Migrant Ministry

St Francis of Assisi Raleigh Migrant Ministry Summer 2019

Greetings and gratitude for your willingness to serve our migrant brothers who work the farm fields of North Carolina every summer. 

For many years, St. Francis parishioners have been ministering to the farm workers by picking them up on Sunday in their camps and transporting them to and from Mass at Our Lady of Rosary in the town of Louisburg.  We also share a fiesta meal with them once a month, and we periodically take them to the store so they can buy some basic supplies. 

Through this ministry, we live out the mission of our parish by offering hope to those who hunger for a more dignified life.  We believe in the power of Matthew chapter 25 where the parable challenges us to see Christ in each person we encounter, especially the hungry, the thirsty, the homeless, the stranger, the prisoner, the migrant.  In all that we do, despite the language and cultural barriers that divide us, we share the love of Christ who sought out the marginalized of his time and walked with them in mercy and solidarity. It is also our prayer that you learn more about immigration, migration, and agriculture in North Carolina through this experience.

If you have a few minutes and are interested in this important issue of seasonal and migrant farm work, check this 30 minute award-winning and super informative 2011 documentary about North Carolina farm workers – Harvest of Dignity.  I would strongly encourage you to watch this before volunteering!

This ministry is a vital and transformational ministry that helps us live out our parish mission of “offering HOPE to those who hunger for human dignity.” 

Logistical Information:

Please sign-up for one of the Sunday driver slots.  If you are a veteran driver, please sign-up for one of the lead slots. 

There is a requirement for drivers to fill out a Ministry Driver Information and Liability Insurance Acknowledgment form.  Please fill out and sign the form and return it to the Justice and Peace office with a copy of your driver's license and insurance information (explained on the form) prior to driving.  Here is a link to the form: 

 http://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/parish-forms/

All drivers meet at 11:15 AM at the Food Lion Shopping Center on US401 just north of the I-540 exit - 7440 Louisburg Rd #101, Raleigh, NC 27616. The shopping center is on your right and we meet on the north end of the parking lot (just behind the Wendy's parking lot). It's about 14 miles from St. Francis Church.

A lead driver is assigned each week who will gather the group in prayer and orientation before the group heads off to the migrant camps. 

The caravan of drivers then drives to a variety of migrant camps to pick up any migrant workers who wish to go to Mass.  

The group of drivers and migrant workers then attend a 1:00pm Spanish Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary in Louisburg. 

After Mass, we return the drivers to their camps.  If requested, there might be a pit-stop at a local store for the migrant workers to buy some supplies.

The volunteers are usually done by 4:00pm

FIESTAS

We also do "fiestas" three weekends during the summer -- this year they will be on the 30th of June, 21nd of July, and the 18th of August and we will hold each fiesta at a different camp after Mass.

If you drive these weekends, you will have the opportunity to stay after Mass and enjoy the food and the camaraderie with the workers.  On Fiesta Sundays, volunteers are usually done no later than 4pm.

Diana Velosa, Adriana Ruiz, Carla Mejia and Vicky Carillo coordinate the fiestas and need volunteers to help make (and/or serve) food and donate paper products, etc. If you would like to do this either in addition to or instead of driving, contact Diana ([email protected]) or sign-up below. Perishable prepared dishes can be dropped off in the refrigerator just off the Founders Room in the church building during fiesta weekends, after the Saturday 5:30pm and Sunday 7:30am and 9:30am Masses but definitely before 11:30am due to time needed to transport the food. Non-perishable items can be dropped off in the same area. Please make sure all items are clearly labeled for use by Migrant Ministry.

We look forward to seeing you this summer.  If there are any questions, concerns, or feedback for making this ministry better, feel free to contact the Office of Justice and Peace at St. Francis of Assisi or Bruce Cartier at [email protected] or 919-900-0452.

