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  • APRIL 9, 2017

    The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 919-847-8205 www.stfrancisraleigh.org

    Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

    The Crowd

    See page 4

    See page 7

  • As we enter Holy Week, I can remember going to the Holy Thursday service at my parish in Burlington MA when I was growing up, and the hushed silence and darkness in the church after the service ended. These are holy and solemn days we are entering, and I invite you to check below for the schedule of services for this

    upcoming week. You might spend time reading over the passion stories in the gospels, or a very good recent book is “The Passion and the Cross” by Ronald Rolheiser.

    Finally, many thanks to all who have contributed to our 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. If you have not yet made a contribution, we ask you to please consider making one, as our parish plays a very important part in the BAA’s success.

    Thank you, and blessings on your week!


    Through Baptism may they walk always as a Child of the light: Logan Clay Massey Son of Kayla and Brandon Massey Finley Gray Machesky daughter of Ken and Deanna Machesky Natalie Grace Ditomasso Katrina & Walter DiTomasso Oliver Brian Mialkowski Erwin and Jessica Mialkowski Max Gabriel Ortiz jerez Agustin And Opal Ortiz Emily Mae Edmister Stephen and Kylie Edmister Paxton Eugene Furr Joshua and Claire Furr Dustin McRae Ormsby Leanne and Doug Ormsby Luca Michael Donohue Greg and Ashley Donohue

    May she rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon her: + Sara Jones

    Is that like the ACC? I’m not much of a sports fan.

    So, have you made your contribution to our BAA?

    If you have not yet made your BAA pledge, please consider doing so. We need everyone’s participation!

    Holy Week Schedule

    Holy Thursday No 9:00 am Morning Mass 7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the Church Altar of Repose follows in the Fellowship Hall Good Friday No 9:00 am Morning Mass 3:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in the Church Holy Saturday 9:00 am Morning Prayer in the Church 10:00 am Blessing of Easter Food in the Memorial Garden No 4:30 pm Reconciliation No 5:30 pm Mass 8:30 pm Easter Vigil Mass begins in the Memorial Garden Easter Sunday Mass Schedule 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 5:30 pm Easter Mass in Church 9:30 am and 11:30 am Easter Mass in the Gym The church offices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

    We are getting close. With your help, we can make it.

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    In Wake County there are many families facing homelessness and thus struggling, on a daily basis, to survive. Through our partnership with Family Promise (formally known as Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network or WIHN), we have a special opportunity to shelter four families attempting to transition out of homelessness for a week, Sunday April 16 to Sunday April 23. During the week, there are a whole host of volunteer opportunities for you and your family to help. This is a great opportunity to share in a work of mercy for someone looking to better their lives.

    We need people to prepare and share a meal, help with childcare or transportation, or be an overnight

    The Play and Pray Sunday morning ministry is currently accepting applications for a childcare provider position in our 1 year old room. Play and Pray is our faith formation nursery. Providers play with the children, sing songs and read Bible stories with them. A strong candidate will have experience working with young children, have a strong faith that they are excited to share with our toddlers and be willing to obtain Diocese of Raleigh Level C certification. The hours are 9:00am-1:00pm most Sundays, Play and Pray is not open on major holidays. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

    Sign Up to Hosting Homeless Families with Family Promise

    guest. You can bring the whole family! Remember that just your physical presence and willingness to enter into their life for even this small period of time, says to that person: “You matter… you are worthy and of value and deserving of dignity and my time.” What a beautiful message for all of us to hear in our upcoming Easter season – you have new life!

    There will be representatives in the Stewardship Center after all the masses this weekend, April 8/9, to answer questions and sign you up.

    Or you may contact Ron Smith directly at [email protected] or 919-455-7786.

    Thank you for any help you can provide!

