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.

 

August 3/4
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/

 

 

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.

 

 

August dates: 4, 11, 18, 25
Migrant Ministry – Sign-up Now Volunteers Needed
The Migrant Ministry serves our migrant brothers who labor in the fields of North Carolina by driving them to and from Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Louisburg every Sunday – Now through September 29th.
Fiesta – On August 18th we will offer a Fiesta of food and fun for them.
Volunteer are needed to provide food and/or travel with other St. Francis parishioners and spend the afternoon offering hope and hospitality to those who hunger for a more dignified life.
To sign-up go to https://www.bit.ly/sfamigrantministry2019 and
Volunteer driver’s go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/migrant-ministry-2/ for more info. and printable driving forms.
Contact Bruce Cartier at bcartier@nc.rr.com or 919-900-0452 for more information.     Great family day of service! 

 

 

August 5th
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Join us at 7:00am in Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center.
Visit – https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/mensministry/ for more details.

 

 

August 6, 13
The Franciscan Basics Workshop is a series of one hour sessions designed to cover some very foundational topics within Franciscan spirituality and history to provide a little bit of an overview of the Franciscan charism. Held every Tuesday (except one week), all sessions are independent of one another, so feel free to drop in on them as your schedule allows. The same topic will be covered in the morning right after daily Mass around 9:30am in the Chapel, and at 7:00pm in Anthony Hall Room 403, led by Br. Jason Damon, O.F.M. Hope to see you there!
Franciscan Spirituality (8/6)
A Franciscan Focus for Ministry (8/13)

 

 

August 10th
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!
Link opens in July – go to http://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCaugust2019 to sign up
Check out our feeding calendar and other opportunities at 
https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/  Our next breakfast will be October 12th.

 

 

August dates: 11, 18, 25
Migrant Ministry – Sign-up Now Volunteers Needed
The Migrant Ministry serves our migrant brothers who labor in the fields of North Carolina by driving them to and from Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Louisburg every Sunday – Now through September 29th.
Fiesta – On August 18th we will offer a Fiesta of food and fun for them.
Volunteer are needed to provide food and/or travel with other St. Francis parishioners and spend the afternoon offering hope and hospitality to those who hunger for a more dignified life.
To sign-up go to https://www.bit.ly/sfamigrantministry2019 and
Volunteer driver’s go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/migrant-ministry-2/ for more info. and printable driving forms.
Contact Bruce Cartier at bcartier@nc.rr.com or 919-900-0452 for more information.     Great family day of service! 

 

 

August 13
The Franciscan Basics Workshop is a series of one hour sessions designed to cover some very foundational topics within Franciscan spirituality and history to provide a little bit of an overview of the Franciscan charism. Held every Tuesday (except one week), all sessions are independent of one another, so feel free to drop in on them as your schedule allows. The same topic will be covered in the morning right after daily Mass around 9:30am in the Chapel, and at 7:00pm in Anthony Hall Room 403, led by Br. Jason Damon, O.F.M. Hope to see you there!
Franciscan Spirituality (8/6)
A Franciscan Focus for Ministry (8/13)

 

 

August dates: 18, 25
Migrant Ministry – Sign-up Now Volunteers Needed
The Migrant Ministry serves our migrant brothers who labor in the fields of North Carolina by driving them to and from Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Louisburg every Sunday – Now through September 29th.
Fiesta – On August 18th we will offer a Fiesta of food and fun for them.
Volunteer are needed to provide food and/or travel with other St. Francis parishioners and spend the afternoon offering hope and hospitality to those who hunger for a more dignified life.
To sign-up go to https://www.bit.ly/sfamigrantministry2019 and
Volunteer driver’s go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/migrant-ministry-2/ for more info. and printable driving forms.
Contact Bruce Cartier at bcartier@nc.rr.com or 919-900-0452 for more information.     Great family day of service! 

