St. Francis

 

St. Francis of Assisi Parish

"Bridging with Others to Serve Others"

 

  

We are most grateful to the businesses who have sponsored our parish mission of serving others, both within the parish community and outside.   Now in our second year, we are so pleased with the response from the business community to support our mission.

 

We've used the symbolism of "the bridge" in reference to our 300-foot boardwalk that "connects" the main church grounds to our prayer garden in the lower field (story about the bridge below).  

In the same way, we are connecting with our business community "over the bridge" in order to serve others. 

 

Our generous 2016-17 BRIDGE Sponsors (listed below) help us to do what we do at St. Francis Parish -- serve thousands of people per year who are in need of support in a myriad of ways with no regard to boundaries or religious affliation. 

 

"The Bridge: 2016/17 Sponsorship Book and Parish Connector", featuring our sponsor ads along with articles and photographs of St. Francis Parish, has been/will be distributed to:

 

Parishioners at Masses

Guests

New Parishioner Welcome Kits

Families in Faith Formation

Visitors at Christmas Masses

Fundraising events

And it remains in the lobby all year long for the taking. 

 

Click below to view the full-color sponsorship book.

 

Bridge 2016-17 Sponsorship Book and Parish Connector 

  

  

2016/17 Bridge Sponsors Online Directory

Our sponsors and their websites or contact information are first listed by category,

and later by full--half--quarter--eighth bridge ads.

 

Parishioners and guests, please be sure to patronize these generous businesses!

 

Restaurants 

Grazie/Four Oaks Country Club (Dracut)

www.fouroakscountryclub.com

 Owen & Ollie's Restaurant (Dracut)

www.owenandollies.com 

 The Tavern at Lenzi's (Dracut)

www.lenzicatering.com

 Scola's Restaurant (Dracut)

www.scolasrestaurant.com

 Heav'nly Donuts (Dracut)

www.heavnlydonuts.com

 Brothers Sports Bar and Grill (Dracut)

www.brotherspizzadracut.com 

 

Home Services

Clean Drains Drain Cleaning Company (Dracut)

 www.MyCleanDrains.com 

ROY Fence Co. (Dracut)

www.royfence.com  

Yankee Pest Control

www.yankeepestcontrol.com 

R.C. Alarms (Dracut)

978-957-5578

Lee A. Vinal Inc. Excavating (Dracut)

978-458-6373 

 

Funeral Homes 

McKenna-Ouellette-D'Amato Funeral Home (Lowell) 

www.mckennaouellette.com 

Dracut Funeral Home (Dracut) 

www.dracutfuneralhome.com

 

  

Local Farms 

Farmer Dave's CSA (Dracut) 

www.farmerdaves.net 

Saja Countryside Family Farm (Dracut)

www.sajafarm.com

 

 Local Professional Services 

Stephen J. Szczepanik Insurance (Dracut) 

www.sjsinsurance.com 

Document Technologies, Inc./Xerox Agent (Bedford, MA)

617-594-3933/kjaundoo@doctech.net 

Law Offices of Colleen M. Garry (Dracut)

www.lawofficesofcolleengarry.com 

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union (Dracut)

www.weshareacommonthread.org 

Riverside Press (Methuen)

www.riverside-press.com 

Dick Lepine Real Estate (Dracut)

www.DickLepineRE.com 

Jim Carr, Inc. Rare Coin (Pelham)

jimcarr1792@earthlink.net 

Dracut Family Dentistry/Eileen K. Szypko, DMD (Dracut)

www.dracutfamilydentistry.com 

Enterprise Bank (Dracut) 

www.EnterpriseBanking.com 

Season's Florist (Dracut)

www.seasonsfloristandgarden.com 

More Than Hair Day Spa (Dracut)

www.MoreThanHair.com 

Masse Fire Protection (Pelham, NH) 

massefireprotection@gmail.com

A Sweet Deal Fundraising (Stoneham)

htchocolateking@aol.com

 

  

For Children 

Sunny Sky and Rainbows Child Care Center (Dracut) 

www.sunnyskyandrainbowsccc.com 

USBORNE Books & More/Amanda McLaughlin (Dracut) 

mandyusbornebooks@gmail.com

 

 

 Automotive 

Blanchette's Automotive Center (Dracut) 

www.blanchettes.com 

X-press Rent-a-Car and UHaul (Methuen)

www.xpressrentalcar.com 

 

 

Sponsors by Full/Half/Quarter/Eighth Bridge

 

The Full Bridge

 McKenna-Ouellette-D'Amato Funeral Home (Lowell)

Clean Drains Drain Cleaning Company (Dracut)

Blanchette's Automotive Center (Dracut)

Stephen J. Szczepanik Insurance (Dracut)

