Outreach & Support Ministries

“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”

 2 Timothy 4:2 ESV

Our Outreach and Support Ministries are responsible for ensuring that the pastoral care, social services, peace and justice needs of the parish and community are being met. Ministries with a * before their title are deemed appropriate for families and children.

Bereavement Ministry: Join a team of people who support the bereaved at special Masses, education programs, participating in the Valentine lunch for the widowed. Training provided. Contact BJ Dengler at 704.364.5431 ext. 212 or bdengler@stgabrielchurch.org. Read More.

Blood Donor Ministry: The purpose of the Blood Donor Ministry is to provide an environment for our parishioners to donate blood which is collected by Red Cross professional nurses. Besides being donors, ministry volunteers assist in registration and serve refreshments to the donors.  Contact Ray Hojnicki  at 704.847.9043 or rayhoj@aol.com. Read More.

Charlotte Community Health Clinic: Nurses and doctors who offer their services to provide medical services for prescreened needy individuals one evening per month. Spanish interpreters and support people are also needed. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Contact Susan Davenport at sdaven@carolina.rr.comRead More.

Crop Walk: The mission of the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk is to raise awareness and funds locally to fight hunger in the Charlotte community and around the world through the sponsorship of Church World Service. Read More.

*disABILITY Ministry: Help establish and maintain an open dialogue to encourage and enable full participation of the entire community, particularly of those with disABILITIES, in our parish liturgies, social activities, and ministries. See Pictures.

Freedom School: A six week literacy-based program for children who are most at-risk for learning loss over the summer. Volunteer opportunities for this ministry include: reading to the children as a group, chaperoning field trip activities, sharing a hobby/skill/passion with the children, shopping for supplies or helping to coordinate volunteers. Contact Laura Hull at ehull@carolina.rr.com or 704.366.4907.

*Friendship Trays: Deliver meals to the home bound. Individual drives one week-day per month at lunchtime, sometimes with a partner. Time requirement is 1.5 hours per route. Substitute drivers are always needed. Contact Carla Lewis at cblewisnc@yahoo.com. Read More.

*Gabriel Project: Parish based outreach to pregnant women; offers immediate and practical help to any woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy, regardless of religious affiliation. Major support services include the Gabriel Angel (a parish member providing compassionate, practical help), referral for medical care or Catholic Social Services, Mother and Baby assistance (clothes, layettes, diapers). Training required. A ministry of Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Charlotte, NC, Inc. Contact Diana Meredith at dmeredith07@gmail.com.

Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers can help build homes for people who have invested 175 hours of “sweat equity” in building other’s houses. We work one Saturday every seven weeks. Work available for all skill levels, no experience necessary. Must be 16 years old. Other volunteer opportunities available serving lunches or making phone calls. Contact Danny Kelly at dkelly@kellymcardle.com. Read More.

*Health Ministry: Presents health education programs, assists with bi-annual Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick services and provides opportunities for health professionals to serve St Gabriel parishioners. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in health and wellness. This ministry meets on the second Monday of September, October, November, January, February, March, and May. Volunteers needed. Contact Leslie Mason at lesliewmason@aol.com. Read More.

HOM:  Homemakers of Mercy, HŌM, is a collaborative ministry between two churches, St. Gabriel and St. Matthew, to help the underserved in our community move beyond or avoid homelessness. The SHIP program is a partnership between HŌM, The Salvation Army, and Charlotte Housing Authority. The partnership provides transitional housing to single mothers and their children who are living in the Center of Hope shelter.  HŌM furnishes and sets up apartments from donations so the families can move in and move on with their lives. For donations or to schedule a pickup, contact HOMfurniture.donate@gmail.com.  For a current list of items we need, click here.

Levine and Dickson Hospice House: Calling all families, neighborhoods, bible study groups and more! Charlotte has a brand new hospice unit located at Southminster on Park Ave. St. Gabriel has been asked to provide one meal a month for the caregivers of the patients consisting of an entrée, salad or vegetable, bread and dessert. Many of us have been touched by the care of a loved one in hospice. Here is your chance to “pay it forward”.  There can be a maximum of 10 patients at the center. Each volunteer would fix just one meal. This is a great way to honor a loved one or a good way to start Lent! We would like to begin serving in March. If you would like more information, please contact Sue Forbes at 704.443.7784 or Sforbes001@carolina.rr.com.

