St. Francis

At St. Francis, we have an abundance of ways to get involved in parish life, whether through prayer, faith, social, service or sharing your talent. 

Fr. Maher, Deacon John, Deacon Mike and our group leaders welcome you to join us in being a "light on the hill."  Scroll down to find a group that is right for you!

 

HOW TO JOIN A GROUP (or get more information) 

We've listed the Parish Life Group Leader and contact information for each group below.  If a group interests you, contact the Group Leader and he/she will get back to you. 

You are also welcome to call the parish office (978-452-6611) and ask for Debbie to talk about ways to get involved or email Debbie at info@saintfrancis.net.

You're sure to meet new, faith-filled friends,embrace prayer and service, have fun and grow spiritually at the same time. 

 

 

Building the Faith

 

Eucharistic Adoration  

Eucharistic Adoration takes place on Mondays from 9:30am until 5:30 pm (on days when the parish office is open).  EXTENDED ADORATION takes place the last Monday of the month:  6:00am to 9:00pm.  For more information, or to sign up for an hour of praying, call the office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net.

  

Contemplative Prayer 

 Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, beyond thought, words, and emotions. The group meets in the St. Peter and Paul Annex (trailer) on Weds. from 7pm to 8:30pm.  Open to people of all faiths; ages 18 and over, no previous training necessary.  For more information, contact Claudia Dupere at 978-914-4180 or Denis Dupere at 978-914-4186.

 

 Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group  

We meet every week from 9:30am to 11:00am in the St. Dominic Room.  You do not have to have been to Bible study previously to join us.  We welcome anyone who would like to learn more about the Word of God.  No sign up is required, but if you have any questions, leave a message for Cecilia Mancini at 978-452-6611 or email cecmancini@gmail.com.  

 

Charismatic Prayer 

Join us every Sunday evening at 6pm in the St. Dominic Conference Room for a charismatic prayer meeting.  All are welcome.  For more information, contact Darlene Farren at Farren.darlene1@gmail.com.   

 

 

 

St. Francis Prayer Line 

The Prayer Line is comprised of people who devote a part of their day at home or at church praying for others.  It's a wonderful way to be a steward of our parish.  If you would like to join, please call Barbara at 978-937-0239 or email Pat at patagallant@gmail.com.   

If you have someone who is troubled heart, mind, body or soul who is need of prayer, or you have some special intention that you need to be prayed over, please send your prayer requests to:  Barbara Marvel at 978-937-0239 or email Pat Gallant at patagallant@gmail.com.  

 

 

Pray the Rosary 

All are welcome to join us after daily 9:00 Mass each Wednesday (approx. 9:30am).  The Rosary is offered for all people on St. Francis Payer Line as well as all those fighting cancer.  Please join your voices with ours in a powerful way as we pray for those who are in need of our prayers.  

  

Divine Mercy Cenacle

Please join us any Tuesday evening from 6:45pm to 8:15pm as we discuss Scripture, the Catechism and the Diary of St. Faustina.  Our major focus will be praying for those who are sick, dying, for loved ones or strangers in need, as well as the holy souls in pugatory.   Bring your Rosary Beads as we will be saying the Divine Mercy Chaplet together.  To order the Cenacle Formation Manual (cost is $13, which covers one year), please contact Andrea Nicholson at 978-204-9220 or Mike Cote at 978-973-4749.  

 

Click below for our

Divine Mercy Cenacle Video

 

 

 Padre Pio Prayer Group  

  

 Led by Deacon John Hunt, the Padre Pio Prayer Group Meets the First Saturday of each month in the St. Dominic room of St. Francis Church.


8:00a.m. - Writings of St. Padre Pio
8:30a.m. - Rosary and Veneration of 1st Class relics of Padre Pio.
9:00a.m. - Holy Mass in Church
9:30a.m. - 10:30a.m. Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration.


** At the request of Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the intention of the prayer group will be for Priests and Seminarians as well as the personal intentions of Cardinal Sean. All are welcome.  Email Deacon John at deacon@saintfrancis.net.
  

 

Family Faith Formation 

Our Family Faith Formation Program is a monthly all-ages faith formation that promotes the spiritual and social growth of our parish community while emphasizing the role of parents as primary teachers of the faith.  Volunteers are welcome to help with our monthly meeting set-up and as leaders of small groups for grades 1 through 10.   For more information, call Judy Riopelle, Director of Faith Formation, at the parish office or email Judy at jriopelle@saintfrancis.net

 

 

Worship and Spiritual Life Commission 

 

 Our Worship and Spiritual Life Commission plans out spiritual events including retreats, evenings of prayer, etc.  If you enjoy organizing prayerful events that are aimed at bringing the parish family closer to Christ, contact Mike Cote (above left) at m_cote@verizon.net or leave a message for Mike in the office at 978-452-6611. 

