Funeral Planning

WHILE THE CHURCH and OFFICE ARE CLOSED, funerals are being held at St. Gabriel Catholic Church with limited number of attendees.  Please work with your funeral home for your needs.  The funeral home will contact St. Gabriel Church for plannig and details.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Dear Friends,

We are deeply sorry for the recent loss of your loved one. Our prayers and our presence are with you and your family members as you undertake the challenging task of making arrangements for the funeral.

Please note the following options offered:

We hope you will find this an easy resource as you make selections and  incorporate your own personal style and wishes at this important moment for your family – both in tribute to your loved one and for your future memories. 

Be assured of our prayers for you. If we can be of any help in these next few days, as well as the future months, please let us know.

God bless you,

Fr. Richard Sutter



Funeral / Bereavement
Contact Person: Ana Lothspeich - Pastoral Care Director 
704-362-5047 ext. 212



We believe that planning a funeral in advance is a wise thing to do.
You are invited to fill out this form and request the parish, funeral home, and your relatives
to keep it on file.







The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone, from the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth, and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time spent alive on earth. And now, only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars...the house...the cash. What matters is how we live and love, and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you'd like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what's true and real, and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more, and love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect, and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last awhile.

So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life's actions to rehash...would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

 Source: Linda Ellis

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