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

Transportation Ministry – Volunteer Help Needed
This ministry provides transportation to parishioners who have no means of getting to church for weekend liturgies.
We are looking for volunteers to drive once a month or even once every other month (we really need the help).
Our volunteers offer a ride to the Mass they are attending. If you can help or if you would like more information,

please contact: Stephanie Smith at 919-302-0080. 


Homework Helpers
Wednesdays – Now to 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.  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.


Month of October
Toiletries Drive
Many of our low income brothers and sisters within our community and beyond find that their monthly income just can’t stretch far enough beyond food and rent to cover basic toiletry needs. So for the past few years we have been collecting toiletries here on an
on-going basis and giving these to our brothers and sisters in need. During the month of October we will be donating all supplies collected to the Helen Wright Center for Woman, a community agency helping single, homeless women break the cycle of homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. To do so, we are partnering with parishioner Adam Griffith, as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Please drop all supplies in the bin in Clare Hall. Supplies needed in addition to basic hygiene products: assorted sizes of women’s under garments; socks; shower shoes; combination locks; and disinfectant wipes.
For more information contact Becky Cawley 919-847-8205x267


Monday – Oct 15, 22 and 29
Jobs for LIfe
A new chapter of life begins for unemployed and underemployed men and women in our area in September.
Through a ministry called Jobs for Life, men and women, many of whom are homeless, become students committed to a bi-weekly class that includes training, mentoring, and coaching to help them find meaningful work. This ministry is building lives one job at a time for students seeking employment and learning God’s gift of work. Throughout the eight-week program, Mondays Sept 10 – Oct 29 at 5:30 – 7:00 pm, the transformation that occurs is amazing. 
You can help: Cook and share a meal with students and their families, shop for needed food items, provide childcare for the children, helping with homework as well as engaging them in some activities and games, or be a Champion and mentor a student by walking with them as they learn and look for meaningful employment.
For more information, contact Ellen Ferrone at or 858-531-9797.
You can also sign-up directly here to help with meals:


October 16
Women’s Ministry
The Tuesday evening group will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7:00pm in Room 403
They will be sharing “Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told” by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.
To get your study guide, visit
For more information and to register (click here) or go to


Adult Formation: Going Deeper
The Gospel of Luke Scripture Study
Daytime Series – In the Padua Room of the Community Center from 10:00-11:30am. Facilitated by Barbara Efird and Cindy Cardello.

Wednesdays – 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, (OFF 11/21), 11/28, 12/5.
Evening Series – In Cupertino Room of the Assisi Community Center from 7:00-8:30pm. Facilitated by Rich Zemonek.

Thursdays – 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4,10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1 (after 7pm Mass), 11/8, 11/15, (OFF 11/22), 11/29, 12/6.
Luke tells the story of Jesus of Nazareth as a mighty prophet and Savior of the world in fulfillment of Old Testament expectations. Luke also emphasizes Jesus as a person dedicated to prayer. He begins with Jesus’ virginal conception and birth and follows Jesus through his public ministry to his passion, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven—all under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Luke, along with Matthew and Mark, is one of the synoptic gospels. It is the primary gospel of year ‘C’ in the Catholic Church’s liturgical cycle. Join us on this exciting journey!  Cost: $20 per person – This includes 12 sessions, a Study Guide by Little Rock Scripture Study Staff and the New Collegeville Bible Commentary, The Gospel According to Luke, by Michael F. Patella (Liturgical Press).

To register, visit
For more information, email –


October 21
Let’s come together in community with each other as we celebrate our Franciscan community.

Begins after the 11:30 Mass. Family fun for everyone. 


Francis Fest – Fair Trade Awareness
Sunday October 21
For the past few years, during our Parish Francis Fest celebration, we have provided the opportunity for you to taste Fair Trade products. By purchasing Fair Trade products you stand in solidarity with folks who are struggling and marginalized while respecting their right to dignified work and helping them lift themselves out of poverty.  You just can’t go wrong with a Fair Trade product and they are so yummy too!  Come help others have a taste and have a taste yourself! There will be chocolate!


