The mission of St. Francis’ Care and Wellness Ministries – rooted in our community’s vision statement that “we are one family, living in community, confronted, challenged, and comforted by the Word of God, reaching out to all persons and their families” – is to be a pastoral presence, offer emotional support, provide opportunities to find balance in life, and remain attentive to the spiritual needs of those facing unsettling circumstances in our community.

As Christians, we are one body in Christ.  During times of adversity and suffering, we help one another to heal, to move on, and to change more into who God is asking us to become.

 


Care and Wellness Ministries

 

Ministries of Wellness

Seeks to offer a path to a more balanced approach to life through the offering of seminars and courses.

Mental Health and Wellness

Addressing the stigma associated with Mental Illness, offering support and bringing awareness, resources, education and offering a better understanding of Mental Illness.  Mental illness is a medical condition not a weakness.
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On Purpose Peace

Is a small Christian Community guide to understanding that you have a purpose and are essential to God’s plan. Discover your two word purpose statement, “I exist to serve God by                            .”  (Click here) for more information.

Bereavement and Remembrance Ministries

Walk with those who have lost a loved one. From helping plan the funeral to coping with grief, these ministries offer hope and pastoral presence.

Consolation and Care

Reaches out with God’s healing love and compassion to those grieving the death of a loved one. (Click here) for more information.

Emmaus Ministry

Assists parishioners in dealing with the death of a loved one by helping them with funeral preparations and “walking” with them in their time of sorrow. (Click here) for more information.

Journeying with Grief through the Holidays

It’s hard to enjoy the holidays when you’re grieving. Come spend an afternoon with us and learn how to develop a plan for getting through the holiday season. (Click here) for more information.

Mass and Mingle

This ministry is for individuals who have lost a loved one and who would like to meet new people, attend Mass in a group setting and gather afterwards and/or during the week for social time. (Click here) for more information.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Makes shawls as expression of our community’s care and concern for those struggling with difficulties in life. (Click here) for more information.

Stephen Ministry

Lay ministers trained in active listening to walk with those dealing with stress, grief, life transitions or other concerns. (Click here) for more information.

Sharing Help and Hospitality

Sometimes we find ourselves going threw a life transition, these can be happy occasions or it can be when surgery or illness strikes. Regardless of the reason, If you need someone to talk to, or a little help please call the Coordinator of Care and Wellness so members of these ministries can share our community of faith, hope and hospitality with you.

Caregivers

Provides rides to medical appointments, grocery stores and respite visits to those who can’t drive. (Click here) for more information.

Caring Casseroles

Volunteers bring freezer ready casseroles to the Feed the Need refrigerator on the first weekend of each month. Meals are used to help those dealing with life’s challenges. (Click here) for more information.

Feed the Need

This ministry provides cooked meals to members of our community who are dealing with significant life issues.
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Visitation Ministry

Provides friendly visits to parishioners in area hospitals and care facilities. (Click here) for more information.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Makes shawls as expression of our community’s care and concern for those struggling with difficulties in life. (Click here) for more information.

Stephen Ministry

Lay ministers trained in active listening to walk with those dealing with stress, grief, life transitions or other concerns. (Click here) for more information.

Transportation Ministry

Provides transportation to parishioners who have no means of getting to church for weekend liturgies. (Click here) for more information.

St. Vincent de Paul

An International Catholic lay organization in unity with the Church was founded in France in 1843 to minister to the poor and vulnerable.

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Eucharist, Prayers and Visitation

Sometimes health or mobility make it impossible to come to church, and sometimes we find ourselves in need of someone to talk to. If that happens, please call the Coordinator of Care and Wellness so members of these ministries can come to you to share our community of faith with you.

Caregivers

Provides rides to medical appointments, grocery stores and respite visits to those who can’t drive. (Click here) for more information.

Eucharistic Ministries

Ministers bring the Holy Eucharist to those who cannot attend Sunday liturgies at St. Francis: the homebound, hospitalized and residents of retirement communities and nursing homes such as Abbotswood, Magnolia Glen, the Meadows, and Springmoor. (Clk here) for more information.

