St. Francis

 

 

During the COVID pandemic, many of our groups are either not meeting or meeting by Zoom only.  Since much of the information below is not accurate during the pandemic, if you questions about a specific group or when they will be meeting, please email info@saintfrancis.net or call the parish office at 978-452-6611.  We'll be happy to help!

 

 

At St. Francis, we have an abundance of ways to LOVE. GROW. SERVE.  For more information about volunteering or joining a group, email Debbie at info@saintfrancis.net or reach out to the person listed in the ministry in which you are interested.

 

 

Grow Closer to Christ 

 

Eucharistic Adoration  

***See our Home Page for Eucharistic Adoration Hours during the Pandemic.****

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. 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, contact Claudia Dupere at 978-914-4180 or Denis Dupere at 978-914-4186.

 

 Weds. AM 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.  No sign up is required, but if you have any questions, leave a message for Sharon Coram at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net.  THIS GROUP CURRENTLY MEETS AT 10AM BY ZOOM.  Email shacoram@comcast.net.

 

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 email Fleurette Boutin at memere45@hotmail.com, call Barbara Marvel at 978-937-0239 or email Pat Gallant 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 Pat, Fleurette or Barbara.

 

Pray the Rosary 

All are welcome to 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.

 

 

Click below for our

Divine Mercy Cenacle Video

 

 

 Padre Pio Prayer Group  

 

  

 The Padre Pio Prayer Group Meets the First Saturday of each month in the St. Dominic room of St. Francis Church.  For more information, email info@saintfrancis.net.


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 

 

Family Faith Formation  

 

Our Family Faith Formation Program is a monthly all-ages faith formation that promotes the spiritual and social growth of our parish community while emphasizing the role of parents as primary teachers of the faith.  Volunteers are welcome to help with our monthly meeting set-up and as leaders of small groups for grades 1 through 10.   For more information, call Jessica Keefe, Faith Formation Director or Dawn Bastien at 978-452-6611; email jkeefe@saintfrancis.net  or email Dawn at or dbastien@saintfrancis.net.  

 

 

 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 

 

 

Sundays at 10:30am Mass (about twice a month)

 CLW is offered on scheduled Sundays at the 10:30 a.m. Mass..  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 hear the Gospel at their level of understanding.  If you're interested in helping out, email Jan Dargue at jandargue@comcast.net.    

 

 Vacation Bible School 

 Our Vacation Bible School, considered by our campers to be their "best week of the summer," is a lively week (half days) of fun, learning, prayer, praising God and making new friends.  Features a creative theme, music, dance, lessons, art and field games, plus an opportunity for middle schoolers and teens to become camp counselors.  For info on our 2020 version, call Jessica Keefe, Faith Formation Director, or Dawn Bastien at 978-452-6611; email jkeefe@saintfrancis.net or dbastien@saintfrancis.net

 

 

 St. Francis Parish Youth Ministry 

 

 

Our Youth Ministry is designed to bring our middle schoolers and teens closer to Christ. Grades 6 through 12 is led by Deacon Mike Tompkins, his wife, Danni, and a core team of adults.  Xperience is organized by Lynn Flaherty and is for Middle School (grades 6, 7 and 8).  Life Teen is organized by Lauren Tompkins and is for high school students.  For more information, visit the LIFE TEEN FACEBOOK page (St. Francis Life Teen Youth Ministry), email Deacon Mike at deaconmike@saintfrancis.net or see Deacon Mike after Mass.

 

 

   

 

 

   

8:00am Mass Choir (traditional)

 

10:30am Mass Choir (traditional)

 

5:30pm Mass Choir (contemporary)

 

If you enjoy singing and praising the Lord through music, you are welcome to join our Music Ministry.    For more information, please see Dave Keefe (photo below left), music director, after Mass.   Your voice and musicianship are most welcome!   

 

 

 

  

Opportunities to Serve

 

  

St. Teresa of Calcutta Homeless Ministry

 

Jack Durocher and Roger  Despres organize this ministry which reaches out to the homeless in Lowell to provide sustenance, warmth and compassion all year long.  Sandwiches and soups are prepared ahead of time and delivered by truck to Lowell on Saturday.  Once a month they cook a meal in the parish kitchen to serve at the shelter.

To join, email Jack at j_durocher@comcast.net or Roger at chefrogerd@verizon.net.

 

 

Mission Trip Ministry

 

 This ministry is open to teens and adult volunteers.  The past few years they have traveled to Mississippi to help rebuild from Hurricane Katrina as well as working with Habitat for Humanity in New York.  For information on future plans, call Jessica Keefe at 978-452-6611 or email jkeefe@sainfrancis.net

 

 

St. Francis Parish Women's Connection

 

All women in the parish (and their friends) are encouraged to get Connected with our new women's ministry. We meet four times a year to combine faith, friendship and fun -- with an emphasis on helping a local charity at each meeting.   Email Debbie at info@saintfrancis.net or click here to visit our webpage:    Women's Connection Webpage 

 

 

 

St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Prayer Shawl Ministry

 

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

 

 

St. Francis Garden Ministry

 

St. Francis has several gardens that are largely maintained by our parishioners..  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.   For info, email info@saintfrancis.net and we'll connect you to the ministry volunteers. 

