Upcoming Events for Care and Wellness
Divorce Care meets every Tuesday until December 12th - Join anytime
A 13 week program – you can start any week

Please join us
We meet every Tuesdays from Sept. 12th – Dec 12th
7-9 pm in the Padua Room
(located in the Community Center) ….  (no meeting on Oct 3rd)

                                   All participants (new, past, and one time visitors) are asked to register

                                                               (click here) to register


                                                     For more information please contact
                                                     Bill Morgan at dejanuts@yahoo.com

Good Grief - Starting Sept. 20th

A 6 week program offering education and support to promote healing after the death of a friend or family member.
It is a step in the ongoing healing process of grief.
The program offers an environment combining education and support to facilitate the grief work necessary to promote healing.

We would like to invite anyone who has experienced the death of a significant other to come to the Good Grief Sessions being offered at St. Francis of Assisi.

Our next 6 week session will be
September 20th to October 25th 

7:00 – 9:00 pm
We will meet in the Conference room every week except
Oct 11th (room 402)

(Click here) to register

1) Sept 20th – Grief and Bereavement
2) Sept 27th– Feelings: Anger, Guilt and Depression 
3) Oct 4th – The Sharing of Grief Stories 
4) Oct 11th – Taking Care of yourself – this week we meet in room 402
5) Oct 18th – Search for Meaning and Purpose
6) Oct 25th – Remembering and Hope Candle-Lighting

For more information contact
Kathleen Owen (919) 847-8205 x241


Dementia Awareness Education Series - September 21st

Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
Thursday, Sept. 21; 9:30 – 11 am

Behavior is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost; however, some behaviors can present challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behaviors, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. The workshop is free, but
pre-registration is required
.  (Click here to register).

Know Before You Go

  • Each workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
  • Each session will feature a different speaker and include professional vendors that specialize in providing assistance to family members of people with dementia.
  • Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and the Senior Information & Networking Group (SING) of Wake Forest, these workshops are designed to offer local families the opportunity to learn about dozens of programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.
  • For more information, contact the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre at 919-435-9458.

Please Pre-Register –  (Click here).

Christian Cancer Survivorship Retreat Sept 22 and 23 - On Behalf Of cancer-companions.org

Fall 2017 – North Carolina Retreat Location

Building a New Life with Fitness, Food and Faith

Learn ways to:
–  Lower Your Stress              –  Improve Your Fitness
–  Manage Your Nutrition       –  Cope with Side Effects        – Expand Your Faith

Look what cancer survivors and their loved ones are saying about the retreats…
“As a person out of treatment, this was a great way to connect with others. There are still lingering concerns that you may feel and this was a great place to talk about them.” Christy Cancer Survivor

“The Christian Cancer Survivor Retreat is well worth your time whether you have had cancer or just know someone who has. Awesome experience!” Heath Cancer Caregiver

“ How nice it was to be able to meet with Christian cancer survivors all focused on being thankful for our positive journey. We came from diverse backgrounds with a common cancer journey, determination and faith. Everyone attending found renewed Hope and a positive forward focus!”  Gloria Cancer Survivor

Upcoming Retreat at – St Francis Springs Retreat Center
When: Friday, Sept 22 – 23
Where: St Francis Springs Retreat Center Stoneville, NC
Who: For anyone not in treatment and their loved ones

(Click Here) for Details and Registration

Offered and on behalf of cancer-companions.org
For more information contact Karen at –  314-814-0044 or at Karen@cancer-companions.org

Job Connections Ministry (JCM) - Meet and Greet - Sunday October 15th

The Job Connection Ministry will be hosting a meet and greet in the Stewardship Center
on Sunday, October 15th after the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses.

Volunteers will be at one of the tables that day.
It will be a great opportunity to meet the members of this ministry, ask any questions
you may have and hear about this year’s upcoming events.

If you would like more information about this ministry please visit
our webpage at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/job-connections/
or (click here)

Divorce Care - Surviving the Holidays - October 30th

Help and hope as you navigate the Christmas season
Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding
Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed
and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?


Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are separated and divorced.

You’ll learn:
How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
Helpful tips for surviving social events
Ways to give your kids a good holiday experience
How to discover hope for your future

Join us on Monday October 30th
7:00 to 9:00 PM
in the Padua room
(located in the Community Center)

Click below to register
 (DC- Surviving the Holidays)

Journeying with Grief through the Holidays - Nov 12th

“How will I get through the holidays?”

We invite you to join us and learn what you can do to take care of yourself and prepare for this holiday season.
For someone who is grieving, the prospect of facing the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays can be overwhelming.

Join us for an insightful look at celebrating the holidays with God’s grace after the loss of a loved one on

Sunday, November 12th
2:00-4:00 pm
in Founders Room

Click below to register

Registration form – Journeying with grief through the holidays

Calling All Cooks! - More Casseroles Needed

        Our Feed the Need ministry is feeling the heat!

We’re low on casseroles and cooks for regularly scheduled meals.

Most of our families are small this summer, so if you have time to make a couple of extra helpings of whatever  you’re cooking for your family, consider signing up to coo a meal for a family.  If you’re more a “spur of the moment” cook, consider making a casserole recipe that can be frozen.

If the recipe says, “serves 4”, please divide the casserole into two containers
as it will serve two of our families.

                                                        Have questions contact
                                            Donna Mariani at – 919-326-3768 or
                                        Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205, ext 241



On Purpose Peace - Starting Early 2018

On Purpose Peace

 is an interactive small group to help you
discover your purpose in this life and answer the following questions:

      – What are you searching for in your life? 
      – What’s your plan to make a change in order to make a difference?     
      – Are you searching for direction, meaning, identity, significance, hope, focus, happiness,       
        or any number of different emotions that leave you frustrated or stuck?     
      – You may experience feelings of dissatisfaction, even in the face of success.      
      – Feel overwhelmed with all the things on your To Do list that offer no nourishment       
        for your spirit.     
      – Feel disconnected from the joy you know is inside you!

If you haven’t identified your true purpose in life,

Join us for this fantastic 7 week journey, you’ll discover your real purpose, experience clarity in balancing demands on your time, and find a real peace when your purpose, your schedule and your spirit are aligned!

Starting in the New Year 

Cost for materials is $40  Scholarships are available

(Click Here) to register

If you have questions, please contact Gladys Whitehouse at

Transitions Grief Care Offerings

For information about upcoming events, programs and support groups
offered by Transitions GriefCare – (Click here)