We offer many opportunities to serve the community in ways that fit with your interests, gifts and schedule. We can connect you to ministries that serve meals, offer hospitality to the homeless, grow food in our community garden, and much more! Several ministries allow families with school-aged children to serve together.

If you have any questions about what ministry is right for you,
please contact Trevor Thompson or Becky Cawley.

A big note of thanks! You did it again!

You donated almost 7000 pounds of food to Our Lady of the Rosary parish last month.  It was amazing! 
I couldn’t believe how much food was in that truck nor how empty the food pantry shelves were when we got there. THANK YOU!  Almost 24% of the population lives below the poverty line in this community, which includes our migrant farm workers. We are extremely grateful!

For our (Feeding Calendar) 

and many other Feeding opportunities – (Click here)


Upcoming Opportunities to Serve

 

St. Francis Feeds – Breakfast at Oak City Outreach Center – December 9

Volunteer help needed
Donate food, serve a meal, and/or visit with homeless and hungry guests of (OCOC) Oak City Outreach Center.

Sign up here
December – www.bit.ly/breakfastatOCOCdecember2017

Or contact: Becky Cawley, becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.org

 

St. Francis Inn - October 23rd to 27th

Want to make the teachings of the gospel a reality in your life?
Sign up for a week at St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia and feed the hungry…every day.

The next St. Francis delegation to the Inn is the week of Oct.23 (10/23 – 27).  
Future trips are scheduled in 2018 for the weeks of Feb. 19, April 2, May 21 (SFA Young Adult trip) and Oct. 29.
All trips are Monday – Friday.

If you’re interested in joining other St. Francis parishioners on the October delegation or on any trip next year,
please contact John or Madeline Budway at mbudway@bellsouth.net or 305-205-1527.

Jobs for Life - every Monday - Now to Oct. 30th

Volunteer’s Needed – Cook, donate food, serve and share a meal with unemployed and
underemployed people dedicated to learning job skills and searching for work.

Sign up here:  www.bit.ly/jobsforlifeseptember2017
Contact: Joanne Penezic at penezic91@gmail.com

More information
A new chapter of life begins for unemployed and underemployed men and women in our area next month.
Through a ministry called “Jobs for Life,” men and women, many of whom are homeless, commit to a
bi-weekly class over eight weeks for training, mentoring, and coaching to help them find meaningful work.

The ministry of Jobs For Life is known in the Triangle for building lives one job at a time for men and women
seeking employment and learning God’s gift of work.

There are several amazing opportunities for St. Francis parishioners to volunteer with this ministry.
You can cook and share a meal – St. Francis parishioners donate food items, cook, serve, and share in a meal for and with clients.
You can provide childcare for the clients’ children – childcare consists of helping the children with their homework, as well as engaging them in some activities and games. And you can be a mentor that walks alongside one of the clients developing a personal relationship with them as they learn and look for meaningful employment.

For those who are interested in learning more or helping in any capacity, contact Joanne Penezic at penezic91@gmail.com
You can also sign-up directly here: www.bit.ly/jobsforlifeseptember2017

 

Driver Coordinator Needed for our Family Promise Ministry

Family Promise is a ministry that provides lodging, meals and childcare on a rotating basis to homeless families in our area. Responsibilities include coordinating the scheduling of drivers for each hosting (3 times a year) and communicating that information with the drivers and the overall ministry coordinator. Also, overseeing all parts of van operations (refueling, reports, pick-up, etc.).

Contact Ron Smith, jrs1ron@aol.com, if you are interested.


Upcoming Opportunities to Learn

 

We offer many opportunities to grow in faith and understanding of the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching and its application in the world. If you have any questions about upcoming opportunities, please contact Trevor Thompson.

Justice Theater Project

Uses the dramatic arts to raise awareness about the needs of our brothers and sisters who are poor or marginalized.  (Click here) for more information.

Cuba, with Franciscan Missionary Union - 2nd Trip - Dec. 2nd-9th, 2017!

Fall/Winter 2017

Our November trip filled quickly.
We’ve just received dates for a second trip, December 2nd to 9th, 2017!

Won’t you join us as we immerse ourselves in Cuban culture, history, and religious expression through the hospitality of a group of incredible humble and gracious Franciscan Friars. Knowing the path and walking the path are too different journeys.
Come walk with us. 

We are targeting 10 adults and already have 2 committed …. 8 spots left.
The cost is $2,200 including airfare.

Contact: 
Becky Cawley – 847-8205 x267
becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.org
Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205 x270
trevor.thompson@stfrancisraleigh.org

Engaging Spirituality - Awakening Possibilities

Are you feeling unsettled, maybe even angry, given the state of our nation?  Are you wrestling with the many injustices you see in our time?  Are you struggling to see Grace alive in all of this?   Are you losing hope and finding it difficult to pray?
Then Engaging Spirituality may be for you.

