St. Francis

 The Women's Connection of St. Francis Parish





Our Lenten project -- Pray-Fast-Give Calendar or Cards -- is underway!  We welcome all to join at anytime. 


By Palm Sunday, we will have each collected ten toiletries for Catie's Closet and the Homeless.  Toiletries Bags will be collected at the church trailer on Palm Sunday weekend.


Each day of the Lenten calendar provides a different directive for Prayer, Fasting or Almsgiving.  We think you will enjoy the journey with us!


For more information, email Debbie at


Also, below are links to download the calendar, an info sheet and frequent Q&A.


Pray-Fast-Give Calendar, Download here:

Pray Fast Give Calendar or Cards 


Pray-Fast-Give Info Sheet:

Pray Fast Give Info Sheet




Q) What type of bag should I use? 


A) We are recommending the Hefty Jumbo Storage Sliders (12 to a bag). They are sold at all supermarkets, however, from Weds. 2/17 through Sunday 2/21, stop by the church trailer. Outside the trailer doors in a bin will be free Jumbo Bags for you to take. 


Special Request: Please wrap anything that could easily flip open and spill in a smaller plastic bag before putting it into the Jumbo bag. 


Q) You list both a female shaving cream and a male shaving cream, do we do both or pick one? 

A) Include one of each in the bag as many families have both teen daughters, sons, mom/dad. 


Q) You list antibacterial wipes, are these hand wipes or household cleaning wipes? 

A) Hand wipes please! 


Q) I cannot build a Toiletries Bag at this time. May I still participate? 

A) Absolutely! Most blocks (other than the 10 for GIVE toiletries) are prayer, fasting or giving in another way that does not cost anything and doesn't require you to go out. 


Q) I'm not sure I can do all the Pray-Fast-Give days -- is it okay to do just as many as I am able? 

A) Please still join us and do as many as you are able or catch up on a less-busy day if you're not completely on track. 


Q) Do you have to be a member of St. Francis Parish or the Women's Connection? 

A) No and no. Our charities are very much in need. Men, women, couples, families are all invited to participate.  If you have a friend or family member you think would like to participate, please pass along the Calendar and extend an invitation to join us. We do have people from outside the parish participating already. 


Thank you everyone! If you would like to join us or if you have questions, please email Debbie at



Click below for "A Tribute to Cecilia Mancini", one of our beloved founding members who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday, Feb. 1.


Cecilia Mancini Tribute 



Our Women's Connection has not been able to gather for our four gatherings per year due to the pandemic.  However, we have remained "connected" through our at-home projects. 


Through these projects, we have been blessed to carry on our mission of building upon our prayer life, staying connected and supporting each other, and serving others, most especially those in need of a little "sunshine".


Delivery Sunshine Ann L and Laura R cropped




These rewarding at-home projects include:


--Sunshine Bags for families with children (above)

--Building Blessings Boxes for families with children

--Journey to Joy Advent Daily Scripture

--In the Name of Jesus Winter Reflection

--Pray-Fast-Give Lenten Calendar &

Toiletries Bags for Catie's Closet & the Homeless



To join or for more information, email Debbie at -- and please be sure to check out the information and Photo Gallery below.


Also, send a request here to join our Women's Connection Facebook (private group) page to keep updated and inspired. 


You do NOT have to be a parishioner of St. Francis to participate in our projects, service, gatherings and Facebook Page. All are welcome, so please invite a friend!


Mission of The Connection 



The Connection builds community among the women of the parish and friends through spiritual, social and charitable gatherings.   


We 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. 


There are no fees or dues. We simply appreciate your contributions toward our charitable missions four times a year.



  About our Gatherings 



-- We meet four times a year (2021 schedule TBD)


--We have fun, catch up with friends and meet new friends!


-- Each gathering has a different faith and service theme and three components:  


    1) 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)  




CHARITIES we've helped



--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

(thousands of food items to help alleviate

childhood hunger in Dracut on weekends)


--St. Teresa of Calcutta Homeless Ministry

(400 Homemade Cookie Packs)


--Cancer Care & Comfort Bags for women

undergoing breast cancer treatment at Lowell General


--Art supplies and sensory items for residents at

Life Care Center, Billerica, Memory Care


-- Books for the Joseph Middlemiss Kindness Library and comfort items for the Care Bags distributed at Boston Children's Hospital through the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation (All You Need is Love) 


--A Little Pumpkin Baby Shower to benefit Pregnancy Care Centers




--Contributions toward a new roof for our church through stained glass window tours


--Dinner in Italy to benefit our Homeless Ministry


--Sunshine bags during pandemic for families with children


--Blessings Boxes during December of pandemic for families with children



For more information about joining our group (all ages welcome!), email Debbie at



Photo Gallery