Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Congratulations to all our families who partner with us through their participation in our Catholic Education Ministries, including St. Francis Preschool and Franciscan elementary and middle schools.  This past week we had a wonderful observance of Catholic Schools Week, celebrating the many ways in which our faith is interwoven with a strong and excellent academic program.  You’re invited to join in supporting the Franciscan School Home and School Association’s annual fundraiser on Saturday evening, March 2, at North Ridge Country Club.  This year’s theme is Dancing with Franciscan School and features a dance competition with parish celebrities, including yours truly, our principal Jennifer Bigelow, and many more.  The festivities begin with Cocktails (cash bar) at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 7:30 pm, and Dance Competition at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $85/person until February 10, after that $120/person. For more information, contact Helen Ziolkowski at hziolkow05@gmail.com.

Recently we’ve had some inclement weather.  By way of a reminder, the parish policy for the daily 9:00 am Mass is; When Franciscan School is delayed or closed, the Mass is cancelled for reasons of safety – both traveling the local roads and also allowing time for our maintenance staff to clear the sidewalks and driveways as necessary.  Please consult the parish website and the parish phone system for closure notifications.

This Saturday February 9, following the 5:30 Mass, I will be hosting an information night for our Year of Faith Franciscan Italy Pilgrimage, departing Sunday afternoon September 1 and returning Friday evening September 13, 2013.  For more information about itinerary and pricing, contact Joan Port at the parish office 919-847-8205×249 or joan.port@StFrancisRaleigh.org

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark