Announcements

With over 100 ministries, there is always something going on at St. Francis.
Here you will find this week’s announcements. If you are new to the parish and need help finding a particular ministry or event, please contact Deb Royals-Mizerk. She can be reached at 919-847-8205×222 or via email at deb.royals-mizerk@stfrancisraleigh.org.

 

October 17, 24, 31
Homework Helpers
Will be offered on Thursdays through the school year from 4:20 – 5:30
It is an after school program with The Hispanic Family Center, a program of Catholic Charities that is dedicated to empowering low income Hispanic families to become more integrated in the community and to improving their quality of life through programs of education, health, job training, etc. Many of the children of The Hispanic Family Center come from homes where the parents have poor English skills and are living with heavy concerns like poverty and illness. Homework helpers is aimed at helping these children with their homework and daily lessons once a week. We have seen amazing progress from so many of these children already, and we’d love to have your help!   For questions please contact Michelle Harris at michelle.harris95@gmail.com or sign up here: www.bit.ly/homeworkhelpers2019-2020

 

October 16
Durham Ronald McDonald House
We are scheduled to serve at the Durham Ronald McDonald House Wednesday October 16.
There are still some spots available to help make the meal and provide items for it.
If you can help us, please click on the link below to sign up:
https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=10c0b49aea92fa02-2017&view=standard

 

October 21-25
St. Francis Inn Delegation

St. Francis Inn is a Franciscan community committed to the poor and homeless of downtown Philadelphia. While attempting to meet the daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing and hospitality, St Francis Inn also empowers people to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by addressing structural injustices. They do all of this by building relationships, respecting the dignity of each person and restoring hope to them simply by sharing in their lives.  In October (21- 25) several St. Francis parishioners will travel together to Philadelphia and live among the poor while serving about 300 meals each day and sharing in daily Gospel-centered reflections about how God’s rich and healing graces pulses through our wounded yet wonderful world. The consensus from dozens of past delegates is that their lives have been enriched and forever changed as a result of their time at the Inn.  We could use a few more delegates in October.  Won’t you give it a try?  To sign up for this delegation, 2020 delegations, or for more information please contact John Budway, budwayjj@bellsouth.net  305-205-5104.
St. Francis Inn 2020 Delegations:   February  10 – 14,  April 13 – 17,  June 22 – 26 (Youth Ministry),  October  22 – 25

 

October 22
Creation Care and the Bible
Inspired by our patron St. Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of ecology, our parish has been committed to issues of environmental concern and looking for ways to be better stewards of God’s creation. We are hosting an event in partnership with the Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle entitled “Creation Care and the Bible.” This event will be Tuesday, October 22 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Founders’ room. The featured speaker will be Stephen Jurovics, Ph.D., author of the book Hospitable Planet : Faith, Action, And Climate Change, will speak about the deep connection between both Old and New Testament teachings and environmental justice in today’s world. He will offer ideas about how people of faith can become inspired to take action. Afterward Dr. Jurovics presentation, there will be opportunities for working together in interfaith action teams to become agents of change in our community related to creation care and climate justice. Please RSVP for this event at http://bit.ly/bibleandcreationcare. For further information, contact Trevor Thompson, Director of Justice and Peace, 919-847-8205×270

 

October 25-27
LGBT Retreat at Trinity Center
This year our retreat will be at the Trinity Center, Pine Knoll Shores NC.
Cost: $185/person (double occupancy)
Includes lodging for 2 nights and 5 meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch). Our retreat this year will include time for prayer, discussion, beach time and SERVICE WORK!  As you probably know, Emerald Isle and surrounding locales were impacted by Hurricane Dorian.  This year’s retreat will celebrate our LGBT community through service to the coastal community surrounding Trinity Center on Emerald Isle.  The retreat will begin Friday evening, and a community service project on Saturday (of course there will be beach time!) On Sunday, there will be refection and Mass in a community church.
To register, go to – https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/3592
More questions? Contact Chris at coneill95@gmail.com

 

