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.  

 

 

NEXT GATHERING 

 

*Monday, March 23

6:30pm to 8:30pm

 

We'll first gather in the church for a time of reflection, candlelight, prayer and music with a Lenten theme. Later in the parish hall, we'll enjoy a "Journey Through the Bible" buffet with foods that reflect what Jesus may have eaten.  New members and guests are always welcome. Please feel free to invite a friend.

 

For our charity, we'll be supporting the Cor Unum Meal Center of Lawrence.  We'll be collecting in our own homes spare change/bills in a One Heart Lent Jar in the weeks leading up to March 23.  The jar label can be downloaded here and affixed to any empty jar at home.

Cor Unum Jar Label and Scripture Guide

 

Optional, download and print the One Heart Lent Scripture Guide provided by Cor Unum, featuring scripture passages for each day of Lent.  The guide and label are also available at the Parish Information Center in the lobby. 

 

Bring your "One Heart Lent" jar filled with your almsgiving to the church on the 23rd. They will be lined up, prayed over, and later counted.  A check for the full amount will be sent to Cor Unum -- with 100% of the proceeds helping the hungry in nearby Lawrence.

 

TIME TO REGISTER!  To register, email Debbie at info@saintfrancis.net or call 978-452-6611.  We always welcome visitors and friends as we enjoy sharing these special WC gatherings with others. 

 

  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, Chocolate & 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

 

-- 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) 

 

--Contributions toward a new roof for our church through tour stained glass tour nights

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Care to be on our email list?

 

Call the parish office at 978-452-6611 or email info@saintfrancis.net 

 

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

Email us at info@saintfrancis.net 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  

 

CONNECTION PHOTO GALLERY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce, Hallelujah

 

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