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 email@example.com.
Daily to Dec 16
Advent Giving Tree
For more information contact Becky Cawley 919-847-8205x267
Thursday Evenings to 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 7:00 pm, for 8 weeks. For more information or to register, please contact Ben and Gladys Whitehouse at Gladys.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Now through – May 29
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. 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.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Bilingual night Mass, 9:30pm in the Chapel. Refreshments after Mass.
Bereavement Support Group
Join us for the Bereavement Support Group on December 12 at 10:00am in Anthony Hall Room 402. The topic will be Remembering Special Times at Christmas.
Safe Environment Training
Thursday December 13th from 9:30 until noon at the Diocese of Raleigh Catholic Center at 7200 Stonehenge Drive, Raleigh in the conference room on the 1st floor (room 1A). Seating is limited, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional Safe Environment Training dates can be found by visiting: http://dioceseofraleigh.org/offices/child-and-youth-protection/calendar
December 16 and 23
LGBT Ministry Advent Small Christian Community
All are welcome to join the LGBT Ministry for reflection as a small Christian community each Sunday in Advent, beginning Sunday from 4:00 to 5:00pm. in Room 406 in Anthony Hall. Join us for one session or all. Questions? Please contact Chris at email@example.com.
Preparing for Advent, Living the Word
A great and easy way to live the Advent Season of preparation for Christmas is to spend some time reflecting on the upcoming Sunday readings. Join Fr. Steve K on Monday after daily mass: December 17 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. as we break open and discover how the Scripture’s speak to us. Please RSVP: https://form.jotform.com/83185545803158
Parish Lessons & Carols
Join us for this amazing night of music and fellowship at 7:00pm in the Church as our parish music ensembles lead us in prayer and worship. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. This service consists of Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message and a brief prayer. What a wonderful way to celebrate as a community!
Children’s Christmas Pageant
Join us for this joyful retelling of the Nativity story, led by our elementary-aged children of the parish, with music by our Children’s choir at 6:15pm in the Church!
Sign up for our Children’s Pageant!
ALL children in grades K through 5 are invited to participate in our new Children’s Pageant on Christmas Eve! The pageant will take place before the 7:00pm Mass on 12/24, and will feature our Children’s Choir. We are also looking for several Level C Adult Volunteers to assist during the performance. For more information, or to sign up, visit: www.stfrancisraleigh.org/pageant
Dec. 29/30 and Jan. 5/6
Used Cell Phone Drive
Are you getting a new cell phone for Christmas and wondering what to do with your old one? The Knights of Columbus will be conducting an after-Christmas used cell phone drive. This will benefit InterAct of Wake County, a resource for victims of domestic violence. (www.interactofwake.org).
There will be a drop-off box in the Stewardship Center to collect used cell phones, chargers, and accessories. For additional information, contact Joe Azzopardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 5 & 6
We will be collecting casseroles, chili’s, stews, and soups this weekend. Please drop off in the Clare Hall Fee the Need kitchen refrigerator. there are labels there for you to name your dish, include ingredients, and reheating instructions. Thank you for helping out, our freezer is running a little low. This time of year can be so very hectic, and we appreciate anything you can contribute to this great ministry. Wishing you all a blessed season.
Divorce Care 4Kids and 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. DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) group is a safe, fun place where your children 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. Sign up now for our Sunday sessions – one for adults and one for children ages 5-12 at www.stfrancisraleigh.org/DC4Kids-and-adults/
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!
February 9th – http://www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCOCfebruary2019
St. Francis Feeds Calendar
Helping 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! Here 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.