9220 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
703-759-2082 fax: 703-759-0874

Parish Life

A Place to Make Friends

St. Francis is truly a wonderful place to gather and make friends. From our Tables for Ten dinner groups to Family Music Night, from the annual Pancake Supper to our popular chili cook-off every fall, we offer many events to relax, enjoy good food and company, and have fun! Learn more about our fun and fellowship by following our Facebook page. Here is a sampling of events from throughout the year:

  • Tables for Ten: Each fall, our Tables for Ten coordinator Bonfire2017organizes groups of ten for dinner gatherings, which usually meet five times during the year at different homes. It's potluck, low-key, and a great way to meet new people and see old friends!

  • Luncheons and Special Dinners: The auctions at our annual fundraising event, the St. Francis Gala, draw many contributions of specially themed luncheons and dinners hosted by parishioners. Highlights have included Moroccan and medieval feasts, Barbadian parties, wine country picnics, afternoon teas, and lunches featuring lessons in flower arranging. All of these inspired events provide a chance to gather in fellowship and contribute to a good cause!

  • Brunches and Special Receptions: During the year we host many newcomer brunches, an Easter brunch, a reception for the Bishop's annual visit, receptions following special performances and musical events, and many other gatherings in our parish hall.

  • Pancake Supper: Just before Lent, we gather in the parish hall for delicious pancakes, courtesy of our men's group.

  • Fall Chili Cook-off: Close to Halloween, we host a chili cook-off where everyone can show off their cooking skills! In addition to the chili contest, we also have a Halloween costume contest. This lively event is often held the same day as our "Mini-Walk" to help the homeless.

  • Spring Women's Retreat: Each spring, women of St. Francis gather at Shrine Mont for a quiet and relaxing weekend. The retreat is a perfect time for reading, hiking, reflecting, and inspired conversation.

  • Fall Fest: The Fall Fest is held on a Saturday in early October. This fun event includes live music, silent auction, activities for children, and wine and beer tastings and more.

  • St. Francis Gala: Our annual winter gala is a formal dinner and live auction of items and services donated by Franciscans and local merchants. It is an occasion for dressing up, fellowship, and fundraising for great causes.

  • Shrine Mont: Held the first weekend in June of each year, the Shrine Mont retreat gathers parishioners and friends from St. Francis as well as St. John's of McLean at Shrine Mont, seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in Orkney Springs. This beautiful mountain setting is a relaxing place to gather for fellowship, recreation, and having fun. Come to hike, read, or fish; play tennis, golf, softball, or croquet; or just enjoy the rocking chairs on the old-fashioned porch. Special highlights include a Friday night bonfire with s'mores, an ice cream social, a parade, an amazing talent show, and a wonderful outdoor worship service on Sunday morning.


Upcoming Events

St. Francis Winter Gala
Saturday, February 10
More info here

Scout Sunday
Sunday, February 11

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 13

Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, February 14
7:30 am & 7:30 pm

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Franciscan Newsletter

Creche Upcoming Events

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Feb. 25 - Lenten Supper at 5:30

March 2 - Dr. Seuss B-day

March 4 - Lenten Supper at 5:30

March 26 - April 2 - Spring Break - School is closed

April 16 - School is closed - FCPS are closed

April 26 - Petting Zoo - 12:30-1:30

April 30 week - Creche Teacher Appreciation

May 10 - 1 pm - Creche Spring Singing Performance

May 11 - 1 pm - Creche Spring Singing Performance

May 24 - Last Day of School

May 25 - School-wide Party & Picnic - 11-1

May 25 - Closing Chapel Service - 11 am

May 30 - June 28 - Camp Programs


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