Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Again, a great debt of gratitude to Gregg Mason and his crew for the continuing work on our memorial garden. This week flowers were planted and benches were begun to be installed thanks to our own Jim Anderson our facilities manager who is a master carpenter.

Sunday, June 29, at the 9:30 am Mass we will pray a blessing upon Maureen Leahy as she retires from many years   of serving our faith community as Coordinator of Faith Formation for families with children. This Mass will also be the   conclusion of Vacation Bible School. Maureen has faithfully supported our parents in preparing our children for   sacraments of reconciliation and first Eucharist, and wonderfully supported parents and families through our Family Inter-generational Religious Education program. See her column on page 4. Please join as we give thanks to God   for the many gifts and talents Maureen has generously shared to build up the Body of Christ here at St. Francis.

Over the past months our stewardship tithe committee has provided donations based upon our stewardship tithe of 10% of offertory to peace and justice. I’ve received the following letter of thanks and appreciation for your generosity.

From Catholic Charities of the

Diocese of Raleigh:

On behalf of the people we serve at Catholic Parish Outreach, we want to thank St. Francis of Assisi for the generous donations during the Feed a Family food drive. The response from your parish was overwhelming. Our outreach ministry to the needy would not be possible without the assistance of the members of our community and parishes.  We are blessed by your devotion to helping the poor in our midst.

Terry Foley, Director Catholic Parish Outreach
Rick Miller-Haraway, Director, Catholic Charities Raleigh Regional Office

From Inter-Faith Food Shuttle:

It is amazing to think that this is our 25th year. We have accomplished so much, but there is still so much that needs doing. We have known that food insecurity is not a one size fits all problem, so we have crafted an array of programs in order to reach as many of the Triangle’s needy residents as we can: children, working families, homeless individuals and the elderly. Thank you for agreeing with us that hunger is unacceptable. We could not continue our mission without your support.

Amy Beros, Director of Development

From StepUp Ministry:

StepUp Ministry is a community of diverse faiths that partners with adults and children in the shared goal of stable lives through jobs and life skills training. Founded in 1988, StepUp has been serving low-income and homeless individuals for 25 years. We provide a process designed to move individuals from a state of economic risk to stable, productive lives. Thanks to you, we will continue to transform lives on a daily basis. We genuinely appreciate your confidence in StepUp and look forward to sharing the accomplishments that we will make together.

Linda Nunnallee, Executive Director

North Raleigh Ministries:

Thank you so much for your donation to North Raleigh Ministries. Your donation will help us touch so many of our neighbors in need. Our ministries mean so much and we appreciate you helping us touch lives.

Franciscan Mission Service:

Thank you for your ongoing support of Franciscan Mission Service and for partnering with us to build compassionate leaders for peace, justice and hope.

Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen:

Your generosity enabled us to provide meals to those in need. We depend on your donation for us to be able to purchase meat, vegetables, pasta, rice, soup, sauces and the various other items needed to feed approximately 300 people a day.

Graham Clements, Chairman
Tamar Gregory, Executive Director

Note in the Pocket:

Thank you for seeing the good work we are doing and supporting us financially. It makes a big difference knowing we can afford to expand.

Dallas Bonavita

EDGE Training and Placement, Inc:

When your donation arrived, I could do nothing but give God the glory.

It was clear that EDGE’s work in the Durham community was not over; God was just changing the location, I was so grateful. The program has always operated at capacity with a waiting list sometimes with money and sometimes without. EDGE is hands on, a school where we love and accept our students as they are. This belief is the driving purpose behind everything we do. We now have volunteer teachers who are continuing our positive learning environment. Through leadership and group counseling, all hurts, insecurities, failures and misconceptions are addressed. Thanks to St. Francis, EDGE is in full operation.

Fran Alexander, Executive Director

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark