What's New!

upcoming community activities


Updated: 09/28/2022

Pictorial Directory Update: We are updating the pictorial directory. If you would like to update your information or if you are new to St. Francis, please fill out a form available here. Photos can also be submitted as a JPEG to the church office at parishadmin@stfrancisholden.org. Please submit your photo to the office by October 11, 2022. Jane will also be available after each of the services during the weekend of October 1 and 2 to take pictures. 

Bishop Visit/Regional Confirmation: Sunday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m.: Bishop Fisher will be at St. Francis for the confirmation of several St. Francis confirmands as well as others from our region.  This is a Eucharistic service to which all are welcome!


Blessing of the Animals: Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10:00 a.m.: This event will coincide with our October food donation day. Bring your furry/feathered/scaly friends for a brief service of prayer, thanksgiving, and blessing in honor of our patron saint, Francis of Assisi. All are welcome, so please feel free to invite your friends! This event is rain or shine.


Scripture Reflection Series: Our series of reflection and discussion of one of the Scripture readings assigned for the week is back on Sunday morning! We meet in the library at 9:00am, between the two morning services. If you are interested in receiving the Scripture Reflection series email or learning more about our weekly study, please contact Pat Perkins (rector@stfrancisholden.org). We hope to see you some Sunday morning!


Adult Book Study: Join Kathy Kopitsky, our Intern, for a discussion based on Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister’s 2019 book:  The Time is Now:  A Call to Uncommon Courage. Come to one or come to all of the sessions. The book is available at your local bookstore, online or at the public library.  No need to read the book to participate in the discussion. We will gather in the church library or Fellowship Hall (depending on group size), on the following evenings at 6:30 p.m. September 29; October 13 and 27; November 3 and 10, 2022. If you have any questions, please email Kathy at Revkka1@gmail.com.

Oktoberfest! Saturday, October 22, 6-8 pm. After a very successful Oktoberfest event held in 2019, we are finally able to bring it back!  This evening will include German-inspired finger foods, cider, soft drinks, and of course beer brewed by our own St. Francis brewmeisters just for this event!  Children are welcome to attend but parents are reminded that adult beverages will be served. Suggested donation is $15 per person, $5 for children. Please sign up in the Narthex by Sunday, October 16. For more information or to volunteer to help with this fun event, please email Dawn Rooke at dtrooke@gmail.com.


DISMAS FAMILY FARM invites you to their FALL HARVEST DAYS on Saturdays, October 1st and 8th from 12 to 4 PM.  Admission is Free! 

                                                    WE ARE GIVERS, BEARING WITNESS TO CHRIST’S LOVE”




HOLDEN CROP HUNGER WALK:  St. Francis Episcopal Church is once again participating in the Holden Crop Hunger Walk as it has done for many, many years.  Our goal is to augment the work that we are doing with our monthly Food Drives and donations to various service organizations locally and worldwide, by providing food to those who are food deprived.  Our goal is to help every family have the food and nourishment that they need to thrive. This year the Mustard Seed will be one of the local beneficiaries.  Internationally, CWS will work to feed 47 million Ukraine refugees who have no food.

The walk is live and will take place on Sunday, October 16, 2022.  Walkers will register at Immanuel Lutheran on Shrewsbury St. at 1:00 PM and begin the walk at 1:30 PM. Please note that you will not be covered by insurance if you start to walk before 1:30. Mary Jude Pigsley will be the registrar for St. Francis. Children and pets are welcome.

You will walk to St. Francis which is the halfway point where there will be water and snacks.  You then head back to Immanuel Lutheran where there will be a soup and bread meal with entertainment by the band, “Hit the Bus”.  Vans will drive the route to pick up tired walkers.  The route is about 5.3 miles.

You can donate or sponsor the Walkers on Team St. Francis by cash or check made payable to “CWS- Crop”.  These can be placed in the envelope on the Crop Walk table in the Narthex or mailed to St. Francis.


You can also donate on-line by going  to https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/event/holdenma.

Questions contact: Julie Russell at jbrussell58@gmail.com or 508-981-2866.


FOOD DRIVE: Our next food collection will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Suggested Food donations are as set forth below. The suggested food donations are just that. All items donated are greatly appreciated.  Food can be dropped off after services, during office hours or by pre-arranged contactless pick up.  Call the office to arrange pick up.



Mustard Seed:  peanut butter, jelly in plastic containers, tuna, canned veggies and 100% juice boxes.

Abby’s House: Extra virgin olive oil or canola oil, flour, sugar, disposable deli containers (qt, pint, ½ pint), low sodium chicken broth, mayonnaise, whole grains (quinoa, farro, wheat berries).

Dismas Farm: Paper towels, pineapple chunks/tidbits, coffee, rice, canned chicken

Wachusett Food Pantry:  cereal, snacks, 100% fruit juice and toothpaste.

Laundry Love:  detergent; pods are preferred but any donation will be taken.


HOPE FOR HOUSING CARDS: Cards will be available for pick up after services this weekend.  The October deadline to order is Sunday, October 9th. Order forms are available here or next to the Prayer Shawls in the Narthex.