Opportunities to Serve

We offer many opportunities to serve our community and beyond in ways that fit with your interests, gifts and schedule. Below are just a few.  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. If you have any questions about what ministry is right for you or if you’d just like to talk about your desire to serve, please contact Trevor ThompsonBecky Cawley or Kathleen Owen we would love to help you get involved.

Feed the Need: Help provide cooked meals to families in our parish who are adjusting to life’s challenges. Sign up for a date that works for you. Contact: Donna Mariani, 919-326-3768.


Brown Bag Ministry prepares and distributes 88 brown bag lunches on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month to a low-income senior apartment complex in Durham. The ministry allows all ages in a family to participate. Families pack lunches together, experience brief communal prayer, and have face-to-face contact with people in need. Many types of youth-based parish or non-parish groups can easily participate (Youth Group, Y-Guides, Scouts). Click here for more information or to sign up.  Contacts: Tricia Downs or Nanette Kirsch or stfrancisbbm@gmail.com


Want to experience God’s mercy in new and profound ways? We had 3 International Mission Trips in the summer of 2016! More are planned for the summer of 2017. These are transformational opportunities to encounter God’s mercy in the other cultures and peoples. We are planning on trips to Honduras, Guatemala, and others. For more information about future trips, contact: Trevor Thompson


St. Francis Inn is a Franciscan Eucharistic community called to minister to the poor and homeless of Philadelphia. Delegations of six to eight 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 on a Sunday and returning the following Saturday.  Check out our website here for more information and travel dates.  Contact: John Budway


For many years, our Prison Pen Pal Ministry has been reaching out to prisoners living on North Carolina’s death row. These prisoners are isolated and often estranged from family. Members of our ministry write to prisoners who have requested letters. Often we are their only link to the outside world. The number of inmates requesting letters has far exceeded our pen pals and we are actively seeking parishioners to join us. Pen pals commit to giving correspondence a try for six months but otherwise you determine how often to write. Contact: Jill Balogh


Family Promise Ministry  also known as Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN) Every year we host homeless families at St. Francis for a week at a time, 3 weeks out of the year. Our next hosting is the last week of December. Opportunities to serve include bringing food items, sharing a meal, being an overnight host, providing childcare, and serving as a driver. Contact: Ron Smith to be a part of this hosting team. This is a perfect opportunity to “welcome the stranger” in our community and live out one of the corporal works of mercy.  Click here for more information.


Ronald McDonald House – St. Francis parishioners prepare and serve dinner to families with sick children at the Ronald McDonald House on the third Wednesday of every month. Parishioners also purchase and deliver to the church the groceries needed to make the meal. Will you join us? Together we make a difference for these families. Contact: Julie Huckaby


Catholic Parish Outreach Food Pantry needs help in the food and children’s clothing areas once a month, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, CPO Center, 2013 N. Raleigh Blvd. Contact: CPO, 919-847-1466 to schedule a day or Trevor Thompson


Our Abbotswood Eucharistic Ministry is accepting volunteers. Each team meets at Abbotswood once every three weeks to lead a communion service. Training is included and enjoyment is guaranteed! Contact: Gerry or Karen Collins


The Springmoor Eucharistic Ministers are seeking a co-leader. Duties include scheduling ministers to visit Springmoor on Sundays as well as attend the monthly Mass. Contact: Mary Papi, 919-381-6764.


Job Coaches: If you’re good at putting your best foot forward, could you help someone else do the same? We need folks to help others with resume development, networking, and interviewing skills.  Contact: Mary Horner, 610-755-5392


Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who receive special training to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community experiencing challenges in life: grief; loneliness; divorce; hospitalization; disability; job loss; and many other life difficulties. Learn how to become a Stephen Minister or receive care from one. Contact: Kathleen Owen, 919-847-8205x241.


Caregivers Ministry: Consider sharing your time with others. Make the commitment to volunteer with our Caregivers Ministry. Drive someone to a doctor’s appointment or sit with someone while their primary caregiver takes a break. Volunteer according to your schedule. Contact: Carol Derrenbacher, 919-554-2578.


Mentor Engaged Couples: We invite couples married 10 years or more to join the Fully Engaged Ministry team. Mentor couples; help engaged couples talk about beginning their marriage through guided conversation based on a pre-marriage inventory that the engaged couple has taken. Contact: Jason Lillis, 919-847-8205x244.


Baptism Hospitality Ministry: Our ministry provides a helpful person to direct Saturday morning communal baptisms and to assist families leading up to baptism. Whole families can volunteer together! Training is provided, Commitment is 3 Saturday mornings per year. Contact: Jason Lillis, 919-847-8205x244.


Welcoming Hosts: Meet our newest families; help them find their place in our community. Families of all ages are welcome! Contact: Mary Lacy Simmons, 919-847-8205x222.


Ushers needed:  We are looking for ushers at all of our masses, but specifically the Sunday 7:30 and 5:30 masses. This can be for your youth or you can serve as a family. It’s a great way to earn service hours too. Contact: Troy Chaput


Coffee House Attendants: Want to be in the middle of the social hub? Can you count money and pour a cup of coffee? Volunteer shifts available in the Assisi Cafe on Sundays 10:30 -11:30 am or 12:30 -1:30 pm. Contact: Jamie Johnson