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
The parish offers many ways to serve internally through liturgical ministries, parish formation programs, and parish life ministries. We are also a parish that seeks to the live the gospel of charity, life, justice, and peace in our wider world. Thus, we coordinate many parish ministries that help us live out the corporal works of mercy, go on mission in solidarity and service, and be an advocate for the most vulnerable. We want to help you find a home in an outreach ministry that fits with your interests, gifts, and schedule. Several ministries allow families with school-aged children to serve together. If you have any questions about what outreach service and justice ministry is right for you, please contact Trevor Thompson or Becky Cawley.
This is our list of parish outreach charity and justice ministries:
Advocacy Issue Teams – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205 x270
Provides parish leadership for political advocacy in light our faith and our call to faithful citizenship. We have Issue Teams dedicated to immigration reform, creation care, life issues, mental health, affordable housing, racial justice, and education.
Brown Bag Ministry – Kristen Holt and Pam Peroutky
Prepares and delivers brown bag lunches twice a month to low-income senior citizens at the Morehead Hills apartment community in Durham. This ministry allows all ages to participate and serve those in need. Families/groups make lunches which are delivered to Morehead Hills by our Ministry Coordinators. To serve, visit our webpage at stfrancisraleigh.org/bbm. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Care for Creation Issue Team – Contact the ministry leaders at email@example.com
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.
Catholic Parish Outreach (CPO) – 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. We host food drives twice a year and invite people to volunteer at CPO by contacting them directly.
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.
Donation Drives – Ashley Watson, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Duke Children’s Hospital – Joe and Geanie Slifer – 919-870-6993
Celebrates seasonal parties with children and families experiencing compromised health situations
Family Promise – Ron Smith – 919-455-7786
Family Promise Ministry hosts 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.
Helen Wright Center for Women
Breakfast meal – Angela James, email@example.com
Dinner meal – Kate Griffith, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Lisa Demunyk, email@example.com
Helen Wright Center for Women is an emergency shelter for single adult women experiencing homelessness. We serve breakfast and dinner meals months. The sign-up link for the dinner meal – click here.
International Mission – Trevor Thompson – firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-847-8205×270
Takes parishioners to other parts of the world to experience different ways of living and expressing faith. These are transformational opportunities to encounter God’s mercy in the other cultures and peoples. We are planning on trips to Honduras, Guatemala, and others.
JustFaith and other 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
Migrant Ministry – Mary Lou Holloway – 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.
ONE Wake – Nancy Dilger, firstname.lastname@example.org
A county-wide community organizing effort (with 50 other faith congregations) to involve citizenry in tackling the region’s most pressing problems: affordable housing, equitable education, and jobs with liveable wages.
Panera Pickup Ministry – Emma Dempsey – 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 to the Morehead Hills
Prison Pen Pal – To contact ministry leaders, email 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.
Project Rachel – email@example.com – 919-852-1021
A Catholic community program that aims to provide hope and healing after abortion.
Racial Awareness and Religious Exchange (RARE) –Tom Zimmerman – firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of congregation members from St. Francis of Assisi and Baptist Grove Church share monthly meals and dialogue in an effort to build relations and understanding across racial and religious differences.
Refugee Resettlement – John Price, email@example.com
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 – 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 – Liz Mosler, email@example.com
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 Inn – John Budway at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-205-5104
A Franciscan Eucharistic community called to minister to the poor and homeless of Philadelphia. Formed in the spirit of the Gospel and inspired by the life and compassion of Francis and Clare of Assisi, the inn tries to meet the immediate daily needs of the people it serves with food, clothing and hospitality.
St. Vincent de Paul – Help Line – 919-534-4842
Provides compassionate care and assistance to individuals experiencing a financial emergency.
Call the help line for more information and/or assistance. You can also volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul by contacting email@example.com.
Support Circles – Thomas and Janine Costello – firstname.lastname@example.org
Develops a year-long (or longer) relationship with a family transitioning from homelessness, providing emotional support and practical assistance.
Click here for a complete A-Z list of ministries of the whole parish