St. Francis

 The Women's Connection of St. Francis Parish

 

 

During 2021/22, we will continue our successful "at home" prayer and service initiatives, or until such time as we are able to gather between 60 and 100 women (our typical meeting) in the parish hall.

 

We're excited for our kick-off initiative for October and we hope you will join us. New women to our group are always warmly welcomed!

 

If you do not already receive our Women's Connection-specific email blasts, email Debbie at info@saintfrancis.net and we will add you!

 

Here are the details for October.  For general information on our mission, scroll a little further down.

 

 

Sat. Oct. 16 through Sun. Oct. 24

 

“New Coats for Little Pumpkins

      …and Praying with the Saints”

 

This is an at-home initiative that combines prayer and works of mercy.

 

NEW COATS FOR LITTLE PUMPKINs: Women’s Connection members (and anyone else who would like to join us) are asked to donate one new child’s coat, sizes 5T and below. 

For the collection, bins will be set up outside the trailer, on the walkway, from the 16th to the 24th. You may drop off your donation at any time that week.

Coats will be given to Catie’s Closet for distribution to families in need.

 

PRAYING with the SAINTS: Before the 16th, we will send out a Women’s Connection Prayer Booklet that lists a different saint for each day of that week, basic information about each saint and a prayer of the day. These saints will be oriented toward parenthood and families -- and we hope you learn about some saints you may not already know!

 

FAMILY PRAYER INTENTIONS: In addition, each day we will together pray from home for a different family group, such as homeless families, St. Francis families, displaced families, etc.

 

DOOR PRIZE: You know we always have one! All registered members (and guests) will be eligible for our beautiful door prize basket created and donated by Sandy Niemaszyk.

 

REGISTER: Simply email Debbie at dhovanasian@saintfrancis.net, info@saintfrancis.net, or call Christine in the office at 978-452-6611.

 

 

Delivery Sunshine Ann L and Laura R cropped

 

 

 

Projects we've completed during the Pandemic

 

--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 dhovanasian@saintfrancis.net -- 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 info@saintfrancis.net.

 

 

Photo Gallery