Advent Giving Tree. Nov. 25-Dec. 14. Our most popular donations drive of the year provides parishioners with opportunities to give Christmas gifts to families in need. Featuring 2,000 ornaments and 20 different ministries or community organizations. Choose ornaments, shop for gifts and return gifts to the Stewardship Center by the deadline on the ornament.
Habitat for Humanity. Dec. 6. Seeking fellowship and hands-on service? Join St. Francis parishioners for our last St. Francis Habitat for Humanity work date this year. Needed: 15 volunteers, age 16 or older. Contact: Diane Steinbeiser, 919-846-8026, email@example.com.
Mentor Engaged Couples: Do you remember preparing for marriage? Among the wedding plans and preparing for life transitions, someone took time to sit down with you to talk about the joys, blessings, and trials of marriage. We invite couples married 10 years or more to join the Fully Engaged Ministry Team to host conversations for an engaged couple using the results from their Fully Engaged pre-marital inventory. Flexible Time commitment, meet with engaged couples in your home or at St. Francis as you are available.
Contact: Jason Lillis, 919-847-8205×244.
Donations Volunteer: Do you find satisfaction in providing material donations to nonprofit organizations serving people in need? We’re looking for an organized person to coordinate our donation drives and arrange for distribution of unsolicited donations to partner organizations. Some work can be done from home. 10 hours per month.
Contact: Sheila Read, 919-847-8205×420.
Phone Skills: Do you enjoy connecting with people over the phone? The Care and Wellness office is looking for a few people to make calls to parishioners for various ministries.
Contact: Kathleen Owen, 919-847-8205×241
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Gleaners Needed: Are you willing to give a couple of hours rescuing food from area farms to donate to the hungry in our communities? Be a part of this meaningful and fun gleaning opportunity for youth and adults.
Contact: Suzanne Szymendera
Transportation Ministry: Please consider driving someone to Mass once each month. We have many people who can no longer drive who would love to go to Mass. If you have room in your car and room in your heart, please get in touch.
Contact: Stephanie Smith, 919-302-0080.
Our Caregivers Ministry is recruiting volunteers! If you have a couple of hours a month, you could make a difference! Our volunteers offer a diverse array of opportunities – from friendly visits to driving folks to a doctor’s appointment or the grocery store. If you have a couple of hours a month to share, join us.
Contact: Carol Derrenbacher, 919-554-2578. Thanks!!
Eucharistic Ministers to the Home: Many parishioners can’t make it to Mass to receive the Eucharist. If you have a few hours a month, we would love it if you’d share them with us! Training provided and you get to distribute great artwork from the TFS/Preschool kids!
Contact: Pat Spencer, 919-706-5324.
Ronald McDonald House: Prepare and serve dinner for families staying at Ronald McDonald House in Durham.
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours
Contact: Julie Huckaby, 919-624-5065
Catholic Parish Outreach: Help in the food pantry and children’s clothing area. Family friendly. Time Commitment: Shifts are from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday- Saturday at the CPO Center at 2013 N. Raleigh Blvd.
Contact: CPO Volunteer Coordinator, 919-847-1466
Feed the Need: 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.
Contact: Donna Mariani, 919-836-3768
Brown Bag Ministry: Pack and deliver brown bag lunches to a low-income senior community in Durham. All ages welcome. 2 hours, Saturday morning.
Contact: Rich Zemonek
Welcome Hosts: We are committed to meeting each new person, helping them navigate the parish and find the right small group. Welcome Hosts join new parishioners at welcome events, sit at a table with new families, follow up with them to answer any questions, and help provide that sense of belonging for which we are all looking. Your willingness to meet people, share your story, and invite them to things going on at the parish or join a ministry makes you the perfect host!
Contact: Sue Mathys, 919-847-8205×222
Visitation Ministry, Good “Smilers” Welcome!: Our volunteers visit parishioners in local care facilities. Visits are brief, but bright spots in the day of someone who may not be feeling well. Bring prayers, presence, and peace to those who want to feel better. Schedule visits according to your availability.
Contact: Sharon Holland
Play and Pray Ministry: Help us live our Franciscan mission by offering Holiness, Hope and Hospitality to our children. Share an hour of your time, one Sunday a month. Adults and teens are welcome. We will train and support you.
Contact: Niamh Crotty
Mentor Engaged Couples: We invite couples married 10 years or more to join the Fully Engaged Ministry team, helping engaged couples talk about marriage through guided conversation and marriage inventory results.
Contact: Jason Lillis, 919-847-8205 x244
Seeking Prison Pen Pals: For many years, our Prison Pen Pal Ministry has been reaching out to prisoners living on North Carolina’s death row. Members of our ministry write letters to prisoners who have requested correspondence. These prisoners are isolated and often estranged from family. Often we are their only link to the outside world. Being a pen pal is the perfect way to reach out to others on your own time. It takes so little time to send a note, but it means so much to prisoners. We hope you will join us!
Contact: Pam Boyan, 908-309-7009.
Gabriel Project: Offers material and/or emotional support to women coping with challenging circumstances during and after pregnancy. Know someone who could use some help? Please let us know! If you would like to help support a woman in need, we’d like to hear from you! Training is available.
Contact: Kip Moffett
Medical Presence at Mass: If you are a medical professional and would like to be part of our Medical Presence at Mass team, please let us know. We can schedule you for a walk-through of the equipment and processes and get you on the team!
Contact: Kathleen Owen, 919-847-8205×241
Coffee House Volunteer Opportunities: Are you a social butterfly? Do you love to serve others? Are you great with customer service? Perhaps the Assisi Café could use your talents!
For more info and to sign up, click here.
Caregivers! Do you enjoy being with people who are happy to see you? Do you get joy from helping others? Maybe you should consider joining our Caregivers Ministry. There’s online training (free of charge for St Francis parishioners of record) and there are a lot of folks out there waiting for someone to take them to the doctor’s office, the grocery store, or just come by for a visit. Could that be you?
Contact: Carol Derrenbacher, 919-544-2578
Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist to the Homebound: If you’d like to enrich your life and the lives of others, won’t you consider being trained as an EM for our Homebound Ministry? Visit those who aren’t able to leave their homes and receive the gift of friendship in return.
Contact: Pat Spencer, 919-706-5324
Ushers Needed: Join the usher ministry.
Contact: John Cuomo, 919-676-8968
Sacristans Needed at All Masses: This ministry prepares the church for the celebration of the Mass. We are looking for high school age and older individuals or families to join us. On-the-job training will be provided at the Mass of your choice.
Contact: Robert Kaczynski, 919-848-1895
Cross Bearers Needed at All Masses: Join the Cross Bearer Ministry.
Contact: Tresa Pickup, 919-847-8205×488