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Justice & Peace Ministries

We are a parish that seeks to live the gospel of charity, life, justice, and peace in our wider world. Outreach Ministries provides opportunities that help us live out the corporal works of mercy, go on missions in solidarity and service, and be an advocate for the most vulnerable.

Advocacy -Issue Teams

Part of our responsibility as Catholics is to participate in the debate over the values and vision that guide our communities and nations. Thus, our parish has prioritized coordinating opportunities for our parishioners to discern the “signs of our times” that threaten the vulnerable and poor, learn about the issues in light of our Catholic social teaching values, and then take action through Christian acts of charity and justice.

Contact : JaVon Hansknecht  919-847-8205 x270

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Brown Bag Ministry

Brown Bag Ministry prepares and distributes brown bag lunches every Saturday morning to a low-income senior citizen apartment community in Durham. The ministry welcomes groups and families of all ages to participate. Volunteers work together to make sandwiches, pack lunches, gather in brief communal prayer, and experience face-to-face contact with people in need.

Contact : Erin Brooks, Kristen Holt, Karina Miranda, and Pam Peroutky

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Care for Creation

The Creation for Care Ministry strives to meet the challenges from scripture, from Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Sí, and from our Franciscan roots to respond to “The Cry of the Earth and the Poor”. We suggest changes in our individual daily lifestyles, encourage changes and improvements in the ways our parish impacts the environment, and participate in organizations that advocate on the local and state level. Ministry options include our parish Community Garden, a local CSA (Community Supported Agricultural) program, or regular collaborations with community organizations.

Care For Creation

Contact : Pam James

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Catholic Parish Outreach – On-going Donation Collection and Catholic Parish Outreach Donation Drives

Catholic Parish Outreach – On-going Donation Collection
CPO is a ministry of Catholic Charities that serves the needs of people facing difficult financial times by providing food and children’s and maternity clothing. Certain donations are collected year round in Clare Hall.

Contact : Sue Hand | 919-846-7954  /  CPO | 919-873-0245

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Catholic Parish Outreach Donation Drives
Join us twice a year as we host food drives for and invite parishioners to volunteer at CPO, a ministry of Catholic Charities that serves the needs of people facing difficult financial times.

Contact : Mark Baumgartner  / Theresa Baumgartner 

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CORRAL Riding Academy

CORRAL Riding Academy is a faith-motivated nonprofit that equips adolescent girls in high-risk situations through a long-term, holistic program of equine therapy and education. Reach out for more information on opportunities to provide transportation and academic support for program participants on a weekly basis or check out the service opportunities portal to help with hands-on support around the Kildaire campus on monthly work days.

Contact:

Donna Schwede

donna.schwede@gmail.com

CROP Hunger Walk

The annual CROP Hunger Walk, taking place in October, raises awareness of issues of hunger and food insecurity in our local and international community. In addition to walking, optional fundraising goes to support local and international organizations addressing these very issues. Opportunities exist to walk, donate, or join the leadership team.

Contact : JaVon Hansknecht (919) 847-8205 x270

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Curbside Care

Collects items and provides care packages for distribution among the poor

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Alyson Zwerneman

alysonzwerneman@gmail.com

Donation Drives

We coordinate a number of drives: food for local food pantries, supplies for migrant farm workers, and school supplies and backpacks for children. We also coordinate an Advent Giving Tree for local organizations, families, and ministries.

Contact : Ashley Watson 919-847-8205 x 489

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Fair Trade and Alternative Gifts Market

Our annual Fair Trade and Alternative Gift Market is in November. This event provides an opportunity to purchase fair trade and alternative gifts from a variety of vendors that ensure fair wages and dignity for vulnerable people around the world. There is a parish leadership team tasked with planning, leading and promoting this event.

Contact : Javon Hansknecht (919) 847-8205 x 270

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Pray around the Peace Pole

All are welcome to stop and pray around the peace pole (located between Clare hall and the parking lot) each Sunday after 9am Mass, rain or shine.  Prayers for peace in our world and community are offered each week concluding with the Pray for Peace attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.

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St. Francis Community Support Agriculture Program (CSA)

Contact : Elizabeth Kearse

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Refugee Resettlement Support Circle

Teams of 6-10 adults usher a newly arriving refugee family through their first months in the USA in co-sponsorship with the North Raleigh office of a refugee resettlement agency, USCRI. Engagement options include: welcoming the family at the airport, helping with transportation, securing food assistance, assisting families with technology use including finding online resources, aiding financial literacy, practicing English, and being on call for other support and assistance. Within these circles, we don’t lead the housing set-up for refugee families we support; we partner with others who lead this step, ideally St. Francis’ group. Flexible time commitment of several hours monthly for three to four months geared toward individual interests and gifts. Continuing the connection beyond those early months is encouraged but not required. One 90-minute in-person training session plus ample support from group leaders, social workers and St. Francis staff provided.

Contact : Mary Hall or Heather Scanlon

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Franciscan Community Garden

Guided by a care for creation, the Franciscan Community Garden uses sustainable practices to provide fresh produce to local needy households. The garden is located on the parish campus in front of La Verna (the log cabin house). All levels of volunteers are welcome to join. Main work is done Saturday mornings.

Contact : Pat and Paul Kelly  919-413-8833

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Our Lady of the Rosary Food Drive

Every year we host 2 food drives to stock the food pantry for Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Louisburg, NC where approximately 24% of the population live below the poverty line. 

Contact : Tess Ferrer-Turner, 919-673-3961

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Catholic Parish Outreach – On-going Donation Collection and Catholic Parish Outreach Donation Drives

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St. Vincent de Paul

We share God’s mercy by serving those needing assistance for an acute financial burden. The goal is to keep families in their homes with the utilities on. We join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those in need. If you need assistance with rent or utilities, please call the SVdP helpline at 919-534-4842.

Contact:

Cathy Smith

smithtcr@gmail.com

St. Francis Inn

Week-long mission trips to urban Philadelphia where SFA volunteers prepare and serve hot meals to the hungry and homeless in a Franciscan setting. Several trips are scheduled each year.

2024 Schedule: Feb. 19 – 13; April 1 – 5; July 22 – 26 (SFA Youth Group); Oct. 14 – 18. All trips are Monday – Friday.

2025 Schedule: Feb. 17 – 21, April 21 – 25, July 14 – 18 (SFA Youth Ministry), Oct. 20 – 24

http://stfrancisraleigh.galaxydigital.com/ministries/st-francis-inn/

Contact:

John Budway

305-205-5104