The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi
A – Z Ministry List
Advocacy Issue Teams - Trevor Thompson - 919-847-8205 x270
Provides parish leadership for political advocacy in light of our faith and our call to faithful citizenship. We have Issue Teams dedicated to immigration reform, creation care, life issues, mental health, affordable housing, racial justice, and education.
Al-Anon – Madeline Horrigan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.
They meet Sunday nights after 5:30 Mass
Always Gods Children (AGC) – Kathleen Owen 847-8205x241
This is a program, named after the U.S. Bishops’ 1998 pastoral letter “Always Our Children”, provides a confidential setting for persons who identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), their family, and their friends, in which we share our experiences and concerns.
Brown Bag Ministry – Kristen Holt and Pam Peroutky
Prepares and delivers brown bag lunches twice a month to low-income senior citizens at the Morehead Hills apartment community in Durham. This ministry allows all ages to participate and serve those in need. Families/groups make lunches which are delivered to Morehead Hills by our Ministry Coordinators. To serve, visit our webpage at stfrancisraleigh.org/bbm. For more information, email email@example.com.
Cancer Companions/Seeing God in your Cancer Journey – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205 x241
A group where you will meet some new people; we’ll share our stories.
There will be tears, but there will also be laughter….healing laughter, and you will not be alone on this journey.
Caring Casseroles – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205 x241
Volunteers bring cooked, 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.
Catholic Parish Outreach (CPO) – 919-873-0245, Sue Hand 919-846-7954
Serves the needs of people facing difficult financial times by providing food and children’s and maternity clothing. We host food drives twice a year and invite people to volunteer at CPO by contacting them directly.
Celebrating Christmas in Your Cancer Journey – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205 x241
God knew cancer would collide with your Christmas this year. He also knew that this Christmas, you would need less pressure and more joy but… How can you celebrate Christmas in the midst of the pressures of cancer?
Church Keeping – Beverly Saunders – 919-846-5795
Volunteers help maintain the worship space, Holy Water fonts, altar, linens, and other liturgical items.
Columbarium and Memorial Plaques – Trish Adamkowski – 919-847-8205x236
Confirmation Preparation – Thomas Bulick
Confirmation is a sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts of the Holy Spirit. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation and of faith in God’s fidelity to us. Our regular parish program is a two-year process that may begin with entrance to 8th grade. Email Thomas.Bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org.
Emmaus Ministers – Kathleen Owen - 919-847-8205 x241
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.
Environment & Art – Theresa Baumgartner – 919-848-3383
Dresses the worship space based on the liturgical season, which helps parishioners connect more closely with the message of the Gospel.
Eucharistic Ministers at Mass– Tim Hetzel 919-847-8205 x230
Lay persons who administer the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ to the congregation at each Mass when there is a shortage of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant.
Traveling Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers, also called (EM’s) 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
Faith Formation for Children and Youth
Our Cross Walk, Cross Train and Cross Road programs are designed to make our youth/children feel “at home” at St. Francis, a place where they can have fun and be themselves, while knowing that they are valued and loved by God! Cross Walk (grades K-5), Cross Train (grades 6-8) and Cross Road (grades 9-12) programs offer faith formation in a small group environment. The programs are centered on the Mass, offering fellowship, in a fun, safe environment. For more information, email the Coordinator for your child’s grade:
Cross Walk (K-5) - Sarah.Boswer@stfrancisraleigh.org
Cross Train (6-8) – Thomas.Bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org
Cross Road (9-12) – Marisa.Ferrara@stfrancisraleigh.org
Family Promise – Ron Smith – 919-455-7786
Family Promise Ministry hosts homeless families at St. Francis for a week at a time, 3 weeks out of the year. Opportunities to serve include bringing food items, sharing a meal, being an overnight host, providing childcare, and serving as a driver. This is a perfect opportunity to “welcome the stranger” in our community and live out one of the corporal works of mercy.
First Reconciliation & Eucharist Preparation – Sarah Bowser
First Reconciliation is traditionally celebrated when the children reach the age of reason, which is seven years old. The sacrament is celebrated in late Fall at a communal Reconciliation service with families present. First Eucharist is celebrated in the spring at our weekend Masses with our community. Email Sarah.Bowser@stfrancisraleigh.org.
Funeral Ministers – Lisa Gianturco – 919-845-9718
Assist the Friar during a funeral, and greet guest who attend a funeral.
GriefShare – Kathleen Owen - firstname.lastname@example.org
This ministry gives you the opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling. You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future.
GriefShare Surviving the Holidays – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205 x241
Those who are grieving a loved one's death. You'll learn: How to deal with the many emotions you'll face.
We have 2 classes one for Adults and one for Kids.
International Mission – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
Takes parishioners to other parts of the world to experience different ways of living and expressing faith. These are transformational opportunities to encounter God’s mercy in the other cultures and peoples. We are planning on trips to Honduras, Guatemala, and others.
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.
LaVerna Al-Anon – Helping by giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. We meet every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the LaVerna center (the log cabin across from the Chapel). Enter through the garage. For resources, (Click here)
Lectors – Mike Wrzesien, Shawn Bayle – 919-624-1592
Proclaim the Word of God on weekends, Holy Days, and special Liturgies.
Marriage Preparation Team – Tim Hetzel 919-847-8205x244
Meeting with and preparing our engaged couples to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony through information sessions and sharing from our experiences of marriage.