Location: Food Lion - 7440 Louisburg Rd #101, Raleigh, NC 27616

Location: Behind Wendy's in the Food Lion Shopping Center 7440 Louisburg Rd #101, Raleigh, NC 27616

Created by:   Bruce Cartier
 
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy EDT) Available Slot
06/02/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
GILBERT PENA

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
All slots filled
Fernando Bernal
Dennis Weldon
I will meet you at the first camp. 919-410-9810
Bob Miranda
Phone 215 520 3639
06/09/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
Margriet De Jong-Rouse

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
All slots filled
Tina Subasic
I can take 3 workers
Jeanette Cottone
I can take 5 people
Alan Ferony
I can take up to 3 workers
06/16/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
GILBERT PENA
switched from 30 June

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Patricia O'Sullivan
MaryLou Holloway
06/23/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
MaryLou Holloway

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
All slots filled
Anne Mikelonis
Margriet De Jong-Rouse
Mario Cervantes
06/30/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
All slots filled
Eileen McEntegart
Fernando Aguilar
Nancy Schanz
07/07/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
GILBERT PENA

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
All slots filled
Fernando Bernal
Lori Haight
I take up to 3 workers
Dennis Weldon
I will meet you at the first camp. 919-410-9810
07/14/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
MaryLou Holloway

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
All slots filled
Margriet De Jong Rouse
Alan Ferony
I can accomodate 3 passengers
Jeanette Cottone
07/21/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
GILBERT PENA

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
All slots filled
Eileen McEntegart
Anne Mikelonis
Fernando Aguilar

Fiesta donation - Tables

Bring tables from SFA to fiesta and back

 
Bruce Cartier
I will use minivan to bring tables and extra chairs

Fiesta donation (2)

White rectangular plastic tablecloths (5 per person)

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Gabriela Freeman

Fiesta donation

One box of 30 gallon trash bags

 

Fiesta donation

3 boxes of 1 gallon Ziploc bags

 

Fiesta donation

Five rolls of paper towels

 

Fiesta donation

Stack of paper plates (100 ct)

 
Jo Wildeman

Fiesta donation

Large pack of napkins

 
Jo Wildeman

Fiesta donation

'Solo' drinking cups (100 ct)

 
Jo Wildeman

Fiesta donation (4)

Fruit (bags of apples, bananas, washed grapes, sliced watermelon)

 
2 of 4 slots filled
Ed Noga
tom carlson

Fiesta donation

2 large bags of corn tortilla chips

 
tom carlson

Fiesta donation (3)

15 bottles of two liter soda (5 bottles per person - Coke, Orange, Sprite - no diet)

 
All slots filled
Ed Noga
Gabriela Freeman
Alan Ferony
Sodas

Fiesta donation (2)

Packs of bottled water (24 ct?)

 
1 of 2 slots filled
tom carlson

Fiesta donation (5)

Desserts (store bought or home baked cookies, cakes, brownies - nonfrosted please due to heat)

 
07/28/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
tom carlson

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Jennifer Slusser
can carry five workers
Thomas Slusser
Can carry five workers
08/04/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
GILBERT PENA

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
All slots filled
Thomas Costello
terrence mcdonald
I can accommodate 3 passengers
Nancy Schanz
I can take 4 passengers
08/11/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
Margriet De Jong Rouse

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Anne Mikelonis
Alan Ferony
Daughter Melanie
08/18/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
GILBERT PENA

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
All slots filled
Eileen McEntegart
Jeanette Cottone
I can take 6 people
Fernando Bernal
08/25/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
tom carlson

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Fernando Aguilar
09/01/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
MaryLou Holloway

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
09/08/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
GILBERT PENA

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
All slots filled
terrence mcdonald
I can accommodate 3 passengers
Dennis Weldon
919-410-9810
Fernando Bernal
09/15/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
MaryLou Holloway

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Eileen McEntegart
09/22/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
09/29/2019
(Sun. 11:15am - 4:00pm)

Lead Driver

Leads the three other drivers to the camps and then to Our Lady of the Rosary church in Louisburg

 
GILBERT PENA

Driver (3)

Follows lead driver to the camps and to church.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Fernando Aguilar


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