 

 Secular Franciscans

Looking for more spirituality? Attending weekly and daily Mass still isn’t enough to “feed-the-need”? Feel like you are being “called” in some way to do more of God’s work? Do you have curiosity about how St. Francis showed others how to get more out of their lives by living a gospel life? You must be at least 18 years old, confirmed, in good standing with the Catholic church but you need not be single. You can be married or even be a deacon and still serve a lifelong rewarding vocation as a Secular Franciscan. For more information on attending meetings to explore Franciscan life, leave a message for Caroline Zuk (above) at the parish office, 978-452-6611 or email SajaGirl23@comcast.net

 

 

Children's Liturgy of the Word 

 

  Most Sundays at 10:30am Mass

 CLW is offered on Sundays at the 10:30 a.m. Mass (except during the first Sunday of the month when Faith Formation Sessions are held).  The children are invited downstairs to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word with a lively gathering song, listen and participate in Liturgical readings, sing Psalms, and hear the Gospel at their level of understanding.  If you're interested in helping out, email Claudia Combs at ClaudiaCombsMA@gmail.com or leave a message at 978-452-6611.    

 

 Vacation Bible School 

 Our Vacation Bible School, considered by our campers to be their "best week of the summer," is a lively week (half days) of fun, learning, prayer and making new friends.  Features a creative theme, music, dance, lessons, art and field games, plus an opportunity for middle schoolers and teens to become camp counselors.  Call Dawn Bastien at 978-452-6611 or email dbastien@saintfrancis.net 

 

 St. Francis Parish Youth Ministry 

 

Our Youth Ministry is designed to bring our middle schoolers and teens closer to Christ. Grades 6 through 12 is led by Deacon Mike Tompkins, his wife, Danni, and a core team of adults; Xperience, run by Emily Noel, is for Middle School (grades 6, 7 and 8) and Life Teen is for high school students.  For more information, click on Xperience or Life Teen from the home page.   

 

 

   

 

  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

8:00am Mass Choir (traditional)

10:30am Mass Choir (traditional)

7:00pm Mass Choir (contemporary)

 

If you enjoy singing and praising the Lord through music, you are welcome to join our Music Ministry.    For more information, please see Dave Keefe (photo below left), music director, after Mass.   Your voice and musicianship are most welcome!   

 

 

 

  

In the Footsteps of Christ

  

Saint Teresa of Calcutta Homeless Ministry

Deacon John Hunt organizes this ministry which reaches out to the homeless in Lowell to provide sustenance, warmth and compassion all year long.  Sandwiches and soups are prepared ahead of time and delivered by truck to Lowell on late Saturday afternoon.  Once a month they cook a meal in the parish kitchen to serve at the shelter.

To join, leave a message for Deacon John at 978-452-6611 or email deacon@saintfrancis.net.   

 

Mission Trip Ministry

 This ministry is open to teens and adult volunteers.  The past few years they have traveled to Mississippi to help rebuild from Hurricane Katrina as well as working with Habitat for Humanity in New York.  For information on future plans, call Jessica Keefe at 978-452-6611 or email jkeefe@sainfrancis.net

 

The St. Francis Parish Women's Connection

All women in the parish (and their friends) are encouraged to get Connected with our new women's ministry. We meet four times a year to combine faith, friendship and fun -- with an emphasis on helping a local charity at each meeting.  Click below to visit our webpage for upcoming events and additional information. You'll be warmly welcomed.

 

Women's Connection Webpage 

 

St. Gabriel and St. Raphael Prayer Shawl Ministry

This new ministry will meet every 3rd Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm for a night of crocheting or knitting prayer shawls and fellowship.  For more information, contact Doris at dhhealy235@gmail.com or leave a message for Doris at 978-452-6611.  

 

St. Francis Garden Ministry

St. Francis has several gardens that are largely maintained by our parishioners..  We also have a vegetable and flower garden in front of the rectory that benefits Merrimack Valley Food Bank, feeding struggling families with "farm to table" produce.   For info, leave a message for Cecilia Mancini at 978-452-6611 or email cecmancini@gmail.com. 

Above is a short video on our Garden Ministry produced by parishioner Jerry Serra. 

 

 Social Justice Committee

 If you have the heart to serve those in need, the Social Justice Committee needs help in their outreach, including "End 68 Hours of Hunger" and Catie's Closet.  Call Pam Moloney (above left) at 978-944-4611 or email Pam at pamela49@gmail.com.  

 

 Homebound/Nursing Home & Friendly Visitors  

  

This rewarding ministry is always in need of parishioners with a heart to serve those homebound or in nursing homes to ease their loneliness and brighten their day. The Homebound/Nursing Home Visitors bring Holy Communion; Friendly Visitors simply spend time talking, praying and listening. Call Joan Vinal at the church office, 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net.   

  

 

 Funeral Outreach Committee 

BECAUSE WE CARE:  St. Francis' Funeral Outreach Ministry consists of teams of parishioners who compassionately support families who have lost a loved one.  As a parish community, we walk with the bereaved as they journey through the funeral planning, funeral, and grieving process.  We could use a few new members on the team.  For information, contact Collette Piche (above right) at 978-452-6611 or email cpiche@saintfrancis.net.    

 

 

 Knights of Columbus of Dracut

The Dracut Knights of Columbus meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the St. Dominic Room at St. Francis Church.

