Programs, Events and Workshops

St. Gabriel Parish offers many workshops, programs and events to help you connect with others and grow in your faith.  Find more information below.  For details, follow the links provided or view our current bulletin.

For outreach and service opportunities, view our Volunteer Calendar

Faith and Spirituality Programs and Workshops


On-going:  RCIA | Explore becoming Catholic or learn more about your Catholic Faith.  New groups begin throughout the year.

On-going: | Online access to the best Catholic e-books, videos, talks, studies, and more for adults and children in English and Spanish.

Scripture Studies

MondaysDaytime Bible Study | 9:30 - 11:00 am, Ministry Center

 TuesdaysEvening Bible Study | 6:45 - 8:15 pm, Ministry Center

Parish Life Events and Programs


May 22Leverage Your Strengths for College Students | 5:00 pm, Ministry Center

May 23Cheers to Summer - Parish Social | 6:30 pm, Sugar Creek Brewing Company

June 19OWLS (60+) Lunch | 10:30 am, Ministry Center  

Tuesdays:  Women's 55+ Fun & Fit Exercise Group |11:00 am, Ministry Center

Tuesdays:   Young Adults ARC Running Club |7:00 pm, Freedom Park

Fridays:  St. Gabriel Artists/Painters Group |10:00 am, Ministry Center, Room C (breaks during summer)

Monthly:  Spritual Writers Group | Ministry Center

Young Adult Events and Programs

Numerous social, spiritual, and service events dates throughout our diocese available here on Meetup

Youth & Teen Events and Programs

May 19Teen Mass and Blessing for Graduating Seniors | 5:00 pm, Church Sanctuary 

May 28Youth Group Summer Theatre "Tryouts" | 5:30 pm,  Ministry Center 

June 17-21:  Vacation Bible School | 8:30 am - Noon, Parish Center

June 18: Youth Group Adventure on a Bus | 5:00 pm 

St. Gabriel Artists Group

Calling all artists!  Join other adult artists (of every level) for a morning of shared creativity every Friday morning at 11:00 am in the Ministry Center, Room C.   Bring your talents and your own art materials.   Questions?  Contact Alice St. Angelo at or 704-552-1584, or Judy O’Toole at or 704-684-5600.

Women’s Fun & Fit Exercise Group 

Looking for a way to exercise and socialize at the same time?  Our Fun & Fit weekly class for women 55+ meets in the Ministry Center on Tuesdays from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.  It is a chair exercise class to upbeat music, using stretch bands and streamers to strengthen the upper body.  Classes are free and include time to socialize.  New participants are welcome to join anytime!  Lunch, Bunco or birthday celebrations often take place after the class.  Contact Laurel Hamber at with questions.  

St. Gabriels O.W.L.S. (60 +) June Meeting

The next meeting of the St. Gabriel O.W.L.S will take place on Wednesday, June 19, at 10:30 am in the Ministry Center. By popular demand David Jennings will be performing.  A summer picnic luncheon will be prepared by the board.

Reservations must be received by Friday, June 14.  Lunch is $8 for members and $10 for guests by reservation only. (Guests and new members are always cordially invited.)  Membership Dues are $10:00 per year.  Please make your checks payable to St. Gabriel O.W.L.S.  NOTE DIFFERENT ADDRESS FOR JUNE RESERVATIONS ONLY:  Ms. Carol Henry, 9209 Hinson Dr., Matthews, NC 28105.  For more information, call, 704-576-0779.

Spiritual Writers Group

Interested in spiritual writing?  Do you feel God is nudging you to write?  Join a small group of writers using our individual talents to write from the heart and who like to share their personal experiences about writing with others.  We meet monthly and welcome you to join us.  For details, contact Judy O’Toole at


Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal and Financial Planning

Thursday, May 9, 6:30 pm  •  Fellowship Hall – Church Building

Join us for “Dementia Conversations”, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.  When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable.  This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address common but difficult topics:  going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care.  No RSVP needed.   Questions?  Contact Ana Lothspeich at 704-362-5047, ext. 212.


Special Program: Responding to the Sin of Racism

Saturday, May 11, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, Ministry Center
Please join us for an important and timely program with Donna Toliver Grimes, Assistant Director of the Office of African American Affairs, US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, DC and Rev. Dr. Clarke Cochran, Deacon of St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte. Sponsored by Catholic Charities and the Diocesan African American Affairs Ministry. Program topics:
  • "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love" on the USCCB's Pastoral Letter Against Racism
  • Promoting Racial Justice and Ending Health Disparities in the U.S.

Recently Married Happy Hour

Saturday, May 18, after 5:00 pm Mass
Church Fellowship Hall
No RSVP needed
St. Gabriel celebrates our young married couples! If you were married in the last 3 years, stop by the Fellowship Hall after 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, May 18, for a short happy hour. Can’t make it to Mass? Stop by anyway, and you may win a date night gift card to a local restaurant! Questions? Contact Renee Foster.
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