"Open our hearts, Lord, help us to love like you."
We journey together as a community through Lent, opening our hearts and minds to the overwhelming love that God has for each and everyone one of us. Join us as we learn about, celebrate, and live our faith. Regular, weekly opportunities are available for the whole family to "virtually" gather at various times and platforms, including:
Join Msgr. Michael (virtually) as he shares a new vision for our community for at-home viewing. Journey with Msgr. Michael as he presents an overview of the 10 essentials for a lifelong journey of living the Christian faith and an invitation to deepen their understanding of what this means for each member of our community. This is an overview of modules that will be released for small group and personal viewing in May.
An email invitation to join Realm, our new ministry internet tool, will be sent on Friday, 3/5 to all St. Francis parishioners Realm has the potential to change the way that we communication within various ministry areas, fostering a sense of community among volunteers, and parishioners and staff.
Realm is accessible 24/7 from the Realm Connect App or by logging into the Realm website. Once you've set up an account and have logged in, you'll be able to see the ministries that you currently serve in (called Groups). Ministry leaders (called Group Leaders), have the ability to communicate directly with the Group via email, chat and a newsfeed, and as a member of a Group, you'll be able to communicate with the ministry leaders and other Group members. You may also view your giving history (which others cannot see), update your contact information, and much more.
Please be on the lookout for the Realm email invitation. I encourage you to respond to the invitation so that we can connect, communicate and collaborate. Visit the Realm webpagefor more information. If you don't receive an invitation on Friday, please contact the Realm support team for assistance.
Bishop's Annual Appeal
The Bishop's Annual Appeal (BAA) of the Diocese of Raleigh truly does the work of Christ. This is the one time of the year that we are called to step out of our parishes and serve the Universal Church across the Eastern half of North Carolina. The BAA provides critical funding for a wide range of ministries, including Seminarians & Vocations, Communications, Marriage and Family, Catholic Charities, and Catholic Education. One of the largest areas where the BAA funds are invested is Catholic School support, Youth and adult sacramental preparation, catechist formation, youth ministry and retreats, college campus ministries, continuing education for clergy. The BAA supports 8660 students in our Diocese receiving Catholic Education. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church which includes The Franciscan School and the St. Francis Preschool are a part of the Diocese of Raleigh. The spiritual, physical, and practical needs of the people throughout our diocese are greater than ever. Through the BAA, our bishop provides support for our parish and school communities and provides support for the most vulnerable through Catholic Charities.
This year we are asking everyone to be a part of the Bishop's Annual Appeal. If you have already received your materials for this year's appeal, please mail your pledge in as soon as possible. The Franciscan School and the St. Francis Preschool will also be sending home a BAA pledge envelope to each family at the school. If you have not received your materials or have not mailed them in as of yet you can also donate directly to the appeal by clicking here.
For help with questions, comments or concerns, please contact Deb Royals Mizerk at (919) 847-8205 x222 or email
The session is for adults and will be just over 2 hours long with one short break. It will equip you to recognize and report child abuse and neglect. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate, which you must give to your ministry site as part of your Level C certification. This safe environment training is required for all clergy, employees and those in leadership positions with children and youth. This session is for either initial safe environment training or for those needing the 5-year renewal.
Once you receive your Certificate of Completion please email it to