 

 

August 21
Ronald McDonald Dinners (3rd Wednesday of the month)
If you can help provide items for the dinners we are serving the residents of the Ronald McDonald House in Durham on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com
Then, please drop off the item(s) you’ve signed up for IN THE NEW LOCATION:  THE BIN IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM BY THE RECEPTIONIST’S DESK IN CHURCH by 4:45 p
 m on the Tuesday before the meal date. (The side doors of Claire Hall are locked at 4 pm, so you will need to use the door that faces the parking lot if arriving after 4.)  **PLEASE NOTEITEM DROP OFF IS TUESDAY,  NOT WEDNESDAY**  If you are running late, please call or text Becky Hiller at 919-971-1394.  Thank you!  Again, to sign up (click here)

 

 

August 25
Migrant Ministry – Sign-up Now Volunteers Needed
The Migrant Ministry serves our migrant brothers who labor in the fields of North Carolina by driving them to and from Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Louisburg every Sunday – Now through September 29th.
Fiesta – On August 18th we will offer a Fiesta of food and fun for them.
Volunteer are needed to provide food and/or travel with other St. Francis parishioners and spend the afternoon offering hope and hospitality to those who hunger for a more dignified life.
To sign-up go to https://www.bit.ly/sfamigrantministry2019 and
Volunteer driver’s go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/migrant-ministry-2/ for more info. and printable driving forms.
Contact Bruce Cartier at bcartier@nc.rr.com or 919-900-0452 for more information.     Great family day of service! 

 

 

September dates –  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Migrant Ministry – Sign-up Now Volunteers Needed
The Migrant Ministry serves our migrant brothers who labor in the fields of North Carolina by driving them to and from Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Louisburg every Sunday – Now through September 29th.
Volunteer are needed to provide travel with other St. Francis parishioners and spend the afternoon offering hope and hospitality to those who hunger for a more dignified life.  To sign-up go to https://www.bit.ly/sfamigrantministry2019 and
Volunteer driver’s go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/migrant-ministry-2/ for more information and printable driving forms.  Contact Bruce Cartier at bcartier@nc.rr.com or 919-900-0452 for more information.  Great family day of service! 

 

 

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 10
Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K) is a safe, fun place where your children (ages 5-12) can learn skills that will help them heal.
DC4K groups blend, games, music, stories, videos, and discussion to help kids process the divorce and move forward.

This is a 13-week program offered on Tuesday nights from 7-9pm  in the Cupertino Room located in the Community Center.
To register your children  (Click Here) 

 

 

September 11
Grief Support Group
St. Francis Of Assisi Grief Support Group resumes monthly meetings on Wednesday September 11, 2019 in Anthony Hall, Room 402.  Our support group provides a safe place for you to explore and express feelings of grief.  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 and work through your grief.  We invite you to join us.  The topic for September will be “Remembering as the seasons change.”  If you have any questions please email Marsha Riely at marshariely@mac.com

 

 

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 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 

 

 

 

October 12
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!
Link opens in September – go to http://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCoctober2019 to sign up
Check out our feeding calendar and other opportunities at 
https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/  Our next breakfast will be December 14th.

 

 

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.

 

 

November 10th
Journeying with Grief through the Holidays
“How will I get through the holidays?” We invite you to join us and learn what you can do to take care of yourself and prepare for this holiday season.  For someone who is grieving, the prospect of facing the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays can be overwhelming.
Join us for an insightful look at celebrating the holidays with God’s grace after the loss of a loved one. If this is your first holiday after the loss of a loved one, please consider signing up for this workshop.  Learn to celebrate your loved one and the holidays.  For more information go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/journeying/  and join us from on Sunday Nov. 10th from 2-4pm in the Founders room.

 

 

November 19 – 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 8
Follow the Brick Road – A Journey Through Our Sacred Space

September 15 date is completely full.  The next tour with open slots is scheduled for December 8.
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.

 

 

December 14
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!
Link opens in November – go to http://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCCdecember2019 to sign up
Check out our feeding calendar and other opportunities at 
https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/
Our next breakfast will be February 8th.

 

 

 

 

 

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