Outreach and Service Ministries
The Ladies of St. Francis
Serve the Church and community in a variety of ministries, including preparing for special receptions and dinners, preparing the Church for each liturgical season, and conducting fundraisers to support these activities. The Ladies meet the First Sunday of each month after 8:30 am mass. The group is open to all ladies of the parish.
Benita Goode 304-252-9728
Church Decorating Committee
The Church Decorating Committee is responsible for decorating the Church for the different seasons and celebrations throughout the liturgical calendar.
Anna Conte 304-255-0499
The Giving Tree
This committee works with the Raleigh County Board of Education to provide Christmas gifts to identified elementary children of the school system. Tags are placed on trees at the Church the Sunday after Thanksgiving; parishioners select tags and buy gifts which are then forwarded to the school system to distribute. Volunteers sort the gifts and insure that there are gifts for each child listed on a tag.
Debbie Voloski 304-877-6604
Ministry of Care
- Offering comfort and support to the seriously ill. Anytime day or night. Please call the rectory: 304-256-3594
- Bringing Holy Communion to the home bound and those in hospitals. Please call the parish office: 304-253-3695
Members of the Bereavement Committee prepare and serve food for families of friends of the deceased following the funeral. The committee provides this service through donations. Volunteers help prepare and serve the food. They also help by donating food and paper products.
Lena Conte 304-255-1862
Benita Goode 304-252-9728
Anna’s Angels Grief Support Group
Widowed and single parishioners meet for fellowship the first Saturday of each month at 9:00 am at Mary’s House.
Offers music for Funeral Masses. Practice Tuesdays, 7:00PM in the Church Choir Loft.
The St. Sebastian Cemetery Committee
Maintains the graves, markers, and grounds of St. Sebastian Cemetery located at St. Francis Lane. The group also maintains an accurate record of the deceased buried there since 1909. Meetings are held the second Sunday of the month from April through October.
Richard “Rusty” Rappold 304-228-1949
Volunteers visit prisoners incarcerated at the Beckley and Federal Correctional Institutions to provide human supportive contact. The focus is on prisoners who do not receive regular visits from family and friends, those in confinement, and those serving long sentences. Volunteers are screened and trained through an extensive program.
- Contact Deacon Jay for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org 304-252-7835
Health and Well-being
- Seniors Exercise Every Monday & Wednesday 9:00AM in deSales Hall.
Birthright provides caring, non-judgmental support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. Birthright believes “It is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth and the right of every child to be born.” This support is provided free of charge and in a confidential manner. Services include providing information, making medical and legal referrals, and supplying resources such as clothing, diapers, and formula. Trained volunteers work at the Birthright Center, answering the phone, receiving visitors, and assisting with organizing supplies and donations.
400 N. Vance Drive: 304-253-7656
Marcia Evans: 304-252-0561