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.


St. Francis Step and Breakfast Ministry - Your Spirit and Welcoming Prescence is needed
Breakfast MinistersThis very special ministry is in need of volunteers. Our Step Ministry provides a safe, peaceful and private place for our guests to sleep each night at the Parish Center courtyard. This ministry is rooted in scripture and responds to the call to welcome strangers, provide shelter to the wanderer, and not turn away from the needs of others.

As a Step Minister you would have the opportunity to serve as a welcoming presence for our Step guests as they arrive in the evening or, as a Breakfast Minister, help to provide a simple prepared breakfast before they leave to face the challenges of their day. The time commitment is 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm for the Step Ministry OR 5:30 am to 7:00 am for the Breakfast Ministry. Most Step Ministers commit to one evening a week, and Breakfast Ministers for two mornings a month. However, we are happy to try to create a schedule that works for you! Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a part of the Step/Breakfast Ministry family. We would love to have you join us.

"Homeless not only from the room made of bricks, but homeless from being rejected, unwanted, completely torn out of society....that unwanted one is my brother and my sister....We belong to each other."—Mother Theresa

If you would like more information, or have questions about how you can volunteer for this wonderful ministry, please contact Margaret (


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On-site Sound and Light Supervisor Needed
Light and SoundDo you have two or three good hands and a knowledge of sound equipment or lighting? Would you like to get into concerts by the Sacramento Master Singers, Chanticleer, or ... for free AND make a few bucks as an on-site supervisor when they use our Parish for their events? Do you like broccoli? Well, if you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, we need you. Call Joe Prassa, at the Parish Center for more information (443-8084 x107).


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Three-Afternoons-a-Week Cook Needed
Breakfast MinistersA cook is needed for Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday afternoons, 4:00-6:00 pm, at the friary. Simple meals for five. Either cook at home and deliver, or use our kitchen. Contact Bro. Mark ( or (619) 962-0919).


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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 BreadVolunteers, both men and women, are needed to join the existing volunteer team that takes a hot meal to Sister Nora's Place at Loaves and Fishes. Once a month, two of the volunteers, work together to provide a hot meal. One prepares a casserole main dish, and the other provides a salad, dessert, and a gallon of milk. Together, they deliver what has been prepared. The volunteer team honors a rotating schedule that asks each volunteer to commit to preparing and delivering a meal at least three times a year.

Sister Nora's Place provides long term overnight shelter, care and case management to women experiencing chronic homelessness and mental health issues. You can help Loaves and Fishes, as well as make a difference in someone's life, by volunteering just a few hours of your time two or three times a year.

If you feel inspired by, or feel called to this caring ministry, please email Jackie Mikesell for more information:

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Francis House Center
Francis House CenterWe are looking for people who want to make a difference and change lives by rolling up their sleeves and getting personally involved. We serve primarily the homeless population in the Sacramento area with a variety of services. Whether you can give just a few hours or can commit to a day or two a week, we can find a place here for everyone, no matter what their skills are. More information: Pat or Juan (443-2646 or

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Help Someone Learn to Read
ReadingNo experience necessary. Flexible hours. Instruction and all materials provided. You can make a REAL difference in the life of one of the 230,000 adults in Sacramento County who are in need of help to improve their reading and writing skills. These adults are eager to learn. More information (619-264-5032) or drop by for a visit (828 I Street, Sacramento) Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or go to

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