St. Francis

 The Women's Connection of St. Francis Parish

 

  

Thanks for your interest in our women's group!  Since 2016, we have grown into a vibrant group of women connected in the Light of Christ, sharing prayer, faith, friendship, great food, works of mercy, service to others and, yes, fun!

 

Typically we meet in the parish hall on Thursdays four times yearly; however, during the pandemic, our gatherings (between 60 and 100 women) are too large at this time. 

 

 

During 2021/22, we will continue with our successful "at home" prayer and service initiatives.  These initiatives have been very well received, they've helped countless people in need, and have proven to be inclusive of anyone wishing to join us (including men and families!)

 

If you do not already receive our Women's Connection-specific email blasts, email Debbie at dhovanasian@saintfrancis.net or call Christine in the office at 978-452-6611 and we will be happy to add you.

 

Our At-Home Initiatives 

 

Delivery Sunshine Ann L and Laura R cropped

 

 

 At Home Initiatives we've completed

during the Pandemic 2020-2021 

 

--Sunshine Bags for families with children (above)

--Scriptural 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

--25th Anniversary of St. Francis Church Boardwalk Ornaments

-- New Coats for Little Pumpkins & Praying with the Saints

 

 

 

Coming up Next.... 

Advent Prayer & Hope Calendar

 

ADVENT is looking AMAZING!

 

 

We love this season and the Committee has prepared an “Advent Prayer & Hope Calendar” to guide us as we prepare for the Birth of Christ.  We’ve combined all the following:

 

-- saints who inspire hope and kindness

-- small acts we can do that bring others hope

-- a prayer for each day

-- an opportunity to donate one household cleaning item to benefit the Dracut Food Pantry (their household shelf is currently empty, so let's give them some hope!)

 

Here is a link to our Calendar:  

 

Advent Prayer & Hope Calendar 2021

 

Advent begins on Sunday, November 28!

 

 

MORE RESOURCES BELOW

 

Please be sure to check out the information and Photo Gallery below.

 

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

 

Remember, you do NOT have to be a parishioner of St. Francis to participate in our initiatives, 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

 

--400 Sunshine Bags during pandemic for families with children

 

--150 Scriptural Blessings Boxes during December of pandemic (below)

 

--200 Toiletries Bags for Catie's Closet and the Homeless

 

--170 New Coats for Little Pumpkins (Catie's Closet) 

 

 

 

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