Formation Resources

Thank you for visiting our Formation Resources web page! We are uncertain about the future of Formation programming and events at this time, including K-12, bible studies and RCIA. As a community, we will stay in touch as we continue to respond to the ever-changing recommendations and realities. We are exploring the best way to make our curriculum widely available to you at home. Thank you for your patience as we work to get these organized.

We are always available to address your questions so please do not hesitate to reach out with any concerns. As we continue to pray for your family’s health and well-being, as well as that of our medical professionals, government officials, and the most weak and vulnerable among us, we want to leave you with these words of Jesus from the Gospel of John:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. – John 14:27

Scroll below to view resources and virtual events for Parishoners of all ages! 

Join us for Daily Virtual Events!

 

CLICK HERE to visit the Parish Website for a link to Daily Reflections and a Live Stream of Sunday 9:30am Mass

Virtual Faith Formation Opportunities from Liturgy Training Publications

Adult Faith Formation Opportunities at St. Francis of Assisi

NEW! Reflecting on the Word
Lectio Divina followed by small group discussion

 Thursdays, 7:30 to 8:45pm or Fridays, 10:00-11:15am

Join our Director of Formation, Jenn Fiduccia, for Lectio Divina followed by small group discussion on the upcoming Sunday readings! We will be using Zoom online conferencing and you will be sent a link to join after you register.

TWO COHORTS:

THURSDAYS, starting APRIL 30, from 7:30 to 8:45pm 

FRIDAYS, starting MAY 1, from 10:00 to 11:15am

For more information, email jennifer.fiduccia@stfrancisraleigh.org

NEW! Justice and Peace Foundations Workshops
May 7th, May 28th and June 16

Join our Director of the Office of Justice and Peace, Trevor Thompson, for a series of workshops that will provide you with the foundational teachings that inform our Catholic engagement with social justice issues in the modern world. These opportunities are open to all who are interested in the well-formed but not well-known Catholic social teaching tradition. If you are interested in how faith and politics go together in the Catholic tradition, or how to think about complex social problems through the lens of faith rather than partisan politics, or how to work more effectively and prudently for the kingdom of God, a kingdom of justice and peace, then these workshops are for you!

Attend one or all of the upcoming workshops.

Faith and Politics – May 7th, 7pm-8:30pm
Catholic Social Teaching – May 28th, 7pm-8:30pm
Power and Social Change – June 16th, 7pm-8:30pm

We will be using Zoom online conferencing and you will be sent a link to join after you register.

Questions? Email Trevor.Thompson@stfrancisraleigh.org

“The Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the People”
A Conversation about Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ in the context of COVID-19
May 21st, 7-8:30pm

In honor of the 5th anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ landmark teaching document Laudato si’, we are celebrating “Laudato si’ Week” May 16-24, 2020. Pope Francis has challenged us to consider this current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic as a timely opportunity to pause our lives and consider the kind of world we are living in and what we want the world to become in the future. With our hearts open, we might hear in a new and fresh way the cry of the earth and the cry of humanity. This evening conversation will be facilitated by Trevor Thompson, Director of Justice and Peace in conjunction with Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle (ICCT).

We will be using Zoom online conferencing and you will be sent a link to join after you register.

Questions? Email Trevor.Thompson@stfrancisraleigh.org

Virtual Faith Formation Opportunities from Liturgy Training Publications

Liturgy Training Publications
How Deep the Mystery:
Adult Faith Formation on the Mass

 Thursdays at 4:00pm ET beginning on May 7th, 2020
·Cost: Free
·Presented by Joyce Ann Zimmerman, CPPS
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These four sessions are directed to deepening our everyday living of our Eucharistic celebrations. Each session will include a reflection by Sr. Joyce Ann followed by an opportunity for questions by the participants.
After the live-streamed session, participants will have an opportunity to download some reflection materials based on two books published by Liturgy Training Publications: How Deep the Mystery: Meditating on the Words of the Mass and Silence: Everyday Living and Praying.

Session Topics and Registration Link: ltp.org/s/gatherings

Resources for Families With Young Children

Join our Pray & Play Facebook Page!