October 27
St. Francis Feeds Breakfast at Oak City Cares.
We heard you!  You wanted more opportunities to serve the hungry and homeless of downtown Raleigh so we are now serving every 4th Sunday of the month, in addition to every other 2nd Saturday of the month! Oak City Cares is a new multi services center which replaced our beloved Oak City Outreach Center. On our scheduled dates, we provide the food, serve the breakfast meal, and visit with guests in the dining room of this brand new, beautiful center. We hope you’ll join us sometime and bring your family and friends as together we seek to live out the Gospel in this very meaningful and much needed way. Thank you for any help you can provide!
To sign up: www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCoctober27-2019 and check out our feeding calendar and other opportunities at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/

 

October 27
St. Francis Feeds Breakfast at Oak City Cares.
We heard you!  You wanted more opportunities to serve the hungry and homeless of downtown Raleigh so we are now serving every 4th Sunday of the month, in addition to every other 2nd Saturday of the month! Oak City Cares is a new multi services center which replaced our beloved Oak City Outreach Center. On our scheduled dates, we provide the food, serve the breakfast meal, and visit with guests in the dining room of this brand new, beautiful center. We hope you’ll join us sometime and bring your family and friends as together we seek to live out the Gospel in this very meaningful and much needed way. Thank you for any help you can provide! To sign up:
Oct 27: www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCoctober27-2019
Nov 24: 
www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCnovember24-2019
Dec 14: 
www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCdecember14-2019
Dec 22: www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCdecember22-2019
For more feeding opportunities, check out our Calendar at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/  

 

October 27
Padre Pio Secular Franciscans
Learn more about living Franciscan spirituality in the secular world.  Join us on the 4th Sunday or each month, from 1-3 in the Founders Room.  For more information, contact Lee Cunningham at emcunningham3@gmail.com

 

Wednesdays through October 28
RCIA Inquiry Sessions
The RCIA is a journey of faith that takes as long as it takes, so we begin with a period of “Inquiry”, where anyone is invited to come and ask lots of questions to see if the Catholic Church is something of which he/she wants to pursue being a part of. This process is for those who are not baptized or for people who are baptized in other Christian faith traditions. It is also for baptized Catholics who have not yet received First Eucharist and/or Confirmation. RCIA Inquiry sessions run every Wednesday through October 28 (except October 3) at 6:30pm in Anthony Hall Founders Room. You can join us at any time! Refreshments will be available starting at 6:00pm. Questions? Please contact jennifer.fiduccia@stfrancisraleigh.org.

 

October 28
Cristo Rey High School
Are You an Employer in the Triangle? If you are company or small-business owner, or a medical or legal professional, or have a set of human resource contacts, we’d love to provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the effort in the Triangle to open a Cristo Rey High School (timeline for an opening for the fall of 2021). Cristo Rey schools are Catholic, college-preparatory high schools that exclusively serve low income students. An important ingredient to the Cristo Rey model is that it integrates college preparatory academics with professional work experience in the community. By providing weekly work experiences to these students via local employers, Cristo Rey partners with others to equip students from economically-disadvantaged families with the knowledge, character, academic and work skills to transform their lives. Because Cristo Rey’s vision aligns so closely with our St. Francis mission to go to the margins, reach out to the vulnerable, and lift up the human dignity of all people, we want to encourage all our parishioners who are employers to consider coming to a meeting on October 28, 7:00pm in Anthony Hall Founders Room to learn more about Cristo Rey and how this “work experience” partnership works. Perhaps, through your daily work, you can be an important part of the success of these students’ lives! To learn more about Cristo Rey, you can also visit www.cristoreyrtp.org or contact their Feasibility Study Coordinator, Cassy Mountford, 814-449-5521, cristoreyfsc@gmail.com.

