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
We offer many opportunities to serve the community in ways that fit with your interests, gifts, and schedule. We can connect you to ministries that serve meals, offer hospitality to the homeless, grow food in our community garden, build with Habitat for Humanity, and much more!
Several ministries allow families with school-aged children to serve together.
Brown Bag Ministry – Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brown Bag Ministry 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
Catholic Parish Outreach is the largest food pantry in Wake County. We serve the needs of people facing difficult financial times by providing food and children’s and maternity clothing. Besides helping out with our food drives, there are many volunteer opportunities at CPO.
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.
Care for Creation – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
We answers the call of St. Francis of Assisi to be faithful stewards of God’s creation by advocating on behalf of the environment and supporting educational activities.
Community Garden – Pat and Paul Kelly – 919-413-8833
On our campus, we have a Community Garden that grows vegetables for donation to the hungry in our community through the “Plant-A-Row for the Hungry” program of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. We have grown and donated over 2000lbs of produce a year for many years.
Curbside Care – Ian Feeley – email@example.com
Collects items and provides care packages for distribution among the poor
Duke Children’s Hospital – Joe and Geanie Slifer – 919-870-6993
Celebrates seasonal parties with children and families experiencing compromised health situations
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.
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.
Food Drives – Becky Cawley – 919-847-8205x267 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year we host 2 food drives for Catholic Parish Outreach (serving food insecure people in Wake County) and 2 food drives to stock the food pantry for Our Lady of the Rosary parish in rural North Carolina (serving food insecure people in Franklin County).
Gabriel Project – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
Offers emotional and practical support to women with unexpected pregnancies.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – 919-250-0043, Suzanne Szymendera – 919-845-4885
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.
Oak City Outreach Center
Prepares a meal regularly for individuals experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity in downtown Raleigh. Contact Becky Cawley, 919-847-8205x267 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Panera Pickup Ministry – Becky Cawley 919-847-8205x267 or email@example.com
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.
For dates and to sign-up, go to our feeding calendar at – https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/
Prison Pen Pal – Jill Balogh, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 919-616-9803, email@example.com
In partnership with the resettlement organization, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), we sponsor refugee families as they arrive and transition to living in Wake County. We collect material items for their apartment, welcome them at the airport, and provide care and support for the families through their transitional months.
Ronald McDonald House – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – Carie Gunnells, email@example.com
We have been in relationship with a small, rural village in Guatemala for over 25 years – exchanging visits and deepening our bonds of shared life and friendship. We are always inviting parishioners to join us on pilgrimage for an experience of a life time or host villagers when they visit us every few years.
St Francis Builds – Diane and Bob Steinbeiser – 919-846-8026, firstname.lastname@example.org
In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, we work alongside other parishioners and faith communities in Wake County in building homes for low-income residents of our areas. We offer several coordinated building opportunities on Saturdays in the fall.
St. Francis Feeds – Becky Cawley at 919-847-8205 x267
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
Support Circles – Kat and Ferrel Guilroy – email@example.com
This ministry develops a year-long (or longer) relationship with a family transitioning from homelessness, providing emotional support and practical assistance. We work in partnership with the Support Circle ministry of Catholic Charities.
Transportation to Mass – Stephanie Smith – 919-302-0080
Provides transportation to parishioners who have no means of getting to church for weekend liturgies.
Whitaker Home – Marianne Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
We serve in a neighborhood called South Park in southeast Raleigh where parishioners weekly share meals, visit, and pray with community neighbors in partnership with long-time nonprofit partner called Passage Home. There are opportunities to join parishioners on Tuesday afternoons, Saturdays, and for seasonal events.