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 919-847-8205x222 or via email at deb.royals-mizerk@stfrancisraleigh.org.

Formation Registration for Grades K – 12  is Open!

Our program is a small group-based faith formation model, centered on the Mass, offering fellowship, in a fun, social setting and safe environment. Because Mass is the source and summit of our faith, our program meeting times are scheduled after the Mass to break open the treasures of the faith that have just been proclaimed. We typically meet twice a month during the traditional academic year. Our small group-based model mirrors the structure of the liturgy with four portions – gather, proclaim, break, and send. Families MUST be registered parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi to participate in Faith Formation. Visit bit.ly/registerforformation for more information and to register.

Migrant MinistrySundays: July – September
We are in desperate need of drivers to help with this ministry, especially lead drivers. We will train you and the benefits you will receive by being in the presence of such grateful men who come to our state to pick our fruits and vegetables, will be immeasurable as they come directly from God. Please sign up to help at www.bit.ly/sfamigrantministry2018. Contact Bruce Cartier at bcartier7@gmail.com or 919-900-0452 for more information.

August 4/5
Caring Casseroles
It’s that time of year when families are getting ready for vacations and summer camps. Please remember that some of our families are facing challenging circumstances and could use your help. Consider making a freezable casserole (not frozen) to help someone who is caring for a loved one who is ill, someone who is between jobs, someone who just needs to feel the care and love of our parish as they rise to meet the challenges of life. For more information, visit https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/caring-casserole/.

August 4/5
Back to School Supply Drive
We will be collecting school supplies to benefit struggling families with children in grades K-12 through Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Passage Home and Inter Faith Food Shuttle. Our goal this year is 225 full backpacks. We need: Backpacks with no wheels, composition notebooks, looseleaf  paper, graph paper, index cards, copy paper, solid color spiral notebooks (1,2,and 5 subject), Ticonderoga #2 pendils, chubby pencils, colored pencils, handheld pencil charpener, 24 count Crayola crayons, 8 count chubby crayons, markers, dry erase markers, highlighters, pens (red, black, and blue), glue sticks, blunt tip and student scissors, pink rectangular erasers, large cloth zippered pencil pouch, plastic pencil box, solid color plastic 2-pocket folders (with and without prongs), 1 and 3 inch binder, slash pocket binder inserts, subject dividers, scientic calculator with function keys, pair of headphones, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush, liquid hand soap, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, box of Kleenex, Ziploc bags (quart and gallon) Dropoff in the bins in the Stewardship Center. Drop gift cards and checks in the gold mailbox in the Welcome Center.

August 4-7
Living a Sincere Christian Life
Do you want to know where God is calling you to go next? Do you want to grow deeper in your commitment to Christian life?
If so, join Br. Casey Cole, OFM, on a two night parish mission! Br. Casey will preach at all of the masses on the weekend August 4/5, followed by two nights of talks:
We Are All Called – Monday, August 6 at 7:00pm in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel.
What Happens After Saying Yes to God – Tuesday,August 7 at 7:00pm in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel.
Books will be available for sale and signing at each mass and after each talk.

August 6
Men’s Prayer Breakfast 
Men’s Ministry – Next meeting is August 6 at 7:00am in Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center. Fr. Steve K. will continue his review of What Do You Seek? The Questions of Jesus as Challenge and Promise by Michael J. Buckley, S.J. No need to buy the book. Just come and enjoy fellowship!

August 9, 16, 23, 30
Parish Finance Education Series – 7:00pm, Anthony Hall Founders Room
As we reviewed the results of the Parish Survey, it became clear that more needed to be done to address questions around our Parish finances. In particular, two issues were highlighted by your responses. The first was a statement that our Parish Community does not have a clear understanding of our finances. The second issue was a significant segment of our community was not aware that we have outstanding mortgage obligations. While we prepare and distribute an annual report each year which provides a financial update on our financial wellbeing, clearly it is not enough.
In response, we will be offering Parish Finance Education series on Thursday evenings during August.  Meetings will be held in Anthony Hall Founders Room and will cover the following topics:

August 9 Session 1 – Overall Parish Finance structure
August 16 Session 2  – Deeper Dive into the Church Budgets
August 23 Session 3 – Deeper Dive into the School Budgets
August 30 Session 4 –Columbarium and General Q&A’s

The last session will be held after our Accountability Sunday address from our Finance Council Chairman, David Nerz and the distribution of this year’s annual report. So this may be a great opportunity to address any questions you may have after reading the report.

In summary, over the years our Parish has grown in numbers, facilities, and services to both our community and beyond. As a result, our financial needs have grown accordingly. Maintenance is placing an ever increasing demand upon our budgets as our facilities age and will continue to do so into the future. The Parish faces the same issues your family does with your own budgets. Prioritization and budget planning are a never ending process. This series will hopefully provide you better insight into how your financial gifts to the Parish are utilized and offer you an opportunity to ask questions as well as provide input for our planning process. 

August 11
St. Francis Feeds – Breakfast at Oak City Outreach Center, an outreach center to the hungry and homeless of downtown Raleigh. On the second Saturday of every other month, volunteers from our parish provide the food, serve the breakfast meal, and visit with guests in the dining room of this wonderful center. Families and groups are welcome! Sign up at www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCOCaugust112018 or www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCOCoctober2018.

