LENT

* Activities of gathering
CANCELLED 
at this time *

Join us Fridays during Lent join us for Stations and Supper

6:00pm Stations
Located in the Church

6:30pm Light Supper
Located in Clare Fellowship Hall
$7 for adult plate (soup, bread, salad) & $5 for kids plate (soup and bread).

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March 27th
(Entertainment: Straight Shooters Band)
Black Bean

NE Clam Chowder

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April 3rd
(Entertainment: Family Piano Academy)
Roasted Butternut Squash

Broccoli Cheddar

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Lenten Activities

February 27 – April 4
Lenten Weekly Book Study for Moms.
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am or Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm

Gather with mothers in our parish community to discuss God’s presence in our everyday lives. We will walk through the book, Everyday Sacrament – The Messy Grace of Parenting by Laura Kelly Fanucci. Cost: $20 includes book and hospitality. Contact Tara Moore, tara.moore@stfranciraleigh.org, To register, visit membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/4103.

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March 9,16, 23,30 , April 6
Homily Helpers during Lent:
With Fr. Steve K. – 9:30am in the chapel.

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Thursdays in Lent Beginning March 5
Lenten Discussion with Fr. Steve Kluge:
The Stations of our Lives within the Stations of the Cross
Join Fr. Steve Kluge on Thursdays of Lent starting March 5th at 7:00pm in Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center for a reflective discussion about how Jesus’ journey connects with our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters who are struggling today. Fr. Steve will use a script for the Stations of the Cross that he has written for the basis of this discussion. Each week, the discussion will be focused on three different stations. This is a great opportunity for deepening our relationship with Christ and opening our eyes to the many ways the world is still in need of his redeeming love.

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March 16, 23, and 30
Unraveling the Three Days
Join Fr Jim as we explore the power of depth and meaning contained in the liturgical celebrations of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil.Monday nights, March 16, 23, and 30 at 7:00 pm in the Church.

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March 21
“beLOVED”: A Day of Renewal for Women
Join other women of the parish for a day of celebrating what it means to be made in God’s image. Explore topics like everyday spirituality, mindfulness, and making time for God. Meet new people in small group, enjoy personal reflection time, and participate in praise and worship. Join us for our optional pre- and post-session workshops which include yoga, art, service, and more. Registration is required and the deadline to register is March 14. For more information and to register, visit https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/formation-retreats/. Questions? Contact jennifer.fiduccia@stfrancisraleigh.org

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March 22
Discovering Lent: A Family Event
on Sunday, March 22, after both 9:30am and 11:30am Masses! Journey as a family through stations in Fellowship Hall to learn about topics related to preparing for Easter, such as sacramentals, prayer, new life, service, and Holy Week. Light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome! RSVP here: https://form.jotform. com/200484626053047

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THE LIVING TREE is a campus wide project during Lent sponsored by the stewardship committee.  The lighted trees offer all of our St. Francis community including the Franciscan School and the St. Francis Preschool, from toddlers on up, the ability to embrace stewardship and answer God’s call during this Lenten season.  Trees can be found in Clare Fellowship Hall, the St. Francis Church Stewardship Area (right of the main doors to church), the Assisi Community Center, the Pre-School office in Elizabeth Hall and the TFS office in Thea Hall.  Each tags represents an opportunity to Pray, Serve, Give, Learn, or Engage.  Be the Change during the Lenten Season!
Stewardship Committee Living Tree team:  Karyn Jones, Angela Hodges, Mike Wrzesien and Grace Kelly

HOLY WEEK

During Lent, we have journeyed with those who are preparing for the Easter sacraments when we, too, remember our baptism and renew our baptismal promises. Our witness to the Elect and Candidates for Full Communion and prayer for them has brought them to these days of transformation. Triduum, a period of three days (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday), is a celebration of the Church throughout the world. It is a time to remember specifically the great events that won for us salvation and to celebrate Christ’s and our own victory over death.
Let us gather as one community of faith.

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The Chrism Mass
Tuesday, April 7
10:30 a.m.
Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral
At the Chrism Mass, a preparatory liturgy for the Paschal Triduum, Bishop Luis blesses the Sacred Oils for use during the year by all parish churches in the Diocese of Raleigh – the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism. The oils are then distributed to representatives of the parishes of the Diocese at the conclusion of the liturgy, who in turn will present them to the parish during the Introductory Rites of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. In addition, following the homily at the Chrism Mass, the clergy of the Diocese recommitment themselves to their priestly promises to serve God’s holy people.

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Lenten Tenebrae Service
Wednesday, April 17
6:30pm 
in the church
Come and pray with us at the Lenten Tenebrae Service as we prepare to celebrate the holiest days of the Church year, the Triduum; three days marking Jesus’ passion and resurrection. Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows” in Latin is a traditional prayer of the Church that reflects the darkness of Good Friday with the gradual extinguishing of light.

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Holy Thursday

Morning Prayer 
9:00am 
in the church

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Mass of the Lord’s Supper
7:00pm
In the church

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Night Prayer
8:45 pm
in Clare Fellowship Hall

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Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament 
Adoration until 12:00 midnight
in Clare Fellowship Hall
On this day we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
This liturgy celebrates the institution of the Eucharist, recalling Christ’s words to his disciples on the night before he died.

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Good Friday

Morning Prayer 
9:00am 
In the church

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Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
3:00pm 
In the church

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Stations of the Cross 
7:00pm 
starting at The Franciscan School courtyard
On this one day of the year that the Eucharist is not celebrated, we rather celebrate the passion of the Lord in the afternoon hours, when scripture says our Lord died. The liturgy is marked by the reading of the Passion of our Lord Jesus from the Gospel of John, the ancient General intercessions that pray for the needs of people everywhere, and the Veneration of the Cross.

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Holy Saturday

Morning Prayer
9:00am 
In the church

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Easter food blessing
10:00am 
In the Memorial Garden

EASTER

The Resurrection of the Lord

Mass Schedule

6:00am
In the Memorial Garden

7:30am
In the Church

9:30am
Child-focused Masses
In both the Church and Gym

11:30am
In both the Church and Gym

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Remember it is easier than ever to give your Easter contribution from the pew.
Simply text any dollar amount contribution to 919-629-1199 and
tap link to complete your gift.

Overflow Parking

Please accept our offer for our additional parking option with a short 5-8 min walk to our church.

Overflow Parking Map

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VOLUNTEER

This Easter, we expect to welcome and celebrate with thousands of our community which means we need hundreds of volunteers. Please take a moment to sign up for the Mass you will be attending and find the spot to share your gifts this Easter! Please see our Easter Volunteer Signup Page for details.

LET US PRAY

Please select one or more of our cards here to pray for our Elect, Candidates for Full Initiation, and our Adult Confirmation Candidates

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