St. Francis



"There's always a place at the table for you."


Our multi-generational women's ministry, the Women's Connection, gathers in a relaxed and welcoming environment four times a year.  The Connection is mindful of the busy lives that women lead today and their need to still CONNECT with each other and their faith while keeping the time commitment light and the time together faith-filled, fun and charitable to others. 


Friends and guests are warmly welcome -- and yes, our time together is always sweetened up by faith, friends and chocolate!


Mission of The Connection 


Build community among the women of the parish (and friends) through spiritual, social and charitable gatherings.   


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.  




Thursday, March 14 at 6:30pm


"The Quiet Voices of Lent --

A Lent by Candlelight Meditation"


The St. Francis Women's Connection invites all parish women and friends to "be still, listen, reflect" at our Lent by Candlelight Meditation focusing on the quieter voices of Lenten scripture, including Malchus, Simone of Cyrene, the Criminal on the Cross and Mary Magdalene.

At Quiet Voices of Lent, "be still" in our candlelit hall -- "listen" to beautiful readings (created by WELs Women's Ministry) -- "reflect" as we extinguish one candle after each reading until the hall is darkened; and then relight one candle to represent Jesus' Resurrection and His Light in the world.

Following our candlelit meditation, take a "journey through the Bible" foods with our light Mediterranean buffet of appetizers, fertile crescent Greek cookies, fruit and pomegranate punch.

As our Lenten almsgiving/service project, we'll help our very own St. Teresa of Calcutta Homeless Ministry feed the poor by collecting snacks and other most needed items (list to be published soon).

Last year's "Ashes to Stone" Lent By Candlelight meditation was one of our most beloved Women's Connection gatherings to date. Please be sure to join us for this one.

Questions?  Feel free to email Debbie at or call 978-452-6611.



 About our Gatherings 


-- Meets four times a year, Thursdays 6:30 until 8:30pm 


-- Each gathering has a different faith and service theme 


-- Each gathering has three components: 


    1)  Friendship--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


with our Kindness Collections


--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








Care to be on our email list?


Call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email 


Got questions about The Connection or would like to get connected? 

Email us at or call the parish office at 978-452-6611.  One of the Connection Committee members will get right back to you.

Also, feel free to see one of our Committee Members at church:

Cecilia Mancini, Sue Lyons, Jill Hovanasian, Joyce Kulig, Phyllis Dauwer, Sandy Niemaszyk, Barbara Wedge, Mandy McLaughlin or Debbie Hovanasian  









Stay tuned for more Faith, Friendship,

Service and Fun in 2018!