Praying and Prayer Groups

“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God”
(St. John Damascene, CCC 2559).

God invites us into a relationship with Him that is both personal and communal. He speaks to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Word-made-flesh. Prayer is our response to God who is already speaking or, better yet, revealing Himself to us. Therefore, prayer is not merely an exchange of words, but it engages the whole person in a relationship with God the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit.

How do I pray?

Various forms of prayer are presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2623-2649). These various forms include prayer of bless or adoration, prayer of petition, prayer of intercession, prayer of thanksgiving, and prayer of praise. 

Common Catholic prayers

Learn to pray the Rosary

Prayer Groups at St. Gabriel

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina 

Our Centering Prayer group meets Mondays at noon in the Family Room of the church building.   We begin with 20 minutes of Centering Prayer and a very brief responsorial prayer service, followed by Lectio Divina.  Contact Margie Mullis by email for details. 

Liturgy of the Hours 

Liturgy of the Hours is offered by the Laity in the form of Christian Prayer. Prayer books are provided for this prayer period and instructions will be given by those who are leading. These rich prayers of the Church are prayed daily before the daily Masses. Contact Jerry Schmugge by email.

Perpetual Adoration 

Our Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open 24 hours a day.  It is located in our church building, accessed from the far left side of the courtyard.  All are welcome anytime!  Regularly scheduled adorers commit to an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  The greatest need is from 10 pm to 6 am daily.  To become a regularly scheduled Adorer, please contact Estelle Wisneski by email

Rosary Groups 

The Fatima Rosary Group has been part of St. Gabriel for over 40 years.  It meets Mondays at 1:30 pm at a different house each week, noted inside the first page of the bulletin.  For information, please contact Suzanne Sansone at 704-365-2471.

The Rosary Group meets weekdays in the Daily Chapel following the 8:45 am Mass.  All are welcome.

The Hispanic Rosary Group meets every Monday evening from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in Fellowship Hall and the first Saturday of the month at 7:00 am at the Grotto.  

The Respect Life Rosary Group meets in the Chapel after the 10:45 am Mass on the first Sunday of every month to pray the Respect Life Rosary.  

The Christian Mothers’ Group meets the first Monday of most months in the Ministry Center at 8:30am for moms and little ones to pray the Rosary.  Dates are advertised in the bulletin.




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