August 14
Chapter 4 of Pope Francis’ Exhortation “Guadete et Exsultate”

Pope Francis recently released an apostolic exhortation called “Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.” Holiness, for the pope, does not just reside with popes, bishops, priests, or religious, but with all people in all walks of life.We will be looking at Chapter 4 of this exhortation. Interested? The date is August 14 and we will meet in Anthony Hall Founders Room (at the end of the long hallway near the restrooms, off the gathering space in the main church) from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Presenters are Fr. Steve Patti, O.F.M., and Gladys Whitehouse. If you’d like to read the pope’s words ahead of time, click here. All are welcome!

August 15
Care and Wellness: Grief Support
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, consider attending our new monthly support group. The next meeting is on August 15 at 9:30am in Anthony Hall Founders Room. If you would benefit from talking and listening to others who are journeying in grief, please join us. For more information, contact Marsha Riely at marshariely@me.com or Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205x241.

August 19
Migrant Ministry Fiesta
As part of our summer long support for the migrant farm workers in our midst, once a month we host a Fiesta with delicious, comforting Mexican home cooking for the men at one of their camps. We’d love for your help providing the meal or just come out and visit with the farm workers for an hour or two on these afternoons. Please sign up at www.bit.ly/sfamigrantministry2018 and contact Bruce Cartier at bcartier7@gmail.com or 919-900-0452 for more information like camp location. Also if you have a special skill like hair cutting, massage, minimal dental or medical skills, etc. and are willing to share it with the farm workers during the Fiesta please also contact Bruce.

August 21
Chapter 5 of Pope Francis’ Exhortation “Guadete et Exsultate”

Pope Francis recently released an apostolic exhortation called “Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.” Holiness, for the pope, does not just reside with popes, bishops, priests, or religious, but with all people in all walks of life.We will be looking at Chapter 4 of this exhortation. Interested? The date is August 21 and we will meet in Anthony Hall Founders Room (at the end of the long hallway near the restrooms, off the gathering space in the main church) from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Presenters are Fr. Steve Patti, O.F.M., and Gladys Whitehouse. If you’d like to read the pope’s words ahead of time, click here. All are welcome!

 

September 7th
Women’s Ministry
The Friday morning group will meet each Friday after Mass in the Padua Room.
They will be sharing “Priest, Prophet, King” by Bishop Baron.
To get your study guide, visit – https://store.wordonfire.org/collections/priest-prophet-king

 

September 10th
Seeing God in Your Cancer Journey – 1:00pm in Cupertino
an 8 week series especially for those with cancer and their caregivers. Cancer Companions are trained church volunteers who support cancer families through individual meetings and/or Christian cancer support groups. It’s more than a listening ear and an understanding heart, Cancer Companions bring the gifts of prayer, scriptures and devotionals to lift up cancer families in their time of need.
The evening series starts September 17th at 6:30pm in Cupertino
To register, (click here) or go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/god-in-your-cancer/


September 11th

Divorce CareWilliam Morgan – dejanuts@yahoo.com
A friendly caring group of people who will walk along side you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.
(Click here) to register


September 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30

CPO Feed a Family Food Drive.  For more information go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/catholic-parish-outreach/

 

September 17th
Seeing God in Your Cancer Journey – 6:30pm in Cupertino
an 8 week series especially for those with cancer and their caregivers. Cancer Companions are trained church volunteers who support cancer families through individual meetings and/or Christian cancer support groups. It’s more than a listening ear and an understanding heart, Cancer Companions bring the gifts of prayer, scriptures and devotionals to lift up cancer families in their time of need.
To register, (click here) or go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/god-in-your-cancer/


September 22
Care & Wellness Grief Retreat and potluck
 – 8:30am to 1:00
Join us for a morning of education, discussion and support to facilitate your grief work
that is necessary for healing.  This is a step in the healing process of grief.  Click here to register

 

September 26
GriefShare – 7:00pm in Room 405 – a 9 week series
This ministry gives you the opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling.  You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage to certain emotions.  You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future. Click here to register.


September 29

Franciscan Spirit and Life Conference
Dare to be Franciscan

October 2nd
Women’s Ministry
The Tuesday evening group will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm in Room 403
They will be sharing “Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told” by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.
To get your study guide, visit
https://www.lighthousecatholicmedia.org/store/title/divine-mercy-in-the-second-greatest-story-ever-told-guidebook


October 3

Transitus of St Francis
Join us as we commemorate the life and transitions St Francis.


October 4

Feast of St Francis
Mark this Feast with us as we feast together in community.


October 6
Blessing of the Animals
 
Bring your pets as we celebrate love of St Francis for all of God’s creation.


October 13

St. Francis Feeds – Breakfast at Oak City Outreach Center, an outreach center to the hungry and homeless of downtown Raleigh. On the second Saturday of every other month, volunteers from our parish provide the food, serve the breakfast meal, and visit with guests in the dining room of this wonderful center. Families and groups are welcome! Sign up at www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCOCaugust112018 or www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCOCoctober2018.


October 13

Franciscan Challenge
We are a community that supports our Franciscan Friars.


October 21

FrancisFest
Let’s come together in community with each other and celebrate how we Dare to be Franciscan!


November 3, 4, 10, 11

Our Lady of the Rosary Food Drive.  For more information go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/our-lady-of-the-rosary/

November 11th
Surviving the Holidays –
Help and hope as you navigate the Christmas season
Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated? Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are separated and divorced.
(Click here)
for more information and to register


November 20 to Dec 16

Advent Giving Tree.  For more information contact Becky Cawley 919-847-8205x267