Holiday Mass Schedule

Dec. 8 Feast of Immaculate Conception – Church (9:00 am and 7:30 pm)
Dec. 11 Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass – Chapel (9:00 pm)
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve – Gym (2:30 and 4:30 pm)
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve – Church (2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 pm)
Dec .24 Midnight Mass – Church
Music Prelude to Midnight Mass 11:15 pm “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi
Mass begins at midnight
Dec. 25 Christmas Day – Church (9:30 and 11:30 am)
Dec. 31 Mary, Mother of God Vigil – Church (5:30 pm)
Jan. 1 Mary, Mother of God – Church (9:00 am)

Advent Penance Services

Dec. 1       7:00 pm – St. Raphael the Archangel (English & Spanish)
Dec. 2       11:00 am – St. Raphael the Archangel (English & Spanish)
Dec. 3       11:00 am – St. Michael the Archangel, Cary (English)
Dec. 3       7:00 pm – St. Bernadette, Fuquay-Varina (English & Spanish)
Dec. 4       7:00 pm – St. Andrew the Apostle, Apex (English)
Dec. 5       7:00 pm – Our Lady of the Rosary, Louisburg (English & Spanish)
Dec. 7       7:00 pm – St. Eugene, Wendell (English & Spanish)
Dec. 9       7:00 pm – St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest (English & Spanish)
Dec. 10     11:00 am – St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest (English)
Dec. 10     7:00 pm – St. Mary Mother of the Church, Garner (English & Spanish)
Dec. 14     7:00 pm – St. Francis of Assisi (English)
Dec. 15     7:00 pm – St. Francis of Assisi (English)
Dec. 16    11:00 am – St. Bernadette, Fuquay-Varina (English)
Dec. 16     7:00 pm – Our Lady of Lourdes (English)
Dec. 16     7:00 pm – Sacred Heart Cathedral (English & Spanish)
Dec. 17    11:00 am – St. Francis of Assisi (English)
Dec. 17     7:00 pm – St. Michael the Archangel, Cary (English & Spanish)
Dec. 22     7:00 pm – St. Luke the Evangelist (English)

A Word on the Inspired Word: Daily reflections by Fr. Bill. Click here to sign up.

Advent Pancake Breakfast15th Annual Advent Pancake Breakfast: The tradition continues with a few surprises! Please join us for a wonderful morning of fun and fellowship as we gather to celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas. Delicious food, live music and caroling, crafts and even a story from St. Nicholas himself! Saturday, December 6, seatings at 8:30 am and 10:00 am. Cost is $15 per family. Registration information coming soon. Questions, contact either Kristy Szabo at or Michelle Staub at

Great Date Nights – Friendship: Fuel for Romance! Join us at 6:35 pm in the Anthony Hall Founders Room on the second Friday of September, October, November, January, March, and April for our monthly date nights to support your marriage! Remaining dates: 11/14, 1/9, 3/13, 4/10.

Play and Pray: Quality childcare and faith formation during Mass.  Click here to enroll.

Habitat for Humanity: St Francis workday December 6. Contact: Diane Steinbeiser,

St. Francis Advent Giving Tree: November 27 to December 14

Young Adults Community Small Group: In a time of transition? Looking for new connections?Our group of young adult parishioners (20’s and 30’s)  meets Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm in Anthony Hall Room 403. We are going to read each week’s scripture readings for Mass and talk about what they mean to us, our lives, and how we live out our faith. Join us. Visit our webpage.

Mental Illness: A series of 12 sessions structured to help families understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)Family member volunteers who know what it is like to have a loved one struggling with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and other brain disorders. There is no cost to participate. To register, contact Andrea Chase, 919-848-8913.

No one plans to get cancer: If you are interested in helping build a ministry of support for people affected by cancer, please contact the Care and Wellness office, 919-847-8205×241.


Adult Open Play Nights: In the Assisi Community Center Gym. To contact the ministry leaders for each of our adult open play nights, click here.

Moms, Pops, and Tots: Join us for a fun playtime with other young families at 10:30 am every other Sunday morning. Information at

Adult Women’s Volleyball: Come on ladies!  Join us on Tuesday nights at 8:30 pm in the Assisi Community Center gym for semi-competitive volleyball open play.  All high school age and adult women welcome. Contact Katie Gahr to be included.


