a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,”
Isaiah 25:4 ESV
Our Parish Life ministries are responsible for developing a sense of welcoming, belonging and involvement through its groups and activities in an effort to further enrich the St. Gabriel community. Ministries with a * before their title are deemed appropriate for families and children.
*Athletic Association: This ministry provides competitive athletic and recreational programs for the youth and adults of our parish. Volunteer opportunities: coaches, program coordinators, board positions, clerical & data entry positions. Read More.
*Christian Mother’s Group: This ministry provides programs that nurture and celebrate our vocations as mothers. We encourage each other through personal and spiritual growth, fellowship, and service opportunities. Babysitting is available at many functions. Youth involvement and students needing service hours are welcome to participate in Advent on the Polar Express, Easter Egg Hunt, Giving Tree, etc. Read More.
Church Mice: This weekly service ministry is responsible for changing the missalettes and replenishing the welcome cards in the pews on Monday mornings after the 8:45 am Mass. All parishioners are welcome. Contact Maureen Tully by leaving a message at the Parish Office at 704-364-5431.
Clusters: This ministry consists of neighborhood-based groups that offer parishioners fellowship and fun, through social, spiritual, and outreach activities. All parishioners are a member of a Cluster group based on your address. Some neighborhood clusters are more active than others. Read More.
Coffee and Donuts: This ministry allows us to become better acquainted with the families in our church while serving them coffee and donuts after Masses on select Sundays in the Fellowship Hall. Volunteers sign up in advance and set up tables, prepare beverages and donuts (provided by the church), and clean up afterwards. Contact Grace Slaton at 980-254-5652 or email.
Living Your Strengths (LYS): This ministry helps parishioners recognize their God-given talents and discover how their talents impact all aspects of their lives and relationships. LYS Journey Group participants develop a deeper understanding of their talents and explore how God is calling them to use their talents. Read More.
Men’s Club: This ministry provides men of the parish an opportunity to come together as a religious, social and service group. Activities include various service projects throughout the year, including the annual parish Christmas Tree sale, parish Lenten fish fry, annual men’s retreat, family attendance at local sports events and regular monthly meetings generally on the first Friday of each month (except July) at 7:30 pm. Read More.
Memory Makers: This ministry plans programs for seniors of our parish who are 75 years or older, including a luncheon with entertainment most months of the year. Ministry volunteers help with decorations, serving, clean up and providing rides for the seniors to the luncheons. Contact Lisa Flynn at email@example.com or Maria O’Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OWLS “Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors”: This ministry plans programs for parishioners and friends who are 55 years and older. Monthly programs on the third Wednesday of every month (except July & August) are designed for spiritual enrichment, support and fellowship. There are social activities which feature entertainment, spiritual themes and education. Contact Carol Henry at email@example.com.
*Scouting: This ministry provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and character, and develop friendships. It also provides adults with a variety of leadership and service opportunities. Read more.
Sewing Guild: This ministry organizes volunteers who sew, knit and crochet for St. Gabriel Church, Alzheimer’s Association, nursing homes, hospitals, veterans, the homeless, Crisis Assistance, etc. Work is done at home or at monthly meetings. Contact Kathy Miskolitz by leaving a message at the Parish Office at 704-364-5431.
*Stewardship Committee: This ministry promotes the Christian’s responsibility for sharing gifts of time, talent and treasure in the service of God. Volunteers meet monthly to plan and implement the parish stewardship plan and the annual Commitment /Renewal Campaign. Read More.
The Cradle: This ministry provides a developmental playschool and pre-kindergarten program for children 2, 3, 4 and 5 years-old. The lessons and activities that we teach are centered around a creative, developmental curriculum that is based on the belief that a child’s work is play. Read More.
Venture Crew: This ministry works with high school students on high adventure, religious, team building and life experiences. This group is youth led with adult advisors and is open to non-Catholic youth, as well. Read More.