 

November Month of Remembrance Special Masses

All Saints Mass  

Friday, November 1
9:00 am & 7:00 pm in the Church a holy day of obligation

All Souls &
Memorial Garden Mass
 

Saturday, November 2
9:00 am in the Memorial Garden

 

Mass of Remembrance

Monday, November 4
7:00 pm Mass in the Church

 

November 2
Caring Casseroles Weekend
Caring Casseroles are freezer friendly cooked casseroles that volunteers provide the first weekend of each month. These casseroles will be given to our Feed the Need families when an extra meal is needed.  Casseroles should be made in a disposable pan sealed and then placed a Ziploc freezer bag.  On our webpage we have recipes, information labels for your casseroles and more information.
Please, DO NOT FREEZE THE CASSEROLE! … Just refrigerate it!  
Place  your (unfrozen, cooked) and labeled casserole in the Feed the Need refrigerator which is located in Clare Hall (second hall on left by washrooms).  As you enter St. Francis from Leesville Rd., continue up the driveway and turn left into the main parking lot. Clare Hall is the first building from the parking lot. The Feed the Need refrigerator is located in a small room in the hallway near the restroom signs, the 2nd hallway to the left as you enter from the parking lot. The refrigerator room is right next to the Women’s restroom and there is a Feed the Need sign on the door.  We also have blank lables available on the ledge accross from the refrigerator, if needed.  For more information go to our Caring Casseroles webpge at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/caring-casserole/    Click Here)  for 15 casseroles that you might consider making. 1/2 sizes always appreciated.

 

November 4th
Men’s Prayer Breakfast 
Join us at 7:00am in the Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center. Fr Steve K. will continue his review of The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen. Any questions, contact Norman Tuomi at norman3722@att.net.

 

November 4
Prison Pen Pal Ministry Meeting

All are welcome- those currently writing and those considering writing. Please join us in Anthony Hall Conference Room at 7:00 pm for our next meeting. We will be watching a poignant video on forgiveness followed by discussion questions. Come listen to those currently writing share about their letters and their growing relationships with their pen pals. Hope you can join us! If you’re new to the ministry, please contact Jill Balogh (jbalogh@nc.rr.com or 919-847-5872) to RSVP and to get information about the ministry before the meeting.

 

November 7, 14, 21
Homework Helpers
Will be offered on Thursdays through the school year from 4:20 – 5:30
It is an after school program with The Hispanic Family Center, a program of Catholic Charities that is dedicated to empowering low income Hispanic families to become more integrated in the community and to improving their quality of life through programs of education, health, job training, etc. Many of the children of The Hispanic Family Center come from homes where the parents have poor English skills and are living with heavy concerns like poverty and illness. Homework helpers is aimed at helping these children with their homework and daily lessons once a week. We have seen amazing progress from so many of these children already, and we’d love to have your help!   For questions please contact Michelle Harris at michelle.harris95@gmail.com or sign up here: www.bit.ly/homeworkhelpers2019-2020

 

 

November 9/10 and 16/17
Our Lady of the Rosary Food Drive

Twice a year we collect groceries for those in need in the rural community of Louisburg NC where approximately 24% of the population live below the poverty line. Thank you! Buying groceries is a simple but meaningful way to live the Gospel. And it is so needed as hundreds of people each month come to this pantry because they have trouble stretching their income to cover food. They come for help but also for hope. The weekend of November 9/10 we will be handing out bags after all the masses with a list of needs. The next weekend November 16/17 there will be a truck in our parking lot collecting your donations. Help is needed. Bring your whole family! This sign-up link will open closer to the date.  www.bit.ly/OLRfooddrivenovember2019  If you have questions please contact Lily Reddy at liliaredder@hotmail.com.

 

November 10
GriefShare – Surviving the Holidays 
 – (We have 2 classes, one for adults and one for children)
Wondering how you will survive the holidays? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that things have changed and the happy memories from past years can’t be recreated? Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death.
You’ll learn how to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays, what to do about traditions and other coming changes, Helpful tips for surviving social events and how to discover hope for your future.
Our Surviving the Holidays 4 Kids is for children ages 5 -12.  A safe place for children who have lost a loved one to death to understand that their holidays may be different now, but it’s ok.  To show them God’s everlasting love, which is found in Jesus, whose birth we are celebrating.  (Click here)  for more information and to register – Adults and Children.

