St. Francis


Important Fall Fest Update!


Due to the storm predicted Sat. (Oct. 27) and Sunday (Oct. 28), all outdoor activities for Fall Fest are canceled.  We will be offering a few indoor FREE Family Fun activities inside the Parish Hall on Saturday and Sunday, so please be sure to join us still!


Some important changes to know:


--We have extended the Festival of Table Hours on Sunday to 4pm (originally 2pm). 


--We've added more FREE kid's indoor activities on Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm.


--We've added a Mass at 4pm on Sunday afternoon for the convenience of our parishioners and guests.


(Mass Schedule for this weekend:  4pm Sat., Sunday at 8am, 10:30am, 4pm and 7pm)


Parishioners/guests now have the option of visiting FALL FEST on Sunday afternoon for free kid's activities, refreshments and Festival of Tables followed by 4pm (no music) Mass.


Scroll below for our updated Schedule of Events.



St. Francis Fall Fest 2018!



Saturday 10am to 3pm


Festival of Tables

Cookie Walk

Live Music

Apple Crisp for Sale (eat in or take out)

Farmer Dave's Cider Donuts and Coffee

Complimentary Hot Mulled and Cold Cider


FREE Family Fun Day INDOORS Saturday  

-- Family Photo Booth
-- Costumes welcome!
-- Go on an Indoor Treasure Hunt throughout the Parish Hall for Prizes and Candy 
-- Kid's craft (upstairs church lobby)
-- Face Painting (upstairs church lobby)
-- Complimentary Cider (Hot Mulled and Cold) 


DROP-OFF:   Drivers are encouraged to drop off family members at front church entrance or at double doors to parish hall before parking.


Sunday 9am to 4pm

Festival of Tables

Pancake Breakfast (9am to 12:30pm)

Fall Fest Indoor Photo Booth

Free Indoor Kid's Activities from 1pm to 4pm


Special Mass added at 4pm (no music)





IF RAIN, some of our free outdoor activities may be canceled but our Festival of Tables, Cookie Walk, Cider donuts, Apple Crisp, Sunday Pancake Breakfast and other indoor activities still go on!


Do you like to decorate?  We could use some "outdoor" decorating ideas and decorators -- plus set-up help.  Email Debbie at or call 978-452-6611 if you are able to help (Friday Oct. 26 & Sat. morning Oct. 27).


For information on Festival of Tables and Cookie Walk, scroll further below.


 Our FALL FEST has something for all generations!







Who wouldn't be smiling with boxes filled with homemade cookies and chocolate?  Purchase an empty bakery box for $10 then "walk" around tables filled with a huge variety of cookies and chocolate -- and fill the bakery box with your favorites! 


BAKERS NEEDED (guest bakers/non-parishioners welcome!)


Sign up to bake at the Parish Information Center or email Donna Bigold at


Thank you for baking!  Here are our Baker Guidelines: 


Cookie Walk Baker Guidelines 


Professional Showcase at the Cookie Walk:  If you bake or make candy professionally, we are introducing a Professional Showcase this year.  We ran out of 600 dozen homemade cookies last year in just a few hours; so we invite professionals to help us make it last longer!  Donate a few dozen of your favorite cookies or candy creations and we'll introduce them to our fair goers (business cards welcome). 

For more information Email Donna at or call Debbie at 978-452-6611. 



St. Francis Festival of Tables



We debuted Festival of Tables as a premiere event at our FALL FEST last year and everyone loved it!  It runs in a similar fashion to Festival of Trees, however, our parish volunteers and friends have instead created fun, elegant and festive tablescapes! 


For $10 admission fee per person, festival goers receive 10 raffle tickets to place on their favorite tables -- with a chance of winning all or part of the contents of the tablescape.  Often that includes centerpieces, wine, dinnerware, gift certificates and more!


Below is the Modern Farm House table from last year,

created/donated by Karen DiBona.



Care to create a tablescape?  We have just a few tables left! 

Following are the guidelines and information to sign up. 


Last year's "Lunch with the Artist" by Mary Scully


 Last year's Family Christmas Dinner by the Hovanasian/Mackey Families





We only have a handful of tables left and we’d love to sign up some new decorators. It’s a lot of fun and the team is available to help with ideas and set-up. Sign up solo or bring in a team to combine your creativity!


All tables are set up on Friday, October 26 (day or night).  The contents or partial contents of tables will be raffled off on Sunday afternoon at the completion of the Fall Fest (2pm).


—Tablescapes can be created by an individual or team of people, like a parish group or friends


—Tables should be decoratively appealing, elegant, fun or casual, and consist of new or items of value as to encourage festival goers to take a chance on winning your table contents (or partial contents; you can hold some items back).


—The theme is open to your own creative ideas; however, our team is happy to offer creative assistance during the planning phases and during the festival set-up. We have fun together!


—All items to be excluded from raffle (those you use for decorative appeal but wish to hold back) will be listed on a card on the table


—The parish has 16 large round tables which accommodate 6-8 place settings (requests come on a first come first serve basis); however, if this size is too large for your display, we encourage use of smaller tables as well (card table, console table, sofa table, mantel) to display your tablescape. Bar carts are welcome, too!


—We also have 8 6-foot rectangular tables available. Tables are excluded from the raffle unless stated otherwise.


We look forward to hearing your creative ideas and joining us for some table-scape fun! Get your family, friends or parish group together — all proceeds benefit St. Francis Parish!  



Should you wish to gather some friends, a parish group or your family and decorate a table, email Sharon Coram at or leave your contact information at the Parish Information Center. 


  Last year's Dinner in Italy by our friends at the Regency