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Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Ministries and Community Center support the care and wellness of our community by addressing parishioners’ spiritual, emotional, physical, and social needs. All are welcomed to be a part of the life of our community by living our faith and helping one another along the way.

Always God’s Children (AGC)

This ministry, named after the US Bishops’ 1998 pastoral letter, entitled “Always Our Children,” offers a confidential setting for those who identify as LGBTQ+, along with our family, friends, and anyone who supports and cares for us as children of God. Monthly gatherings provide a safe place to pray together, share our experiences, and talk over our concerns.

Contact:

Stacey Shine
(919) 847-8204 x 249

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

The group offers caregivers a safe place to share their struggles and gather ideas on how others deal with the everyday challenges of caring for a loved one during each stage of dementia.  The emphasis is on sharing information, education and support. We welcome new participants.

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Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer, developed by Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  The prayer practice fosters a deeper relationship to God by moving beyond conversation to communion. After 20 minutes of silence, the group shares reflection on Scripture or spiritual reading.   The Centering Prayer group meets on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 in LaVerna, Thursday evenings 7:30 to 8:30 via Zoom, and every fourth Saturday at LaVerna from 9 to noon. Refer to Centering Prayer on Realm for more current information. Go to Realm: Groups: Find Groups: Spirituality – for meeting details. All are welcome! Call Alice Stanford for more information: 919-781-5860.

Contact:

Alice Stanford

919-781-5860

Contemplative Spirituality Group 

Meets via Zoom for shared readings and reflection to deepen our relationship with God, others and creation.  Check  Realm for meeting details. 

Contact:

Deacon Steve Andrews
732-213-0104

Divorce Care

DivorceCare is a safe place where caring people come alongside you as you find healing from the pain of separation or divorce. In this video-based support group, you’ll find helpful counsel to manage the emotional turmoil and learn practical tools for decision-making.

Contact:

Bill Morgan | dejanuts@yahoo.com

Shannon Brinn | shannonbrinn@gmail.com

Sue Ward | ward.sueward@gmail.com

EM to Abbotswood

Volunteers join residents at the Abbotswood Independent and Assisted Living community in a 30 minute liturgical service every Sunday at 10:00 am. This is an important weekly service for residents who cannot attend Sunday mass at church to celebrate the Eucharist and join each other as a community, in prayer. Training will be provided.

Contact:

Susan Bartone

suebluhowru63911@gmail.com

EM to Capital Oaks

Eucharistic Ministers hold a weekly Communion Service at this retirement community each Saturday 3:30pm. The service is held in the movie theater. One of the residents provides music and the EM’s conduct a brief service, which includes prayer, readings and distribution of the Eucharist. While we hold the service each week, EM’s on our team typically serve about once per month. Training will be provided.

Contact:

Peter Russo

prusso65@gmail.com

EM to Magnolia Glen

We minister to the residents of Magnolia Glen Senior Living by offering compassionate care and encouraging a sense of belonging and connection to the Body of Christ through Eucharist, Word, prayer, and presence.  Many ways to serve: Group Rosary leader, lector, cantor, EMHC, admin support, or visitor.  Perfect for young families or compassionate individuals. Contact Jacob House to come and see or begin training. Training will be provided.

Contact:

Jacob House

jacob.w.house@gmail.com | 781-290-8813

EM to Springmoor

Springmoor Eucharist Minister’s are scheduled on Sunday mornings to bring the Eucharist to the people living at Springmoor that can no longer attend Mass. Training will be provided.
Thank you for your time and support to this/all ministries.

Contact:

Janice Horner

484-949-1417

EM to the Homebound

Volunteers are trained, offered the opportunity to shadow until comfortable and scheduled once a month (more if they wish), to visit the homebound. On your scheduled week, you would visit 2-4 homebound parishioners, pray with them and give them the Eucharist. We are always looking for conscientious individuals to serve as Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound. Training will be provided.

