St. Francis


Welcome to our Young Parishioner Page!

From tots to teens, St. Francis offers several ways to keep our young parishioners engaged in the faith and connected to the parish family while having fun and learning at the same time.    Our kids are pretty amazing! 


Here are some of the opportunites we offer for our children and families.  If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at the parish office!  


SPARKS -- Supporting Parents and Raising Kids in the Spirit

This group is as beneficial to parents, grandparents and caregivers as it is to the babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  Our cute little SPARKS light up the parish hall every Monday morning in faith and fun while their parents/grandparents/caregivers have a chance to relax among others like themselves.


SPARKS also gives the parents (and/or grandparents/caregivers) an opportunity to encourage their children in the faith from a young age. We've seen very young children come alive and really grasp the richness of the Bible stories told on their level. 




Our Monday morning sessions feature circle time with songs and a Bible story, games, poems, craft-making, toy time, snacks and prayer.  


SPARKS is held each Monday in the parish hall from 9:30 am until 11am, and is open to all. 


For more information, leave a message for Kimberly Melillo at 978-452-6611 or email Kimberly at  






Children's Liturgy of the Word


 CLW is offered each Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. Mass, and on the first Sunday of the month when Faith Formation Sessions are held, CLW takes place atthe 10:00 a.m. a Mass.

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 Gospel Acclamations, hear the Gospel, and are actively engaged in a special teaching where they learn how to "live" their Catholic faith -- all at their level of understanding.





During intercessory prayers, the children offer heartfelt prayers for family, friends, the poor, homeless, sick, elderly, all leaders and military/veterans who protect our great country (and prayers for their pets, of course) and then rejoin their parents in the main church for the celebration of the Eucharist.  


Children's liturgy of the word is for children from four years of age to fourth grade. There are also a few fifth and sixth graders who are in the music ministry and lead the children in singing psalms as well as praise and worship songs.



If you'd like more information on the program, email Claudia Combs at

or leave a message for

Claudia at 978-452-6611.






 Vacation Bible School 


Our Vacation Bible School is  very well attended and brings much faith and joy to all involved.   It's an entire week (half days) of fun, learning, prayer and friendship -- always with a creative theme, music, dance, lessons, art and field games.  VBS makes learning, prayer and faith a fun and memorable experience that they look forward to each year!


Activities are held both inside the parish hall and outside on our expansive lawn.  

VBS also gives an opportunity for middle schoolers and teens to become camp counselors, who generally have just as much fun as the kids!

As more information becomes available on VBS 2017, we will share on this site.

If you have any questions, please call Dawn Bastien at 978-452-6611.




 Family Faith Formation

  Our Family Faith Formation Program (formerly called Religious Education) is a monthly all-ages faith formation that promotes the spiritual and social growth of our parish community; offers a lifelong faith journey for all members of the parish, and emphasizes the role of parents as primary teachers of the faith.


The monthly meetings typically begin with a family meal together followed by individual lessons for the various grades.  There is also a witness presentation for parents.  Home-kits are provided for additional lessons at home during the month. 


For more information on the program, please feel free to call Judy Riopelle, Director of Faith Formation, at the parish office or email Judy at






Youth Ministry for Middle Schoolers and Teens


Our Middle School Youth Ministry is called Xperience while our High school ministry is called Life Teen, which also includes a Life Teen 5pm Mass.


Our youth ministry is coordinated by Deacon Mike Tompkins and his wife, Danni, along with an awesome CORE team.   Parents, be sure to encourage your children and their friends to join us!


For more information, select Xperience or Life Teen from the Home Page or call the parish office and ask for Jessica or email her at 



 Youth Altar Servers

  Our Altar Servers assist the priest and deacon during each of the masses and also at special celebrations.  Those in grades 3 and above are welcome to join this important ministry that is a crucial part of the Mass.  Our altar servers do an excellent job and have the opportunity to see the Mass from a different perspective.  Above, they are serving at the Easter Vigil.


Training sessions are scheduled periodically.  If you have an interest in this ministry, call the parish office for more information.  We are always looking to add altar servers and you will be warmly welcomed!


Below, our altar servers gathered at the church before their 2015 outing to

Canobie Lake Park as a thank you from the parish!



 Opportunities for Community Service


What better place than a church that continually serves others to develop a heart to serve others?  Above is our Good Friday Walk to Prevent Hunger and below are our volunteer camp counselors for Vacation Bible School -- just two of several opportunities available for young people to serve God and His people. 



 Mission Trip Ministry

The Mission trip Ministry is run stictly by Jessica Keefe and Emily Noel, two adults who have a real passion for service and love to see teens and college aged students lives change forever from the experiences that happen on these trips. Each year a group of either teens or college aged students are invited to take part in a Mission Trip.  As was the past six years, this past years trip to Mississippi was an amazing experiece for all.  They helped families in need who are struggling with the effects from Hurricane Katrina, along with having some fun and getting to explore a great part of the South! Anyone interested in getting involved in our future trips should contact Jessica Keefe at



 Life Teen Serve-Over


One of the activities of our teens take part in the Serve-Over, an overnight at the church that involves faith, learning, fun and service.  They do projects that help the church (at left they are archiving our photos); plus serve breakfast at the Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence in the morning.  


Our recent Serve-Over had the students asking when they could do it again. This event happens a couple of time throughout the year and our next one will be on December 9th! You can contact Jessica at  for more info!  



The Informal Church 

 Perhaps some of the best memories growing up in a church come from the "informal church" -- the times when families attend events, fundraisers or simply fellowship together after Mass.  Children connect in their own setting, make new friends, and become an integral part of the parish family.


If you're looking for a church, we hope you'll join the St. Francis Parish family.


Informal Church Photo Gallery (featuring St. Francis kids!)



 Easter Egg Hunt


 Sunday Morning Coffee & Donuts




                Christmas Festivities! 






 Sunday Fellowship


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More photos to come!