Dear Brothers and Sisters,

You’re invited to  celebrate Thanksgiving Day with Eucharist at 9:00 am in the church.  As you know we tithe 10% of our offertory to support those in need.  Below are some of the expressions of thanks we have received for recent contributions we have made:

From Fr. Michael Duffy, O.F.M. of St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia: We are very grateful to you.  A special thanks to your parishioners who make the long trip to Philadelphia to help us in this ministry.  We always get wonderful people from your place.  They are truly an inspiration.  May God bless your community who live out the Gospel so concretely.

From Mary Lou Leiser Smith of the Coalition for Peace with Justice in Chapel Hill: We highly value collaboration with you to make education about the Christian Palestinian community in Israel possible.

From Jill Staton Bullard of the Inter-faith Food Shuttle: North Carolina has the 12th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation, affecting 23% of our children under the age of five.  We are well aware of these grim statistics, we see the faces of these individuals every day.  You are part of the solution.

From Lynn Templeton of the Center for Volunteer Caregiving: It is through the generosity of people like you that we are able to continue providing assistance to older adults and adults with disabilities throughout Wake County.

From Rod Brooks of Stop Hunger Now: Your generous gift to Stop Hunger Now is changing lives!  On behalf of those we serve, thank you for your compassion and commitment to the mission of ending hunger in our lifetime.  We are honored to work on your behalf.

From Kim Smolik of Franciscan Mission Service: The support of the Catholic Community of St. Francis means a lot to us.  We know your financial support is accompanied by prayers and encouragement.  Thank you.

From Bro. Tom Cole, O.F.M. of the Franciscan Missionary Union: Thank you to all the wonderful people of St. Francis.  The support of your community enables our Franciscan Missionaries (friars, sisters, lay missioners) to continue to proclaim the Good news of Jesus Christ in both Word and Deed and make a difference in the world.

From Chermaine Arthur of the Alliance at AIDS Services of Carolina: Your generous donation enables us to continue providing compassionate, non-judgmental care to persons living with HIV/AIDS in our community.  Thanks to you, we have provided food, emergency financial assistance, pastoral care, care teams for fellow citizens.

From Karis Tompkins of Passage Home: Thank you for helping to change the lives of homeless and low-income families in Wake County!  Through your support, you are helping to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, empowering women and families who have been homeless, giving education and opportunities to youth, strengthening neighborhoods, and providing hope to communities in need.

Thank you to all who contributed to the second collection for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Your generosity was tremendous and amounted to $20,528.  Any further donations can be sent to the parish office payable to St. Francis of Assisi with Hurricane Relief in the memo.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark