St. Francis

 

 

At St. Francis Parish, we have an abundance of ways to let your light shine, whether through prayer, faith, social, service or sharing your talent. 

Fr. Maher (below), Deacon John, Deacon Mike and our group leaders

welcome you to join us in being a "light on the hill"...

bringing the light of Christ to others, near and far.

 

 

Contact the Group Leader listed below to join

any of our Parish Life Groups, or simply for more information.

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

 

 

Note that many of the photos below are from our recent Ministry Fair, during which over 40 ministries were represented.  We were delighted to add dozens of new members to our groups.  Come and be one of them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 call Barbara at 978-937-0239 or email Pat at patagallant@gmail.com.   

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 at 978-937-0239 or email 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

 

 

   

  

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.  Email Deacon John at deacon@saintfrancis.net.
  

 

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

 

 

Worship and Spiritual Life Commission 

 

 Our Worship and Spiritual Life Commission plans out spiritual events including retreats, evenings of prayer, etc.  If you enjoy organizing prayerful events that are aimed at bringing the parish family closer to Christ, contact Mike Cote (above left) at m_cote@verizon.net or leave a message for Mike in the office at 978-452-6611. 

 

 

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 (above) at the parish office, 978-452-6611 or email SajaGirl23@comcast.net.

 

 

Children's Liturgy of the Word 

 

  Most Sundays at 10am Mass

 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.

 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 or caregivers.  SPARKS gives the moms, grandmothers or caregivers 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. 

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  considered by our campers to be their "best week of the summer!"  It's a vibrant week (half days) of fun, learning, prayer and making new friends -- always with a creative theme, music, dance, lessons, art and field games.   VBS also gives an opportunity for middle schoolers and teens to become camp counselors, who generally have just as much fun as the kids!  For information about VBS 2017, call Dawn Bastien at 978-452-6611 or email dbastien@saintfrancis.net

 

 

Ministers Serving at Mass  

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

 

 

 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.  

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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 (photo below), 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

 

General Help Around the Church & Grounds

If you can spare your time and talent to help out around the church or outside on the grounds, we'd welcome your help.  Our facilities manager, Paul Barr (above), will put you to work painting, cleaning or other general maintenance projects.   If you have any talents or skills that you think would be helpful, please let us know about it.  Call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net for more information.

 

 

Mission Trip Ministry

 This ministry is popular with teens and adults alike.  The past few years they have traveled to Mississippi to help rebuild from Hurricane Katrina.  This year they are headed to a mission trip in New York.  For more information, call Jessica Keefe at 978-452-6611 or email jkeefe@sainfrancis.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. Gabriel and St. Raphael Prayer Shawl Ministry

This new ministry will meet every 3rd Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm for a night of crocheting or knitting prayer shawls and fellowship.  For more information, contact Doris at dhhealy235@gmail.com or leave a message for Doris at 978-452-6611.

Upcoming meetings: May 17, June 21, July 19

 

 

 

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 -- and we can always use some help.  We also have a vegetable and flower garden in front of the rectory that benefits Merrimack Valley Food Bank, feeding struggling families with "farm to table" produce.   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. 

Above is a short video on our Garden Ministry produced by parishioner Jerry Serra.

 

 

 

  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.  Also, the sneaker drive and other support for Catie's Closet and the homeless in Lowell.  To join, call Pam Moloney (above left) at 978-944-4611 or email Pam at pamela49@gmail.com. 

 

 

 

  

 Homebound/Nursing Home & Friendly Visitors 

 This rewarding ministry is always in need of parishioners with a heart to serve those homebound or in nursing homes to ease their loneliness and brighten their day. The Homebound/Nursing Home Visitors bring Holy Communion -- the Friendly Visitors simply spend time talking, praying and listening. To join either ministry, call Joan Vinal at the church office, 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net.  

 

 

  

 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. 

 

 

Fleet of Angels Driving Ministry

We often receive phone calls from families or caregivers of parishioners who do not have a ride to church, especially since this area does not have public transportation.  Would you be an "angel" and provide a ride to church when needed?  Call Suzanne Conroy (above left) at 978-452-6611 or email sconroy@saintfrancis.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art and Environment

 

Our Art 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 Church is always 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 decorating crew.  For more information, leave a message for Sharon Chelton (seated above) at the parish office or email Sharon at shachelt@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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

   

 Knights of Columbus of Dracut

The Dracut Knights of Columbus meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the St. Dominic Room at St. Francis Church.

If you’re interested in helping those in need in your parish and community, strengthening your parish and your familial relationships and growing in your faith, consider joining the Knights of Columbus council.   Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practicing Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.  For more information, leave a message at the parish office for Dick Provencher or Brian Conroy (on the right) or email Brian at conroy4@comcast.net.

 

 

 

 

 

Our faith-based social/volunteer groups help bring our parish family together in faith, fun and friendship.  All are welcome to join us in playing cribbage, greeting at Mass, book discussions, hospitality, baking for events and more!

  

  

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.

If you'd like to join this fun night (April 2018 is next date), leave a message for Sharon Coram at 978-452-6611 or email  shacoram@comcast.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 (above) 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

 

 

 

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

 

 

The St. Francis Parish 500 Club

Our 500 Club is off to a great start for its first year, with less than a dozen numbers not claimed!  If you'd like to help on the committee, leave a message for Joyce Kulig at 978-452-6611.  The committee gathers once a month for the drawing, which occasionally includes a pancake breakfast, plus renews memberships and signs up new members.  Join the club fun!

 

 

 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 Jim Reynolds (above right) at redreynolds123@outlook.com or leave a message for Jim at the office.

 

 

 St. Martha Hospitality Baking Team

 

 At St. Francis, we have many events that involve fellowship.  Do you like to bake, make a fruit salad or arrange a platter of cheese and crackers?  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, leave a message for Donna Bigold at 978-452-6611 or email Donna (second from right) at dbigold@comcast.net.  

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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, email Brian Flaherty at brianflaherty@ymail.com or leave a message for Brian at 978-452-6611.