Lee A. Vinal Inc. Excavating (Dracut)

X-press Rent-a-Car and UHaul (Methuen)

Farmer Dave's CSA (Dracut)

Grazie/Four Oaks Country Club (Dracut)

Document Technologies, Inc./Xerox (Bedford, MA) 

 

The Half Bridge 

Sunny Sky and Rainbows Child Care Center (Dracut)

Dracut Funeral Home (Dracut)

Owen & Ollie's Restaurant (Dracut)

Law Offices of Colleen M. Garry (Dracut)

The Tavern at Lenzi's (Dracut)

Scola's Restaurant (Dracut)

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union (Dracut)

 

The Quarter Bridge

 Heav'nly Donuts (Dracut)

Brothers Sports Bar and Grill (Dracut)

Jim Carr, Inc. Rare Coin (Pelham)

Riverside Press (Methuen)

Dick Lepine Real Estate (Dracut)

R.C. Alarms (Dracut)

 ROY Fence Co. (Dracut)

Dracut Family Dentistry/Eileen K. Szypko, DMD (Dracut)

Yankee Pest Control

USBORNE Books & More/Amanda McLaughlin (Dracut)

Season's Florist (Dracut)

More Than Hair Day Spa (Dracut)

A Sweet Deal Fundraising (Stoneham)

Masse Fire Protection (Pelham, NH)

 

The Eighth Bridge 

Saja Countryside Family Farm (Dracut)

Enterprise Bank (Dracut)

 

 

  

 

 

 Behind The Bridge

 

We've named our sponsorship program "THE BRIDGE" in honor of our church's 300-foot boardwalk constructed by Eagle Scout, civil engineer and parishioner Mark Rocheleau. 

 

Mark built the boardwalk in 2013 to honor his mother, Sharon, who lost her battle with an infection (see his inspiring story below).  

 

The boardwalk spans the protected wetlands from our lower parking lot to Our Blessed Mother Prayer Garden in the field along Wheeler Road.

 

Hence, it provides a "bridge" from the church to the prayer garden (photo below).

 

Symbolically, we've built a similar "bridge" with our sponsors, connecting a parish that helps thousands of people a year and a local business community that partners with that mission of serving others.

 

To read Mark's story, scroll below.

 

 

Mark's Inspiration 

 

Prior to his mother's death, Mark was seeking out an Eagle Scout project.  Sharon, a scout leader, had encouraged him to build a 12-foot bridge over the stream that divided the main church grounds from the field.  

 

An active volunteer at our church, Sharon loved St. Francis as well as the country setting of the field with the Blessed Mother statue (placed on the boulder at right in 1996 when the new church was built). 

 

The goal of both Sharon and Mark was to allow parishioners easier access to the field to pray by the statue and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.  Without it, parishioners had to park on the side of the road -- a risky move on a narrow and well-traveled country road. 

 

The project was halted, however, due to strict wetlands regulations.   Mark devastingly lost his mom shortly thereafter.  Instead, his Eagle Scout project became beautifying the area around the statue with a brick patio and two memorial benches, one that bears the name of his mom. 

 

 

By the summer of 2013, Mark had a achieved a degree in civil engineering from UMass, Amherst.  With the support of then-pastor Rev. Brian Mahoney, he found a new way to get that "bridge" to the prayer garden built, including all approvals needed.  That "bridge" came in the form of a 300-foot boardwalk that fully spans the wetlands, hence not disturbing the protected space. 

 

Mark's dad, Paul, and his friends pitched in; however, contruction was not without its challenges, including the heat.  Fortunately, he had further inspiration:  whenever he'd feel discouraged, a butterfly would come his way. 

 

This was a message, he said, that his mom was still right there with him.   

 

Paul also received a special message.  In the wood on one of the posts at the start of the boardwalk, a perfectly shaped heart was revealed, also reminding him that her presence was still near, Paul said.

 

Following completion of the boardwalk, Mark headed off to Colorado to pursue a master's degree. 

 

Since its completion, hundreds of parishioners and visitors have enjoyed use of the boardwalk.  Crossing the wetlands, one is transported to the countryside of Vermont -- it is that special. 

 

Please feel free to visit at any time to pray in the garden, stroll over the tree-lined boardwalk or simply to enjoy the tranquil setting among God's beautiful creations.  

 

 

 

Mark, above right, with his Dad, Paul, at the blessing of the Boardwalk in October, 2013.

 

 

The Blessed Mother statue from our old church on Methuen Church was placed on the rock in the field the year our current church was built: 1996.  Until 2013, when Mark built the boardwalk, access to the statue and prayer garden was difficult.  Now, parishioners and guests enjoy praying in the garden among the beautiful surroundings on a regular basis.  Thank you, Mark!