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.

Starting Easter Sunday, April 21
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 Easter Sunday, April 21, for a week, St. Francis will shelter four of these families through our partnership with Family Promise (formally known as Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network or WIHN). 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 sfa.wihn@gmail.com or
919-455-7786
to volunteer.

 

 

April 24
50+ Seniors Group Potluck Lunch
If you’re 50 years or older, you’re invited to join us on April 24 for our monthly potluck luncheon in Clare Fellowship Hall at 12:00noon. All are welcome and you do not have to be a member of St. Francis Church or the group to attend – so bring your friends. Come and share a delicious meal and lively conversation!  You can determine what to bring by using the initial of last name, for April we’ll be using potluck luncheon (menu #1) and if last name starts with A thru D = main dish, E thru M = dessert/bread or rolls, N thru Z = Salad/side dish (** please bring sufficient food for 8-people). We hope to see you and your friends at the April 24 potluck. Thank you for any help you can provide!

 

 

April 24  (every Wednesdays, Now to 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. https://www.bit.ly/homeworkhelpers2018

 

 

April 24
Introduction to the Bible
This study has 7 sessions, incorporating an introductory session and 6 lessons. The registration fee includes a Study Guide by Catherine Upchurch and a commentary, Introduction to the Bible, A Catholic Guide to Studying Scripture, by Stephen J. Binz (Liturgical Press), and any other course materials. Facilitated by Rich Zemonek, a Diocese of Raleigh Certified Master Catechist and a co- founder of the Assisi Scripture Study program at St. Francis. Dates: Wednesdays, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5 from 7:00 to 8:30pm Location: Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center. Cost: $21 per person (study guide and reflection journal included in Little Rock format) To register, visit www.stfrancisraleigh. org/adult-formation/Registration is open to 18 participants.

 

 

April 27/28, May 4/5
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 April 27/28 we will be handing out bags after all the masses with a list of needs. The next weekend May 4/5 there will be a truck in our parking lot collecting your donations. Help is needed. Bring your whole family!  www.bit.ly/OLRfooddriveapril2019. If you have questions please contact Lily Reddy at liliaredder@hotmail.com.

 

 

April 29
Book Discussion on Racial Justice and the Catholic Church: Join us for a three-session book discussion on Fr. Bryan Massingale’s book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. This book examines the presence of racism in this country from its early history through the Civil Rights Movement and the election of Barack Obama. It also explores how Catholic social teaching has been used – and not used – to combat racism and promote reconciliation and justice. To RSVP, contact Trevor Thompson, trevor.thompson@stfrancisraleigh.org. Books were distributed at the introductory session.                  Next session is Monday, April 29, 7pm to 8:30pm.   Future session May 13.

 

 

April 30
Refugee Resettlement Ministry Training Session
If you would like to be a volunteer with our Refugee Resettlement Ministry, you must attend a training session. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday evening-April 30 at 6:30pm in the Anthony Hall Founders Room where Adelen Kirkland, the Communities Program Director for USCRI, our partner resettlement organization, will be joining us and leading the training. Contact Aggie Dalton at welcomehomesfa@gmail.com for more information about this ministry.

 

 

May 4 & 5
Caring Casseroles weekend
Some of our families are facing challenging circumstances and could use your help. Please 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, or someone who just needs to feel the care and love of our parish as they rise to meet the challenges of life.  Please drop off your cooked casseroles (but not frozen) to the Clare Hall Feed the Need refrigerator on Sunday. Please use the Caring Casserole label and list the name of your dish, ingredients, and reheating instructions.  For more information and for a printable label go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/caring-casserole/
Thanking you in advance for your time, your participation is a crucial part of the success of this ministry.

 

May 6
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.

 

 

May 8
50+ Seniors Group Game Day

The 50+ Senior Group invites all parishioners, as well as non-parishioners, 50 years of age or older to participate in our monthly Game Day events.  We’ll be playing the exciting and popular game of Left-Right-Center (L-R-C) on May 8 at 12:00 noon in Founders Room.  No gaming skills or strategy are needed to play this game. Sit in, and the outcome is left entirely to the roll of 1-, 2- or ¬3-dice, and follow what the dice “show”. Remember, as always exact change is appreciated.  Refreshments and drinks will be provided.

 

 

May 17-19
Ignatian Retreat for Men
Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC. Men of the diocese are invited. It starts Friday, May 17 at about 5:00pm and closes Sunday, May 19 around 12:00noon.
Fr. Chris Ryan, S.J., Parochial Vicar at St. Raphael the Archangel, will direct the retreat, drawing on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This will be a weekend of prayer, listening, and contemplation. Mass is scheduled on Sunday. There will be (optional) time for familiar devotions, personal prayer and reflection, and meetings with Father. Avila is a peaceful retreat environment with a wooded landscape. The $195 cost for the three-day retreat includes an overnight private room for two nights, dinners, breakfasts, and lunches. Contact Jim Haag at 919-995-1057, JJMTHAAG@bellsouth.net. Or make reservation by sending a $95 deposit to K of C Council #12455 — note Men’s Retreat to Ignatian Men’s Retreat, C/O Jim Haag, 500 Emerywood Dr., Raleigh, NC 27515.

