Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms
1 Peter 4:10
Here you will find many ministries with opportunities to do service in needed areas. Look through the various ministries and find one that resonates with you. Serve individually or as a family. If you do not see what you are looking for, contact Deb Royals-Mizerk at 919-857-8205x222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ministries of Service
Al-Anon – Madeline Horrigan – email@example.com
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
AA Meditation – Charilie Felix – firstname.lastname@example.org
AA Meditation is a fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem.
It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere.
They meet Monday to Friday at 7am at LaVerna – the log cabin.
Always Gods Children (AGC) – Chuck Small – (919) 859-4889
This program, named after the U.S. Bishops’ 1998 pastoral letter “Always Our Children”, provides a confidential setting for persons who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), their family, and their friends, in which we share our experiences and concerns.
Alzheimer’s Dementia Caregivers – Carol Gault – 919-239-4620 or Linda Tucker 919-900-8280
Reaching out to both, those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other related dementia, and to their caregivers.
Providing information on local resources and offering a safe place to share common experiences.
Boy Scouts – John Martin
Organizing the Boy Scout troop that meets at St Francis.
Brown Bag Ministry – Nanette Kirsch or Tricia Downs
Prepares and distributes brown bag lunches on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month to a low-income senior apartment complex in Durham. The ministry allows all ages in a family to participate. Families pack lunches together, experience brief communal prayer, and have face-to-face contact with people in need.
Catholic Parish Outreach – 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.
Care for Creation – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
Answers the call of St. Francis to be faithful stewards of God’s creation by advocating on behalf of the environment and supporting educational activities.
Caregivers via the Center for Volunteer Caregiving – 919-460-0567
Offers several types of help: respite visits so that primary caregivers can take a break, transportation to the grocery store and
to medical appointments. Consider sharing your time with others. Volunteer according to your schedule.
Caring Casseroles – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205 x241
Volunteers bring 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.
CLOW (Children’s Liturgy of the Word) – Jackie Kelly – 919-896-6297
A celebration of the Liturgy of the Word that is designed for children ages 4-6 years
Church Keeping – Beverly Saunders – 919-846-5795
Volunteers help maintain the worship space, Holy Water fonts, altar, linens, and other liturgical items.
Collection Counters – Rob Neppel 919-847-8205x243
This behind-the-scenes ministry strives to accurately process and record donations so the Parish can be good stewards of contributions received.
Community Garden – Pat and Paul Kelly – 919-413-8833
Tends a garden on parish grounds and grows vegetables primarily for donation to the hungry in our community through Inter-Faith Food.
Confirmation Preparation – Jennifer Fiduccia – 919-847-8205 x238
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.
Consolation and Care – Celesta Carlson – 919-818-4122
Sends cards to parishioners grieving the death of a loved one and they conducts four evening prayer services a year
Cross Bearers – Joseph Randazzo
Carry the Crucifix into and out of the Church at Mass and special Liturgies.
Cub Scouts – Mike Hutchinson
Organizing the Cub Scout Pack that meets at St Francis.
Curbside Care – Ian Feeley – email@example.com
Collects items and provides care packages for distribution among the poor
Deaf Ministry – Jean Cooke-Byrne – 919-412-8365
Duke Children’s Hospital – Joe and Geanie Slifer – 919-870-6993
Celebrates seasonal parties with children and families experiencing compromised health situations
Emmaus Ministers – Tresa Pickup – 919-847-8205 x249
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
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
EM to Abbotswood – Anita Misko – 919-294-6456
EM to the Homebound – Pat Spencer – 704-608-1678
EM to Magnolia Glenn – Jacob House – 919-360-9611
EM to Springmoor – Janice Horner 484-949-1417
Faith Formation – Jennifer Fiduccia – 919-847-8205 x238
Our Cross Walk (grades K-5), Cross Train (grades 6-8) and Cross Road (grades 9-12) programs are group-based faith formation programs for our elementary school, middle school and high school-aged children. The programs are centered on the Mass, offering food and fellowship, in a fun, safe environment, with offerings to fit your family’s busy schedule!
