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:


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.

Sunday Library Volunteers
LibraryIf you love books and have a few hours to spare on the first or third Sundays of each month, St. Francis Parish Library needs you. The commitment is from 8:30 —11:30 a.m. once a month. If you are interested, please contact Pat Pavone, Library Coordinator (397-7831).


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Ushers and Greeters
Ushers and GreetersUshers and greeters provide a warm welcome to all who come through the doors of our church. They distribute song sheets and bulletins, seat people and provide needed assistance, take up the collection, and ready the church for the next liturgy. You would arrive half an hour before Mass begins, and stay until approximately 15 minutes after Mass concludes. How often you would serve is up to you—once a week or once a month. Volunteers are especially needed at 5:15, 7:30 and Noon Masses. More information: Deborah Jones, Liturgy Director (443-8084 x110).

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Lighting and Sound
Lighting and SoundWe need your help with setting up the sound equipment used in our liturgies, checking and replacing batteries in the wireless microphones, setting up chairs, music stands, and lights for the music ministers, and putting away all equipment, etc. after the liturgy. How often you would serve is up to you—once a week, or once a month. More information: Deborah Jones, Liturgy Director (443-8084 x110).


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Gardeners: Saturday or Tuesday Mornings
GardenersFall is here and the leaves are falling and can't get up by themselves. Gardeners needed! Our gardening teams need some help for the next few months. Fall is coming and there is more for them to do. Can you give a few hours a month to help prepare the Parish grounds for the weekend Masses? Even one Saturday a month is a great help. Please come to the church and check in with Felipe on Saturday mornings, 7:00—9:00 a.m., or with Joe on Tuesday mornings.


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Step Ministers: Saturdays
Step MinistersAs a Step Minister you will have the opportunity to serve as part of a team that provides a welcoming presence for the homeless guests of our parish. The commitment is one day a week, 6:00pm-7:00pm. This ministry provides a safe, peaceful and private place for our guests to sleep at the Parish Center Courtyard. The 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.

For more information, please call Margaret Healey at: (916) 417-7782.

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Breakfast Ministers
Breakfast Ministers2nd and 4th Thursdays

Are you an early riser?
Can you smile and say "Good Morning: and really mean it?
Do you wish to grow in your capacity for compassion and love?
Is your spirit nourished in knowing that your presence makes a difference?

If so, please consider becoming a member of our Breakfast Ministry. As a Breakfast Minister, you will be part of a team that starts its day by offering a hot cup of coffee and a light breakfast of prepackaged food items to our 16 homeless guests who spend the night in the Parish Center Courtyard. For more information, please call Margaret Healey at (916) 417-7782.

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Church Cleaning Ministers
Church Cleaning MinistersJust 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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Serve Others with Your St. Francis Family
Families on a MissionFamilies on a Mission (FOAM) is gearing up for the Fall season. Please take a few moments and pray about becoming part of our FOAM Leadership Team—no experience necessary! You will have a wonderful time working with folks who share the vision of connecting our St. Francis parish community, especially our Youth Faith Formation and school families, through service projects—"opportunities to serve, grow and do for our brothers and sisters through Christ" (FOAM Mission Statement).

This invitation to help lead is open to all of our St. Francis Parish members. Please contact Samara Palko, FOAM Leader ( or 916-447-0361), if you would like to be a part of the leadership team. There will be a meeting in August once the team has been formed.

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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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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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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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