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.

All in-person Masses, meetings, gatherings, and events

are cancelled until further notice. 

Prayer Line Ministry 
Parishioner volunteer to pray for anyone for whom a request is submitted.
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/prayer-request/
for our online request form 
if you have a prayer request you would like to make.
If you would like to join the Prayer Line ministry and pray for others, please contact
Paul Wilsonwilsonpf99@gmail.com 


Virtual Stations  – Fridays during Lent

6:00pm Stations of the Cross

 

April 7, 14, 21, 28 (canceled until further notice)
Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton
Participants are invited to a join a group sharing their spiritual journey and exploring the power of love in Book 4 of Bridges series, The Hidden Ground of Love. Spiritual progress has no other test in the end, nor any better expression, than our ability to love.  Tuesday evenings beginning on March 10 at 7:00pm. We will meet twice a month for 8 sessions and each session will be 1 ½ Hours in Anthony Hall. A short passage from Merton and another spiritual writer will be discussed followed by 10 minutes of silent prayer and then short intercessory prayers. Each session is independent of the others so joining every meeting is not essential – come when you can. In this new series some of the statements we’ll encounter are:

1) The contemplative life must provide an area, a space of liberty, of silence, in which possibilities are allowed to surface and new choices.

2) If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.

3) Being contemplative is learning to live.

4) We are all poor travelers but, as Merton knew, “All that is poor deserves mercy.”

5) Why would it be important for you to sit still and be what you had become?

If these sound interesting to you, please join us on the contemplative journey. Books are $6 and can be ordered from Amazon or we can do it for you. If interested or have questions, contact Deacon Steve at 732-213-0104 or stephenwandrews@outlook.com.

 

April 2, 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

 

April 4 & 5
Caring Casseroles Weekend

This coming weekend is a Caring Casseroles weekend, so if you have time, your casserole, soup, stew or chili would be greatly appreciated and be put to good use. Casseroles should be made in a disposable pan sealed and then placed a Ziploc freezer bag. Please DO NOT FREEZE THE CASSEROLE! … Just refrigerate it!  You can drop off/place your items in the Feed the Need refrigerator in Clare Hall. There are labels there for you to fill out the name of your dish, reheating instructions and the ingredients.
Please take a few minutes to include the ingredients as it is essential to deciding which meals can be given to those with food allergies.  All size meals welcome, but smaller meals especially welcome as many of our families have just 2 or three people.
The Feed the Need refrigerator 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.   For more information go to our Caring Casseroles webpage at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/caring-casserole/
Thank you for your incredible generosity that enables this ministry to serve those in need.

 

April 5 Breakfast and 15th Dinner
Helen Wright Center for Women
Would you and your family consider helping your sisters in Christ with a home cooked meal a couple of times a month? We hope so! How wonderful to be better connected with your growing children and spouse while helping others lift themselves out of poverty. For more information or to sign up to help with dinner meals, go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4eaeaf2f4-2019 or contact Angela Zemonek at zfamilync@yahoo.com or 919-931-3293.
For information and to sign up to help with breakfast meals, please contact Nam Douglass at namdouglass@bellsouth.net or 919-412-5182. Thank you

April 5 Always God’s Children:
The monthly support group meeting for LGBT people and family and friends will meet virtually April 5, same time, 3:15-5 p.m. To receive an invite to the meeting, email Chuck Small at
chuck.smallsfa@gmail.com.

April 6
Men’s Prayer Breakfast 

The first Monday of each month, join us at 7:00am in the Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center. Any questions, contact Norman Tuomi at norman3722@att.net

 

April 8
Grief Support Group  Common myths about grief
St. Francis of Assisi Grief Support Group will meet on second Wednesday of each month in Anthony Hall, room 402 from 10 am to 11:30.  Being able to share your grief with others who are also coping with the death of a loved one (family member or friend) helps you to understand the process of grief.  “Grief shared is Grief diminished.”
For more information, contact Marsha Riely at 678-570-3220 marshariely@mac.com

Monthly Support group meetings:                         
– May 13:  Dealing with insomnia
    

 

April 11, 26
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: https://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCapril11-2020
https://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCapril26-2020
Also, check out our feeding calendar at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/

 

May 2 & 3
Caring Casseroles Weekend

This coming weekend is a Caring Casseroles weekend, so if you have time, your casserole, soup, stew or chili would be greatly appreciated and be put to good use. Casseroles should be made in a disposable pan sealed and then placed a Ziploc freezer bag. Please DO NOT FREEZE THE CASSEROLE! … Just refrigerate it!  You can drop off/place your items in the Feed the Need refrigerator in Clare Hall.
There are labels there for you to fill out the name of your dish, reheating instructions and the ingredients.
Please take a few minutes to include the ingredients as it is essential to deciding which meals can be given to those with food allergies.  All size meals welcome, but smaller meals especially welcome as many of our families have just 2 or three people.
The Feed the Need refrigerator 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. 
For more information go to our Caring Casseroles webpage at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/caring-casserole/
Thank you for your incredible generosity that enables this ministry to serve those in need.

 

May 2 & 3
Caring Casseroles Weekend

This coming weekend is a Caring Casseroles weekend, so if you have time, your casserole, soup, stew or chili would be greatly appreciated and be put to good use. Casseroles should be made in a disposable pan sealed and then placed a Ziploc freezer bag. Please DO NOT FREEZE THE CASSEROLE! … Just refrigerate it!  You can drop off/place your items in the Feed the Need refrigerator in Clare Hall.
There are labels there for you to fill out the name of your dish, reheating instructions and the ingredients.
Please take a few minutes to include the ingredients as it is essential to deciding which meals can be given to those with food allergies.  All size meals welcome, but smaller meals especially welcome as many of our families have just 2 or three people.
The Feed the Need refrigerator 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.  For more information go to our Caring Casseroles webpage at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/caring-casserole/
Thank you for your incredible generosity that enables this ministry to serve those in need.

 

May 3 Breakfast and 20th Dinner
Helen Wright Center for Women
Would you and your family consider helping your sisters in Christ with a home cooked meal a couple of times a month? We hope so! How wonderful to be better connected with your growing children and spouse while helping others lift themselves out of poverty. For more information or to sign up to help with dinner meals, go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4eaeaf2f4-2019 or contact Angela Zemonek at zfamilync@yahoo.com or 919-931-3293.
For information and to sign up to help with breakfast meals, please contact Nam Douglass at namdouglass@bellsouth.net or 919-412-5182. Thank you

 

May 4
Men’s Prayer Breakfast 

The first Monday of each month, join us at 7:00am in the Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center.  Any questions, contact Norman Tuomi at norman3722@att.net

May 7, 14, 21, 28
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

May 13
Grief Support Group – Dealing with insomnia
St. Francis of Assisi Grief Support Group will meet on second Wednesday of each month in Anthony Hall, room 402 from 10 am to 11:30.  Being able to share your grief with others who are also coping with the death of a loved one (family member or friend) helps you to understand the process of grief.  “Grief shared is Grief diminished.”
For more information, contact Marsha Riely at 678-570-3220 marshariely@mac.com

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