Family Promise – Ron Smith – 919-455-7786
Family Promise Ministry also known as Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN) – Every year we host 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.
Feed the Need – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205x241
Help provide cooked meals to families in our parish who are adjusting to life’s challenges. Sign up for a date that works for you.
Feeding Calendar – Becky Cawley at 919-847-8205 or Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205
If “feeding the hungry” is one of your favorite corporeal works of mercy, check out our feeding calendar for information about upcoming opportunities.
First Reconciliation & Eucharist Preparation – Jennifer Fiduccia – 919-847-8205 x238
First Reconciliation is traditionally celebrated when the children reach the age of reason, which traditionally 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.
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.
FrancisFest: – Ashley Watson – 919-847-8205x444
Annual parish wide event celebrating our patron Saint by welcoming the entire community for a day of fellowship. Event held the first Sunday in October. Event planning team begins in April.
Funeral Ministers – Lisa Gianturco – 919-845-9718
Assist the Friar during a funeral, and greet guest who attend a funeral.
Gabriel Project – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
Offers emotional and practical support to women with unexpected pregnancies.
Good Grief – Bereavement Support – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8204×241
A 7 week program for those experiencing loss of a loved one
Gym Nights Open Play – Mary Arleth – 919-847-8205x358
Ministry leader led open play in the Assisi Community Center each week night. See website for membership information and leader contact information for each night.
HIV/AIDS Care Team – Tom Zimmerman – 919-870-1379
Provides compassionate care to those in our community suffering with HIV/AIDS in partnership with Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina
Hospitality Hands – Deb Royals-Mizerk 919-847-8205 x222
Serves Coffee and Donuts after morning masses in Fellowship Hall to enable our community to simply be with each other in fellowship.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – 919-250-0043, Suzanne Szymendera – 919-845-4885
Job Connections – Mary Horner – 610-755-5392 http://www.stfrancisraleigh.com/job-connections/
We are an instruction and support ministry that provides encouragement, information, networking, coaching, spiritual guidance, and job search skills training in a Catholic Christian setting.
Jobs for Life – Ellen Ferrone
This is an employment ministry where unemployed and underemployed men and women, many of whom are homeless, come seeking training, mentoring and coaching to help them find meaningful work. We serve on Mondays. This is a brand new opportunity in partnership with a transformational organization of Jobs for Life.
JustFaith and other Social Justice Formation Events – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205×270
Offers educational programs, films, guest speakers, and event throughout the year on a variety of social justice topics
Knights Of Columbus – Contact: Mike Wrzesien for any membership inquires
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.
LGBT Support Group – Chuck Small 919-859-4889
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.
Mass and Mingle – Kathleen Owen 919-847-8205 x241
This ministry is for individuals who have lost a loved one and who would like to meet new people, attend Mass in a group setting and gather afterwards and/or during the week for social time.
Master of Ceremonies – Michael and Julie Ducatte
Responsible for coordinating and overseeing all aspects of the Liturgy and make sure Mass runs smoothly.
Medical Facility Visitation – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205 x241
Provides friendly visits to parishioners in area hospitals and care facilities.
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 Ministry – Ralph Guenther – 919-961-8564 or Norm Tuomi – 919-518-0795
The cornerstone of the ministry is the monthly breakfast meetings that provide a frequent way for men to come together in prayer and fellowship. The Men’s Ministry provides a safe haven for men to meet other Christian men for friendship, advice, the sharing of our journey through life, and a smooth transition for involvement in other activities with the St. Francis Community.
Migrant Ministry – Bruce Cartier – 919-855-9909, email@example.com
Connects with migrant workers at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, in Louisburg, N.C., in summer by driving them to Mass on Sundays and serving monthly “fiesta” meals.
Mom’s Imitate Mary – Sarah Ruiz – firstname.lastname@example.org (or) Krystal Beaumont – email@example.com
Prayer, fellowship, and support for moms.
