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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 deb.royals-mizerk@stfrancisraleigh.org.

Ministries of Outreach Service

 

Brown Bag MinistryNanette 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.

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 appointmentsConsider 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.

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.

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.

Curbside Care –  Ian Feeley – ian.feeley@gmail.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 such as

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 becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.org
Every year we host 2 food drives to stock the food pantry for Our Lady of the Rosary parish in rural North Carolina.

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

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.

Migrant Ministry – Bruce Cartier – 919-855-9909, bcartier7@gmail.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.

Panera Pickup Ministry – Becky Cawley 919-847-8205x267 or becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.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.

For dates and to sign-up, go to our feeding calendar at – https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/st-francis-feeds-calendar/

Prison Pen PalTrevor 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 ResettlementAggie 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.

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.

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 – 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

St. Vincent de Paul – 919-534-4842
Provides compassionate care and assistance to individuals experiencing a financial emergency.  Contact hotline number for help.

Support Circles –  Kat and Ferrel Guilroy – ferrel.guillory@gmail.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.

Visitation Ministry  Sharon Holland – hollandbozo@yahoo.com
Provides friendly visits to parishioners in area hospitals and care facilities.

Whitaker Home – Trevor Thompson at 919-847-8205
Is a ministry in southeast Raleigh where parishioners weekly serve, share meals, and pray with community neighbors and in partnership with long-time nonprofit partner called Passage Home. There are opportunities to join parishioners on Tuesday afternoons, Saturdays, and for seasonal events.