Contact:

Will Lundrigan | willrlun@gmail.com

Jeanette Cottone | jyc1@msn.com

Faith and Science Forum

The forum meets to discuss books, to ask questions, and to support one another in our mutual discovery and appreciation of our common home. We affirm with Pope Francis in Laudato Si that the mystery of nature reveals the divine, that the Spirit is active in creation, that each creature has its own purpose, and that the universe unfolds in God who fills it completely. We meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 pm.

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Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is a form of ‘holy listening’ wherein the seeker explores their spiritual journey with the help of a trained director. It is a process that directly assists individuals in developing and cultivating their personal relationship with God. The aim is to explore where God is in the midst of our lives as we live out our spiritual journeys.

Contact Gladys Whitehouse, (919) 906-0289, sfaspiritualdirection@gmail.com

 

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Volunteer Receptionists

These wonderful volunteers warmly greet visitors to the church office area for a 3-hour shift during normal business hours.  Shifts are scheduled for either 9am-Noon or 1pm-4pm once a week and can be scheduled around the volunteer’s personal schedule and vacation.   Volunteer receptionists also answer the main phone number and do very light office work when needed.  Training is provided.

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Stephen Ministry

Stephen ministers are lay ministers trained in active listening to walk with those dealing with stress, grief, life transitions or other concerns. Stephen Ministers are volunteers who offer confidential Christian care to those who seek prayerful, emotional support to deal with stress, grief, life transitions or other concerns. They offer empathetic listening, unconditional positive regard, and other resources and referrals as needed. St. Francis’ Stephen Ministry is part of a worldwide caregiving network.

Contact:

919-847-8205×234

Stephenministry@stfrancisraleigh.org

Rosary Ministry

In praying the Rosary, we include the petitions and intentions of our parishioners, the ministries of our parish, and the prayers of our community and world. By praying the Rosary, we reach out and offer spiritual support to our brothers and sisters who are in need. We meet every Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel. We meet every morning immediately after the 9am Mass in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel

Contact:

Marian Monti | (919) 841-0807 | ianmar94@aol.com

Richard Hammer | (716) 903-1690 | steinmeisterhammer@gmail.com

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl ministry knits or crochets shawls, lap robes, children’s blankets, hats and scarves for the benefit of those that are sick, homeless, hospitalized or are struggling with difficulties in life to express our love, care and concern for our sisters and brothers. These shawls are prayed over as they are being made, a cross sewn on and then blessed and wrapped with a card enclosed. “They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, hug, and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles”. (Janet Bristow) 

Contact:

Cindy Cardello | 919-846-8825

Diane Rotunno | 919-844-7513

Prayer Line

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” Phillipians 4:6.   We can probably all attest to the power of prayer in our lives and what comfort prayers are to us in times of need.    Join us and pray for the intentions of others in our St. Francis family.  Intentions are received via the St. Francis website,  email and notes in the PrayerLine box and  sent to volunteers in a  weekly email.

Contact:

Paul Wilson

wilsonpf99@gmail.com

Men’s Prayer Breakfast

The Men’s Prayer Breakfast meets in person in the Community Center, Padua Room every 1st and 3rd Mondays from 8 to 9 am. The meetings provide a way for men to come together for fellowship. For discussions, we select a book that deals with faith and life issues. See Men’s Prayer Breakfast on Realm for meeting details. Go to Realm: Groups: Find Groups: Men’s Prayer Breakfast or contact Deacon Steve at 732-213-0104 | stephenwandrews@outlook.com.

Contact:

Deacon Steve Andrews

stephenwandrews@outlook.com | 732-213-0104

LGBTQ+ Ministry

In accordance with our parish mission statement, we reach out to provide spiritual nourishment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families and friends. We seek to affirm the intrinsic value and self-worth of all people and to welcome them into full participation in the faith community. All LGBTQ+ people are welcome.

Contact : Stacey Shine (919) 847-8205 x 249

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