Music Ministry – Joyce Petzka
We are all called to musical ministry in the liturgy by participating in the songs and hymns of the Mass. However, some people have received the gift of musical leadership and this is best served by participating as a singer or instrumentalist.
Oak City Outreach Center
Prepares a meal regularly for individuals experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity in downtown Raleigh.
Panera Pickup Ministry – Becky Cawley 919-847-8205x267 or 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 tot he Morehead Hills Senior Apartments complex in Durham.
(Click here) – to sign up to help, or go to: bit.ly/panerapickup2017
We are also looking for a ministry leader for this ministry.
Parish Community Events – Ashley Watson – 919-847-8205x444
Social event planning for the parish community including FrancisFest, Stations & Supper, Jamboree, and others.
Parking Ministry – Steve Burdett – 919-845-2714
Welcome all vehicular participants to and from St. Francis property and ensure safe passage to and from their vehicles.
Play and Pray – Tara Moore 919-847-8205x289
Faith Formation nursery for children ages 1-4 during the 9:30 and 11:30 Masses.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – Cindy Cardello 919-846-8825, Donna Quirk 919-847-2084
Makes shawls as expression of our community’s care and concern for those struggling with difficulties in life.
Prison Pen Pal – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
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.
Refugee Resettlement – Aggie Dalton
We have joyfully and successfully resettled our first family, but there is always more to do! We will continue to support the Omari family and help them transition to life in Raleigh.
Ronald McDonald House – Julie and Jason Huckaby – 919-624-5065
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.
Seeing God in Your Cancer Journey – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205x241
Cancer can lead to frustration and questions as you try to make sense of your struggle.
This 9 week book/video bible study that leads you through scriptures to explore how the Christian faith can support you on your cancer journey.
SFA AAMEN Ministry – Leon Cooke – 919-740-7515
The African Ancestry Ministry and Evangelization Network provides support and ministry for our African-American and African-descent parishioners and communities.
Sister Parish Guatemala – Carie Gunnells
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.
Special Needs – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205x241
Reaches out to parents/caregivers of special needs children and adults, offering support and encouragement for the journey.
St Francis 50+ Adults Group – Gene Schultz 919-562-0477
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.
St Francis Builds – Diane and Bob Steinbeiser – 919-846-8026
Offers St. Francis workdays to work alongside other parishioners in building homes for the homeless.
St. Francis Feeds – Donna Mariani – 919-326-3768
Prepares a meal regularly for individuals experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity in downtown Raleigh.
St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia – John Budway – 305-205-5104
St. Francis Inn is a Franciscan Eucharistic community called to minister to the poor and homeless of Philadelphia. Delegations of six to eight 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 on a Sunday and returning the following Saturday
St. Vincent de Paul – 919-534-4842
Provides compassionate care and assistance to individuals experiencing a financial emergency. Contact hotline number for help.
St. Vincent de Paul Ministers – Cathy Smith 419-348-8843
Caregivers that provides compassionate care and assistance to individuals experiencing a financial emergency.
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.
Stewardship – Deb Royals-Mizerk 919-847-8205 x222
enabling our St Francis community to sharing time, talent, and treasure as gifts from God.
Support Circles – Kat and Ferrel Guilroy – email@example.com
Develops a year-long (or longer) relationship with a family transitioning from homelessness, providing emotional support and practical assistance.
Transportation to Mass – Stephanie Smith – 919-302-0080
Provides transportation to parishioners who have no means of getting to church for weekend liturgies.
Ushers – John Cuomo – 919-931-4308 or Troy Chaput 919-665-7194
Serve as visual representatives of St. Francis during mass and offer assistance and direct the offertory collection, Eucharistic procession, and bulletin distribution.
Weekday Volunteer Receptionists – Tresa Pickup – 919-847-8205x249
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 – Deb Royals-Mizerk 919-847-8205 x222
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 – Deb Royals-Mizerk 919-847-8205 x222
Provide a welcoming opportunities for new parishioners through being table hosts at our monthly new parishioner events.