLW takes place at BOTH the 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses. The children are invited downstairs to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word with a lively gathering song, listen and participate in Liturgical readings, sing Psalms and Gospel Acclamations, hear the Gospel, and are actively engaged in a special teaching where they learn how to "live" their Catholic faith -- all at their level of understanding.

 

During intercessory prayers, the children offer heartfelt prayers for family, friends, the poor, homeless, sick, elderly, all leaders and military/veterans who protect our great country (and prayers for their pets, of course) and then rejoin their parents in the main church for the celebration of the Eucharist.  Children's liturgy of the word is for children from four years of age to fourth grade. There are also a few fifth and sixth graders who are in the music ministry and lead the children in singing psalms as well as praise and worship songs.

Interested in helping out during CLW?  Email Claudia Combs at ClaudiaCombsMA@gmail.com or leave a message for Claudia at 978-452-6611.   

 

 

SPARKS: Supporting Parents and Raising Kids in the Spirit

 

 

For babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents.  SPARKS gives the parents (and/or grandparents) a place to come, have fun and socialize with other parents, plus an opportunity to encourage their children in the faith from a young age. We've seen very young children come alive and really grasp the richness of the Bible stories told on their level.  Features circle time with songs and a Bible story, games, poems, craft-making, toy time, snacks and prayer.  SPARKS is held each Monday in the parish hall from 9:30 am until 11am, and is open to all. 

TRIAL VISIT:  Drop by the office on a Monday morning by 9:30am to give it a try!  For more information, please call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net.

 

 

 Vacation Bible School 

 

Our Vacation Bible School is  very well attended and brings much faith and joy to all involved.   Many of the children deem it their "best week of the summer!"

It's a vibrant week (half days) of fun, learning, prayer and friendship -- always with a creative theme, music, dance, lessons, art and field games.  VBS makes learning, prayer and faith a fun and memorable experience that they look forward to each year!

 

Activities are held both inside the parish hall and outside on our expansive lawn.  

VBS also gives an opportunity for middle schoolers and teens to become camp counselors, who generally have just as much fun as the kids!

As more information becomes available on VBS 2017, we will share on this site.

If you have any questions, please call Dawn Bastien at 978-452-6611. 

 

 

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For information on our Ministers who serve at Mass -- lectors, Eucharistic ministers, ushers, sacristans, altar servers -- please select Ministries from the top menu.

 

Thanks for visiting and please feel free to reach out to our group leaders or call us at the office. 

 

We are always delighted to "grow" our groups!