Parish Life Ministries

“For you have been a stronghold to the poor,

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: 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: Our programs nurture and celebrate our vocations as mothers. We encourage each other through personal and spiritual growth, fellowship, and service opportunities. Babysitting is available. Youth involvement welcomed for volunteering for Children’s Consignment Sale, Breakfast with Santa, Giving Tree, Easter Egg Hunt, etc. Youth involvement and students needing service hours are welcome to participate in Advent on the Polar Express, Children’s Consignment Sale, 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: Neighborhood-based groups designed to offer parishioners fellowship and fun, through social, spiritual, and outreach activities. All parishioners are a member of a Cluster group based on your address. Read More.

Coffee and Donuts: Ministry encourages our church family to become more involved in the Christian life we offer. It allows us to become better acquainted with the families in our church while serving them. Children and adults alike love the donuts and fellowship. This ministry staffs the Masses on select Sundays, sets up tables, prepares drinks and donuts, serves our fellow parishioners and cleans up after (the church provides the food and supplies). This function takes place in the Fellowship Hall and volunteers sign up in advance. Contact Jack York at jackyork@hotmail.com.

Connectors: Connecting parishioners in the mid life years who are seeking new social, spiritual and service opportunities. Whether you are single, married, widowed or divorced, we want you to feel connected to St Gabriel. Contact Gina Clegg at gclegg1@carolina.rr.com.

 *Hispanic Ministry

Living Your Strengths: Have you ever asked yourself what God wants you to do? Do you know what your God-given talents are? Can you recognize the God-given talents of others? “Living Your Strengths” (LYS) will help you do all of this and more. Read More.

Men’s Club: 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: Plan programs for seniors of our parish who are 75 years or older. Help provide rides for the seniors, or with refreshments, decorations, entertainment, serving or clean up. Contact Lisa Flynn at fynners@bellsouth.net or Maria O’Boyle at mooboyle@aol.com.

OWLS “Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors”: An organization for those 50 years and older. Monthly programs which meet 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 chenry97@aol.com.

O.W.L.S. September Meeting: The next meeting of the St. Gabriel O.W.L.S. is on Wednesday, September 17, beginning at 10:30 am in the Ministry Center. A delicious lunch will be catered by Culinary Solutions. Our very own Deacon Mark King will entertain and inspire us with his words of wisdom and wit. Donation: $8.00 for Members, $10.00 for Guests. By reservation only. Guests and new members are always cordially invited. Please make your checks payable to St. Gabriel O.W.L.S. and send it to Ms. Mary Lou Johanek at 4008 Larkston Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28226. For details, call 704.542.9125. Please RSVP by Saturday, September 13.

*Scouts 

  • Boy Scouts: Serve as a Boy Scout leader or helper to aid boys (grades 5-12) in developing their character, faith, and leadership skills, with particular emphasis on outdoor programs. Serve as a Merit Badge instructor or speaker on one of many badges related to arts, sciences, outdoor skills, careers, government, and many other topics.
  • Cub Scouts: Serve as a Cub Scout leader for boys in 5th grade or below.
  • Girl Scouts: Serve as a Girl Scout leader or volunteer to girls ages 5 – 18. Our ministry upholds the Girl Scout Promise and Law in our catholic faith community by promoting programs and spiritual development for our girls to build the courage, confidence and character needed to make the world a better place. The different age levels of Girl Scouts are as follows: Daisy Troop K-1st grade, Brownie Troop 2nd – 3rd grade, Junior Troop 4th – 5th grade, Cadette Troop 6th-8th grade, Senior Troop 9th-10th grade and Ambassador Troop 11th – 12th grade.

Sewing Guild: Volunteers sew, knit and crochet for St. Gabriel Church, Alzheimer’s Assoc., 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: 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: 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.

Women’s Club: Open to all women of the parish. Provides an opportunity to come together five times a year for a luncheon with a social, educational or spiritual program. Read More.

Venture Crew: Work with High School Students on high adventure, religious, team building and life experiences. Open to Non Catholic youth. This group is youth led with adult advisors. Read More.