Greetings to all on this Fourth of July weekend, and as we saw last weekend, we were prepared to have Mass in the church last Sunday with the RCIA, and over the weekend we heard from medical members of our Re-Opening task force that it would be best to postpone, given some indications of a rise in COVID cases and hospitalizations. That’s what it’s like these days, trying to balance our options as best we can. We are now looking to have some form of re-opening sometime later in July, and of course we will keep you informed as we learn more.

In the meantime, we are grateful for all those who continue to support our parish through generous and faithful donations. A helpful way to support St. Francis is by Faith Direct, and you can sign up for that directly by calling 1-866-507-8757, and giving our parish code NC674. Or you can continue to support our parish by sending any contributions directly to St. Francis at 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh NC 27613.

I want to share a recent note I received from Catholic Parish Outreach. In response to our parish food drive last month, the note read, “The response from your parish was heartwarming, with a donation of 4,256 pounds of groceries and $1855 in monetary donations for families in need during this pandemic!” And so thank you to all who donated and who helped organize our food drive.

We had a visit last week from Msgr. Michael Clay and Fr. Jairo Maldonado, both of whom will begin here on September 1st. They toured the campus and the friary and had lunch together. The parish will be in good hands when they begin here in September.

Once again, thanks to all for your ongoing support of the parish !

Blessings on your week!

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