If you’re interested in helping those in need in your parish and community, strengthening your parish and your familial relationships and growing in your faith, consider joining the Knights of Columbus council.   Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practicing Catholics in union with the Holy See. This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.  For more information, leave a message at the parish office for Dick Provencher or Brian Conroy (on the right) or email Brian at conroy4@comcast.net.

 

 

Sharing Time and Talent

 

St. Martha Hospitality Baking Team 

 

At St. Francis, we have many events that involve fellowship.  Do you like to bake, make a fruit salad or arrange a platter of cheese and crackers?  We'll send out an email with sufficient advance notice when there is a need.  Leave a message for Donna Bigold at 978-452-6611 or email Donna (second from right) at dbigold@comcast.net.    

 

General Help Around the Church & Grounds 

 If you can spare your time and talent to help out around the church or outside on the grounds, we'd welcome your help.  Our facilities manager, Paul Barr, can use help with painting, cleaning or other general maintenance projects.   If you have any talents or skills that you think would be helpful, call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net for more information. 

 

 Art and Environment  

 

Our Art and Environment Committee is comprised of the "decorators" of the environment, especially during our holy seasons, like Advent, Lent, Easter and Christmas.  Your help is welcome, whether you are an experienced decorator or simply want to lend a hand as an assistant.  Leave a message for Sharon Chelton (seated above) at the parish office or email Sharon at shachelt@gmail.com.  

  

  The Mailing Team

Our Mailing Team takes charge of our mailings, stuffing envelopes or bulletins.  Led by Lauren Frazer-Giglio, the team usually volunteers after daily 9:00 Mass.  If you wish to be notified when we need some help, leave a message for Lauren at the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email her at irishmha@yahoo.com.  

 

Ministers Serving at Mass  

For information on our Ministers who serve at Mass -- lectors, Eucharistic ministers, ushers, sacristans, altar servers -- select Ministries from the top menu. 

 

 

 Social and Support Groups  

 

 

Widow and Widowers Social/Support Group

The faith-filled members of our Widows and Widowers Group are there for each other whenever loneliness sets in or simply for social gatherings.  Here, they are gathered for their annual Christmas Party and gift swap.  For more information on joining the group, leave a message for Gloria Brooks at 978-452-6611 or email Gloria at glo416@netzero.net 

  

Has divorce or separation touched your life? A Divorced and Separated Support Group is starting up at St. Francis Parish. Meetings will take place Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Fr. Maher's office beginning Sunday, January 14. You need not go through this alone; with Christ's abundant love, we are here to help start the healing process through support, prayer and comfort. For more information, email info@saintfrancis.net or call the parish office at 978-452-6611. 

 

Pray 'n Play for Caregivers & Tots 

For babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents or caregivers.  Pray 'N Play gives the moms, grandmothers, dads or caregivers a place to come, have fun and socialize with other parents and caregivers; plus an opportunity to encourage their children in the faith from a young age.  Features circle time with songs and a Bible story, games, poems, craft-making, toy time, snacks and prayer.   Pray 'N Play is held each Thursday in the parish hall from 9:30 am until 11am, and is open to all. There is no fee; it is offered courtesy of St. Francis. Our Pray 'N Play coordinator is Mandy McLaughlin.  For more information, call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net

 

 

 

 Men 18 years and older are invited to share your faith with other like-minded men at our Men's Group.  Join us for an evening of prayer and faith-sharing.  For more information and upcoming meetings, contact Deacon Mike at deaconmike@saintfrancis.net  

 

 Ladies Night Out

This is a social, get-away-from-it-all evening that is held once a year.  While having a fun night out among awesome women, this fundraiser also helps St. Francis Parish to help others through our ministries and programs.   Leave a message for Sharon Coram at 978-452-6611 or email  shacoram@comcast.net. 

 

 Cribbage Night

We meet on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 in the St. Dominic Room.  All are welcome!  Cost is $1.00 for 6 games (high scorer takes the pot) and 25 cents for a 24 or higher hand.  Amount accumulates until it is won.  For more information, leave a message for Betty Aubrey at the parish office, 978-452-6611, or email Betty (above) at moeandbettyaubrey@comcast.net.   

 

 Binding Spirits Book Club

 

All are welcome to our Binding Spirits Book Club.  Discussions are scheduled throughout the year.  Please join us for discussion and faith sharing.  For more information on the next book selection and discussions, please leave a message for Cecilia Mancini at the parish office, 978-452-6611, or email cecmancini@gmail.com.   

 

The St. Francis Parish 500 Club

Our 500 Club is now underway for 2018.  If you'd like to help on the committee, leave a message for Joyce Kulig at 978-452-6611.  The committee gathers once a month for the drawing, which occasionally includes a pancake breakfast, plus renews memberships and signs up new members.  New members to the group always welcome.  

 

 Coffee & Donuts Fellowship

 

 This is a fun fellowship gathering on Sunday mornings after the 10:30 Mass and occasionally after the 8:00, a relaxed time when parishioners of all ages catch up with each other's lives.  Families or individuals rotate, so they are not scheduled every Sunday.   If you and/or your family would be willing to make coffee, pick up the donuts and/or do some light clean-up, email Brian Flaherty at brianflaherty@ymail.com or leave a message for Brian at 978-452-6611.