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, at or 704-362-5047, ext. 214. 

Outreach Opportunities

March 24 - 25:  Share Sunday
Bring non-perishable food items to Mass with you to stock the food pantry at Catholic Charities.

March 30:  Men's Homeless Shelter
Volunteers needed to prepare and serve dinner for the men. Two shifts available:  2:30 - 5:30 or 5:30 - 7:30.  Find details and sign up here. 

April 2:  Florence Crittenton Dinner
Prepare and/or serve dinner for pregnant and non-pregnant at-risk young women.  Address is 1300 Blythe Blvd, near CMC Main Hospital).  Volunteers needed to prepare from 2:30 - 5:00 pm and serve from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.  Contact Yza Lustre at or 619-518-1191.

April 16:  Early Education Tutoring Lunch & Learn
Representatives from non-profit organizations (Latin Americans Working for Achievement/LAWA, Augustine Literacy Project, Heart Math Tutoring, and Freedom School) that focus on early education in under-resourced schools will share information about their specific program, time commitment, and volunteer needs  from 11:30 – 1:00 in the Ministry Center.  Bring your lunch and learn about how you can make a difference working with children one on one. RSVP by April 12 to Annette Dreyer at

April 18:  Cochrane Collegiate Career Day
Speak with middle and high school students from 7:00 -9:00 am about careers, pathways and opportunities as they begin to explore a variety of options.  Find details and sign up here.  

April 21 - 22:  Parish Directory Distribution
Distribute directories after each Mass.  Attend Mass, leave after Holy Communion and hand out directories in the Fellowship Hall.  Plan to stay 30 minutes after Mass.  Sign up here.  

April 28-29:  Share Sunday
Bring non-perishable food items to Catholic Charities to help stock the food pantry at Catholic Charities.  

Refugee Resettlement Ministry 
St. Gabriel prepares to welcome our 3rd family.  We support families as they adjust to life in a new city and country.  Volunteers provide transportation, mentoring, tutoring and friendship.  Volunteers receive training from Catholic Charities.  Contact Tammy Greyshock for details at

On-going:  Visit the Homebound
Visit our homebound parishioners once a week and share your compassion with those who are not able to get out.  Contact Krish Sheheen at or 704-362-1818

*On-going:  Catholic Charities Food Pantry
Help serve clients on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Sort donations and re-stock shelves on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  Volunteer once a month or more often.  For details, contact Tammy Greyshock, Volunteer Coordinator, at 704-370-3283, or Find additional information at   

*On-going:  Levine Dickson Hospice House - Snack Collection
Help stock the pantry with nonperishable snacks for family members and patients.  Individually wrapped granola bars, trail mix, cookies, crackers, juice boxes, pretzels, are needed (preferably in bulk). Contact Meagan Quinlan at


St. Gabriel Church is committed to thithing a minimum of 10% of our Offertory.  The list below represents some of the organizations that have received our tithing funds or benefit as an outreach ministry .  These organizations offer volunteer opportunties.  Visit their websites to learn more. Many of these offer service hours to teens as well.

Baby Bundles: Provides newborn essentials to families in financial need.  View details here.

Catholic Charities: Many opportunities to volunteer in various capacities.  View details here.

Classroom Central: Provides school supplies to students living in poverty.  View details here.

Crisis Assistance Ministry:  Provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.  View details here.

Heart Math Tutoring:  Tutor elementary children one hour a week in under-resourced schools.  Training and materials provided.  View details here.   

Hope Haven, Inc.:  Provides recovery for chemically dependent adults and families.  View details here.

Hospitality House of Charlotte:  Offers temporary lodging to families and patients being treated at local hospitals. View details here.

*Southminster Retirement Home: Service opportunities for teens (15+) and adults to work with residents.  Music & Memory - create personalized playlists for residents; Pretty in Pink Cart- assist staff in pampering female residents with make-up, manicures; Daily Programming - play cards, lead a game of trivia, etc.;  Work in community garden. Contact Elizabeth Frye for details at

*Urban Ministry Center:  Offers support to vulnerable homeless neighbors.  View details here.


Parish Life Opportunities

Eucharistic Minister Training
Teens and adults who have been confirmed and feel called to serve are welcome.  Must attend one of two scheduled trainings:  Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 pm or Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 am.  RSVP to Deacon Larry at

*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 ministry leader Bob Fernan at 704-562-3802 or   

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

On-going: Lap Robes/Prayer Shawls needed
Knitted and crotchet lap robes and prayer shawls needed for residents in nursing homes, shut-ins and hospice patients.  Contact Denise Murphy at or 704-843-9660

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 at

Prayer Ministry Volunteers
Pray for the intentions of our parishioners by receiving a postcard every month. Contact Karen Brown at 704-362-5047 x 214 or 

1st Tuesday of the Month:  Shining Stars
Non-profit adult day respite program for people with early to moderate Alzheimer's Disease.  Help with games, social interaction and excerise. Volunteer needed to serve at Sardis Presbyterian Church. Contact Suzanne Bach at 704-335-0253.

Once a month: From the Heart Gift Shop
Staff gift shop one Sunday per month from the end of one Mass to the beginning of the next. Contact Theresa Anderson at  (9:00 Sunday Masses have greatest need for help.)

*On-going:  Words on the Wall at Mass
Run the projector and laptop during weekend Masses. Responsible and older teens are invited. Contact John Krasniewski at 

*On-going:  Greeters                      
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 at

*On-going:  Rosary Makers              
Meets Thursdays from 10:30 - noon in Ministry Center, Room D to make rosaries for missions around the world and for sick relative, friends and parish members.  Most of our work is done at home.  If you are homebound, we will bring you instructions and pick up completed rosaries.  Questions?  Call Betty or Paul Donovan at 704-817-8780 or



*Service opportunity is appropriate for youth/teens.




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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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