Teens at St. Gabriel

Great opportunities for fun, service and faith!

StrengthsQuest for Teens & College Students

This 2-session workshop helps participants discover their God-given strengths and learn how these strengths relate to all aspects of their lives: faith, school, relationships, career choice, etc.  Offered by more than 600 schools and universities, it's insight participants will use for a lifetime. Check back for upcoming dates.

Teen Service Opportunities

Need service hours?  Want to give back?  Check out our many service opportunities below.
Please note that priority will be given to St. Gabriel teen parishioners.

High School
Venture Crew

Join us once or often!   We bowl, hike, go skiing, bike the Virginia Creeper Trail, and more!  Our teen-led Venture Crew provides opportunities for leadership, adventure and service in a social setting. 

Monthly Teen Mass

Participate in our monthly Teen Masses as a lector, eucharistic minister, usher, greeter or altar server or help set up and serve refreshments.  Find details here. 

Upcoming Teen Masses: 
Sunday, September 23, at 5 pm
Sunday, October 21, at 5 pm
Sunday, November 18, at 5 pm
Sunday, January 27, at 5 pm
Sunday, February 24, at 5 pm
Sunday, March 31, at 5 pm
Sunday, April 28, at 5 pm
Sunday, May 19, at 5 pm (Blessing for graduates)


Upcoming Teen Program - ESL/First General College Student:  Application Program
  Friday, October 26, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Where:  Ministry Center
What:  ESL and First Generation College students are invited to join us for a College Appliation program.  Sponsored by LAWA (Latin American's Women Association), this program will discuss higher education institutions, completing the application, financial aid and grant opportunities, bachelor's and associates degrees, trade and vocational programs.  Light dinner served.  Registration is required.  Find details and register here.  


Teen  Service Opportunities

Have a service opportunity to add to our list?  Email Karen Brown, Ministry and Volunteer Coordinator.

Teen Mass
When:  Sunday, September 23, 5:00 pm Mass
What:  Teens needed to serve as Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, and greeters.  
Contact:  Sign up on-line here.  

High School Service Project for Classroom Central & Dinner
When:  Sunday, September 23, 6:15 - 8:00 pm - following the Teen Mass
Where:  Ministry Center
What:  We'll enjoy a taco bar and make flashcards for Classroom Central.  Bring a pack of unlined index cards.
Contact:  Sign up online here.

Eucharistic Minister Training
When:  September 27 or October 4, at 6:30 pm
Where:  Church sanctuary
What:  Teens who have been confirmed and feel called to serve are welcome to become Eucharistic Ministers.  Teens may choose to serve only at the monthly Teen Mass or may join our regular liturgical minister schedule.
Contact Deacon Larry at 704-362-5047, ext. 272 to RSVP

The Feast of St. Gabriel
When:  Saturday, September 29
What:  Help set up from 3:30 - 5:00 or help duirng the celebration from 6:00 - 7:30 or with clean up from 7:30 - 8:30.  You can choose to volunteer for 1, 2 or all 2 shifts.
Contact:  Karen Brown for more information.  Sign up here. 

Share Sunday
When:  Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30
What:  Bring non-perishable food items to Mass to stock the food pantry at Catholic Charities
Contact:  Bill Lewis for more information.  

Crop Walk
When:  Saturday, October 13, 8:00 am
What:  Walk and raise funds to fight hunger.  Earn service hours for participating.  Bring canned/dry goods to stock Loaves & Fishes pantry.  Bring new socks and underwear for families in crisis at Crisis Assistance.  
Where:  Independence Park
Contact:  Kerry Lennon with questions or to walk on the St. Gabriel Team.  Register on-line here.  

Men's Club Oyster Roast
When:  Saturday, October 20, or Sunday, October 21
What:  Help with set up 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, serving from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, or cleanup from 7:00 - 10:00 pm.  Help also is needed on Sunday, October 21, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm for equipment breakdown.  
Contact: Pete Mussoni to sign up.  

Coffee and Donuts  
When:  Choose from most Sundays, 7:30, 9:00 or 10:45 am Masses
Where:  Fellowship Hall
What:  Set up, serve and clean up  ‚ÄčSign up to serve here

When:  15 minutes before Mass
Where:  Church Lobby
What:  Welcome parishioners as they enter the church.  See details and sign up here.

Words on the Wall   
When:  Weekend Masses
Where:  Back of the sanctuary
What:   Work the laptop that projects the words on the wall during Masses.  Ideal for older teens who are familiar with Microsoft Power Point and the parts of the Mass.
Contact:  John Krasniewski via email.

Other Opportunities
You may also volunteer at one of the many organizations that receive tithings grants from St. Gabriel Church. Some of these include:

Urban Ministry:  Serve lunch, dinner, drinks, or homemade cookies.  Click here.


You will do amazing things if you prepare well, starting now, by living your youth and all its gifts to the fullest and without fear of hard work. 

Pope Francis
Teen Jubilee Mass Homily

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