Service Opportunities Calendar


Looking for opportunities to serve or give back? 
Check out the curent needs below that ministry leaders have shared with us. 

Youth & Teens:  An * indicates items appropriate for youth/teens.  Also visit our Teen Webpage for teen service, social and spiritual opportunities.

Volunteering Policies:  Safe Environment 
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.

Have a service opportunity to add to the calendar?  Contact our parish Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Brown, by email or at 704-362-5047, ext. 214. 

Outreach Opportunities

Crop Walk:  October 20, Independence Park
Join our St. Gabriel Crop Walk Team.  We will meet at Independence Park before the 2:30 pm start time.  Together, we will support local and international organizations that fight huger.  Can't walk, donate to our team.  Sign up or donate here (Search for St. Gabriel Church team).  Contact Richard Shaftlein with questions.  

Help with College Applications for Cochrane/I Meck Students - Week of October 21
At Cochrane/iMeck, seniors are making big decisions: what to do when they graduate. Lend a hand as they complete their college applications. No experience is required, but if you’ve ever gone through the process with your own kids, you’d be ideal! Volunteers serve needed October 21-25 throughout the school day. That week, many college waive application fees.  Sign up here for one or multiple slots and help the next generation.

Men's Homeless Shelter, October 25
Prepare and/or serve dinner for our monthly meal at The Men's Shelter on N. Tryon.  Two shifts to choose from 3:00 - 5:00 and 5:00 - 7:00.  Sign up here. 

Dinner at Florence Crittenton: Friday,
November 1

Prepare or serve dinner for at-risk young women.  Two shifts to choose from:  2:30 - 5:00 preparing dinner and 5:00 - 7:00 serving dinner.  Contact Yza Lustre for details.  

Habitat for Humanity:  November 9
Help build a home for a family moving out of homelessness.  Contact Danny Kelly for details.  

Room In the Inn Thursdays:
December 5 - March 26

Sign up to help set up beds or serve as an overnight host to 20 guests from The Urban Ministry.  Teens can sign up to set up beds and prepare for dinner.  Find details and sign up here. 

Meals for Room In the Inn: Thursdays, December 5 - March 26
Prepare and serve dinner, breakfast and or make  bag lunches for our 20 guests each Thursday.  Terrific opportunity for ministries, friends, family, etc to serve together.  Find details and sign up here. 

Cookies/Baked Goods for Saint Vincent De Paul Baskets:  December 20
Home-made cookies and desserts are needed to fill our 486 Christmas baskets for families (4-8 people) on Dec. 20.  Bake ahead and freeze!  Find details and sign up here.  

Rosary Makers  
Make rosaries for missions around the world, sick relatives, friends and parish members.  Join us on Thursdays from 10:30 - noon in the Ministry Center to work together or pick up instructions and materials to work on at home.  Contact Adrienne Bosrt by email.


Parish Life Opportunities

From the Heart Gift Shop (Sundays after 9:00 and 10:45 Mass)
Do you like to shop and usually attend 9:00 or 10:45 am masses on Sundays?  Put them together and volunteer.  From The Heart Gift Shop is looking for volunteers to staff our store after 9:00 and 10:45 Masses. Head to the bookstore directly after receiving Communion and plan to stay 15 minutes after Mass.  Meet new people, see familiar faces and lend a hand.  Contact Karen Brown if you can help.

Forever Young:  Co-Ministry Leader
 Do you have a heart for serving the elderly and like to have fun?  Forever Young seeks a ministry leader to co-coordinate their 9 monthly lunches with entertainment.  Forever Young serves seniors, 75 years.  We have volunteers to help but need someone to- help organize. Contact Maria O’Boyle .

Hospitality/Welcome Brunches  
Help plan, set-up, greet, serve and clean up our quarterly Welcome Brunches for new parishioners.  Meaningful opportunity to engage with members and meet others.  Contact Margie Eades for more information.

*Coffee and Donut Servers (Sundays after 7:30, 9:00, and 10:45 am Masses) Sign up in advance, choosing specific dates and Mass times.  Set up and clean up are simple, and this ministry is appropriate for everyone from singles to families with children, Scout troops, and teens who need serve hours. Sign up here to volunteer.  

 *Ushers Needed:  A Great Way to Serve
Do you attend the same Mass on a regular basis?  Consider serving as an usher - both men and women are welcome.  The need is especially great on Sundays at 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm.  Teens are welcome to serve on Sundays at 5:00 pm.  For details, please contact Bob Fernan.  

Altar Society
Tidy our Altar Server robes by hanging according to size, checking for needed repairs, occasionally lanundering.  No ironing or sewing required.  Time commitment is 1-2 hours each week.  Perfect for those who frequent daily Mass or spend time in Perpetual adoration, or live close to the church.  Contact Denise Murphy.  

Church Mice  
Tidy up the Church on Monday mornings.  More hands make light work.  Contact Karen Brown at via email for details. 

Words on the Wall
Volunteers needed during Mass to run the laptop that projects the "words on the wall".  Must be comfortable with Microsoft Power Point. Find contact information here.  

On-going: Bereavement Bakers
Provide 3 to 12 dozen baked goods for funeral receptions on an as-needed basis.  To volunteer or for more information contact Denise Murphy by email

Arrive 20 minutes before Mass and welcome people as they arrive in the Narthex.  The 5:00 pm Masses on Saturday and Sunday are in greatest need.  Perfect for smiling faces of all ages.  View details and sign-up online here. 

On-going:  Welcome Table   
 Stay 15 minutes after Mass and staff the Welcome Table in the Narthex (answer visitors' questions and provide registration information to newcomers.) The 5:00 pm Masses on Saturdays and Sundays are in greatest need.  View details and sign-up online here.

*On-going:  Children's Liturgy of the Word
Teach short lesson to children (ages 4 years - 2nd grade) during the Gospel and homily on Sunday at 9:00 am Mass.  Lesson ideas are provided.  Contact Denise Gruender.




Volunteering Policies:
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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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