Men’s Homeless Shelter: The Men’s Shelter prepares and serves dinner to about 500 Shelter residents on the last Friday of each month at their two locations on North Tryon St. and Statesville Rd. in Charlotte. Collect and donate basic needs (toiletries, clothes, shoes, towels, etc.) to the residents. Help is also needed with fund raising for the operation of the Shelter to purchase kitchen equipment and supplies. Contact Wally Penilla at wpenilla@aol.comRead More.

*Military Ministry: The listing of military members, veterans, family members and dependents of the military is in the process of being updated. A questionnaire is being developed to be sent out to our military members and their families to determine what needs that they have at this time and how the ministry might be able to assist. The questionnaire needs to be returned by the end of May 2013. If you are a member of the military or a family member and would like to be on our mailing list please contact: StGabrielMilitaryMinistry@gmail.com.

Peace and Justice Ministry: Provides educational opportunities for parishioners, works with local, national and international organizations to increase awareness of major social justice issues. Meetings and discussions are held monthly. Contact Cathie Long at cathlong@aol.com. Read More.

*Peanut Butter Sunday: A once a year commitment in January collecting non-perishable foods brought to Mass to benefit Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit emergency food program in Charlotte. Volunteers help to gather and sort food, donate items or serve on a committee to coordinate the drive. Great for family participation! Membership is open to ALL. Contact Kelli Yarbrough at sixkshere@aol.com.

*Refugee Resettlement Ministry: Provides assistance to newly arrived refugee families during their first months in this country. Services include welcoming, transportation, donations (household goods, furniture and monetary), household set-up, tutoring, and friendship. Work with families, elderly or youth. Wonderful opportunities for individuals, families or a cluster group – develop an ongoing relationship or just a bit of time. Contact Marilee DeVillers at deandevillers@gmail.com.

*Respect Life Committee: To pray, educate, assist and provide resources for those struggling with life issues. Our committee strives to provide ongoing projects, legislative action and prayerful opportunities that touch our moral conscience and heal the wounded. Contact Mary Lou Powers by leaving a massage at the Parish Office at 704.364.5431.

*Ronald McDonald House: Each month St. Gabriel provides one dinner and one brunch at Charlotte’s Ronald McDonald House, a “Home away from Home” for families of sick or seriously injured children seeking treatment at the two area children’s hospitals. While the parish purchases the supplies, each meal is cooked and served at RMH by six volunteers. Providing a delicious meal is a small but loving way for us to help those families facing a medical crisis with their beloved child. Read More.

Room IN the Inn: Volunteers provide homeless people with a bed to sleep on every Thursday from December through March. Volunteers provide a hot dinner and breakfast, plus a bag lunch for the next day. Volunteers organize all meals, stay overnight, provide new socks and underwear and provide transportation to and from uptown. Contact Frank Czaniecki at frankczaniecki@carolina.rr.com or Dorothy Menze at dmenze@carolina.rr.com. Check out this FOX Charlotte segment on St. Gabriel’s involvement with Room IN the Inn. Read More.  

*Share Sunday: The purpose is to provide non-perishable foods to the less fortunate, stocking the pantry at Catholic Social Services. Volunteers collect non-perishable foods brought to Mass on the last Sunday of each month and deliver it to Catholic Social Services at 123 Church Street. An SUV or mini van type vehicle is required. Contact Rich Carbonara at carbonarar@bellsouth.net or Bill Lewis at cblewisnc@yahoo.com.

St. Gabriel Military Ministry: Support Active Duty and deployed members of our military and their families through prayer, care package drives, letters, gatherings and Masses. This ministry welcomes those who have a loved one serving in the military and also those who wish to help foster military support within our Parish. Students are encouraged to join the ministry. There are service hour opportunities available.

St. Gabriel In Transition (SGIT): A ministry for those who are, or may soon be, facing a job layoff or employment transition. The program goal is to support job seekers in their search for rewarding employment through individual coaching. Our coaches have expertise to assist in almost any career search issue from overall search strategies, resumes, interviewing, salary negotiation, personal marketing and even tactics on particular opportunities. To schedule an in-person or phone coaching session, contact Ken Miner khminernc@gmail.com. Read More.

*St. Vincent de Paul Group: Helping individuals with emergency needs through financial support and personal involvement. Planning the annual Christmas basket program which provides over 400 baskets to needy families. The committee meets monthly. Contact Bob Servatius by leaving a message at the Parish Office at 704.364.5431.

Urban Ministry’s Prayer Ministry: Share and discuss a Bible passage or devotional with our poor or homeless neighbors at the Urban Ministry’s Upper Room. The service is from 10:45-11:15 am, Monday through Friday. Contact Paul Duffy at paul.j.duffy@us.pwc.com.