We offer many opportunities to serve the community in ways that fit with your interests, gifts and schedule. We can connect you to ministries that serve meals, offer hospitality to the homeless, grow food in our community garden, and much more! Several ministries allow families with school-aged children to serve together.
A big note of thanks! You did it again!
You donated almost 7000 pounds of food to Our Lady of the Rosary parish last month. It was amazing!
I couldn’t believe how much food was in that truck nor how empty the food pantry shelves were when we got there.
Almost 24% of the population lives below the poverty line in this community, which includes our migrant farm workers.
We are extremely grateful!
Upcoming Opportunities to Serve
Hosting Homeless Families with Family Promise - Sunday July 2nd to Sunday July 9th
St. Francis will host homeless families once again, Sunday July 2nd to Sunday July 9th. There will be representatives in the Stewardship Center after all the masses this weekend and next to answer questions and sign you up.
In Wake County there are many families facing homelessness and thus struggling, on a daily basis, to survive. Through our partnership with Family Promise (formally known as Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network or WIHN), we have a special opportunity to shelter four families attempting to transition out of homelessness for a week, Sunday July 2 to Sunday July 9th. During the week, there are a whole host of volunteer opportunities for you and your family to help. This is a great opportunity to share in a work of mercy for someone looking to better their lives.
We need people to prepare and share a meal, help with childcare or transportation, or be an overnight guest. You can bring the whole family! Remember that just your physical presence and willingness to enter into their life for even this small period of time, says to that person: “You matter … you are worthy and of value and deserving of dignity and my time.” What a beautiful message for all of us to hear in our upcoming Easter season – you have new life!
There will be representatives in the Stewardship Center after all the masses this weekend and next to answer questions and sign you up. Or you may contact Ron Smith directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-455-7786.
Thank you for any help you can provide!
Community Garden Ministry - Saturday mornings
The Community Garden volunteers meet to work in the garden on Saturday mornings, weather permitting.
Come join us and enjoy the fresh air, get your hands dirty, learn how to take care of a garden and grow organic vegetables while meeting and making new friend, having fun and touching the lives of others. Children are always welcome and no gardening experience is necessary.
Last year the Community Garden donated over 1500 lbs. of fresh produce to the plant-a-row Interfaith Food Shuttle.
Come join us and experience the joy we feel being out in nature planting and growing vegetables and making new friendships. We could always use the help and we would also love to see our ministry grow.
This is a great opportunity for everyone including our younger generation to learn some great gardening skills while sharing and being a participant in feeding the hungry….. Heck maybe we could even start winter garden.
We look forward to seeing you in the garden!
Contact: Pat Kelly at 919-413-8833 for more information
Note in the Pocket - Volunteers Needed Monday to Thursday 9-1
Impoverished children suffer in their social and educational development because they don’t have appropriate clothes for school.
Note in the Pocket addresses this issue by providing school clothes and shoes to local students living in poverty.
Volunteers are needed Monday – Thursday between 9am and 1:00 pm to sort and deliver clothes.
The volunteer center is on the corner of Millbrook Rd and Lacy Avenue.
Group opportunities are also available during the weekday, nights and weekends by appointment. Click here for more information or to register http://www.noteinthepocket.org/ Contact us at email@example.com
Migrant Ministry - Drivers and Fiesta Meal Help - Every Sunday from June 4th to Sept 24th
St. Francis parishioners drive to migrant farmworker camps, pick up workers and drive them to Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Louisburg, N.C., on Sundays during summer. We also provide and serve a hot dinner to seasonal farm workers and their families once a month in June, July, August and September.
Contact – Bruce Cartier, 919-855-9909 for more information
Time Commitment: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Gifts: Driving, hospitality, Spanish-speaking a plus but not necessary
VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH A MEAL
If you are interested in helping with one of the Fiesta meals,
or donate items/food for the event (click here) to sign up.
Contact: Diana Velosa, 919-866-0859
Time Commitment: one to a few hours, depending on whether you donate, cook or serve food
Gifts: Cooking, donating food, serving food, hospitality, Spanish-speaking a plus.
Come join the fun!
Looking for a new Driver Coordinator for our Family Promise ministry
Family Promise is a ministry that provides lodging, meals and childcare on a rotating basis to homeless families in our area.
Responsibilities include coordinating the scheduling of drivers for each hosting (3 times a year) and communicating that information with the drivers and the overall ministry coordinator. Also, overseeing all parts of van operations (refueling, reports, pick-up, etc.).
Contact Ron Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested.
St. Francis Inn - 2017 and 2018 Dates
St. Francis Inn
Delegations of five to six parishioners from our parish travel to Philadelphia a few times each year to participate in this community. Delegates serve at the Inn from Monday through Friday, typically departing from Raleigh early Monday morning and returning Friday evening. Upcoming delegations:
June 19 – 23 Youth Ministry
Oct 23 – 27
Feb. 12 – 16
April 2 – 6
May 21 – 26 Young Adult
June 18 – 22 Youth Ministry
Oct 29 – Nov 2
For more information go to http://stfrancis2.wpengine.com/st-francis-inn/
Time Commitment: one week
Gifts: Serving food, service, hospitality
Upcoming Opportunities to Learn
Justice Theater Project
(Click here) for more information.
Cuba, with Franciscan Missionary Union - 2nd Trip - Dec. 2nd-9th, 2017!
Our November trip filled quickly.
We’ve just received dates for a second trip, December 2nd to 9th, 2017!
Won’t you join us as we immerse ourselves in Cuban culture, history, and religious expression through the hospitality of a group of incredible humble and gracious Franciscan Friars. Knowing the path and walking the path are too different journeys.
Come walk with us.
We are targeting 10 adults and already have 2 committed …. 8 spots left.
The cost is $2,200 including airfare.