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

This group supports the bereaved at special Masses, education programs, and an annual Valentine lunch for the widowed. Training provided. Contact Ana Lothspeich at 704-364-5431, ext. 212, or by email. Read More.

Blood Donor Ministry

This ministry provides an opportunity for parishioners to donate blood at the church through regularly scheduled Red Cross blood drives.  Besides donating blood, volunteers assist in registration and serve refreshments to the donors.  Contact Ray Hojnicki  by email.  Read More.

Caring for Charlotte

In September 2018, St. Gabriel announced it's response to the economic mobility crisis in Charlotte, Caring for Charlotte.  Focused on affordable housing, social capital, and early education, we have identified opportunities to serve.  Find details here.  

Caring for Creation Ministry 
This ministry was created to inspire and inform our community by offering opportunities that promote ecology, environmental justice, and the stewardship of creation in light of scripture and Roman Catholic tradition. Provides educational opportunities and ways to impact the environment within homes, parish and our surrounding community. Contact Mimi Vargo to learn more.  

Charlotte Family Housing

Charlotte Family Housing helps families achieve long-term self-sufficiency through shelter, housing, supportive servies and advocacy.  Our volunteers serve on Hope Teams to provide mentoring, friendship and support to CFH families. Learn more here.  

*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 by email.

Cochrane Collegiate Academy Partnership

Our parish is partnered with Cochrane Collegiate Academy, an under-resourced middle and high school serving high poverty students in east Charlotte.  This partnership is part of our Caring for Charlotte initiative focused on improving economic mobility for disadvantaged families.  Read more.

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.

Early Literacy/Tutoring

Our parish provides opportunities for volunteers to learn about opportunities to serve as literacy and math tutors through respected organizations that help under-resourced schools.  Learn more here.

*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.  Read more.

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.  Read more.

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.  Read more.

HOM (Homes for the Homeless)

Homemakers of Mercy, HOM, is a collaborative ministry between St. Gabriel and St. Matthew churches 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.  To donate items or join this ministry, learn more here.

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 by email 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 by email.

 

*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.  Contact Wally Penilla for more information.

Military Ministry  

This ministry maintains a prayer list of active duty and deployed military and organizes the annual Veterans' Day and Memorial Day Masses.  Other opportunities exist to support our active duty military and veterans.  Contact Karen Brown. 

Nurses Serving Our Neighbors

This ministry provides licensed nurses with occassional opportunities to work one on one with  the most vulnerable in our city, helping them pursue options for better health and wellness.   Learn more here.

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.

Prison Outreach Ministry

This Ministry partners with Changed Choices to provide support to women during incarceration and transitioning back to society.  There are many ways to serve - including writing letters to incarerated women. 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.  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 by email.

*RespectAbility 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.  This ministry hosts dances, bingo, an annual Mass, and more.  Contact Maggie Baucom by email.

*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.  Ministry members help prepare and serve these meals when their schedules permit.  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 guests 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, and laundering sheets and towels.  Read more.

*Scouting for Food  (Annual 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 Karen Brown by email.

Sewing Guild

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 Denise Murphy by email.

*Share Sunday  (Monthly Food Drive)

This ministry provides 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.  To get involved, contact Bill Lewis by email.  

*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.  Read more.

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 by email 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 by email.

 

 

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All volunteers who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults must complete "Protecting God's Children" training, authorize a background check, and complete several forms.  Find details here.

 

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