AA Meeting: Alcoholic Anonymous meetings are held daily at 7:15 am in Laverna (log cabin).  Enter through the garage.  Anyone interested in the program and recovery is welcome to attend.

Al-Anon meetings: Sundays at 7:00 pm in Anthony Hall Room 403. Al-Anon is an anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope.

Always Our Children: GLBT safe, confidential place. Anthony Hall Room 403. Chuck Small 919-859-4889, Jane Paris 919-847-7431, http://www.bit/ly/SFAAOC.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group: The first Wed. of the month, 1:00-3:00 pm in the Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center and the third Wednesday of the month, 7:00-9:00 pm in Anthony Hall Room 405. Carol Gault 919-239-4620.

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

Catholic Divorce Survival Group: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center. For information, contact William Morgan or click here.

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.
Contact: CPO Volunteer Coordinator, 919-847-1466.

Centering Prayer: Thursdays, 9:35 am or 7:30 pm in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel.

Community Garden:  Saturday mornings, 8:30to 10:30 a.m. Help us harvest, weed and water organic vegetables for donation to hungry families. Meet other gardeners or enjoy a hands-on learning experience with your children. Garden is located in front of La Verna House, 11501 Leesville Rd, across from St. Mary of the Angels Chapel.
Time Commitment: 1 – 2 hours.
Contact: Pat Kelly, 919-413-8832.

Exercise Programs:  Weekdays mornings in the Assisi Community Center. Classes offered include: Yoga, Kettlebell, Core in a Box, Taoist tai chi, and Zumba. Classes operate on a punchcard fee system. Click here for a schedule.

Feed the Need: Contact: Donna Mariani, 919-836-3768.

Ladies Daytime Book Club:  New members are welcome to join a small group of women who love to read and discuss books as well as share friendly fellowship with each other. We meet on the 4th Wednesdays at 11:30 in Anthony Hall Room 406. Contact Sue Harris.

Mass of the Anointing: Second Wednesday of the month at the 9:00 am Mass in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel. Coffee in the Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center following Mass.

Men’s Ministry Monthly Breakfast and Talk: First Mondays, 7:00–8:00 am in the Padua Room of the Assisi Community Center. Light breakfast, fellowship, and faith formation. Visit for details.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:00 pm, Clare Hall Room 202.  Call Regina Sisinni at 841-5866 or Cindy Cardello at 846-8825.  Click here for a calendar of 2013-2014 dates.

Prison Pen Pal: Write letters to prisoners on North Carolina’s death row. Adults only. Time Commitment: One letter per month. Contact: Pam Boyan,

Rosary Ministry: Mondays, 7:30-8:30 pm, St. Mary’s of the Angels Chapel.

Grupo de Oración Familiar: Cada Domingo, después de la misa de 11:30 AM. Empezaremos a las 12:45 PM en la capilla.  Rezamos el rosario de 5 misterios y después cantamos tres canciones, acompañados a guitarra, para terminar al filo de la 1:15 PM. Los voluntarios para dirigir cada misterio del rosario, por favor manden un correo a

Prayer Group (Spanish): Every Sunday 12:45-1:15 pm Anthony Hall Founders Room,

Senior Ministry: Sponsors monthly Potluck luncheons starting at 12:00 noon throughout the year and monthly game days starting at 11:00 am, September through May in Clare Fellowship Hall.

The St. Francis Single/Single Again Ministry: Meets regularly on Thursdays. Service Nights, Book club, games nights and social evenings. For more info, contact Mary Hager.

Third Option:   Many of us manage marriage as a series of choices between his desires and her desires, between “peace at any price” and “letting it all hang out.”  Because they move us to extremes, these options don’t bring us together.  With The Third Option, you can learn how to break through the clutter of past baggage and misunderstandings and build an effective, loving relationship. The Third Option meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church.  Click here for more information.

The Young Adult’s Community meets weekly at 7:00 pm for Bible Study in Anthony Hall Room 406.  Join us for an evening of fellowship and reflection on the scripture readings for the week. Click here for more information.