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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.

 

Now to April 14
Sunday DivorceCare for Adults and DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K)
DC4K – This group is a safe, fun place where your children can learn skills that will help them heal. DC4K blend, games, music, stories, videos and discussion to help kids process the divorce and move forward. Sign up now for our Sunday sessions – one for adults and one for children ages 5-12 (click here) for more information, or go to www.stfrancisraleigh.org/DC4Kids-and-adults/
DivorceCare for Adults – Find help and healing from separation and divorce through Divorce Care. Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced.  (click here) for more information.

Now to April 16th
Tuesday DivorceCare
A friendly caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Find help and healing from separation and divorce through Divorce Care. Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they have ever faced.  (Click here) to register and for more information. 

 

ST. Francis is sponsoring and has welcomed a refugee family.
Donations are still needed for this family – (click here) for more information
There are many ways you can be part of this ministry. For example: Donate household items and basic food supplies, transport furniture, help set up the home, or provide short-term support in the family’s transition. We have a core group of parishioners excited to work on behalf of our parish, but we’d love to have more help. 


Now to April 10th
GriefShare
Our next 10 week series will start on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7:00 – 9:00pm in Anthony Hall Room 403 (the library). Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too often people, including Christians, tend to stuff their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don’t allow fear of what others may think to keep you from what could help you. You will find encouragement, comfort, and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member, or friend. No matter what the cause of your loved one’s death, this is an 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. Note: March 6 is Ash Wednesday and we will not meet that day. For more information, contact Marlys Varga at marlysvarga@hotmail.com.

 

February 6th
Adult Formation: Going Deeper – The Acts of the Apostles
Acts tells the story of the spread of the Gospel and the growth of the early church from its beginnings at Pentecost, following the ascension of Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowers the preaching of Peter, Paul, and the other disciples to take the faith from Jerusalem, to Judea, throughout Samaria and ultimately to the ends of the earth. It records the conversion of Paul and the momentous decision of the early church to welcome Gentiles as well as Jews into the church. Acts is the second volume of the literary work begun in the Gospel According to Luke. Join us on this exciting journey! 
Cost: $20 per person – This includes 
10 sessions, a Study Guide by Little Rock Scripture Study Staff and the New Collegeville Bible Commentary, The Acts of the Apostles, by Dennis Hamm (Liturgical Press).

Daytime Series – In Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center from 10:00 to 11:30am.
Wednesdays – 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, (OFF 3/6), 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10.

Facilitated by Barbara Efird and Cindy Cardello. Maximum, 20 participants. 
For more information and to register, visit www.stfrancisraleigh.org/adult-formation/

Through January 31
Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace 
We live in troubled times. Day after day, news brings great uncertainty and often anxiety for those of us committed to living the Gospel and its call to peace and justice, truth, and integrity. As the world spins in turmoil, with violence and anger not only tolerated but also accepted and even lauded, we call upon the grace of God to help us weather the storm. But what if that storm continues to rage inside us? How are we called to respond to the turbulence? How do I live in peace when the world is awash in violence? Come and explore answers to these questions and more, Thursday evenings at 7:00pm for 8 weeks. For more information or to register, please contact Ben and Gladys Whitehouse at Gladys.whitehouse@gmail.com or whitehouseben5@gmail.com.

  

February 2nd
Caring Casseroles
Once again it is Caring Casseroles weekend. Please consider making a soup, stew, meatloaf or any other freezable dinner. Most of our families are small in size, so a small meal is always welcome. Please drop off in the Clare Hall Feed the Need refrigerator, located next to the bathroom in Clare Hall. There is a sign on the door that says “Feed the Need”.
There are labels there for you to fill out what your meal is, the ingredients (to help with providing dinners to families that deal with allergies) and reheating instructions. Please place your meal in the fridge, both the top and bottom are refrigerators, so you can use either one. Thank you for helping out with this ministry. Your support is really needed and appreciated.

 

February 2/3
Migrant Farm Worker Supply Drive

Every summer, fathers, brothers, uncles, and sons leave their families in their home countries in Mexico and Central American and travel to our state with little more than a backpack to do the hard work of picking our fruits, vegetables, and tobacco for months on end. While they are here they live in run-down trailers mostly often lacking the basic essentials, like working plumbing and comfortable and clean bedding. They do this only to provide better support and resources for their families back home. 

Because we are a Franciscan Community, we have been supporting these men for over 25 years with needed food, supplies, and rides to mass each weekend during the summer. Plans have begun to support them this summer and your help would be greatly appreciated! We will be collecting the following much needed items for the men only this one weekend. Men’s new and gently used footwear (work boots, sneakers, etc.) sizes 8 – 11, lightweight long pants, long sleeve button down shirts, lightweight shirts of all kinds, socks and new underwear packs. Toiletries: soap, deodorant, shampoos, combs/brushes, tooth brushes, toothpaste, razors. Laundry detergent and sunscreen, sunglasses, bandanas, rain jackets and sweatshirts are always needed. There will be bins in Clare Fellowship Hall this weekend to collect your items. Thank you so much!

February 3 
Super Sole Sunday
“Super Sole Sunday”, our Parish all family service day, presented by our Justice & Peace and Formation Teams, is an event for families and their children to work together to trace, cut and organize denim shoe kits that will be shipped to Uganda. The shoe parts will be sewn and made into shoes that will be put on children’s feet to protect them from harmful and painful parasites that infest bare feet. Two sessions will be held, 10am & 12:45pm. RSVP is required.  Visit : http://bit.ly/SoleHope19

February 4
Men’s Ministry
Join us at 7:00am in the 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.

