Saint Francis
of Assisi
Sacramento, CA    Your Gift of Prayer  |     Your Gift of Service  |   Your Gift of Financial Support



How Can I Share My Gift of Service?

Being here, worshipping as part of this community, is a gift and makes a difference. We are grateful that you are here.

You can also:

  • Participate in parish events—like our Women's Day retreat and Alternative Christmas Faire.

  • Help with short-term projects or special events—like decorating the church for Advent.

  • Answer a call to parish ministry (see Our Parish Guide).

  • Invite family and friends to worship with you here at St. Francis.

Join our 400+ volunteers who give their time and talents to make possible the many programs and ministries of our parish. Your gifts are needed! Here are some specific ways you can help:

Current Needs:


Ongoing Opportunities:

Other Opportunities and Information:

We're pleased to present a special guide for your reference...

Our Parish Guide PDF icon contains information on:

  • Programs you can participate in
  • Ministries / Committees you can join to volunteer your time and talent

Below you will find current opportunities to participate/volunteer at our parish.


Please contact Peggy Chambers, OMC, Pastoral Associate, at (916) 443-8084 x103 or for current opportunities to serve the parish.

Welcome Team
Welcome TeamJoin a fun group of folks who like to extend a warm St. Francis welcome by hosting a Welcome Brunch for newcomers and new parishioners three times a year. What's involved? You'd bring a potluck dish to share and help with set up, clean up and hospitality during the brunch. Attendance at planning meetings is not required, though it's always a good time! If you'd like to be part of this ministry, please contact Barbara Bucher ( or 443-8084 x101).


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HandsSaturday • 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Our Step Ministry provides a sacred dwelling place where a community of ministers and homeless guests meet each other on holy ground and give witness and dignity to our shared experiences. This ministry is rooted in Scripture and responds to the call to welcome strangers, provide shelter to the wanderer, love thy neighbor, and not turn away from the needs of others.

The service commitment is one day a week from 6:00—7:30 p.m. Thursday or Saturday evenings are available.

Welcome our guests at the gate as they arrive, and provide a guiding presence as they set up their cots on the patio for the night. There is plenty of time for fascinating conversation.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Nora at 296-7884.

What does it mean to be a Step Minister?

"First and foremost, I believe I am doing the Lord's work in the most basic sense. Our guests so appreciate the human contact and the acknowledgment that we know they exist and that we "choose" to be with them.... It puts things in perspective for me in that I am so blessed to have food and shelter and family to take care of me. Any one of us could be homeless, depending on what life brings our way."

—Step Minister (10 years)

"These last nine months have been very rewarding for me as a Step Minister with St. Francis. Showing love and compassion for our fellow human beings, along with being in a position of giving back, is a miracle in itself. Our guests are in need of shelter, along with having someone who sincerely cares and will listen to them."

—Step Minister (9 months)

"I have grown in love, compassion, and tolerance. I do not sturggle with jugdments as much as I did before... I see the humanity in these people. I am a better person for it."

—former Step Minister


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Coffee and Donuts Minister Needed!
Healing Prayer3rd Sundays after 9:30 a.m. Mass

Are you looking for a way to serve your parish community? Our coffee and donuts hospitality ministry could use your help one Sunday a month (3rd Sundays), setting up and serving coffee and donuts to newcomers and old-timers who enjoy this opportunity for fellowship. Please call Galen for more information or to volunteer ( or 443-8084 x114).

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Healing Prayer Ministry Needs Your Help
Healing PrayerThe Healing Prayer Ministry is in need of caring hearts and spirits, men and women to be present after our weekend Masses to those in need of prayer. This ministry requires nothing more than your prayerful presence and willingness to reflect God's goodness and grace in simple prayer. If you have, in the past, participated in this ministry, or if you feel you are being called to enter this ministry, please contact Galen: or 916-443-8084 x114

"To pray is to enter into a deeper solidarity with our fellow human beings, so that in and through us they can be touched by the healing power of God's spirit."—Henry Nouwen.

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Join the St. Francis Loaves & Fishes Team!
Loaves & Fishes3rd Sundays
8:00—10:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.—12:45 p.m.

Our St. Francis Loaves & Fishes Team cooks and serves a meal to those in need on the third Sunday of every month. We are currently in need of new volunteers. There are two shifts: the early shift works 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., preparing the meal, and the serving shift comes in around 10:00 a.m., and works until approximately 12:45 p.m. serving our guests.

For more information and to sign up, please contact Mary Chilcote ( or Francine Freitas (

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Church Cleaners Still Needed!
Cleaning SuppliesJust like your house, God's house needs to be cleaned regularly to keep it up and make everyone feel welcome. We now have a core cleaning ministry group, but we can always use more help. Many hands make light work!

Come join us for some or all of two hours Saturday mornings from 7:00—9:00 a.m. We have something for everyone. With a full crew we can break up the work into sections vacuuming, dusting, polishing, removing wax, clearing off used candles, washing the pews, etc. We are currently setting up a monthly schedule.

Please contact Fran Tom ( and let her know which Saturdays you can help out.

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Share Your Faith by Serving as a Parish Companion
CompanionCompanions journey for a year with adults who wish to join our Church. That journey includes attending RCIA sessions on the first and second Thursdays of the month, from 6:30—8:00 p.m. For more info about being a companion or to volunteer, contact Peggy Chambers, OMC (443-8084 x103 or


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Sr. Nora's Place
Fish and BreadSr. Nora's Place, a sheltered site for women at Loaves and Fishes, needs volunteers on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 5:00-6:30 p.m. to help provide and serve a meal for the 14 women in residence, who are most grateful to have home-cooked meals. If you feel called to volunteer, please contact Jackie (505-1825).

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