What are Self-Help Groups?

The Franciscan Friars of Saint Francis of Assisi Church offer their facilities as a community service and ministry to many autonomous Self Help Groups.  Each group conducts its meetings independently. Most of the groups listed here are based on the Twelve Step Program of Recovery pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous.   The meetings all generally follow the same format:  a member will share his or her “story” (what it was like, how he or she came to the program, and what it has been like since then). This is then followed by sharing by other members.  This description can be more accurately detailed by members of any of the groups.

What problems are dealt with?

Most of the groups deal with some kind of compulsive or addictive behavior, i.e., behavior that has become out of control and is getting in the way of functioning in daily living.  These problems include alcohol, sex, lying, etc.

How can I learn more about a group?

The best way to learn about any of the groups listed here is to attend one of the meetings and observe.  Members of the group will answer your questions.

Who can join these groups?

Members of these groups are of all races and religions.  All that is necessary is to admit that there is a problem, that it is out of control and that you want help and/or support.

Where are these meetings held?

Meetings are held in classrooms at the

Church of Saint Francis of Assisi
Adult Education Center
135 W. 31st Street,
between 6th & 7th Avenues.

The Center is also used for Adult Education, the Music Ministry and other Church affiliated groups.  The building is found immediately to the left of St. Francis Church through a short passageway next to the church.

PLEASE NOTE:  The dates and times of the meetings listed are subject to change.  Please consult the schedule posted in the St. Francis Center and at the information desk in the St. Francis House.


12 Step Programs


A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous)

Monday                                               Room 5                                                              12:00 PM — 1:00 PM

Wednesdays                                       Room 5                                                              12:00 PM — 1:00 PM

Fridays                                                Room 5                                                              12:00 PM — 1:00 PM

Thursdays                                           Room 5                                                              6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

Saturdays                                            Room 5                                                              6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

Sundays                                              Room 5                                                             6:00 PM — 7:30 PM



Sundays                                              Room 2                                                              10:00 AM — 12:15 PM

Sundays  {1st of Mon}                       Room 2                                                              3:15 PM —  4:45 PM

Sundays *                                            Room 2                                                              1:30 PM — 3:00 PM

*{2nd, 3rd, 4th, & if 5th of Mon.}


A.C.o.A. (Adult Children of Alcoholics)

Mondays                                              Room 3 {Women}                                              6:00 PM — 7:30 PM



Mondays                                              Room 4                                                              1:30 PM — 3:00 PM

Mondays                                              Coyle Room {Spanish}                                     6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

Tuesdays                                             Room 5                                                             12:30 PM — 1:00 PM

Thursdays                                           Room 5                                                              1:00 PM — 2:00 PM

Fridays                                                Room 3                                                               1:30 PM — 2:30 PM


CoDa (Co-Dependents Anonymous)

Saturdays                                            Room 3                                                              2:00 PM — 4:00 PM


N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous)

Thursdays                                           Room 3                                                              1:00 PM — 2:00 PM

Mondays – Fridays                            Room 2                                                              3:00 PM — 4:30 PM

Wednesdays                                      Room 5 {Women}                                               6:30 PM — 8:00 PM

Tuesdays *{3rd of Mon.}                   Room 3 *{Outreach Committee}                  6:00 PM — 7:30 PM


S.A.A. (Sex Addicts Anonymous)

Mondays                                              Room 5                                                              7:45 PM — 8:45 PM

Tuesdays                                             Room 2                                                              7:30 PM — 8:45 PM

Tuesdays                                             Coyle Room {Spanish}                                      7:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Wednesdays                                      Coyle Room {Women}                                       7:15 PM — 8:15 PM

Wednesdays                                      Room 2                                                               7:00 PM — 8:30 PM

Thursdays                                           Room 4                                                               7:15 PM — 8:45 PM

Fridays                                                 Room 3                                                               7:15 PM — 8:45 PM

Saturdays                                            Room 3                                                              9:15 AM —10:45 AM

Saturdays                                            Room 2                                                              4:00 PM — 5:30 PM

Sundays                                              Room 4                                                              9:00 AM — 10:00 AM

Sundays                                              Coyle Room {Spanish}                                     12:00 PM ­— 1:00 PM

Sundays                                              Room 2                                                              6:00 PM — 7:30 PM


S.L.A.A. (Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous)

Mondays                                              Room 5                                                              6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

Tuesdays                                             Room 5                                                              6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

Wednesdays                                       Room 3                                                              7:00 PM — 8:45 PM

Thursdays {closed}                             Room 2 {Gay/Lesbian}.                                  7:15 PM — 8:45 PM

Thursdays                                           Coyle Room {Spanish}                                     5:30 PM — 6:30 PM

Fridays                                                Room 5                                                              4:30 PM — 6:00 PM

Fridays                                                Room 5                                                              6:15 PM — 7:45 PM

Saturdays                                            Room 5                                                           11:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Saturdays                                            Room 2                                                              6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

Sundays                                              Room 5 {Women}                                              3:00 PM — 4:30 PM

Sundays {1st of Month}                     Room 3 {Intergroup}                                        3:30 PM — 5:30 PM


W.A. (Workaholics Anonymous)

Fridays                                                Room 4                                                              6:00 PM — 7:30 PM



We reserve the right to relocate and allocate Classrooms.



2018 Holidays & Holydays

Church of Saint Francis of Assisi

Adult Education Center

January 1                    Monday                      New Year’s Day                                   CLOSED

January 15                  Monday                      Dr. Martin Luther King’s Day             CLOSED

February 14                Wednesday                Ash Wednesday                                 OPEN

February 19                Monday                      President’s Day                                  CLOSED

March 25                    Sunday                        Palm Sunday                                       OPEN

March 30                    Friday                          Good Friday                                        CLOSED

April 1                         Sunday                         Easter Day                                          OPEN

April 2                         Monday                      Easter Monday                                   CLOSED

May 10                        Thursday                     Assumption of Jesus                          OPEN

May 20                        Sunday                      Pentecost                                            OPEN

May 28                        Monday                      Memorial Day                                     CLOSED

July 4                           Wednesday                Independence Day                             CLOSED

August 15                   Wednesday                Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary             OPEN

September 3               Monday                      Labor Day                                           CLOSED

October 4                    Thursday                     Feast of St. Francis of Assisi              OPEN

October 8                    Monday                      Columbus Day                                       CLOSED

November 1                Thursday                     All Saints’ Day                                    OPEN

November 12              Monday                      Veteran’s Day                                     CLOSED

November 22              Thursday                     Thanksgiving Day                               CLOSED

November 23              Friday                          Day After Thanksgiving                      CLOSED

December 24              Monday                      Christmas Eve                                     CLOSED

December 25              Tuesday                      Christmas Day                                     CLOSED

December 26              Wednesday                Day After Christmas                           CLOSED

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