February 7 & 14
Contemplative Prayer Sessions 
Join with new parishioner Nancy Jones, and the Thursday Centering Prayer Groups, as she leads six contemplative prayer sessions. Following the existing morning or evening times of Centering Prayer, experience a new way to meet the Divine in Holy Silence. These six sessions are available to anyone interested as follows: Thursday evenings on January 10, 24, and February 14; Thursday mornings on January 17, 31, and February 7. For questions, please contact Nancy at prayerfulheart3@gmail.com. Come, rest in the warmth of God’s Love!

February 9
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! 
(click here) or go to  http://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCOCfebruary2019
Check out our St. Francis Feeds Calendar – https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/

 

February 9 
The Five Love Languages
6:30pm in Clare Fellowship Hall. Come out for a fun and enlightening evening with your spouse and learn each other’s love language! Join other couples for a presentation on Dr. Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages. This presentation examines the different ways couples relate, express affection, and stay in love. Be prepared to laugh, learn, and grow deeper in love with each other. Dinner and childcare provided. Question, contact Tim Hetzel at 919-847-8205x244 or tim.hetzel@stfrancisraleigh.org.

February 9 & 10 or 16/17
CPO “Feed a Family” Food Drive
Catholic Parish Outreach provides emergency food assistance to thousands of people each month thanks in large measure to your support. Our food drive to stock their pantry begins Feb 2/3. Volunteers will be handing out bags after all the masses. Please take a bag and bring them back to the CPO truck in our parking lot one of the next two weekends (Feb 9/10) or (Feb 16/17).  If you or your family would like to help receive bags at the truck, we would love to have you. Here is a link to sign up for bag collection at the truck: (click here) or go to www.bit.ly/CPOfooddrivefebruary2019

 

February 10
“The Sultan and the Saint”
“Continuing a Dialogue with our Muslim Friends”
We now have another wonderful opportunity to join with our Muslim brothers and sisters to further deepen our understanding and love for each other. Using the story of St. Francis of Assisi meeting with a Muslim leader in the 13th century, this docudrama film offers an invitation to us to further follow the footsteps of St. Francis and be a brother and sister to all we encounter. We hope to see you there! (click here) for more information and to RSVP.

February 13
Good Grief – Monthly Support
Monthly support group meeting at 10 am in Anthony Hall room 402.  This months topic is “Love Never Dies”.
We invite you to join us. For more information contact Marsha Riely at 678-570-3220 or Marlys Varga 919-247-8307

 

February 13
Adult Formation: Going Deeper – The Acts of the Apostles
Acts tells the story of the spread of the Gospel and the growth of the early church from its beginnings at Pentecost, following the ascension of Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowers the preaching of Peter, Paul, and the other disciples to take the faith from Jerusalem, to Judea, throughout Samaria and ultimately to the ends of the earth. It records the conversion of Paul and the momentous decision of the early church to welcome Gentiles as well as Jews into the church. Acts is the second volume of the literary work begun in the Gospel According to Luke. Join us on this exciting journey! 
Cost: $20 per person – This includes 
10 sessions, a Study Guide by Little Rock Scripture Study Staff and the New Collegeville Bible Commentary, The Acts of the Apostles, by Dennis Hamm (Liturgical Press).

Daytime Series – In Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center from 10:00 to 11:30am.
Wednesdays – 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, (OFF 3/6), 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10.

Facilitated by Barbara Efird and Cindy Cardello. Maximum, 20 participants. 
For more information and to register, visit www.stfrancisraleigh.org/adult-formation/

February 14
Contemplative Prayer Sessions 
Join with new parishioner Nancy Jones, and the Thursday Centering Prayer Groups, as she leads six contemplative prayer sessions. Following the existing morning or evening times of Centering Prayer, experience a new way to meet the Divine in Holy Silence. These six sessions are available to anyone interested as follows: Thursday evenings on January 10, 24, and February 14; Thursday mornings on January 17, 31, and February 7. For questions, please contact Nancy at prayerfulheart3@gmail.com. Come, rest in the warmth of God’s Love!

Tuesday March 5 to April 9
Good Grief Program
A 6-week program for those experiencing loss of a loved one. 9:00 -11:30 in the Anthony Hall Conference Room. 
(Click here) for more information or contact Marsha Riely at 678-570-3220 or Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205 x241

 

April 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! 
(click here) or go to  http://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCOCapril2019
Check out our St. Francis Feeds Calendar – https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/

 

Wednesdays, Now – May 29
Homework Helpers
The Hispanic Family Center, a program of Catholic Charities is dedicated to helping low income Hispanic families in need by empowering them to become more integrated in the community and improving their quality of life through programs of education, health, job training, etc. One such program is an after school program called Homework Helpers that helps struggling elementary children with their homework and daily lessons. Their parents, often burdened with heavy concerns like poverty, illness, and poor English skills, often are not able to provide the help their children need with their school work. If you would like to help these children do better in school, we would love to have you. All are welcome! Below is a link for more information and to sign up. The ability to speak Spanish is not required, but it does help sometimes. www.bit.ly/homeworkhelpers2018.

 

May 25 – June 2, 2019
B
uild a Home in El Salvador with Habitat for Humanity
Led by parishioner John Budway and our own pastor Fr. Steve Patti, we will work on the construction of a home alongside a local family wanting more for themselves. This trip will also offer the opportunity to visit a local school and make a pilgrimage to the holy sites of the Church’s newest saint, St. Oscar Romero. Dates: May 25 – June 2, 2019 – Cost: $1300 + airfare.  If you’re interested in joining our pastor Fr. Steve Patti and other parishioners on this Habitat build and visit to St. Oscar Romero-related sites please contact John Budway at 305-205-5104, budwayjj@bellsouth.net.

 

 

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