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

 

 

 Social Justice Committee

 

 If you have the heart to serve those in need, the Social Justice Committee needs help in their outreach, including "End 68 Hours of Hunger" and Catie's Closet.  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; Friendly Visitors simply spend time talking, praying and listening. Call Linda Trouville, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, at 978-452-6611 or email ltrouville@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.  For information, email info@saintfrancis.net or call the office at 978-452-6611.

 

 

 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.  

 

Sharing Time and Talent

 

 

St. Francis Parish Information Center 

 

If you enjoy greeting people, helping others, answering questions and welcoming new parishioners to the parish, please consider joining this important team.  Volunteers with the Parish Info Center are scheduled about once a month and stay after Mass for 10 to 15 minutes.  Often there are sign-ups at the PIC, parishioners stop to purchase a Mass card or book a Mass intention, or simply to ask questions.  All volunteers will be trained before being scheduled. To join, email Debbie at info@saintfrancis.net or call the Parish Office at 978-452-6611.

 

 

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?  We'll send out an email with sufficient advance notice when there is a need.  Leave a message for Donna Bigold at 978-452-6611 or email Donna (second from right) at dbigold@comcast.net.    

 

 

 Sunday Special Events Team

 

 

Our Sunday family events following the 10:30am Mass (occasionally the 8am Mass) are very popular!  Featuring a free continental breakfast buffet and a children's craft, we've hosted parties after Mass for Advent, Epiphany, St. Patrick's Day, Pentecost, St. Francis Feast Day and more.  If you enjoy decorating, setting up for hospitality, serving others and working with a fun team, this is the group for you!  Email Debbie at info@saintfrancis.net or call Debbie at 978-452-6611.

 

 

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, can use help with painting, cleaning or other general maintenance projects.   If you have any talents or skills that you think would be helpful, call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net for more information. 

 

 Art and Environment  

 

 

 

Our Art and Environment Committee is comprised of the "decorators" of the environment, especially during our holy seasons, like Advent, Lent, Easter and Christmas.  Your help is welcome, whether you are an experienced decorator or simply want to lend a hand as an assistant.  Leave a message for Sharon Chelton (seated above) at the parish office or email Sharon at shachelt@gmail.com.  

  

 

Ministers Serving at Mass  

 

 

For information on our Ministers who serve at Mass -- lectors, Eucharistic ministers, ushers, sacristans, altar servers, please call the office at 978-452-6611 or email our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, Dr. Linda Trouville at ltrouville@saintfrancis.net.

 

 

 Prayer, Social & Support

 

  

  Young Adult Group 

 

Looking for something geared toward young adults (ages 18 to 35)? Trying to meet others who share your interest in the faith? Or just looking to expand your own knowledge of the faith? We will be have a group of young adults who meet on Friday evenings from 7:00-8:30 PM.  It's a great way to get to know other young adults in the parish as well as learn more about our faith.  For more information, email Pam Chavarie at pamelachavarie@gmail.com.

  

 

Widow and Widowers Social Group

 

The faith-filled members of 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 

  

 

Pray 'n Play for Caregivers & Tots 

 

For babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents or caregivers.  Pray 'N Play gives the moms, grandmothers, dads or caregivers a place to come, have fun and socialize with other parents and caregivers; plus an opportunity to encourage their children in the faith from a young age.  Features circle time with songs and a Bible story, games, poems, craft-making, toy time, snacks and prayer.   Pray 'N Play is held each Thursday in the parish hall from 9:30 am until 11am, and is open to all. There is no fee; it is offered courtesy of St. Francis. Our Pray 'N Play coordinator is Mandy McLaughlin.  For more information, call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net

 

 

 

 Men 18 years and older are invited to share your faith with other like-minded men at our Men's Group.  Join us for an evening or morning of prayer and faith-sharing.  We meet twice a month, alternating between Weds. evenings at 7pm and Sat. mornings at 7am.  For more information and upcoming meetings, contact Deacon Mike at deaconmike@saintfrancis.net  

 

 

 Cribbage Night 

 

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.   

 

 Coffee & Donuts Hospitality

Set-Up Team

 

 

 This is a fellowship gathering on Sunday mornings after the 10:30 Mass, a time when parishioners of all ages catch up with each other's lives.  Families or individuals on the Sunday Hospitality Coffee & Donuts team rotate (they are not scheduled every Sunday).   If you and/or your family would be willing to make coffee, pick up the donuts and/or do some light clean-up, email Brian Flaherty at brianflaherty@ymail.com or leave a message for Brian at 978-452-6611.