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.

 Now to 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!

 

December 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 11
St. Francis Grief Support Group Note: different room this month
Wednesday December 11th from 10 to 11:30 AM in room 201 located in Clare Hall.
Those who are grieving the death of a loved one (family member or friend), please join us.  Sharing your grief and learning from others may help you to understand the grief process.  Our topic for December will be “Share your favorite Christmas Story.”  Please email Marsha Riely at marshariely@mac.com or Marlys Varga at marlysvarga@hotmail.com with any questions you may have.

 

 

Dec. 14 – Dec. 22
St. Francis Feeds Breakfast at Oak City Cares.
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/breakfastatOCCdecember14-2019
https://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCdecember22-2019
Also, check out our feeding calendar 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

 

 

Dec 15
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

 

 

Starting December 22
Hosting Homeless Families at St. Francis
In Wake County, there are many families facing homelessness and thus struggling, on a daily basis, to even survive. We as a community are helping in a profound way, and we hope you’ll join us. Beginning Sunday, December 22 for a week, St. Francis will shelter four of these families through our partnership with Family Promise. Opportunities to volunteer include providing meals, sharing dinner, offering childcare, driving the families to/from the day center, and being an overnight host.
Contact Ron Smith directly at stfa.fp@gmail.com or 919-455-7786 to volunteer.
Thank you for any help you can provide!

 

 

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/

 

Jan 5 Breakfast and Jan 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

 

 

January 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

 

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

 

January 21 to April 14
Divorce Care

This is a 13-week program offered on Tuesday nights from 7-9pm in the Padua Room located in the Community Center. Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. You don’t have to go through separation or divorce alone, Divorce Care is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Divorce Care seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable resources to help you heal from the pain and trauma of separation or divorce.  Each week is different, so start anytime.  To Register (Click Here)  Everyone needs to register (new & past participants).

 

 

January 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/breakfastatOCCjanuary26-2020
Also, check out our feeding calendar at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/

 

Feb 2 Breakfast and Feb 19th 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

 

 

February 3
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

 

 

February 8, 23
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/breakfastatOCCfebruary8-2020
https://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCfebruary23-2020
Also, check out our feeding calendar at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/

February 11
Good Grief
This is an 8 week program for those experiencing for those who are coping with the loss of a loved one.
Join us on Tuesday February 11th from 9 am to 11:30 in room 404 (the conference room) 
This year’s program we will be using The New Day Journal – a journey from grief to healing.
Click here to register
For more information, contact Marsha Riely at marshariely@mac.com

 

 

February 23
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/breakfastatOCCfebruary23-2020
Also, check out our feeding calendar at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/

 

 

March 1 Breakfast and March 18th 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

 

 

March 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:
https://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCmarch22-2020
Also, check out our feeding calendar at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/

 

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 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 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

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