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


Jobs for Life - Mondays - March 5th to April 30th

Join us as we again partner with Jobs for Life, Catholic Charities, and the Support Circle Program
for Homeless Families in offering ministry to those in need in our community.
You can cook, serve, and/or share a meal with participants in a local job skills course, or you can provide mentorship and presence.
Join us on Mondays from March 5th to April 30th from 5:30 – 7:00pm at Millbrook Baptist Church.

If you cannot join us there, you can drop off the food or supplies to be picked up and delivered.

Contact Ellen Ferrone at ellenferrone@gmail.com
or contact her at – 858-531-9797 for more
details about sign-ups and food needs.


Homework Helpers - Wednesday's from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm - Now to end of school year



Homework Helpers – The Hispanic Family Center

After participating in Mission Mercy and experiencing deep connections with the children of The Hispanic Family Center (HFC) – a center devoted to improving the lives of low-income Hispanic families in our area – many of the St. Francis of Assisi (SFA) high school teens have expressed a strong desire to remain connected in meaningful ways to these children. This is a beautiful testament to the reality of the lived Gospel experience of encounter with someone in need.

This ministry is an attempt to do just that – 2 adult chaperones and 6 teens are needed weekly!

The Hispanic Family Center has created an afterschool program aimed at helping struggling elementary children get help with their homework and with daily lessons. Key to the success of this program, SFA teens have been invited to be ‘tutors’. Once a week, Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, beginning October 4, 2017 and continuing through the remainder of the 2017 school year, SFA teens will come to the HFC, sit down with a group of children and help them with their homework. It’s that simple. (Note, the ability to speak Spanish is NOT required.)

For more information and to sign-up go to www.bit.ly/homeworkhelpers2017 or (Click Here)

International Mission Trips - Spots available for two of our trips in 2018

Do you want to experience another culture? Do you want to travel as a pilgrim and missionary? Do you want to see how God is working among other Christians? Do you want to serve others with joy and compassion? Every year we coordinate several opportunities for international mission. We have a few spots left this summer of 2018. Check them out and join us! More information can be found here. 

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.

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.

Sharon King at kingsa@mindspring.com  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 - 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:

Feb. 12 – 16     (filled)
April 2 – 6         (filled)
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