 

 

November 10
Divorce Care – Surviving the Holidays – (We have 2 classes, one for adults and one for children)
Sunday November 10th 2 to 4 pm Adults in Founders Room and Children in room 403
DC – Surviving the Holidays 4 Kids is  safe, fun place where your children can learn skills that will help them heal.
For more information or to register (Click Here)

 

 

November 19 – December 15
Advent Giving Tree
Every year, we provide a parish-wide opportunity to share the spirit of the Christmas season with families in need through our Advent Giving Tree.  We are always amazed at the support and generosity of our parish community. When choosing an ornament, please check the information on each ornaments, as there are different return dates and instructions for each ornament.  Community organizations whose families are included on our tree include Catholic Parish Outreach, Duke Children’s Hospital, Birth Choice, Helen Wright Center, Hispanic Family Center, Emily K Center, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Passage Home, Ronald McDonald House in Durham, and St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia.
Parish ministries that benefit include: Refugee Resettlement Ministry, Sister Parish Guatemala, Family Promise, Support Circle families, Prayer Shawl, Feed the Need, St. Francis Brown Bag Ministry, and our St. Vincent DePaul Ministry.  Thank you!

 

November 20
Durham Ronald McDonald House
We are scheduled to serve at the Durham Ronald McDonald House Wednesday November 20th
There are still some spots available to help make the meal and provide items for it.
If you can help us, please click on the link below to sign up: (click here)

 

November 20
Caregiver Burnout

Presented by Rayna McLaurin, an occupational therapist in training.
Join us November 20th at 7pm in the Padua Room (at the community center).
For more information contact Lina Tucker at lttucker40@gmail.com

 

November 24
St. Francis Feeds Breakfast at Oak City Cares.
We heard you!  You wanted more opportunities to serve the hungry and homeless of downtown Raleigh so we are now serving every 4th Sunday of the month, in addition to every other 2nd Saturday of the month! Oak City Cares is a new multi services center which replaced our beloved Oak City Outreach Center. On our scheduled dates, we provide the food, serve the breakfast meal, and visit with guests in the dining room of this brand new, beautiful center. We hope you’ll join us sometime and bring your family and friends as together we seek to live out the Gospel in this very meaningful and much needed way. Thank you for any help you can provide!
To sign up: www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCnovember24-2019 

 

 

November 24
Padre Pio Secular Franciscans
Learn more about living Franciscan spirituality in the secular world.  Join us on the 4th Sunday or each month, from 1-3 in the Founders Room.  For more information, contact Lee Cunningham at emcunningham3@gmail.com

 

December 5, 12, 19
Homework Helpers
Will be offered on Thursdays through the school year from 4:20 – 5:30
It is an after school program with The Hispanic Family Center, a program of Catholic Charities that is dedicated to empowering low income Hispanic families to become more integrated in the community and to improving their quality of life through programs of education, health, job training, etc. Many of the children of The Hispanic Family Center come from homes where the parents have poor English skills and are living with heavy concerns like poverty and illness. Homework helpers is aimed at helping these children with their homework and daily lessons once a week. We have seen amazing progress from so many of these children already, and we’d love to have your help!   For questions please contact Michelle Harris at michelle.harris95@gmail.com or sign up here: www.bit.ly/homeworkhelpers2019-2020

 

December 7
Caring Casseroles Weekend
Caring Casseroles are freezer friendly cooked casseroles that volunteers provide the first weekend of each month. These casseroles will be given to our Feed the Need families when an extra meal is needed.  Casseroles should be made in a disposable pan sealed and then placed a Ziploc freezer bag.  On our webpage we have recipes, information labels for your casseroles and more information.
Please, DO NOT FREEZE THE CASSEROLE! … Just refrigerate it!
Place  your (unfrozen, cooked) and labeled casserole in the Feed the Need refrigerator which is located in Clare Hall (second hall on left by washrooms).  As you enter St. Francis from Leesville Rd., continue up the driveway and turn left into the main parking lot. Clare Hall is the first building from the parking lot. The Feed the Need refrigerator is located in a small room in the hallway near the restroom signs, the 2nd hallway to the left as you enter from the parking lot. The refrigerator room is right next to the Women’s restroom and there is a Feed the Need sign on the door.  We also have blank labels available on the ledge across from the refrigerator, if needed.  For more information go to our Caring Casseroles webpage at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/caring-casserole/

