Outreach and Support Ministries

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. All groups warmly welcome new members.  Ministries with a * before their title are appropriate for families and children.  If you have difficulty contacting the Ministry Leader noted below, please call the church office.  We will be glad to assist you!

And the king will say to them in reply,
"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25:40


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 Ana Lothspeich at 704-364-5431, ext. 212 or alothspeich@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 Patty Lee at 704-572-6028 or pamoranlee@yahoo.comRead More.

*Christmas Under the Bridge (Clothing Drive)

Collects and donates clothes to various organizations that serve the needy in December. Makes lunches for homeless people on Christmas Eve and delivers lunches and hats, gloves, socks to homeless people living "under the bridge".  Contact Peter Brehmer at pbrehmer@charlottepipe.com

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.

Eucharistic Congress

Coordinate efforts of our Parish to participate in this annual event sponsored by the Diocese of Charlotte. Scheduled for September 9-10, 2016. Contact Peter Floyd at peterfloyd.nc@gmail.com or 704-301-3177.

*Freedom School (Summer Literacy)

St. Gabriel hosts 3 weeks of the Freedom School literacy and character development program for at-risk children each summer at Oakhurst STEAM Academy.  Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities range from one-time needs in the summer (like reading to the children) and off-season coordination and preparation roles.  View opportunities here or contact Laura Hull at ehull@carolina.rr.com or 704-366-4907.  

Friendship Trays (Meals for the Homebound)

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 (Pregnancy Outreach)

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 dmeredith007@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 Belle Radenbaugh at belleradenbaugh@gmail.com . Read More.

HOM (Homes for the Homeless)

Homemakers of Mercy, HOM, 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 HOM, 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.  HOM 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.comView a current list of items we need.

JustFaith  

JustFaith is an intensive, small-group process for faithful Christians looking to deepen their commitment to care for vulnerable people and our planet.  Through prayer, study, dialogue, and immersions, participants form community as they explore critical realities and their implications to their lives and their faith.  Read more.

Lap Robes Ministry 

Our parish's Lap Robes Ministry provides lap robes and prayer shawls to nursing home residents, shut-ins, and hospice patients.  If you knit or crotchet and would like to share your talents through this beautiful act of mercy, please contact Denise Murphy at 704-843-9660, or dmurphy@stgabrielchurch.org, for details. 

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 Meagan Quinlan at 704-564-4586 or meagsgq@gmail.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.com

*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.  Contact StGabrielMilitaryMinistry@gmail.com.

*Peanut Butter Sunday  (Food Drive)

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.

Pope Francis Initiative (PFI) Ministry (Social Issues in the Footsteps of Pope Francis)

This ministry provides a forum for education, dialogue, and potentially action on current social issues within the context of Pope Francis’ teachings, guidance, and leadership.   Read more.

*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 or Tammy Greyshock at hi.tammysue@gmail.com.  Read more.

*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 Tammy Harris at  tmharris1217@gmail.com or 704-519-7901.

*RespectAbility Ministry (formerly the 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.  Contact Maggie Baucom at 1gratefulmom@gmail.com or 704-906-0911.

*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  (Ministry for the Homeless)

As part of Urban Ministry's Room In the Inn, our parish provides 20 homeless people with a bed to sleep on, a hot dinner, breakfast and a bag lunch to go every Thursday night from December through March. Volunteer opportunities include: organizing  meals, staying overnight, providing new socks and underwear, laundering sheets and towels, and providing transportation to and from uptown. Contact Frank Czaniecki at Fczaniecki1@carolina.rr.com or Dorothy Menze at dorothymenze@gmail.com.  Read more.

Sewing Ministry   

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.

*Share Sunday  (Monthly Food Drive)

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.  Sign up for monthly Share Sunday email reminder here.

St. Gabriel In Transition (SGIT) (for Job Seekers)  

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.

Under the Bridge Ministry

Under the Bridge Ministry has two purposes.  The first serves local charitable organizations by collecting and sorting donated clothing the first weekend of December.  Adult volunteers assist St. Gabriel Confirmation students with sorting and boxing items to be picked up by non-profits.  The second takes place on December 24 and 25 with packaging and distributing of lunch and clothing  to the homeless.  Contact Peter Brehmer at brehmerpm@earthlink.net to learn more or to volunteer.

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.

 

 

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