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  • By Jason Lillis, Family Life Coordinator



    J oin us for this extraordinary opportunity to live the Stations of the Cross with Father Steve Kluge as Pontius Pilate, Deb Mizerk as creative director, parish youth and adults, and members of the Justice Theater Project as everyone collectively brings Christ’s passion to life. Each station will deeply explore God’s mercy, love and social justice. ALL ARE WELCOME! To RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/LivingStationsRSVP.

    Live Stations of the Cross Sunday, April 9, 2017

    Light Supper at 6:30pm in Clare Fellowship Hall Prayer Service at 7:15 in Church

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    J oin our Young Adults Ministry for a weeklong service opportunity with the Franciscans at St. Francis Inn. The Inn has been serving guests for over 35 years, providing hope to those on the margins, through good food and a welcoming spirit. Our trip leaves early in the morning for the drive up to Philadelphia, and we jump right into helping with preparations for the evening meal. Throughout the week, we'll get to serve homeless and low-income individuals and families through meal service and preparation.

    We have room in the van for up to 6 participants to travel up to Philadelphia, leaving early on Monday morning and returning late Friday evening. If you are interested in joining us, email me at [email protected], or give me a call at 919-847-8205x244.

    When: May 15- May 19, 2017 Where: St. Francis Inn Ministires, Philadelphia, PA

    Young Adults Trip to St. Francis Inn

    http://bit.ly/LivingStationsRSVP� mailto:[email protected]

  • Kathleen Owen, Coordinator of Care and Wellness

    Pastoral Ministries

    E very week, six teams of folks come into church, visit the tabernacle, and spread out across Raleigh to share the Eucha- rist with those who cannot come to Mass. The reasons vary – some people are sick, some have mobility problems, some have transportation issues and some are in the hospital. Whatever the reason, a member of

    On the Road with the Bread of Life


    our Eucharistic Ministry to Rex, to Abbotswood, to Magnolia Glen, to Springmoor, to The Meadows and to the Home, fan out to visit old friends, new friends, and to bring the bread of life. This ministry offers a beautiful blend of activities – the silence and peace of going into the Eucharistic Chapel to retrieve the Host, taking a new road, making a new friend or

    spending time with an old friend, sharing the Gospel and being Christ for someone. What could be better? And if you’ve been waiting for an invitation to join us, here it is! We can always use the help, and you can always use another friend! If you’d like to join one of these ministries, on your own or with your family, give me a call 919-847-8205x241.

  • Growing in excellence since 1991

    Assisi Preschool The Franciscan School Elementary: K-5

    Middle School: 6-8


    H aving a preschool on the same cam-pus as a K-8 school gives our young people at St. Francis of Assisi excit- ing opportunities to learn from one another.

    A new program called Come Follow Me, developed by our Preschool Director, Cathy Ashton, takes advantage of this opportunity by providing interactive faith formation for St. Francis of Assisi Preschool students and middle schoolers at The Franciscan School.

    Come Follow Me is an invitation from our Lord to learn more about Him, but also to follow the example of the older students from TFS. In the program, preschool students part- nered with students in Mrs. Kristen Dellasega’s seventh and eighth-grade religion classes as they moved through four different learning stations that were set up in the sanctuary and lobby area of the church. This allowed middle school students to display leadership while sharing their faith with the preschoolers. All preschool classes - even the 2-year-olds - had the opportunity to rotate through four different stations and engage in faith formation activi- ties: Making a Prayer Pretzel, baptizing a baby doll, practicing the sign of the cross, and learning about being a lector. This was an enriching experience for all involved!

    Preschool registration for the 2017-2018 school year has begun and classes are filling fast! If you have a child who will be 2, 3 or 4 by August 31, St. Francis Preschool may be a good fit for you! If you are interested in learn- ing more about the preschool or would like to see the preschool in action; please call Jen- nifer Stephens at 919-847-8205x262 or visit their website at www.preschoolatstfrancis.com

    The Franciscan School is also currently accepting applications for K-8th grades for the 2017-1

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