 

December 14
St. Francis Feeds Breakfast at Oak City Cares.
We heard you!  You wanted more opportunities to serve the hungry and homeless of downtown Raleigh so we are now serving every 4th Sunday of the month, in addition to every other 2nd Saturday of the month! Oak City Cares is a new multi services center which replaced our beloved Oak City Outreach Center. On our scheduled dates, we provide the food, serve the breakfast meal, and visit with guests in the dining room of this brand new, beautiful center. We hope you’ll join us sometime and bring your family and friends as together we seek to live out the Gospel in this very meaningful and much needed way. Thank you for any help you can provide!
To sign up: www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCdecember14-2019 and check out our feeding calendar and other opportunities at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/

 

December 22
Padre Pio Secular Franciscans
Learn more about living Franciscan spirituality in the secular world.  Join us on the 4th Sunday or each month, from 1-3 in the Founders Room.  For more information, contact Lee Cunningham at emcunningham3@gmail.com

 

 

December 22
St. Francis Feeds Breakfast at Oak City Cares.
We heard you!  You wanted more opportunities to serve the hungry and homeless of downtown Raleigh so we are now serving every 4th Sunday of the month, in addition to every other 2nd Saturday of the month! Oak City Cares is a new multi services center which replaced our beloved Oak City Outreach Center. On our scheduled dates, we provide the food, serve the breakfast meal, and visit with guests in the dining room of this brand new, beautiful center. We hope you’ll join us sometime and bring your family and friends as together we seek to live out the Gospel in this very meaningful and much needed way. Thank you for any help you can provide! To sign up: www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCdecember22-2019

 

 

 

January 4
Caring Casseroles Weekend
Caring Casseroles are freezer friendly cooked casseroles that volunteers provide the first weekend of each month. These casseroles will be given to our Feed the Need families when an extra meal is needed.  Casseroles should be made in a disposable pan sealed and then placed a Ziploc freezer bag.  On our webpage we have recipes, information labels for your casseroles and more information.
Please, DO NOT FREEZE THE CASSEROLE! … Just refrigerate it!  
Place  your (unfrozen, cooked) and labeled casserole in the Feed the Need refrigerator which is located in Clare Hall (second hall on left by washrooms).  As you enter St. Francis from Leesville Rd., continue up the driveway and turn left into the main parking lot. Clare Hall is the first building from the parking lot. The Feed the Need refrigerator is located in a small room in the hallway near the restroom signs, the 2nd hallway to the left as you enter from the parking lot. The refrigerator room is right next to the Women’s restroom and there is a Feed the Need sign on the door.  We also have blank lables available on the ledge accross from the refrigerator, if needed.  For more information go to our Caring Casseroles webpge at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/caring-casserole/

 

January 9, 16, 23, 30
Homework Helpers
Will be offered on Thursdays through the school year from 4:20 – 5:30
It is an after school program with The Hispanic Family Center, a program of Catholic Charities that is dedicated to empowering low income Hispanic families to become more integrated in the community and to improving their quality of life through programs of education, health, job training, etc. Many of the children of The Hispanic Family Center come from homes where the parents have poor English skills and are living with heavy concerns like poverty and illness. Homework helpers is aimed at helping these children with their homework and daily lessons once a week. We have seen amazing progress from so many of these children already, and we’d love to have your help!   For questions please contact Michelle Harris at michelle.harris95@gmail.com or sign up here: www.bit.ly/homeworkhelpers2019-2020

 

 

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