Medical Presence @ Mass – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205 x241
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.
Mental Health and Wellness – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205x241
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.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast – The ministry meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 7 to 8 am via Zoom. The meetings provide a way for men to come together in prayer and fellowship. For discussions, we select a book that deals with faith and life issues. The Men’s Prayer Breakfast provides a safe haven for men to meet other Christian men for friendship and the sharing of our journey through life. If interested or have questions contact Deacon Steve at 732-213-0104 / email@example.com.
Our Lady of the Rosary – Food Drives – Becky Cawley – 919-847-8205x267 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year we host 2 food drives to stock the food pantry for Our Lady of the Rosary parish in rural North Carolina.
Panera Pickup Ministry – Emma Dempsey - email@example.com or Becky Cawley - firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Monday evening at the Briar Creek Panera Bread location we pick up the left over breads and pastries and the next day we deliver these beautiful treats to the Morehead Hills Senior Apartments complex in Durham.
Preschool – St Francis of Assisi Preschool: To learn more about the wonderful opportunities that we provide, please visit our website at https://email@example.com or contact Shelley Freeman at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prison Pen Pal – To contact ministry leaders, email email@example.com
For many years, our Prison Pen Pal Ministry has been reaching out to prisoners living on North Carolina’s death row. These prisoners are isolated and often estranged from family. Members of our ministry write to prisoners who have requested letters. Often we are their only link to the outside world. The number of inmates requesting letters has far exceeded our pen pals and we are actively seeking parishioners to join us. Pen pals commit to giving correspondence a try for six months but otherwise you determine how often to write.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, adapted for Children – Email Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
A process of discernment for those who are between the ages of 7 and 17 and seek initiation and full communion with the Catholic Church.
Ronald McDonald House – email@example.com
St. Francis parishioners prepare and serve dinner to families with sick children at the Ronald McDonald House on the third Wednesday of every month. Parishioners also purchase and deliver to the church the groceries needed to make the meal. Will you join us? Together we make a difference for these families.
Sister Parish Guatemala – Liz Mosler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sends delegations of parishioners to the village of Las Margaritas II in Guatemala (Central America) to deepen our mutual understanding and open our hearts to our Mayan brothers and sisters.
St Francis 50+ Adults Group – Pat Gerney- 919-803-8276
An organization formed to provide opportunities for social, spiritual, charitable services, and educational opportunities for the benefit of its members, as well as the parish and Wake County community. Membership is open to persons 50 years or older who attend the St. Francis parish, or reside in Wake County and surrounding areas. Monthly potlucks and Monthly game days are open to all members.
Habitat for Humanity – In need of new ministry leaders - contact if interested Trevor Thompson, email@example.com
Offers St. Francis workdays to work alongside other parishioners in building homes for the homeless.
St. Francis Inn – John Budway at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-205-5104
A Franciscan Eucharistic community called to minister to the poor and homeless of Philadelphia. Formed in the spirit of the Gospel and inspired by the life and compassion of Francis and Clare of Assisi, the inn tries to meet the immediate daily needs of the people it serves with food, clothing and hospitality.
Stephen Ministry – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8204x241
Stephen ministers are members of our congregation who receive special training to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community experiencing challenges in life: grief; loneliness; divorce; hospitalization; disability; job loss; and many other life difficulties. Learn how to become a Stephen Minister or receive care from one.
The Franciscan School – Michael Watson – Principal
Founded in 2000, The Franciscan School is a fully accredited K-8 Catholic School. Reflecting the unique charism of our patron, St. Francis of Assisi, TFS is dedicated to an education that fosters a Christ-centered way of living and celebrates the building of the Kingdom of God on Earth. We invite you to visit our beautiful campus. We offer individual tours and student shadow opportunities. Schedule a tour and a shadow day online at www.franciscanschool.org, or by calling Lura Tysiac, Admissions Coordinator, at 919.534.4837 ext 469.
Ushers – John Cuomo – 919-931-4308 or Troy Chaput 919-665-7194
Serve as visual representatives of St. Francis during Mass, offer assistance and direct the offertory collection, Eucharistic procession, and bulletin distribution.
Virtual Cafe’ – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205×241
Connect via Zoom and share a quick hour just passing the time. No structure, no format, just a little light conversation, hopefully a few laughs and mabe some creative ideas to get you through the next week or so.
Here you will find a variety of opportunities to volunteer. If you have questions, contact the ministry leader for that particular opportunity. If you have further questions about getting involved at St. Francis, contact Kathy Sales 919-847-8205×488
Weekday Volunteer Receptionists – Toni Hammes – 919-847-8205x265
Monday thru Friday, welcome people who walk in our door, answer the main phone number.
Weekend Volunteer Receptionists – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205 x241
Sunday, welcome people who come to mass by helping with registration, mass cards, and general inquires.
Weekend Welcome Hosts – Kathy Sales 919-847-8205x488
Extend genuine welcome to people coming to church each weekend by greeting folks and sharing smiles at the main doors of the church, directing folks around campus, and generally creating a warm atmosphere where all feel welcome and a part of the St Francis community.
Welcome New Parishioner Events – Kathy Sales 919-847-8205x488
Provide a welcoming opportunities for new parishioners through being table hosts at our monthly new parishioner events.
Wedding Directors – Judy Ferraro – 919-395-3005