“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 ministries are responsible for ensuring that the pastoral care, social services, peace and justice needs of the parish and community are being met.
Here is a list of our Outreach Ministries.
Ministries with a * before their title are deemed appropriate for families and children. Please look through decriptions of our Adult Ministries and Youth and Family Ministries on their pages.
Airport Chapel: Volunteer chaplains provide a ministry of presence to the passengers, employees, and flight crews at Charlotte Airport. The Interfaith Chapel is staffed by volunteers seven days a week. Training provided. Contact Deacon Ben Wenning at email@example.com.
Blood Donor Ministry: The purpose of the Blood Donor Ministry is to provide an environment for our parishoners 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Read More.
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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 email@example.com.
*Respect Life Committee
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Dorothy Menze at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Lewis at email@example.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. Contact Kim Curran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Gabriel In Transition (SGIT)
*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 email@example.com.