St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi Parish

"Bridging with Others to Serve Others"

 

  

We are most grateful to the businesses who have sponsored our parish mission of serving others, both within the parish community and outside.   

 

We've used the symbolism of "the bridge" in reference to our 300-foot boardwalk that "connects" the main church grounds to our prayer garden in the lower field (story about the bridge below).  

In the same way, we are connecting with our business community "over the bridge" in order to serve others. 

 

Our generous 2017/18 BRIDGE Sponsors (listed below) help us to do what we do at St. Francis Parish -- serve thousands of people per year who are in need of support in a myriad of ways with no regard to boundaries or religious affliation. 

 

 

Restaurants 

 

Grazie/Four Oaks Country Club/Dracut (full page) 

www.fouroakscountryclub.com 

 

  Scola's Restaurant/Dracut (half page) 

www.scolasrestaurant.com

 

 Heav'nly Donuts/Dracut (1/4 page) 

www.heavnlydonuts.com

 

 Brothers Sports Bar and Grill/Dracut (1/4 page) 

www.brotherspizzadracut.com 

 

Frobie's Cafe/Dracut (1/4 page)

http://www.frobies.com/ 

 

 

Home Services 

 

Yankee Pest Control (1/4 page) 

www.yankeepestcontrol.com 

 

R.C. Alarms/Dracut (1/4 page) 

978-957-5578

 

Lee A. Vinal Inc./Dracut (full page) 

978-458-6373  

 

Funeral Homes 

 

McKenna-Ouellette-D'Amato/Lowell (full page)

www.mckennaouellette.com 

 

Dracut Funeral Home/Dracut (half page)

www.dracutfuneralhome.com  

 

Local Farms 

 

Farmer Dave's CSA/Dracut (full page) 

www.farmerdaves.net 

 

Saja Countryside Family Farm/Dracut (1/4 page) 

www.sajafarm.com

 

 

 Local Professional Services 

 

Stephen J. Szczepanik Insurance/Dracut (full page) 

www.sjsinsurance.com 

 

Document Technologies, Inc./Xerox Agent/Bedford 

617-594-3933/kjaundoo@doctech.net 

 

Law Offices of Colleen M. Garry/Dracut (half page)

www.lawofficesofcolleengarry.com 

 

Health Care Family Pharmacy/Dracut (1/2 page)

www.HealthCareFamilyPharmacy.com

 

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union (Dracut) 

www.weshareacommonthread.org 

 

Riverside Press/Methuen (1/4 page) 

www.riverside-press.com 

 

Dick Lepine Real Estate/Dracut (1/4 page) 

www.DickLepineRE.com 

 

Jim Carr, Inc. Rare Coin/Pelham (1/4 page) 

jimcarr1792@earthlink.net  

 

More Than Hair Day Spa/Dracut (1/4 page) 

www.MoreThanHair.com 

 

Masse Fire Protection/Pelham, NH (1/4 page) 

massefireprotection@gmail.com

 

A Sweet Deal Fundraising/Stoneham (1/4 page) 

htchocolateking@aol.com 

  

 

For Children 

 

Sunny Sky and Rainbows Child Care Center/Dracut (half page)

www.sunnyskyandrainbowsccc.com  

 

 Automotive 

 

X-press Rent-a-Car and UHaul/Methuen (half page)

www.xpressrentalcar.com 

 

  

 

 

 Behind The Bridge

 

We've named our sponsorship program "THE BRIDGE" in honor of our church's 300-foot boardwalk constructed by Eagle Scout, civil engineer and parishioner Mark Rocheleau.   

Mark built the boardwalk in 2013 to honor his mother, Sharon, who lost her battle with an infection.   The boardwalk spans the protected wetlands from our lower parking lot to Our Blessed Mother Prayer Garden in the field along Wheeler Road. 

Symbolically, we've built a similar "bridge" with our sponsors, connecting a parish that helps thousands of people a year and a local business community that partners with that mission of serving others.

 

To read Mark's story, scroll below.

 

 

Mark's Inspiration 

 

Prior to his mother's death, Mark was seeking out an Eagle Scout project.  Sharon, a scout leader, had encouraged him to build a 12-foot bridge over the stream that divided the main church grounds from the field.  

 

An active volunteer at our church, Sharon loved St. Francis as well as the country setting of the field with the Blessed Mother statue (placed on the boulder at right in 1996 when the new church was built). 

 

The goal of both Sharon and Mark was to allow parishioners easier access to the field to pray by the statue and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.  Without it, parishioners had to park on the side of the road -- a risky move on a narrow and well-traveled country road. 

 

The project was halted, however, due to strict wetlands regulations.   Mark devastingly lost his mom shortly thereafter.  Instead, his Eagle Scout project became beautifying the area around the statue with a brick patio and two memorial benches, one that bears the name of his mom. 

 

 

By the summer of 2013, Mark had a achieved a degree in civil engineering from UMass, Amherst.  With the support of then-pastor Rev. Brian Mahoney, he found a new way to get that "bridge" to the prayer garden built, including all approvals needed.  That "bridge" came in the form of a 300-foot boardwalk that fully spans the wetlands, hence not disturbing the protected space. 

 

Mark's dad, Paul, and his friends pitched in; however, contruction was not without its challenges, including the heat.  Fortunately, he had further inspiration:  whenever he'd feel discouraged, a butterfly would come his way. 

 

This was a message, he said, that his mom was still right there with him.   

 

Paul also received a special message.  In the wood on one of the posts at the start of the boardwalk, a perfectly shaped heart was revealed, also reminding him that her presence was still near, Paul said.

 

Following completion of the boardwalk, Mark headed off to Colorado to pursue a master's degree. 

 

Since its completion, hundreds of parishioners and visitors have enjoyed use of the boardwalk.  Crossing the wetlands, one is transported to the countryside of Vermont -- it is that special. 

 

Please feel free to visit at any time to pray in the garden, stroll over the tree-lined boardwalk or simply to enjoy the tranquil setting among God's beautiful creations.  

 

 Mark, above right, with his Dad, Paul, at the blessing of the Boardwalk in October, 2013.