October 24th
Interfaith Gathering
Rabbi Lucy Dinner, Imam AbuTaleb, and Rev. Christopher Edmonston will be the speakers, talking about “Building Interfaith Relationships in Today’s World.” The gathering will be Wednesday, Oct. 24th at 7:00pm at White Memorial Presbyterian, 2115 St. Mary’s St. Raleigh, NC 27608.  Rabbi Dinner and Imam AbuTaleb serve together on the Islamaphobia Committee in Raleigh.
There will be a reception following the event.  Questions, contact Judy McConnell at 919-510-4246


November 3, 4, 10, 11
Our Lady of the Rosary Food Drive.

Louisburg is a rural community where approximately 24% of the population live below the poverty line.  The OLR food pantry is the only food pantry in this area and serves over 100 families each day it is open.  It is quite a privilege to have the resources to continue to help this community each year, thank you for all of your past support!  If you’d like to help again here is a link to sign up.

Volunteers are needed to hand out bags after Mass on Nov 3/4 and to receive bags of groceries at the truck on Nov 10/11.
This is a great project for families to do together.
For more information go to


November 4th
Harvest Moon Festival
Sunday, November 4th from 12:30 to 2:30 in Clare Fellowship Hall.

Amazing Raffle Baskets, Silent Auction, Fall Carnival Games for your kids – Great food and a Cupcake Walk.  


November 5th
Men’s Ministry
Join us at 7am in the Padua Room of the Assisi community Center.  Fr. Steve Kluge 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!


Fair Trade Market – Vendor Hospitality Help
Friday Nov 9 – Sunday Nov 11
Our Fair Trade and Alternative Gift Market is around the corner!  This year it is November 9, 10, 11.  What is Fair Trade?
It is an economic system in developing countries that lifts up farmers, artisans, and producers of all kinds and gives them a chance to compete in a global marketplace. It also insures that children go to school rather than work and it promotes whole communities not just individuals.  By purchasing Fair Trade products you stand in solidarity with these folks while respecting their right to dignified work and helping them lift themselves out of poverty.  We will have 9 vendors this year at the market, two of them brand new to us.
So come take a look!  If you would like to help us provide hospitality to our vendors, we would greatly appreciate it!


October 10th
Care and Wellness: Grief Support

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, consider attending our new monthly support group.
The next meeting is on October 10 at 10:00am in room 402
If you would benefit from talking and listening to others who are journeying in grief, please join us.
For more information, contact Marsha Riely at or
Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205x241.


October 26
Blood Drive
The knights of Columbus and the American Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive in Clare Fellowship Hall on October 27th from 8am to 1:30pm.  To schedule an appointment, visit and enter sponsor code: St. Francis.
Questions? Contact Bryan Kozak at 910-728-9200 or  Food will be provided by area businesses.


November 11
Divorce Care – Surviving the Holidays – for Adults . . . and one for Kids
Our Surviving the Holidays seminar helps participants prepare for the holidays and discover hope for the future. We’ll help you learn how to deal with emotions, provide helpful tips for surviving social events, suggest ways to help children through the holidays, and tell you how to find hope for the future. Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are separated and divorced.

(click here) to register or go to
For more information about the ministry (Click here) or go to

There is a DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) event too!
Are your children angry, hurt, and confused about your separation or divorce? A DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) group is a safe, fun place where your children can learn skills that will help them heal.  DC4K group’s blend, games, music, stories, videos and discussion to help kids process the divorce and move forward.  Designed for children ages 5-12.   (Click here) to register or go to   For more information about the ministry (Click here)or go to


November 11
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.  (Click here) for more information and to register or go to

November 20 to Dec 16

Advent Giving Tree.
For more information contact Becky Cawley 919-847-8205x267


December 8
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! Sign up at



Formation Registration for Grades K – 12  is Open!

Our program is a small group-based faith formation model, centered on the Mass, offering fellowship, in a fun, social setting and safe environment. Because Mass is the source and summit of our faith, our program meeting times are scheduled after the Mass to break open the treasures of the faith that have just been proclaimed. We typically meet twice a month during the traditional academic year. Our small group-based model mirrors the structure of the liturgy with four portions – gather, proclaim, break, and send. Families MUST be registered parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi to participate in Faith Formation. Visit for more information and to register.