 

 

May 18
Please join us for reflection on Francis and the Robbers – A Path to Nonviolence
Prayer, individual reflection, table sharing and fellowship. Saturday May 18 from 8:30 to 1:30 in Anthony Hall Founders Room. Includes lunch $10.00
Presenters: Fr. Steve Patti OFM, Trevor Thompson, Becky Cawley, Ben and Gladys Whitehouse
Registration: http://bit.ly/SFAInstrumentofPeace
Contact Whitehouseben5@gmail.com or Gladys.whitehouse@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

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. https://www.bit.ly/homeworkhelpers2018

 

 

May 25 – June 2, 2019
Build 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.

 

 

June 1 & 2
Caring Casseroles weekend
Some of our families are facing challenging circumstances and could use your help. Please 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, or someone who just needs to feel the care and love of our parish as they rise to meet the challenges of life.  Please drop off your cooked casseroles (but not frozen) to the Clare Hall Feed the Need refrigerator on Sunday. Please use the Caring Casserole label and list the name of your dish, ingredients, and reheating instructions.  For more information visit and printable labels go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/caring-casserole/
Thanking you in advance for your time, your participation is a crucial part of the success of this ministry.

 

 

June 8
St. Francis Feeds – Breakfast
St. Francis Feeds – Breakfast at Oak City Cares, a new multi-services center to the hungry and homeless of downtown Raleigh which replaced the old Oak City Outreach Center. 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 brand new, beautiful center. Families and groups are welcome!
Go to  http://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCjune2019 to sign up.  Check out our feeding calendar and other opportunities at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/ 

 

 

July 27/28
Back-to-School Supply Drive
We hope to fill 150 backpacks – all for children in great need.
Remember how wonderful it felt that first day of school to open a new box of crayons or to throw that new backpack over your shoulder?  Wont you give a struggling child that same gift … the gift of hope and a sense of opportunity?  Since education is the surest path out of poverty, your gift to these struggling families will bear fruit way beyond a backpack. (Benefitting children in Grades K-12 through: Passage Home, Inter-faith Food Shuttle and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish).  https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/back-to-school-supplies-drive/
For more information contact Becky Cawley at becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.org

 

 

July 29
Pequeños Gigante (Little Giants)

For the past 4 years St. Francis has helped create and run Pequeños Gigantes (Little Giants) for children of the Hispanic Family Center, a center dedicated to assisting low income hispanic familes integrate and prosper in their new communities – children in 1st through 5th grades. We are in need of adults to help with this camp from July 29 – August 2, 2019. No experience is necessary, just a love of children and a willingness to help. Though if you are a teacher we could really use you!  Please contact Becky Cawley at becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.org  919-847-8205x267.

 

 

 

August 3/4
Back-to-School Supply Drive

We hope to fill 150 backpacks – all for children in great need.
Remember how wonderful it felt that first day of school to open a new box of crayons or to throw that new backpack over your shoulder?  Wont you give a struggling child that same gift … the gift of hope and a sense of opportunity?  Since education is the surest path out of poverty, your gift to these struggling families will bear fruit way beyond a backpack. (Benefitting children in Grades K-12 through: Passage Home, Inter-faith Food Shuttle and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish). For more information contact Becky Cawley at becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.org  919-847-8205x267.


 

September 10
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).

 

 

September 14/15, 21/22 and 28/29
Catholic Parish Outreach Food Drive
Youth and adult volunteers needed to hand out grocery bags after all the Masses the weekend before the drive
and to receive the donations at the CPO food truck in our parking lot.  For more information go to 
https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/catholic-parish-outreach/

 

 

September 15
The Follow the Brick Road – A Journey Through Our Sacred Space 
The March 31 date is completely full.  The next tour is scheduled for September 15. The tours begin in Anthony Hall Founders Room at 12:45 with a light lunch and ends at 2:00pm. Please respond to Deb Royals Mizerk by September 9 at deb.royals-mizerk@stfrancisraleigh.org if you would like to be a part of this beautiful historic tour.

 

 

September 25
GriefShare
Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. This ministry offers you an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling. 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.  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.  Our next 10-week series will start on Wednesday, September 25th 7pm – 9pm in Room 403 (the library).   For more information, go to www.stfrancisraleigh.org/griefshare/
or contact Marlys Varga – marlysvarga@hotmail.com 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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