Teens at St. Gabriel

Great opportunities for fun, service and faith!

StrengthsQuest for Teens & College Students

This 2-session workshop helps participants discover their God-given strengths and learn how these strengths relate to all aspects of their lives: faith, school, relationships, career choice, etc.  Offered by more than 600 schools and universities, it's insight participants will use for a lifetime. Check back for upcoming dates.

Teen Service Opportunities

Need service hours?  Want to give back?  Check out our many service opportunities below.
Please note that priority will be given to St. Gabriel teen parishioners.

High School
Venture Crew

Join us once or often!   We bowl, hike, go skiing, bike the Virginia Creeper Trail, and more!  Our teen-led Venture Crew provides opportunities for leadership, adventure and service in a social setting. 

Monthly Teen Mass

Participate in our monthly Teen Masses as a lector, eucharistic minister, usher, greeter or altar server or help set up and serve refreshments.  Find details here. 

Upcoming Teen Masses:  Sunday, August 26, at 5 pm
Sunday, September 23, at 5 pm
Sunday, October 28, at 5 pm
Sunday, November 18, at 5 pm
Sunday, January 27, at 5 pm
Sunday, February 24, at 5 pm
Sunday, March 31, at 5 pm
Sunday, April 28, at 5 pm
Sunday, May 19, at 5 pm (Blessing for graduates)

Teen  Service Opportunities

Have a service opportunity to add to our list?  Email Karen Brown, Ministry and Volunteer Coordinator.

Help at the HOM House
When:  August 18 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Where:  HOM Storage House at 1835 Sharon Lane (next to St. Gabriel Church entrance off Sharon Rd)
What:  Unload furniture and housewares from truck. 
Contact:  Laura Hull.  Email Laura if you need more information or to volunteer.  
Note:  Times can vary depending when trucks arrive and number of volunteers.

Men's Homeless Shelter
When:  August 31
Where:  Men's Homeless Shelter on N. Tryon St. 
What:  Prepare, serve and clean up dinner for the men.  Sort and stock donations in the commissary.  
 Contact information to sign up and details here.  

Hospice Meals
When:  August and September, Tuesdays and Thursdays (Dinner), Saturdays (Lunch)
Where:  Aldersgate Hospice House, 1825 Eastway Dr. (Near the Plaza Midwood area)
What:  Provide lunch or dinner (meals for 10 to 12 people) . Sign up and get details here.   
Contact:  Meagan Quinlan via email or 704-564-4586.

Christmas in August Collection Drives
Collection for Men's Homeless Shelter
When:  August 4 - August 19 
Where:  Under the Christmas Tree in the Narthex
What: Collection for the Men's Homeless Shelter.  Bring donations to Mass and leave under the               Christmas Tree in the Narthex.  Find the list of needed items here.    
Contact:  Wally Penilla.

Collection for Cochrane Collegiate Academy
When:  August 4 - August 19
Where:  Under the Christmas Tree in the Narthex. 
What:  The St Gabriel’s Cochrane Collegiate Academy Partnership is sponsoring a collection of pencils, USB/thumb drives and earbuds. Thumb drives and earbuds are needed as more and more learning is digital. Bring donations to Mass and leave under the Christmas tree in the Narthex. 
Contact:  Cochranepartnership@gmail.com. 

Coffee and Donuts  
When:  Every Sunday, after 7:30, 9:00 and 10:45 am Masses
Where:  Fellowship Hall
What:  Set up, serve and clean up.  Sign up to serve here

When:  15 minutes before Mass
Where:  Church Lobby
What:  Welcome parishioners as they enter the church.  See details and sign up here.

Words on the Wall   
When:  Weekend Masses
Where:  Back of the Sanctuary
What:  Working the laptop that projects the words on the wall during Masses.  Ideal for older teens who are familiar with Microsoft Power Point. 
Contact:  John Krasniewski via email.

Catholic Charities Food Pantry 
When:  On-going
Where:  Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte, 1123 S Church St.
What:  Help serve clients on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, sort donations and re-stock shelves on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  
Contact:  Tammy Greyshock via email.

Other Opportunities
You may also volunteer at one of the many organizations that receive tithings grants from St. Gabriel Church. Some of these include:

Urban Ministry:  Serve lunch, dinner, drinks, or homemade cookies.  Click here.
Classroom Central:  Collect new school supplies to fill the warehouse for teachers at under-resourced schools to "shop" for their students.  Find details here.


You will do amazing things if you prepare well, starting now, by living your youth and all its gifts to the fullest and without fear of hard work. 

Pope Francis
Teen Jubilee Mass Homily

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