St. Francis



"There's always a place at the table for you."


Our multi-generational women's ministry, the Women's Connection, gathers in a relaxed and welcoming environment four times a year.  The Connection is mindful of the busy lives that women lead today and their need to still CONNECT with each other and their faith while keeping the time commitment light and the time together faith-filled, fun and charitable to others.   




Mission of The Connection 


Build community among the women of the parish (and friends) through spiritual, social and charitable gatherings.   


Encourage and inspire women to:  


-- connect with their Catholic faith through prayer and scripture projects


-- connect with their friends while building new friendships


-- connect with service and kindness in reflection of Christ's love


-- demonstrate the grace and unity we possess to make

a difference as women connected in God's light.  



About our Gatherings 

-- Meets four times a year, Thursdays 6:30 until 8:30pm 


-- Each gathering has a different faith and service theme 


-- Each gathering has three components: 


    1)  Friendship--Coffee, Punch, Snacks, Dessert & Chat


    2)  Faith Building (a creative activity based on scripture)


    3)  Service & Kindness: A collection or light service activity for a local charity

(scroll down for the charities we have helped) 







THURSDAY, JUNE 7 at 6:30pm





Prayers & Prayer Boxes 


At this gathering we'll collect comfort items for women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer at Lowell General Hospital; pray for them and their families; listen to inspiring words from survivors; and we'll create prayer boxes that will help us organize our prayer intentions for all who need our prayers. 



(from Julie Rouine)

Please select THREE items to donate


Uplift – a wonderful book written by two time Breast Cancer survivor, Barbara Delinsky (I purchase gently used on Amazon)


Crystal deodorant – free from parabens/phalates, those pesky chemicals we need to stay away from 


Hand cream – no parabens or phalates 


Small notebook with pen –to collect medical cards and make any notes needed 


Lip Balm – no parabens or phalates 


Cushioned peds or socks 


Pink Tissue paper to layer and add a nice touch for finishing the bag 


Amazon Gift Cards (in any amount; Julie will use these to add items personal to each of the women based on information she receives from the hospital)

Be sure to join us for this very special evening of faith, friendship and service, making a difference to others, making new friends, enjoying treats and fellowship and sending love and prayers to those who are enduring a difficult time. 


If you haven't been to a Connection gathering, please consider signing up for this one.  It's a great way to meet other Christ-centered and service-oriented women from our parish who are making a difference by bringing the Light to others.


REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN -- email or call Debbie at the parish office at 978-452-6611.







(themes/charities to be determined) 


Thurs. Sept. 13  

Thurs. Nov. 15



CHARITIES we've helped


The Connection helped the following charities

during our inaugural year (2017):


Catie's Closet (500 pairs of socks)

Dracut Food Pantry (100 Summer Sunshine Bags)

St. Francis Garden Ministry for Merrimack Valley Food Bank

($500 toward gardening supplies)

End 68 Hours of Hunger

(hundreds of items to help alleviate

childhood hunger in Dracut on weekends)

St. Teresa of Calcutta Homeless Ministry

(400 Homemade Cookie Packs)




Care to be on our email list?


Call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email 


Got questions about The Connection or would like to get connected? 

Email us at or call the parish office at 978-452-6611.  One of the Connection Committee members will get right back to you.

Also, feel free to see one of our Committee Members at church:

Cecilia Mancini, Sue Lyons, Jill Hovanasian, Joyce Kulig, Phyllis Dauwer, Sandy Niemaszyk, Barbara Wedge or Debbie Hovanasian  









Stay tuned for more Faith, Friendship,

Service and Fun in 2018!