Since our parish joined the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in 2015, much
of the money that had been used for outreach in previous years is now going to
the Diocese in the form of our tithe to them. Ten per cent of our income
from 2018 will go to the Diocese for its support and outreach. You may
check out their website at
to see the ministries in which the Diocese is involved, and we through them.
As we become more familiar with the workings of the diocese, there will be
additional opportunities to become involved.
St. Francis continues its own outreach locally. We support and contribute
to Mobile Loaves and Fishes, an Austin-based ministry which delivers food,
clothing, hygiene products, and other essential items to homeless persons and
the working poor throughout the metro area.
Each fall, St. Francis participates in Operation Christmas Child from
Samaritan's Purse. This is a ministry which supplies a box of Christmas
presents to needy children around the world. In 2015, St. Francis sent around
100 shoe boxes of gifts to these children. In addition, our parish also
partners with the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center with monthly contributions
as well as donations of diapers and other needs for mothers and their new
babies. Our Anglicans for Life group oversees this association with APRC.
Finally, on each second Sunday of the month during the year, some of our
members have an outreach to a nursing home in the area where they pray and
sing hymns with the residents. Along with all of the above-mentioned
ministries, this one is open to anyone who wishes to participate.
Fr. Len Giacolone