Join us for weekly video lessons on the Sunday Gospel and get other fun Preschool Ideas to Bring the gospel to life!
The Play and Pray Facebook page is a private group for the familes of St Francis with Preschool aged children. You will need to request to become a member!
We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Please contact Tara.Moore@stfrancisraleigh.org

Virtual Learning for K-5 Families

Cross Walk Proclaim and Lesson Plan for Sunday, May 17th

Join our Virtual Elementary Faith Formation Classroom:
Weekly Virtual Cross Walk Lesson with Enrichment Activities

The family is the domestic Church, which means that God calls parents to discuss faith at home, too! During these uncertain times, join our Virtual Elementary Faith Formation Classroom on ClassDojo for resources to help parents answer this call. Every week, Miss Sarah shares a reflection on Sunday’s Gospel at an elementary appropriate level, and introduces the weekly topic related to this reading. Lesson plans also include 3 different activites for a variety of learning styles and ages (like science experiments, scavenger hunts, crafts, and family trivia games). Ready to jump into a variety of resources which aim to help faith in Jesus become a part of your family’s daily conversations? Join ClassDojo today!

 

All families are welcome to join! Please email Sarah.Bowser@stfrancisraleigh.org for joining instructions or questions.

Virtual Events and Learning for Middle and High School

Global Youth Night Experience for High School

Global Life Night Experience is a live, online session, lasting about 30 minutes. Each Global Life Night Experience will feature empowering speakers and worship leaders, serve as an opportunity to connect with a global community of youth groups, and provide a springboard for Cross Road to connect in a digital way.

Each Sunday at 5:00 p.m, Anchored will have a different theme. The theme for May 17th is “God in the Mirror”. Click here for the link to this week’s Anchored.

Questions? Contact Marisa.Ferrara@stfrancisraleigh.org.

Random Reflections for Teens 

Thomas Bulick’s Random Reflections Playlist
Visit our YouTube Channel for Random Reflections and More!

Questions? Contact Thomas.Bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org

Join our Virtual Middle School Classroom on Class Dojo!

In the coming weeks, we will be providing a handful of resources, virtual events, and prayer activities, such as short educational videos/activities, group “Kahoot” competitions, and possibly podcast/talk show style live streams. The goal is to create opportunities for you as families to continue talking about faith and to continue to create a sense of community within our parish middle schoolers.

All middle school youth are welcome to join our online community and participate in our online events! Events, resources and other important updates, will be posted in the “Class Story” on ClassDojo. Please email Thomas.Bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org for email instructions on obtaining access to the ClassDojo.

Questions? Please contact Thomas.Bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org

Weekly Events for Middle and High School Youth, Families and Volunteers

Join us for a fun virtual trivia night
Thursdays at 6pm!

 We stream live on YouTube and send you a link to play along on Kahoot!
No subscription or app needed!

Take a Virtual Tour of the Vatican!
The Vatican is offering seven virtual tours of it’s museums

Click here to Visit the Vatican Website

How to Pray the Rosary

Click the “How to Pray the Rosary” to guide to expand.

Updates on Formation Programming

Sessions for the Crosses have been cancelled at this time

The Women’s Retreat has been postponed (date TBD)

Vacation Bible School and Mercy Camp have been cancelled
Click here to read our letter to families

We’re here for you!
Formation Contact Information

Jennifer Fiduccia, Director of Formation – Jennifer.Fiduccia@stfrancisraleigh.org

Tara Moore, Coordinator of Young Families – Tara.Moore@stfrancisraleigh.org

Sarah Bowser – Coordinator of Children’s Formation – Sarah.Bowser@stfrancisraleigh.org

Thomas Bulick – Coordinator of Middle School Formation – Thomas.Bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org

Marisa Ferrara – Youth Ministry Coordinator – Marisa.Ferrara@stfrancisraleigh.org

HELPFUL INFORMATION

CDC Interim Guidance for Faith-Based Organizations
From CDC: What you need to know about Coronavirus
From CDC: Preparations for people at High Risk
From CDC: Steps to Prevent Illness
From CDC: Recommendations if you or an immediate family member is sick

CDC Sick Fact Sheet

CDC Steps When Sick

 If you believe you or an immediate family member may have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), 
Please call your local health department, in Wake County, call 919-250-4462. 
You should also call your doctor to tell them your situation.   

To keep from spreading respiratory illness to others,
a
nyone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus/COVID-19
or member in the same household has been quarantined due to a diagnoses
by a medical professional or the NC Health Department should, 

Stay home.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor.

Notify employer, school administration, or parish staff liaison of the diagnosis.

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