With the Gospel as a lens, and Jesus greatest commandment as the foundation, Engaging Spirituality looks deeply at the injustices in our wounded world and asks participants to break open their lives in light of them. It hopes to inspire intimacy with God, but also to ignite compassion and mercy toward all of our neighbors. Through traditional and contemporary spiritual practices it hopes to deepen your vital connection to God and in the process awaken in you a world of possibilities to help you live out of your deepest values and beliefs.

Our church teaches that loving our neighbor is not a simple slogan, that it takes purpose and grit to follow Christ and love who He loves. Our church shows us that knowledge can be as disturbing as it is transformational and that with awareness and Baptism come responsibility.  But what is yours to do?  What is the heart of Jesus telling you?   Are you living your life authentically?

Engaging Spirituality humbly invites participants to explore these questions. It invites participants to join contemplation with action, to engage the presence of God within them, to wonder, to trust, to listen, to learn, to act, to experience this presence more fully.

Our path to wholeness and holiness is a crooked path and sometimes it takes something brand new to fan the flames inside of us.  Perhaps Engaging Spirituality is that something new for you?

The program is 21 weeks long, begins in late October and continues through the beginning of April on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm.
Won’t you give it a try? I would love the opportunity to talk with you more about the program if you are interested!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me Becky Cawley
becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.org or 919-847-8205 x 267

 


Volunteer Help Needed

 

Help Needed - Brown Bag Ministry

St. Francis Brown Bag Ministry has open dates to fill.
We prepare and deliver lunches to a senior citizen apartment complex in Durham every Saturday of the month. This is a wonderful opportunity for families, scout troops, girl guides, youth groups, and sports teams to serve the community together.
For more information go to – https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/bbm
or contact – Tricia Downs, Nanette Kirsch, Joanne Penezic, Lori & Dale Zagiba at stfrancisbbm@gmail.com

Sunday Mornings - Help Needed to prepare and serve breakfast - Helen Wright Center

The ministry that serves the Helen Wright Center for homeless women in Raleigh is looking for additional volunteers to help prepare and serve breakfast at the center on Sunday mornings.   The commitment is twice annually and involves purchasing, preparing and serving the breakfast items with other volunteers from St. Francis of Assisi.
Please contact
Sharon King at kingsa@mindspring.com  or (click here)
or call 919-676-3897.

 

Monday to Thursday 9-1 - Volunteers Needed - Note in the Pocket

Impoverished children suffer in their social and educational development because they don’t have appropriate clothes for school.
Note in the Pocket addresses this issue by providing school clothes and shoes to local students living in poverty.
Volunteers are needed Monday – Thursday between 9am and 1:00 pm to sort and deliver clothes.
The volunteer center is on the corner of Millbrook Rd and Lacy Avenue.
Group opportunities are also available during the weekday, nights and weekends by appointment.
For more information or to register to
 http://www.noteinthepocket.org/ or email us at info@noteinthepocket.org

Community Garden Ministry

The Community Garden volunteers meet to work in the garden on Saturday mornings, weather permitting.
Come join us and enjoy the fresh air, get your hands dirty, learn how to take care of a garden and grow organic vegetables while meeting and making new friend, having fun and touching the lives of others.  Children are always welcome and no gardening experience is necessary.

Last year the Community Garden donated over 1500 lbs. of fresh produce to the plant-a-row Interfaith Food Shuttle.

Come join us and experience the joy we feel being out in nature planting and growing vegetables and making new friendships. We could always use the help and we would also love to see our ministry grow.

This is a great opportunity for everyone including our younger generation to learn some great gardening skills while sharing and being a participant in feeding the hungry….. Heck maybe we could even start winter garden.

We look forward to seeing you in the garden!

Contact: Pat Kelly at 919-413-8833 for more information

St. Francis Inn - 2017 and 2018 Dates

St. Francis Inn
Delegations of five to six parishioners from our parish travel to Philadelphia a few times each year to participate in this community. Delegates serve at the Inn from Monday through Friday, typically departing from Raleigh early Monday morning and returning Friday evening. Upcoming delegations:

2017
Oct 23 – 27

2018
Feb. 12 – 16
April 2 – 6
May 21 – 26 Young Adult
June 18 – 22 Youth Ministry
Oct 29 – Nov 2

For more information go to http://stfrancis2.wpengine.com/st-francis-inn/

Contact: John Budway (budwayjj@bellsouth.net), 305-205-5104.

Time Commitment: one week
Gifts: Serving food, service, hospitality