Every person here at St. Francis is invited to share their talent. We believe that by doing so we are evangelizing to both our family here and to the world. When the gift of talent or the Holy Spirit inspired “charism” is given freely and generously, we are each blessed with abounding happiness and peace.
Altar Servers and Thurifers – Mary Lacy Simmons – 919-847-8205 x488
Help the Presider and Congregation at large celebrate the Mass.
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.
Caring Casseroles – Donna Mariani – 919-326-3768 or DonnaM@nc.rr.com
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.
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.
Deaf Ministry – Jean Cooke-Byrne – 919-412-8365
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lectors – Mike Wrzesien, Shawn Bayle – 919-624-1592
Proclaim the Word of God on weekends, Holy Days, and special Liturgies.
Master of Ceremonies – Michael and Julie Ducatte
Responsible for coordinating and overseeing all aspects of the Liturgy and make sure Mass runs smoothly.
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.
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.
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.
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 Builds – Diane and Bob Steinbeiser – 919-846-8026
Offers St. Francis workdays to work alongside other parishioners in building homes for the homeless.
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.
Transportation to Mass – Stephanie Smith – 919-302-0080
Provides transportation to parishioners who have no means of getting to church for weekend liturgies.
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.
Wedding Directors – Judy Ferraro – 919-395-3005