Medical Facility Visitation

Provides friendly visits to parishioners in area hospitals and care facilities. (Click here) for more information.

Medical Presence @ Mass

Parishioners who are medical professionals identify themselves to the head usher and wear name tags. In the event of a medical event during Mass, they can be easily identified as someone who can help. (Click here) for more information.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Makes shawls as expression of our community’s care and concern for those struggling with difficulties in life. (Click here) for more information.

Stephen Ministry

Lay ministers trained in active listening to walk with those dealing with stress, grief, life transitions or other concerns. (Click here) for more information.

Transportation Ministry

Provides transportation to parishioners who have no means of getting to church for weekend liturgies. (Click here) for more information.

Support for Life Changes and/or Challenges

When life changes we are sometimes confronted with circumstances that cause us stress. Part of the challenge is fear and facing the unknown. The following ministries help by listening, sharing their experience and offering area resources.

Alzheimer's/Dementia Ministry

Reaches out both to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other related dementia and to their caregivers. (Click here) for more information.

Cancer Companions

Reach out and support those who are dealing with cancer. (Click here) for more information.

Divorce Care

Provides support and comfort to those experiencing the pain of separation and divorce. (Click here) for more information.

Divorce Care - Surviving the Holidays

Help for the divorced and separated during the holidays.
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Job Connections Ministry

Provides encouragement, education, and job search skills training in a Catholic setting. (Click here) for more information.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Makes shawls as expression of our community’s care and concern for those struggling with difficulties in life. (Click here) for more information.

Project Rachel

A Catholic community program that aims to provide hope and healing after abortion. (Click here) for more information.

Seeing God in Your Cancer Journey

The bigger you see God and the more intimately you know God, the more you yearn to see how God is working in your life through your cancer. Yet cancer can lead to frustration and questions as you try to make sense of your struggle. This 9 week book/video bible study that leads you through scriptures to explore how the Christian faith can support you on your cancer journey. (Click here) to find out more about this bible study and to register.

Special Needs Ministry

Reaches out to parents/caregivers of special needs children and adults, offering support and encouragement for the journey. (Click here) for more information.

Stephen Ministry

Lay ministers trained in active listening to walk with those dealing with stress, grief, life transitions or other concerns.
(Click here) for more information.

Ministries of Prayer and Faith Sharing
Centering Prayer

Cultivates spiritual life through contemplation.
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Prayer Line

Volunteers prays for the intentions of parishioners. (Click here) for more information.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Makes shawls as expression of our community’s care and concern for those struggling with difficulties in life. (Click here) for more information.

Rosary Ministry

Promotes devotion to the Holy Rosary of the Virgin Mary. (Click here) for more information.

Helpful Resources/Links

Hospice of Wake County/Transitions Life Care –  Care and comfort for life’s changing needs. (click here)

Upcoming event calendar (click here)

Compassionate Friends of Wake County  A support group that is comprised solely of bereaved parents.

GriefShare – Support group
Webhealing – Links to Grief Resources
Sesame Street – Grief Resources for Children
Transitions GriefCare – Offers support groups & workshops
Transitions GriefCare – Upcoming workshops

GriefCare – Grief support groups (offered for adults, children, teens, and families) is to provide a safe place for individuals and/or families to explore and express their grief in a manner that is comfortable and healing in nature. Talking about grief with others who are also coping with the death of a loved one often helps to reduce feelings of isolation and of not being understood. Groups offer an opportunity for persons to connect with others who ‘get it.’ Please note location and registration information for each event.

Comfort Zone Camp – A Safe and Fun Place for Grieving Children to Heal and Grow

Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit organization that provides free-of-charge therapeutic grief programs for young people ages 7-25 who have experienced the death of a parent, guardian, or sibling.  The program include confidence-building activities that break the emotional isolation grief often brings.  Ultimately, Comfort Zone Camp provides a safe and fun place fro grieving youth to heal and grow.

For more information go to www.comfortzonecamp.org

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